SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados > Lisbon, Portugal > Firm Profile

SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados
RUA GENERAL FIRMINO MIGUEL
Nº 3 TORRE 2, 10º B
1600-100 LISBOA
Portugal

Portugal > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados ‘possesses a strong knowledge of the law and the Portuguese market' and is adept at assisting clients throughout the entire lifecycle of corporate transactions. The firm - which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2021 - has remained busy acting for buyers and sellers in significant M&A, private equity deals, corporate restructurings and joint ventures in the energy, retail, financial services, real estate, agribusiness and healthcare sectors. ‘Excellent lawyer' Luis Miguel Cortes Martins has a strong background in cross-border M&A and privatisation. He chairs the department with Rafael Lucas Pires and Martim Anahory, the latter of whom has comprehensive ‘knowledge of the practical aspects associated with transactions'.

Practice head(s):

Luis Miguel Cortes Martins; Rafael Lucas Pires; Martim Anahory

Other key lawyers:

Alexandra Martins

Testimonials

‘SLCM clearly possesses a strong knowledge of the law and the Portuguese market.’

‘Luis Miguel Cortes Martins is an excellent lawyer.’

‘The SLCM team stands out for its integrity, quality and rigour. Legal solutions that are well adapted to the client’s needs, well structured and innovative. Collaborative and constructive attitude.’

‘Luís Cortes Martins, Rafael Lucas Pires and Alexandra Martins are excellent.’

‘I have an excellent impression of the team led by partner Martim Anahory. I would like to emphasise the excellent relationship and permanent availability of SLCM colleagues.’

‘Martim Anahory – Excellent relationship with other colleagues and knowledge of the practical aspects associated with the transaction.’

Key clients

Sociedade Central de Cervejas (Heineken Group)

Nutrinveste

Sovena

Nutrifarms

Banco Comercial Português, S.A.

China Three Gorges

Grupo José de Mello

José de Mello Saúde

Diaverum

Havi Group

Olivedesportos

Zaphira Capital

Treemond

Grupo JAP

Label Investments

Addagietto

Assa Abloy

Rising Capital

Work highlights

  • Assisted JAP Group in the acquisition of Entreposto Group, a major automotive group in Portugal, Mozambique and East Timor.
  • Advised Rising Capital on the sale of all stakes and assets relating to Bet.pt to Entain group.
  • Advised Nutriveste throughout the process for the splitting of the Elaia Group between its shareholders Nutrinveste and Atitlan.

Portugal > Dispute resolution Tier 2

The dispute resolution team at SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados has the capacity to act for a range of corporate and institutional clients across sectors like banking, real estate, energy, TMT and agribusiness. The practice is sought after for its expertise in both litigation and arbitration proceedings, as well as insolvency and restructuring cases. The latter is a particular area of strength for practice co-head Maria Raquel Moreira, who is also well versed in civil and commercial litigation. Fellow co-leader Luís Miguel Cortes Martins ‘is an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer' with a solid reputation in arbitration, where he normally acts as arbitrator.

Practice head(s):

Luis Miguel Cortes Martins; Maria Raquel Moreira

Other key lawyers:

Diana Simão Lourenço

Testimonials

‘Deep knowledge of local law, local ways of working and decision processes, which together with a deep understanding of clients needs, provide an excellent support.’

‘SLCM’s litigation team has a level of dedication and rigour above the average, adopting a very professional and constructive attitude and proposing and implementing well-defined solutions. What distinguishes this office is the quality, consistency and stability of the team.’

‘Maria Raquel Moreira and Diana Simão Lourenço stand out.’

‘Luís Miguel Cortes Martins is an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer, able to efficiently handle complicated commercial law cases.’

Key clients

Nutrinveste Group

Banco Comercial Português

SCC – Sociedade Central de Cervejas e Bebidas, S.A.

Caixa Económica Montepio Geral

Novo Banco

Apollo Management Fund

Calm Eagle Holdings

ATM

Controlinveste Group

Audi

Volkswagen

Transfesa – Transportes Ferroviários Especiales S.A.

Fundação Eugénio de Almeida

Portugália Group

Work highlights

  • Represents Calm Eagle Holdings, part of the Apollo Management Fund Group, in a civil suit brought by Partran’s estate and others against Novo Banco and Calm Eagle.
  • Acting on behalf of Portugália – Administração de Patrimónios in a legal suit against Banco BPI regarding Banco BPI’s obligation to refund the amount of €2.5m, plus interest, due to an unauthorised payment transaction.
  • Acting on behalf of Fundação Eugénio de Almeida, a reputed wine producer, in proceedings against its former distributor, including a claim for indebtedness.

