Firm Profile > FCB Advogados > Lisbon, Portugal
FCB Advogados Offices
AVENIDA DA LIBERDADE 249, 1ST FLOOR
FCB Advogados > The Legal 500 Rankings
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.
Rodrigo Almeida Dias; Pedro Guimarães
Other key lawyers:
‘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.’
Generali Real Estate
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.
Inês Albuquerque e Castro
Other key lawyers:
Bruno Ferreira Domingues
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.
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.’
Quinta da Marinha – Palace Hotel, S.A.
Charm & More – Hotels Resorts
Route One Investment Company
Jordan Park Group LLC
Saint-Léger – Hotel das Amoreiras
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.
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.’
Lagardère Travel Retail
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.
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.’
Baschieri & Pellagri
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.
Miguel Lorena Brito; Paula Teixeira da Cruz
Other key lawyers:
Bioenergy – Sociedade de Produção de Energia, S.A.
Real Companhia do Cacau
MAN TRUC & Bus
Sociedade Agrícola da Herdade da Maria da Guarda
Lifestyle and Leisure Ltd.
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.
Other key lawyers:
Pedro Guimarães; Rodrigo Barbosa Souto
AG Melco (Mitsubishi Group)
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.
Other key lawyers:
Gonçalo Mexia; Felipe Ros; Ábida Delfina Munguambe
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 and 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|
|Ms Inês Albuquerque e Castro||Inês Albuquerque e Castro joined FCB in 2015 and became a Partner…||View Profile|
|Mr Rodrigo Almeida Dias||Rodrigo Almeida Dias joined FCB in 1997 and became a Partner in…||View Profile|
|Mr Bruno Arez Martins||Bruno Arez Martins joined FCB in 2009 and became a Partner in…||View Profile|
|Mr Rodrigo Barbosa Souto||Rodrigo Barbosa Souto joined FCB in 2005 and became a Partner in…||View Profile|
|Mr Diogo Bernardo Monteiro||Diogo Bernardo Monteiro joined FCB in 2000 and became a Partner in…||View Profile|
|Mr Miguel Castelo Branco||Miguel Castelo Branco is the Founding Partner of FCB Advogados. Miguel is…||View Profile|
|Mr João Couceiro||João Couceiro joined FCB in 2004 and became a Partner in 2015. He…||View Profile|
|Mr Gonçalo da Cunha||Gonçalo da Cunha joined FCB in 1991 and has been a Partner…||View Profile|
|Ms Sofia Enriquez||Sofia Ferreira Enriquez joined FCB in 2020 as a Coordinating Associate, assuming…||View Profile|
|Mr Pedro Guimarães||Pedro Guimarães joined FCB in 1997 and became a Partner in 2006.…||View Profile|
|Mr Miguel Lorena Brito||Miguel Lorena Brito joined FCB in 2002 and became a Partner in…||View Profile|
|Mr João Marçal Alves||João Marçal Alves joined FCB in 1998 and has been a Partner…||View Profile|
|Mr Gonçalo Mexia||Gonçalo Mexia joined FCB in 2006 and became a Partner in 2019.…||View Profile|
|Mr João Osório de Castro||João Osório de Castro joined FCB in 2005 as a Trainee Lawyer,…||View Profile|
|Mr João Robles||João Robles joined FCB in 2002 and became a Partner in 2015,…||View Profile|
|Ms Margarida Roda Santos||Margarida Roda Santos joined FCB in 2005 and became a Partner in…||View Profile|
|Mr Rui Tabarra e Castro||Rui Tabarra e Castro joined FCB in 2007 and became a Partner…||View Profile|
|Ms Paula Teixeira da Cruz||Paula Teixeira da Cruz is a Partner at FCB, joining the firm…||View Profile|