Firm Profile > Sérvulo & Associados > Lisbon, Portugal

Sérvulo & Associados
1200-204 LISBOA

Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 1

The corporate crime and regulatory compliance group at Sérvulo & Associados attracts high-profile mandates, which predominantly involve financial and corruption-related accusations. On the compliance front, the team advises clients on the structuring of programmes to prevent criminal practices, assess risks and avoid other administrative infringements. José Lobo Moutinho is one of the most prominent figures in the criminal law space in Portugal, having represented clients in high-profile cases and regulatory matters involving the banking, telecoms, pharmaceuticals and media sectors. He jointly leads the practice with Teresa Serra, whose extensive experience covers white-collar crime, compliance and arbitration. Other core members of the team include Cláudia Amorim and Ana de Brito Camacho.

Practice head(s):

José Lobo Moutinho; Teresa Serra

Other key lawyers:

Cláudia Amorim; Ana Brito Camacho


‘I recommend Ana Camacho and Teresa Serra. They are very organised and professional. They conduct an in-depth analysis of the theory and laws and apply well-founded, accurate, adequate and prudent conclusions to the specific case. They clearly and simply explain the risks of each situation and propose solutions.’

‘The team that has worked with us has proved to be very competent and well articulated with each other, endowed with high legal and procedural knowledge, evidencing the great professional experience they have. The exhaustive preparation that they undertake in relation to the different stages of the process stands out. They excel in court proceedings.’

‘José Moutinho has great management skills, critical sense, relevant experience and deep knowledge of the matters involved. Cláudia Amorim provides objective advice. The professionalism and proximity to the client makes the team stand out.’

Key clients


Secretaria Geral da Presidência da República Portuguesa

ANEPC (Emergency and Civil Protection National Authority)


Sporting Clube de Portugal – Futebol SAD

Tecniferti, S.A.

Cartágua – Águas do Cartaxo, S.A.

Libertas – Investimentos Imobiliários, S.A.

Lisaltur – Lisboa Algarve Turismo, S.A.


Public law Tier 1

Sérvulo & Associados is a reference in the Portuguese legal market for its uncontested expertise in public law. The senior team is entirely devoted to public law matters and receives high-profile instructions from private and public clients operating in a wide range of regulated sectors, notably telecoms, healthcare, banking, transport and energy. Its growing international presence, namely in Portuguese-speaking African countries, is bolstered by the recent launch of SÉRVULO LATITUDE (an international network of law firms) and its African desk. The practice is jointly led by three partners: Rui Medeiros, who focuses on arbitration; public procurement expert João Amaral e Almeida; and Mark Kirkby, who is an expert in PPPs and concessions. A leading authority in the field, José Manuel Sérvulo Correia is predominantly sought after for the drafting of legal opinions and arbitration. Administrative litigation is an area of focus for Duarte Rodrigues Silva, while recently promoted Francisca Mendes da Costa stands out for her experience in multi-jurisdictional matters.

Practice head(s):

Rui Medeiros; João Amaral e Almeida; Mark Kirkby

Other key lawyers:

José Manuel Sérvulo Correia; Duarte Rodrigues Silva; Pedro Fernández Sánchez; Francisca Mendes da Costa; Henrique Rodrigues da Silva; Paula Bordalo Faustino


‘Sérvulo & Associados is distinguished by the excellence and quality of the advice provided to the client, and by the combined knowledge and interest in the client’s activity / business sector. Sérvulo & Associados’ legal opinions have been instrumental in supporting the decision-making of our management bodies.’

‘I highlight Duarte Rodrigues Silva for his deep knowledge of Public Law matters, which he combines with an exceptional pragmatism and a vast professional experience. In addition to being an excellent lawyer, he has been an ally, always available to support and with an extraordinary ability to quickly solve problems.’

‘Competence, honesty, availability and wisdom. Rui Medeiros and Duarte Rodrigues da Silva stand out.’

Sérvulo & Associados is probably the most recognized law firm in the areas of public procurement and public law. Originally based on the prominent figure of the professor Sérvulo Correia, he has over the years gained significant reputation in these areas. Francisca Mendes da Costa is recommended for her pragmatic and efficient spirit in addressing problems and flexibility in acting according to the specificities of each client.’

‘Sérvulo’s public law team is characterised by the strength of its theoretical knowledge, combined with its practical experience, in the most diverse areas of public law. The team excels in legal consultation, and in administrative litigation and arbitration.’

‘Servulo & Associados is a leading law firm in Portugal, particularly in matters of Public Law and Public Procurement. The firm includes the best collection of professionals in this field. The quality of services is extremely high, and the development of the activity is always directed to the client’s best interest.’

‘Quality of the advice provided, planning and presentation of appropriate legal frameworks for projects and contracts.’

‘Mark Kirkby and Francisca Mendes da Costa are recommended.’ 

Key clients

Legislative Assembly of the Autonomous Region of the Azores


Gilead Inc.

Project Fiduciary and Administrative Agency (AFAP), STP

São Tomé and Príncipe Republic

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

Municipality of Almada

Municipality of Lisbon

Metropolitan Area of Oporto

Metropolitano de Lisboa, E.P.E. and Ferconsult – Consultoria, Estudos e Projetos de Engenharia de Transportes, S.A.

Luságua – Serviços Ambientais, S.A.