Portugal > Insolvency and restructuring Tier 2

SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados is noted for its significant experience in major restructurings and insolvencies. The team is skilled at advising corporate and institutional clients, mainly in the banking, real estate, telecoms, media, agribusiness and energy sectors, in all phases of insolvency proceedings, PER cases, extra-judicial agreements for debt restructuring and distressed M&A. The department is jointly led by Luis Miguel Cortes Martins and Maria Raquel Moreira, the latter of whom brings together expertise in dispute resolution, banking and contractual law. Diana Simão Lourenço is also recommended for restructuring and insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):

Luís Miguel Cortes Martins; Maria Raquel Moreira

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

‘Raquel Moreira and Diana Simão Lourenço are great.’

‘Technical knowledge, availability, integrity and quality of the performed analyses.’

Key clients

Nutrinveste Group

Controlinveste Group

Sociedade Central de Cervejas (SCC) – Heineken Portugal

ECS Capital

Banco Comercial Português, S.A.

Caixa Económica Montepio Geral

Novo Banco

Apollo Management Fund

Calm Eagle Holdings

Fundação Eugénio de Almeida

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of Banco Comercial Português in the PER proceedings of Udifar II, a company operating in the pharmaceutical distribution sector.
  • Advised Banco Comercial Português on the structuring and execution of a financial lease agreement and a loan agreement with Pestana Group.
  • Acted on behalf of Novo Banco in the insolvency proceedings of Totalpart – Gestão e Serviços.

Portugal > Employment Tier 3

Clients in the agribusiness, health, finance, media, telecoms and tourism industries turn to SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados' employment team for labour law advice. Preventative in its approach, the team regularly advises and assists clients with day-to-day legal support over the employment lifecycle, contractual and document audits, and personal data protection. The team also provides support on the employment aspects of M&A transactions, and handles labour disputes, acting for both employers and employees. Ines Pinheiro and Martim Anahory jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Inês Pinheiro; Martim Anahory

Other key lawyers:

Tiago Pestana de Vasconcelos; Ângela Afonso

Testimonials

‘The labour area team demonstrates flexibility in adapting to all cases presented by the company. They demonstrate easy interpersonal relationships and excellent communication skills, which were reinforced during the time of the pandemic.’

‘Angela Afonso and Ines Pinheiro stand out for their ability to work, ease of relationship, ability to organize and meet deadlines.’

‘Exceptional quality of service, very professional and competent team.’

‘I recommend Inês Pinheiro, a very competent professional, helpful, always available and with exceptional communication skills. I also recommend Angela Afonso for her competence.’

‘Availability to help solve problems or work questions that arise.’

‘Tiago Pestana de Vasconcelos – very available.’

‘Concern with having a deep understanding of the clients’ needs and the ability to find, together with the client, legal and appropriate solutions.’

‘Inês Pinheiro: deep knowledge and extensive experience in the legal area, combined with experience in the development of management activities, gives her a rare ability to understand the needs of clients. If we add personal qualities – intelligence and strong ability to establish a relationship – she is a highly valued partner. Tiago Pestana de Vasconcelos: assertiveness and competence without prejudice to the capacity for active listening.’

Key clients

Global Media Group

Grupo Nutrinveste (Sovena Group)

Sociedade Central de Cervejas (Heineken Group)

SIBS

Diaverum

Cosmos

Skyhour

Havi

ATM Assistência Total em Manutenção

Lisnave – Estaleiros Navais

ASICS

Fundação Eugénio de Almeida

Grupo Renascença Multimedia

Portugália

Epimetheus/Neyond

Mercado Electrónico

Amarillo Corn, S.L

ADAGIETTO – Gabinete Executivo de Marketing, LDA

Winterhalter Ibérica, S.L.U.

Seagro, S.L.

CASAFARI

Centro de Medicina Laboratorial Germano de Sousa

Bet Entertainment Technologies Limited

Label Investments

Portugal > EU and competition Tier 3

SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados advises national and international companies on merger control, antitrust investigations and competition compliance. The team’s sector knowledge and experience is vast, but it particularly stands out for its work in the telecoms, retail, and food and beverages sectors. It combines comprehensive knowledge of competition law with a thorough understanding of regulatory matters; areas of special focus include cartel cases, private enforcement and related litigation. Practice head Miguel Pena Machete stands out for his wealth of experience in concentration and regulatory matters. Catarina Pinto Xavier is recommended for ‘managing the entire process diligently’ and has a prominent role in private enforcement and antitrust cases.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Pena Machete

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A very effective team in identifying the crucial arguments of the cases and in defining the consequent strategic thinking.’

