Firm Profile > Garrigues > Lisbon, Portugal

1050-186 LISBON

Intellectual property Tier 1

Collaborating closely with IP experts in the firm's Spain and China offices, Garrigues provides legal support in the full range of IP matters, encompassing patents, trade marks, designs, copyright as well as unfair competition advice. The team has a proven track record in IP litigation, including cases arising from infringement, validity and ownership disputes. Department head João Miranda de Sousa stands out for his in-depth knowledge of European trade mark and design matters. Francisca Ferreira Pinto, who specialises in IP rights enforcement, is another key practitioner.

Practice head(s):

João Miranda de Sousa

Key clients

Mondelez International

Uefa (Union Des Associations Européennes De Football)


Caesar Park Hotel Portugal, S.A

Sky International Ag

Bimba y Lola

Red Bull

Intel Corporation

Sumol Compal


Real estate and construction Tier 1

Garrigues is one of the first destinations for real estate investment and large-scale development projects in Portugal. Leading international investors and asset managers seek the team's advice in relation to the full range of real estate and construction matters. With a strong focus on transactional work, the practice group is particularly active assisting clients with high-value real estate M&A, investment deals, financing matters and the sale and purchase of real estate asset portfolios. Development projects and asset management are other typical mandates for the department, which is under the leadership of Jorge Salvador Gonçalves, who is a consistent presence in some of the most relevant and complex transactions in this space. Practitioners to note include Miguel Menezes da Silva, who has a background in corporate and M&A, and Mónica Pimenta.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Salvador Gonçalves


Full availability to solve questions upon our request, very detailed and thorough responses to our queries and ample expertise on the issues at hand with great knowledge of local tax and legal particularities.

I would especially highlight the kindness and availability of the team. It is also worth mentioning the deep knowledge of the area they work with and the good network of contacts they have in the country that help them provide a good service.

Very collaborative and responsive team.

Client focus, efficiency on delivering and in-depth knowledge.

Deep knowledge of real estate legal matters, providing solid advice to clients.

Garrigues has always proven superior value, delivering an outstanding performance in complex transactions involving different legal practices and teams.

Jorge Gonçalves is an excellent lawyer who has a delicate and professional manner of dealing with clients.

Tiago Cassiano’s agile mind and knowledge of tax at both local and international level is a true skill.

Mónica Pimenta is simply one of a kind. I would recommend her as a legal advisor for any real estate transaction due to her ability to handle complex situations.

Miguel Menezes Da Silva is a very capable lawyer who can really defend and represent his client’s interests during complicated SPA meetings.

Mónica Pimenta has demonstrated a great capability to solve complex issues and give us guidance on unknown local matters. Her flexibility to adapt to all circumstances in a very unorthodox deal, sometimes working around the clock, is commendable.

Jorge Gonçalves oversees all matters behind the scenes, always reaching out and lending a hand when needed.

Jorge Gonçalves is an experienced lawyer who addresses our problems with solutions that are clear and solid. He is a good team leader, clearly envisages future problems and addresses them.

Miguel Menezes is very versatile and professional.

Jorge Salvador Gonçalves is a highly seasoned professional with an unrivalled knowledge of real estate and urban planning legal matters. His engagement and availability to the client is exceptional, and he has an extraordinary decisive approach to transactions.

Miguel Menezes da Silva has outstanding expertise in the execution of real estate transactions and corporate law.

Jorge Gonçalves is exceptional. Apart from being highly knowledgeable and responsive, he is extremely dedicated and his advice is very reliable and consistent.

Miguel Menezes da Silva is solid and deserves credit for his dedication, professionalism and quality of advice.

Key clients

Merlin Properties SOCIMI

AXA IM Real Assets

Harbert Management Corporation

Orion Capital Managers

BMO Real Estate Partners

Swiss Life REIM

Novo Banco

Fidelidade Property

Sonae Sierra




Explorer Investments


HCC Insurance

Tax Tier 1

Commended for its 'in-depth knowledge of taxation', the team at Garrigues stands out for its 'response times and its ability to listen to client feedback'. The team regularly handles complex transactional work and dispute resolution mandates. Cross-border transactions are a central focus, particularly in the real estate sector, and it also fields a growing private client practice. With 'exceptional tax disputes expertise', Pedro Miguel Braz enjoys a 'stellar reputation' and has a 'strong following' in the market. Senior partner Fernando Castro Silva is also a key figure for transactional work and disputes.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Miguel Braz; Fernando Castro Silva; Tiago Cassiano Neves


Pedro Miguel Braz is the partner that stands out in the crowd; he combines knowledge with the soft skills required to provide outstanding client service.

