Firm Profile > Garrigues > Lisbon, Portugal

1050-186 LISBON

Intellectual property Tier 1

Bringing together legal experts in intellectual property and engineers with in-depth knowledge of patents, Garrigues provides advice on the full array of IP rights. Clients from a variety of sectors, including food and beverages, media and entertainment, pharmaceuticals, financial services and software, often instruct the team on complex trade mark and patent litigation and prosecution matters. The department, which enjoys close ties with the firm's offices in Spain and China, is led by João Miranda de Sousa. He has acted as an arbitrator in pharmaceutical IP disputes and is knowledgeable in European design and trade mark issues. Acquisition of patent rights and IP license agreements are among Francisca Ferreira Pinto's key strengths.

Practice head(s):

João Miranda de Sousa

Other key lawyers:

Francisca Ferreira Pinto


‘We have been working with Garrigues for over 15 years; they are always professional, extremely organised, attentive to detail and available for any question.’

‘João Miranda de Sousa excels in complex litigation processes. Francisca Ferreira Pinto is responsible for managing and monitoring our IP rights portfolio.’

‘Technical knowledge, professionalism, dynamism and resilience.’

‘Francisca Ferreira Pinto is always available and knowledgeable of all matters.’

Key clients


UEFA (Union des Associations Européennes de Football)


Chapter 4 Corp.d.b.a Supreme


Advance Care

Fraunhofer –Gesellscharft

Group Bosch

Media Capital


Boticário Group

Sumol Compal


Porto: Leading commercial firms Tier 1

Garrigues's office in Porto fields a 20-strong team advising across corporate and M&A, litigation, employment and tax matters. Rui Valente is the firm's head of employment and social security practice and has seen a significant increase in collective dismissals and similar work as a result of the pandemic, for which the firm's corporate mobile app and existing home-office policy have both been valuable tools. Tomás Pessanha co-heads the office with Valente and is a corporate and M&A expert with over 20 years of experience, particularly in projects and energy deals. At the non-partner level, João Soares Almeida and André Oliveira Correia stand out in employment alongside Manuel Liberal Jerónimo on the corporate side.

Practice head(s):

Rui Valente; Tomás Pessanha

Other key lawyers:

João Soares Almeida; André Oliveira Correia; Manuel Liberal Jerónimo


Garrigues provides an excellent level of service, with a very close monitoring of the customer. The partner Tomás Pessanha, with whom we worked for about 15 years, is a magnificent lawyer. In addition to a high legal knowledge, he has a high capacity for work and has a totally client-oriented approach.

The general level of service is excellent, as they have a team that shows; good knowledge and deep understanding of the legal framework; high technical competence; professionalism; great negotiation skills and a particular ability to reach consensus solutions, placing the client’s interest at the center of the analysis and resolution of each problem; an integrated view and analysis of topics, covering the different specialties of law; and the team is always available and able to give its opinion and work within demanding deadlines.

We have been working mainly with Tomás Pessanha and Manuel Liberal Jerónimo. Both are experts in their practice, with deep knowledge of the general legal framework, thus ensuring that all issues are dealt with professionally and efficiently.

Excellent service! In the various processes worked on, there was always a concern to understand the full fit of them in the company’s objectives, alerting to possible weaknesses and always suggesting alternative paths so that the objectives were achieved without any constraint.

André Correia de Oliveira is concerned to understand everything involved before suggesting solutions; defence always very structured and aligned with the company’s objectives and legal issues. Rui Valente is a negotiator par excellence.

The whole team is extremely committed to giving the best answer to the client’s needs, the availability shown in the resolution of cases is exceptional as well as in the presentation of several alternative solutions in the resolution of cases.

Garrigues’ Corporate and M&A team provides a superior service. They are technically excellent, with a strong experience of monitoring their customers in a global and integrated perspective. From our experience, Tomás Pessanha and Manuel Liberal Jerónimo stand out. They are capable of real monitoring of highly complex operations and transactions.

Manuel Liberal Jerónimo is technically excellent, pragmatic and with simple and linear dialogue.

