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

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho
EDIFICIO RODRIGO URIA
PRAÇA MARQUÊS DE POMBAL, 12
1250-162 LISBOA
Portugal

Banking and finance Tier 1

In addition to high-value financing transactions, Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho regularly acts for credit and financial institutions, investment firms and insurance companies in complex regulatory matters. Among its recent engagements were an increasing number of mandates involving alternative sources of funding, such as bond issuances, and advice on deals concerning the disposal of assets by Portuguese banks. Department leader Pedro Ferreira Malaquias is a reference in the Portuguese NPLs market, and demonstrates extensive experience in retail and commercial banking. Recently promoted counsel Hélder Frias is also recommended for his expertise in finance deals.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Ferreira Malaquias

Other key lawyers:

Antonio Villacampa Serrano; Hélder Frias; Miguel Rodrigues Leal

Testimonials

‘Excellent technical quality of lawyers; great work capacity, creativity and security in the solutions found.’

‘Hélder Frias has the ability to understand and solve complex issues.’

Key clients

Banco Santander Totta, S.A.,

ING Bank N.V., Sucursal em Portugal

Caixa Geral de Depósitos, S.A.

Postbank – a branch of DB Privat – und Firmenkundenbank AG

Banco BTG Pactual, S.A.

CSCEC – China Construction Portugal, S.A.

CARVAL INVESTORS UK

Corum Asset Management

Avignon Capital Limited

Carlyle Group and Explorer Investments

DWS Grundbesitz GMBH

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho continues to consolidate its leading position in the M&A market, showcasing a strong track record in high-value multi-jurisdictional transactions. The department recently strengthened its experience in regulated sectors, having predominantly been retained by clients operating in the telecoms, media, energy and real estate sectors. Co-head Catarina Tavares Loureiro acts for private and listed companies in high-profile M&A. Another key practitioner in the team is recently promoted Joana Torres Ereio, who is proficient in commercial agreements, private equity and venture capital. With in-depth knowledge of the pharmaceutical sector, Francisco Brito e Abreu specialises in private equity and M&A deals, while Carlos Costa Andrade combines cross-practice expertise in capital markets, finance and corporate governance.

Practice head(s):

Duarte Garin; Antonio Villacampa; Francisco Brito e Abreu; Carlos Costa Andrade; Pedro Ferreira Malaquias; Francisco da Cunha Ferreira; Catarina Tavares Loureiro; Rita Xavier de Brito; Joana Torres Ereio

Other key lawyers:

Miguel Stokes

Testimonials

‘Uría is our choice whenever we need a scalpel rather than an axe in a transaction. The team is massively knowledgeable, deeply committed and extremely cunning in negotiations.’

‘Catarina Tavares Loureiro is the one person we trust whenever complexity of a transaction reaches an overwhelming point.’

‘Francisco da Cunha Ferreira and Rita Xavier de Brito are well experienced partners and with deep acumen in their field of expertise.’

‘The team is very approachable, knows the market, has a great reputation and the expertise to support clients in difficult negotiations. They are practical and very clear in their advice as well as very good technically. ’

‘Joana Torres Ereio has extensive experience in corporate law and M&A and great communication skills.’

Key clients

Altice NV

MEO – Serviços de Comunicações e Multimédia, S.A.

Cofina, SGPS, S.A.

DWS Grundbesitz Gmbh

Multi Development Corporation

CaixaBank, S.A.

Capital Criativo – SCR, S.A

Nutreco Nederland, B.V.