‘Miguel Pena Machete has an integrated view of the problems. Catarina Pinto Xavier deals very well with the client, managing the entire process diligently and with a great understanding of all the information in the processes.’

Key clients

Controlinveste Group

Sport TV Portugal, S.A.

SCC – Sociedade Central de Cervejas (Heineken Group)

Grupo José de Mello

José de Mello Saúde

Diaverum

Global Media Group

GRUPO JAP

Assa Abloy

Work highlights

  • Represented SCC- Sociedade Central de Cervejas (Heineken Group) in the appeal of PCA’s decision involving the condemnation of several companies for taking part in alleged practices equivalent to cartels.
  • Assisting Sport TV as defendant in three different private enforcement claims pending in the Lisbon civil court regarding the condemnation of Sport TV for abuse of dominant position.
  • Advised JAP Group on the proceedings concerning the notification of a merger before the Portuguese Competition Authority.

Portugal > Banking and finance Tier 4

Financing transactions, debt restructuring, bond issues and NPL deals are key areas of activity for the banking and finance department at SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados. Advice on the structuring of collective investment schemes, investment funds and insurance companies is also included in the firm's broad service offering. Rafael Lucas Pires is skilled in the setting up of credit institutions and is also often engaged in debt restructuring and regulatory issues. He oversees the practice with the highly regarded Maria Raquel Moreira, who specialises in restructuring mandates.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Lucas Pires; Maria Raquel Moreira

Other key lawyers:

Ana Guedes Teixeira

Testimonials

‘Team fully focused and dedicated to the client. Total availability to discuss and seek all possible solutions in order to choose, at all times, the most suitable one.’

‘Absolutely exceptional. Maria Raquel Moreira and Ana Guedes Teixeira are recommended.’

‘The added value of this firm is without a doubt the quality of the human resources it has at its disposal. The teams are extremely well formed and complementary and available to the client. I associate the following qualities with this office: proactivity, rigor, speed and efficiency.’

‘Maria Raquel Moreira imprints a very particular stamp on any process. She is an excellent professional who conveys a lot of security to the client. Exceptional mastery of cross-cutting themes, excellent communication and interaction skills with the client.’

‘What we like most is their professionalism and their quick response.’

‘In banking and finance, Ana Guedes Teixeira and Rafael Lucas Pires stand out.’

Key clients

Banco Comercial Português, S.A.

Novo Banco, S.A.

Caixa Geral de Depósitos, S.A.

Controlinveste Group

Sovena Group

Nutrifarms Group

Millennium Fundo de Capitalização, FCR

Lx Partners, SaRL

Balbec Ltd

Zaphira Capital

Grupo JAP

Treemond

Work highlights

  • Advised Banco Comercial Português on the structuring and execution of a financial lease agreement and a loan agreement with Pestana Group for the construction of the Madeira Palácio complex.

Portugal > Public law Tier 4

Led by Miguel Pena Machete, SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados' public law team handles the full spectrum of matters, but showcases particular strength in arbitration and litigation cases involving public infrastructure concessions. The team is sought after by a host of public and private entities across the energy, transport, water and waste management sectors, among others. Catarina Pinto Xavier ‘is an extraordinary professional', and is singled out for her experience in the field of public procurement and execution of public contracts. Marisa Mirador is another key practitioner, whose specialisms include administrative litigation, urban planning and environmental law.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Pena Machete

Testimonials

We hired the services of SLCM & Associados to ensure legal support, given that the matter in question was and is quite complex. The legal advice provided is guided by a policy of proximity with great involvement in the discussion of issues, from a legal and regulatory point of view in the civil aviation sector.’

‘I would like to highlight Miguel Machete and Marisa Mirador who have been following matters related to the civil aviation sector since 2015. They reveal a deep knowledge of the matters in question, proximity to the client, an excellent ability to define the defence strategy and, above all, good response capacity within the agreed deadlines.’

‘Flexibility and promptness in service and action.’

Catarina Pinto Xavier is an extraordinary professional. She is available, and has unbeatable know-how in the national market.’

‘Particularly noteworthy is the combination of great experience and excellent expertise, very fast response time, and excellent explanation of national law.’

‘I’d highlight the excellent collaboration with Miguel Pena Machete and Marisa Mirador. Both have excellent legal competence.’

