Firm Profile > Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho > Lisbon, Portugal

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho
1250-162 LISBOA

Capital markets Tier 1

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho combines ‘global quality standards and know-how’ with ‘exceptional local insight and connectivity with different players in the market’. Of counsel Ana Sá Couto and senior associate Miguel Stokes assisted key client Banco Santander with the issuance of contingent redeemable subordinated bonds to retail clients affected by the resolution on Banco Popular; jointly with practice co-head Carlos Costa Andrade, Stokes advised Altice and Meo on the takeover offer by the latter for Media Capital. Jorge Brito Pereira left the firm in 2020.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho's team is ‘very capable and motivated’. Antonio Villacampa assisted Meo in the attempted acquisition of Vertix, 94.69% owner of Grupo Media Capital and Francisco Brito e Abreu advised Alantra on the acquisition of a 70% stake in MD Moldes. Catarina Tavares, who displays ‘immense work capacity’ and ‘delivers excellent ideas’, made partner. Jorge Brito Pereira left the firm in 2020.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho continues to attract high-value, high-profile litigation and arbitration cases, and often handles cross-border matters, capitalising on its network. Galp, Cimpor, Ricardo Salgado, Banco Santander Totta, TAP, and Odebrecht count among the team's clients. The ‘extraordinarily pragmatic’ Tito Arantes Fontes and the 'excellentFernando Aguilar de Carvalho jointly head the team; the ‘cleverNuno Salazar Casanova ‘manages clients well’ and is ‘easy to deal with’; senior associate Adriano Squilacce is ‘technically prepared’; Daniel Proença de Carvalho is the other name to note.

Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 1

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho represents companies and individuals in some of the most high-profile economic crime cases, such as its ongoing advice to Ricardo Salgado on over 100 cases relating to the collapse of BES and in Operation Marquês. It also successfully challenged the extradition request for businessman Raúl Schmidt in the context of the so-called Operation Car Wash, an investigation into money laundering in Brazil. This case was led by Alexandre Mota Pinto. The team is co-headed by Daniel Proença de Carvalho, Francisco Proença de Carvalho and Tito Arantes Fontes, and also includes Fernando Aguilar de Carvalho, Nuno Salazar Casanova and senior associate Adriano Squilacce.

Projects and project finance Tier 1

The ‘strongly committed and business-oriented’ team at Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho includes Bernardo Diniz de Ayala, Pedro Ferreira Malaquias and Antonio Villacampa and possesses public law, finance, projects and project finance and transactional experience. A highlight was assisting Neoen Development with solar projects contracts, including a long-term power-purchase agreement between the power generator, consumers and the selling agent. Senior associate João Louro e Costa is another name to note. Mafalda Ferreira is now with DLA Piper ABBC.

Public law Tier 1

Strongly committed and business-oriented’, Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho focuses primarily on transactional and finance work and related disputes and some project-based procurement. It advised Altice on the preparation of its parliamentary hearing and on the defence of the injunction requested by Vodafone against the Portuguese Competition Authority, in both instances within the context the client’s attempted acquisition of Media Capital. Practice head Bernardo Diniz de Ayala is ‘totally focused on doing the best for the client’. Mafalda Ferreira joined DLA Piper ABBC in 2019.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho saw the departure of João Torroaes Valente to Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados in April 2018, however, the ‘market leaderDuarte Garin remains at the helm of the practice, which ‘delivers commercial and pragmatic solutions’. It has a strong focus on advising funds, including Kildare Partners on the €375m acquisition of the Lagoas Park office complex; King Street Capital Management on the acquisition of the company that owns the Amendoeira Golf Resort, among other investments; and Marathon Funds on the acquisition of two office buildings from Caixa Geral de Depósitos. Senior associate Rita Xavier de Brito's ‘quality of work is outstanding’.

Banking and finance Tier 2

The ‘great team’ at Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho covers a wide spread of work, and assists domestic and international clients including Banco Santander, Bain Capital, Banco BPI, Bankinter, and Natixis. Altamira Asset Management received advice on the acquisition of Oitante's NPLs and real estate assets servicing platform. The recommended Pedro Ferreira Malaquias heads the team.