OptiGroup AB

Bridgepoint

CRH PLC

Allianz Real Estate

Elo Mutual Pension Insurance Company

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho remains a leader in the field of dispute resolution, encompassing litigation, corporate crime and arbitration. Apart from its deep expertise in major financial disputes, the firm is also a strong force in civil and commercial litigation, offering assistance to financial institutions, as well as domestic and foreign companies. Overseeing the department is Fernando Aguilar de Carvalho, who also leads on international arbitration work and co-heads the firm's African desk. Renowned litigator Tito Arantes Fontes and Nuno Salazar Casanova, who regularly acts for banks and financial institutions and handles cross-border disputes, are also noteworthy. Adriano Squilacce focuses on contentious matters involving financial products and securities, and the department expanded further in June 2021 with the arrival of Miguel Martínez Gimeno  from the Spanish Securities Market Commission, where he was the head of the legal service and secretary to the board.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Aguilar de Carvalho

Other key lawyers:

Nuno Salazar Casanova; Tito Arantes Fontes; Adriano Squilacce; David Sequeira Dinis

Testimonials

Exceptional technical quality. Excellent legal work, with remarkable results. Ability to read and understand clients’ needs. Proximity, involvement, accountability and professional honesty.’

‘Nuno Salazar Casanova stands out for his exceptional technical knowledge, work capacity and involvement in matters.’

‘Highly professional, pragmatic, solution-oriented and available at short notice. Excellent cooperation with legal teams from abroad. ’

Full-service firm with a sophisticated understanding of the Portuguese legal environment.’

‘Excellent technical quality of lawyers, great work capacity, creativity and security in the solutions found.’

‘Nuno Salazar Casanova has a combative spirit and determination, great technical quality and provides versatile solutions.’

Key clients

GALP

Cimpor

Ricardo Salgado

Banco Santander Totta

Grupo H.I.T

Bankinter

Caixa Económica Montepio Geral

Bain

Barclays

Deloitte

ECS

Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 1

One of the market leaders in the field of corporate crime proceedings, Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho's fraud and white-collar crime group is a segment of the wider dispute resolution practice. Highly sensitive cases involving corporate criminal liability feature highly on the team's portfolio; risk-management strategies, compliance issues and anti-corruption matters are other core aspects of the offering. Department leader Fernando Aguilar de Carvalho, whose specialisms include international and domestic arbitration, is often retained to advise on white-collar crime mandates. Francisco Proença de Carvalho is experienced in criminal cases involving the capital markets and financial services sectors, a field in which recently promoted Adriano Squilacce is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Aguilar de Carvalho

Other key lawyers:

Tito Arantes Fontes; Alexandre Mota Pinto; Francisco Proença de Carvalho; Adriano Squilacce

Projects and project finance Tier 1

The projects team at Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho balances a varied workload and demonstrates 'great work capacity, creativity and security'. The practice is jointly led by three experienced lawyers; Bernardo Diniz de Ayala has broad public law expertise in addition to his project finance capabilities; Antonio Villacampa is a finance specialist with knowledge of the Portuguese and Spanish markets; and Pedro Ferreira Malaquias advises banks and private companies as head of the firm's banking practice. The energy sector is a key focus for the department, although the team's recent mandates have also included motorway financing and real estate projects in Lisbon. Counsel João Louro e Costa and associate Gonçalo Andrade e Sousa are also notable contacts.

Practice head(s):

Bernardo Diniz de Ayala; Antonio Villacampa; Pedro Ferreira Malaquias

Other key lawyers:

João Louro e Costa; Gonçalo Andrade e Sousa

Testimonials

‘Excellent technical quality of lawyers, great work capacity, creativity and security in the solutions found.’

‘Bernardo Ayala: Great technical knowledge, availability, knowledge of the market, versatility of solutions.’

‘Uria has reached all the goals even when they were really challenging in workforce, tight timing or even issues that needed new perspectives. I have seen an extensive list of people taking the lead on different angles which made it succeed.’

‘The level of knowledge of the legal framework using examples of deals happened long time ago, excellent performance and really high engagement.’

Key clients

Banco Santander Totta, S.A.

Marubeni Corporation

Iberdrola Renewables Portugal, S.A.

Acciona Concesiones

BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Ltd.

Altice International

AXPO Iberia S.L.

S.P.C. – Serviço Português de Contentores, S.A.

REN, Gás, S.A.

AGS – Administração e Gestão de Sistemas de Salubridade, S.A.

Ecodeal

Goldenergy – Comercializadora de Energia, S.A.