Ana Patrícia Brazão de Castro

Lusíadas Saúde Group





Banking and finance Tier 2

Sérvulo & Associados is noted for its impressive track record in assisting Portuguese banks subject to regulatory intervention, and consequent liquidation and resolution processes. Covering the entire spectrum of transactional and regulatory services, the banking and governance practice not only acts for financial and credit institutions, but is also engaged by payment service providers and insurance companies. In addition, the firm offers an integrated fintech service, which has become popular among financial clients. Regulatory expert Paulo Câmara oversees the department with Manuel Magalhães, who is seasoned in restructurings. Other noteworthy individuals include Verónica Fernández, who is a key point of contact for investment fund managers, and Inês Palma Ramalho, whose experience spans real estate, project and acquisition finance.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Magalhães; Paulo Câmara

Other key lawyers:

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


‘By representing several financial players in Portugal, the team has an extensive experience in all banking and finance matters.’

‘Paulo Câmara is very knowledgeable.’

‘ I would like to highlight the enormous technical quality of this team.’

‘In addition to Paulo Câmara, an indispensable figure in the banking, financial and governance world is Verónica Fernandez. The team stands out for its professionalism, knowledge and pragmatism and also for its clear understanding of the Client’s needs (and sometimes limitations).’

‘We believe that Sérvulo brings to our company the seriousness, competence and above all experience that our activity requires. We always feel secure in relation to all the activities managed by or in partnership with Sérvulo.’

‘Inês Palma Ramalho has been our best bet. Since we started working together, she has demonstrated great availability and knowledge.’

Key clients

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

NAMA – National Asset Management Agency

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

Bison Bank, S.A.

Proteste Crédito, Intermediário de Crédito, Sociedade Unipessoal, Lda. / Proteste Seguros – Mediação de Seguros, Unipessoal, Lda.

Société Générale Equipment Finance Iberia EFC, S.A.

UNICRE – Instituição Financeira de Crédito, S.A.

COFIDIS (Portuguese branch of the French credit institution)

Banco Credibom, S.A.

Deutsche Leasing SA – Sucursal em Portugal

Oney Bank, S.A – Sucursal em Portugal

PAGAQUI – Pagamentos e Carregamentos, S.A.

Milllenium BCP

Novo Banco, S.A.

Montepio Investimento, S.A. (Banco Empresas Montepio – “BEM”)

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Sérvulo & Associados' broad service offering encompasses civil, commercial and administrative litigation, corporate crime and arbitration. The team predominantly acts in financial disputes, but has recently developed its practice in the field of sports litigation. The latter is a particular area of expertise for co-head João Saúde. The department is also increasingly assisting clients with shareholder conflicts, directors' liability and proceedings arising from corporate transactions. Mafalda Ferreira Santos is seasoned in restructuring and insolvency matters and arbitration. Fellow co-leader António Teles focuses on commercial litigation, but also sits as arbitrator in proceedings involving pharmaceutical patents.

Practice head(s):

António Teles; João Saúde; Mafalda Ferreira Santos

Other key lawyers:

Miguel Santos Almeida; Alexandra Valpaços


‘I recommend Mafalda Ferreira dos Santos. She is a profoundly knowledgeable and competent professional in all matters of litigation.’

‘Capability to deal with complex technical issues.’

‘Unmatched quality, above average knowledge.’

Partner João Saúde is an exceptional lawyer with excellent technical skills and permanent availability.’

‘Professionalism, effectiveness and precision in the way they deal with matters.’

Key clients




Águas do Centro Litoral, S.A.

São Tomé and Príncipe Republic

Lusíadas Saúde Group



Entreposto Gestão Imobiliária, S.A.


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

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

Altri Florestal, S.A.

Casa Carvalho Cerqueira, SGPS, SA

EU and competition Tier 2

Showcasing an impressive track record before the European Commission, Sérvulo & Associados has particular strength acting for private and public entities in state aid proceedings across a range of sectors, including financial services, transport, energy and retail. Department head Miguel Gorjão-Henriques is experienced in restrictive trade practices, and is highly regarded among pharmaceutical clients. The team is further retained to advise on merger law matters in the context of M&A transactions, compliance issues, private enforcement and abuse of dominance. Alberto Saavedra is another practitioner to note for EU law and competition matters.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Gorjão-Henriques

Other key lawyers:

Alberto Saavedra


‘The team was well organised and also very responsive. If a new issue came up, they were really quick to react and were ready with possible options on how best to handle it within a very short period of time.’

‘Highly competent and available team. Miguel Gorjão Henriques is recommended.’

‘It has been my great pleasure to work with the Sérvulo team. They have developed a deep connection with the client teams involved, and are clearly trusted in their advice, style and knowledge. I have worked with competition lawyers around Europe and can say confidently that the Sérvulo team is first rate and has an exceptionally good rapport with clients. I am impressed by their legal knowledge, but also their understanding of the academic literature of competition issues which means that they are able to run leading legal and economic arguments.’

‘Alberto Saavedra (Senior Associate) – an excellent legal mind. He is able to digest complicated evidence and present it in clear legal documents. I have seen Alberto manage the delivery of large written documents to be filed in court with him drafting in a clear, careful and persuasive way.’

‘Miguel Gorjão-Henriques (Sócio | Partner) – a lawyer at the very forefront of competition law in Portugal. He has a PHD in Law and also teaches, and you can see his knowledge is deep, meaning he can quickly identify key issues in the case or evidence and propose strategies. He has a calm, polite and commanding style.’

Key clients

Portuguese Government

SPGM (Sociedade Portuguesa de Garantia Mútua)


Government of the Madeira Autonomous Region

EuroBic Bank

Portuguese Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry (APIFARMA)


“Insolvency mass of the BES Bank” (Banco Espírito Santo)

Portuguese Federation of Tobacco Wholesalers (FPGT)

Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A.

