Sérvulo & Associados > Lisbon, Portugal > Firm Profile

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

Portugal > Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 1

The ‘well-prepared, efficient and modern’ corporate crime and regulatory compliance team at Sérvulo & Associados has a strong criminal and administrative litigation practice. Financial institutions, corporates, directors and public sector clients turn to the group for assistance in corruption-related accusations, financial crime cases and internal investigations. The team has been increasingly active in criminal compliance matters, often advising on anti-corruption programmes and whistleblowing channels. José Lobo Moutinho is highly regarded as ‘one of the most reputable lawyers’ in the field of white-collar crime and compliance. Notable for her experience in contentious matters, of counsel Teresa Serra is a key contact for civil, commercial and corporate criminal litigation. Claudia Amorim excels in fraud cases and often advises high-profile private clients. Of counsel Ana Brito Camacho has a strong background in corporate crime and compliance matters related to anti-bribery and money laundering.

Practice head(s):

José Lobo Moutinho; Teresa Serra; Cláudia Amorim

Other key lawyers:

Ana Brito Camacho; Miguel Santos Almeida; Rui Oliveira Alves

Testimonials

‘The team is always available and able to find solutions to the questions asked. It also seeks new approaches.’

‘José Lobo Moutinho and Ana Brito Camacho have a very pragmatic approach to solutions and a human touch.’

‘The office is well prepared, efficient, modern and provides a quality service.’

‘ I highlight José Lobo Moutinho and Miguel Santos Almeida. Lobo Moutinho is one of the most reputable lawyers handling these matters, being recognised in the market for his knowledge and experience. Santos Almeida strives for excellence and already demonstrates consolidated knowledge.’

‘Sérvulo’s knowledge and practical experience in the field of corruption prevention are crucial for us.’

‘I’d highlight Cláudia Amorim, Rui Oliveira Alves and Ana Brito Camanho.’

‘Quality and experience.’

‘José Lobo Moutinho and Cláudia Amorim are recommended.’

Key clients

EDP Group

Jerónimo Martins / Pingo Doce

Ferrero Ibérica, SA

Secretaria-Geral da Presidência da República Portuguesa

SPMS – Serviços Partilhados do Ministério da Saúde, E.P.E.

TAP Air Portugal

Flexdeal

SECIL

Projectual, Lda

FINE

Libertas, SA

Paybyrd, BV

BANIF

LUSA

Work highlights

  • Represented Jerónimo Martins and Pingo Doce in several criminal cases.
  • Acted for BANIF bank, currently in liquidation, in a criminal case against TVI television station and its former information director.
  • Assisted EDP Group in the implementation of the company’s whistleblowing channels in accordance with the Portuguese Whistleblowing Law, and reviewing several internal documents related to anti-corruption.

Portugal > Public law Tier 1

Sérvulo & Associados is highlighted for its ‘significant experience in the public law space’. It is a go-to firm for companies and public sector clients in high-profile matters across a wide range of sectors, most notably infrastructure, energy, transportation and healthcare. Rui Medeiros and João Amaral e Almeida are key names for administrative litigation and arbitration. They oversee the department alongside Mark Kirkby and Ana Luísa Guimarães. Guimarães focuses on public procurement, concessions and projects, and Kirkby co-heads the projects and energy team and has extensive experience advising public and private entities on project development. Other key practitioners include founding partner José Manuel Sérvulo Correia, litigator Duarte Rodrigues Silva and Francisca Mendes da Costa, who is well versed in PPPs and international projects across Mozambique, Cabo Verde and São Tomé and Príncipe. Of counsel Paula Bordalo Faustino is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Rui Medeiros; João Amaral e Almeida; Mark Kirkby; Ana Luísa Guimarães

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘I would highlight the firm in the area of public law for its extensive knowledge and experience, making it, in my opinion, the leading firm in Portugal for public law.’

‘Duarte Rodrigues Silva is a lawyer who conveys confidence through his extensive experience in the most diverse matters of public law. He offers a pragmatic approach and effective resolution of legal problems, with rigour and quality. Paula Bordalo Faustino is a renowned public law lawyer, who demonstrates rigour, quality and availability.’ 

‘Mark Kirkby, António Cadilha and Duarte Rodrigues Silva are recommended for their knowledge, commitment and availability in dealing with the matters presented to them.’

‘Pedro Fernández Sanchéz is recommended for his technical knowledge, creativity, availability, proximity and quick response.’

‘João Amaral e Almeida is recommended for his knowledge of public procurement. Rui Medeiros is serious and honest and has vast knowledge of various matters related to public law. Pedro Fernández Sánchez has practical experience and deep knowledge of public procurement. Henrique Rodrigues da Silva is recommend for his common sense and ability to analyse the most complex legal problems.’

‘João Amaral e Almeida and Paula Bordalo Faustino demonstrate exceptional experience, competence and intelligence in the area of public procurement. They also have the ability to understand and meet the company’s needs. Exceptional dedication to the work that was proposed to them.’

‘I emphasise the technical qualities and ability to explain matters in simple language. I would recommend  João Amaral e Almeida and Paula Bordalo Faustino.’

‘Rui Medeiros and Paula Bordalo Faustino have excellent technical knowledge and great ability to integrate data and new and challenging perspectives. Always available.’

Key clients

Government of Mozambique

ANACOM

SDR Consortium

Metropolitano de Lisboa, EPE

SPMS – Serviços Partilhados do Ministério da Saúde, EPE

Camões, Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, I.P.

Regional Secretary of Economy of the Autonomous Region of Madeira (RAM)

APRAM – Administração dos Portos da Região Autónoma da Madeira, S.A.

TM.E – Termomeccanica Ecologia

Afavias – Engenharia e Construções, SA

Sociedade de Desenvolvimento da Ponta do Oeste, SA

European Commission – DG MOVE

Millennium BCP

TML – Metropolitan Transports of Lisbon

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

Municipality of Câmara de Lobos (Madeira)

Metro do Porto

TIP – Transportes Intermodais do Porto, ACE

RTP – Rádio e Televisão de Portugal, SA

Águas do Centro Litoral, SA

Work highlights

  • Advised the Government of Mozambique alongside MRA Advogados on the legal revision of its investment law, a project funded by the World Bank.
  • Represented ANACOM, the regulatory authority for the electronic communications sector, in an administrative dispute subsequent to the auction procedure for the allocation of radioelectric bands for the implementation of 5G networks.
  • Acted for Metropolitano de Lisboa EPE in the expansion process of the metropolitan line, including the preparation and launching of the public procurement procedures, the execution phase of the works contracts and the works contract inspection.