Vinci Concessions

SANA Hotels

Public law Tier 1

Under the leadership of the highly regarded Bernardo Diniz de Ayala, the public law department at Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho demonstrates strong transactional, contentious and regulatory capabilities. In addition to assisting with public contracts and procurement, the team is also skilled in privatisations, public M&A and administrative litigation. The practice leader is regularly engaged by public sector entities (including the government) as well as private companies across various regulated industries, international banks and funds. Afonso Choon is another name to note for regulatory proceedings and litigation. The practice received a further boost in June 2021 with the arrival of Miguel Martínez Gimeno; he joins from the Spanish Securities Market Commission.

Practice head(s):

Bernardo Diniz de Ayala

Other key lawyers:

Afonso Choon; Sérgio Deus Vieira; Gonçalo Andrade e Sousa

Testimonials

‘Unsurpassed knowledge and experience. Always available and extremely responsive. Clear commercial guidance. Excellent work product.’

‘The team has shown a wide level of knowledge of recent and not so recent projects in Portugal to seek precedents that could be useful in the current deal.’

‘24/7 availability and wide knowledge of the Portuguese legal framework. Bernardo Ayala and Afonso Choon are recommended.’

‘The team’s work and advice are always detailed, sophisticated and on time.’

‘Strict monitoring of matters. Great availability and communication. Technical quality and rigour in the solutions presented.’

‘Bernardo Ayala is an excellent lawyer, who combines legal knowledge with pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

Banco Santander Totta

Airbus Defence and Space, S.A.U.

Marubeni Corporation

Iberdrola Renewables Portugal, S.A.

Acciona Concesiones, S.L.

Babcock

AGS – Administração e Gestão de Sistemas de Salubridade, S.A.

Altice International

REN, Gás, S.A.

BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Ltd.

AXPO Iberia S.L.

Ecodeal

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Citadel

XAIA Investment

Goldenergy – Comercializadora de Energia, S.A.

Novabase Business Solutions

Real estate and construction Tier 1

With extensive experience across the entire spectrum of real estate mandates, Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho is skilled in M&A, financing transactions, and development of real estate projects. Bringing together cross-practice expertise, the team is particularly active in share deals and the sale and purchase of REO portfolios. Also noteworthy are its broad capabilities in insolvency matters involving real estate and tourism developers, and its proficiency in urban planning and environmental licensing issues. Duarte Garin is regularly retained to advise on transactions of mortgage-backed loan portfolios, while Rita Xavier de Brito is a name to note for acquisition finance and development matters. Both practitioners head the department, which also includes Francisco da Cunha Ferreira.

Practice head(s):

Duarte Garin; Rita Xavier de Brito

Other key lawyers:

Francisco da Cunha Ferreira; Gonçalo Reino Pires; Alexandre Pedral Sampaio

Key clients

Allianz Real Estate

Elo Mutual Pension Insurance Company

Multi Development

Rivercrown

Vic Properties

Tristan Capital Partners

Marathon Funds

Avignon Capital

AccorInvest SAS

VGP Parks

Banco Santander Totta, S.A.

Totta Urbe – Empresa de Administração e Construções, S.A.

Explorer Investments

ECS Capital

INEOS

Nuveen

Capital markets Tier 2

The capital markets department at Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho has close contact with regulatory authorities, attracting instructions from an impressive pool of international investors. Equity offerings feature regularly in the team's workload, which also includes debt capital markets transactions, privatisations and deals involving listed companies and Portuguese financial institutions. Carlos Costa Andrade, whose broad practice encompasses the full array of capital markets deals, oversees the department. Miguel Stokes is also part of the core team; public takeovers, management of mutual funds and structured finance are among his specialisms.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Costa Andrade

Other key lawyers:

Miguel Stokes

Key clients

Cofina, SGPS, S.A.

IIBG Holdings, B.S.C.

Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft

Caixabank/BPI

InterCement Portugal, S.A.

Bridgepoint

Rivercrown Group

Faber Capital – SCR, S.A.

Pagantis S.A., Sociedad Unipersonal

Tupy, S.A.