Municipality of Lisbon



IFD (Instituição Financeira de Desenvolvimento)


Fresenius Medical Care group

Pingo Doce

Intellectual property Tier 2

Sérvulo & Associados fields a highly specialised IP team, which stands out for its strong focus on patent litigation in the life sciences sector. With international companies at the core of the group's client base, the practice also undertakes work pertaining to trade marks, copyright and distribution issues. Ana Rita Paínho, who has extensive experience in cross-border matters, oversees the department. Mariana Costa Pinto is a solid performer in IP dispute resolution, notably patent and authorship rights disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ana Rita Paínho

Other key lawyers:

Mariana Costa Pinto


‘Expertise in IP, speed in responding to queries, availability, clarity in the drafting.’

‘Ana Rita Paínho is an exceptional lawyer. We feel we are always in good hands.’

‘Ana Rita Paínho and Mariana Costa Pinto stand out in the field.’

Personalised services and competent professionals.’

‘Ana Rita Paínho and Mariana Costa Pinto are recommended for their availability and competence.’

Key clients

Insud Pharma SL

Teva Group

Aurobindo Group

Generis SA

Exeltis Healthcare SL

Laboratórios Leon Farma S.A.

Egis Pharmaceuticals PLC

Pêra-Grave – Sociedade Unipessoal Lda.


F9 Consulting

Laboratórios Liconsa

Accord Healthcare, Ltd.


Hope Care

Vintage Fruit

Planning law Tier 2

The urban planning group at Sérvulo & Associados acted for a range of real estate investors, major companies, funds and banks on their planning and licensing matters in 2020. Eduardo Gonçalves Rodrigues leads the team and has worked in conjunction with the office's wider real estate practice on recent tourist and residential developments, among others. Consultant Filipa Névoa is another contact to note for planning work.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Gonçalves Rodrigues

Other key lawyers:

Filipa Névoa


Willing to provide the necessary framework and clarification with the support of an extended structure.

Eduardo Gonçalves Rodrigues has extreme objectivity with regard to removing redundancies and unnecessary material in the prepared documents, favoring clarity and legibility.’

Key clients

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

FOCUS GROUP II – Design & Consultancy, Lda.


Graciosa Parcela, Lda.

New Paradigm – Investimentos Imobiliários, Lda.

Projects and project finance Tier 2

Drawing on its public law prowess, the infrastructure projects practice at Sérvulo & Associados assists a predominantly public entity client base on matters in the water and waste, energy, infrastructure and transport industries. The practice covers Portugal's major metropolitan areas as well as jurisdictions in Lusophone Africa. Practice co-head Ana Luísa Guimarães focuses on public procurement, concessions and projects in regulated sectors and alongside her, Mark Kirkby has extensive experience in public infrastructure, especially road and rail networks. Francisca Mendes da Costa was promoted to partner in July 2020 and has been heavily involved across the firm's range of project mandates.

Practice head(s):

Mark Kirkby; Ana Luísa Guimarães

Other key lawyers:

Francisca Mendes da Costa


‘Servulo e Associados stands out for its exceptional professionalism in dealing with the issues that are presented to them. The team repeatedly demonstrates a high degree of commitment and compliance with deadlines.’

‘Sérvulo & Associados has grown immensely in the area of Projects, with the very committed involvement of a group of lawyers in this area, with a special focus on Francisca Mendes da Costa, whose enthusiasm, pragmatic spirit and availability will certainly facilitate investment in that area.’

‘ I would point out in particular in this area Mark Kirkby and Francisca Mendes da Costa, as differentiating elements in the market. The first with a strong connection to university education that uniquely strengthens the knowledge of the subjects and Francisca Mendes da Costa demonstrates legal certainty combined with a pragmatic and totally customer-oriented spirit, always with total availability.’

‘Francisca Mendes da Costa: enthusiasm, pragmatism, availability and resilience and innovative spirit.’

‘Mark Kirkby: technical knowledge and innovation in solutions.’

‘Quality in the analysis of matters, the presentation of legal solutions to support decision making and the follow-up of matters until their closure.’

‘Mark Kirkby is a very competent and experienced professional. The most valued is the quality of the advice provided and the efficiency in the solutions presented for decision making.’

‘Francisca Mendes Costa is a competent and insightful professional.’

Key clients

Ministry of Finance of Cape Verde / Unity of Special Projects Management (UGPE)

Sociedade de Desenvolvimento Ponta do Oeste (SDPO)

Sociedade de Desenvolvimento do Porto Santo (SDPS)

Regional Government of Madeira

Metropolitano de Lisboa, E.P.E.

Infraestruturas de Portugal, I.P.

Lusíadas Saúde Group

Metropolitan Area of Lisbon (AML)

Metropolitan Area of Oporto (AMP)

CIM Região de Coimbra, CIM Viseu Dão-Lafões, CIM Terras de Trás-os-Montes and Municipality of Portimão

Municipality of Marinha Grande

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

Municipality of Oeiras

Nine intermunicipal communities

Capital markets Tier 3

With a strong understanding of regulatory issues, Sérvulo & Associados provides regular assistance to leading credit and financial institutions and investment banks. Paulo Câmara, who specialises in securities law and corporate governance, and Manuel Magalhães jointly lead the practice, which is equipped to advise on debt and equity capital markets transactions, investment funds and fintech, for which the firm fields a dedicated support team. Furthermore, it has recently launched a new integrated ESG (environment, social and governance) service to fully assist clients with compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Câmara; Manuel Magalhães

Other key lawyers:

Francisco Barona; Verónica Fernández; Sofia Thibaut Trocado; Francisco Boavida Salavessa; Maria Gabriela Teixeira Duarte; José Guilherme Gomes


‘Availability of contact and speed / efficiency in the response; compliance with agreed deadlines; expertise and knowledge of the legal and regulatory framework for asset Management, as well as the respective European legislation.’