Key clients

BNP Paribas Factor

Alain Afflelou Group

Corticeira Amorim

Mahle Group

Gestamp Automoción

Linde Group


Sonae MC

BSK Medical



Klöckner Pentaplast Group


Caler Advisory

Amorim Energia

Atena Capital Partners

Vallis Capital Partners

ECS Capital

Mercan Capital

Mystic Invest Group

Galro Resort Hotels

Trust Saúde

Alert Life Sciences Computing

Porto Baixa

Porto Municipality

Bimba & Lola

C. Santos Group

Carrís Hoteles




DFG Group

Ruas Group


RA Group

Diam Portugal

DIA Portugal



Grupo Siro

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Garrigues is among the top firms in Portugal for real estate and construction matters, having taken on leading roles in a number of recent investment and financing deals in the country. The team, which predominantly acts on behalf of asset managers, funds and international investors, also counts development among its areas of expertise. The full range of real estate services - covering tourism, residential and commercial property - are provided by the team, which is led by Jorge Salvador Gonçalves, who has a wealth of experience in large-scale transactions involving real estate assets. Miguel Menezes da Silva, who was recently promoted to the partnership, is noted for his M&A and commercial skills. Mónica Pimenta also handles transactional work in the real estate sector.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Salvador Gonçalves

Other key lawyers:

Miguel Menezes da Silva; Mónica Pimenta; Tânia Gomes


‘Very good oral and written communication with the client in a context of different countries and languages accuracy of analysis of risk capacity to find appropriate solutions.’

‘Miguel Menezes Silva has an exceptional capacity to think as an investor.’

‘Excellent knowledge and capacity to understand client’s issues on a pan European level.’

‘Very dynamic, diligent and proactive team. Based on experience, they offer robust contractual solutions and shorten contract negotiation terms with counterparties.’

‘Miguel Menezes Silva is very dynamic and has great negotiating skills.’

‘Their strength is their ability to gather the necessary task force around a client so as to apprehend all aspects of a given transaction and not only the specific specialty of a partner. They centralise the information and therefore have a good knowledge of their client’s need. Being able to rely that much on your lawyers enables you to concentrate on the deal. ’

‘Miguel Menezes Silva is very professional. He is very technical but makes the matter understandable. He also has a very practical approach.’

‘Jorge Salvador Gonçalves stands out for his availability, and excellent network of contacts.’

Key clients

AXA IM Real Assets

Harbert Management Corporation



Novo Banco

Merlin Properties SOCIMI

Sonae Sierra

Swiss Life REIM

VGP Parks

Tander Inversiones SOCIMI

Oitante Group

Tax Tier 1

The tax practice at Garrigues handles the full range of matters in the field, providing specialised tax advice, as well as supporting major transactions, and handling tax litigation. On the contentious side, Pedro Miguel Braz is a key contact and notable for representing Portuguese and multinational economic groups, financial institutions and insurance companies. Fernando Castro Silva is also noted. At the non-partner level, principal Isabel Vieira dos Reis focuses on indirect taxation issues and Ana Isabel Batista is strong in cross-border litigation.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Miguel Braz; Fernando Castro Silva

Other key lawyers:

Isabel Vieira dos Reis; Ana Isabel Batista


‘Garrigues is one of the best law firms specialized in tax law, which has been integrating new lines of services that were previously only provided by consultancy companies, which allows to expand the range of services provided. The level of quality and rigor in the services provided is always high.’

‘Garrigues has been responsible for much of our tax litigation for over 20 years, with unparalleled success.’

‘Pedro Miguel Braz – Total and absolute control over tax litigation in Portugal. I have already recommended him to many people for all matters of taxation in Portugal.’

‘An international understanding and approach, coupled with effective tax planning means I keep going back as they advise very well on their many areas of expertise.’

‘Antonio Mendes continually proves his worth in innovative solutions, hard work and a comprehensive approach. He is there to help and I can’t think of a single occasion when they were unable to help.’

‘We recommend Pedro Braz, for the enormous strategic knowledge he has in the area of ​​tax litigation.’