Adar Capital Partners

Employment Tier 2

The practice at Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho demonstrates wide-ranging knowledge of employment law, attracting regular instructions from companies in the insurance and banking sectors. Handling employment-related issues arising in M&A transactions is a strong point for the department, which further offers support in relation to collective bargaining agreements, litigation and workforce restructurings. The latter is an area of notable interest for André Nascimento, who is also proficient in disciplinary procedures.

Practice head(s):

André Nascimento

Other key lawyers:

Susana Bradford Ferreira

Testimonials

‘The team is always available and very efficient. They get involved in the matters demonstrating dedication and proactivity and presenting creative solutions to the problems.’

‘André Pestana Nascimento and Susana Bradford Ferreira are recommended.’

The team is very professional and shows a deep knowledge of the judicial system, which gives us confidence in their advice.’

‘They are very friendly and available. In particular, I recommend André Pestana Nascimento.’

Key clients

Barclays Bank

Grupo Mapfre

Otis Elevadores Portugal

SABA Portugal

Altice NV / MEO – Serviços de Comunicações e Multimédia, S.A.

Wizink Bank

Explorer Investments

Banco BTG Pactual

GrandVision Portugal

Warner Brothers

Energy and natural resources Tier 2

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho undertakes a variety of work pertaining to the electricity, gas distribution, LNG and wastewater sectors. The energy and natural resources practice, which is often retained by operators and banks, has been particularly active handling M&A deals involving renewable portfolios, as well as project finance and development, and regulatory matters. Practice head Bernardo Diniz de Ayala focuses on public law and projects, while João Louro e Costa excels in energy-related mandates, leading advice to most of the firm's longstanding clients in the sector.

Practice head(s):

Bernardo Diniz de Ayala

Other key lawyers:

João Louro e Costa

Key clients

Iberdrola

REN – Redes Energéticas Nacionais, SGPS, S.A.

Marubeni Corporation

BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Ltd.

Aquila Capital

Goldenergy – Comercializadora de Energia, S.A.

Axpo Iberia, S.L.

ECODEAL – Gestão de Resíduos Industriais, S.A.

Bright Sunday

Vinci Concessions

EU and competition Tier 2

The EU and competition practice at Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho saw a recent shift in leadership when Tânia Luísa Faria became department head, following the departure of Joaquim Caimoto Duarte. The team leader, who has relevant international experience, is routinely engaged in merger control proceedings at local and European level, and antitrust matters. In addition, the department's broad service offering covers assistance in restrictive practices, private enforcement, gun-jumping cases and state aid.

Practice head(s):

Tânia Luísa Faria

Testimonials

‘Great knowledge of the subject; assertiveness; quick response; and confidence in the work developed. In relation to competition and EU law, the work carried out by Tânia Luísa Faria should be highlighted.’

‘Tânia Luisa Faria is recommended for her knowledge, work capacity, focus on resolving the issues and results presented.’

Key clients

Cofina

Möet Hennessy

Daf Trucks

Esmalglass-Itaca Group

Nutreco

Globalia

Altice

JCDecaux

Banco Santander Totta

Unilabs

Barceló

GrandVision

Hospital Particular do Algarve

Marubeni

UCI

Insolvency and restructuring Tier 2

A sizeable team from across Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho's various departments collaborate to advise clients on the gamut of restructuring and insolvency issues. The office has notable experience in finance and banking, real estate and tourism-related matters, with multinational and domestic heavyweights in those areas being key clients. David Sequeira Dinis focuses his practice on bankruptcy and corporate restructuring, working on both litigation and out-of-court settlements. Duarte Garin and Rita Xavier de Brito have specialisms in real estate; Pedro Ferreira Malaquias heads the Lisbon office's banking and finance team; and Nuno Salazar Casanova represents clients in multi-jurisdictional insolvency and restructuring proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Duarte Garin; Pedro Ferreira Malaquias; David Sequeira Dinis; Nuno Salazar Casanova; Rita Xavier de Brito

Testimonials

‘Team with diversified solutions and solid technical base.’

‘Nuno Salazar Casanova: Technical quality, focus on results and versatility of solutions.’

‘High technical capacity, market knowledge and recognized experience.’