Portugal > Banking and finance Tier 2

Equipped with extensive knowledge‘ and fielding a longstanding regulatory tradition, Sérvulo & Associados‘ finance and governance practice has played a prominent role in the structural reorganisation of the public financial sector in Portugal, following the resolution of BES – Banco Espírito Santo, BANIF – Banco Internacional do Funchal and BPP – Banco Privado Português. Leading credit and financial institutions in Portugal and abroad also seek the firm’s assistance on a host of transactions, including acquisition, corporate and real estate finance, just to name a few. At the helm of the practice, Manuel Magalhães and Paulo Câmara are noted for their combined wealth of experience in mandates involving Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa, a service which is provided through SÉRVULO LATITUDE – an international network of law firms – and the African desk. Co-head Câmara, who stands out in the market for his in-depth knowledge of Portuguese banking law, also chairs the ESG practice. Verónica Fernández leads on work in the fintech space, where she assists players from the crypto, payment services and neobanking segments. Francisco Boavida Salavessa ‘is recommended for his experience and quality of work in the banking and securities fields‘. Inês Palma Ramalho left the firm in December 2023.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Magalhães; Paulo Câmara

Other key lawyers:

Verónica Fernández; Francisco Barona; Francisco Boavida Salavessa; Patrícia Costa Gomes; José Guilherme Gomes

Testimonials

‘The banking and finance team is made up of excellent professionals, under the leadership of Paulo Câmara, whose knowledge and approach to the issues are recognised by everyone in the market.’

‘Equipped with extensive knowledge of the client’s situations.’

‘Manuel Magalhães stands out for his experience, quality of advice and client support.’

‘Francisco Boavida Salavessa is recommended for his experience and quality of work in the banking and securities fields.’

‘Team was always available for calls and responsive on all our enquiries and provide very good support during the project.’

‘I’ve received great attention and availability. In addition, they have helped us in a very proactive way also beyond the scope we had initially agreed on.’

‘What makes Sérvulo unique is the knowledge and experience in the areas of banking and direct consumption. They always carry out careful, in-depth and detailed analyses of all topics.’

‘Francisco Boavida Salavessa: great technical knowledge, work capacity, and creativity.’

Key clients

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

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

BBVA – Instituição Financeira de Crédito, S.A.

BANCO COMERCIAL E DE INVESTIMENTOS, S.A.

Saltpay Portugal S.A. (former PAGAQUI – Pagamentos e Carregamentos, S.A.) from Saltpay Group and SaltPay IIB hf.

Agrimútuo – Federação de Caixas de Crédito Agrícola Mútuo (together with Caixa Crédito Agrícola Mútuo de Torres Vedras e Caixa Crédito Agrícola Mútuo de Mafra)

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

Société Générale Equipment Finance Iberia EFC, S.A.

Oney Bank, S.A. – Sucursal em Portugal (Portuguese branch)

Banco Credibom, S.A.

Banco BIC Português, S.A. / EUROBIC

Work highlights

  • Ongoing day-to-day assistance to Banco Espírito Santo, S.A. – Em Liquidação (“BES”), a Portuguese listed credit institution, after the withdrawal of the banking licence of BES by the European Central Bank in July 2016.
  • Ongoing day-to-day assistance to BANIF, a Portuguese listed credit institution, after the application of a resolution measure by the Bank of Portugal, whereby some assets and liabilities of BANIF were purchased by Banco Santander Totta, S.A., other assets and liabilities were transferred to a public-owned asset management company created for this purpose, and the remaining residual assets and liabilities remained with BANIF.
  • Advises Banco BIC Português, S.A. / EUROBIC on internal governance adjustments considering the still ongoing process of sale of the Bank, including close contact with the Board, inter-actions with potential buyers and the regulator.

Portugal > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Offering ‘promptness and excellence in service’, the dispute resolution team at Sérvulo & Associados handles complex litigation and arbitration cases, covering civil and commercial disputes, corporate crime, regulatory compliance and administrative proceedings. Well known for its domestic and international arbitration capabilities, the team has a strong reputation in the market for representing financial institutions in high-profile financial disputes. António Teles focuses on commercial litigation and has extensive experience acting as arbitrator in disputes in the pharmaceutical sector. He manages the department alongside sports litigation and restructuring and insolvency specialist João Saúde, and Mafalda Ferreira Santos, who is recommended for in- and out-of-court proceedings, covering consumer rights issues, competition law matters and commercial contracts.

Practice head(s):

António Teles; João Saúde; Mafalda Ferreira Santos

Other key lawyers:

Mafalda Ferreira Santos; João Santos Marta; Maria José Lourenço; Nuno Temudo Vieira

Testimonials

‘High work capacity, rigour, professionalism, high responsiveness, credibility, client orientated and availability.’

‘This is an office with extensive experience working with banks. Very competent in the area of litigation. Diligent and proactive.’

‘Mafalda Ferreira Santos is noted for her ability to work under pressure, experience and technical knowledge. António Teles, Maria José Lourenço, Alexandra Valepaço and Nuno Temudo Vieira are also recommended. Its technical capacity, level of experience, degree of knowledge of the client’s business and quality of work stand out, being differentiating factors of the team.’

‘The promptness and excellence in service.’

‘Mafalda Ferreira Santos is professional, empathetic and clear in her requests and answers.’

‘António Teles and João Santos Marta are recommended.’

‘Office with a very competitive price/quality ratio, with renowned professionals with great qualifications and valuable experience.’

‘The teams we worked with were always in perfect sync. They are always able to understand with accuracy what it is being discussed. They always resolve the issues faced by us with rigour and assertiveness. Amazing legal and sectorial expertise and effective communication.’

Key clients

TAP – Transportes Aéreos Portugueses, SGPS, SA

BANCO ESPÍRITO SANTO, SA – Em Liquidação (BES)

BANCO INTERNACIONAL DO FUNCHAL, SA – Em Liquidação (BANIF)

BANCO PRIVADO PORTUGUÊS, SA – Em Liquidação (BPP)

Tabaqueira – Empresa Industrial de Tabacos SA

Altri Florestal, SA

Hospital da Luz, SA

FERROVIAL/MSF-BARRAGENS, ACE and FERROVIAL CONSTRUCCIÓN, SA

Massa Insolvente da Interlog – Informática, SA

ANEPC – Autoridade Nacional de Emergência e Proteção Civil

SPORTING CLUBE DE PORTUGAL – FUTEBOL, SAD

EDP Group

Lusíadas Saúde Group – United Healthcare Group

Caixa Económica Montepio Geral, Caixa Económica Bancária, SA

Sociedade de Desenvolvimento do Porto Santo, SA

Entreposto Gestão Imobiliária, SA

Work highlights

  • Acted for Ferrovial in a credit claim against Iberdrola for approximately €126m and Iberdrol’s counterclaim for approximately €20m concerning the the construction of three dams.
  • Representing E-Redes, previously named EDP Distribuição, in a major civil liability case related to the forest fires that occurred in Pedrógão Grande in the summer of 2017.
  • Assisted Lusíadas Saúde in an action for setting aside an arbitration award issued in a case against the Portuguese state concerning the PPP for the management and provision of healthcare at the Cascais Hospital.

Portugal > EU and competition Tier 2

Led by Miguel Gorjão-Henriques, Sérvulo & Associados' European and competition law group is reputed for its strength in high-profile investigative proceedings, the full range of State Aid matters and antitrust compliance issues. A powerhouse in the public law space, the firm attracts instructions from private and public entities from an array of sectors, including TMT, energy, retail, healthcare and financial services, and is experienced in handling pre-litigation proceedings and cases heard before European courts, the European Commission and the European Central Bank. In recent months, the team has acted in several major restrictive practices cases before the PCA. Alberto Saavedra offers key support in the fields of merger control, restrictive practices and State Aid.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Gorjão-Henriques

Other key lawyers:

Alberto Saavedra; Guilherme Oliveira e Costa; Francisco Marques de Azevedo

Testimonials

‘Fast, clear, available, innovative and comprehensive advice.’