‘Unique team in legal advice on public law in multinational companies linked to technology.’

‘We have an excellent relationship with SLCM. As we are a client that operates in a very specific area and a little different from the “normal”, SLCM quickly grasped the knowledge of our business model to be an active contributor in the process of analysing situations involving public law and competition.’

Key clients

Empark

Maksu Services

Solaris Bus & Coach

Azul Empírico

Nutrinveste Group

Portugália

SCC – Sociedade Central de Cervejas e Bebidas

Lisnave – Estaleiros Navais, S.A.

Linde Healthcare

Diaverum

ANAC – Portuguese Civil Aviation Authority

Sociedade Ponto Verde, S. A.

LBC – Leadership Business Consulting

Beralt Tin and Wolfram (Portugal), S. A.

Banco Comercial Português (BCP)

SUTCO IBÉRICA Recylcing Technology S.L.

AMOG – Association for Organization and Management Improvement

Outsystems

Cosmos – Viagens e Turismo, S.A.

ECS Capital

MGI Capital

Havi Group

Work highlights

  • Assisting OutSystems in matters related to its participation in public procurement procedures and the execution of public contracts.
  • Representing Sociedade Ponto Verde in seven lawsuits related to the regulatory legal regime of Portuguese packaging waste system.
  • Assists Diaverum on a regular basis in the relationships with public entities in the healthcare sector.

The firm: Based in Lisbon, SLCM // Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados’ activities in Portugal go back to 1961, being, since then, recognized as one of the country’s most respected and reputed legal practices. SLCM is made up of multi-disciplinary dedicated teams with specialisation in all areas of business law, a significant track record in the Portuguese economy and a rapidly growing overseas clientele.

At SLCM, teams are lean and compact with adjusted and flexible structures to meet clients needs, adequately coordinated and organized in a clear manner, which helps us to become naturally embedded in our client’s activities.

Our full service offering accompanies our client’s activity on a daily basis, encompassing primary legal care, innovative solutions and accurate and timely resolution of any issues they may have.

SLCM has significant experience in advising both domestic and international clients covering a wide range of sectors, such as financial services, energy, telecoms, infrastructure, agribusiness, fast moving consumer goods, healthcare, media, technology, environment, real estate and tourism.

Areas of practice
Corporate and M&A: with a strong track record, SLCM’s M&A practice delivers a comprehensive array of high-quality services in transactional work and day-to-day advice.

Litigation and arbitration: with in-depth understanding of a client’s business, the firm provides the knowledge and talent to resolve disputes practically and expediently, as well as ensuring comprehensive counselling and representation in court.

Banking and finance: combining integrated skills and proven experience, the SLCM team covers the full range of banking and financial services to all sectors of the economy.

Restructuring and insolvency: SLCM specialises in tailor-made solutions, participating in all stages of restructuring and insolvency procedures, both judicial and extrajudicial.

Competition and regulatory: the firm navigates clients through the constantly changing regulation laws and provides wide-ranging advice in the complete spectrum of competition law, supported by an extensive track record.

Tax: SLCM’s tax law team understands that small differences can have long-term effects, not only for domestic clients, but also for an expanding overseas clientele.

Real estate and planning: the firm’s expertise covers all types of acquisitions and disposals of real estate, portfolio asset management, with a strong involvement in projects facing planning challenges.

Employment: SLCM takes a preventative approach, working with clients to ensure the long-term legal health of their human resources talent.

Public law: SLCM’s public law department brings together experience of both public and private organisations into a holistic approach.

Intellectual property, publicity and IT: protecting IP from unwarranted use by third parties is essential in maintaining value and exploring economic potential.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Managing Partner Luís Miguel Cortes Martinslcm@slcm.pt
Corporate and M&A / Dispute Resolution Luís Miguel Cortes Martinslcm@slcm.pt
Corporate and M&A / Banking & Finance Rafael Lucas Piresrlp@slcm.pt
Corporate and M&A Martim Anahoryma@slcm.pt
Dispute Resolution / Insolvency & Restructuring / Banking & Finance Maria Raquel Moreiramrm@slcm.pt
EU and Competition & Regulatory / Public Law Miguel Pena Machetempm@slcm.pt
Tax António Schwalbachags@slcm.pt
Planning Law Marisa Miradormam@slcm.pt
Employment / Data privacy & Data protection Inês Pinheiroip@slcm.pt
Intellectual property, publicity and IT Dário Moura Vicentedmv@slcm.pt
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