Firm Profile > Raposo Bernardo > Lisbon, Portugal

Raposo Bernardo
1050-118 LISBON

Projects and project finance Tier 2

Raposo Bernardo is regularly engaged on infrastructure, energy, transport, travel, leisure, mining and engineering projects. It is adept at handling project finance instructions, where it acts for lender and borrower clients, and also handles contractual issues and PPP projects. Nelson Raposo Bernardo and Joana Andrade Correia are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Nelson Raposo Bernardo; Joana Andrade Correia

Transport Tier 2

Raposo Bernardo's transportation practice handles a range of shipping and aviation-sector mandates and stands out for its 'strong industry knowledge'. In aviation, the team is instructed by several airlines on regulatory, insurance, employment, finance and dispute resolution mandates. In shipping, it boasts a strong following in the cruise sector, where it acts for a number of leading industry players on a range of matters such as insurance, cargo claims, finance, employment, regulatory, sales, purchases and contractual issues, as well as dispute resolution. The maritime insurance sector is also a key pillar of the practice. Júlio Martins Júnior and Joana Andrade Correia are names to note. Sofia Ferreira Enriquez  moved to FCB Sociedade de Advogados.

Practice head(s):

Joana Andrade Correia; Júlio Martins Júnior


It knows the aviation industry like no other law firm and the lawyers are very professional, always attentive and can explain everything very easily.

It differs from other law firms as it has invested more in getting to know our industry, which then facilitates communication and enables it to provide in-depth and rigorous legal advice.

Strong industry knowledge.

Júlio Martins Júnior is a very talented, very objective lawyer who never fails.

Joana Andrade Correia brings the sophistication and experience of larger international operations.

Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

Core strengths at Raposo Bernardo include advising on the preparation and implementation of GDPR compliance projects and handling data breaches, data protection audits and impact assessments. Clients operate in a range of sectors, including banking, insurance, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and aviation. The multi-disciplinary team is under the joint leadership of Nelson Raposo Bernardo and Joana Andrade Correia. Sónia das Neves Serafim left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Nelson Raposo Bernardo; Joana Andrade Correia


In the area of ​​privacy and data protection, Raposo Bernardo demonstrates enormous professionalism and unsurpassed quality. The team was spectacular in the support they gave us in auditing our systems, in identifying correction or improvement points and in defining procedures and rules.

Raposo Bernardo always meets deadlines and has the ability to innovate on unprecedented topics.

Raposo Bernardo is very well positioned for legal advice in the area of ​​privacy and protection of personal data. The team provided in-depth analysis of everything that was at stake for each department, assisting in the creation of a very complete compliance programme.

Nelson Raposo Bernardo has keen judgement. Joana Andrade Correia looks at matters with a different and innovative perspective.

Nelson Bernardo is a brilliant lawyer, who is very focused on the client and their industry, and knowledgeable in various areas of law.

Joana Andrade Correia is a very professional lawyer, bold in the proposals she suggests, very experienced and very practical in solutions.

Joana Andrade Correia had an excellent intervention in coordinating all the lawyers who performed the audit, the reports, and the procedures.

Nelson Raposo Bernardo has cross-sectional experience in all areas, having the ability to explain the breadth of concepts and why you need to apply the regulation effectively.

Joana Correia has thorough knowledge of the regulation and related legislation, and is an excellent team coordinator.

Energy and natural resources Tier 3

Raposo Bernardo's energy and natural resources team is retained by clients operating in the construction, industrial engineering, mining and metals, energy and financial services sectors, among others. The department is equipped to advise on restructuring matters related to energy projects, transactional work as well as licencing issues, notably in the renewable energy field. Nelson Raposo Bernardo, whose expertise includes M&A and project finance, oversees the practice alongside Joana Andrade Correia.

Practice head(s):

Nelson Raposo Bernardo; Joana Andrade Correia


Raposo Bernardo fields a team of dedicated lawyers who always display the same enthusiasm and fantastic attitude in each deal. Lawyers are knowledgeable of the energy sector and national and European legislation.

The team is very responsive, proactive and prepared to support any project globally. Lawyers are ethical, well respected and know the ins and outs of the renewable energy and project sector.

Nelson Raposo Bernardo has great leadership capability and is one of the attorneys who best knows energy regulation. He is permanently focused on solving problems and presenting solutions. He is also a very modern and innovative lawyer with superior intelligence and fantastic reasoning, with a great work ability.