‘Miguel Gorjão Henriques stands out.’

‘I highlight the quality and excellence of the service provided to the client, as well as the deep knowledge and experience in competition law. Miguel Gorjão Henriques is our go-to person.’

Key clients

Banco Português de Fomento – BPF (National Promotional Bank)

Government of the Madeira Autonomous Region

EuroBic Bank

EGEO

BPI Bank

“Insolvency mass of the BES Bank” (Banco Espírito Santo, S.A.)

LG Portugal

Portuguese Federation of Tobacco Wholesalers (“FPGT”)

Jerónimo Martins Group

Municipality of Lisbon

JMDB

Fresenius Medical Care group

Pingo Doce

TIS – Europe Economics – European Commission

AMP – Área Metropolitana do Porto (Metropolitan Area of Oporto)

Work highlights

  • Representing Pingo Doce in several hub & spoke cases being investigated and decided by the Portuguese Competition Authority.
  • Assisted BPF in notifying individual aids or aid schemes to the European Commission, under the Covid-19 Temporary Framework.
  • Representing Banco BPI in a litigation matter before the ECJ under article 267 TFEU.

Portugal > Insolvency and restructuring Tier 2

With a proven track record in bank liquidation and insolvency proceedings’, Sérvulo & Associados‘ practice is regularly involved in high-profile restructuring and insolvency cases, with a particular focus on the financial services sector. Praised for its ‘promptness and excellence in service and client care’, the group advises a diverse client list of asset management firms, financial institutions and companies operating in the automotive, aviation, pharmaceuticals and real estate industries. Manuel Magalhães is a popular choice for major banks, and Mafalda Ferreira Santos focuses on dispute resolution and is well versed in in- and out-of-court restructuring and insolvency cases. António Teles and João Saúde are specialised in litigation and arbitration and are especially active in liquidation proceedings involving financial institutions.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Francisco Boavida Salavessa; Alexandra Valpaços; Margarida Sepúlveda Teixeira; Maria José Lourenço

Testimonials

‘A team with a proven track record in bank liquidation and insolvency proceedings in Portugal. Diversified knowledge of the matters covered in the judicial liquidation process. In-depth knowledge of the client’s situation.’

‘Manuel Magalhães monitors and supervises the work being carried out and has many years of experience. Francisco Boavida Salavessa is experienced in financial institution liquidations. Mafalda Ferreira Santos is noted for her ability to work under pressure, technical quality and experience in insolvency proceedings. Maria José Lourenço is recommended for her experience and technical quality and degree of knowledge of the client.’

‘The quality of work is a differentiating factor.’

‘Promptness and excellence in service and client care.’

‘Mafalda Ferreira Santos is professional, empathetic and clear in her requests and answers.’

‘Efficiency and knowledge of the subjects. Permanent availability of teams. Prices adjusted to the service provided.’

‘Manuel Magalhães, Alexandra Valpaços and Margarida Sepúlveda Teixeira are recommended.’

Key clients

TAP – Transportes Aéreos Portugueses, SA

BANCO ESPÍRITO SANTO, SA – Em Liquidação (BES)

BANCO INTERNACIONAL DO FUNCHAL, SA – Em Liquidação (BANIF)

BANCO PRIVADO PORTUGUÊS, SA – Em Liquidação (BPP)

FERROVIAL/MSF – BARRAGENS A.C.E.

Monumental Residence – Empreendimentos Imobiliários, SA

Orey Financial – Instituição Financeira de Crédito, SA – Em Liquidação

Grünenthal

Nilit France, S.A. (Nilit France)

Exact Software Iberia, SL

Aguia Enlica, Lda (Aquila Capital Group)

Work highlights

  • Represented TAP in the insolvency proceedings of SPdH – Serviços Portugueses de Handling, commercially known as Groundforce, a company that provides handling services.
  • Acted for BES and its liquidation committee in pre-litigation and litigation matters, including banking and financial, regulatory, commercial, corporate, civil, insolvency and European law issues.
  • Advised MSF – ENGENHARIA on its insolvency, including claims of creditors and negotiations with the insolvency administrator, after a global restructuring plan that failed.

Portugal > Intellectual property Tier 2

Sérvulo & Associados‘ IP team holds a strong track record in patent and trade mark litigation, with a focus on the life sciences sector. Acting for major domestic and international companies, the department is led by Ana Rita Paínho, whose practice covers a wide range of matters, including trade marks, patents, counterfeiting, franchise agreements and brand protection strategies. In July 2022, the group was strengthened with the partner promotion of Mariana Costa Pinto, who is ‘an experienced patent litigator, very responsive and client focused, with excellent knowledge of the pharmaceuticals market and IP litigation matters’.

Practice head(s):

Ana Rita Paínho

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very good and efficient service. Excellent language skills.’

‘Its practitioners have great knowledge of IP and national law. Their advice is always fast, accurate and business-oriented. Their performance in judicial cases is outstanding.’

‘Mariana Costa and Ana Rita Painho are recommended.’

‘Mariana Costa Pinto is an experienced patent litigator, very responsive and client focused,  with excellent knowledge of the pharmaceuticals market and IP litigation matters. She demonstrates passion and flexibility.’

‘Ana Rita Painho and Mariana Costa Pinto are recommended.’

Key clients

Aurobindo Pharma Group

Laboratórios Leon Farma SA

Pharos

Laboratórios Liconsa (Insud Pharma Group)

Pêra-Grave – Sociedade Unipessoal, Lda

Hope Care

Nephrocare Portugal

Senseidata, SA

Mauser Werke GmbH

Ratiopharm

Exeltis Healthcare SL

Generis Farmacêutica SA

Teva Group

ViMúsica – Música e Vídeo, Lda

Docapesca – Portos e Lotas, Lda

ROTA VICENTINA – Associação para a Promoção do Turismo de Natureza na Costa Alentejana e Vicentina

AIDA Cruises – German branch of Costa Crociere S.p.a

Unilabs Laboratoire D’Analyses Médicales, SA

Douro Acima – Transportes, Turismo e Restauração, Lda

Limo Labels A/S

Banco Credibom SA

Bf Software, Lda

Work highlights

  • Represented Generis in an injunction proceeding filed at the Lisbon Intellectual Property Court by Recordati over an alleged patent infringement.
  • Acted for Exeltis Healthcare in a patent infringement action filed at the Lisbon Intellectual Property Court by Richter Gedeon Vegyeszeti Gyar RT.
  • Advised Senseidata on trade mark registration matters.

Portugal > Planning law Tier 2

Sérvulo & Associados ‘stands out for its proximity to the client and the way its practitioners solve complex situations’. The team acts for real estate investors, funds, banks and major companies in planning and licensing matters related to some of the largest projects under development in the Portuguese market. Eduardo Gonçalves Rodrigues, who has practised as an architect in the past, leads the group and has extensive experience in zoning and planning matters. He works alongside consultant Filipa Névoa, whose expertise spans urban licensing, litigation and administrative issues.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Gonçalves Rodrigues

Other key lawyers:

João Amaral e Almeida; Filipa Névoa

Testimonials

‘Sérvulo & Associados stands out for its proximity to the client and the way its practitioners solve complex situations.’

