Garrigues > Lisbon, Portugal > Firm Profile

1050-186 LISBON

Portugal > Intellectual property Tier 1

Garrigues' ‘thorough and proactive' IP practice assists pharmaceutical, banking, insurance, technology, retail and media companies with a combination of patent, trade mark, industrial design, copyright and unfair competition-related work. The Lisbon-based practice – which works in close collaboration with the firm’s teams in Spain and China – is seen with great regulatory handling prosecution, enforcement, opposition and transactional matters. João Miranda de Sousa, who is praised for being ‘a lawyer who is fully invested in his client and the success of their business', has a wealth of experience in European trade marks, design and patents. He oversees the IP group in Portugal, which also features Francisca Ferreira Pinto, who specialises in enforcement and transactional work involving IP assets.

Practice head(s):

João Miranda de Sousa

Other key lawyers:


‘The Garrigues’ team is very thorough, proactive, and practical while providing cost-effective solutions.’

‘João Miranda de Sousa in particular has always struck me as a true partner -a lawyer who is fully invested in his client and the success of their business.’

‘They are always available to provide support and give the best advice to their clients. I appreciate the capacity Garrigues have to design a strategy and a path, even when there is few information available.’

‘João Miranda de Sousa and Francisca Ferreira Pinto know how to approach the client and provide tranquility and confidence for a good outcome. Always available to answer any questions and discuss a strategy.’

Key clients

Chapter 4 Corp.d.b.a Supreme (SUPREME)

Grupo Media Capital

Nabeiro Group

Grupo Ceva Animal


INTEL Corporation

Altri SGPS



Sumol + Compal

Work highlights

  • Representing the television broadcasting channel RTL in a cutting-edge copyright infringement judicial action.
  • Successfully assisted RED BULL in an appeal before the IP Court against a Portuguese Institute of Industrial Property decision.
  • Working with Groups Roullier regarding the enforcement of its trade marks INNOVABIO in Portugal.

Portugal > Porto: Leading commercial firms Tier 1

Garrigues‘ Porto office offers clients a premier full-service practice across corporate M&A, banking and finance, labour and employment, tax and litigation. The office is home to over 20 practitioners, who regularly deal with regionally, nationally and internationally high-profile cases, particularly projects transactions, and who act as trusted advisors to clients in the technology, automotive, finance and manufacturing industries. The office is co-led by employment and social security expert Rui Valente, who has extensive experience in collective dismissals, lay-off proceedings and collective bargaining agreements, as well as employment-related M&A matters. The other co-head is Tomás Pessanha, who has a strong track record in high-profile corporate and M&A transactions and is considered a go-to lawyer by clients not just in the region, but nationally. At a non-partner level, principal associate João Soares Almeida is a key name for labour and employment, particularly in an M&A context; and principal associate Manuel Liberal Jerónimo supports the practice with his broad cross-border experience in corporate and commercial contracts. Principal associate André Oliveira Correia also specialises in employment and social security, representing both public and private sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Rui Valente; Tomás Pessanha


‘The Garrigues team who work directly with us not only have great technical knowledge but also understand the difficulties, needs and particularities of our company.’

‘André Correia de Oliveira and Claudia Campos have the technical rigor and ability to interpret our business.’

‘Our relationship with Garrigues is the result of our intense trust in Tomás Pessanha.’

‘Rui Valente has great proficiency, experience and availability.’

‘I would highlight the competence of the team and its ability to cover all fields we need for our corporation to operate successfully in Portugal.’

‘Team led by the incomparable Tomás Pessanha, with vast experience in the sector and great commercial acumen. Great ability to execute and respond to complex processes. Excellent value-for-money and great transparency in terms of billing (very balanced). In terms of innovation, Garrigues stands out for its IT and security aspects.’

‘Tomás Pessanha is one of the best lawyers in Portugal. Always available, excellent negotiator, magnificent strategist and deep knowledge of the sector. All critical factors for the success of transactions and corporate issues.’

