CMS > Lisbon, Portugal > Firm Profile

CMS
Rua Castilho, 50
1250-071 Lisbon
Portugal

Portugal > Employment Tier 1

Companies turn to the employment and pensions group at CMS for its highly praised corporate restructuring expertise. Local companies and organisations, and those with operations in Portugal, engage with the firm for advice on pension funds, training, labour disputes, dismissals and day-to-day operations. The group is aided by a dedicated immigration team, which also advises on tax, social security and permit-related matters. Key sectors for the team include industrial, banking, life sciences, insurance and aviation. Employment law experts Susana Afonso and Sofia Mateus jointly lead the practice, each with over 20 years of experience in contentious and non-contentious employment matters, with the former in restructuring and the latter in litigation. Key support for the restructuring practice comes in the form of João Gomes, who heads the firm’s Funchal, Madeira office.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

João Gomes; Tiago Magalhães; Mafalda Alves da Silva; Catarina Jorge

Testimonials

‘What makes CMS special is that it works as if the client company’s business were its own business. The CMS team manages to establish a strong partnership with our team and we work as one team. The focus on the result is the goal of the sum of the parts.’

‘Susana Afonso is an incredible lawyer, an excellent negotiator, very focused on the results to be achieved. Sofia Mateus is a lawyer with a deep technical knowledge, oriented to detail and with an excellent quality of work. Tiago Magalhães and Mafalda Alves da Silva are two exceptional lawyers, always available, always attentive to our needs and very fast in delivery.’

‘Team with above average technical preparation, transparent and honest approach. It works as a true partnership, defending the client’s interests.’

‘Highly professional, accessible and very well prepared approach. Sofia Mateus, Susana Afonso, Catarina Jorge, Tiago Magalhães.’

Key clients

ALTICE GROUP

MILLENNIUM BCP

BANCO SANTANDER

MONESE

QATAR AIRWAYS

AUDATEX

ANGELINI GROUP

MYLAN

GENERIS

IKEA INDUSTRY

ABANCA CORPORACIÓN

PORTWAY – HANDLING PORTUGAL

ANA – AEROPORTOS DE PORTUGAL S.A.

SAVOY HOTELS

MERCEDES BENZ-FINANCIAL SERVICES

L’ORÉAL

DSV TRANSPORTS AND LOGISTCS

OLBO & MEHLER TEX PORTUGAL, LDA

TAKEDA

CARESTREAM

Work highlights

  • Supporting Millennium BCP in its restructuring process of the retail banking services and also its central services.
  • Assisting Banco Santander in several legal matters such as advice, preparation and representation within legal actions, meetings with the employees’ committee, and supporting Banco Santander within its restructuring process.
  • Supporting the Altice Group with its restructuring process in Portugal, which includes a collective dismissal involving 246 employees.

Portugal > Energy and natural resources Tier 1

CMS is trusted by major clients across the entire energy chain, and highly regarded for its in-depth knowledge of ‘all matters of regulation and legislation in Portugal‘. The energy and climate change team is entirely dedicated to the energy sector, providing legal support on the implementation of projects, domestic and cross-border transactions, litigation, and an array of regulatory issues involving upstream and downstream oil and gas, power and renewable energy. Practice head Mónica Carneiro Pacheco is a leading authority in the Portuguese market; she has a strong reputation for her regulatory expertise in the sector and track record in headline-grabbing projects. Bernardo Cunha Ferreira, whose experience also covers environmental and industrial licensing, excels in the renewable energy space. Manuel Cassiano Neves ‘is a great expert in the area of energy and regulation‘, and demonstrates particular strength in public tenders and administrative proceedings.

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Testimonials

‘We went to them for an emergency and they responded very quickly and in a very practical way. They have done a great job and we are very happy and grateful. CMS has become our trusted firm.’

‘Monica Carneiro is very confident; she gives very strong opinions and it shows that she has mastered the issues and that she understands client’s concerns perfectly.’

‘Excellent quality in M&A and great knowledge of the energy sector.’

‘Mónica Pacheco is very well connected. Bernardo Cunha Ferreira has excellent knowledge of the energy sector.’

‘Manuel Cassiano Neves is a great expert in the area of energy and regulation, with considerable experience in the sector. Manuel is very available and accessible. Creates a relationship of great trust with clients.’

