Firm Profile > FCB Advogados > Lisbon, Portugal

FCB Advogados
1250-143 LISBON

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Working closely with the banking, capital markets and competition practices, the corporate, commercial and M&A team at FCB Advogados is skilled at advising on the negotiation of all types of contracts and commercial agreements, mergers, acquisitions and divestments as well as private equity deals. Other areas of activity include corporate reorganisations and structuring of joint ventures. Rodrigo Almeida Dias has significant experience in the real estate and TMT sectors. Pedro Guimaraes is often involved in multi-jurisdictional matters.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Almeida Dias; Pedro Guimarães

Other key lawyers:

João Couceiro


‘The firm stands out for the service fully adapted to the needs of the client.’

‘Pedro Guimarães and his team are extremely responsive and provide concise and clear advice. They are knowledgeable and don’t waste time on irrelevant aspects of a transaction, having the ability to identify the key issues and solve problems. They do this in a positive non-aggressive manner that gets the deal done. Their communication skills are a huge benefit when acting for large US clients who can be demanding. ’

‘Focused on the client, acting in permanent alignment with their priorities.’

‘João Couceiro is available and committed.’

‘ I would recommend Rodrigo Almeida for the quality of services he provides.’

‘Great work capacity, very good knowledge of subjects and dedicated to the client.’

Knowledge of the client’s business and practical solutions.’

Key clients

Generali Real Estate


Culligan International


Senvion GmbH


Norman Hay


Next PLC


Employment Tier 3

FCB Advogados fields a standalone employment team, which apart from providing key support to the corporate practice, also offers labour advice to foreign and national clients on an ongoing basis. International law firms often instruct the department in relation to cross-border employment mandates; litigation, restructuring issues and collective redundancies are other key specialisms for the team led by Inês Albuquerque e Castro. Bruno Ferreira Domingues, who recently joined the firm, brings additional experience in collective bargaining, transfer of undertakings and workforce restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Inês Albuquerque e Castro

Other key lawyers:

Bruno Ferreira Domingues

Key clients


Cannon Hygiene

Toys R Us











Zadig & Voltaire

Pierre Fabre Dermo Cosmetic


Real estate and construction Tier 3

FCB Advogados' broad service offering encompasses real estate transactions (financing, leasing, sales and acquisitions) and development projects involving commercial and residential property. The team stands out for its in-depth knowledge of the tourism and agricultural sectors. The latter is an area of focus for Miguel Castelo Branco; he jointly leads the team with Rodrigo Almeida Dias, who is regularly retained by foreign developers, and Miguel Lorena Brito, whose areas of activity include construction, licensing and urban planning.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Castelo Branco; Miguel Lorena Brito; Rodrigo Almeida Dias


‘Lawyers are always very patient and understand our questions and what we expect. Their answers are very clear and when needed, illustrated by an example.’

Key clients

Urbansymbiosis, Lda.


IWC Group

Quinta da Marinha – Palace Hotel, S.A.





Atlanticessence, S.A.

Charm & More – Hotels Resorts

Route One Investment Company

Jordan Park Group LLC

Hyperion Renewables


Saint-Léger – Hotel das Amoreiras


Generalive Vie

Conva Tec

Tax Tier 3

FCB Advogados' tax practice is equipped to advise on a broad range of matters, with recent mandates spanning tax planning, due diligence and litigation for clients in industries including healthcare, real estate and tourism. The team also counts HNWIs living in Portugal among its clients. Diogo Bernardo Monteiro leads the practice and 'stands out for his high technical competence'; he is particularly strong in tax litigation. Bruno Arez Martins, who was promoted to partner in 2019, is also an experienced tax litigator and handles the firm's tax work in Mozambique.

Practice head(s):

Diogo Bernardo Monteiro

Other key lawyers:

Bruno Arez Martins


‘FCB provides legal advisory and follow-up services in a competent, swift manner and always in accordance with our requirements and expectations.’

‘Specifically in the area of ​​tax law, the FCB team demonstrates a deep knowledge of the specificities inherent to our activity, providing practical and objective legal advice.’

‘Diogo Bernardo Monteiro stands out for his high technical competence, his practical approach to matters and his long experience, particularly in matters of tax litigation.’

‘Bruno Arez Martins is also a great lawyer, with particular experience in the area of ​​tax litigation.’

Key clients



Metro AG



Lagardère Travel Retail



Exide Technologies


Dispute resolution Tier 4

FCB Advogados acts for an impressive domestic and international client roster in a range of commercial and civil disputes, with a particular focus on debt recovery, contractual issues and insolvency procedures. Rui Tabarra e Castro acts in cases from first instance to Supreme Court appeals. Also of note is Luís Falcão Ramos's knowledge of civil and commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Rui Tabarra Castro

Other key lawyers:

Luis Falcão Ramos


‘A firm that always demonstrates enormous availability, namely when it comes to urgent matters, putting together complete and multidisciplinary teams. Day-to-day communication is always very flexible and practical.’

Demonstration of expert knowledge in each of the matters handled. They always exceed expectations.’

‘Luis Falcão Ramos and Rui Tabarra e Castro are great.’

‘Undoubtedly, Luís Falcão Ramos’ commitment and experience is second to none. Rui Tabarra e Castro should also be highlighted.’

‘A wide variety of lawyers specialising in various fields of law.’

‘Very practical advice in the context of a major international fraud case with connections to Portugal.’

‘We have worked with FCB since its inception. This is sufficient proof of the quality of the services they provide. I emphasise the following partners as people who systematically exceed expectations: Rui Tabarra e Castro.’