‘The Garrigues Porto team knows to remain always available to their clients. What is key for us is to be able to brainstorm with our lawyers to structure sometimes complex deals. This is what we like the most about this team, always providing alternative solutions.’

Key clients

Águas e Energia do Porto

Akzo Nobel

Alain Afflelou Group

Amorim Energia BV

Arc Homes

BNP Paribas Factor

BSK Medical


RSR Singular Assets SOCIMI

Carris Hoteles

Corticeira Amorim


Firce Capital

Fischer Connectors

Flutter Entertainment plc

Fort Projects

Frezite Group

Gestamp Automoción

Howa Tramico


Klöckner Pentaplast

Linde Group



Mercan Capital



O2 Capital

Oreco Portugal


Plug Power Inc

Pluris Group


Sonae MC

Stats Perform


Taga Urbanic

Vallis Capital Partners


Vitória Sport Clube, Futebol – SAD


WireCo WorldGroup

Work highlights

  • Advised FRT TÊXTEIS (Felpinter Group) on the acquisition of the homeware textiles business of JMA FELPOS and the correlated energy cogeneration operation of MORECOGER.
  • Advised Portuguese first league football club Vitória Sport Clube, Futebol in a €20m securitisation of television broadcasting rights involving US private equity fund Apollo.
  • Advising RSR Singular Assets Europe SOCIMI in its multimillion real estate investments in Portugal (including the recently opened Vincci Ponte de Ferro Hotel).

Portugal > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Garrigues' real estate and construction practice remains one of the leaders in Portugal, and is a popular choice among international investors, asset managers and international funds with dealings in Portuguese real estate. The team has taken a leading role on some of the top deals in the country, with Jorge Salvador Gonçalves leading them and the practice. Large-scale transactions are in the purview of Gonçalves as well as Miguel Menezes da Silva, who is highly praised by clients and is well versed in retail-related M&A transactions. Senior associate Tânia Gomes supports the practice and has notable experience in real estate matters, drawing on her in-house experience.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Salvador Gonçalves

Other key lawyers:


‘Knowledge of the market and of the client’s framework. Good experience and track-record.’

‘Miguel Menezes Silva always went above and beyond what was asked. It was a tricky deal but Miguel made the difficult process as smooth as possible.’

‘The real estate department has developed a multifaceted work in real estate with us. They are very experienced, thanks to Dr Jorge Gonçalves.’

‘Miguel Menezes: great business skills, thoughtful and solid technical knowledge. Quickly internalizes the client’s limits in terms of contractual negotiation, which makes the negotiation process faster. Dr Tania Gomes: technically well prepared, an excellent part of the team.’

Key clients

Henderson Park Capital Partners

Jamestown LP

Blackbrook Capital

LaSalle Investment Management

AXA IM Real Assets

Merlin Properties SOCIMI



Fidelidade Property (Fosun Group)

Harbert Management Corporation

Lifento SAS

Novo Banco

Oitante Group

Sonae Sierra

Swiss Life REIM

Tander Inversiones SOCIMI

VGP Parks

Work highlights

  • Advised Henderson Park on the €421m acquisition of Lagoas Park (office park).
  • Advised Jamestown on the €98m acquisition of the JQ One office building (Entreposto).
  • Advised Blackbrook Capital on the acquisition of a portfolio of retail properties operated by Sonae MC.