‘The team has specialists in the most diverse areas. I highlight João Amaral e Almeida, Eduardo Gonçalves Rodrigues and Filipa Névoa.’

‘Sérvulo Advogados is distinguished by the urban planning expertise of its practitioners and their ability to create relationships with clients rooted in transparency and kindness.’

‘I highlight Eduardo Gonçalves Rodrigues for his personal and professional qualities.’

‘The team has vast expertise and guided us in a very pleasant manner through an intense process.’

‘Eduardo Gonçalves Rodrigues has extensive expertise.’

Key clients

Interfundos – Gestão de Fundos de Investimento Imobiliário SA

FOCUS GROUP II – Design & Consultancy, Lda

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

CAL – COMPANHIA AGRÍCOLA LUCUNGA SA

Cifial Group

RTP – Radio Televisão Portuguesa

Work highlights

  • Assisted Interfundos, a financial company that manages more than 36 real estate investment funds, in planning matters regarding the Golfe Praia da Marinha (GPM) project.
  • Advised Ponta do Oeste – Sociedade de Promoção e Desenvolvimento da Zona Oeste da Madeira on a mixed-use project comprising a golf course combined with a hotel, a real estate project to be set in a parcel with about 160,000 sqm.
  • Advised Interfundos on the sale of a property located in the Municipality of Loulé with an allotment permit for more than 180 plots for residential and commercial use.

Portugal > Projects and project finance Tier 2

A leader in the public law space, Sérvulo & Associados ‘combines solid technical and theoretical knowledge‘ ‘with extensive practical experience‘ of acting for both public and private sector clients on the administrative side of large-scale projects. With a loyal following of public entities seeking advice on PPPs, concessions and public work contracts, the practice is particularly skilled in projects in the water and waste, energy, transport and healthcare segments. Benefitting from the relationships it has been building around the globe through its network SÉRVULO LATITUDE⦵, the firm has been increasingly engaged by development banks and foreign aid agencies in relation to international mandates, including projects in Mozambique, Cape Verde, São Tomé e Príncipe and – more recently – Tanzania. Focusing on the areas of public procurement and administrative litigation, Mark Kirkby chairs the department with Ana Luísa Guimarães, who became an equity partner in September 2021, and Francisca Mendes da Costa. Guimarães is skilled in PPPs, concessions and projects in the mobility and energy sectors, while fellow co-leader Mendes da Costa is a key contact for multijurisdictional matters.

Practice head(s):

Mark Kirkby; Ana Luísa Guimarães; Francisca Mendes da Costa

Testimonials

‘Sérvulo e Associados stands out for its corporate awareness of the need to invest in learning, in transforming information into knowledge, in knowledge sharing, namely through the training it promotes whenever there is change and/or new legislation.’

‘Despite all the team members being of exemplary professionalism, I would recommend Mark Kirkby for the knowledge he demonstrates about the matters that are put to him, for his availability and involvement in dealing with them and for the sense of responsibility and seriousness he conveys to us.’

‘Sérvulo e Associados demonstrated that it combines solid technical and theoretical knowledge of the subjects in question, with extensive practical experience and sensitivity to the specifics of our project. It clearly stands out from other law firms due to the legal quality of the service provided and the ability to present solutions tailored to the client’s particular needs.’

‘Ana Luísa Guimarães has always shown great availability to accompany us, ensuring a quick response to all requests and meeting the requests that were addressed to her in a very competent manner. She was always very proactive in her relationship with us, seeking to know and provide legal advice according to the company’s business needs.’

‘They are full-time professionals and a true business partner, always with assertive advice and a broad legal vision and receptive to technological innovation.’

Key clients

Government of Mozambique

World Bank

European Commission – DG MOVE

Sociedade de Desenvolvimento da Ponta do Oeste, S.A.

APRAM – Administração dos Portos da Região Autónoma da Madeira, S.A.

Lusíadas Saúde Group

Boat Center S.A.

Metropolitan Area of Lisbon (AML)

TML – Metropolitan Transports of Lisbon

Metropolitan Area of Oporto (AMP)

Intermunicipal community of Região de Coimbra (CIM Região de Coimbra)

Intermunicipal community of Região de Aveiro (CIM Região de Aveiro)

Intermunicipal community of Cávado (CIM Cávado)

Intermunicipal community of Alto Tâmega (CIM AT)

Intermunicipal community of Terras de Trás-os-Montes (CIM TTM)

Municipality of Portimão

Intermunicipal community of Região de Viseu Dão Lafões (CIM Viseu Dão Lafões)

FCC Aqualia

AINTAR (Association of Municipalities for the intermunicipal sanitation system)

Work highlights

  • Selected by the Government of Mozambique, within the scope of an international tender, to provide consulting services on the Legal Revision of the Investment Law, a project funded by the World Bank.
  • Was the legal partner of a Joint Venture selected by the World Bank to assess the viability of setting up an intermunicipal cooperation model for solid waste management (SWM) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
  • Forms part of a Joint Venture (Tetra Tech International Development Sp. z o.o and TISPT – Consultores em Transportes, Inovação e Sistemas, S.A.) hired by European Commission (DG MOVE) in relation to an assignment that consists of an impact assessment support study (Interim and Final Reports) for a possible revision of the Air Services Regulation (Regulation (EC) No 1008/2008) by the European Commission (DG MOVE).

Portugal > Transport Tier 2

Sérvulo & Associados is a popular choice for advice on concessions, public tenders and arbitration proceedings in the road, rail, sea and river transportation segments. The group is often involved in high-profile road and rail projects and acts for both private and public sector clients. Leading the practice are Ana Luísa Guimarães, who is specialised in PPPs and concessions, and litigator and arbitrator Mark Kirkby, whose practice covers disputes related to public contracts.

Practice head(s):

Ana Luísa Guimarães; Mark Kirkby

Testimonials

‘Sérvulo e Associados demonstrated that it combines solid technical and theoretical knowledge of the subjects in question, with extensive practical experience and sensitivity to the specifics of our project.’

‘Ana Luísa Guimarães has always shown great availability, ensuring a quick response to all requests and meeting the requests that were addressed to her in a very competent manner. She was always very proactive in her relationship with us.’

‘It clearly stands out from other law firms due to the legal quality of the service provided and the ability to present solutions tailored to the client’s particular needs.’

Key clients

European Commission – DG MOVE

Metropolitan Area of Lisbon (AML)

TML – Metropolitan Transports of Lisbon

Metropolitan Area of Oporto (AMP)

Intermunicipal community of Região de Coimbra (CIM Região de Coimbra)

Intermunicipal community of Região de Aveiro (CIM Região de Aveiro)

Intermunicipal community of Cávado (CIM Cávado)

Intermunicipal community of Alto Tâmega (CIM AT)

Intermunicipal community of Terras de Trás-os-Montes (CIM TTM)

Municipality of Portimão

Intermunicipal community of Região de Viseu Dão Lafões (CIM Viseu Dão Lafões)

Metropolitano de Lisboa, E.P.E.

