Sérvulo & Associados > Lisbon, Portugal > Firm Profile

Sérvulo & Associados
RUA GARRETT N° 64
1200-204 LISBOA
Portugal

Portugal > Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 1

Sérvulo & Associados' corporate crime and regulatory compliance group represents high-profile clients in some of Portugal’s largest cases. The team often represents individuals, companies and institutions in financial and corruption-related cases, handling a range of criminal and administrative litigation. José Lobo Moutinho has a well-established practice focusing on media, life sciences and competition-related corporate crime and regulatory matters. Teresa Serra co-leads the department and has a strong compliance, white-collar crime, and commercial and civil litigation practice. Ana de Brito Camacho and Claudia Amorim are also noted.

Practice head(s):

José Lobo Moutinho; Teresa Serra

Other key lawyers:

Cláudia Amorim; Ana Brito Camacho; Maria Joana Cabral

Testimonials

‘The law firm is very attentive to the details of the process and intervenes as soon as it detects an opportunity to intervene.’

‘José Lobo Moutinho has great availability, efficiency and problem solving ability.’

‘The team has proved to be very competent and well-articulated, with high legal and procedural knowledge and with great professional experience. Their thorough preparation of the various stages of the process, with particular emphasis on court proceedings is to be highlighted.’

‘José Moutinho, as well as Cláudia Amorim and Maria Joana Cabral revealed to be holders of great critical sense and experience, as well as objectivity and relevance in the analysis and approach to the issues that have arisen throughout the process. Also noteworthy is the professionalism and attention in the relationship with the client.’

Key clients

SDT ELECTRÓNICA, SA

Nextera – Agribusiness & Consulting, Unipessoal, Lda.

INFRAESTRUTURAS DE PORTUGAL, IP (Ex-REFER – Rede Ferroviária Nacional)

Secretaria Geral da Presidência da República Portuguesa

ANEPC (Emergency and Civil Protection National Authority)

Sporting Clube de Portugal – Futebol SAD

Cartágua – Águas do Cartaxo, S.A.

Lisaltur – Lisboa, Algarve, Turismo, S.A.

SECIL

Tecniferti, S.A.

Libertas, S.A.

Paybyrd, B.V.

Municipality of Peniche

Work highlights

  • Represents Secretaria Geral da Presidência da República Portuguesa in a criminal proceeding against, among others, the former director of Presidência da República’s Museum.
  • Representing Lisaltur – Lisboa, Algarve, Turismo, in a criminal trial concerning allegations of forgery, misappropriation and embezzlement.
  • Representing an individual in a criminal case known as Visa Branco, allegedly involving facilitation of illegal immigration and falsification of documents.

Portugal > Public law Tier 1

Enjoying an ‘outstanding reputation in the area of public law', Sérvulo & Associados is the ‘go-to law firm' for the most complex and high-profile administrative law issues and groundbreaking projects in the country. With a strong presence in all regulated sectors, including banking, transport, healthcare, water and waste, energy, telecoms and education, the team is sought after for its unparalleled experience in public procurement, concessions, privatisations and high-stakes litigation. Rui Medeiros focuses on constitutional law and related contentious matters; João Amaral e Almeida advises on public procurement and public law-related disputes; and Mark Kirkby is often retained by the Portuguese government and other public entities in relation to concessions and PPPs. The core team also includes José Manuel Sérvulo Correia, who is a reference in the market, Ana Luísa Guimarães, who also co-heads the infrastructure projects team, and Duarte Rodrigues Silva, whose areas of activity include public procurement and administrative litigation.

Practice head(s):

Rui Medeiros; João Amaral e Almeida; Mark Kirkby

Other key lawyers:

José Manuel Sérvulo Correia; Ana Luísa Guimarães; Duarte Rodrigues Silva; Pedro Fernández Sánchez; Francisca Mendes da Costa; Henrique Rodrigues da Silva; Paula Bordado Faustino

Testimonials

Sérvulo & Associados is the go-to law firm in public law matters. They provide the know-how, confidence and trustworthiness one associates with a firm carrying such a proven track record and combine it with an extremely dedicated and available team.’

‘Sérvulo & Associados has an outstanding reputation in the area of Public Law. The work it develops is guided by rigor, excellence and a seal of unrivaled quality. Sérvulo’s Public Law team has lawyers specialised in the most diverse sectors of activity, which gives it a huge variety and a complete and creative response to the issues raised by clients.’

‘Duarte Rodrigues Silva is an excellent lawyer both at a technical level and in terms of client management. Duarte demonstrates a real interest in the client’s areas of activity, is a “problem solver” and always presents an efficient and excellent response. Paula Bordalo Faustino combines her vast technical knowledge with exceptional availability and rigour in the work she delivers to the client.’

‘Ana Luisa Guimarães was my point of contact throught my work with Sérvulo. She was outstanding as far as interpersonal communication, attentiveness to our needs and turnaround time go. There were a number of issues that were extremely time sensitive which were handled extremely well. Where issues were of intercisciplinary nature, she seamlessly coordinated feedback from different departments in Sérvulo in order to provide a holistic work product.’

‘Francisca Mendes da Costa monitored the public procurement process with great dexterity, professionalism and above all with an easy-to-understand language, that is, translating the legal language and translating the actions to be carried out into practical terms.  Also, given her skills in the financial area, she was able to understand the economic and financial part of the project.’

‘Henrique Rodrigues da Silva is an outstanding practitioner with a straightforward approach to problems. He played a critical role in several lawsuits. I would like to emphasise his absolute commitment and availability throughout the processes.’

It is worth highlighting the professionalism of Pedro Fernández Sanchez, who has great knowledge of Administrative Law, magnificent attention to matters and great professionalism.’

‘Rui Medeiros was the one who led the firm’s team of lawyers, demonstrating an enormous capacity to synthesise issues, and a very practical and assertive approach in proposing solutions and legislative paths.’

Key clients

ANACOM

Patel Engineering Limited

SDR Consortium

Metropolitano de Lisboa, E.P.E.

Department of Health Shared Services (SPMS – Serviços Partilhados do Ministério da Saúde, E.P.E.)

INEM – Instituto Nacional de Emergência Médica

Ministry of Finance of Cape Verde

Unity of Special Projects Management (UGPE)

Portuguese Ministry of the Environment and Energy Transition

Millennium BCP

Portuguese Ministry of Education

Fernando L. Gaspar Sinalização e Equipamentos Rodoviários, S.A. (FLGaspar)

Municipality of Câmara de Lobos (Madeira)

Project Fiduciary and Administrative Agency (AFAP)

Metro do Porto

Empresa Martín

Boat Center S.A.

Lusíadas Saúde Group

EDP – Global Solutions, S.A.

Astilleros Gondan, SA

Sporting Clube de Portugal – Futebol SAD

Work highlights

  • Advises ANACOM – the regulatory authority for the electronic communications sector – in the administrative litigation related to the auction procedure for the allocation of radioelectric bands for the implementation of 5G networks.
  • Advising Metropolitano de Lisboa throughout the entire expansion process of the respective metropolitan line, namely in the preparation and launching of the public procurement procedures.
  • Providing legal assistance to the Ministry of the Environment and Energy Transition in the preparation and launching of the third auction for the allocation of reserve titles for the capacity to inject solar PV electric energy into the public grid.

Portugal > Banking and finance Tier 2

Sérvulo & Associados, which is well known for its strong regulatory capabilities, has been increasing its presence in innovative transactions in the sector, notably in refinancing and venture capital deals. In addition to providing regular assistance to leading domestic and international credit and financial institutions, the firm is also instructed by insurance companies, payment service providers and public banks in Portugal in relation to restructuring matters, corporate governance, real estate and acquisition finance. Furthermore, the team is well positioned to advise on ESG-related issues, and offers a multidisciplinary fintech service, providing integrated legal support to companies operating in this ecosystem, at both start-up and more advanced phases. Manuel Magalhães and Paulo Câmara, who is recommended for regulatory matters, jointly head the practice, which also includes Verónica Fernández, who excels in compliance issues, and Francisco Barona, a key contact for transactional work. Inês Palma Ramalho is experienced in the full array of financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Magalhães; Paulo Câmara

Other key lawyers:

Verónica Fernández; Francisco Barona; Sofia Thibaut Trocado; Francisco Boavida Salavessa; Inês Palma Ramalho

Testimonials

‘Full availability and quick response times; interdisciplinary technical skills, which translate into the ability to respond to requests of different natures in the same process; professionalism and versatility of lawyers, including in the negotiation process with counterparties; ability to present solutions to the challenges posed.’

‘Manuel Magalhães and Francisco Boavida Salavessa stand out for their quality of work and proximity to the client.’