Portugal > Tax Tier 1

Acting for a varied roster of clients, Garrigues' tax team is highlighted for its in-depth knowledge, breadth of service and standalone work in the field. The team proves popular among banking, real estate and insurance companies, who regularly turn to the tax team for assistance in high-profile transactions and litigation. Highlighted for the ‘technical knowledge, background, evolution and innovation of its team’, the firm further demonstrates strength in VAT, transfer pricing, compliance matters and multi-jurisdictional work. Co-heads Pedro Miguel Braz and Miguel Cortez Pimentel ‘are true tax encyclopaedias'; Braz specialises in tax disputes while Pimentel - who rejoined the firm in 2021 and has a strong background in tax policy - is the name to note for transactional matters and international taxation. Fellow co-leader Fernando Castro Silva is a reference in the market for corporate taxation, indirect tax and litigation. Other key individuals include Isabel Vieira Dos Reis, who primarily focuses on indirect tax, and Ana Isabel Batista, a name to note for cross-border due diligence and real estate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Miguel Braz; Fernando Castro Silva; Miguel Cortez Pimentel

Other key lawyers:

Isabel Vieira dos Reis; Ana Isabel Batista; José Diogo Mègre Pires


We work with Garrigues in the area of Tax, both in terms of tax litigation with the Tax Authority and in terms of tax advice. Both teams work exceptionally, with high professionalism and dedication, allowing for high levels of confidence in the advice provided. Garrigues is the firm that best serves our interests in matters of taxation.’

‘The Tax department is the best there can be in Portugal. Very efficient and with very adjusted fees.’

‘Pedro Miguel Braz and Miguel Cortez Pimentel are true tax encyclopaedias and always pay great attention to the client.’

‘We work essentially with two partners, Fernando Castro Silva and Pedro Miguel Braz. The most valued qualities are the wisdom they have on the various tax issues, the way of analysing and solving problems.. They are a team of excellence.’

‘I highlight Pedro Miguel Braz for his high technical and strategic competence (in procedural terms).’

‘The service provided by Garrigues in terms of transfer pricing has been of superior quality and competes perfectly with the largest consultants in the market, both in terms of know-how and in terms of fees. The technical knowledge, background, evolution and innovation of its team has stood out in the market and in an eco-system of law firms, offering a more advanced service than other companies. Use of a technological platform for sharing work documentation, and a team always available in contact and collaborative in carrying out the work, which stands out in the transfer pricing sector.’

‘Miguel Pimentel advised us, carrying out his duties with high professionalism and dedication.’

‘The team is excellent, always ready to help at any time and responding correctly and quickly.’

Key clients

Clearstream Banking

BNP Paribas Financial Services

Banco Santander Totta, S.A.





Work highlights

  • Provided tax advice to JAMESTOWN on the acquisition of Entreposto, one of Lisbon landmark buildings.
  • Provided tax assistance to LIFENTO on the acquisition of a Portuguese real estate company and on conversion into a corporate fund structure (REIC).
  • Advised Clearstream Banking on its migration of T2S-eligible securities to CBF Banking.

Portugal > Banking and finance Tier 2

Garrigues has a strong track record in complex and high-value financings, acting for a diverse range of international and domestic clients. Acquisition financings on behalf of corporate borrowers feature prominently in the firm’s workload, although recently the firm has also been heavily active in real estate finance, NPL portfolio transactions and restructurings. The banking and finance team is under the leadership of Diogo Leónidas Rocha, who has a wealth of experience in distressed debt transactions, bond issues and regulatory matters. Acquisition and real estate financing deals are some of Vasco Rodrigues's key areas of activity; he also focuses on capital markets and corporate law.

Practice head(s):

Diogo Leónidas Rocha

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Henderson Park

Brookfield Asset Management

The Bank of New York Mellon

LaSalle Investment Management

Haitong International Holdings Limited

Lifento Care Pan European

Deutsche Bank

Tander Group

Byggfakta Group


Work highlights

  • Advised Henderson Park in Project Atlantic relating to the acquisition of Lagoas Park, a company that owns one of Portugal’s largest and most innovative business parks.
  • Assisted the US and Germany-based firm Jamestown in the financing of a €98m real estate investment in Portugal.
  • Acted for Brookfield Asset Management as borrower in a financing for the acquisition of a Portuguese company holding student residences in the Portuguese territory.

