Firm Profile > FCB Advogados > Lisbon, Portugal

FCB Advogados
1250-143 LISBON

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

The corporate and M&A team at FCB Sociedade de Advogados is experienced in performing due diligence in relation to national and cross-border acquisitions, divestitures and privatisations. Rodrigo Almeida Dias's core areas of practice include the full scope of corporate, commercial and transactional work, while Pedro Guimaraes is well versed in cross-border M&A as well as corporate restructuring on behalf of clients from the technology and energy sectors. Multi-jurisdictional matters are also one of Gonçalo da Cunha's strengths.

Practice head(s):

Gonçalo da Cunha; Rodrigo Almeida Dias; Pedro Guimarães

Key clients


Nacala Holdings



Borges International Group




Viva Gym Group / Fitness Hut

Parker Hannafin

Hologic Selenia


Employment Tier 3

FCB Sociedade de Advogados is regularly retained by multinational and Portuguese companies, which seek the team's advice in relation to day-to-day employment issues and contentious labour matters. Inês Albuquerque e Castro coordinates the employment, benefits and pensions department, which is experienced in restructuring processes, collective dismissals as well as transfers of undertakings. The team is also adept at handling cross-border matters, often in conjunction with international law firms.

Practice head(s):

Inês Albuquerque e Castro


The team always tries to think out of the box. The firm combines legal knowledge with outstanding interpersonal skills.

Lawyers are very flexible. They always adopt a business approach, aligning the legal answer with our business’s interests.

Inês Albuquerque e Castro and Pedro Guimarães – both have been outstanding in legal matters and as individuals.

Inês Albuquerque e Castro is always available (eg, when we have an urgent issue to solve). Her high level of legal knowledge and her practical vision of our business should be highlighted.

Key clients

Rentokil / Cannon Hygiene

ICIL (Healthcare)


Foot Locker


Amplifon / MiniSom

Novo Banco


Globalvia (Scutvias, Portvias and MRN)

Viva Gym Group


Projects and project finance Tier 3

With offices across Portugal and Spain, and with a presence in Angola and Mozambique, FCB Sociedade de Advogados is well placed to handle sizeable and cross-border mandates. The energy sector is a central focus and the firm builds on its public law and environmental expertise to advise on key projects.

Real estate and construction Tier 3

FCB Sociedade de Advogados' team demonstrates experience across real estate developments, constructions and investments. Other regular mandates include advising on property funding, the granting of leases and construction licences and permits. Miguel Castelo Branco stands out for his in-depth knowledge of the agricultural sector, while Rodrigo Almeida Dias has a background in corporate and M&A, and predominantly advises on matters related to the tourism sector. Advising clients in the negotiation of construction contracts is one of Miguel Lorena Brito's core areas of activity.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Castelo Branco; Miguel Lorena Brito; Rodrigo Almeida Dias


The team provides personalised services and is always available to help.

The team addresses all of clients’ needs and offers seamless advice.

Miguel Lorena Brito is knowledgeable and professional.

Key clients

Urbansymbiosis, Lda.

Regus / IWC Group

Quinta da Marinha – Palace Hotel, S.A.



Charm & More – Hotels Resorts

Room Mate



Route One Investment Company


Tax Tier 3

FCB Sociedade de Advogados is experienced across international and domestic tax mandates; the team is regularly engaged on transactional matters, tax planning, structuring, transfer pricing, VAT and disputes. Internationally, the team is particularly adept at providing tax advice on cross-border investments and has recently been engaged in matters in Angola and Mozambique. The team is also instructed by a number of high-net-worth individuals on tax-related matters. Diogo Bernardo Monteiro is the practice head.

Practice head(s):

Diogo Bernardo Monteiro

Key clients



Metro AG



Lagardère Travel Retail



Exide Technologies


Dispute resolution Tier 4

In addition to commercial disputes, FCB Sociedade de Advogados is well equipped to assist clients in a range of contentious matters, namely pertaining to civil and criminal law, as well as those arising from construction, employment, IP, tax and public law disputes. Practice leader Rui Tabarra e Castro offers representation from first instance to Supreme Court appeals and is experienced in matters relating to contracts, bankruptcy and company recovery. Civil and commercial litigation are the main areas of activity for Luís Falcão Ramos.