‘The Banking and Finance team of Servulo is multidisciplinary and includes a fair number of associates and partners capable of providing legal support in all stages of the transaction. The allocation of resources across the different stages (with more intervention by more senior lawyers in the structuring and negotiations phases, and bigger presence of more junior lawyers at documentation phase, closing and processing of conditions precedent) has been appropriately and efficiently managed.’

‘Manuel Magalhães and Sofia Trocado are very knowledgeable and experienced and business oriented. Their approach is prudent and based on in-depth legal analysis, but they are also pragmatic and manage to propose well-founded tailor-made solutions to problems arising in the context of the transaction. They are excellent communicators, which stands out during the negotiations of financing agreements.

‘I am working closely with Inês Palma Ramalho, who is in my opinion a rising star in the FinTech industry. She is knowledgable, practical, proactive, innovative and business oriented.’

‘Sérvulo & Associados strives for professionalism, efficiency and excellent technical knowledge, making working with this law firm an asset.’

‘Sérvulo’s Banking / Finance team has provided an exceptional service. It has had an enormous capacity to respond to many topics, some very specific to the sector and the company, always with great quality in the responses.’

‘I would clearly recommend Francisco Salavessa at the partner level for his quality, knowledge, ability to analyse and build creative/intelligent solutions. He stands out for his enormous availability and empathy with the client, creating a partnership relationship.’

Key clients

Banco Comercial Português, S.A.

Novo Banco, S.A.

Montepio Investimento, S.A.

Banco Santander Totta, S.A.

BBVA – Instituição Financeira de Crédito, S.A.

Oney Bank, S.A – Sucursal em Portugal

EDP Comercial

Saltpay Portugal, S.A. (former PAGAQUI – Pagamentos e Carregamentos, S.A.)

BES – Banco Espírito Santo, S.A. – Em Liquidação

BANIF – Banco Internacional do Funchal, S.A. – Em Liquidação

Société Générale Equipment Finance Iberia EFC, S.A.

Banco Credibom, S.A.

Orey Financial – Instituição Financeira de Crédito, S.A. – Em Liquidação

Caixa Económica Montepio Geral

Work highlights

  • Assisted BBVA in a comprehensive gap analysis exercise on the entity’s policies and practices regarding one of the most significant regulatory instruments issued by the Portuguese Central Bank in 2020 (Regulation 3/2020).
  • Provides ongoing day-to-day assistance to BANIF, a Portuguese listed credit institution, after the application of a resolution measure by the Bank of Portugal.
  • Assisted Banco Comercial Português (Millennium BCP) in the structuring, negotiation and closing of a sale and purchase agreement involving investment units in a closed real estate investment fund.

Portugal > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Singled out for its ‘unmatched experience and total availability', Sérvulo & Associados fields a team of ‘excellent lawyers' who are adept at handling high-profile litigation and arbitration cases, encompassing corporate crime, regulatory compliance, administrative proceedings and civil and commercial disputes. Financial litigation is at the core of the practice; the team is seen with great regularity acting for major banks in large-scale matters, including insolvency cases and cross-border mandates. António Teles excels in commercial litigation, and is also noted for his broad knowledge of pharmaceutical disputes. He oversees the department with João Saúde, who focuses on dispute resolution in the banking, construction and sports sectors, and Mafalda Ferreira Santos, who is skilled in in- and out-of-court proceedings.

Practice head(s):

António Teles; João Saúde; Mafalda Ferreira Santos

Other key lawyers:

Miguel Santos Almeida; Alexandra Valpaços; Nuno Temudo Vieira

Testimonials

‘I have been very impressed with its ability to blend, in connection with an important litigation matter, an aggressive/creative approach with a lot of practicality, paving the way for an unusual application of enforcement law. João Saúde has extraordinary experience and nothing phases him; Alexandra Valpaços is detail-oriented and on top of the matter. They have proven responsive, deliberate, assertive, and, as noted, creative. Top notch!’

‘In the provision of services, the technical capacity and level of experience stand out.’

‘I highlight the work undertaken by António Teles, Alexandra Valpaços, and Mafalda Ferreira Santos.’

‘Unmatched experience, total availability, excellent lawyers, full awareness of problems and presentation of solution strategies.’

‘The team is highly qualified and available for the various topics that are presented to them, from the preparation to the follow-up in judgment.’

‘Sérvulo has supported us in several large-scale litigation actions. Always shows great knowledge of the business area, great technical skills and availability.’

‘The quality of service provided by the company is unparalleled. There are departments dedicated to specific subjects, which makes the firm more versatile in terms of responsiveness.’

‘All partners and associates deserve distinction for their dedication and attention to the client.’

Key clients

TAP – Transportes Aéreos Portugueses, SGPS, S.A.

BANCO ESPÍRITO SANTO, S.A. – Em Liquidação (BES)

BANCO INTERNACIONAL DO FUNCHAL, S.A. – Em Liquidação (BANIF)

BANCO PRIVADO PORTUGUÊS, S.A. – Em Liquidação (BPP)

Tabaqueira – Empresa Industrial de Tabacos S.A.

São Tomé and Príncipe Republic

Banco San Juan Internacional, Inc.

Hospital da Luz, S.A.

Massa Insolvente da Interlog – Informática, S.A.

Autoridade Nacional de Emergência e Proteção Civil (ANEPC)

SPORTING CLUBE DE PORTUGAL – FUTEBOL, SAD

EDP Group

Lusíadas Saúde Group – United HealthCare Group

Águas do Centro Litoral, S.A.

Touch – Comércio, Importação, Exportação e Representação, Unipessoal, Lda.

Interfundos – Gestão de Fundos de Investimento Imobiliário, S.A.

Altri Florestal, S.A.

Entreposto Gestão Imobiliária, S.A.

Caixa Económica Montepio Geral, Caixa Económica Bancária, S.A.

INFRAESTRUTURAS DE PORTUGAL, IP (Ex-REFER – Rede Ferroviária Nacional)

Casa Carvalho Cerqueira, SGPS, SA

Libertas – Sociedade Gestora de Fundos de Investimento Imobiliário, S.A.

Ferrovial/MSF – Barragens A.C.E.

Orey Financial – Instituição Financeira de Crédito, S.A. – Em Liquidação

SF Gruppen Aps

Work highlights

  • Acting for TAP in corporate judicial proceedings against SPdH – Serviços Portugueses de Handling, requesting the court to declare void or annul the resolutions approved by SPdH’s board of directors in April 2021.
  • Successfully advised São Tomé and Príncipe Republic on an investment arbitration against the National Investment Bank and its shareholders.
  • Represented Tabaqueira – Empresa Industrial de Tabacos and Tabaqueira II in a dispute brought by several wholesalers of tobacco products concerning the supply agreements.

Portugal > EU and competition Tier 2

Sérvulo & Associados' broad and versatile competition law practice has a strong reputation for handling complex state aid matters, cartel investigations and cases before the European Commission. Clients from an array of industries - including energy, telecoms, transport, retail, healthcare and financial services - also turn to the team for advice on merger clearance, antitrust compliance programmes and private enforcement issues. Miguel Gorjão-Henriques, who heads the department, assists private and public sector clients in the entire spectrum of EU and competition mandates; he is particularly noted for his experience in life sciences-related matters and restrictive practices. He receives key support from Alberto Saavedra, who has a strong background in merger control and state aid at the national and EU level.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Gorjão-Henriques

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Technical acumen and practical approach.’

‘Miguel Gorjão-Henriques and Alberto Saavedra make up a great team. Fully available and client-oriented.’

‘The Sérvulo team has significant strength in legal analysis. Partners and senior associates are able to draft clear and compelling legal documents for the courts. They also have a collaborative working style, working closely with the client to get the right data, analyse the issues in detail, and then present the legal arguments to the Board of the company and the Judge. Sérvulo punches much above its size in the competition law arena in Portugal, being trusted by very large companies.’

‘Our work with Sérvulo has allowed me to work with Miguel Gorjão-Henriques, who is an extremely knowledgeable lawyer with PhD credentials. Miguel has a trusted relationship with senior executives at some of Portugal’s largest companies. Alberto Saavedra drafts legal arguments in a forensic and high impact way. Alberto has been the lead author of significant statements filed in court proceedings and has masterfully handled the production of these complex documents, including working with the company and external economists.’