Portugal > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

With a strong presence in both Lisbon and Porto, Garrigues is sought by Portuguese and international clients across a range of industries in high-value, and oftentimes cross-border, M&A. Its recent workload demonstrates the team’s capabilities in handling major transactions in the IT, industrial and agribusiness sectors. Private equity deals and insurance-related mandates are other areas of specialism. Diogo Leónidas Rocha has a strong M&A track record in the telecoms and banking sectors, while Mário Lino Dias is highly regarded for his thorough knowledge of the private equity market. Tomás Pessanha and Manuel Liberal Jerónimo, both of whom are seasoned in cross-border mandates, are the key contacts in the Porto office. Susana Pimenta De Sousa and Marta Graça Rodrigues are also noted for their corporate law expertise and transactional experience.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Pedro Lemos Carvalho; Manuel Liberal Jerónimo


Excellent availability. Capacity to view situations from a practical perspective.’

‘Our relationship with the Garrigues’ Porto office is based on the trust placed in Tomás Pessanha.’

‘Tomás Pessanha is a lawyer of excellence, with a deep knowledge of the client’s needs and always focused on finding legal solutions to their problems.’

‘The general level of service is excellent as they have a team that shows: good in-depth knowledge and 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 centre of the analysis and resolution of each problem; an integrated vision and analysis of themes, covering the various specialties of law; the team is always available and able to give their opinion and work within demanding deadlines.’

‘We’ve been working with this team for a long time. Multidisciplinary team and excellent service.’

‘The team is always absolutely up-to-date on the regulators’ policies that allow for greater adherence to reality and, as such, an absolute adaptation of what we want to what the regulators also want.’

‘Mário Lino Dias – lawyer with unparalleled experience and a practical sense that easily solves any road blocks that may exist along the way. His creativity in the search for solutions and consensus undoubtedly helps.’

Key clients

Amorim Energia BV

Banco Santander

Corticeira Amorim

Delta Cafés

Crest Capital Partners

GNB Vida

Gama Life (Apax)


MCH Private Equity


RSR Singular Assets SOCIMI

Mercan Capital

Audax Renovables

Aegide Domitys

Blue Torch Finance


Hikma Pharmaceuticals



Frezite Group


Quirón Prevención SLU


Correios de Portugal



Vifor Pharma

Vallis Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising Feedzai on a $200m investment round led by KKR.
  • Assisting with the reorganisation of the Amorim Family controlling stake in Corticeira Amorim, and inter alia sale of part of the stake.
  • Advising Santander Totta Seguros on the sale of a majority stake in Popular Seguros to Mapfre, and the formation of a joint venture in the Portuguese non-life insurance market.

Portugal > Employment Tier 2

Garrigues' employment and social security group acts for an impressive client base of multinational companies across a wide range of industries, with the automotive and retail sectors being key fields of focus for the team. Collective dismissals and TUPE matters are core areas of expertise for the department, which is split across the Porto and Lisbon offices. Rui Valente heads up the practice and is well known for his collective dismissal and lay-off proceedings advice in the tourism, entertainment and automotive industries. João Soares Almeida supports the practice and is based in the Porto office, from where he advises on employment-related M&A matters.

Practice head(s):

Rui Valente

Other key lawyers:

João Soares Almeida; André de Oliveira Correia


‘Agility in the responses issued; advanced technical knowledge.’

‘Highly skilled team with great domain of legal matters and very professional. The team is always available to meet the client’s needs. It demonstrates great sensitivity to understanding the context of the company and acts incorporating its knowledge as a true partner. It is above all rigorous in resolution and proactive in improvement.’

‘Rui Valente and André de Oliveira Correia – proficiency, experience and accessibility.’

‘Always very informed advice; support in labour issues such as collective redundancies, implementation of continuous work, contract revocations, working hours, etc., always very well studied and subsequently duly substantiated to the point where we have not lost any cause. Great availability and prompt support.’

