Firm Profile > FCB Advogados > Lisbon, Portugal
FCB Advogados Offices
AVENIDA DA LIBERDADE 249, 1ST FLOOR
FCB Advogados > The Legal 500 Rankings
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.
Gonçalo da Cunha; Rodrigo Almeida Dias; Pedro Guimarães
Borges International Group
Viva Gym Group / Fitness Hut
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.
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.‘
Rentokil / Cannon Hygiene
Amplifon / MiniSom
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.
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.‘
Regus / IWC Group
Quinta da Marinha – Palace Hotel, S.A.
Charm & More – Hotels Resorts
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.
Diogo Bernardo Monteiro
Lagardère Travel Retail
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.
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.‘
Baschieri & Pellagri
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.
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.’
Centroliva – Industria e Energia, S.A.
Real Companhia do Cacau
MAN TRUC & Bus
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.
‘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.‘
National Geographic Society
EMIS (Empresa Interbancária de Serviços)
Red Sea Housing
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.
‘A very good commercial team with good understanding of Mozambique law.‘
‘João Couceiro provides an excellent service.‘
Bureau Veritas Moçambique
Capital Star Steel
FCB Advogados > Firm Profile
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 Lisbon, Porto 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
- Employment, Benefits and Pensions
- Banking and Capital Markets
- Energy & Natural Resources
- Life Sciences
- Intellectual Property
- Competition and EU Law
- 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.
|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|
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