‘Paulo Câmara has a remarkable power of synthesis and the ability to present solutions that are simple but fully adjusted to what is desired. Manuel Magalhães has great knowledge of the real estate market and practice in this field, which makes him a reference in the field of Real Estate Investment Agencies. Francisco Barona, Verónica Fernandez, Sofia Thibaut Trocado and Francisco Salavessa have remarkable knowledge of the legislative and regulatory frameworks of asset Management, being constantly updated in their evolution.’

‘Although availability and speed of execution are high, the firm is able to maintain a personalised service, which helps to build a close and trusting relationship.’

‘Paulo Câmara combines a unique knowledge of capital market issues with an exclusive and personal dedication to the matters in which he provides support, which strongly differentiates the services provided in relation to other law firms.’

Our experience with Sérvulo & Associados is very positive. They effectively monitor the client, with permanent partner involvement. The quality of human resources is excellent. They work in an articulated manner with clients, almost as if they were an extension of their business.’

‘Paulo Câmara is the team leader and distinguishes himself for his skills and proximity to the client. Gabriela Teixeira Duarte, despite her youth, is an excellent resource given her technical knowledge, work capacity and high level of commitment to the client. Francisco Barona is very thorough in the assessment of situations.’

Sérvulo’s team is multidisciplinary, and demonstrates excellent technical and legal knowledge; availability and proactivity; timely delivery of the service requested by the client; and understanding of the client’s business.’

‘I highlight Paulo Câmara for his experience and knowledge in this area. He understands the true needs and limitations of the client. I would also like to highlight Verónica Fernandez for the excellent work developed, always with great flexibility and collaboration.’

Key clients

Novo Banco, S.A.

Novo Banco Dos Açores


Banco Best

EDP – Energias de Portugal, S.A.

EDP Renováveis, S.A.

Flexdeal – SIMFE, SA

DIF Broker – Sociedade Financeira de Corretagem

Interfundos – Gestão de Fundos de investimento imobiliário, S.A.

Edmond de Rothschild Europe

Crest Capital Partners – SCR, S.A.

Hcapital Partners – SCR, S.A.

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

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

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

Banco De Cabo Verde/ AGMVM

Senseidata, LDA.

FS Capital Partners, S.A.

TREE Family Office

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

Fidelidade – Sociedade Gestora de Organismos de Investimento Imobiliário, S.A.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

With extensive experience acting for private and public sector clients, Sérvulo & Associados provides assistance in M&A deals, joint ventures, cross-border restructurings and an array of corporate law matters. Besides M&A transactions, Sofia Carreiro is seasoned in joint ventures and commercial contracts, such as agency or distribution agreements. Teresa Anselmo Vaz left the firm in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Sofia Carreiro

Other key lawyers:

Pedro José Alvim


‘Capacity to promptly respond with high-quality advice. The team provides sound and robust legal advice together with practical solutions.’

It is a dedicated team, with a strong commitment to trying to understand, prior to the transaction, what the client’s objectives are. They have solid technical knowledge, explaining in detail all the possible options throughout the deal, and indicating the best possible framework for the intended operation. All documents delivered are previously reviewed by the respective partners, thus ensuring that they are produced with high accuracy and without errors.’

‘Sofia Carreiro has an absolute technical mastery and is committed to finding solutions in order to ensure the successful closure of transactions.’

‘The team was always available for clarifications and constant review of the documentation provided.’

‘Very client-oriented team, good communication, direct contact with the partner and team, always available to discuss matters and review documentation.’

Key clients

Guang Dong Kinlong Hardware Products (HK) Co., Limited

Galp Gás Natural Distribuição

Direção-Geral do Tesouro e Finanças (DGTF)

Banca Farmafactoring, SpA

Porsche Iberica

Douro Acima

Fresenius Medical Group

NephroCare Portugal, S.A.

Key Family Holding Investimentos e Consultoria de Gestão, Lda.

Engel & Volkers

Lisbon Cruise Port

Consulmar Projectistas e Consultores Lda.


Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

Sérvulo & Associados is the counsel of choice for numerous companies in the field of data privacy and GDPR compliance. The department has a wealth of experience in assisting clients from the pharmaceutical, advertising and communication industries, which seek advice in relation to data protection impact assessments, privacy policies and data breaches. Ana Rita Paínho, who has a strong background in data protection, oversees the practice, which also includes José Lobo Moutinho and litigator João Carmona Dias.

Practice head(s):

José Lobo Moutinho; Ana Rita Paínho; João Carmona Dias

Other key lawyers:

Inês de Sá


Full service partnership with reputable lawyers and easy relationship with the client, ensuring a very easy articulation of the issues.’

‘João Carmona Dias is a GDPR specialist and proposes innovative solutions, always focused on the client’s interest.’

‘High quality team that is very responsive. It provides clear advice and practical solutions that really support the client’s business. ’

‘I would like to highlight João Carmona Dias: he is very competent, and always aware, from a legal point of view, of topics related to privacy and personal data.’

‘They are totally dedicated to the client, available 24/7.’

‘Inês de Sá has transformed the general multinational protocols of my company in privacy matters into real enforceable local activities in Portugal.’

‘I would recommend Dr. João Carmona Dias for his high level of commitment to all the causes he embraces. He is a person endowed with above-average legal technical knowledge, always showing availability, commitment and professionalism.’