Joana Andrade Correia also deserves a word of praise for her ability to manage an energy project, whatever its size.

Filomena Gonçalves and Carolina Silva are efficient and available.

Banking and finance Tier 4

Raposo Bernardo's team handles a broad range of banking and finance matters, but particularly excels in acquisition, aircraft and real estate financing, revolving credit transactions as well as refinancing and debt restructuring. The practice is led by managing partner Nelson Raposo Bernardo, who has a deep knowledge of project finance, private equity and sector-related regulatory issues. Co-head Joana Andrade Correia brings to the table her extensive expertise in corporate restructuring and M&A matters.

Practice head(s):

Nelson Raposo Bernardo; Joana Andrade Correia

Capital markets Tier 4

Raposo Bernardo fields a capital markets team that is well versed in both debt and equity transactions. Managing partner Nelson Raposo Bernardo heads the department, which has experience advising on bond and note issuances, secondary offerings as well as private placements. The practice also handles structured finance, cross-border matters, asset-backed securities and securitisation issues.

Practice head(s):

Nelson Raposo Bernardo

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

The commercial, corporate and M&A practice at Raposo Bernardo provides legal support in relation to a variety of matters, including acquisitions, mergers, corporate compliance programmes, due diligence and regulatory issues. Managing partner Nelson Raposo Bernardo oversees the department alongside Joana Andrade Correia, who is adept at advising on corporate restructuring and M&A transactions across multiple industries, such as pharmaceutical, financial services, tourism and energy.

Practice head(s):

Nelson Raposo Bernardo; Joana Andrade Correia


The firm offers practical solutions to cross-border problems.’

Highly diversified and specialised lawyers who are very skilled and effective. The team is organised in a way that ensures each matter is exclusively dealt with by the lawyers that have specialised in the relevant field.’

Lawyers are always accessible and keen to assist.’

Employment Tier 4

Raposo Bernardo undertakes both employment litigation and advises companies from a range of sectors on related compliance matters. Ana Cláudia Rangel leads the department, which demonstrates experience across collective agreements, outsourcing, business transfers, disciplinary procedures and collective dismissals, among other areas.

Practice head(s):

Ana Cláudia Rangel


Raposo Bernardo is excellent, both in day-to-day advisory, disciplinary proceedings and labour litigation. It has a very experienced and available labour team.

A helpful team whose results always exceed my expectations.

All the lawyers are technically very good and always available. In addition, they are very knowledgeable about our industry and the most pressing needs of the company.

Our company has been working with this firm for decades and the best compliment I can make is that we have changed business partners in all areas except in the area of ​​legal advice.

Lawyers have the ability to find a solution to all the questions which are posed to them and to this day they have always managed to win all employment disputes on our behalf.

The team not only knows the laws, it also knows how to deal with people and the problems of business life.

Ana Cláudia Rangel has great technical knowledge, is dedicated, helpful, humble, firm and rigorous in the analyses she makes. Over the years we have had very complex issues in the workplace and the results have always been excellent.

Ana Cláudia Rangel is an intelligent and keen lawyer in both problem solving and prevention.

Besides being a partner who knows everything there is to know about employment issues, Ana Cláudia Rangel is very dynamic and proactive. She is a lawyer with a lot of experience in negotiating collective bargaining.

EU and competition Tier 4

Raposo Bernardo has strong expertise acting for clients operating in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, construction, tourism and leisure industries. Compliance, competition regulation, EU directives, abuse of dominant position and processes before the PCA are some of the team's core areas of activity. Mafalda Contumélias Batista is the main contact. Sofia Ferreira Enriquez joined FCB Sociedade de Advogados.

Practice head(s):

Mafalda Contumélias Batista


Raposo Bernardo & Associados provides the highest quality services. The team maintains close relationships with clients,  providing clear advice. It has international experience which is noted in the kind of legal services it offers.

The quality of Raposo Bernardo & Associados’ services is beyond reproach. Lawyers are always up to date with legislation; they are practical and address problems efficiently.

Insolvency and restructuring Tier 4

Raposo Bernardo is instructed by leading distribution, retail, construction, pharmaceutical, healthcare, transport and tourism sector clients, as well as investment funds, on a range of complex restructuring and insolvency matters. Ana Cláudia Rangel and the team have a strong track record in cross-border mandates.

