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

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

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados' 'very attentive' team handles the full range of corporate and M&A work. A particular highlight was its advice to high-profile client China Three Gorges on the takeover of EDP. Luis Miguel Cortes Martins, Rafael Lucas Pires and Martim Anahory jointly head the practice. Senior associate Pedro Silveira Borges is noted for being ‘client-driven, always diplomatic when dealing with counterparts, but never losing sight of the client's goals and interests’.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados possesses strength in both litigation and arbitration and regularly handles cross-border matters. It counts several financial institutions among its clients, and represented Oi subsidiary Telemar Norte Leste in proceeding against Pharol regarding resolutions taken in a general meeting. The ‘pragmatic’ Luis Miguel Cortes Martins is considered a 'star' by some clients; he heads the practice jointly with the highly regarded Maria Raquel Moreira. Joao Tiago Morais Antunes is also recommended.

Insolvency and restructuring Tier 2

SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados is noted for its ‘flexibility’ and ‘involving the client in an open and transparent way’. It focuses on the insolvency and restructuring of banks and other financial institutions; recent clients including BCP - Banco Comercial Português, Novo Banco, and Seguradoras Unidas (formerly Tranquilidade). The team is headed by Luis Miguel Cortes Martins and Maria Raquel Moreira.

Planning law Tier 2

Handling tourist and residential developments, licensing and regularisation as well as contentious work, SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados advised Eurolucerna on a complex urban renewal project in Cascais involving the development of residential units and the relocation of a supermarket. Another client is Vilamoura World. Goncalo Reino Pires joined Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho as counsel in 2019.

Banking and finance Tier 3

SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados' team possesses ‘very good negotiation skills and the ability to build relationships with counterparts and clients’. Representing mostly lenders, it handled debt restructuring, NPLs, lease agreements and other forms of financing. A highlight was advising BCP and Novo Banco on restructuring the debt of Elevo Group within its acquisition by Nacala Holdings. Francisco Barona joined Sérvulo & Associados in 2019.

Employment Tier 3

SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados is noted for its ‘knowledge, quality, and timeliness’. The team handles the full range of employment issues, including restructurings, litigation, audits and data protection, for clients such as SIBS, Globalmedia Group, and Sociedade Central de Cervejas. Ines Pinheiro's 'understanding of issues goes beyond the purely legal’. Senior associate Tiago Pestana de Vasconcelos is also singled out.

EU and competition Tier 3

SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados handles a broad range of matters, and in a recent highlight represented China Three Gorges in the takeover bid for EDP. Miguel Pena Machete heads the team.

Public law Tier 4

SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados has been ‘very present’ in the market, assisting public entities and private contractors with public procurement matters, contracts and disputes. Clients include Empordef, Efacec, Linde and Lisnave. Miguel Pena Machete heads the team.


The firm

Based in Lisbon, SLCM // Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados has over 50 years of specialised experience and close legal guidance of its clients as one of Portugal’s most respected and reputable 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.

SLCM focuses on having an in-depth knowledge and experience of its clients’ operational environment and the way they work. At SLCM, teams are lean and compact with communication between lawyers and the organisations they serve as clear and direct as possible, helping to become naturally embedded in a client’s activities. SLCM’s full service offering accompanies its clients’ activities and provides tailor-made professional advice.

The firm has significant experience in advising both domestic and international clients covering a wide range of sectors, such as financial services, energy, telecoms, infrastructure, agro-industry, food and beverages, healthcare, sports and media, real estate and consumer goods. SLCM believes that its aim (and main strength) is to provide value-added legal services and advice, embedded in our client’s activities.

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.


Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and M&A / Dispute Resolution Luis Miguel Cortes Martins
Corporate and M&A Rafael Lucas Pires
Corporate and M&A Martim Anahory
Dispute Resolution / Insolvency & Restructuring Maria Raquel Moreira
Dispute Resolution João Tiago Morais Antunes
Banking & Finance / Capital Markets Francisco Barona
EU and Competition & Regulatory / Public Law Miguel Pena Machete
Tax Mafalda Alves
Planning Law / Real Estate Gonçalo Reino Pires
Employment Inês Pinheiro
Intellectual property, publicity and IT Dário Moura Vicente
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Mafalda Alves  photo Ms Mafalda Alves
Mr Martim Anahory photo Mr Martim Anahory
Mr Francisco Barona  photo Mr Francisco Barona
Mr Luis Miguel Cortes Martins  photo Mr Luis Miguel Cortes Martins
Mrs Valéria Ferraz  photo Mrs Valéria Ferraz
Mrs Ana Guedes Teixeira  photo Mrs Ana Guedes Teixeira
Mr Rafael Lucas Pires  photo Mr Rafael Lucas Pires
Mrs Alexandra Martins  photo Mrs Alexandra Martins
Mrs Marisa Mirador  photo Mrs Marisa Mirador
Mr Joao Tiago Morais Antunes  photo Mr Joao Tiago Morais Antunes
Ms Maria Raquel Moreira  photo Ms Maria Raquel Moreira
Mr Miguel Pena Machete  photo Mr Miguel Pena Machete
Mr Tiago Pestana de Vasconcelos  photo Mr Tiago Pestana de Vasconcelos
Mrs Ines Pinheiro  photo Mrs Ines Pinheiro
Mrs Catarina Pinto Xavier  photo Mrs Catarina Pinto Xavier
Mr Goncalo Reino Pires  photo Mr Goncalo Reino Pires
Mrs Raquel Santos Pereira  photo Mrs Raquel Santos Pereira
Mr Pedro Silveira Borges  photo Mr Pedro Silveira Borges
Mrs Diana Simão Lourenço  photo Mrs Diana Simão Lourenço
Mrs Ana Sofia Simões  photo Mrs Ana Sofia Simões
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