Key clients

Portuguese Government

Banco Português de Fomento – BPF (National Development Bank)

Government of the Madeira Autonomous Region

EuroBic Bank

Portuguese Pharmaceutical Industry Association (APIFARMA)

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Portuguese Federation of Tobacco Wholesalers (“FPGT”)

Jerónimo Martins

Municipality of Lisbon

JMDB

Fresenius Medical Care group

Work highlights

  • Advised the Portuguese government and SPGM on the largest ever state aid scheme case in Portugal (€13bn to support the economy as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic).
  • Provided assistance to Antin Infrastructure Partners, a private equity firm focused on infrastructure investments, in relation to the acquisition of Miya.

Portugal > Insolvency and restructuring Tier 2

Bringing together a multidisciplinary team with expertise across financing, governance and dispute resolution, Sérvulo & Associados has a strong track record in complex and high-profile liquidation cases in Portugal and Europe. The team has recently experienced an uptick in instructions related to restructuring and insolvency proceedings as well as transactions involving distressed assets. Also noteworthy is the team’s collaboration in the implementation of an IT platform for the management of the liquidation proceedings of three major Portuguese banks - BES, BANIF and BPP. The department is under the joint leadership of four partners: Manuel Magalhães, who is particularly experienced in insolvencies in the financial sector; Mafalda Ferreira Santos, whose areas of expertise include in- and out-of-court restructuring and insolvency issues; António Teles and João Saúde.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Magalhães; Mafalda Ferreira Santos; António Teles; João Saúde

Other key lawyers:

Maria José Lourenço; Alexandra Valpaços

Testimonials

‘Professionalism of members and proximity to the client.’

‘Manuel Magalhães is recommended.’

‘Technical capacity, namely in the legal combination of the different rules that govern a liquidation process, in the legal assessment of “new” matters, in which there are no previous decisions in the Portuguese courts. Rigour in the assessment of all the subjects.’

‘The knowledge and competence of Mafalda Ferreira Santos are evident in the management of litigation processes in matters of insolvency.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the subject matter.’

Key clients

TAP – Transportes Aéreos Portugueses, S.A.

BANCO ESPÍRITO SANTO, S.A. – Em Liquidação (BES)

BANCO INTERNACIONAL DO FUNCHAL, S.A. – Em Liquidação (BANIF)

BANCO PRIVADO PORTUGUÊS, S.A. – Em Liquidação (BPP)

FERROVIAL/MSF – BARRAGENS A.C.E.

Monumental Residence – Empreendimentos Imobiliários, SA

Orey Financial – Instituição Financeira de Crédito, S.A. – Em Liquidação

Grünenthal

Nilit France, S.A.

Exact Software Iberia, S.L.

Work highlights

  • Represents TAP in the insolvency proceedings of SPdH – Serviços Portugueses de Handling, a company that provides handling services.
  • Acting as lawyers of BES, as well as of its Winding-Up Board, in pre-litigation and litigation matters.
  • Representing BANIF in almost all the pending proceedings against the client, as well as in all legal actions related to the resolution measure.

Portugal > Intellectual property Tier 2

Sérvulo & Associados is highly regarded for its presence in the life sciences sector, most notably in patent litigation. Additionally, the department is equipped to act for companies from the fashion and food and beverage sectors in relation to trade mark and copyright contentious matters. Department head Ana Rita Paínho handles a steady flow of matters involving trade marks, patents, franchising and distribution agreements, but particularly stands out for her track record in disputes concerning pharmaceutical patents. ‘A remarkable IP lawyer with extensive experience in litigation’, Mariana Costa Pinto excels in patents and European trade marks.

Practice head(s):

Ana Rita Paínho

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Highly specialised team demonstrating an unusual capacity for analysis even in the most complex cases. Advice is carried out in a very precise and timely manner.’

‘Ana Rita Paínho – Extensive experience in the area demonstrating an unusual capacity to outline a winning strategy. Mariana Costa Pinto – An enviable record of success in cases in which she has intervened. A remarkable IP lawyer with extensive experience in litigation.’

‘Mariana Costa Pinto, whose performance was fundamental to the success obtained in the process in question, deserves to be highlighted. Her initiative and availability, the help provided throughout the process was a distinguishing factor.’

‘Mariana Costa Pinto and Ana Rita Painho are tireless and very competent. Explanations are clear and answers concise.’

‘Ana Rita Painho and Mariana Costa are two great specialists that provide solid and reliable advice in a timely manner and in a very cost efficient way. They both have deep knowledge of the industry and of the patent legal issues.’

‘The people with whom I have been in contact in this firm are extremely affable, polite and show great willingness and knowledge to resolve the issues presented.’

‘I would like to highlight Mariana Costa Pinto, for being extremely interested and committed to finding a solution to the issues raised.’

‘What stands out the most is the availability and speed of response to the questions asked.’

Key clients

Insud Pharma SL

Teva Group

Aurobindo Pharma Group

Laboratórios Leon Farma S.A.

Pharos

Laboratórios Liconsa

Pêra-Grave – Sociedade Unipessoal, Lda.

F9 Consulting

Hope Care

Philip Morris

Nephrocare Portugal

Senseidata, S.A.

Fresenius Medical Care AG

Mauser Werke GmbH

Generis SA

Exeltis Healthcare SL

Egis Pharmaceuticals PLC

Work highlights

  • Representing Aurobindo Pharma Group concerning multiple active principles in the context of reference medicines vs. generic medicines.
  • Acting for Philip Morris in patent litigation involving the non-heated tobacco branded as IQOs.
  • Assisting Senseidata in the registration of trade marks.

Portugal > Planning law Tier 2

Acting for major real estate investors, companies, banks and funds, the planning team at Sérvulo & Associados advises on a large share of planning and licensing matters related to development in the Portuguese market. Zoning and planning expert Eduardo Gonçalves Rodrigues leads the team and also works alongside the firm’s wider real estate practice, particularly on residential and touristic developments, where his experience as an architect is valuable to clients. Litigation and urban licensing specialist Filipa Névoa works closely alongside Rodrigues.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Gonçalves Rodrigues

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘In addition to the technical quality of the work team, I emphasize the commitment to the client, without disregarding the concern with the defense of the public interest.’

‘I highlight Eduardo Gonçalves Rodrigues, my privileged interlocutor at Sérvulo, for the consistency of his ethical and behavioral values, along with his technical knowledge of the subjects.’

‘Eduardo Gonçalves: Helpful and always ready to present new perspectives and examples for a given challenge.’

‘Eduardo is excellent. Superb knowledge and incisive mind.’

Key clients

Interfundos – Gestão de Fundos de Investimento Imobiliário S.A.

FOCUS GROUP II – Design & Consultancy, Lda.

New Paradigm – Investimentos Imobiliários, Lda.

Ponta do Oeste – Sociedade de Promoção e Desenvolvimento da Zona Oeste da Madeira (SPDPO)

Work highlights

  • Assisted Interfundos on the planning matters of the Golfe Praia da Marinha (GPM) project.
  • Assisted Focus Group II on the execution of the Vidais Industrial Detail Plan.
  • Advised New Paradigm on the execution of a plotting project aiming to execute the UOPG3 Detail Plan.

Portugal > Projects and project finance Tier 2

Public law powerhouse Sérvulo & Associados advises clients in the private and public sphere operating in a range of sectors, including water and waste, energy, transport, healthcare and defence. Public procurement procedures are naturally an area of strength, but the team is also proficient in development mandates and international projects through the recent establishment of its African desk and Sérvulo Latitude⦵, the multilateral network of partnerships that the firm coordinates in Portuguese-speaking countries. Mark Kirkby, whose areas of expertise include public procurement, administrative litigation and PPPs, leads the team with Ana Luísa Guimarães, who focuses on concessions, projects and regulated sectors, notably water, waste management, energy and transport. Francisca Mendes da Costa, whose advice ‘certainly facilitates investment in this area and enhances the firm’s success', is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Mark Kirkby; Ana Luísa Guimarães

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘What makes Sérvulo e Associados unique is its mastery of matters in the area of public law, based on a strong academic component, rigour and absolute mastery of the subjects. The work provided is of excellent quality.’

‘Ana Luísa Guimarães has an attentive, rigorous and flexible approach, always seeking to understand the client’s perspective, but not losing sight of the demands of the legislative framework. She is a lawyer who is always looking for solutions, has extraordinary mental agility and a very broad perspective, which is not restricted to the area of law, as she has an MBA.’

‘The technical team we work with, namely in the area of transport and mobility (in particular Ana Luísa Guimarães) are very helpful, encourage the exchange of ideas and knowledge, are available to discuss matters related to the area and provide a close service.’

‘The following stand out: The quality and technical capacity of the team that has advised us; availability demonstrated; clarity of legal opinions. We also emphasise the clarity and transparency of the billing model used.’