‘We highlight Fernando Castro Silva’s exceptional technical knowledge and strategic orientation of the work.’

‘I highlight the ability to interact with the customer, obtaining the relevant facts and concerns. They present their work in an open way, allowing the client to formulate proposals and questions before sending the final work. They have excellent regulatory and jurisprudential knowledge, which allows them to present realistic action proposals for clients.’

Key clients

Banco Santander









Allianz Capital Partners

Banking and finance Tier 2

Garrigues's banking and finance team is skilled in domestic and cross-border transactions, and has recently witnessed an increase in mandates pertaining to real estate finance and NPL portfolio deals. The team has a strong track record in acting for borrowers in acquisition finance, and showcases equal capabilities in distressed assets transactions and restructurings. Leading the practice is Diogo Leónidas Rocha, who attracts instructions from credit institutions and rating agencies in relation to financing arrangements and regulatory matters. Leónidas receives key support from Vasco Rodrigues, who focuses on financing transactions pertaining to the acquisition of companies and real estate assets.

Practice head(s):

Diogo Leónidas Rocha

Other key lawyers:

Vasco Rodrigues


‘Garrigues offers an excellent service in terms of technical skills, experience, transparency, ease of communication and multidisciplinary expertise.’

‘ In addition to his legal skills, Vasco Rodrigues stands out for his sense of business, ability to understand client priorities and communication skills.’

‘Strong expertise and fantastic tailoring to each fund’s needs and specific deal requirements.’

‘We work mainly with Vasco Rodrigues, who offers strong expertise and capacity to adapt to different situations.’

‘Diogo Leónidas Rocha is recommended.’

‘The banking team makes banking understandable for non-professionals and focuses on the key issues for the clients.’

‘Vasco Rodrigues clearly stands out when it comes to client relationship. He makes himself available throughout the transaction, stepping in whenever you need him or when your interests are at stake. He also anticipates your needs with a very commercial and practical approach. When the parties reach a dead end his knowledge of the market is very useful and he is able to come up with new alternatives.’

Key clients

Novo Banco, S.A.

Goldman Sachs International (GSI)

Bain Capital Credit

Harbert Management Corporation

Group TSBC – The Summer Berry (TSBC)

Njord Partners

Brookfield Asset Management

The Bank of New York Mellon

Castlelake LP


Lifento Pan European


Crédit Agricole Leasing & Factoring S.A.

Capital markets Tier 2

With particular expertise in equity capital market transactions, Garrigues acts for major listed companies in Portugal across a range of sectors, including telecoms, media and banking. On the regulatory side, the group offers assistance to financial and investment institutions in a range of compliance matters. The team is also active in the debt space, but demonstrates particular experience in public offers, rights issues, dual listings, securitisation and recapitalisation mandates. These are all areas of activity for the highly regarded Diogo Leónidas Rocha; he jointly heads the practice with Marta Graça Rodrigues, who focuses on corporate governance and securities laws.

Practice head(s):

Diogo Leónidas Rocha; Marta Graça Rodrigues

Other key lawyers:

Carolina Barrueca

Key clients

Merlin Properties SOCIMI, S.A.

CTT – Correios de Portugal, S.A.

Novo Banco, S.A.

Banco Santander Totta, S.A.

Société Générale Sucursal en España

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

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Garrigues manages a busy workload, with a significant proportion of its deals involving cross-border elements and private equity firms. The latter is a key specialism for Mário Lino Dias, who also demonstrates in-depth knowledge of the insurance and renewable energy sectors. Private equity and venture capital deals are among Tomás Pessanha's typical instructions; he is a key individual in the Porto office, who regularly handles high-profile M&A in Portugal and abroad. Susana Pimenta de Sousa and Manuel Liberal Jerónimo are also extremely active in corporate law and transactional matters. In order to provide quicker feedback to current and prospective clients, and manage any conflicts more efficiently, the firm has developed an app in-house called GarriguesWork.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Manuel Liberal Jerónimo


‘Very experienced team with an extensive track record in renewable energy and outstanding network in local market. Excellent performance.’