Key clients

Grünenthal, S.A.

Grünenthal Denmark ApS

Teva Group

Inosat Portugal (Verizon Group)

John Deere

Fuel Card Service Internacional, Lda

Page Group


EDP, Energias de Portugal, S.A.

Banco Santander Totta, S.A.

Banco BIC Português, S.A.

LG Electronics Portugal, S.A.

Hitachi Consulting Portugal, S.A.

Banco Primus, S.A.

Banco Credibom, S.A.

Signify Portugal, Lda.

Ferrero Ibérica, S.A.

Companhia IBM Portuguesa, S.A.

Employment Tier 3

Sérvulo & Associados provides multi-disciplinary legal advice to private and public sector clients on all matters pertaining to individual and collective working relations. Over the past year, the department witnessed an unprecedented growth of unemployment mandates related to lay-off procedures, collective dismissals, remote working agreements and related privacy issues. The team's expertise was further reinforced with the integration of Nuno Pais Gomes, a seasoned employment law practitioner who joined the firm. Rita Canas da Silva is knowledgeable in all labour and social security matters, while litigation is a key area of focus for Margarida Costa Gomes.

Practice head(s):

Rita Canas da Silva

Other key lawyers:

Margarida Costa Gomes; Nuno Pais Gomes


‘Availability, associated with high legal and labour knowledge, gives us a certainty that allows us to outline preventive and reactive strategies in the scope of employment proceedings (judicial, pre-judicial or administrative spheres). Through Sérvulo’s advice, we have managed to reduce litigation in the employment area.’

‘Sérvulo’s team includes Rita Canas da Silva, who has extensive academic and professional experience. Margarida Costa Gosmes stands out for her extensive professional experience in the area, as well as for her solid legal knowledge.’

‘The team provides personalised services and client treatment. Professionals with high technical capacity, where the reconciliation between academic experience and forensic practice allows the relevant particularity in the national market.’

‘What makes this firm unique is its proximity to the client, the speed of responses, and the quality of the technical solutions presented. In the context of the national legal market, Sérvulo’s team has the ability to generate a feeling of unique trust with the client, which was particularly visible in the context of Covid-19. The team was able to find solutions and monitor the numerous legislative initiatives that were constantly being approved by the Government.’

‘Rita Canas da Silva stands out for her resilience, technical competence and strategic vision.’

Extensive experience in employment matters. The team finds it easy to understand our problems, due to our longstanding relationship.’

Clarity in exposing risks and opportunities, and ease of access to other areas of expertise.’

‘Rita Canas da Silva for her knowledge and clarity with which she exposes the pros and cons of each solution.’

Key clients


Energy and natural resources Tier 3

Sérvulo & Associados leverages its leading position in the public law field to assist clients in a wide range of regulatory matters. Recent mandates saw the team advise on issues pertaining to electric mobility and self-consumption of renewable energy. The team, which is also equipped to handle sector-related transactions and public procurement, is jointly led by Ana Luísa Guimarães and Mark Kirkby.

Practice head(s):

Mark Kirkby; Ana Luísa Guimarães


‘The services provided are of high quality and personalised. The team demonstrates a great capacity to know and understand the client’s business in its various aspects.’

‘This firm has been supporting us in specific issues pertaining to electric mobility. Ana Luísa Guimarães should be recognised for her experience in this field.’

‘Mark Kirkby is recommended for his strong knowledge of the sector and public law.’

Key clients

EDP Comercial

EDP Produção

EDP Global Solutions

Aguia Enlica, Lda.

Insolvency and restructuring Tier 3

Sérvulo & Associados specialises in advising on the restructuring and insolvency of banks and financial institutions, and it also assists banking groups in the restructuring and insolvency cases of their clients. Four partners co-head the restructuring and insolvency group: Manuel Magalhães has wide-ranging expertise and clients including Banco Espírito Santo and Banif; Mafalda Ferreira Santos and João Saúde focus their practices on dispute resolution both in and out of court, representing creditors and debtors; and António Teles is recognised for commercial litigation. Francisco Boavida Salavessa is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Francisco Boavida Salavessa; Sofia Thibaut Trocado; Maria José Lourenço


‘Deep knowledge of the topics covered. We recommend Mafalda Ferreira Santos, Maria José Lourenço and Manuel Magalhães.’

‘Technical quality, work capacity, timely response.’

‘Security in the legal solutions found.’

‘Manuel Magalhães. for attention, treatment and reasoning and legal knowledge.’

Key clients






Monumental Residence – Empreendimentos Imobiliários, SA

Multi 24 – Sociedade Especial de Investimento Imobiliário de Capital Fixo, SICAFI, SA

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

Nilit France, S.A.


Real estate and construction Tier 3

The multi-disciplinary team at Sérvulo & Associados possesses specialist knowledge of real estate, urban planning and tourism law. It is engaged by leading real estate companies and investment funds on a range of high-end real estate transactions, financing matters, and planning and licensing procedures of commercial and tourism projects. Manuel Magalhães leads the practice, which also includes Sofia Thibaut Trocado, who is the name to note for real estate finance and the incorporation of real estate investment funds, and Joana Pinto Monteiro.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Magalhães

Other key lawyers:

Eduardo Gonçalves Rodrigues; Sofia Thibaut Trocado; Carla Parreira Leandro; Joana Pinto Monteiro


‘The team was very quick to fulfil our requests and gave us very important and useful law-related advice.’

‘Always available and great capacity under pressure.’

‘As a foreigner you are not familiar with local laws and customs. Then it is important to be able to count on a reliable partner who provides you with clear and complete information and who is available at critical moments with not only expert advice, but also takes a pragmatic approach. Sofia Thibaut meets these requirements in every respect.’