‘Specialized service in the field of labour law, with very in-depth knowledge of matters, in all the diversity of matters related to the area. Excellent analytical skills in highly complex topics. Constant updating, particularly in a pandemic period of major legislative changes. Fast responsiveness.’

‘André Oliveira Correia: analytical skills, knowledge of topics, client orientation, responsiveness in contexts with large volumes of information. João Soares Almeida: analytical skills, knowledge of topics, client orientation, responsiveness in contexts with large volumes of information and highly complex situations.’

‘The excellence of service, the availability of the team, the know-how and the diversity of solutions they present.’

‘André Correia Oliveira stands out for the close relationship he maintains, for his availability, and openness in seeking the best solution to the challenge presented.’

Key clients




Linde Group

Klöckner Pentaplast

Grupo Inditex






ExpressGlass Group


Gestamp Automoción Group

Porto Municipality

Pluris Group


Águas e Energia do Porto


Akzo Nobel

Car Sharing Mobility Services (joint venture Ferrovial and Renault)

Portugal > Public law Tier 2

At Garrigues, the public, energy and environmental law team is skilled in acting for public and private-sector clients in the gamut of public law matters. Practice head Lino Torgal, who is a leading figure in the market, steers the team on a range of mandates cutting across public procurement, PPPs, transactions and dispute resolution. The lattermost is a particular area of expertise for Torgal, who has significant experience in arbitration involving public agreements and concessions. Paulo Mendonça Duarte is a name to note for regulatory matters and public contracts in the healthcare, construction and transport sectors.

Practice head(s):

Lino Torgal

Other key lawyers:

Paulo Mendonça Duarte; Teresa Moreira dos Santos


‘Garrigues’ Public Law team has above average legal technique and rigour in the domestic market, demonstrating in-depth knowledge of the issues dealt with by presenting high quality work and providing excellent legal advice.’

‘Lino Torgal stands out for his scientific rigour. Teresa Moreira Santos demonstrates total availability to assist clients.’

Key clients

Fundação Centro Cultural de Belém

Galp Energia, S.A.

EEM – Empresa de Eletricidade da Madeira

Águas do Porto, E.M.

Iberdrola generación S.A.

The Navigator Company, S.A.

Mota Engil Capital

Spie Batignolles

Work highlights

  • Assisted Fundação Centro Cultural de Belém in a tender procedure relating to the award of the right to design and build a luxury hotel in CCB premises near Tagus River Deal.
  • Assisting Águas do Porto, E.M. in the restructuring of the enterprise, in order to enlarge its scope of action to the energy sector.
  • Assisted GALP Energia in the process for the potential divestment of 77.5% Galp Gas Natural Distribuição’s share capital.

Portugal > Capital markets Tier 3

Garrigues offers assistance to a number of banks and listed companies operating in a range of industries, including IT, telecoms, media and postal services. The team is especially experienced on the equity capital markets side, regularly advising on dual listings, consent solicitations, public tender offers and rights issuances. Regulatory matters are also an area of focus for the department, which is under the joint leadership of Diogo Leónidas Rocha and Marta Graça Rodrigues. Leónidas Rocha brings together expertise in capital markets, banking and corporate finance, while fellow co-head Graça Rodrigues stands out for her wealth of experience in corporate governance and high-value capital markets transactions.

Practice head(s):

Diogo Leónidas Rocha; Marta Graça Rodrigues

Other key lawyers:

Carolina Barrueca

Key clients

Merlin Properties SOCIMI, S.A.

Henderson Park

CTT – Correios de Portugal, S.A.

Novo Banco, S.A.

Banco Finantia, S.A.

JP Morgan Securities plc

DBRS Ratings Limited

BNP Paribas Securities Services

Novabase SGPS, S.A.

