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CCSL Advogados

Portugal > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

Established in 2019, the ‘young, dynamic and proactive team‘ at CCSL Advogados continues to increase its M&A workload. Apart from handling deals in an array of sectors, including media and publishing, the group also provides legal support on non-transactional corporate law matters, venture capital investments, shareholder agreements and regulatory issues. Founding partner Mafalda Almeida Carvalho possesses ‘a strong business drive‘ and is actively involved in cross-border M&A and general corporate law matters. She oversees the practice, which was recently bolstered by the arrival of counsel Frederico Félix Alves from TELLES in December 2021; he specialises in M&A transactions, private equity deals and corporate finance.

Practice head(s):

Mafalda Almeida Carvalho

Other key lawyers:


‘Young, dynamic and proactive team. Great problem-solving capabilities. Friendly culture and close collaboration with clients.’

‘Mafalda is a great partner, with a strong business drive and availability to help clients. She has significant experience in the industry and is very pragmatic in her approach focusing on what really matters.’

‘Mafalda was exceptional in coming up with solutions rather than getting fixated on a position.’

‘A young but very solid team with a close relationship with clients.’

‘I wanted to highlight Mafalda Almeida Carvalho for her proactivity and technical strength.’

‘Very efficient, fast and excellent knowledge of the subject.’

‘Mafalda Almeida Carvalho stands out for the empathic, professional and focused way in which she builds relationships with clients. The client feels that even a small job has its importance.’

‘Frederico Félix Alves is recommended.’

Work highlights

Portugal > Tax Tier 5

Covering both contentious and non-contentious tax, accounting and social security matters, CCSL Advogados provides legal support to several private banking institutions, family offices, and high-net-worth individuals. The 'extremely responsive' team is prepared to act for clients in tax litigation proceedings at the administrative, judicial and arbitration levels, and possesses a strong international tax component, showcasing particular experience in private client mandates linked to Angola. Founding partner José Calejo Guerra often acts as arbitrator in CAAD, and also advises on transactions, direct taxes and international taxation. Recent joiner André Reis de Pinho, who was formerly at Legalsquare, specialises in private client work related to tax, estate planning and immigration issues.

Practice head(s):

José Calejo Guerra

Other key lawyers:


‘CCSL ADVOGADOS is the law firm that best serves us in terms of quality, efficiency and price in Portugal. They are extremely responsible, attentive, technical and pro-business. We are very satisfied with the work carried out by the team.’

‘José Calejo Guerra and Mafalda Almeida Carvalho are our main points of contact. Both are extremely technical, proactive and pro-business. José Guerra is undoubtedly among the best tax specialists in Portugal, especially with regard to international taxation and succession/tax planning.’

‘The understanding of a complex tax framework and its combination with the peculiarities of a specific business is a characteristic that the CCSL team combines in a very positive way. Additionally, the availability of all team members is essential for the correct mitigation of all risks.’

‘José Calejo Guerra and Mafalda Almeida Carvalho are excellent.’

Portugal > Real estate and construction

Boutique law firm CCSL Advogados is a popular choice for individual and institutional investors, and is highly experienced in the acquisition, disposal, lease and redevelopment of a wide range of real estate assets; a key contact is practice head João Lemos de Portugal.

CCSL Advogados is a boutique law firm based in Lisbon and specialized in legal and tax matters in an international setting.

CCSL Advogados is the evolution of JCG Advogados as a result of the integration of new partners thus resulting in a group of lawyers with similar backgrounds and complementary skills who share a mutual vision on the values inherent to the legal profession and on the firm’s mission.

CCSL Advogados  promotes a culture of proper balance between providing top-notch quality services to the clients and the personal and professional realization of our lawyers.

At CCSL Advogados we encourage a multidisciplinary approach to the issues that are entrusted to us, with new and innovative working methods, in order to establish relationships based on trust, proximity and flexibility with all our clients, lawyers and partners.

Practice areas

  • Tax
  • Corporate and M&A
  • Real estate
  • Public and regulatory
  • Finance and capital markets
  • Litigation
  • Employment
  • Intellectual property

Search Funds Desk
A search fund is an undertaking through which investors financially support an entrepreneur’s efforts to locate, acquire, manage, and grow a privately held company.

CCSL Advogados  created a search fund Iberian desk with the purpose of contributing to the research about search funds, sharing experiences between the two firms and contributing to the growth and development of the search fund community. The search fund Iberian desk helps searchers in every step of their search fund journey.
The search fund Iberian desk also organizes the Breakfast Searchers, a periodic forum for discussion  of topics of interest to the community.

Global reach
Considering the experience and expertise of its team and of its network of partners, CCSL Advogados is able to support its clients in several jurisdictions, in particular in the context of international investments (inbound or outbound) with a Portuguese connection.

Department Name Email Telephone
Real Estate & Public Law João Lemos Portugal +351 215 835 196
Tax & International Investment José Calejo Guerra +351 215 835 196
Corporate, M&A and Private Equity Mafalda Almeida Carvalho +351 215 835 196
Litigation Hugo Baptista Falcão +351 215 835 196
Photo Name Position Profile
Frederico  Félix Alves photo Frederico Félix Alves Of Counsel | Corporate, Commercial and M&A
Mafalda  Almeida Carvalho photo Mafalda Almeida Carvalho Founding Partner | Head of Corporate, M&A and Private Equity Departments
Mariana  Alves de Melo photo Mariana Alves de Melo Associate | Real Estate
Hugo Baptista Falcão photo Hugo Baptista Falcão Partner | Head of Litigation Department
Margarida Bragança photo Margarida Bragança Of Counsel  | Litigation and Employment
Catarina  Flor Ferreira photo Catarina Flor Ferreira Associate | Corporate and M&A
José Calejo Guerra photo José Calejo Guerra Founding Partner | Head of Tax Department
Pedro Leitão da Mota photo Pedro Leitão da Mota Senior Associate | Tax and International Investment
João Lemos Portugal photo João Lemos Portugal Founding Partner | Head of Real Estate Department
Sofia Martins dos Santos photo Sofia Martins dos Santos Associate | Litigation
João Diogo Stoffel photo João Diogo Stoffel Founding Partner