Mr Manuel Magalhães > Sérvulo & Associados > Lisbon, Portugal > Lawyer Profile

Sérvulo & Associados
1200-204 LISBOA

Work Department

Finance and Governance, Restructuring and Insolvency and Real estate, Tourism and Urban Planning


Partner in the Finance and Governance, Restructuring and Insolvency and Real estate, Tourism and Urban Planning departments.


At SÉRVULO since 2011, Manuel Magalhães is a partner in the Finance and Governance department, and he also co-heads the Restructuring and Insolvency department and the Real Estate, Tourism and Urban Planning department. He was a partner of «Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira», between 2000 and 2011, law firm at which he started and developed his professional career. He was also founding partner of the law firm «H. Gamito, Couto, Gonçalves Pereira e Castelo Branco», in Mozambique, between 1998 and 2003.


Portuguese, English, Spanish.


He is a member of the International Bar Association.
He joined the Bar Association in 1992.


Graduate from the Faculty of Law of the Catholic University of Portugal, Porto (1991).

Lawyer Rankings

Portugal > Insolvency and restructuring

(Leading individuals)

Manuel MagalhãesSérvulo & Associados

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

Portugal > Real estate and construction

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

Portugal > Capital markets

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

Portugal > Banking and finance

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