Has in-depth knowledge of taxation.’

‘Response times and an ability to listen to client feedback.’

Pedro Miguel Braz has exceptional tax disputes expertise.‘

Pedro Miguel Braz has a stellar reputation and a strong following.’

Key clients

Banco Santander









Allianz Capital Partners

Banking and finance Tier 2

Fielding a multidisciplinary team, Garrigues covers the full scope of domestic and cross-border banking and finance matters. Typical instructions include advising borrowers and funds in financing transactions pertaining to the acquisition of companies and real estate assets. Matters involving distressed debt, restructuring and NPL transactions are other areas of recent activity for the team. Practice head Diogo Leónidas Rocha has extensive experience in bond issues as well as security packages and regulatory banking matters. Vasco Rodrigues is another key practitioner, whose areas of expertise include financing arrangements and the sale of NPL portfolios.

Practice head(s):

Diogo Leónidas Rocha


In addition to having very good technical skills, Garrigues has a very proactive team. They propose solutions that are client and activity oriented and not purely legal.

Their internal communication between various departments and teams involved in the transaction enables them to fully understand the client’s needs and anticipate the potential issues that may arise.

Diogo Leónidas Rocha is very involved in the negotiations and throughout the process.

Vasco Rodrigues has a very proactive role in the department and makes banking understandable to non-professionals.

Key clients

J.P. Morgan Securities Plc

Morgan Stanley & Co. International Plc

Haitong Bank

Novo Banco

Allied Irish Bank

Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. (BBVA)

Banco de Sabadell, S.A.

Castlelake LP

DBRS Ratings Limited

Hipoges Portugal

Iberian Distressed Assets Fund

Waterfall Asset Management

Bain Capital

Swiss Life Asset Management

Capital markets Tier 2

Garrigues combines extensive expertise in complex equity transactions, with sound knowledge in innovative debt deals. The practice group offers advice to some of the largest listed companies in Portugal in the telecoms, media, IT and banking sectors, while also providing assistance to investment and financial institutions in regulatory matters, notably in the context of the implementation of the most recent European Union regulations. Spanning 30 years of experience in the field of banking, capital markets and corporate finance law, Diogo Leónidas Rocha leads the team alongside Marta Graça Rodrigues, whose areas of expertise include corporate governance.

Practice head(s):

Diogo Leónidas Rocha; Marta Graça Rodrigues

Key clients

Corticeira Amorim, S.G.P.S., S.A.

Merlin Properties SOCIMI, S.A.

Investmark Holdings BV

Novo Banco, S.A.

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A.

JP Morgan Securities plc

Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc

BNP Paribas Securities Services

Novabase SGPS, S.A.

Haitong Bank

DBRS Ratings Limited

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Garrigues undertakes the full range of corporate and M&A matters, advising clients from a variety of industry sectors, namely real estate, IT, construction and finance. The team has been particularly active assisting with transactions pertaining to the energy sector, and has also been involved in some of the most relevant matters in the insurance market. Capital markets and M&A expert Diogo Leónidas Rocha leads the practice group alongside Mário Lino Dias, who has extensive experience in all kinds of corporate transactions, venture capital and joint ventures. Co-head Susana Pimenta de Sousa has in-depth knowledge of corporate law and domestic and cross-border M&A. The service offering in Porto was reinforced with the arrival of Tomás Pessanha and a team of five other lawyers (including Manuel Liberal Jerónimo) from PLMJ, who bring a solid track record in corporate law and high-profile M&A.

Practice head(s):

Diogo Leónidas Rocha; Mário Lino Dias; Susana Pimenta de Sousa; Marta da Graça Rodrigues


The team is very knowledgeable, provides prompt responses, and full availability.’

The Garrigues Oporto office is very well-connected within the Portuguese Market. It fields very strong M&A capabilities.’

Outstanding communication with other departments and other Garrigues’ offices.’

The team’s know-how, expertise, availability and negotiations skills make Garrigues stand out.’