‘Sérvulo & Associados has grown and developed a lot in the Projects area, with results that are very visible and praised in the market, and with the very committed involvement of a group of lawyers. I would particularly like to highlight Francisca Mendes da Costa, whose enthusiasm, pragmatic spirit and orientation towards solutions and results, as well as her availability and relationship with the Client, certainly facilitates investment in this area and enhances the firm’s success. In terms of innovations, I would highlight the effective and pragmatic form of legal advice in the context of the presentation of proposals in international tenders, namely for the signing of concession contracts linked to large projects.’

‘In the area of public procurement, I highlight the competence and availability of Ana Luísa Guimarães and her team.’

‘It also has a wide network of contacts, which allows it to associate external entities, from various jurisdictions, which make it possible to make the structure more complex according to the client’s final objective.’

‘Excellent knowledge of public law and the legal framework applicable to the Mobility and Transport Ecosystem.’

Key clients

Ministry of Finance of Cape Verde

Unity of Special Projects Management (UGPE)

Sociedade de Desenvolvimento do Porto Santo (SDPS)

LX Capital

Portuguese Ministry of the Environment and Energy Transition

Autonomous Region of Madeira / Regional Government of Madeira

Lusíadas Saúde Group

Metropolitan Area of Lisbon (AML)

Metropolitan Transports of Lisbon (TML)

Metropolitan Area of Oporto (AMP)

CIM Alto Alentejo

Municipality of Portimão

Municipality of Marinha Grande

Municipalities of Tondela, Tábua, Carregal do Sal and Santa Comba Dão

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Metropolitano de Lisboa, E.P.E.

World Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised LX Capital on a call for tenders opened by the Municipality of Lisbon for a PPP regarding properties located in the Benfica area, in the context of the Municipality’s Affordable Rent Programme.
  • Provided Portuguese law advice to Antin Infrastructure Partners in the context of the acquisition of a majority stake in Miya group, which operates six municipal concessions in Portugal.
  • Providing legal assistance to Lusíadas SGPS in the preparation and submission of the proposal for the new public tender procedure for the PPP for the management and provision of healthcare at Cascais Hospital.

Portugal > Capital markets Tier 3

Sérvulo & Associados' capital markets group, which comes under the banner of its finance and governance practice, brings together practitioners with expertise across private equity, investment funds, fintech, capital markets transactions and financial services regulation. The team, which is highly regarded for its regulatory and governance knowledge, is well positioned to assist with cross-border mandates involving Portuguese-speaking African jurisdictions, proven by the recent launch of its international network of law firms SÉRVULO LATITUDE⦵. Co-head Paulo Câmara is recognised for his comprehensive capital markets practice, and is particularly singled out for his regulatory expertise in the fields of securities law, corporate governance and ESG. Câmara co-leads the practice with Manuel Magalhães.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Câmara; Manuel Magalhães

Other key lawyers:

Verónica Fernández; Francisco Barona; Maria Gabriela Teixeira Duarte; José Guilherme Gomes

Testimonials

The characteristic that most distinguishes the law firm is its ability to establish a true partnership with the client and provide an ever-present support.’

Excellent highly qualified and dedicated professionals.’

‘Paulo Câmara – easy dialogue and close relationship with the Client. Professional with lots of sharing writings. Person always available regardless of the means used, telephone for example.’

‘Paulo Câmara – Specialist in the financial market, namely in capital markets, banking and insurance. Very dedicated and knowledgeable, a leader in consultancy and advice. Verónica Fernández – An expert in the financial, banking, capital market and insurance sectors.’

‘The team is highly valued in the market, with a good quality/price balance. The team I work with is very available, very well qualified and very quick to respond. A team that is always up to date with the latest legislative changes and that gives well-founded and well-analysed answers.’

‘Paulo Câmara – a partner with a lot of experience and knowledge of the market and the law. Maria Gabriela Teixeira Duarte – an exceptional associate, with great availability and willingness to respond to the specific needs of clients, showing versatility in analysing the questions raised.’

‘Paulo Câmara is an excellent professional, extremely knowledgeable about the capital market and matters of corporate governance, who combines an extremely human posture close to the client with a professional aspect of excellence.’

‘Their competence, focus and transparency throughout the entire process is beyond reproach. Whenever we start a new project, we are provided with the necessary tools to manage expectations until the end without surprises.’

Key clients

Autonomous Region of Madeira

FLEXDEAL SIMFE, S.A.

Novo Banco Group

EDP – ENERGIAS DE PORTUGAL, S.A.

INTERFUNDOS – SOCIEDADE GESTORA DE ORGANISMOS DE INVESTIMENTO COLETIVO, S.A.

EDMOND DE ROTHSCHILD EUROPE – SUCURSAL PORTUGUESA

CREST CAPITAL PARTNERS – SCR, S.A.

HCAPITAL PARTNERS – SCR, S.A.

GNB – Sociedade Gestora de Fundos de Investimento Mobiliário, S.A.

BANCO DE CABO VERDE

AGMVM

SENSEIDATA, S.A.

FSOIC PARTNERS, SGOIC, S.A.

Euroconsumers

EAGLESTONE CAPITAL PARTNERS – SOCIEDADE DE CAPITAL DE RISCO, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised the Regional Government of Madeira on the legal documentation underlying the issuance of the €458m fixed-rate notes intended to address the exceptional funding needs caused by the Covid-19 pandemic in the region.
  • Provided legal advisory to Flexdeal, which acts as a leading institution in SME investment, in the takeover bid launched by Flexdeal over 19% of Raize’s capital.
  • Provides legal advice to Edmond de Rothschild (Europe) on regulatory matters related to the bank’s activity, namely the centralisation of booking accounts to Luxembourg and the adaptation to MiFID II.

Portugal > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

The ‘multidisciplinary team' at Sérvulo & Associados provides legal support to private and public sector clients across the full spectrum of M&A and corporate and commercial matters. Besides assisting international groups in their inbound investments and commercial contracts in Portugal, the team is also well positioned to handle cross-border restructurings and M&A deals, particularly in the healthcare, energy and infrastructure sectors. Department head Sofia Carreiro has notable strength in joint ventures and commercial contracts. The practice was reinforced by the arrival of Pedro Silveira Borges from SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados, who has a wealth of experience in M&A transactions especially in the energy and healthcare sectors.

Practice head(s):

Sofia Carreiro

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Flexible approach and constructive collaboration.’

‘Sofia Carreiro showed, on a continuous basis full availability and proactiveness to solve and also anticipate issues. Her support has been precious to identify solutions.’

‘Technically the team is very good.’

‘Multidisciplinary team, professional people, and client-oriented attention.’

‘A well-known law firm in Portugal, serious, professional, organised, well-prepared, reliable, always available and ready to help. We would not exchange Sérvulo for any other firm.’

Key clients

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Regional Government of Madeira

EDP – Soluções Comerciais, S.A.

PON EUROPE B.V.

NephroCare Portugal, S.A. (Fresenius Medical Group)

Cifial Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for Antin Infrastructure Partners in the signing of an agreement with Bridgepoint (the seller) to acquire a majority stake in Miya Group.
  • Advised the Regional Government of Madeira in the negotiations regarding the acquisition of the shareholdings held by the private investors in SDM.
  • Advised EDP – Soluções Comerciais on a demerger-merger operation through which EDP SC was extinguished and its assets divided and transferred to several companies of the EDP Group.

Portugal > Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

Sérvulo & Associados is equipped to advise a range of clients on data protection and privacy issues, ranging from GDPR compliance to privacy policies, impact assessments, data share agreements and notifications of breaches. The firm is a popular choice for banking, payment services and insurance clients operating in Portugal, and is also skilled at handling matters involving the retail, automobile and pharmaceutical sectors. The team is under the leadership of João Carmona Dias, José Lobo Moutinho and Ana Rita Paínho, the lattermost of whom is recommended for her ‘deep knowledge not only of data protection but also its application to clients’ business‘.

Other key lawyers:

Inês de Sá

Testimonials

‘The uniqueness of this law firm is based on the simple way they approach legal issues in order to make them easily understood by the client. What distinguishes it from the rest of the market is the proximity, the excellent technical quality, the total availability and the team spirit that they form with the client.’

‘The team includes João Carmona Dias and Inês de Sá. What sets them apart is clearly their technical quality and their ability to communicate clearly and closely and their availability.’

‘Sérvulo has a great team of lawyers specialised in various areas which are necessary to support the daily activities of a company. Servulo has supported our company in an efficient, proactive and pragmatic way, providing great support for a very reasonable fee.’

