APTS - Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L. > Lisbon, Portugal > Firm Profile

APTS - Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L.
1250-145 LISBOA

Portugal > Transport Tier 2

APTS – Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L. occupies a strong position in the aviation sector, advising clients across the full range of aviation matters. Maintaining both a transactional and regulatory practice, the team balances the two areas well, advising on aircraft financing, and insurance and liability issues, among others. João Marques de Almeida heads up the department and is supported by José Alves Pereira; both regularly handle high-profile aviation incidents.

Practice head(s):

João Marques de Almeida

Other key lawyers:


‘The degree of trust achieved with them is not easily found.’

‘João Marques de Almeida is intelligent, diligent and always available to help with his timely and relevant insights.’

Key clients


AIG Europe

Air Charter Service

Aircraft Engine Lease Finance (AELF)

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE

ANA Aeroportos


XL Insurance

AON Corporation

Arik Air

Arkefly (TUI Airlines)

Bombardier Aerospace Corporation

BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions Suisse S.A. (former Fortis Lease)

Fidelidade-Mundial (Império Bonança)


Global Aerospace


Honeywell Aerospace

HW Clemens, GmbH

Korean Air

Kühne+Nagel (group of companies)

L3Harris Technologies, Inc.

La Réunion Aérienne

Landmark Aviation

OGMA-Indústria Aeronáutica de Portugal, SA


Pratt & Whitney Canada

QBE Underwriting

Sky Aviation Leasing

The Aviation Factory

UAS International Trip Support

Willis Group

Work highlights

  • Assisting Aircraft Engine Lease Finance in the lease termination, redelivery and deregistration of an Airbus A330-223 aircraft and subsequent court dispute with the lessee.
  • Assisting the Portuguese airport operator (ANA Aeroportos) and its international insurer (Allianz France) in a dispute with an international airline involving the collision of an Airbus A330-223 aircraft with a Boeing 767-323ER.
  • Acting for OGMA (Embraer’s local subsidiary for Maintenance, Repair and Overall – MRO) and its insurers in a dispute involving an aircraft accident.

Portugal > Insolvency and restructuring Tier 4

APTS – Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L. is equipped to act for debtors and creditors in restructuring, insolvency and winding-up proceedings across a range of sectors, including construction, logistics, banking and real estate. Leading the department is João Marques de Almeida, who stands out for his experience in cross-border insolvencies. João Alves Pereira, who chairs the employment department, is also engaged in restructuring and insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):

João Marques de Almeida

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Abdullah A. Al Jiburi Contracting Company

Ameriprise Financial

Amway Iberia, S.A.

Bear Canyon, Ltd.

Dupi Import SL

Free Now, Unip. Lda.

Garza Capital, S.L.

Geobrugg Ibérica, S.A.U.

Grammer AG

IPG Mediabrands

Megameios, ACE

Pacific Sky Corp, SL

Miki Travel Limited

Rentokil Initial Portugal, Lda.

Threadneedle Asset Management Holdings Limited

Valormed – Sociedade Gestora de Resíduos de Embalagens e Medicamentos, Lda.

Veralia Corporación, SL

Work highlights

  • Representing Geobrugg Ibéria in the insolvency proceedings of OPWAY, a Portuguese construction company.
  • Representing the Interpublic Group of Companies (Mediabrands Portugal) in the insolvency proceedings of several local companies.
  • Representing several institutional senior bondholders in the judicial liquidation of the major private Portuguese bank (Banco Espírito Santo – BES).

Portugal > Intellectual property Tier 4

Led by Belén Granados, the IP group at APTS – Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L. is particularly active assisting clients with the registration and enforcement of their trade marks. Media, advertising and entertainment are key sector focuses for the department, which is based in Lisbon. Practice head Granados brings to the table a wealth of experience in IP law and media matters.

Practice head(s):

Belén Granados

Work highlights

  • Management of several EU and domestic trade marks belonging to the portfolio of The Interpublic Group of Companies.
  • Assisting Mediabrands Portugal in the negotiation of the ownership of intellectual property rights and/or copyrights.
  • Assisting Polyrix in a trade mark infringement by a Portuguese competitor.

Portugal > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

Commercial matters and corporate law are core areas of focus for the team at APTS – Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L., which provides legal support to domestic and international clients operating in a variety of sectors, including media, construction, IT, mining and retail. Leading the practice is João Pedro Alves Pereira, who has been involved in numerous M&A transactions in Portugal and other Portuguese-speaking countries.

Practice head(s):

João Pedro Alves Pereira


‘The Firm responded quickly and knowledgeably to the query proposed. Spoke extremely good English and were clear in their explanations.’

‘Team is very helpful. Very professional approach.’

‘The team is really focused on client needs, with a very specialised and ad hoc approach. Their billing process is clear, with an outstanding pricing/quality ratio. They openly collaborate with other firms or advisors when necessary, with no extra billing for such services. They show important diversity with a team of both genders with important responsibilities and different nationalities among the team.’

‘João Pedro Alves Pereira has proven to be an outstanding professional with full implication and dedication in order to solve efficiently any issue that arises during the legal process. His work has proven to be above expectations. I would and in fact I have recommended his legal advisory to other companies.’

Key clients

Arktec SA

Checkpoint Systems

G-Core Labs

Graitec Innovation, SAS


Mulberry Corp. Limited

Online Sports 2 0

Rentokil Initial

Sabadell Venture Capital

Tumedio Publicidad y Servicios, S.L.