Key clients

Banco Santander Totta

Tax Tier 2

Noted for its 'mastery of tax matters and clarity of responses', Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho fields a tax practice experienced in wealth management matters, major private equity and real estate transactions, and tax litigation. Practice head Filipe Romão focuses on private wealth, and Marta Pontes has significant real estate expertise. At the counsel level, Cláudia Reis Duarte is notable, particularly for tax litigation and inspections, and António Caldas has strength in restructuring matters.

Practice head(s):

Filipe Romão

Other key lawyers:

Marta Pontes; Cláudia Reis Duarte; António Caldas

Testimonials

‘Legal excellence and deep commitment. Full availability and lawyers devoted to make the transactions work.’

‘In-depth knowledge of local and international tax issues.’

Availability, mastery of tax matters and clarity of responses.’

‘Cláudia Reis Duarte who embodies what I mean about availability, dominance and clarity.’

‘One of the best firms with estate planning, and knowledge of insurance for private banking and estate and succession planning.’

‘Uria is a law firm made with experienced and talented persons that are result oriented, with a high level of pragmatic approach in they way they handle clients.’

‘Technical capacity, availability.’

Key clients

Altice

Explorer

Santander

Avoris

Grandvision

MSeven Real Estate

EDP

Arrow

Tristan

BTG

Planning law Tier 3

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho established itself as a notable firm in planning law with the hire of counsel Goncalo Reino Pires in September 2019. He leads on a range of planning matters, from planning instruments to licensing procedures, as well as environmental assessments and public domain matters. Clients include investors and developers, and the team was involved in a number of tourism industry projects in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Gonçalo Reino Pires

Other key lawyers:

Pedro Teixeira de Sousa

Testimonials

‘Uría is a law firm made with experienced and talented persons which are result oriented. With a high level of pragmatic approach in the way they handled clients’ needs.’

‘I highlight Gonçalo Reino Pires for his competence, his reasoning ability, his openness to discussion and his relationship with the client.’

‘Gonçalo Reino Pires is an extraordinary, knowledgeable person and talented lawyer. One of the best in its area of expertise and always walking with deep security in the advice given to its clients.’

‘Technical competence and knowledge, openness to discussion, time availability and easy relationship. The element that distinguishes the firm is Gonçalo Reino Pires.’

Key clients

VIC Properties

Multi Development Corporation

INTERVGP – Construção Industrial Unipessoal

Pêro de Amigos

INEOS Automotive, Unipessoal

Capital Real I – Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário Fechado

APROSOL

Vilamoura World (Lone Star Group)

Grand Bay Residences

Allianz Real Estate / Elo Mutual Pension Insurance Company

Portis – Hotéis Portugueses

The firm: Uría Menéndez is one of the most prestigious independent law firms in the Iberian market. Founded in the 1940s, it comprises 130 partners, and over 400 associates in 12 offices in the most important financial centres in Europe and the Americas.

The firm’s international structure allows them to provide Spanish, Portuguese and EU legal advice to clients on their investments in the Iberian Peninsula and abroad.

The firm focuses on banking and capital markets, company and commercial, environment, litigation and arbitration, infrastructures, project finance, private equity, telecommunications, EU and competition, intellectual property, labour, tax, maritime, transport, logistics and real estate.

Areas of practice
Banking and finance: We have extensive experience advising on Spanish and Portuguese law, as well as English law through the Financing Hub, a bilateral group created in collaboration with Slaughter and May. Our strong international focus is reinforced by our presence in all the main financial centres (London, New York and Brussels) and in Latin America through PPU’s offices in Chile, Colombia and Peru.

We work with borrowers and lenders (or buyers and sellers in the case of NPAs) to find truly balanced solutions and support the market’s main players (banks, funds, real estate investment trusts, listed companies, large corporate groups, infrastructure and energy funds and asset-management platforms) in all types of financing.

Capital markets: With our extensive experience and capacity for dialogue with the main regulatory authorities, we can provide advice of the highest calibre to issuers, selling shareholders, investment banks, private equity firms, financial advisers and offerors and companies affected by takeovers.