Tomás Pessanha works closely with the client and is always looking for business oriented solutions.’

Manuel Liberal Jerónimo is also a great lawyer. He is very professional and dedicated to clients.’

Mário Lino Dias is a very experienced partner, he is always thinking ahead and focused on achieving the best outcome for his client.’

Mário Lino Dias is a lawyer with a great working ethic and his client care skills are second to none. His technical knowledge is exceptional, always takes clients’ best interests into consideration. I would recommend him for any M&A transaction.’

Key clients

Alert Life Sciences Computing

Allianz Capital Partners

Altaya (Castel Group)

Atena Capital Partners

Banco Santander Totta

Baupost Group LLC


Brenntag Group

BSK Medical


Corticeira Amorim

CYS Nederlands

Delta Cafés Group

DFG Group

DuPont Group

ECS Capital




Galro Resort Hotels


Global Bankers Insurance

Hikma Pharmaceuticals



JP Morgan Asset Management

KP Films

Mercan Capital


Norauto Group

Novares Group


Oxy Capital


Porto Baixa


Ruas Group

Sherpa Capital

Société Générale

Surteco Group


Trust Saúde

Vallis Capital Partners

Wirtgen Invest

Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Garrigues is well equipped to advise on the full array of the implementation of GDPR, as well as on data breaches and cybersecurity matters. Typical mandates include assisting with the review of data protection documentation, including data processing agreements, consent clauses, privacy policies as well as contractual issues. Marta Graça Rodrigues heads the team. Isabel Bairrão stands out for her experience in privacy compliance audits and post-data breach consultancy, while Rute Silva Gomes focuses on GDPR compliance, with a particular emphasis on the banking, automotive and software development sectors.

Practice head(s):

Marta Graça Rodrigues; Alejandro Padin


Garrigues’ team understands the client’s business and needs. The team is suitably experienced. The advice is creative, assertive, and trustworthy.

The team has extensive and in-depth knowledge of all the relevant legislation. They have been able to convey to clients the importance of the data protection in the daily life of companies, and always try to demystify any big issues. The training sessions they have been developing are a great plus for the clients.

Garrigues’ team is young and driven. Laywers are motivated and always ready to answer any questions which may arise.

Excellent communication skills, availability and reliable technical knowledge.

The team is easy to work with and responsive. Advice is thorough and detailed.

Knowledge in the field, pragmatism and communication.

Garrigues has revealed a huge know-how about data protection. It has a wealth of experience and a very strong knowledge of the data protection market.

Professionalism, dedication and dynamism.

Isabel Bairrão and Rute Silva Gomes demonstrate a very high level of data protection knowledge.

Rute Gomes has excellent technical knowledge and availability to answer queries.

Isabel Bairrão gives commercially pragmatic advice. Isabel speaks the client’s language and is creative in problem solving.

The training sessions conducted by Isabel Bairrão and Rute Silva Gomes are very well-prepared to help clients (not legal staff) better understand some aspects of GDPR and improve/adjust their implementation.

Isabel Bairrão is one of the best lawyers with whom I have had the opportunity of working. She is always on top of her game.

Isabel Barrão is very knowledgable, diligent and responsive. She’s very easy to work with.

Key clients




Volvo Car Portugal

Honda Motor Europe

Grupo Nabeiro

Robert Bosch


Jaguar Land Rover

Luis Simoes Group


Employment Tier 2

Fielding particular expertise in the automotive industry, Garrigues assists multinational companies on complex employment matters. The team excels in collective procedures, such as dismissals and transfers of undertakings, as well as advising on the implementation of outsourcing solutions. Social security law is another core area of the practice, which is led by Rui Valente, whose experience encompasses judicial proceedings, hiring of top management positions, pension schemes and Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) matters (TUPE). João Soares Almeida is proficient in restructuring procedures, including involving massive reductions in workforce.

Practice head(s):

Rui Valente

Key clients


Diam (part of OENEO Group)


Linde Group

Klöckner Pentaplast

Group Caixa Bank




Tetra Pak


Logista Group

Gestamp Automoción Group

Oporto Municipality

Mystic Invest Group

Águas do Porto

EU and competition Tier 2

Garrigues is equipped to handle complex and large-scale domestic and international matters, covering advice in the context of merger control, state aid issues, as well as antitrust investigations and related litigation. The department is led by Luís Pinto Monteiro, who demonstrates comprehensive knowledge and experience in cartel infringement proceedings. The practice head is also regularly involved in the implementation of antitrust compliance programmes.