‘João Carmona Dias is a very experienced lawyer, who is able to explain complex issues in a very clear way, providing pragmatic solutions and always ensuring the client is his priority. He has supported our company in various areas, and his assistance has always been great not only because of his expertise but also because he genuinely cares about the client, he is extremely polite and attentive.’

‘Sérvulo clearly stands out for the attention it pays to every detail of the issues under analysis. They always go beyond the obvious, respond with total diligence and in the required time, have total availability for their clients and are true partners. The quality of service is impeccable.’

I would recommend Ana Rita Paínho. She is decisive and solution oriented. She provides us with quick responses when required, and has deep knowledge of data protection issues.’

‘In the particular process of Privacy and Personal Data Protection, the responsible partner João Carmona Dias is clearly highlighted. Demonstrates in-depth knowledge of the topics covered, analyses the issues from all possible angles. He provides clear, direct advice and conveys tremendous confidence.’

Key clients

EDP Energias de Portugal, S.A.

SenseiData SA

DPD Portugal – Transporte Expresso, S.A.

Porsche Ibérica SL

Grünenthal, S.A.

Teva Group

Verizon Connect Portugal S.A.

Honeywell

Spin, Inc.

Frotcom International

Page Group

Nespresso

Banco BIC Português, S.A.

LG Electronics Portugal, S.A.

Hitachi Consulting Portugal, S.A.

Banco Primus, S.A.

Signify Portugal Unipessoal, Lda.

Ferrero Ibérica, S.A. (Sucursal em Portugal)

Bolt

Oriflame

Banco Santander Totta, S.A.

Banco Credibom, S.A.

Companhia IBM Portuguesa, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Provided legal assistance to EDP in the negotiation of a cloud agreement for IT infrastructure with AWS.
  • Assisted SenseiData in the rollout of autonomous store projects, including all data privacy matters.
  • Assisting DPD in a global compliance project under the GDPR.

Portugal > Employment Tier 3

Sérvulo & Associados' employment law department offers a multidisciplinary team of highly regarded professionals. Advising clients on both collective and individual matters, the team, headed by Rita Canas da Silva, has a broad range of experience across all areas of employment and social security law. The past few years have seen steady expansion of the team, building the overall breadth of expertise. Recent instructions include lay-off procedures, collective dismissals, and privacy issues arising as a consequence of teleworking. Margarida Costa Gomes brings international labour expertise to the practice. Nuno Pais Gomes is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Rita Canas da Silva

Other key lawyers:

Margarida Costa Gomes; Nuno Pais Gomes

Testimonials

‘Excellent level of professionals who link academic area with professional practice.’

‘This law firm stands out for its technical excellence combined with a unique proximity and ability to communicate with the client. Constant availability is also distinctive.’

‘Human, good listeners, flexible, knowledgeable, insightful and confident.’

‘Rita Canas da Silva is technically knowledgeable about the topics presented, meets the requested deadlines, and leads the department so that this is transmitted by the others.’

‘Nuno Pais Gomes is technically knowledgeable about the topics presented and meeting the requested deadlines.’

‘Technical capacity, availability and rigor/detail in the assessment of matters.’

‘Rita Canas da Silva is very available and knowledgeable about all subjects.’

‘This law firm is essentially distinguished by working with great transparency and always taking care of the interests of its clients.’

Key clients

SPORTING CLUBE DE PORTUGAL – FUTEBOL, SAD

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Metropolitan Area of Lisbon (AML)

Metropolitan Area of Oporto (AMP)

Work highlights

  • Represented Sporting Clube de Portugal in several national and foreign legal proceedings against football players who breached their employment contracts and in the context of the termination of the employment contract of a former coach.
  • Assisting Antin Infrastructure Partners on the employment aspects of the acquisition of a majority stake in Miya Group.

Portugal > Energy and natural resources Tier 3

Drawing on its strong know-how in the field of public and regulatory law, Sérvulo & Associados is well versed in an array of matters pertaining to the energy sector. The team stands out for its wide-ranging expertise in the area of electric mobility, self-consumption of renewable energy and ESG-related matters, and is increasingly involved in transactional mandates. Mark Kirkby is regularly retained by private and public entities in the structuring and development of renewable energy projects. This is also an area of expertise for Ana Luísa Guimarães, who is well regarded for her ‘extraordinary knowledge and fantastic negotiating abilities'. Sofia Carreiro is the name to note for corporate transactions involving energy assets.

Practice head(s):

Mark Kirkby; Ana Luísa Guimarães

Other key lawyers:

Sofia Carreiro; Pedro Silveira Borges; Francisca Mendes da Costa

Testimonials

‘Ana Luísa Guimarães has extraordinary knowledge and fantastic negotiating abilities that helps bring transactions to a closure.’

‘The team has a good knowledge of the regulatory environment for electric mobility in Portugal.’

‘Ana Luísa Guimarães demonstrates an enormous willingness to incorporate topics with some urgency in her agenda, complying with timings and deadlines. She also demonstrates the ability to deal with topics with a range and novelty such as those resulting from the field of Electric Mobility, and which requires in-depth knowledge of the energy market, but also of its connection with transport and new technologies.’

‘Exceptional knowledge of regulatory and legal issues relating to the energy sector, promoting tailor-made and pro-business legal guidance, which makes Sérvulo an important partner for strategic decision-making in defining our product and service offerings.’

‘Ana Luísa Guimarães stands out for her technical knowledge, accuracy and promptness.’

Key clients

Portuguese Ministry of the Environment and Energy Transition

EDP Comercial (EDP Group)

EDP Produção (EDP Group)

EDP – Soluções Comerciais, S.A.

EDP Global Solutions (EDP Group)

Aguia Enlica, Lda. (Aquila Capital Group)

Work highlights

  • Providing legal assistance to the Ministry of the Environment and Energy Transition in the preparation and launching of the third auction for the allocation of reserve titles for the capacity to inject solar PV electric energy into the public grid.
  • Advised EDP Comercial regarding the development of its activities and business opportunities within the context of the new legal framework applicable to electric mobility.
  • Assisted EDP Comercial in defining and implementing a pioneering reward-based crowdfunding platform which enables clients to benefit from virtual energy generated by solar panels.

Portugal > Real estate and construction Tier 3

Popular among real estate companies and major investment funds, the multidisciplinary real estate and construction team at Sérvulo & Associados covers a wide range of real estate, tourism and urban planning matters. Able to deal with all aspects of a transaction from acquisition, the transactional offering also covers funding contracts, sales and leasebacks, forward purchasing and turnkey services. Manuel Magalhães is trusted by several major investment funds and leads the practice. The team also includes Sofia Thibaut Trocado, who has extensive expertise advising on real estate financing. Carla Parreira Leandro and Joana Pinto Monteiro are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Magalhães

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I have dealt with legal firms in many countries but have never seen as much efficiency as with SERVULO. What is stunning is how quick and efficiently everything is done.’

‘Experienced Real Estate Team.’

‘I would highlight Carla Leandro.’

‘S&A has always demonstrated a spirit and collaborative attitude that in my opinion is distinctive. Additionally, the availability is always present and a complete knowledge of the problems, consistently proposing adequate solutions.’

‘Dr. Sofia Trocado was unsurpassed in terms of competence and openness to solve all the problems.’

Key clients

Interfundos – Sociedade Gestora de Organismos de Investimento Coletivo, S.A.

AF Portfolio Imobiliário

MULTIUSOS Oriente – Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário Fechado

Banco Comercial Português, S.A.

Millennium BCP

Libertas, S.A.

Fundo Especial de Investimento Imobiliário TDF

Travessa Fresca, Investimentos Unipessoal, Lda.

Cifial, SGPS, SA

Imosotto Acumulação – Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário Fechado

Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário Fechado Imopromoção

Work highlights

  • Assisted Cifial in a complex operation concerning to two factories.
  • Assisted Imosotto in the sale of the headquarters of the Municipality of Seixal.
  • Assisted a fund in the sale of a property located in Várzea, Sintra, for touristic/senior residence purposes to an Angolan group.

Portugal > Tax Tier 3

The team at Sérvulo & Associados ‘demonstrates enormous capacity in managing tax law matters, whether in terms of tax planning or in the follow-up of processes in tax litigation'. The practice is coordinated by tax expert Diogo Feio – who often acts in tax arbitration – and has continued to grow its reputation, acting for domestic and foreign companies, public entities, financial institutions and private clients in an array of mandates. The tax advisory/intelligence team is overseen by Teresa Pala Schwalbach, whose expertise encompasses international and EU tax, M&A transactions, corporate restructuring and indirect taxation; she also heads up the Scandinavian desk. Ana Moutinho Nascimento coordinates the tax litigation group, which is primarily active in administrative and judicial claims, as well as tax inspections. Patricia Guerra Carvalhal has extensive experience representing clients before the tax and customs authority.