‘The quality I value the most was the reactivity and the fact that they listen to the client. They understand the point of view of clients and at the same time protect them.’

‘Despite being a larger firm, there is an air of informality which is beneficial for the client. It simplifies communication and makes for rapid processing.’

‘Joana Pinto Monteiro is outstanding’.

Key clients

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

AF Portfolio Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário Aberto

MULTIUSOS Oriente – Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário Fechado

Banco Comercial Português, S.A.

Millennium BCP

Libertas, S.A.

Fundo Especial de Investimento Imobiliário TDF

Alma Vida, S.A.

NALM – National Asset Loan Management, DAC

Travessa Fresca, Investimentos Unipessoal, Lda.


Riverfront – Empreendimentos Turísticos, S.A.

Imotur – Fundo Especial de Investimento Imobiliário

Tax Tier 3

Overseen by Diogo FeioSérvulo & Associados fields a tax practice divided into an advisory department, headed by the 'highly professional, collaborative and trustworthyTeresa Pala Schwalbach (who was promoted to partner in 2020), and a litigation team, led by experienced tax partner Ana Moutinho Nascimento. Recent highlights for the team include significant instructions in contentious and non-contentious matters for banking sector clients. The firm's sports law department demonstrates another specialism in advising HNWIs. Associate Patrícia Guerra Carvalhal focuses on tax litigation and is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Diogo Feio

Other key lawyers:

Teresa Pala Schwalbach; Ana Moutinho Nascimento


‘The quality of the office professionals is evident, which allows them to approach subjects of great complexity with ease.’

Servulo has a young and qualified team in several areas and where the figure of Diogo Feio, a skilled lawyer and an advanced expert in tax law, is punctuated, with the ‘plus’ of a special insight into fiscal policy due to his long political career.’

‘Diogo Feio is an excellent tax lawyer and recognized among his peers.’

‘Diogo Feio – an excellent lawyer, with a lot of experience, namely in matters of tax litigation.’

‘Very good personal service, highly professional but still very relevant, actual and empathic – always up to date and give a feel of being both a very modern firm, but at the same time an image of high trust.’

‘Teresa Pala Schwalbach is highly professional, collaborative and trustworthy. She has an excellent partner/client relation and everything she delivers is always exceeding expectations. I believe her way of working is extraordinary and standing out from competitors and other lawyers based on her way of simplifying for the client, at the same time showing professionalism, modern co-creation and responding to any question/request with client in focus.’

‘Sérvulo is characterized by the quality of services provided to clients, with partners and lawyers in the tax team who have extensive academic training, in addition to professional experience. They are dedicated to matters of a diverse nature (such as sports, insolvencies, the health sector, construction and real estate, among others) and, above all, to innovative subjects, such as the digital economy and studies on the weight of tax compliance in the activity of Portuguese companies.’

‘Among the various elements of the team, I would highlight Teresa Pala Schwalbach, who was recently promoted to partner. I value the constant availability shown in the follow-up of the subjects, the vast and diversified professional experience and the ability to think outside the box, looking at the global context of the issues and alerting / helping in the resolution of issues that are not only related to the legal forum but which may be of an operational or business nature.’

Key clients

Confederação Empresarial de Portugal (CIP)

Cape Verde’s Central Bank

APED – Associação de Empresas de Distribuição

NAMA – National Asset Management Agency


Several private clients

Sports law clients

TMT Tier 3

Niche expertise in publicity and advertising alongside a strong IT and technology practice characterises Sérvulo & Associados' offering. Ana Rita Paínho leads the team and has IT and data protection expertise, as well as the aforementioned publicity focus; in the latter area, Nespresso has been a key client in recent years. Consultant Filipa Névoa is noted for administrative law and telecoms regulatory advice.

Practice head(s):

Ana Rita Paínho

Other key lawyers:

Filipa Névoa


‘Sérvulo’s TMT Team is very knowledgeable and very helpful on IT contracts related matters.’

‘Ana Rita Paínho is very experienced on IT related matters, immediately providing the client visibility on the relevant points to be addressed. Very useful and add-valued assistance to any entity in need of legal support on IT matters on a regular basis.’

‘Good and practicable firm for IT, commercial and data protection work.’

‘Ana Rita Paínho is a great IT/data protection lawyer, very responsive and to the point. Great firm and lawyers to work with.’

Key clients

Grupo EDP

Echostar Corporation



Vision Box – Soluções de Visão por Computador


Monster Beverage Co.

Transport Tier 3

Sérvulo & Associados has a proven track record in all areas of transport (including aviation, rail, road and shipping), drawing upon its reputation in public law. The practice is regularly engaged by the state and other public bodies in mandates pertaining to road and rail projects involving concessions and PPP structures. It is adept at advising on regulatory, transactional, litigation and transport-related financing work, having recently expanded its service offering to clients in the aviation and aeronautics sectors. Ana Luísa Guimarães and Mark Kirkby are the key points of contact in the team.

Practice head(s):

Ana Luísa Guimarães; Mark Kirkby


‘Sérvulo demonstrated professionalism and knowledge in the tasks performed. I would like to highlight the work of Ana Luísa Guimarães.’

‘Ana Luisa Guimarães has in-depth knowledge of the public passenger transport market, which is very specific and not easy to find.’

‘There was a wide range of new legislation that had never been applied and was subject to the first interpretation. Sérvulo was undoubtedly a pioneer in this matter. They quickly mastered this area of knowledge.’