Metro do Porto

TIP – Transportes Intermodais do Porto, A.C.E.

Work highlights

  • Advised the European Commission as part of a joint venture on an impact assessment support study for a possible revision of the Air Services Regulation (Regulation (EC) No 1008/2008).
  • Acted for the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon, an association of 18 municipalities, in the public tender launched in February 2020 for public transport service contracts.
  • Advised Metropolitano de Lisboa on the expansion process of its metropolitan line, including the preparation and launching of public procurement procedures.

Portugal > Capital markets Tier 3

Best known for its ‘in-depth knowledge of legislation‘ and regulatory matters in the financial services segment, Sérvulo & Associados is a strong performer in the capital markets space, and is increasingly engaged in high-end transactional mandates, especially equity deals. Noted for being a ‘reference in the national market and, even more, in the space of digital assets‘, the firm has a strong fintech offering, and boasts further capabilities in private equity and investment funds-related matters. SÉRVULO LATITUDE – its international network of law firms – allows it to be present in cross-border mandates, particularly those with ties to Portuguese-speaking jurisdictions in Africa. The ‘highly regardedPaulo Câmara, who has a strong track record in multijurisdictional matters, and is singled out for his unparalleled regulatory knowledge, leads the finance and governance team alongside Manuel Magalhães. Verónica Fernández is a key point of contact for investment fund management companies and financial intermediaries; her expertise extends to the placement of debt instruments and securities issuing programmes. Francisco Boavida Salavessa is often retained by listed companies and investors for guidance in ECM and DCM transactions, while José Guilherme Gomes advises on corporate governance and compliance issue.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Câmara; Manuel Magalhães

Other key lawyers:

Verónica Fernández; Francisco Barona; Sofia Thibaut Trocado; Francisco Boavida Salavessa; José Guilherme Gomes

Testimonials

‘Sérvulo & Advogados is a reference in the national market and, even more, in the space of digital assets. We would like to highlight the high level of technical knowledge they have on the subject and the correct monitoring carried out throughout the process.’

‘Paulo Câmara, Verónica Fernández and José Guilherme Gomes stand out. The team demonstrated a high degree of friendliness, professionalism, availability, technical knowledge and commitment throughout the entire process.’

‘Sérvulo’s main quality is its in-depth knowledge of legislation and the private equity market. Additionally, the constant availability of the team is an outstanding factor in relation to other law firms.’

‘Paulo Câmara: highly regarded lawyer with availability for the client and demonstrates a deep knowledge of the legislation and the market. His experience gives the client a lot of security in his opinions.’

‘The in-depth knowledge of the legislation applicable to real estate investment funds and the financial area in general, as well as the excellent relationship and respectability they have with the national supervisory authority, the CMVM. The day-to-day availability for our topics and the celerity and professionalism that help us in the queried questions. Billing is very honest for the quality and time of responses.’

Key clients

FLEXDEAL SIMFE, S.A.

Banco de Cabo Verde / AGMVM

CREST CAPITAL PARTNERS – SCR, S.A.

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

EDP – Energias de Portugal, S.A.

Senseidata, S.A.

Banco Credibom, S.A.

BBVA – Instituição Financeira de Crédito, S.A.

Saltpay Portugal S.A. (formerly PAGAQUI – Pagamentos e Carregamentos, S.A.) from Saltapay Group and SaltPay IIB hf. (former Borgun hf.)

EDP Comercial

Work highlights

  • Provides continuous support to Banco de Cabo Verde / AGMVM in assisting the Cape Verde capital markets regulator in updating the financial law framework and providing training to supervisors.
  • Advises EDP on regulatory duties and corporate governance.
  • Provides ongoing legal assistance to Fidelidade SGOIC including in the setting up and daily operation of the collective investment schemes under management.

Portugal > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Noted for being ‘technically impeccable‘, Sérvulo & Associados is well versed in high-value transactions, cross-border restructurings, corporate law and commercial agreements. The practice maintains a strong presence in the energy, IT, infrastructure and environmental sectors, and has reinforced its experience in the agribusiness space with the recent hire of Pedro Silveira Borges, who showcases further capabilities in M&A involving healthcare companies. He joined from SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados in July 2021, together with Catarina Marques da Silva, who was previously at Caiado Guerreiro. With a proven track record of acting for Portuguese and international clients in business transactions and commercial contracts, including franchising and distribution agreements, department leader Sofia Carreiro is also routinely retained by venture capital funds.

Practice head(s):

Sofia Carreiro

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Multidisciplinary team, great expertise in M&A transactions, very client- and business-oriented.’

‘Lawyers are very professional, and have great availability to contact and liaise with urgent matters.’

‘Sérvulo is responsive and commercially oriented. The lawyers at Sérvulo are technically impeccable, very flexible and imaginative in finding solutions for the clients.’

Key clients

Atlantia Group / Autostrade Portugal S.r.L.

Nexar Inc

PON EUROPE B.V.

Cifial Group

Aquaterra Group

Glennmont Partners

BNZ

Work highlights

  • Advised Autostrade Portugal S.r.L. on the negotiations, drafting and execution of the SPA in relation to the envisaged sale of shares representative of 17.21% in Lusoponte toll bridge concession company to Marubeni-backed infrastructure fund manager MM Capital Partners.
  • Advised PON EUROPE B.V. on the sale of 60% of the share capital of the companies EUROMAIS-PEÇAS E PNEUS, LDA and a SPV (EPRE REAL ESTATE LDA) to QUIBUS HOLDING B.V.
  • Advising Nexar in the acquisition of Veniam Unipessoal Lda., a Portuguese start-up company engaged in the development of intelligent networking software for the Internet of Moving Things.

Portugal > Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

Sérvulo & Associados offers banking, IT and software, healthcare, insurance and public sector clients strategic advice on a wide range of privacy and data protection matters, most notably GDPR compliance projects, audits and data processing and transfer agreements. The practice is led by the trio of Ana Rita Paínho, José Lobo Moutinho and João Carmona Dias. Paínho, who also oversees the IP and TMT teams, has extensive experience in data protection, marketing, IT and advertising matters. Lobo Moutinho and Carmona Dias are often sought after to handle GDPR implementation and compliance for domestic and multinational companies.

Practice head(s):

Ana Rita Paínho; José Lobo Moutinho; João Carmona Dias

Other key lawyers:

Inês de Sá

Testimonials

‘Multidisciplinary law firm that allows you to jump from one topic to another with the same partner guiding the matter, no need to re-explain the topic each time.’

‘Inês de Sá is exceptional because of her ability to truly understand the needs of the client and fight tirelessly to find options and solutions that fit the clients needs, just as an in-house lawyer would do. She also has exceptional communications skills and speaks Spanish, English and Portuguese.’

‘Sérvulo & Associados provides excellent legal support, the whole team is extremely well prepared and is able to provide adequate legal advice in a pragmatic way to all types of legal and commercial matters, which in many cases are quite complex. In addition, the team is quite diverse which is very important and valued.’

‘João Carmona Dias is an exceptional lawyer, always supportive who understands perfectly well the needs of clients and is able to provide ad-hoc advice when required.’