Among all the firms in the Iberian Peninsula, our multidisciplinary team and practice is unparalleled in its balanced representation of issuers and underwriters, winning us credibility and recognition in the market

Company law and corporate governance: Our knowledge of domestic and international markets and capacity to provide advice on all aspects of market practice in company law, including in highly regulated sectors, enable us to support boards, proactively manage risks and protect business interests by implementing sustainable frameworks.

Our team is made up of experts in company law who provide advice on all stages of the company life cycle.

Competition and EU law: Our specialist lawyers share an in-depth understanding of the regulations and leverage extensive experience liaising with the competition authorities and advising our clients on how to realise their business strategies.

In a constantly changing environment, we offer advice that is technically sound and guaranteed to be of the highest quality, both on the traditional strategic sectors and the new digital economy.

Copyright: Our solid track record with domestic and international players in the information technology, broadcasting, entertainment and cultural industries has given us a thorough understanding of the sector and regulations. We deliver valuable solutions that pursue our clients’ objectives and defend their interests.

We work with a wide range of clients, from literary publishers and newspapers to audiovisual producers, as well as museums, art galleries, cultural foundations, radio and television organisations, information technology companies, digital platforms and telecommunications operators.

Corporate crime and internal investigations: We specialise in economic criminal litigation and pursue the interests of large corporations and management teams in the main economic sectors, assisting them to develop well-informed risk-management strategies that encompass effective corporate governance and robust anti-corruption frameworks.

This includes conducting internal investigations and implementing and reviewing compliance programmes that respond to legal obligations and reputational considerations, all while providing comprehensive solutions that protect business interests.

Digital economy: Our multidisciplinary team takes a 360º approach to tackling the legal questions that technology raises in corporate transactions and litigation, including the intellectual property, employment, tax and competition law aspects. We work together to offer our clients creative and pragmatic solutions.

What sets us apart and ensures all aspects of our clients’ projects are covered is our passion for innovation, our commitment to continual learning and our tireless academic efforts.

Employment: Our specialist lawyers use their comprehensive understanding of business, academic vocation and first-hand experience in the labour and social security authorities to support the human resources departments of large and medium-sized companies in all aspects of employment and social security law.

We also advise on employment issues that arise in the context of mergers, acquisitions, transfers of undertakings and outsourcing.

Energy and natural resources: When it comes to tackling regulatory, financial or business challenges, our team specialises in the needs of the energy, mining and raw materials industries and understands all angles of the issues involved.

Environment and sustainable development: Our multidisciplinary team has more than 25 years’ experience and offers both preventive and corrective advice on environmental matters. We are in a position to establish a dialogue with public bodies and the main regulatory authorities, which allows us to closely follow developments affecting our clients’ interests.

We advise corporate groups whose activities have an environmental impact, regardless of their sector, and entities participating in M&A transactions raising environmental issues.

Financial regulation : Our team is highly specialised, client-focused and capable of handling all areas of financial regulation to provide first-class technical advice for both the Ibero-American and international markets. We are in continual contact with the supervisory authorities and our experience enables us to offer an innovative and practical approach.

Healthcare and life sciences: We are experts in the healthcare, life sciences and chemicals sectors (medicines, food, cosmetics, mixed categories) and take a multidisciplinary approach covering a range of angles: corporate and contractual, administrative and regulatory, competition law, intellectual property, M&A and compliance.

We advise clients from the start of their activity and throughout the research, development, manufacturing, commercialisation and advertising cycle of their products and services. Our knowledge of the market enables us to provide first-rate legal advice that is pragmatic and tailored to each individual case.

IP and unfair competition: What sets us apart is our close relationships with clients, built on a wealth of experience and a thorough understanding of the technical, practical and commercial problems that arise in their regulatory environments and when pursuing their long-term strategies.

We are known for our role in developing doctrine through academic publications that have been accepted and relied upon by courts, as well as for our rigorous analysis and innovative approach to delivering solutions.

Receiving commercially savvy advice is vital for the most innovative and efficient companies – it can prove to be the difference in difficult cases and plays a key role in monetising R&D&I and designing new business strategies.

