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

Headed by Joao Marques De Almeida, the transport practice at APTS - Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L. is prominent in the aviation sector, where it boasts a proven track record in insurance and liability disputes as well as aircraft financing. Another key practitioner is José Alves Pereira, who is often instructed in high-profile aviation disputes.

Practice head(s):

João Marques de Almeida

Other key lawyers:


‘Very responsive, very commercial and providing excellent advice. My go-to Portuguese law firm for aviation matters.’

‘João Marques de Almeida is extremely knowledgeable and offers clear and commercial advice.’

Key clients


Aegean Airlines

AIG Europe

Air Charter Service

Aircraft Engine Lease Finance (AELF)

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE

ANA Aeroportos

AXA France/XL Insurance

AON Corporation

Arik Air

Arkefly (TUI Airlines)

Bombardier Aerospace Corporation

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

Eisele Flugdienst GmbH

Fidelidade-Mundial (Império Bonança)


Global Aerospace


Honeywell Aerospace

HW Clemens, GmbH

Korean Air

Kühne+Nagel (group of companies)

L3Harris Technologies, Inc.

LAM – Mozambican Airlines (Confidential)

La Réunion Aérienne

Landmark Aviation

OGMA-Indústria Aeronáutica de Portugal, SA


Pratt & Whitney Canada

Sky Aviation Leasing

Swedish Skydiving Federation

The Aviation Factory

UAS International Trip Support

Work highlights

  • Assisted Aircraft Engine Lease Finance in the lease termination, re-delivery and de-registration of an Airbus A330-223 aircraft and subsequent court dispute with the lessee.
  • Acted for the Portuguese airport operator ANA Aeroportos and its international insurer, Allianz France, in a dispute with an international airline involving a collision.
  • Acting for OGMA, Embraer’s local subsidiary for Maintenance, Repair and Overall – MRO, and its insurers in a dispute involving an aircraft accident immediately after heavy maintenance being performed.

Portugal > Insolvency and restructuring Tier 4

APTS - Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L. acts for creditors and debtors and has extensive experience in restructuring procedures, insolvency work and winding-up proceedings. Joao Marques De Almeida heads the team and is well versed in cross-border insolvency proceedings; he works alongside João Pedro Alves Pereira, who leads the firm’s employment practice.

Practice head(s):

João Marques de Almeida

Other key lawyers:

João Alves Pereira

Key clients

Ameriprise Financial

Amway Iberia, SA

B2S – Sistemas de Informação, Lda

Dupi Import SL

Free Now, Unip. Lda

Garza Capital, SL

Geobrugg Ibérica, SAU

Grammer AG

IPG Mediabrands

Lanificio Zignone S.p.A.

Megameios, ACE

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

  • Represented a leading Italian textile company in the insolvency proceedings of Dielmar, a premium menswear manufacturer.
  • Advised the Interpublic Group of Companies (Mediabrands Portugal) on the insolvency proceedings of several local companies.
  • Represented several institutional senior bondholders in the judicial liquidation of Banco Espírito Santo.

Portugal > Intellectual property Tier 4

With extensive experience in IP matters in the media, advertising and entertainment sectors, Belen Granados leads the IP team at APTS - Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L.. The group is particularly skilled in trade mark registration and enforcement matters and acts for a roster of domestic and international clients.

Practice head(s):

Belén Granados

Key clients

The Interpublic Group of Companies

Iniciativas de Meios


Polyrix inc


Universal Media


Mediabrands Portugal

Work highlights

  • Advised the Interpublic Group of Companies on the management of several EU and domestic trade marks.
  • Assisted Mediabrands Portugal in the negotiation of the ownership of IP rights and copyrights concerning the creative concepts or ideas developed by its agencies under several digital and media services agreements.
  • Acted for HUNGERIT Zrt in the conversion of an EU trade mark application with the INPI, the Portuguese Institute of Industrial Property.

Portugal > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

Primarily focused on non-transactional corporate law matters, the commercial, corporate and M&A practice at APTS - Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L. is called upon by a variety of companies across the media, IT, retail, telecoms and transport sectors. Under the leadership of José Alves Pereira, the team is also active in due diligence procedures in the context of M&A deals, incorporations and business transfers.