‘The CMS energy team demonstrates specialised knowledge of the sector and is always available on client requests. They are deeply oriented towards client response and attention to issues.’

‘The energy team stands out from the rest. They are knowledgeable about all matters of regulation and legislation in Portugal, and are very close to the legislator. They understand well the language of investor clients.’

‘Monica Carneiro Pacheco is one of the most prominent people in the energy sector in Portugal. She is very strong on licensing issues. I also recommend in particular Manuel Cassiano Neves.’

Key clients

Lightsource BP

EDP Group

Aquila Capital

Repsol

Acciona

Helexia Development

Simplewatt

MXT Solar

REN

Galp Energia, SA

Ventient

RPOWER

QAIR

Tagenergy

Portugal > Banking and finance Tier 2

Domestic and international banks, international funds and a number of listed companies turn to CMS for assistance with an array of banking and finance matters, ranging from syndicated finance to bond issues and restructuring mandates involving Portugal and other Portuguese-speaking countries. The banking and finance team’s recent workload testifies to its strength in NPL portfolio transactions, real estate finance, structured products and acquisition finance. Sector-related contentious matters are another area of focus for the department, which is led by António Payan Martins, who is noted for his cross-border experience. Francisco Xavier de Almeida has a good reputation for corporate finance and securities law.

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Key clients

J.P. Morgan

Deutsche Bank

Barclays Bank

Goldman Sachs

Davidson Kempner Partners

Caixa Geral de Depósitos

Commerzbank

Galp Energia

Amorim Luxury

Fortress Capital

Portugal > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Highly rated in the market’, the corporate and M&A team at CMS is a solid choice for international and domestic investors across a wide range of sectors, including transport, manufacturing, energy and distribution. The team – which had a particularly strong year in 2021 in energy and real estate-related transactions – also has a loyal following of private equity players with an active role in high-value inbound deals. Drawing on the firm’s global footprint, the Lisbon-based team regularly advises on cross-border mandates. Francisco Xavier de Almeida is noted for regularly acting in strategic M&A on behalf of an impressive client roster made up of multinationals, financial institutions and state-owned companies. He jointly heads the team with João Caldeira, whose experience covers corporate restructurings, M&A, joint ventures and corporate finance.

Other key lawyers:

Margarida Vila Franca; Fernando Cruz Trinca; Alberto Galhardo Simões; Tiago Valente de Oliveira

Testimonials

‘I’ve done numerous transactions with the firm and they’ve all been impeccable. I must emphasise the permanent availability of Tiago Valente de Oliveira and his team.’

Professionalism, dedication, requirement, rigour and friendliness.’

‘I must highlight Tiago Valente de Oliveira and his team (André Guimarães). Tiago Valente de Oliveira is a lawyer with excellent technical skills, with deep knowledge of the national and international corporate market that goes far beyond legal knowledge. Tiago tackles all potential problems with solutions and, very importantly, he is always available 24/7. Tiago lives the business of his clients as his own and this gives great security and confidence to the client. He always manages to make legal language simple.’

‘Monitoring and active involvement of the various departments necessary for the transaction process. Strong technical qualities of the teams involved.’

‘Tiago Valente de Oliveira: Solid technical knowledge and great negotiating skills to find constructive solutions for all parties involved. Strong work ethic.’

‘The firm is highly rated in the market, with a good quality / price balance. The team is very available, very well qualified and very quick to respond. A team that tries to adapt to the latest innovations, namely in terms of contract drafts presented.’

‘João Caldeira – a partner with a lot of availability, a lot of experience and a lot of versatility in the solutions presented. Margarida Vila Franca – a partner who has great professionalism and enormous perfectionism in presenting her work to the client. She is also versatile and clear. Tiago Valente de Oliveira – an associate who is very available to the client, presents thoughtful and functional solutions. He has very good negotiating skills, being very versatile in his way of thinking and negotiating.’

‘Francisco Xavier de Almeida has worked with us for a long time, always with excellent results. He is focused on closing deals, proactively supporting both the structuring of transactions and the negotiation phase, always offering sophisticated and constructive advice. We feel that he is a true partner of our team and together we achieved great results.’

Key clients

Vinci Energies, S.A.