Key clients

EDP Energias de Portugal, SA

Novo Banco, SA

SenseiData SA

DPD Portugal – Transporte Expresso, SA

Porsche Ibérica SL

Grünenthal, SA

Teva Group

Verizon Connect Portugal SA

Spin, Inc

Frotcom International

Page Group

Nespresso

Banco BIC Português, SA

LG Electronics Portugal, SA

Hitachi Consulting Portugal, SA

Banco Primus, SA

Signify Portugal Unipessoal, Lda

Ferrero Ibérica, SA (Sucursal em Portugal)

SPMS – Serviços Partilhados do Ministério da Saúde, EPE

Abbott Laboratórios, Lda

Abbott Medical (Portugal) – Distribuição de Produtos Médicos, Lda

SIBS Processos – Serviços Interbancários de Processamento, SA

FRVR

Work highlights

  • Advised EDP Energias de Portugal and other companies of the EDP Group on data privacy and data protection matters, including GDPR compliance projects and data processing issues.
  • Assisted start-up company Senseidata with data privacy impact assessments and data processing agreements for the collection of personal data for its autonomous store project.
  • Acted for Porsche Iberica on data privacy matters in Portugal, including assistance with GDPR compliance.

Portugal > Employment Tier 3

Highly rated for its high level of technical expertise’, Sérvulo & Associados‘ employment team covers the full range of labour matters, from whistleblower channels and HR policies to litigation and disciplinary actions. On the international front, the group is often engaged in cross-border projects, spanning restructurings, transfers of undertakings and employment-related M&A matters. Heading the practice is Rita Canas da Silva, who was appointed as a member of the firm’s executive committee in January 2021 and is ‘well known in the labour law space’. Consultant Margarida Costa gomes offers assistance in labour conflicts and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Rita Canas da Silva

Other key lawyers:

Margarida Costa Gomes; Nuno Pais Gomes; Madalena Gonçalves da Silva

Testimonials

‘Sérvulo & Associados has a team with a high level of technical expertise that conveys confidence.’

‘Rita Canas da Silva demonstrates vast knowledge on all labour matters and an extraordinary ability to work and deliver services. Her responsiveness and availability are brilliant. In addition to presenting great and creative legal solutions, she always ensures that the company is up to date on legislative changes and court decisions.’

‘Margarida Costa Gomes is an excellent lawyer, with an incredible ability to deliver work with outstanding quality. Rita Canas da Silva is also recommended.’

‘Margarida Costa Gomes and Nuno Pais Gomes are recommended for their extensive experience in the area of labour litigation and their incredible ability to solve problems and present practical solutions to very complex problems.’

‘I would recommend Rita Canas da Silva, Margarida Costa Gomes and Madalena Gonçalves da Silva without a doubt.’

‘Rita Canas da Silva is well known in the labour law space, combining a remarkable academic background, which gives us great confidence and security, and a very pragmatic, business-oriented approach. She has gathered a team of highly qualified lawyers from different generations. She plays a very active role on the subject of gender equality, promoting various campaigns and seminars around the theme and participating in related work groups.’

‘Margarida Costa Gomes is a very experienced lawyer and an excellent litigator, with many years of experience in all labour matters. The same can be said about Nuno Pais Gomes, who is a very well prepared, solid lawyer with excellent performance in labour litigation. Madalena Gonçalves da Silva is more junior but extraordinary, with a level of experience rare among junior lawyers. These are the lawyers I work with the most, although always under the coordination of Rita Canas da Silva.’

‘Margarida Costa Gomes is a top lawyer, with an excellent level of expertise and very focused on solving problems.’

Key clients

Nexar Inc

Work highlights

  • Advised Nexar on the acquisition of Veniam Unipessoal, a Portuguese start-up, including advising on the employment matters related to the acquisition.

Portugal > Energy and natural resources Tier 3

Sérvulo & Associados is a popular destination for companies and public sector clients active in the renewables sector. Led by Mark Kirkby, Ana Luísa Guimarães, Sofia Carreiro and Pedro Silveira Borges, the team is equipped to handle a wide range of matters in the industry, spanning M&A, regulatory issues, public tenders, energy contracts and administrative offences, among others.

Practice head(s):

Mark Kirkby; Ana Luísa Guimarães; Sofia Carreiro; Pedro Silveira Borges

Other key lawyers:

João Tome Pilão

Testimonials

‘Good knowledge and support for tender processes related to electric mobility.’

‘We work closely with Ana Luisa Guimarães, who is always available and is able to deliver results within short deadlines. She has extensive knowledge of public procurement and administrative proceedings.’

‘Attention to detail. Technical knowledge. Cordiality and readiness.’

‘Ana Luisa Guimarães and João Tome Pilão are recommended.’

Key clients

Amarenco Group

Aquila Capital

Chint Solar

Enerpac

Eurowind Energy

Exus Partners

FF Ventures

Gesto Energy

Glennmont Partners

Green Venture

Infinita Energia

Infratec

Insun

Lightsource BP

MTX Solar

Smartenergy

Triple Watt

Trustenergy

Voltalia

Portuguese Ministry of the Environment and Energy Transition

EDP Energias de Portugal, SA

EDP Produção, SA (EDP Group)

EDP Comercial (EDP Group)

EDP – Global Solutions, SA (EDP Group)

Aguia Enlica, Lda (Portuguese subsidiary of Aquila Capital group)

Agro-Park

Work highlights

  • Advised several companies operating in the energy sector on a statement to be presented to the Portuguese government following the public consultation on the draft decree-law aimed at implementing the new legal framework of the national electricity system.
  • Acted for Agro-Park, an Israel-based innovative agribusiness company, on corporate, labour and public law matters related to its expansion in Portugal.
  • Assisted the Ministry of the Environment and Energy Transition in the preparation and launch of the third auction for the allocation of reserve titles for the injection of solar PV electric energy into the public grid.

Portugal > Real estate and construction Tier 3

Private equity firms, developers, investment funds, corporates and high-net-worth individuals turn to Sérvulo & Associados for assistance in high-end real estate transactions. Offering assistance across real estate, urban planning and tourism law matters, the group has been particularly active in advising on acquisitions and disposals, leasebacks, real estate due diligence and construction contracts. The practice is headed by Manuel Magalhães, who co-leads the finance and governance team and is seasoned in insolvency, banking, real estate and corporate matters. Eduardo Gonçalves Rodrigues is recommended for zoning and planning issues. Real estate finance expert Sofia Thibaut Trocado is another name to note. Inês Palma Ramalho left the firm in December 2023.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Magalhães

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘Always precise and especially quick answers.’

‘Nice, friendly, very precise and quick! I recommend Joana Pinto Monteiro.’

‘On point, available and pragmatic.’

‘Eduardo Gonçalves Rodrigues and his team prove to be a go-to adviser in the area of urban planning law, responding to the evolving requirements of licensing procedures.’

‘Eduardo Gonçalves Rodrigues led the team that advised us on a complex project involving urban planning law. I have to highlight the ability to identify and grade the relevant issues and risks, as well as to present a structured and contextualised advice.’

‘We regularly work Carla Parreira Leandro, who has always provided professional and dedicated support.’