Practice head(s):

Diogo Feio

Other key lawyers:

Teresa Pala Schwalbach; Ana Moutinho Nascimento;  Patrícia Guerra Carvalhal

Testimonials

‘Despite having a small team, Sérvulo’s tax practice stands out for the quality of its lawyers and for its integration into a firm where public law has a unique tradition.’

‘Diogo Feio is a tax expert with a deep knowledge of the legal tax system and who has experience in the field of legislative policy that differentiates and distinguishes him. The two remaining partners in the practice – Teresa Schwalbach and Ana Moutinho Nascimento are also top-notch lawyers, the latter of whom has particular experience in the area of tax litigation.’

‘Sérvulo & Associados demonstrates enormous capacity in managing tax law matters, whether in terms of tax planning or in the follow-up of processes in tax litigation.’

‘I would highlight Diogo Feio, Teresa Pala Schwalbach and Ana Moutinho Nascimento.’

‘A small team, but with great technical quality. With a lot of proactivity and good “delivery”.’

‘This firm has a very pragmatic and efficient way of dealing with all kinds of legal issues. They are highly motivated. The knowledge in different fields is extremely high and they do not hesitate to dig into issues other law firm would not do. Therefore, from a service point of view, I have truly never experienced anything better.’

‘Attention to detail, accuracy, availability and ease of communication. Very competent and available team. Great sharing of knowledge with the client.’

‘Diogo Feio – always present and available, with deep and intrinsic knowledge of the market (in the Tax area) and of the various initiatives and trends that occur in it. Teresa Pala Schwalbach – very available, attentive, knowledgeable about tax practice and how to adopt the best legal solution to the specific case.’

Key clients

Confederação Empresarial de Portugal (CIP)

Autonomous Region of Madeira

BES – BANCO ESPÍRITO SANTO, S.A. (Em Liquidação)

Work highlights

  • Carried out a study on the full tax burden to which the Portuguese business sector is subject in partnership with EY and Confederação Empresarial de Portugal (CIP).
  • Provided advice to the Autonomous Region of Madeira on the structuring and negotiation of the legal documentation underlying the issuance of fixed-rate notes intended to address the exceptional funding needs caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Assisted BES in various tax matters related to the resolution measure applied by the Bank of Portugal in 2014.

Portugal > Transport Tier 3

Sérvulo & Associados' transport team is a go-to for state and public bodies in all areas of transport including, road, rail, river and sea. The team is led by public procurement and concessions expert Ana Luísa Guimarães and PPP and infrastructure specialist Mark Kirkby, who oversee the firm's wide-ranging practice. The team is particularly adept in handling regulatory work, advising several municipalities, metropolitan areas and inter-municipal communities in both Lisbon and Porto in public tenders for public transport.

Practice head(s):

Ana Luísa Guimarães; Mark Kirkby

Testimonials

‘The team has a good knowledge of the regulatory environment for electric mobility in Portugal, which requires in-depth knowledge of the energy market, but also of its connection with transport and new technologies.’

‘Ana Luísa Guimarães demonstrates an enormous willingness to incorporate topics with some urgency in her agenda, complying with timings and deadlines.’

‘Exceptional knowledge of regulatory and legal issues relating to the energy sector, promoting tailor-made and pro-business legal guidance, which makes Servulo an important partner for strategic decision-making in defining our product and service offerings.’

‘Ana Luisa Guimarães – technical knowledge, accuracy and promptness.’

‘Sérvulo was at the national vanguard and showed throughout the period of preparation a capacity for analysis, assimilation and interpretation of the problem of transport, leading to questioning the proposed technical solutions and foreseeing potential consequences.’

‘Ana Luía Guimarães is a dedicated professional, who demonstrated from the beginning her will to master the subject of transport, a challenging subject at the time.’

‘I highlight the proximity in the approach to the themes and the fulfilment of the established goals. Also emphasize the approach that was systematically taken to us in the preventive sense to avoid future issues.’

Key clients

Metropolitan Area of Lisbon (AML)

Metropolitan Transports of Lisbon (TML)

Metropolitan Area of Oporto (AMP)

CIM Alto Alentejo

CIM Alto Tâmega

CIM Região de Aveiro

CIM Beira Baixa

CIM Beiras e Serra da Estrela

CIM Cávado

CIM Região de Coimbra

CIM Viseu Dão-Lafões

CIM Terras de Trás-os-Montes

Municipality of Portimão

CIM Região de Coimbra

Municipality of Marinha Grande

Metropolitano de Lisboa, E.P.E.

Infraestruturas de Portugal, I.P.

ANEPC – Autoridade Nacional de Emergência e Proteção Civil (National Civil Emergency and Protection Authority)

Metropolitano de Lisboa, E.P.E.

Ferconsult – Consultoria, Estudos e Projetos de Engenharia de Transportes, S.A.

TECMIC, S.A.

CARD4B, S.A.

Arsenal do Alfeite, SA

Astilleros Gondan, SA

Portuguese Ministry of Defence

Metro do Porto, S.A.

Empresa Martín

Astilleros Gondan, SA

TAP – Transportes Aéreos Portugueses, SGPS, S.A.

EDP Comercial

Work highlights

  • Advising the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon (association of 18 municipalities of Lisboa Region) in the public tender for the contracting of the public transport service for the transportation of passengers by road.
  • Assisting TML regarding the financing model of AML by the 18 municipalities, in view of the payments established in the service contracts by AML to the public service operators.
  • Advising the Metropolitan Area of Porto (association of 17 municipalities of Porto Region) in the public tender for the contracting of the road public transport service.

Portugal > TMT Tier 4

Led by Ana Rita Paínho, Sérvulo & Associados' team is well known for its experience in the advertising and marketing sector, but is active across the whole spectrum of TMT matters. On the technology front, the group is skilled in advising on IT contracts, software agreements, internet law and e-commerce. Department head Paínho provides assistance to Portuguese and international clients from the technology and telecoms sectors.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Constança Ferreira Nunes

Testimonials

‘The quality of the service provided is the best I have found, whether from the point of view of relationships, or from the point of view of knowledge and support. The ongoing relationship was not affected by the pandemic, and the use of collaborative tools was constant and effective.’

‘Ana Rita Paínho is the person we interact with in this area and with whom we have a team relationship. There is a focus on resolution always in the Client’s best interests. There is strong know-how of the area and specific particularities of TMT and new ways of contracting.’

‘I consider the service provided by this firm of high quality and rigour, distinguished by its simplicity and disruptive spirit. Other qualities that I cannot fail to mention and which I consider distinctive are availability, and the existence of above-average knowledge of this area in particular, which gives the client extreme confidence and security.’

‘I would definitely recommend Ana Rita Paínho. Ana Rita is always available to help with all issues and always presents practical and concrete solutions. Always tries to simplify the themes, demonstrating a high knowledge in this area.’

‘Ana Rita Painho – very available, extraordinary ability to manage meetings and negotiations, total availability and a lot of experience in the area.’

‘Ana Rita Paínho – partner responsible for the TMT area, due to her experience in the area of technology and assertive and careful advice, always defending the client’s interests and creating important consensus between the various intervening parties. Always available and extremely efficient.’

‘Sérvulo have helped us to find the most adequate solution for one of our key projects. They understand perfectly our business. In addition, they have offered an attractive fee structure that takes into consideration the stage of our company.’

Key clients

EDP Energias de Portugal, S.A.

SenseiData S.A.

Starlink Internet Services Limited

Echostar Mobile Services Limited

Verizon Connect Portugal

Leaseplan Portugal Lda.

Nestlé Nespresso

Monster Beverage Co.

Banco Credibom, S.A.

Sequra Worlwide, S.A.

TomTom SL

Work highlights

  • Assisted EDP in the negotiation of a cloud agreement for IT infrastructure with AWS.
  • Provides continuous legal assistance to Senseidata in the roll out of full autonomous store projects.
  • Assisting Starlink in the launch of internet services in the country.

Sérvulo & Associados is considered one of the leading legal outfits in Portugal, and it is mainly dedicated to practice areas that are of strategic economic importance.

Sérvulo provides its national and international clients with legal advice precisely tailored to their needs. The firm’s lawyers have a thorough understanding of clients’ business needs and objectives and always act in the best interest of the clients.

Sérvulo is completely dedicated to the excellence of the legal services it provides. And for this purpose Sérvulo is permanently focused on the quality of its lawyers, who have a unique combination of characteristics: strong and long-standing ties to academia, experience in Portugal’s legislative process, experience in groundbreaking transactions and cases.