We advise clients spanning the main strategic sectors on a broad range of matters: pharmaceuticals, chemicals, automobiles, electronics, cosmetics, textiles, defence, services (telecommunications, software, media, banking and finance, public works), food and beverages, farming (plant varieties) and commerce (e-commerce, consumer goods and retail).

Infrastructure projects: Our versatile team of lawyers provides multijurisdictional advice through our network across the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America. Our comprehensive understanding of business and fluid dealings with the regulatory bodies enable us to anticipate the challenges associated with each type of infrastructure, actively participate in preparing draft legislation, and design innovative contractual solutions.

We advise public authorities, construction groups, developers and lenders on all types of issues and help businesses execute those that are particularly complex, ranging from public-infrastructure projects and concessions to public-private partnerships (PPP/PFI), doing so at every stage of the value chain.

Insolvency and financial distress: Our experience tackling business issues and our multidisciplinary and multijurisdictional capabilities enable us to coordinate and manage each matter to optimise processes and ensure the right knowledge and resources are in place so that our clients’ interests are always protected.

Market confidence in our abilities has seen us advise many of the leading Ibero-American financial entities, distressed-debt funds and investors, alternative financiers and distressed businesses on a number of the most important matters in this area.

Insurance and reinsurance: Our multidisciplinary capabilities, extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of the insurance industry enable us to support clients faced with a complex regulatory framework, challenging market conditions and digitalisation programmes, and major changes to distribution channels. We tackle the legal and business issues that can arise when designing and executing corporate and financing transactions, along with regulatory and commercial strategy issues to reinforce market share, capital position and commercial performance.

Our team is made up of expert lawyers who handle all legal aspects of insurance and reinsurance in litigation and commercial, tax, employment, data protection, administrative and competition law.

International arbitration: Our team of specialist lawyers from nine different jurisdictions is able to work in seven languages and apply all the main international rules. We represent companies and high-net-worth individuals before the world’s main arbitral tribunals (the CCI, LCIA, Swiss Courts, CIADI, CAM, CIMA and Spanish Arbitration Court) and in ad hoc arbitrations.

Internet and privacy: Our in-depth knowledge of the digital environment and technologies such as big data, AI, apps and social networks enables us to meet the needs of companies no matter their sector.

We assist our clients with all aspects of data protection and cyberspace.

Litigation: Clients trust our reputation for rigorous, sophisticated, and above all practical advice in all types of proceedings and arbitrations on business-related matters. We set the standard and stand apart in the market.

We carry out a detailed overall analysis of each matter to offer the most effective and appropriate solution to achieve the client’s objectives, providing the necessary resources and team to handle the litigation, but also exploring every possible avenue to resolve the dispute out of court.

We are leaders in multijurisdictional legal defence and appear before all Spanish and Portuguese courts, the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights, as well as all domestic and international arbitral tribunals.

Our strong presence in Latin America (in Chile, Colombia and Peru) and our Best Friends network in Europe enable us to provide first-class advice to companies, high-net-worth individuals and family businesses.

M&A:  We offer comprehensive advice that takes a multidisciplinary approach, placing our experience across all areas of law and unparalleled working standards at the disposal of our clients. They can rely on lawyers with training in finance and business – as well as chaired university professors of commercial, civil and employment law – to address all legal and business aspects of their activity.

We tailor our teams to each transaction with lawyers from other practice areas to ensure the advice we deliver covers all aspects of M&A transactions, no matter the sector and whether they are domestic or cross-border. Our established presence in finance and industry enables us to provide the highest-quality advice on how to design, implement and execute transactions and achieve business objectives.

Knowing our clients and their businesses means we can anticipate the impact that changes in legislation and case law will have in their field and offer creative and innovative solutions to complex problems.

We invest long-term in our relations with clients and accompany them through each transaction with top-quality advice and a practical, efficient and creative approach.

Media, Sport and Leisure: We advise on the corporate governance, commercial contracting, regulatory and consumer relations aspects of large corporate transactions in these sectors.