‘Sofia Thibaut Trocado is recommended for her competence, speed in solving problems and friendliness.’

Key clients

BPI – Gestão de Ativos, SGOIC

IMOFOMENTO

Metrikprosperity

Banco Comercial Português, SA

Millennium BCP

Interfundos – Sociedade Gestora de Organismos de Investimento Coletivo, SA

AF Portfolio Imobiliário

Fundo Especial de Investimento Imobiliário TDF

EDP Global Solutions

Imotur

EWYA Investments Unipessoal Lda

SDTL – Sociedade de Desenvolvimento Turístico de Lagos, S.A.

Hervé Blumenthal

Carlos Cruz

Richard Letcher

Work highlights

  • Assisted Fundo Especial de Investimento Imobiliário TDF in the development of Fábrica 1921 in Lisbon, with more than 180 prime location real estate units.
  • Acted for the open-ended property investment fund IMOFOMENTO in a long-term sale and leaseback transaction.
  • Advised BPI – Gestão de Ativos on the acquisition of a property from Novimovest – Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário Fechado, managed by Santander Asset Management – Sociedade Gestora de Organismos de Investimento Coletivo.

Portugal > Tax Tier 3

Split into two main areas focused on tax advisory and litigation, Sérvulo & Associados' practice covers domestic, EU and international tax matters. On the transactional front, the team offers support to an impressive client base of corporates and private clients in relation to their inbound and outbound investments, comprising M&A, corporate restructurings, financial trasactions, international tax regimes and benefits. Transfer pricing, Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FACTA) and CRS issues are other areas of activity for the tax advisory subgroup, which is headed by Teresa Pala Schwalbach, a key contact for private clients and wealth management services. Led by the 'excellent' Ana Moutinho Nascimento, the tax litigation team assists clients with tax inspections, administrative proceedings and judicial claims. Department leader Diogo Feio is the main point of contact for the firm's biggest corporate clients; he is skilled in both consultancy and contentious matters, including tax arbitrations. Patrícia Guerra Carvalhal  stands out at the associate level for her experience in tax litigation.

Practice head(s):

Diogo Feio

Testimonials

‘Experience and quality of work adjusted to client needs.’

‘Ana Moutinho Nascimento is recommended for her technical capacity.’

‘Fast, clear, available, innovative and comprehensive advice.’

‘We find Teresa Pala Schwalbach extremely helpful and prompt. Her knowledge is excellent but we were most impressed by her practical approach to problem solving.’

‘The care and professionalism in the handling of matters is very evident.’

‘Ana Moutinho Nascimento is an excellent lawyer and a great professional, with whom it has always been a pleasure to work due to her friendliness and dedication. She is always very clear and assertive in her analyses.’

‘Great technical and human quality. Its lawyers are close to the clients.’

‘Diogo Feio stands out for his technical knowledge, proximity to the client and care in the treatment given to each issue.’

Key clients

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

Several private clients

Sports’ Law clients

Banco Português de Fomento

TML – Transportes Metropolitanos de Lisboa, EMT, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised BES on various tax matters related to the resolution measure applied by the Bank of Portugal in 2014.
  • Assists Banco Português de Fomento in several aspects of its activity, notably advising on the reorganisation of its shareholdings and the restructuring of the respective by-laws.
  • Advises TML – Transportes Metropolitanos de Lisboa, EMT, S.A., a recently created public company which is responsible for the management of an integrated system for issue of tickets for the public passenger transportation system in the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon, on various VAT matters.

Portugal > TMT Tier 4

Sérvulo & Associados is noted for its wealth of experience in advising adverting, media, e-commerce and technology clients on IT contracts, software agreements, licensing issues and data protection work. TMT specialist Ana Rita Paínho, who has a strong background in technology and IT matters, manages the practice. Supporting the team are senior associate Ana Mira Cordeiro and Inês de Sá, who are noted for their expertise in IP, data protection and consumer protection.

Practice head(s):

Ana Rita Paínho

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Novo Banco

EDP Energias de Portugal, SA

SenseiData SA

Starlink Internet Services Limited

Echostar Mobile Services Limited

Verizon Connect Portugal

Nestlé Nespresso

Monster Beverage Co

Banco Credibom, SA

Sequra Worlwide, SA

TomTom SL

DPD Portugal – Transporte Expresso, SA

Porsche Ibérica SL

Grünenthal, SA

Teva Group

Ferrero Ibérica, SA (Sucursal em Portugal)

FRVR

Work highlights

  • Assisted start-up company Senseidata in the implementation of projects involving the use of cameras and AI.
  • Advised Porsche on data privacy matters and GDPR compliance concerning the use and sale of Porsche e-cards for electric vehicles.
  • Acted for Starlink in the launch of broadband internet services to residential and wholesale customers in Portugal and related regulatory matters.