Work highlights

  • Assisting EWAL 5000 on the purchase of a shareholding interest corresponding to 44% of the capital in a dental lab in Porto.
  • Assisting and advising Graitec Innovation with the restructuring of the group’s operations in Portugal.
  • Conducting several legal and HR due diligences on local companies and branch offices in connection with the investment by Sabadell in these targets through venture debt financing.

Portugal > Dispute resolution Tier 5

Noted for its strength in contractual disputes and insurance claims, APTS – Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L. is also well placed to handle matters related to insolvencies and debt recovery. The team offers assistance to a diverse client roster in mediation, litigation and arbitration proceedings and regularly acts alongside international law firms in cross-border mandates. João Marques de Almeida is well versed in alternative dispute resolution, and acts in litigation cases across an array of sectors.

Practice head(s):

João Marques de Almeida

Other key lawyers:

José Alves Pereira


‘Trust built over many years of working together. They already know what we want even before we ask the question.’

‘João Marques Almeida is always available and gets right to the heart of the matter.’

‘APTS is an outstanding law firm in Portugal, that renders a very good service.’

Key clients

Aircraft Engine Lease Finance, Ltd.

ADM International Sàrl

AIG Europe

ANA Aeroportos

AXA France

Allianz France

Assuranceforeningen SKULD (Singapore)

Club Med

Every Day Networks Holding LLC

Fidelidade -Mundial (Império Bonança)

Geobrugg Ibérica, S.A.U.

Guinea Foods SDN. BHD.

IPG Mediabrands


LAM – Mozambican Airlines

La Réunion Aérienne

L3Harris Technologies, Inc.

Pacific Sky Corp

Polyrix , Inc.

Simadi – Sociedade de Imagiologia Diagnóstica e de Intervenção, Lda.

Simflex Grilles & Closures Ltd. ( MobilFlex Group of Companies)

Sociedad de Resinas Naturales, SL

Threadneedle Asset Management, Ltd.

Veralia Corporación

Work highlights

  • Assisting ADM International, a Swiss company that trades in agricultural raw materials, in a contractual dispute involving the tolling of sunflower seed into sunflower seed meal and sunflower oil.
  • Represents several institutional senior bondholders in the judicial liquidation of BES Bank following the collapse of the Portuguese bank.
  • Representing Aircraft Engine Lease Finance, an international lessor, in the debt recovery and court enforcement of guarantees.

Portugal > Employment Tier 5

Advising on a range of employment matters, APTS – Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L. advises corporate clients and employees in labour proceedings, disciplinary procedures, contract negotiation, redundancies, and other labour-related restructuring scenarios. João Pedro Alves Pereira leads the practice and specialises in representing nationals and multinationals in dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

João Pedro Alves Pereira


‘In depth knowledge of local jurisdiction combined with sufficient knowledge of international jurisdictions to immediately know where there are important differences in approach when handling multi-jurisdictional legal disputes.’

‘João Pedro Alves Pereira – knowledge of how to apply local jurisdictional issues that are part of a wider multi-jurisdictional dispute.’

Key clients


Archon Systems

Eleven Sports


Free Now

IPG Mediabrands

IRIS HR Consulting




Work highlights

  • Advising Eleven Sports Group concerning the dismissal of an employee belonging to the group’s board.
  • Assisting Ride Hive in a collective dismissal procedure resulting from the closing down of the Hive business in Portugal.
  • Advising FREE NOW on the possibility (and relevant legal implications) of implementing a flexible rotation shifts regime for the employees of Mytaxi Portugal and Transopco working in customer service centres.

Portugal > TMT Tier 5

With a particular focus on the media and advertising sector, APTS – Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L. advises a variety of clients on day-to-day matters. The team, which is led by João Pedro Alves Pereira, is adept in handling a range of transactional, regulatory and contentious issues.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Avery Tico S.R.L.

Checkpoint Systems

CVmaker B.V.

Docaposte Arkhineo

Free Now

Iniciativas de Meios

Intelligent Apps

The Interpublic Group of Companies

Megameios, ACE

Orion Worldwide

Work highlights

  • Advised Docaposte on the applicable rules of Portuguese law on dematerialisation and electronic storage.
  • Advising Cvmaker on the legal implications of implementing a CV database tool in its app/website.
  • Assisting Iniciativas de Meios in respect of a joint venture project with e-commerce platform Shopkit.
Aviation and transportation João Marques Almeida
Corporate/M&A João Pedro Alves Pereira
Dispute resolution José Alves Pereira
Dispute resolution Miguel Teixeira de Sousa
Intellectual property Belén Granados
Insurance Luís Franco e Abreu
Employment João Pedro Alves Pereira
Insolvency and restructuring João Marques Almeida
Real estate José Alves Pereira
TMT Belén Granados
Projects/mining Luis Franco e Abreu
Projects/mining João Pedro Alves Pereira
Arbitration/mediation José Alves Pereira
Number of lawyers : 14
IAG International
L2B Aviation
European Air Law Association (EALA)
International Bar Association (IBA)

APTS’s international work includes drafting and negotiation of international contracts, real estate deals, M&A and equity purchase and transactions in Portuguese-speaking countries, working in collaboration with well-reputed local firms. It also has vast experience in dispute resolution matters, with some of its senior partners having acted as arbitrators in international arbitration claims.  

As a member of several international networks of lawyers, including LAWorld, IP IT Law and L2B Aviation, APTS has the capacity to work globally, as it benefits from its presence on these global networks.  

The firm also has corresponding law firms in Angola (Luanda), Cape Verde (Praia) and Mozambique (Maputo). 

APTS and its partners are active members of several international networks and associations, including IBA (International Bar Association), EALA (European Air Law Association) and ITechLaw. 

The lawyers of APTS are fluent in Portuguese, English, German, French, Italian and Spanish.