We assemble teams of multidisciplinary lawyers based on the approach and strategy necessary in each case to offer tailored solutions, efficiently manage risks and pursue business objectives. Our resources and wide-ranging international experience allow us to accompany our clients step by step through their cross-border projects, collaborating with the top specialists in each jurisdiction.

Our track record in sports law has earned our team a reputation for excellence in added-value transactions and particularly complex cases. We are there to support companies, clubs, national and international federations, leagues, event organisers and athletes, as well as financers, sponsors, major sporting equipment brands, broadcasters and audiovisual rights holders.

Private equity: Our clients benefit from the experience of leading lawyers across all areas of law: corporate, contractual, finance, tax, employment, regulatory, environment, public, IP, IT, data protection, capital markets (both ECM and DCM), litigation and arbitration. We have private equity specialists throughout the firm, enabling us to organise multidisciplinary teams quickly and efficiently to handle both purely domestic transactions in Spain and Portugal and those with a cross-border component.

Over the last 40 years we have advised the majority of the main funds on their investments and divestitures across all sectors. We understand the risks and requirements involved in private equity and our strong presence in finance and industry enables us to provide funds and their management teams with the highest-quality advice on designing, implementing and executing transactions so that they can achieve their business objectives.

We accompany our clients through each phase of the private-equity investment cycle, from fund structuring and fund raising to equity and debt investment, R&W insurance, senior management incentives, recaps, build-ups and divestitures (trade-sale, secondary, IPO). We invest long-term in our relations with clients and tie ourselves to their success, always offering a practical, efficient and creative approach.

Public law: Our specialist team assists contractors and concessionaires of infrastructures and services in their relations with public bodies, advising companies in heavily regulated and industrial sectors, foreign companies – including investment funds – making bids in Spain and Portugal, and Ibero-American companies when they are carrying out infrastructure and public services projects abroad.

Our academic standing, our close relationships with the main players and professional and industry associations, and our capacity to foster dialogue with public bodies and regulators mean that we are best placed to propose novel solutions for public projects and public-private partnerships.

Real estate and planning: Our in-depth understanding of our clients’ activities and objectives, excellent knowledge of the law and the market, creativity and capacity to organise multidisciplinary teams enable us to offer alternative solutions for real estate and planning transactions.

We work with the main players in the real estate market (investment funds, asset managers and local partners, real estate investment trusts and owners of all types of assets, real estate developers and banks) to design and implement their projects.

Tax: We are equipped to handle the most complex aspects of tax law, with many of our lawyers dual qualified in law and business administration. Our clients also benefit from the insights provided by two ex-tax inspectors and a PhD in Law.

We provide multidisciplinary advice to large corporations, financial entities, private equity and investment funds, majority shareholders of large companies and family groups.

Our international dimension enables us to advise any client with an international presence on Spanish, Portuguese or EU law, with a special focus on the Latin American market where we provide local advice through PPU’s offices in Chile, Colombia and Peru.

Transport and mobilityTransport, logistics and mobility form the backbone of the current economic, social and business environment. The result is a dynamic and complex regulatory framework that requires an all-encompassing approach to legal advice and transactional support.

Our multidisciplinary and versatile team knows how to design and implement regulatory and financing structures, execute corporate and infrastructure transactions, and manage risks in the maritime, aviation, rail, logistics and urban-mobility sectors of the main Ibero-American markets.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and Finance Pedro Ferreira Malaquias
Capital Markets Carlos Costa Andrade
Competition Tânia Luísa Faria
Corporate / M&A Francisco Brito e Abreu
Corporate / M&A Antonio Villacampa
Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Fernando Aguilar de Carvalho
Employment André Pestana Nascimento
Energy and Natural Resources Bernardo Diniz de Ayala
Intellectual Property Francisco Brito e Abreu
Project Finance Bernardo Diniz de Ayala
Public Bernardo Diniz de Ayala
Real Estate and Planning Duarte Garin
Restructuring and Insolvency David Sequeira Dinis
Tax Filipe Romão
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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
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Other offices : Bogotá with a stake in Philippi, Prietocarrizosa, Ferrero DU & Uría
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Other offices : Santiago de Chile with a stake in Philippi, Prietocarrizosa, Ferrero DU & Uría