Practice head(s):

Rui Tabarra e Castro


Dedicated team which offers pragmatic approach.’

Perfect knowledge of Portuguese law, and common practices in the country. Always up-to-date information, professional, and reliable.

FCB field a team with excellent availability and which provides realistic and pragmatic legal support.

The level of legal knowledge and total availability of lawyers are second to none.

Rui Tabarra Castro presents valuable solutions and inspires clients’ confidence.

Luís Falcão Ramos is always available to help and has a deep insight of all matters regarding our business in Portugal.

Rui Tabarra and Luís Falcão Ramos are recommended for their availability on matters and creativity in coming up with efficient solutions for the client.

Key clients





Turkish Airlines

Baschieri & Pellagri


Banco BIC


TNT Express Worldwide (Portugal)

Intellectual property Tier 4

FCB Sociedade de Advogados undertakes a range of industrial and intellectual property work; the department advises on trade marks, patents, industrial designs and models, as well as copyright and trade names. Margarida Roda Santos is the key contact.

Public law Tier 5

With the ability to assist clients in the full range of dealings with Portuguese public entities, FCB Sociedade de Advogados is skilled across planning and construction licencing, environmental matters, as well as public works and supply contracts. Public procurement, especially related to IT and health and medical devices, is another core area of activity for the department, which also acts for clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings. The practice is under the leadership of Paula Teixeira da Cruz and Miguel Lorena Brito.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Lorena Brito; Paula Teixeira da Cruz


FCB is a relevant law firm at national level with extensive international experience in various fields of law. Within the scope of public law, it is proficient in public procurement, particularly in the application of the Public Contract Code, both in the phase of contract formation and execution, as well as in the settling of disputes by judicial or arbitral means.

‘Miguel Lorena Brito leads a cohesive and experienced team. The relationship established with clients, which is based on transparency and communication, is worth highlighting.’

Key clients

Centroliva – Industria e Energia, S.A.



Grupo Elevo

Real Companhia do Cacau

Novo Banco


Sociedade Agrícola da Herdade da Maria da Guarda

Senvion SE (former Repower Systems SE)

Lifestyle and Leisure Ltd.





Angola > Foreign firms Tier 1

With 'profound knowledge of the Angolan market and strong expertise in all areas of law', FCB Sociedade de Advogados has established itself as a leading firm for Angola work. In a significant highlight, Pedro Guimaraes advised National Geographic Society on the regulatory and commercial aspects of the creation of a new national park on the border of Angola, Namibia and Botswana. The highly regarded João Robles leads the team. EVC Advogados is the local partner.

Practice head(s):

João Robles


FCB has a profound knowledge of the Angolan market and strong expertise in all areas of law, being able to provide very solid technical legal advice adjusted with the local reality and specifications.

They are unique because they know every single key aspect of doing business in Angola. They deliver value for money work.

Efficient, responsive and technically sound.

They have provided excellent and in-depth service with the bonus of being very quick to respond. Clearly a top-level firm.

João Robles is outstanding.

João Robles leads the team. More than a brilliant lawyer, he is a true adviser in our most important business strategy decisions.

I have worked with João Robles and he is an excellent lawyer. Very knowledgeable, very responsive, always providing top-notch advice.

I would also highlight the work of Cláudia Fernandes Veloso, who is always available to assist on last minute requests and is capable to provide excellent advice.

Rodrigo Barbosa Souto is always available to solve problems, and is very pragmatic.

Key clients

National Geographic Society


Crédit Agricole

BNP Paribas



EMIS (Empresa Interbancária de Serviços)


Red Sea Housing

Mozambique > Foreign law firms Tier 2

FCB Sociedade de Advogados has a sizeable team of lawyers in Portugal, which work in partnership with colleagues in associated local firm AG Advogados. The firm is active in the energy industry, and also works with clients in the aviation, tech and financial services sectors, among others. João Couceiro coordinates the Mozambique desk and specialises in banking, capital markets and private equity.

Practice head(s):

João Couceiro


A very good commercial team with good understanding of Mozambique law.

João Couceiro provides an excellent service.