At the global level, Sérvulo is a member of three international networks of law firms (Legalink, Cathay Associates and Roxin Alliance) and it has a presence in Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, São Tomé and Príncipe, Macao, East-Timor, and in the Autonomous Regions of Madeira and Azores, through its own multilateral network of leading law firms in Portuguese-speaking jurisdictions (SÉRVULO LATITUDE⦵).

We have also created a set of Foreign desks, which provide a bespoke service to clients from various countries and are made up of multidisciplinary teams of lawyers fluent in a variety of languages: African desk, Brazilian desk, French desk, German desk, Scandinavian desk and Spanish desk.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Public Law José Manuel Sérvulo Correiasc@servulo.com+351 210 933 000
Public Law Ana Luísa Guimarãesalg@servulo.com+351 210 933 000
Life Sciences Ana Rita Paínhoarp@servulo.com+351 210 933 000
Intellectual Property Ana Rita Paínhoarp@servulo.com+351 210 933 000
TMT Ana Rita Paínhoarp@servulo.com+351 210 933 000
Data Protection Ana Rita Paínhoarp@servulo.com+351 210 933 000
Litigation and Arbitration António Telesat@servulo.com+351 210 933 000
Public Law João Amaral e Almeidajaa@servulo.com+351 210 933 000
Sports Law João Saúdejs@servulo.com+351 210 933 000
Litigation and Arbitration João Saúdejs@servulo.com+351 210 933 000
Corporate Crime & Regulatory Compliance José Lobo Moutinhojlm@servulo.com+351 210 933 000
Restructuring and Insolvency Mafalda Ferreira Santosmfs@servulo.com+351 210 933 000
Data Protection José Lobo Moutinhojlm@servulo.com+351 210 933 000
Litigation and Arbitration Mafalda Ferreira Santosmfs@servulo.com+351 210 933 000
Finance and Governance Manuel Magalhãesmmm@servulo.com+351 210 933 000
Restructuring and Insolvency Manuel Magalhãesmmm@servulo.com+351 210 933 000
Real Estate Manuel Magalhãesmmm@servulo.com+351 210 933 000
Public Law Mark Kirkbymak@servulo.com+351 210 933 000
Life Sciences Miguel Gorjão-Henriquesmgh@servulo.com+351 210 933 000
European and Competition Law Miguel Gorjão-Henriquesmgh@servulo.com+351 210 933 000
Finance and Governance Paulo Câmarapc@servulo.com+351 210 933 000
Public Law Rui Medeirosrm@servulo.com+351 210 933 000
Corporate, Commercial and M&A Sofia Carreirosvc@servulo.com+351 210 933 000
Corporate, Commercial and M&A Pedro Silveira Borgespsb@servulo.com+351 210 933 000
Employment Law Rita Canas da Silvarcs@servulo.com+351 210 933 000
Tax Diogo Feiodtf@servulo.com+351 210 933 000
Tax Ana Moutinho Nascimentoamn@servulo.com+351 210 933 000
Tax Teresa Pala Schwalbachtps@servulo.com+351 210 933 000
Corporate Crime & Regulatory Compliance Teresa Serrats@servulo.com+351 210 933 000
Corporate Crime & Regulatory Compliance Cláudia Amorimca@servulo.com+351 210 933 000
Real Estate and Planning Law Eduardo Gonçalves Rodriguesegr@servulo.com+351 210 933 000
Data Protection João Carmona Diasjcd@servulo.com+351 210 933 000
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Mr João Amaral e Almeida  photo Mr João Amaral e Almeida Partner in the Public Law department.
Mrs Cláudia Amorim  photo Mrs Cláudia Amorim Partner in the Corporate Crime and Regulatory Compliance, Litigation and Arbitration and…
Gonçalo Bargado  photo Gonçalo Bargado Associate in the Public Law department.
Mr Francisco Barona  photo Mr Francisco Barona Partner in the Finance and Governace and Restructuring and Insolvency departments.
Mr Francisco Boavida Salavessa  photo Mr Francisco Boavida Salavessa Partner in Finance and Governance and Restructuring and Insolvency departments.
Mrs Paula Bordalo Faustino  photo Mrs Paula Bordalo Faustino Of Counsel in the Public Law department.
Mr Pedro Silveira Borges photo Mr Pedro Silveira BorgesPartner in Corporate, Commercial and M&A
Mrs Luísa Cabral Menezes  photo Mrs Luísa Cabral Menezes Senior Associate in the Finance & Governance department.
Mr António Cadilha  photo Mr António Cadilha Partner in the Public Law department.
Prof Dr Victor Calvete  photo Prof Dr Victor Calvete Consultant in European and Competition Law
Mr Paulo Câmara  photo Mr Paulo Câmara Managing Partner. Co-Head of Financial and Governance department: Finance, banking, capital markets,…
Mrs Rita Canas da Silva  photo Mrs Rita Canas da Silva Partner in the Employment and also the coordinator of the Liability in…
Mr João Carmona Dias  photo Mr João Carmona Dias Partner in the Litigation and Arbitration department and also works in the…
Mrs Sofia Carreiro  photo Mrs Sofia Carreiro Partner in Corporate, Commercial and M&A and Restructuring and Insolvency departments.
Afonso Carvalho  photo Afonso Carvalho Associate in the Public Law department.
Mrs Patrícia Costa Gomes photo Mrs Patrícia Costa GomesSenior Associate in Finance and Governance
Mrs Mariana Costa Pinto  photo Mrs Mariana Costa Pinto Senior Associate in Litigation, TMT & IP and Life Sciences, 
Mrs Margarida Costa gomes  photo Mrs Margarida Costa gomes Consultant in Employment Law
Pedro João Domingos  photo Pedro João Domingos Associate in the Real Estate, Tourism and Urban Planning department.
Mr Diogo Feio  photo Mr Diogo Feio Partner in the Tax, Arbitration and Sports Law departments.
Mrs Verónica Fernández  photo Mrs Verónica Fernández Partner in the Finance and Governance department.
Mr Pedro Fernández Sánchez  photo Mr Pedro Fernández Sánchez Partner in the Public Law and Arbitration departments.
Mrs Mafalda Ferreira Santos photo Mrs Mafalda Ferreira SantosPartner in the Litigation and Arbitration and Restructuring and Insolvency departments.
Mr Eduardo Gonçalves Rodrigues  photo Mr Eduardo Gonçalves Rodrigues Partner in Real Estate, Tourism and Urban Planning Law
Madalena Gonçalves da Silva  photo Madalena Gonçalves da Silva Associate in the Employment Law department.
Prof Miguel Gorjão-Henriques  photo Prof Miguel Gorjão-Henriques Miguel Gorjão-Henriques is a Partner in the European and Competition Law department, also…
Mrs Ana Luísa Guimarães  photo Mrs Ana Luísa Guimarães Partner in the Public Law department, focusing her practice mainly on public…
Mr Mark Kirkby  photo Mr Mark Kirkby Partner in the Public Law department and co-heads the firm’s Projects department.
Joana Leão Anjos  photo Joana Leão Anjos Associate in the Tax Law department.
Prof José Lobo Moutinho photo Prof José Lobo MoutinhoPartner in the Corporate Crime and Regulatory Compliance, Litigation and Arbitration departments.
Mrs Maria José Lourenço  photo Mrs Maria José Lourenço Senior Associate Litigation and Arbitration, Restructuring and Insolvency 
Salvador Luz  photo Salvador Luz Associate in the Public Law department.
Mr Manuel Magalhães  photo Mr Manuel Magalhães Partner in the Finance and Governance, Restructuring and Insolvency and Real estate,…
Prof Rui Medeiros  photo Prof Rui Medeiros Partner in the Public Law and Arbitration departments.
Mr Francisco Mendes Correia  photo Mr Francisco Mendes Correia Of Counsel of the firm’s Finance and Governance department.
Mrs Francisca Mendes da Costa  photo Mrs Francisca Mendes da Costa Partner in Public Law department.
Mrs Ana Mira Cordeiro photo Mrs Ana Mira CordeiroSenior Associate in TMT, Intellectual Property and Life Sciences
Mrs Ana Moutinho Nascimento  photo Mrs Ana Moutinho Nascimento Partner in the Tax and Tax Litigation departments.
Mrs Filipa Névoa  photo Mrs Filipa Névoa Consultant in Real Estate, Tourism and Urban Planning, TMT and Life Sciences
Maria Novo Baptista  photo Maria Novo Baptista Associate in Litigation and Arbitration departments
Rui Oliveira Alves  photo Rui Oliveira Alves Associate in Litigation department
Guilherme Oliveira e Costa  photo Guilherme Oliveira e Costa Associate in European and Competition Law department
Mrs Ana Rita Paínho  photo Mrs Ana Rita Paínho Partner in the Life Sciences, Intellectual Property & TMT departments.
Mr Nuno Pais Gomes  photo Mr Nuno Pais Gomes Senior Associate in Employment Law
Mrs Teresa Pala Schwalbach  photo Mrs Teresa Pala Schwalbach Partner in the Tax Law department.
Mrs Inês Palma Ramalho  photo Mrs Inês Palma Ramalho Senior Associate in the Financial and Governance department. She is also a…
Mrs Carla Parreira Leandro  photo Mrs Carla Parreira Leandro Senior Associate in Real Estate, Tourism and Urban Planning and  Restructuring and…
Mrs Joana Pinto Monteiro  photo Mrs Joana Pinto Monteiro Senior Associate in the Real Estate, Tourism and Urban Planning department.
Mrs Inês Quadros  photo Mrs Inês Quadros Consultant in European and Competition Law
Marta Ramalho Gomes  photo Marta Ramalho Gomes Associate in the Public Law department.
Mrs Ana Graça Remondes photo Mrs Ana Graça RemondesConsultant in Public Law
Guilherme Ribeiro Martins  photo Guilherme Ribeiro Martins Associate in the Finance and Governance department.
Madalena Robalo Cordeiro  photo Madalena Robalo Cordeiro Associate in the Litigation and Arbitration departments
Mr Duarte Rodrigues Silva  photo Mr Duarte Rodrigues Silva Partner in Public Law and Arbitration departments.
Mr Henrique Rodrigues da Silva  photo Mr Henrique Rodrigues da Silva Partner in the Public Law and Arbitration departments.
Mr Alberto Saavedra  photo Mr Alberto Saavedra Senior Associate in the European and Competition department
Francisca Saldanha Monteiro  photo Francisca Saldanha Monteiro Associate in Real Estate, Tourism and Urban Planning department
Mr Miguel Santos Almeida  photo Mr Miguel Santos Almeida Senior Associate in the Corporate Crime and Regulatory Compliance, Litigation, Arbitration and…
João Santos Marta  photo João Santos Marta Associate in the Corporate, Crime and Regulatory Compliance, Litigation and Arbitration departments.
Catarina Saramago  photo Catarina Saramago Consultant in the Department of Finance and Governance.
Mr João Saúde  photo Mr João Saúde Partner in the Litigation and Arbitration, Restructuring and Insolvency and Sports Law…
Margarida Sepúlveda Teixeira  photo Margarida Sepúlveda Teixeira Associate in the Litigation and Arbitration departments.
Mrs Teresa Serra  photo Mrs Teresa Serra Of Counsel in the Corporate Crime and Regulatory Compliance, Litigation and Arbitration…
Prof Dr José Manuel Sérvulo Correia  photo Prof Dr José Manuel Sérvulo Correia Founding Partner. José Manuel Sérvulo Correia develops his legal practice around the…
Maria Gabriela Teixeira Duarte  photo Maria Gabriela Teixeira Duarte Associate in the Finance & Governance department
Mr António Teles  photo Mr António Teles Partner in the Litigation and Arbitration and Restructuring and Insolvency departments.
Nuno Temudo Vieira  photo Nuno Temudo Vieira Associate in the Litigation, Arbitration and Restructuring and Insolvency departments
Mrs Sofia Thibaut Trocado  photo Mrs Sofia Thibaut Trocado Partner in the Finance and Governance, Restructuring and Insolvency and Real Estate,…
Mariana Trigo Pereira  photo Mariana Trigo Pereira Associate in the Public Law department
Mrs Alexandra Valpaços  photo Mrs Alexandra Valpaços Alexandra Valpaços is an Associate in the Litigation, Arbitration and Restructuring and…
Mr Ana de Brito Camacho  photo Mr Ana de Brito Camacho Senior Associate in Corporate Crime and Regulatory Compliance, Litigation and Restructuring and…
Mrs Inês de Sá photo Mrs Inês de SáSenior Associate in Litigation and Privacy and Personal Data Protection departments.
Mrs Mariana de Sousa e Alvim photo Mrs Mariana de Sousa e AlvimConsultant in European and Competition Law
Mrs Maria João dos Santos photo Mrs Maria João dos SantosConsultant in the Finance and Governance department.
Number of lawyers : 102
Portuguese
English
Spanish
French
German
Italian
LegaLink
Cathay Associates
Roxin Alliance
Head of BD & Legal Directories : Stéphanie Roux