Practice head(s):

Ana Cláudia Rangel

Intellectual property Tier 4

Raposo Bernardo advises domestic and international clients on a variety of IP matters, including patents and trade marks, protection of brand design, copyright, trade secrets and unfair competition. Serena Argente and Maria Sirec are key contacts.  Sónia das Neves Serafim left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Serena Argente; Maria Sirec


It is a unique firm for its efficiency and effectiveness. Lawyers get fast and excellent results. The team knows what we need, what we value most, what we project for the future, and thus give us more efficient and effective advice.

At Raposo Bernardo & Associados I always have a partner who deals with my affairs and follows everything that goes on. Lawyers are very well educated and have a great professional ethic; they preserve secrecy.

Public law Tier 4

Raposo Bernardo handles matters related to public procurement, negotiation of public contracts, regulatory issues as well as litigation and arbitration. Leading the department is Manuel Esteves Albuquerque, whose experience covers cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Esteves de Albuquerque; Serena Argente Escartín


Raposo Bernardo & Associados treats every issue as if it were the only and most important issue in the world. They are tireless in getting the best result for their clients.

Manuel Esteves de Albuquerque and his team were amazing in all the support they gave our company. Manuel is very patient, persistent and has great presence in court.

Real estate and construction Tier 4

Raposo Bernardo handles a range of real estate transactional work, including property acquisitions, financing matters, as well as project development and litigation, among others. The real estate and construction department is led by Manuel Esteves Albuquerque, who also demonstrates experience in the structuring of investment vehicles.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Esteves Albuquerque; Serena Argente Escartín


The quality of the legal support that Raposo Bernardo & Associados provides is top notch. It stands out for its legal rigor, attention to detail, extensive experience, and the value added to our business.

Raposo Bernardo & Associados gives us absolute assurance of top legal advice.

Manuel Albuquerque is experienced, persistent, dedicated and has a strong mastery of commercial leasing practices.

Manuel Esteves de Albuquerque is a partner at Raposo Bernardo & Associados and a highly regarded lawyer, very experienced in real estate and construction, knowledgeable of the sector, and shows great availability and work capacity.

TMT Tier 4

Raposo Bernardo is adept at assisting Portuguese IT companies in a range of matters, including the EU funding legal framework in the context of investment and internationalisation strategies. The department is also well versed in dealing with regulatory issues pertaining to the TMT sector. Mafalda Contumélias Batista and Maria Sirec are names to note. Sónia das Neves Serafim left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Mafalda Contumélias Batista; Maria Sirec


Raposo Bernardo & Associados is one of the best Portuguese law firms for legal work in TMT, especially telecommunications and technologies. Apart from the deep knowledge of the sector and spectacular results, its commitment to the client’s cause is impressive.

The team provides an excellent service based on transparency, always striving to achieve good results.

Dispute resolution Tier 5

Raposo Bernardo has extensive experience in both litigation and alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration. Clients regularly seek the team's assistance in corporate and shareholder litigation as well as disputes in the oil and gas, energy, banking and real estate sectors, among others. The team is led by Ana Cláudia Rangel, who has expertise in insolvency proceedings, arbitration and civil procedural law.

Practice head(s):

Ana Cláudia Rangel

Tax Tier 5

The tax team at Raposo Bernardo has a 'global view of affairs, can relate a subject and foresee situations for the future' and is experienced across complex contentious and non-contentious issues. Corporate tax is a key focus and the team is active across the aviation, energy, infrastructure, banking, finance, insurance, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas and sports sectors. Carlos Santiago is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Santiago


Lawyers are fully available, every time, providing sharp advice in good time.

Carlos Santiago is a lawyer with a high work capacity.

It is extremely careful to construct scenarios with the proper explanations regarding the fiscal impact. Another feature that I highlight is that it knows our industry very well, which is critical. I highly recommend it for any job that involves tax advice, regardless of the size of the project.

Carlos Santiago has the necessary experience and high knowledge to advise in every circumstance of a tax matter, which, I should add, are very complex.

It has large, multi-disciplinary business support teams, with tremendous quality lawyers.

It is very transparent and communicative about what it is doing.

Carlos Santiago is the tax expert we most trust for his great know-how in Portuguese and European tax law. He is very attentive, explains all the alternatives very well, knows how to find the best solutions, is very responsible and is interested in knowing our sector, which is very specific.

Has a global view of affairs, can relate a subject and foresee situations for the future.

The service it offers is of a technical quality that is at the highest level, covering every possible detail and scenario.’