Employment Tier 2

A young team handling sophisticated work, Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho is valued for its 'great know-how and experience' and 'assistance with global projects'. It acts for a range of banking clients, recently assisting Wizink Bank in a claim filed against the Labour Ministry concerning the interpretation of TUPE rules applied to the collective bargaining agreement within the context of the sale of Barclays’ card business to the client. Counsel André Nascimento, who ‘albeit young, is very good’, leads the team.

Energy and natural resources Tier 2

The ‘strongly committed and business-oriented’ team at Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho maintains its focus on transactional, corporate, contractual and regulatory work, including acquisitions and share purchases. A highlight was assisting Axpo Iberia with a long-term PPA for the construction of a 28.8MW solar plant. Bernardo Diniz de Ayala and Antonio Villacampa jointly head the team; senior associate Mafalda Ferreira is recommended.

EU and competition Tier 2

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho handled merger control filings before the PCA for Altice in relation to its attempted acquisition of Media Capital. The ‘pragmatic’ team is led by of counsel Joaquim Caimoto Duarte. Managing associate Tânia Luísa Faria ‘can work with impossible deadlines’.

Insolvency and restructuring Tier 2

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho attracted high-profile matters, acting on both the debtor and creditor side, for clients in the construction, banking and private equity sectors. The team is noted for its ‘out-of-the-box recovery strategies’ and includes David Sequeira Dinis, a ‘very intelligent lawyer with enormous knowledge and ability to work’, and Nuno Salazar Casanova, who is singled out for his ‘availability, knowledge and negotiation skills’.

Tax Tier 2

Transactional work - especially in the real estate sector - and wealth management are cornerstones of Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho’s practice, and the team also handles contentious work. It advised BNP Paribas Real Estate on the tax aspects of the joint venture (and related share acquisition and sale) with Silcoge to develop office and residential projects in the Alcântara neighbourhood of Lisbon. Filipe Romao and of counsel Cláudia Reis Duarte are highly recommended.

Oporto: leading commercial firms Tier 3

Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho saw the departure of João Anacoreta Correia to Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados in January 2019. The names to note remain managing associates José Amorim Magalhães and Pedro Teixeira de Sousa, and senior associate Maria João Dias. The team has corporate and M&A, real estate, public law, shipping and disputes experience, and Amorim Magalhães has particular expertise in employment. Other names to note are of counsel António Castro Caldas for tax work, and managing associate André Almeida Martins for the areas of litigation and arbitration, insolvency and restructuring and white-collar crime.

Transport Tier 3

João Anacoreta Correia left Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho for Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados in January 2019. Senior associate Maria João Dias now handles transport matters; she has specialist shipping expertise, namely in ship finance and matters relating to the International Shipping Register of Madeira. Managing associate André Almeida handles disputes. Both are based in Oporto.

TMT Tier 4

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho's team ‘shows initiative’ and is largely focused on data protection work, although it also covers financing and transactional, and advertising and e-commerce matters. Clients include Bankinter and Mapfre. Francisco Brito e Abreu heads the group.

Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Fernando Aguilar de Carvalho  photo Mr Fernando Aguilar de Carvalho
Mr Tito Arantes Fontes  photo Mr Tito Arantes Fontes
Mr Francisco Brito e Abreu  photo Mr Francisco Brito e Abreu
Mr Carlos Costa Andrade  photo Mr Carlos Costa Andrade
Mr Bernardo Diniz de Ayala  photo Mr Bernardo Diniz de Ayala
Mr Pedro Ferreira Malaquias  photo Mr Pedro Ferreira Malaquias
Mr Duarte Garin  photo Mr Duarte Garin
Mr Alexandre Mota pinto  photo Mr Alexandre Mota pinto
Mr Marta Pontes  photo Mr Marta Pontes
Mr Francisco Proença de Carvalho  photo Mr Francisco Proença de Carvalho
Mr Filipe Romao  photo Mr Filipe Romao
Mr Nuno Salazar  photo Mr Nuno Salazar
Mr David Sequeira Dinis  photo Mr David Sequeira Dinis
 Mr. Adriano Squilacce  photo Mr. Adriano Squilacce
Mrs Catarina Tavares Loureiro  photo Mrs Catarina Tavares Loureiro
Mr Antonio Villacampa  photo Mr Antonio Villacampa
 Ms. Rita Xavier de Brito  photo Ms. Rita Xavier de Brito