‘Mário Lino Dias is a very experienced partner and a compelling negotiator.’

Garrigues provides an excellent level of service, with a very close monitoring of the client. The partner Tomás Pessanha, with whom we have worked for about 15 years, is a magnificent lawyer. In addition to a high legal knowledge, he has a totally client-oriented approach.’

Technical capacity of the team; commitment to resolve issues; empathy with clients; constant availability.’

‘As a law firm, there is also the advantage of multidisciplinary teams that complement the specialised capabilities of each department, with the quality seal inherent to Garrigues.’

‘ I particularly recommend the partner Marta Graça Rodrigues for her experience in M&A.’

‘Tomás Pessanha and Manuel Liberal Jerónimo are strong negotiators in M&A transactions.’

‘I have always found incredibly easy to deal with Susana Pimenta Sousa. She was always very responsive, objective, flexible, and took the time to understand our specific needs instead of trying to impose ready-made answers. Her taking the time to get to know us, our culture and our business made her invaluable.’

Key clients

Allianz Capital Partners

Aegide Domitys

Amorim Group

APAX Capital

Atena Capital Partners

Angelini Pharma

Banco Santander Totta


Brenntag Group

COFCO International

Corteva Group

Crest Capital Partners

Delta Cafés Group


Deutsche Bank

ECS Capital


Galro Resort Hotels

GS Inima

Hikma Pharmaceuticals

JP Morgan Asset Management

Mercan Capital

MCH Private Equity

Njord Partners

Norauto Group

Novares Group

Orona Group

Oxy Capital



Sherpa Capital

Société Générale

Surteco Group

The Cibus Fund

ToscaFund Asset Management

Vallis Capital Partners


Employment Tier 2

With multinational companies at the core of the employment and social security group's client base, Garrigues is particularly noted for its track record in collective dismissals and transfers of undertakings (TUPE). A recent area of focus for the department, which is split between Lisbon and Porto, includes assisting clients across a wide range of sectors in relation to large lay-off procedures. Practice leader Rui Valente is acknowledged for his significant experience in the field of collective agreements and litigation. He is supported by a sizeable team of associates, including Porto-based João Soares Almeida, who regularly acts for clients in the retail, energy, automotive and financial sectors.

Practice head(s):

Rui Valente

Other key lawyers:

João Soares Almeida; André Oliveira Correia; Magda Nunes


The availability demonstrated by the various members of the team to answer short notice requests is excellent. I also highlight that their readiness and ability to summarise the responses on various themes of the legislation is excellent.’

Clarity of advice, practical sense and pragmatism. André Oliveira Correia is our main point of contact. He provides clear and objective advice, using accessible language.’

Dedication, commitment, availability, rigor, and presentation of alternative solutions. André Oliveira Correia stands out for his professionalism, availability, rigor, vast knowledge of labour law and efficiency in solving cases.’

‘We value the speed and quality of responses, as well as the proximity and understanding of the client’s business. João Soares Almeida is recommended for his practical sense and quick responses, as well as immediate understanding of the company’s needs and strategy.’

Garrigues has very competent professionals with excellent knowledge. Rui Valente has extensive knowledge and great experience in court. João Soares de Almeida is noted for his thorough knowledge, empathy with the client, dynamism and availability.’

Garrigues’ team has solid and recognised technical skills and is clearly a reference in the field of employment law. They are excellent professionals, close to the client and have excellent success rates. João Soares Almeida stands out for his proximity to the client and deep knowledge of legislation, doctrine and jurisprudence.’

‘I would like to highlight the work undertaken by João Soares Almeida as well as his cooperation, experience, availability in the search for practical and effective solutions on behalf of clients.’