Haitong Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised CTT – the major postal services listed company in Portugal – in the structuring and launch of its share buy-back programme.
  • Assisted CIN – Corporação Industrial do Norte in the purchase of a stake of 11,20% in the share capital of Grupo Media Capital.
  • Advised Henderson Park on all regulatory matters in the process before the CMVM for the conversion of Lagoas Park into one of the major Portuguese SICAFI (a real estate investment fund in corporate form).

Portugal > Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

Benefiting from its close collaboration with the international data protection and privacy practice group, Garrigues' Lisbon-based team is predominantly engaged by clients in relation to M&A transactions, GDPR compliance programmes and post-breach issues. Tomás Pessanha and Alejandro Padín, who are based in Lisbon and Madrid respectively, jointly manage the group. Isabel Bairrão is the main point of contact in Portugal for privacy compliance audits and cybersecurity issues affecting clients from the technology, banking, pharmaceutical, retail and telecoms sectors, among others. With a special focus on banking and software development, Rute Silva Gomes is a key practitioner for data transfer agreements and compliance matters.


‘The Data Protection team at Guarrigues (Portugal) is a very competent and professional team with excellent expertise in data protection laws. This team is very responsive and always available.’

‘Isabel Bairrão has very good technical skills. She has a great understanding of our needs and expectations.’

‘The team is always on the side of the solution, seeking to ensure that the client can fulfil its objectives. The team is also very dedicated to the execution and delivery of its work, showing enormous availability to accompany clients.’

‘Isabel Bairrão: knowledge, technical capacity, dedication, effort, commitment.’

‘It has always demonstrated a high level of knowledge about privacy and data protection.’

‘Isabel Bairrão has an excellent posture and attitude in defending her clients, especially because of the high knowledge she demonstrates on the topics.’

‘Garrigues’ Data Privacy and Data Protection team have unmatched experience when it comes to determining and implementing the most effective GDPR compliance program, enabling clients to navigate the requirements relating to the life cycle of collection, use, disclosure and sharing of personal data.’

‘Isabel Bairrão is an outstanding experienced and skilled Privacy and Data Protection counsel, providing accurate, clear, pragmatic and business-focused legal advice that can add real value to your business. Isabel Bairrão shows a great depth of knowledge and experience and she is extremely innovative and dedicated. In short, her Privacy and Data Protection practice is a valued asset.’

Key clients



















Work highlights

  • Providing advice to payment processing company SIBS on disruptive projects in the field of online payments and solutions.
  • Providing regular assistance to the Portuguese companies of the Inditex Group in data protection matters.
  • Assisting an airline on the management and notification of a data breach to the Portuguese Data Protection Agency.

Portugal > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Split between Lisbon and Porto, Garrigues' arbitration and litigation department in Portugal has been actively involved in high-profile cases, representing both domestic and international clients operating in a range of sectors. The team has notable strength in the resolution of disputes in the commercial, corporate, contractual, construction and financial spheres, and is also prepared to assist with contentious matters involving M&A, administrative law and tax. Department head João Duarte De Sousa advises on commercial, financial and construction disputes, and is noted for his cross-border expertise. Other key individuals include Miguel Azevedo, a key contact for litigation involving projects, construction and banking matters, and André Gualter de Vasconcellos, who is ‘capable of dealing with complex issues in litigation‘.

Practice head(s):

João Duarte de Sousa

Other key lawyers:


‘Strategic vision, availability, clarity, high technical knowledge, dedication.’

‘The follow-up provided by the litigation team allowed us, as clients, to obtain favourable court decisions in several cases of considerable importance to our business. The team is characterised by competence, friendliness, availability and seriousness.’

‘We have been working for several years with Miguel Azevedo, whom we would recommend.’

‘Garrigues is proactive. They keep the client well-informed on a regular basis. Lawyers in Garrigues are well-prepared, demonstrating deep knowledge of legal matters.’

‘André Gualter de Vasconcellos and his team are very competent and capable of dealing with complex and highly documented processes. Exceptional attention to detail, which is essential in litigation matters.’