‘In addition to the entire legal component of the process, Ana Luísa Guimarães lent themself to the review of technical documents with a critical analysis of their meaning in order not to lend themselves to misinterpretations in the context of the competition.’

Key clients

Metropolitan Area of Lisbon (AML)

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.



Arsenal do Alfeite, SA

Astilleros Gondan, SA

Portuguese Ministry of Defence

Metro do Porto, S.A.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Public Law Rui Medeiros +351 210 933 000
Public Law João Amaral e Almeida +351 210 933 000
Public Law Mark Kirkby +351 210 933 000
Corporate, Commercial and M&A Sofia Carreiro +351 210 933 000
Finance & Governance Manuel Magalhães +351 210 933 000
Finance & Governance Paulo Câmara +351 210 933 000
Restructuring & Insolvency Manuel Magalhães +351 210 933 000
Restructuring & Insolvency Mafalda Ferreira Santos +351 210 933 000
Employment Law Rita Canas da Silva +351 210 933 000
Tax Diogo Feio +351 210 933 000
Tax Ana Moutinho Nascimento +351 210 933 000
Tax Teresa Pala Schwalbach +351 210 933 000
Corporate Crime & Regulatory Compliance José Lobo Moutinho +351 210 933 000
Corporate Crime & Regulatory Compliance Teresa Serra +351 210 933 000
Corporate Crime & Regulatory Compliance Cláudia Amorim +351 210 933 000
European & Competition Law Miguel Gorjão-Henriques +351 210 933 000
Real Estate, Tourism & Urban Planning Manuel Magalhães +351 210 933 000
Real Estate, Tourism & Urban Planning Eduardo Gonçalves Rodrigues +351 210 933 000
Litigation & Arbitration António Teles +351 210 933 000
Litigation & Arbitration João Saúde +351 210 933 000
Litigation & Arbitration Mafalda Ferreira Santos +351 210 933 000
Intellectual Property Ana Rita Paínho +351 210 933 000
Life Sciences Miguel Gorjão-Henriques +351 210 933 000
Life Sciences Ana Rita Paínho +351 210 933 000
TMT Ana Rita Paínho +351 210 933 000
Data Protection Ana Rita Paínho +351 210 933 000
Data Protection José Lobo Moutinho +351 210 933 000
Data Protection João Carmona Dias +351 210 933 000
Sports Law João Saúde +351 210 933 000
Photo Name Position Profile
 João Amaral e Almeida  photo João Amaral e Almeida Partner in the Public Law department.
 Cláudia Amorim  photo 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.
 Francisco Barona  photo Francisco Barona Partner in the Finance & Governace and Restructuring and Insolvency departments.
 Francisco Boavida Salavessa  photo Francisco Boavida Salavessa Partner in Finance and Governance, Restructuring and Insolvency and Sports Law departments.
 Michael-Sean Boniface  photo Michael-Sean Boniface Associate in the Finance and Governance department.
 Paula Bordalo Faustino  photo Paula Bordalo Faustino Of Counsel in the Public Law department.
 Paulo Câmara  photo Paulo Câmara Managing Partner. Co-Head of Financial and Governance department: Finance, banking, capital markets,…
 Maria Joana Cabral  photo Maria Joana Cabral Associate in the Corporate Crime and Regulatory Compliance, Litigation and Arbitration departments
 Luísa Cabral Menezes  photo Luísa Cabral Menezes Senior Associate in the Finance & Governance department.
 António Cadilha  photo António Cadilha Partner in the Public Law department.
 Victor Calvete  photo Victor Calvete Consultant in the European and Competition Law department.
 Joana Cameira photo Joana Cameira Senior Associate in Litigation and Arbitration departments.
 Rita Canas da Silva  photo Rita Canas da Silva Partner in the Employment and Sports Law departments.
 Rui Cardona Ferreira  photo Rui Cardona Ferreira Of Counsel of the firm’s Corporate, Commercial and M&A department, and he…
 João Carmona Dias  photo João Carmona Dias Partner in the Litigation and Arbitration, Restructuring and Insolvency and Privacy and…
 Sofia Carreiro  photo 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.
 Cláudia Isabel Costa  photo Cláudia Isabel Costa Associate in Corporate, Commercial and M&A department.
 Patrícia Costa Gomes photo Patrícia Costa Gomes Senior Associate in the Finance and Governance department
 Mariana Costa Pinto  photo Mariana Costa Pinto Senior Associate in Intellectual Property, TMT, Life Sciences and Litigation departments.
 Margarida Costa gomes  photo Margarida Costa gomes  Consultant in the Employment Law department.
 Pedro João Domingos  photo Pedro João Domingos Associate in the Real Estate, Tourism and Urban Planning department.
 Caroline Falkhorn  photo Caroline Falkhorn Consultant in Tax department and adviser at Scandinavian Desk.
 Diogo Feio  photo Diogo Feio Partner in the Tax, Arbitration and Sports Law departments.
 Verónica Fernández  photo Verónica Fernández Partner in the Finance and Governance and Real Estate, Tourism and Urban…
 Pedro Fernández Sánchez  photo Pedro Fernández Sánchez Partner in the Public Law and Arbitration departments.
 Constança Ferreira Nunes  photo Constança Ferreira Nunes Associate in the Life Sciences, TMT & Intellectual Property departments
 Mafalda Ferreira Santos photo Mafalda Ferreira Santos Partner in the Litigation and Arbitration and Restructuring and Insolvency departments.
 Eduardo Gonçalves Rodrigues  photo Eduardo Gonçalves Rodrigues Partner in the Real Estate, Tourism and Urban Planning department.
 Madalena Gonçalves da Silva  photo Madalena Gonçalves da Silva Associate in the Employment Law department.
 Miguel Gorjão-Henriques  photo Miguel Gorjão-Henriques Partner and Head of the EU/Competition Law departament, Co-Head of the Life…