Practice head(s):

Luís Pinto Monteiro


Garrigues’ EU and Competition law team is undoubtedly the best legal team we have worked with so far. They systematically offer bright solutions to complex problems. They are extremely fast in delivering the work, and always exceed our highest expectations. For them, the clients always come first.

I’m very pleased and satisfied with the work done by the team. The team is responsive and pragmatic, which in-house counsels highly appreciate. They focus on details but don’t overlook the big picture.

Garrigues has an exceptional team of legal professionals. Key capabilities and strengths include commercial awareness, knowledge, specifically in Competition Law / Antitrust, and excellent interpersonal skills.

Strong expertise in EU and competition law and a very effective support to put in place  a solid compliance culture.

Good communication, analytical and research skills.

Readiness to understand the issue and to fully support clients.

Luís Pinto Monteiro has excellent technical skills and a great ability to understand business drivers. I really appreciate his ability to lead clients smoothly through stressful situations.

Luís Pinto Monteiro is a crucial piece in the team. He is intelligent and pragmatic. He works non-stop and around the clock to meet our needs. His knowledge of EU and Competition law, alongside the solutions offered to solve problems, puts him well above most senior EU and Competition lawyers in the market.

Luís Pinto Monteiro as a stand out in the team of Garrigues. He is a true passionate professional with high value standards in Antitrust /Competition Law. Reflecting the team’s strengths, he also gathers great articulated communication, attention to detail, creative problem solving, resilience and self-confidence.

Key clients

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria

Volvo Cars Portugal

Jaguar Land Rover

Honda Motors

Habanos, S.A.






Oporto: leading commercial firms Tier 2

With 'business understanding and quick responses', the team at Garrigues, which has enjoyed significant recent growth and has been engaged by a slew of new clients, provides 'excellent risk analysis and presentation of alternative solutions in order to achieve the desired objectives'. It enjoys a strong reputation across corporate, tax, employment, social security and dispute resolution and is adept at handling complex, cross-border instructions. Corporate and M&A partner Tomás Pessanha 'works closely with the client and is always looking for business-orientated solutions' and Rui Valente, who heads the employment and social security offering, is an 'excellent professional with highly technical knowledge'. Senior associate André Oliveira Correia and principal associates João Soares Almeida and Manuel Liberal Jerónimo are also key figures.

Practice head(s):

Rui Valente; Tomás Pessanha


The labour team has a high commitment to solving our problems and tries to know our reality to better understand our positioning and perspective. These features can be identified with the Porto office in general.

The firm is more than a legal advisor; it is a partner with high know-how and excellent professionals, allowing decision-making to be based on legal robustness.

Very senior team involved in all aspects of any deal.

Knowledge, ability to respond quickly, great value for money.

Its overall level of service is excellent, and the team shows deep knowledge and understanding of the legal framework; high technical competence; professionalism; it places the customer’s interest at the core of the analysis and resolution of each issue; and demonstrates vision and integrated analysis of themes.

The firm offers services that we recognise and value for their excellence, rigor and innovation.

Great individual and collective performance, assertiveness in relationships with partners and high responsiveness in exemplary timings.

Tomás Pessanha is an outstanding lawyer with an acute business acumen and a practical sense of the law.

André Oliveira Correia is indispensable in our daily lives, with high technical skills, unparalleled dedication and availability and a fantastic interpersonal relationship.

Business understanding and quick responses.’

Excellent risk analysis and presentation of alternative solutions in order to achieve the desired objectives.’

We have worked with Tomás Pessanha for many years; he works closely with the client and is always looking for business-orientated solutions.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas Factor

Alain Afflelou Group


Linde Group


BSK Medical



Klöckner Pentaplast Group

Hella Gutmann Solutions International AG

Corticeira Amorim

Vallis Capital Partners


ECS Capital

Mercan Capital

KP Films

Galro Resort Hotels

CYS Nederlands

Trust Saúde

Alert Life Sciences Computing

Porto Baixa



DFG Group

Ruas Group


Atena Capital Partners



Sonae MC

Pietec, S.A. (Diam, part of OENEO Group)

DIA Portugal



Grupo Siro

Public law Tier 2

Garrigues provides legal support to clients in the private and public sector on all types of matters related to public law, with a particular focus on energy and environmental law, as well as public procurement and concessions. The team is under the leadership of public law expert Lino Torgal, who specialises in infrastructure, namely PPPs and public procurement, as well as energy and natural resources, encompassing the power and oil and gas sectors. Litigation and arbitration procedures are other core areas of activity for the department.