Key clients




Linde Group

Klöckner Pentaplast

Grupo Inditex






ExpressGlass Group

Logista Group

Gestamp Automoción Group

Porto Municipality

Mystic Invest Group


Águas do Porto



Grupo Lappi – Gráfica Calipolense

Faurecia Group


Grupo Vips

Public law Tier 2

Highly regarded partner Lino Torgal heads the public, energy and environmental law department at Garrigues, which is particularly adept at handling high-value litigation and arbitration proceedings involving public law issues. Clients in the private sector and public entities instruct the team on the full array of public law matters, including administrative concessions and public procurement. Cross-border projects also feature on the team's portfolio. Cláudia Saavedra Pinto focuses on administrative and constitutional law, demonstrating a wealth of experience in PPPs.

Practice head(s):

Lino Torgal

Other key lawyers:

Cláudia Saavedra Pinto; Teresa Moreira dos Santos


‘Excellent customer support and business vision of the processes.’

‘Lino Torgal is outstanding.’

Key clients

MEO – Serviços de Comunicações e Multimédia, S.A.

Galp Energia, S.A.

EEM – Empresa de Eletricidade da Madeira

Águas do Porto, E.M.

Petróleos de Portugal – Petrogal, S.A.

Iberdrola generación S.A., unipersonal

The Navigator Company, S.A.

Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

Working in close collaboration with the Madrid-based international data protection and privacy group, Garrigues' team in Lisbon offers advice in relation to transactions involving data assets and issues, GDPR compliance programmes, as well as big data strategies and cyber incidents. Principal associate Isabel Bairrão is responsible for co-ordinating the data protection team; she has acted for several multinational clients from the banking, telecoms, retail and pharmaceutical sectors. Other key practitioners include Rute Silva Gomes, who has in-depth knowledge of data controllers and data processors.

Practice head(s):

Tomás Pessanha; Alejandro Padin

Other key lawyers:

Isabel Bairrão; Rute Silva Gomes


‘Isabel Bairrão is an expert in this field. The quality of the service is very good, due to its pragmatism and objectivity.’

I understand that Garrigues has an excellent department in this area, generating a lot of confidence in the proper handling of matters.’

‘Isabel Bairrão is an excellent professional, revealing a deep degree of knowledge and an immediate availability to respond to new requests.’

All members, without exception, of the team dedicated to our company are excellent professionals in the field. They are genuinely dedicated to the client, friendly, accessible, and available. Rute Silva Gomes and Isabel Bairrão are recommended.’

Key clients



























Dispute resolution Tier 3

With a presence in both Lisbon and Porto, the dispute resolution team at Garrigues is retained by multinational corporations and listed companies in litigation before judicial courts and arbitration proceedings. The department stands out for its performance in commercial, financial and construction disputes, but has the capacity to put together multi-disciplinary teams to handle contentious matters in other areas, including competition, restructuring and tax law. Multi-jurisdictional mandates also feature in its portfolio; practice head João Duarte de Sousa is a name to note for cross-border litigation and arbitration. Miguel Azevedo specialises in judicial proceedings and insolvency.

Practice head(s):

João Duarte de Sousa

Other key lawyers:

Miguel Azevedo; André Gualter de Vasconcellos; Marta Veludo dos Santos


The team has the capacity to respond to challenges. André Gualter Vasconcellos is fantastic. He is available and knowledgeable, and defends his client until the end.’

‘Miguel Azevedo is recommended.’

André Vasconcellos is an excellent professional with thorough knowledge of this area.’

Key clients











EU and competition Tier 3

The EU and competition law team at Garrigues is particularly active in merger control procedures in the Portuguese market, but is equally skilled at handling antitrust investigations, state aid matters and litigation. Also noteworthy is the department's capabilities in cartel cases: the firm has designed a tool, Proces@, which can be used to facilitate the quick analysis of data crucial in a cartel investigation. Practice head Luís Pinto Monteiro has a wealth of experience in cartel infringement proceedings and antitrust cases.

Practice head(s):

Luis Pinto Monteiro

Other key lawyers:

João Miranda Pocas


‘We have worked with the Garrigues Lisbon competition department in recent months. They are a technically sound team and efficient in the way they work. They demonstrate great technical knowledge and strategic vision. We have worked with two lawyers, partner Luis Pinto and associate Joao Miranda. Luis shows good leadership and management skill. He is a person who transmits confidence and tranquillity even in difficult moments. Joao is an associate who also shows great technical capacity and a lot of initiative to take on responsibility.’