SÉRVULO’s Global Reach

Maintaining its position as an independent Portuguese law firm, SÉRVULO is capable of providing cross-border legal services through its membership of several global networks of law firms and partnerships with prominent law firms in the Autonomous Regions of Madeira and Azores and in key jurisdictions, such as Mozambique, Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, São Tomé and Príncipe, Brazil, Macao and East-Timor (SÉRVULO LATITUDE⦵).

SÉRVULO LATITUDE⦵ is a multilateral network that reflects a concept of proximity between leading law firms in Portuguese-speaking jurisdictions, based on mutual trust and a flexible and non-exclusive bond that simultaneously reflects a “best friends” relationship, together with the autonomy and independence of each firm.

Assuming the internationalisation of their legal services as a common strategic objective, SÉRVULO LATITUDE⦵ members seek to position themselves within a global economy as a privileged channel in trade relations between the Portuguese-speaking countries, from the Atlantic to the Pacific and Indian oceans, spanning four continents – Africa, America, Asia and Europe.

SÉRVULO has also created a set of Foreign Desks, which provide a bespoke service to clients from various countries. Our Desks are made up of multidisciplinary teams of lawyers fluent in a variety of languages and operate in a logic of integrated services (full service).

  • African Desk
  • Brazilian Desk
  • French Desk
  • German Desk
  • Scandinavian Desk
  • Spanish Desk

Global networks of law firms of which SÉRVULO is a member:

Cathay Associates · Legalink · ROXIN Alliance


D&I

As the ‘pay gap’ has become a critical issue to which national legislation has been giving increasing attention in recent years and a vast number of organisations have made a strategic commitment to neutralise inequalities, SÉRVULO has been called upon to assist its clients in implementing remuneration policies consistent with the best governance practices in this field, as well as internal awareness raising initiatives, and to provide other legal services tailored to each client to improve their positioning in D&I related policies. In this context, we have recently launched a new multidisciplinary and integrated service called ‘Pay Gap’, to better serve our clients’ needs in this area that we consider of maximum and strategic relevance for the future.

SÉRVULO’s approach in this field is tailor-made, adjustable to the situation of each organisation, and focuses wholly or partially on the following dimensions: audit; diagnostics; risk assessment; definition/review of remuneration policies, in their various legal and fiscal components; design/review of equality plans; preparation of assessment programmes; planning/organising certified training; inclusive language; follow-up.

Our ‘Pay Gap’ services are often provided in close collaboration with ‘non legal’ partners, highly specialised in this area as well but with different competences, thus making our offer even more complete.

In addition to our ‘Pay Gap’ service, SÉRVULO’s D&I strategy also involves:

Internally:

  • Promotion of D&I measures internally (e.g., full performance bonus unaffected in case of maternity leave, flexible regime for remote working, increase in the number of women partners).

Externally:

  • Engagement/participation in several fora regarding D&I, including APPDI (where SÉRVULO heads the legal desk), iGen and the Portuguese CEO Peers network.
  • Publication of updates/newsletters and other materials regarding gender and age diversity.
  • Active participation in webinars and conferences, namely regarding diversity and equal pay.
  • Preparation of legislative projects regarding diversity and remote working.

Social Responsibility / Pro Bono

Strands of activity:

  • Pro bono legal support: In general terms, this involves providing legal support to disadvantaged communities to ensure that their basic rights are respected. In this regard, SÉRVULO strives to offer as much constitutional support as possible to Third Sector entities, operating as an incubator for such organisations and supporting projects that provide training to individuals and have a multiplying value effect.
  • Volunteering: Members of SÉRVULO have participated in numerous voluntary activities over the years. The firm currently provides weekly support to Refood Misericórdia (which redistributes leftover restaurant food to the needy), takes part in GRACE’s annual volunteering programme (a day of activities known as the GIRO) and promotes various spontaneous initiatives.
  • Promoting gender equality: As a member of iGen – Equality Organizations Forum, SÉRVULO adopted a set of measures aimed at reinforcing and highlighting the principle of equality between women and men at work.
  • Institutional support: SÉRVULO is one of the law firms that back social projects through Rock’n’Law. The firm also promotes at least one annual solidarity campaign in benefit of a chosen institution.