‘Rui Tabarra e Castro is calm and sensible before reaching the bar and a beast in court. Luis Falcão Ramos is always accessible and very efficient in all the cases he handles.’

Key clients




Millennium BCP

Turkish Airlines

Baschieri & Pellagri


Banco BIC


TNT Express Worldwide (Portugal)

Intellectual property Tier 4

The IP department at FCB Advogados advises clients on the registration and infringement of intellectual property rights, covering trade marks, patents and copyright. The team is also well versed in anti-counterfeiting and advertising issues. Margarida Roda Santos oversees the life sciences and IP practices.

Public law Tier 5

FCB Advogados undertakes both non-contentious and contentious public law work, assisting clients in their interactions with Portuguese public entities. The team demonstrates experience across urban planning, licensing and public procurement, notably in relation to IT and medical devices. On the litigation side, the department is also skilled at acting in administrative procedures. Key individuals include co-heads Miguel Lorena Brito and Paula Teixeira da Cruz.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Lorena Brito; Paula Teixeira da Cruz

Other key lawyers:

Dora Ribeiro



Key clients

Bioenergy – Sociedade de Produção de Energia, S.A.



Grupo Elevo

Real Companhia do Cacau

Novo Banco


Sociedade Agrícola da Herdade da Maria da Guarda

Senvion SE

Lifestyle and Leisure Ltd.






Rentokil Initial

Agrícola Vale de Poente

Angola > Foreign firms Tier 1

FCB Advogados works closely with its local partner EVC Advogados to advise across a range of matters in Angola; recently, it has seen an uptick in instructions in the finance, oil and gas, and real estate sectors. João Robles co-ordinates the Angola desk and has extensive corporate and M&A experience as well as strength in real estate matters. Pedro Guimarães is another name to note and has co-led with Robles on recent projects in the oil industry. Rodrigo Barbosa Souto adds further real estate expertise.

Practice head(s):

João Robles

Other key lawyers:

Pedro Guimarães; Rodrigo Barbosa Souto

Key clients





Teixeira Duarte


AG Melco (Mitsubishi Group)

BNP Paribas

Turkish Airlines


Mozambique > Foreign law firms Tier 2

FCB Advogados has a well-established practice focusing on the Mozambican market; the team assists companies in a variety of sectors, from energy to aviation, and has a local partnership with AG Advogados. Its Mozambique desk is co-ordinated by banking and capital markets expert João Couceiro. Gonçalo Mexia is notable for commercial and corporate matters and both Felipe Ros in Lisbon and Ábida Delfina Munguambe in Maputo are key contacts at the non-partner level.

Practice head(s):

João Couceiro

Other key lawyers:

Gonçalo Mexia; Felipe Ros; Ábida Delfina Munguambe

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 and 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 Inês Albuquerque e Castro joined FCB in 2015 and became a Partner…
Mr Rodrigo Almeida Dias  photo Mr Rodrigo Almeida Dias Rodrigo Almeida Dias joined FCB in 1997 and became a Partner in…
Mr Bruno Arez Martins  photo Mr Bruno Arez Martins Bruno Arez Martins joined FCB in 2009 and became a Partner in…
Mr Rodrigo Barbosa Souto  photo Mr Rodrigo Barbosa Souto Rodrigo Barbosa Souto joined FCB in 2005 and became a Partner in…
Mr Diogo Bernardo Monteiro  photo Mr Diogo Bernardo Monteiro Diogo Bernardo Monteiro joined FCB in 2000 and became a Partner in…
Mr Miguel Castelo Branco  photo Mr Miguel Castelo Branco Miguel Castelo Branco is the Founding Partner of FCB Advogados. Miguel is…
Mr João Couceiro photo Mr João Couceiro João Couceiro joined FCB in 2004 and became a Partner in 2015. He…
Mr Gonçalo da Cunha  photo Mr Gonçalo da Cunha Gonçalo da Cunha joined FCB in 1991 and has been a Partner…
Ms Sofia Enriquez photo Ms Sofia Enriquez Sofia Ferreira Enriquez joined FCB in 2020 as a Coordinating Associate, assuming…
Mr Pedro Guimarães photo Mr Pedro Guimarães Pedro Guimarães joined FCB in 1997 and became a Partner in 2006.…
Mr Miguel Lorena Brito  photo Mr Miguel Lorena Brito Miguel Lorena Brito joined FCB in 2002 and became a Partner in…
Mr João Marçal Alves  photo Mr João Marçal Alves João Marçal Alves joined FCB in 1998 and has been a Partner…
Mr Gonçalo Mexia  photo Mr Gonçalo Mexia Gonçalo Mexia joined FCB in 2006 and became a Partner in 2019.…
Mr João Osório de Castro  photo Mr João Osório de Castro João Osório de Castro joined FCB in 2005 as a Trainee Lawyer,…
Mr João Robles photo Mr João Robles João Robles joined FCB in 2002 and became a Partner in 2015,…
Ms Margarida Roda Santos  photo Ms Margarida Roda Santos Margarida Roda Santos joined FCB in 2005 and became a Partner in…
Mr Rui Tabarra e Castro  photo Mr Rui Tabarra e Castro Rui Tabarra e Castro joined FCB in 2007 and became a Partner…
Ms Paula Teixeira da Cruz  photo Ms Paula Teixeira da Cruz Paula Teixeira da Cruz is a Partner at FCB, joining the firm…
Number of Partners : 17
Number of Lawyers : 69
Supporting Staff : 19
Contact : Gonçalo da Cunha (managing partner)
Other offices : Porto
Other offices : Faro
Other offices : Madrid
Other offices : Luanda (in association with EVC Advogados)
Other offices : Maputo (in association with AG Advogados)