‘The EU and Competition law team of Garrigues is top-notch. Their commitment is unique. The team is extremely focused and they have a detailed knowledge of the briefs they work with. By using very simple and accessible language, they make intricate problems look like simple questions to address. It is also an added value the fact that they know everyone at the Portuguese Competition Authority and they have a great relationship with the case-handlers. The EU and Competition law team of Garrigues gets the job done and does it very swiftly. They are the best team of lawyers we have worked with so far. We recommend them highly.’

‘We would highlight Luis Pinto Monteiro. Always present and without exceptions, highly intelligent and with a strategic mind. Luis is two steps ahead in any discussion. From all the lawyers we have worked with so far, he ranks at the very top.’

‘The team always delivers knock-out performances. They are very consistent and calm under pressure. They have tremendous economic skills in competition law matters, as well as an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law.’

‘We normally work with Luis Pinto Monteiro that heads the EU & Competition law team. He is one of the cleverest lawyers in the field. A truly bright and creative lawyer. He reveals a fantastic grasp on the economic and technical issues and shows an excellent ability to translate economics into legal arguments and make complex cases seem simple.’

‘I highlight the excellence of its legal services in all relevant areas of law and the highly competent multidisciplinary team, motivated by a single purpose: to transform academic research and accumulated knowledge in the design of robust legal solutions, providing a service that effectively creates value for clients. It is noticeable that Garrigues is strongly committed to quality legal services and has a team capable of meeting the challenges that may arise in any field of law and at any time.’

‘I highlight Luis Pinto Monteiro’s experience, leadership skills, way of communicating clearly and objectively, entrepreneurial vision, and his way of working in a team valuing partners and collaborators.’

They are always available, regardless of the time and day of the week. These lawyers live to satisfy their clients. In the same way, the team shows a deep knowledge of the subject, a complete mastery of the files down to the smallest detail. They are the right people to advise the board of a multinational company like ours. They are always focused on presenting solutions and offering an excellent service.’

Key clients

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria


Volvo Cars Portugal

Jaguar Land Rover

Honda Motors


Bavarian Nordic


Banco Santander

Vallis Capital Partners


Japan Tobacco Company

Insolvency and restructuring Tier 3

A multi-disciplinary team of banking and dispute resolution specialists form Garrigues's insolvency and restructuring group in Lisbon. Transactions involving distressed assets and restructuring have recently made up a significant part of the team's work, with Njord Partners' acquisition of NPLs from Novo Banco and BCP being a standout instruction. Dispute resolution expert João Duarte de Sousa co-heads the team alongside finance-focused Diogo Rocha. Principal associate Vasco Rodrigues receives significant praise for his 'high level of experience and technical knowledge'.

Practice head(s):

João Duarte de Sousa; Diogo Rocha

Other key lawyers:

Vasco Rodrigues


Garrigues offers an excellent service in terms of technical skills, experience in transparency, ease of communication and a multidisciplinary offer.’

‘Vasco Rodrigues has a high level of experience and technical knowledge. In addition to his legal skills, Vasco Rodrigues is distinguished by his high sense of business, ability to understand client priorities and ease of communication.’

‘Very responsive, makes me feel like I am being taken care of. ’

‘Really love working with Vasco. He makes me feel like his only client even though he is probably juggling numerous files.’

‘Vasco Rodrigues. Competence and commitment.’

Key clients

Bain Capital Credit

Njord Partners


Alain Afflelou


BNP Paribas Factor

Atena Equity Partners

Iberian Distressed Asset Fund

Keller Cimentaciones S.A.U.


The Bank of New York Mellon

Castlelake LP

Planning law Tier 3

Jorge Salvador Gonçalves heads the real estate and planning department at Garrigues, advising on the relevant aspects of property transactions in the tourism, logistics and leisure sectors, as well as zoning issues and urban regeneration projects.

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
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Contact : João Miranda de Sousa (managing partner)
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