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 José Manuel Sérvulo Correia sc@servulo.com +351 210 933 000
Public Law Ana Luísa Guimarães alg@servulo.com +351 210 933 000
Life Sciences Ana Rita Paínho arp@servulo.com +351 210 933 000
Intellectual Property Ana Rita Paínho arp@servulo.com +351 210 933 000
TMT Ana Rita Paínho arp@servulo.com +351 210 933 000
Data Protection Ana Rita Paínho arp@servulo.com +351 210 933 000
Litigation and Arbitration António Teles at@servulo.com +351 210 933 000
Public Law João Amaral e Almeida jaa@servulo.com +351 210 933 000
Sports Law João Saúde js@servulo.com +351 210 933 000
Litigation and Arbitration João Saúde js@servulo.com +351 210 933 000
Corporate Crime & Regulatory Compliance José Lobo Moutinho jlm@servulo.com +351 210 933 000
Restructuring and Insolvency Mafalda Ferreira Santos mfs@servulo.com +351 210 933 000
Data Protection José Lobo Moutinho jlm@servulo.com +351 210 933 000
Litigation and Arbitration Mafalda Ferreira Santos mfs@servulo.com +351 210 933 000
Finance and Governance Manuel Magalhães mmm@servulo.com +351 210 933 000
Restructuring and Insolvency Manuel Magalhães mmm@servulo.com +351 210 933 000
Real Estate Manuel Magalhães mmm@servulo.com +351 210 933 000
Public Law Mark Kirkby mak@servulo.com +351 210 933 000
Life Sciences Miguel Gorjão-Henriques mgh@servulo.com +351 210 933 000
European and Competition Law Miguel Gorjão-Henriques mgh@servulo.com +351 210 933 000
Finance and Governance Paulo Câmara pc@servulo.com +351 210 933 000
Public Law Rui Medeiros rm@servulo.com +351 210 933 000
Corporate, Commercial and M&A Sofia Carreiro svc@servulo.com +351 210 933 000
Corporate, Commercial and M&A Pedro Silveira Borges psb@servulo.com +351 210 933 000
Employment Law Rita Canas da Silva rcs@servulo.com +351 210 933 000
Tax Diogo Feio dtf@servulo.com +351 210 933 000
Tax Ana Moutinho Nascimento amn@servulo.com +351 210 933 000
Tax Teresa Pala Schwalbach tps@servulo.com +351 210 933 000
Corporate Crime & Regulatory Compliance Teresa Serra ts@servulo.com +351 210 933 000
Corporate Crime & Regulatory Compliance Cláudia Amorim ca@servulo.com +351 210 933 000
Real Estate and Planning Law Eduardo Gonçalves Rodrigues egr@servulo.com +351 210 933 000
Data Protection João Carmona Dias jcd@servulo.com +351 210 933 000
Photo Name Position Profile
João Amaral e Almeida photo Mr João Amaral e Almeida Partner in the Public Law department.
Cláudia Amorim photo Mrs Cláudia Amorim Partner in the Corporate Crime and Regulatory Compliance, Litigation and Arbitration and…
Francisco Barona photo Mr Francisco Barona Partner in the Finance and Governace department.
Francisco Boavida Salavessa photo Mr Francisco Boavida Salavessa Partner in Finance and Governance and Restructuring and Insolvency departments.
Paula Bordalo Faustino photo Mrs Paula Bordalo Faustino Of Counsel in the Public Law department.
António Cadilha photo Mr António Cadilha Partner in the Public Law department.
Paulo Câmara photo Mr Paulo Câmara Partner of the Finance and Governance department
Rita Canas da Silva photo Mrs Rita Canas da Silva Partner in the Employment and also the coordinator of the Liability in…
João Carmona Dias photo Mr João Carmona Dias Partner in the Litigation and Arbitration department and also works in the…
Sofia Carreiro photo Mrs Sofia Carreiro Partner in Corporate, Commercial and M&A department.
Margarida Costa Gomes photo Mrs Margarida Costa Gomes Consultant in the Employment Law department.
Patricia Costa Gomes photo Mrs Patricia Costa Gomes Senior Associate in the Finance and Governance department.
Mariana Costa Pinto photo Mrs Mariana Costa Pinto Partner in the Litigation, Life Sciences, TMT & Intellectual Property departments.
Diogo Feio photo Mr Diogo Feio Of Counsel in the Tax department.
Verónica Fernández photo Mrs Verónica Fernández Partner in the Finance and Governance department.
Pedro Fernández Sánchez photo Mr Pedro Fernández Sánchez Partner in the Public Law and Arbitration departments.
Mafalda Ferreira Santos photo Mrs Mafalda Ferreira Santos Partner in the Litigation department, focusing her practice in the areas of Restructuring…
Eduardo Gonçalves Rodrigues photo Mr Eduardo Gonçalves Rodrigues Partner in the Real Estate, Tourism and Urban Planning department.
Miguel Gorjão-Henriques photo Prof Miguel Gorjão-Henriques Partner in the European and Competition Law department, also covering the areas…
Patricia Guerra Carvalhal photo Mrs Patricia Guerra Carvalhal Senior Associate in the Tax Law and Tax Litigation department.
José  Guilherme Gomes photo Mr José Guilherme Gomes Senior associate in the Finance and Governance department.
Ana Luísa Guimarães  photo Mrs Ana Luísa Guimarães Partner in the Public Law department.
Mark Kirkby photo Mr Mark Kirkby Partner in the Public Law department and co-heads the firm’s Projects department.
José Lobo Moutinho photo Prof José Lobo Moutinho Partner in the Litigation and Arbitration department, with a practice developed primarily…
Maria José Lourenço photo Mrs Maria José Lourenço Senior Associate at Litigation and Arbitration, Restructuring and Insolvency departments.
Manuel Magalhães  photo Mr Manuel Magalhães Manuel Magalhães is currently the firm’s Managing Partner and partner in the Finance and…
Catarina Marques da Silva photo Mrs Catarina Marques da Silva Associate in the Corporate, Commercial and M&A department.
Francisco  Marques de Azevedo photo Mr Francisco Marques de Azevedo Associate in the European and Competition Law department.
Rui Medeiros photo Prof Rui Medeiros Partner in the Public Law and Arbitration departments.
Francisca Mendes da Costa photo Mrs Francisca Mendes da Costa Partner in the firm’s Public Law department.
Ana  Mira Cordeiro  photo Mrs Ana Mira Cordeiro Senior Associate in the TMT, Intellectual Property and Life Sciences departments.
Ana Moutinho Nascimento photo Mrs Ana Moutinho Nascimento Partner in the Tax and Tax Litigation departments.
Filipa Névoa photo Mrs Filipa Névoa Consultant in the Real Estate, Tourism and Urban Planning, TMT and Life…
Rui Oliveira Alves photo Rui Oliveira Alves Associate in Litigation department.
Ana Rita Painho photo Mrs Ana Rita Painho Partner in the Life Sciences, Intellectual Property and TMT departments.
Nuno Pais Gomes photo Mr Nuno Pais Gomes Senior Associate in the Employment department.
Teresa Pala Schwalbach photo Mrs Teresa Pala Schwalbach Partner in the Tax Law department.
Inês Palma Ramalho photo Mrs Inês Palma Ramalho Partner in the Financial and Governance department. She is also a specialized…
Carla Parreira Leandro photo Mrs Carla Parreira Leandro Senior Associate in Real Estate, Tourism and Urban Planning and Restructuring and…
João Tomé  Pilão photo Mr João Tomé Pilão Associate in the Public Law department.
Joana Pinto Monteiro photo Mrs Joana Pinto Monteiro Senior Associate in the Real Estate, Tourism and Urban Planning department.
Duarte Rodrigues Silva photo Mr Duarte Rodrigues Silva Partner in Public Law department.
Henrique Rodrigues da Silva photo Mr Henrique Rodrigues da Silva Partner in the Public Law department.
Alberto Saavedra photo Mr Alberto Saavedra Partner in the European and Competition department.
Miguel Santos Almeida photo Mr Miguel Santos Almeida Partner in the Litigation & Arbitration and Sports Law departments.
João Santos Marta photo João Santos Marta Associate in the Litigation and Arbitration department.
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 Senior associate in the Litigation and Arbitration department.
Teresa Serra photo Mrs Teresa Serra Of Counsel in the Corporate Crime and Regulatory Compliance, Litigation and Arbitration…
José Manuel Sérvulo Correia  photo Prof Dr José Manuel Sérvulo Correia Founding Partner. José Manuel Sérvulo Correia develops his legal practice around the…
Pedro Silveira Borges photo Mr Pedro Silveira Borges Partner in the Corporate, Commercial and M&A department.
Mariana Teles photo Miss Mariana Teles Associate in the Corporate, Commercial and M&A department.
António Teles photo Mr António Teles Partner in the Litigation and Arbitration departments.
Nuno Temudo Vieira photo Nuno Temudo Vieira Senior associate in the Litigation and Arbitration department.
Sofia Thibaut Trocado photo Mrs Sofia Thibaut Trocado Partner in the Real Estate, Tourism and Urban Planning department.
Alexandra Valpaços photo Mrs Alexandra Valpaços Senior Associate in the Litigation and Arbitration department.
Ana de Brito Camacho photo Mrs Ana de Brito Camacho Consultant in Corporate Crime and Regulatory Compliance, Litigation and Restructuring and Insolvency…
Inês de Sá photo Mrs Inês de Sá Senior Associate in Litigation and Arbitration department and mainly focused in Privacy…
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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.