Practice head(s):

João Alves Pereira

Key clients

Amino Communications Limited

Checkpoint Systems

Esaote S.p.A.

G-Core Labs


Mulberry Corp. Limited

Online Sports 2 0

Rentokil Initial


Sabadell Venture Capital

Work highlights

  • Reviewing and revising the Rowenta’s online sales terms and conditions.
  • Assisted in the incorporation of the Portuguese subsidiary KINESSO PORTUGAL, UNIPESSOAL LDA.
  • 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

The dispute resolution team at APTS - Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L. is especially focused on cross-border litigation, often representing domestic and international clients in commercial and contractual disputes. Other areas of strength for the practice include insurance claims, debt recovery proceedings and insolvency cases. The group is led by João Marques de Almeida, who draws on more than 20 years of experience handling litigation and arbitration cases. He works alongside José Alves Pereira, a founding member of the Portuguese Arbitration Association.

Practice head(s):

João Marques de Almeida

Key clients

Aircraft Engine Lease Finance, Ltd

Archer Daniels Midland

AIG Europe

ANA Aeroportos

AXA|/XL Insurance

Allianz France

Assuranceforeningen SKULD

Club Med



Geobrugg Ibérica, SAU

Guinea Foods SDN. BHD.

IPG Mediabrands


La Réunion

L3Harris Technologies, Inc

Polyrix, Inc

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

The Tenant Solution, SL

Threadneedle Asset Management, Ltd

Veralia Corporación

Work highlights

  • Advised ADM International, a Swiss company that trades agricultural raw materials, on a contractual dispute involving the tolling of sunflower seed into sunflower seed meal and sunflower oil.
  • Represented several institutional senior bondholders in the judicial liquidation of BES Bank.
  • Acted for Aircraft Engine Lease Finance on the debt recovery and court enforcement of guarantees related to the early termination of a leasing agreement of an Airbus A330-223 aircraft.

Portugal > Employment Tier 5

The ‘commercial, speedy and responsive’ employment practice at APTS - Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L. is instructed by corporate clients and individual professionals in a wide range of matters, most notably labour litigation, pension and social security issues, disciplinary actions and dismissals. The team is led by João Pedro Alves Pereira, who draws on more than 25 years of experience acting for domestic and international companies in restructurings and judicial proceedings.

Practice head(s):

João Pedro Alves Pereira


‘Understanding of client’s needs. Very responsive. Great in explaining complicated legal issues in a simple manner to clients. Solves problems, not creating issues.’

‘Listens to clients’ needs. Understanding approach.’

‘Particularly strong in cross-border employment litigation.’

‘Commercial, speedy and responsive.’

Key clients


Archon Systems

Associação Fraunhofer Portugal Research

Eleven Sports


Free Now

IPG Mediabrands

IRIS HR Consulting



Work highlights

  • Advised Free Now on hiring policies affecting its Portuguese employees.
  • Acted for Eleven Sports in a labour claim against a former member of its board of directors.
  • Advised Metamap, Inc on the legal options for moving several IT engineers to Portugal to work under an employment contract or exclusively as freelancers.

Portugal > TMT Tier 5

Led by João Alves Pereira, who has more than 25 years of experience handling TMT matters, the team at APTS - Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L. is particularly active in the media and advertising segments. Its recent workload included IT contracts, licensing matters, GDPR compliance, NDAs and privacy policies.

Practice head(s):

João Pedro Alves Pereira


‘I can confirm that APTS – Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa is a very good law firm.’

‘João Pedro Alves Pereira is recommended.’

Key clients


Checkpoint Systems

Corporate Benefits Group

Docaposte Arkhineo

Free Now

Initiative Media

Intelligent Apps

Matrix / Cloudzone

Megameios, ACE

MetaMap, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Docaposte Arkhineo on the applicable rules of Portuguese law on dematerialisation and electronic storage.
  • Acted for Matrix in international data transfer matters, cookie policies and employee data collection issues.
  • Assisted Archon Systems in the reviewing of its consumer data privacy policy and cookies policy.
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.