 Patrícia Guerra Carvalhal photo Patrícia Guerra Carvalhal Senior Associate in the Tax department
 José Guilherme Gomes photo José Guilherme Gomes Associate in the Finance & Governance department.
 Ana Luísa Guimarães  photo Ana Luísa Guimarães Partner in the Public Law department, focusing her practice mainly on public…
 Mark Kirkby  photo Mark Kirkby Partner in the Public Law and Arbitration departments.
 Joana Leão Anjos  photo Joana Leão Anjos Associate in the Tax Law department.
 José Lobo Moutinho photo José Lobo Moutinho Partner in the Corporate Crime and Regulatory Compliance, Litigation and Arbitration and…
 Maria José Lourenço  photo Maria José Lourenço Senior Associate in the Restructuring and Insolvency, Litigation and Arbitration departments.
 Salvador Luz  photo Salvador Luz Associate in the Public Law department.
 Manuel Magalhães  photo Manuel Magalhães Partner in the Finance and Governance, Restructuring and Insolvency and Real estate,…
 Rui Medeiros  photo Rui Medeiros Partner in the Public Law and Arbitration departments.
 Francisco Mendes Correia  photo Francisco Mendes Correia Of Counsel of the firm’s Finance and Governance department, and he also…
 Francisca Mendes da Costa  photo Francisca Mendes da Costa Partner in Public Law, Arbitration and Sports Law departments.
 Teresa Mira de Oliveira  photo Teresa Mira de Oliveira Associate in the Corporate, Commercial and M&A department.
 Ana Moutinho Nascimento  photo Ana Moutinho Nascimento Partne in the Tax and Arbitration departments.
 Filipa Névoa  photo Filipa Névoa Consultant in the Real Estate, Tourism and Urban Planning, TMT and Life…
 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
 Ana Rita Paínho  photo Ana Rita Paínho Partner in the Life Sciences, Intellectual Property & TMT departments.
 Nuno Pais Gomes  photo Nuno Pais Gomes Senior Associate in the Employment Law department
 Teresa Pala Schwalbach  photo Teresa Pala Schwalbach Partner in the Tax and Sports Law departments.
 Inês Palma Ramalho  photo Inês Palma Ramalho Senior Associate in the Financial and Governance and Restructuring and Insolvency departments.
 Carla Parreira Leandro  photo Carla Parreira Leandro Senior Associate in Finance and Governance, Restructuring and Insolvency and Real Estate,…
 Afonso Patrão  photo Afonso Patrão Of Counsel in the Public Law department.
 Joana Pinto Monteiro  photo Joana Pinto Monteiro Senior Associate in the Financial and Governance and Real Estate, Tourism and…
 Inês Quadros  photo Inês Quadros Consultant in the European and Competition Law department.
 Marta Ramalho Gomes  photo Marta Ramalho Gomes Associate in the Public Law department.
 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
 Duarte Rodrigues Silva  photo Duarte Rodrigues Silva Partner in Public Law and Arbitration departments.
 Henrique Rodrigues da Silva  photo Henrique Rodrigues da Silva Partner in the Public Law and Arbitration departments.
 José Manuel Sérvulo Correia  photo José Manuel Sérvulo Correia Founding Partner.José Manuel Sérvulo Correia develops his legal practice around the areas…
 João Saúde  photo João Saúde Partner in the Litigation and Arbitration, Restructuring and Insolvency and Sports Law…
 Alberto Saavedra  photo 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
 Miguel Santos Almeida  photo 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.
 Margarida Sepúlveda Teixeira  photo Margarida Sepúlveda Teixeira Associate in the Litigation and Arbitration departments.
 Teresa Serra  photo Teresa Serra Of Counsel in the Corporate Crime and Regulatory Compliance, Litigation and Arbitration…
 Maria Gabriela Teixeira Duarte  photo Maria Gabriela Teixeira Duarte Associate in the Finance & Governance department
 António Teles  photo 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
 Sofia Thibaut Trocado  photo 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
 Alexandra Valpaços  photo Alexandra Valpaços Alexandra Valpaços is an Associate in the Litigation, Arbitration and Restructuring and…
 Pedro José de Alvim  photo Pedro José de Alvim Associate in Corporate, Commercial and M&A department.
 Ana de Brito Camacho  photo Ana de Brito Camacho Senior Associate in Corporate Crime and Regulatory Compliance, Litigation and Restructuring and…
 Inês de Sá photo Inês de Sá Senior Associate in Litigation and Privacy and Personal Data Protection departments.
 Maria João dos Santos photo Maria João dos Santos Consultant in the Finance and Governance department.
Number of lawyers : 102
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

In 2015, SÉRVULO began a new chapter in its commitment to social responsibility: the creation of RSSÉRVULO, which defines the firm’s social responsibility strategy, and the joining of GRACE (Business Citizens Group of Support and Reflection, or Grupo de Reflexão e Apoio à Cidadania Empresarial in Portuguese) were two highly significant milestones. In what is an area of growing importance, RSSÉRVULO defines four strands of activity: pro bono legal support; volunteering; promoting gender equality and institutional participation in charitable initiatives.

All contact regarding this area should be directed to the Social Responsibility Committee via the email

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 13 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.

Where possible, SÉRVULO seeks to apply its social responsibility principles in its day-to-day business dealings, not least by promoting diversity and environmental sustainability, and by donating equipment to charity organisations.