Angola > Foreign firms Tier 1

'Very modern' firm Raposo Bernardo is noted for its 'vast geographic reach in African Portuguese-speaking countries'. It has an impressive banking and finance practice, where it acts for leading international banks. Outside of the financial services space, the team is well versed in the oil and gas and aviation sectors, among others. Ana Cláudia Rangel and Nelson Raposo Bernardo are key names.

Practice head(s):

Ana Cláudia Rangel


Raposo Bernardo’s vast geographic reach in African Portuguese-speaking countries serves our global needs, while the firm’s strong local practices ensure close ties with us where necessary.’

For important and complex operations, Raposo Bernardo is the best. The team is very modern and presents flawless technical skills.

Raposo Bernardo is clearly distinct; the firm is very dynamic and offers an innovative approach.

They are very cohesive and always up to date with the status of matters.

We need solutions, and that’s what they deliver, quickly and efficiently.

Ana Cláudia Rangel is very experienced and totally comfortable with our business. She always presents the best solutions and is always available.

Nelson Raposo Bernardo is our trusted lawyer in all times. He is a true expert and always shows confidence. He is always capable of coming up with a solution, no matter how complex the issue.

Ana Cláudia Rangel is a very experienced lawyer in Angola; very quick and efficient, and focused on results.

I highlight Nelson Bernardo for his technical competence, mastery of the legal framework of the markets, and for his know-how.

Joana Correia is very strong in the legislation of each country, and in comparative law.

Mozambique > Foreign law firms Tier 2

The busy, Mozambique-focused practice at Raposo Bernardo is led by the highly regarded Joana Andrade Correia. It is noted for its 'high legal and ethical standards' and 'almost unrivalled expertise in the country’s key sectors'. Its recent work spans the aviation, energy, real estate and logistics industries, among others, and clients include a number of major banks and financial institutions.

Practice head(s):

Joana Andrade Correia


There is no other law firm like Raposo Bernardo. Its local expertise and longstanding representation of international clients and investors is undeniable, and allows it to provide confident and value-adding advice.

Raposo Bernardo always maintains a strong focus on the client communication and we feel that every day. The firm should be proud of its high legal and ethical standards of excellence.

Raposo Bernardo’s Mozambique team has almost unrivalled expertise in the country’s key sectors, including the oil and gas, natural resources and metals industries.

Joana Andrade Correia is one of the best lawyers I know. There is no other like her.

Raposo Bernardo is a full-service and independent law firm with a strong international outlook in business law, and is currently present in nine countries, in Europe and Africa, for over 20 years.

Today it is one of the referral firms in Portugal, boasting international business legal practices, with people of over 15 nationalities providing a full business law service from offices across Europe and Africa, advising on cross-border commercial and financial services transactions, inward investment matters and other legal requirements. The firm is vastly experienced in the reorganization of major multinational enterprises and advises clients on investment strategies.

Raposo Bernardo’s lawyers are organized in groups of specialized practice, working in multidisciplinary and international teams according to the matter under analysis, in order to ensure full support and advice, with global reach. The team is characterized by high technical skills, strong orientation towards clients and keen sensitivity to their businesses, sharing industry knowledge and sector expertise across borders, enabling specialized support within the legal jurisdictions in which the firm acts: Lisbon, Madrid and Warsaw, and joint ventures with leading firms in Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique and Sao Tome and Principe. Over time, the firm has also established strong relationships with the most reputable law firms in the largest markets in the world.

Main areas of practice: The areas of practice that the firm offers are Corporate & M&A; Banking and Finance; Commercial Contracts; Capital Markets; Project Finance; Employment; Energy & Natural Resources; Real Estate and Construction; Dispute Resolution & Arbitration; Restructuring & Insolvency; European law and Competition; Compliance & Regulatory; Health, Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences; Tourism; Public law; Intellectual & Industrial Property; Tax; Shipping/Insurance; TMT.

Other offices

  • Angola
  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • Poland
  • Cape Verde
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • São Tome and Principe
  • Mozambique


  • Raposo Bernardo Legal Alliance
  • Portuguese-Spanish Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • House of Spain
  • Portuguese-Cape Verde Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • PPCC Polish – Portuguese Chamber of Commerce
Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Nelson Raposo Bernardo +351 213 121 330
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Joana Andrade Correia  photo Ms Joana Andrade Correia
Mr Manuel Esteves Albuquerque  photo Mr Manuel Esteves Albuquerque
Ms Ana Cláudia Rangel  photo Ms Ana Cláudia Rangel
Mr Nelson Raposo Bernardo  photo Mr Nelson Raposo Bernardo