Practice head(s):

Lino Torgal


Garrigues’s team excels in public law and public contracts.

Lawyers have in-depth knowledge of public law.

Lino Torgal is an outstanding lawyer.

Key clients

Portugal Telecom Data Center

Galp Energia, S.A.

EEM – Empresa de Eletricidade da Madeira

EGF – Empresa Geral de Fomento, S.A.

Petróleos de Portugal – Petrogal, S.A.

Iberdrola Clientes Portugal, Unipessoal, Lda

The Navigator Company, S.A.

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Focusing largely on the resolution of disputes pertaining to commercial, corporate, contractual, construction and financial matters, Garrigues also has the ability to set up multi-disciplinary teams to provide legal representation in contentious issues concerning labour, IP and restructuring, among other areas. Practice head João Duarte de Sousa excels in cross-border disputes, demonstrating experience in domestic and international arbitration. Miguel Azevedo, who is particularly knowledgeable in project finance, construction and banking disputes, is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

João Duarte de Sousa


The team is very knowledgeable and strategic. Lawyers provide fast responses and full availability.

Academic excellence with solution-oriented approach.

Miguel Azevedo is one of the finest  and most competent litigators I have come across. He is worth considering in all venues of litigation.

Key clients


Dürr Group

Somague – A Sacyr Company Group


Haitong Bank

Bnp Paribas Sa/ Bnp Paribas Factor

Caixa Central De Crédito Agricola

Vestas Group

Volvo Car Corporation

Jaguar And Land Rover

Honda Motor Europe

Alain Affelou

Planning law Tier 3

The 'extremely experienced and knowledgeable team' at Garrigues handles a range of zoning and planning instructions. The team is adept in urban regeneration and large development projects, and is also active on projects across the logistics, tourism and leisure sectors. Practice head Jorge Salvador Gonçalves is 'extremely dedicated, and his advice is very reliable and consistent.'

Practice head(s):

Jorge Salvador Gonçalves


In-depth knowledge of the material, analytical ability and speed in the processes.

Has a unique understanding of urban planning and large scale development in Portugal.

Extremely experienced and knowledgeable team.’

Jorge Salvador Gonçalves stands out for his professionalism and execution capacity.

Jorge Salvador Gonçalves has true exceptional technical ability in our affairs, he is clear and unambiguous.

Jorge Salvador Gonçalves is exceptional; apart from being highly knowledgeable and responsive he is extremely dedicated, and his advice is very reliable and consistent.

Miguel Menezes da Silva is solid and deserves credit for his dedication, professionality and quality.

Key clients

Fidelidade Group/Fosun

Novo Banco Group

Carlyle Group /Explorer Investments

Merlin Properties


Onyria Group

EastBanc Portugal


Insolvency and restructuring Tier 4

The multi-disciplinary offering at Garrigues is able to tap into the firm's international network to provide cross-border advice across a range of restructuring and insolvency mandates. The team has recently been involved in transactions involving distressed debt, restructuring and NPL-related matters. Banking, finance, construction and real estate sector clients are a key focus. João Duarte de Sousa specialises in dispute resolution and insolvency, while Diogo Leónidas Rocha is an expert in banking, M&A and capital markets.

Practice head(s):

Diogo Leónidas Rocha; João Duarte de Sousa

Key clients

Bain Capital Credit


Atena Equity Partners



Iberian Distressed Assets Fund


BNP Paribas Factor

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and commercial contracts
Mergers and acquisitions
Banking and finance
Labour and employment
EU and antitrust
Telecommunications and media
Real estate and construction
Private equity
Industrial and intellectual property
Planning and zoning
Technology and outsourcing
Litigation and arbitration
Public law
Sports and entertainment
Capital markets
Corporate governance
Number of lawyers worldwide : 1,420
Contact : João Miranda de Sousa (managing partner)
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