Key clients

Bureau Veritas Moçambique

Capital Star Steel

Regus Group

Turkish Airlines

Hewlett Packard


Grupo Entreposto




After 30 years of history, we have our eyes set on the future. We are, first and foremost, a client-driven full service law firm, delivering an integrated, effective and tailored service. We bring together our expertise and the ever-closer relationship with our clients with the innovation and internationalisation of our services.

We have developed close working relationships with renowned international firms and we keep a strong presence in the African market. In 2005, we set up an office in Angola through an association with EVC Advogados, becoming one of the first Portuguese firms to enter this expanding market, and we replicated the same model in Mozambique in 2013, going for a real presence in the country, by means of an association with AG Advogados.

In 2017, we announced the creation of a new legal network, FCB Glocal, a leading and close-knit alliance of congruous law firms, formally bringing together FCB, EVC Advogados and AG Advogados.

Currently, we have offices in LisbonPorto and Faro (Portugal) and associated offices in Luanda (Angola) and Maputo (Mozambique), through FCB Glocal, as well as a representation office in Madrid (Spain).

Our Practice Areas

  • Corporate, Commercial and M&A
  • Public, Administrative and Environmental Law
  • Real Estate, Property and Construction
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Tax
  • Employment, Benefits and Pensions
  • Banking and Capital Markets
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Life Sciences
  • Intellectual Property
  • Competition and EU Law
  • Insurance
  • Transportation Law
  • Angola Desk
  • Mozambique Desk

Considering the similarities between Portuguese, Angolan and Mozambican law, FCB also operates an Angolan and a Mozambican helpdesk in Lisbon covering all areas of law to support EVC Advogados and AG Advogados respectively.

These helpdesks allow an active and efficient cooperation between the lawyers of FCB and the lawyers of EVC Advogados and AG Advogados in the various areas of law, which has proven to be essential for an increasingly developed and complex jurisdiction such as Angola and Mozambique.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Rodrigo Almeida Dias
Corporate and M&A Rodrigo Almeida Dias
Corporate and M&A Gonçalo da Cunha
Corporate and M&A Pedro Guimarães
Corporate restructuring and insolvency Miguel Castelo Branco
Corporate restructuring and insolvency Rui Tabarra e Castro
Dispute Resolution Rui Tabarra e Castro
Dispute resolution Miguel Castelo Branco
Dispute resolution João Marçal Alves
EU and Competition Sara M. Rodrigues
Energy and natural resources Pedro Guimarães
Employment Inês Albuquerque e Castro
Intellectual property Margarida Roda Santos
Project finance, public law, energy and environment Miguel Lorena Brito
Real estate Miguel Lorena Brito
TMT Rodrigo Almeida Dias
Tax Diogo Bernardo Monteiro
Transportation Law Sofia Ferreira Enriquez
Insurance Sofia Ferreira Enriquez
Angola Desk João Robles
Mozambique Desk João Couceiro
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Inês Albuquerque e Castro  photo Ms Inês Albuquerque e Castro
Mr Rodrigo Almeida Dias  photo Mr Rodrigo Almeida Dias
 Bruno Arez Martins  photo Bruno Arez Martins
 Rodrigo Barbosa Souto  photo Rodrigo Barbosa Souto
Mr Diogo Bernardo Monteiro  photo Mr Diogo Bernardo Monteiro
Mr Miguel Castelo Branco  photo Mr Miguel Castelo Branco
Mr João Couceiro  photo Mr João Couceiro
Mr Gonçalo da Cunha  photo Mr Gonçalo da Cunha
Mr Pedro Guimarães  photo Mr Pedro Guimarães
Mr Miguel Lorena Brito  photo Mr Miguel Lorena Brito
Mr João Marçal Alves  photo Mr João Marçal Alves
 Gonçalo Mexia  photo Gonçalo Mexia
 João Osório de Castro  photo João Osório de Castro
Mr João Robles  photo Mr João Robles
Ms Margarida Roda Santos  photo Ms Margarida Roda Santos
Mr Rui Tabarra e Castro  photo Mr Rui Tabarra e Castro
Ms Paula Teixeira da Cruz  photo Ms Paula Teixeira da Cruz
Number of lawyers : 56
Contact : Gonçalo da Cunha (managing partner)
Other offices : Porto
Other offices : Faro
Other offices : Madrid
Other offices : Luanda (in association with EVC Advoagos)
Other offices : Maputo (in association with AG Advogados)