‘André Gualter de Vasconcellos is competent and capable of dealing with complex issues in litigation.’

Key clients











Portugal > EU and competition Tier 3

Garrigues maintains an active EU and competition practice, capable of handling a range of work from multinational merger control to state aid, complex antitrust investigations and related litigation. Leading the department is Luís Pinto Monteiro, who regularly attracts instructions related to cartels, antitrust litigation and implementation of compliance programmes. He is often retained by clients operating in the retail, life sciences, energy, financial services, aviation and TMT sectors. Sofia Vilas Boas is fully dedicated to EU and competition law, having recently been involved in antitrust cases related to hub-and-spoke cartels.

Practice head(s):

Luis Pinto Monteiro

Other key lawyers:


‘Excellent quality of services, always available, cost efficient, flexibility for discussing fees. Good use of technology.’

‘Luis Pinto Monteiro is good at crafting creative solutions.’

‘Extremely accessible team, very client and result oriented with experience liaising with the Competition authority.’

‘Luís Pinto Monteiro is an extremely skilled and focused professional, efficient and goal-oriented, recognised by his peers.’

‘It is an exceptional firm. The European and competition team stands out for its unconditional availability, superior intelligence in approaching problems and solutions completely focused on practical problem solving. They are unique! They are extremely transparent in invoicing, which allows them to create a relationship of deep trust with the client.’

‘The department leader, Luís Pinto Monteiro, has an unprecedented dedication to our affairs. This team turns complex problems into easy-to-solve issues. Furthermore, they have excellent credibility with the competent authorities. The team in general, and Luís Pinto Monteiro in particular, sees what others do not see. They anticipate all problems and always come very well prepared. We have already achieved great victories with these lawyers, in highly sensitive matters, which is why we maintain and recommend them above any other.’

‘Luís Pinto Monteiro- In addition to his technical capacity, communication skills are also highlighted.’

Key clients

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria


Volvo Cars Portugal

Jaguar Land Rover

Honda Motors


Audax Group


Banco Santander

Vallis Capital Partners




Work highlights

  • Assisting BBVA in antitrust litigation before the Portuguese Competition Court, aimed at challenging an alleged cartel infringement that fined the banking industry.
  • Assisting advertising group WPP in an antitrust investigation aimed at challenging an alleged cartel infringement sanction.
  • Assisting Prestibel, a private surveillance company, concerning an antitrust investigation aimed at challenging an alleged cartel infringement.

Portugal > Insolvency and restructuring Tier 3

With notable strength in distressed M&A transactions and debt restructuring, Garrigues acts for a diverse client base operating in a range of industries, including banking, construction and real estate. In addition, the team is well positioned to advise on pre-insolvency matters and NPL deals. João Duarte De Sousa, who heads up the litigation and arbitration department, and Diogo Leónidas Rocha, whose areas of activity cover distressed debt transactions, banking and finance and M&A, jointly steer the team on restructuring and insolvency mandates. Vasco Rodrigues is also praised by clients for his active role in the practice.

Practice head(s):

João Duarte de Sousa; Diogo Leónidas Rocha

Other key lawyers:


‘Clarity; technical knowledge; availability; assertiveness.’

‘Vasco Rodrigues is a versatile and very commercial lawyer.’

Key clients

Davidson Kempner

Njord Partners


Alain Afflelou


BNP Paribas Factor

Atena Equity Partners

Keller Cimentaciones S.A.U.


The Bank of New York Mellon

Castlelake LP

Work highlights

  • Advised Davidson Kempen on Project Webb, a circa €450m NPL portfolio.
  • Assisted Njord Partners in the acquisition of non-performing loans from Novo Banco and BCP in relation to the Elevolution Group, an international construction group based Portugal.
  • Assisted Castlelake in the full sale process of NPLs designated as Project Victoria II.

Portugal > Planning law Tier 3

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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