Aquila Capital

Lightsource BP

Davidson Kempner

Healthcare Activos

Estoril Capital Partners

Crest Capital Partners

MEO – Serviços de Comunicações e Multimédia, S.A.

Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe SE

Grupo Cardoso

Qover

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Portugal

Keller Williams (Portugal)

Generis (Grupo Aurobindo)

Satepor – Indústria De Travessas De Betão

Arish Capital Partners

Portugal > Dispute resolution Tier 2

The ‘very proactive team‘ at CMS is recommended for its ability to quickly ‘grasp legal and expert issues’ in the course of litigation and arbitration proceedings. Covering the entire spectrum of commercial and civil disputes, the department is a go-to choice for several domestic and international clients engaged in cross-border matters. Furthermore, it is well known for its significant experience in large-scale lawsuits involving the banking sector, and international arbitration arising from M&A, shareholder and energy disputes. Co-head Nuno Pena has played a leading role in some of the most high-profile cases in the country involving banking and insolvency issues. He leads the practice with Miguel Esperança Pina, who is a key name for arbitration; Rita Gouveia, whose areas of activity include shareholder disputes and post-M&A arbitrations; and Diogo Castanheira Pereira, who is regularly sought after by investment funds, financial institutions and real estate companies.

Other key lawyers:

Manuela Costa

Testimonials

‘We highlight Miguel Esperança Pina’s professionalism, the investigation of the situations in question and the depth of his legal analysis.’

‘Truly focused on the interests and objectives of the Clients, making every effort in the most difficult circumstances that may arise and without ever denying support or contact.’

‘They are the best team I’ve ever worked with! Their lead lawyer is one of the most experienced dispute resolution practitioners in the country, very committed and dedicated to the client.’

‘Quick to grasp legal and expert issues, including complex English law points.’

‘Very strong legal analysis. Nuno Pena and Diogo Pereira stand out.’ 

‘CMS is a law firm with very high professional performance, having managed to provide all the legal support I have needed. Support always available and extremely professional. Their lawyers are extremely friendly, available and always finding workable and achievable solutions.’

‘Very proactive team which is always available. Constantly exceed expectations.’

Key clients

BARCLAYS BANK PLC

GOLDMAN SACHS INTERNATIONAL

BLUE TAGUS ADVISORY, LDA.

EDP Gestão da Produção de Energia, S.A

UNITEL, S.A.

GALP GROUP

AM48

METROPARK

ALBERTO COUTO ALVES, S.A.

ACP

TÂMEGA GROUP, S.A.

DAVIDSON KEMPNER EUROPEAN PARTNERS LLP

EUROBIC BANK

Work highlights

  • Acts for EDP in a €3.5m arbitration against the Portuguese state.
  • Advises Unitel, the Angola telecoms company, against a Dutch company held by Isabel dos Santos (daughter of the former Angolan President) in multi-jurisdictional litigation.
  • Advises Davidson Kempner European Partners on the work-out strategy to recover more than €540m from a group of companies headed by Sogema.

Portugal > Intellectual property Tier 2

The IP department at CMS undertakes trade mark and patent filing, infringement and portfolio management work on behalf of multinational clients operating in a variety of sectors. Assisting Portuguese companies with the internationalisation of their brands is also a core strength of the department, which has wide-ranging experience in EU trade marks and related litigation. Leading the group is José Luís Arnaut, who is the first point of contact for several companies in relation to domain names, patents and trade marks. João Leitão Figueiredo is counsel of choice for several international companies; he specialises in industrial property rights pertaining to the life sciences, technology and media sectors.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

João Leitão Figueiredo; Miguel Quintans

Testimonials

‘The general level of service is excellent as they have a team that shows: good in-depth knowledge and understanding of the legal framework; high technical competence; professionalism.’

‘The team is always available and able to give their opinion and work within demanding deadlines.’

Key clients

GALP GROUP

AMORIM GROUP

SUPER BOCK GROUP

EDP GROUP

ALTICE GROUP

DANONE

LVMH GROUP

RICHEMONT GROUP

DELTA CAFÉS (NABEIRO GROUP)

L’ ORÉAL GROUP

BENSAUDE GROUP

GENERIS

DAN CAKE

MAXIMO ZANETTI BEVERAGE IBERIA

CLARINS GROUP

BACALHÔA WINES OF PORTUGAL

LUSOVINI

GLOBAL WINES GROUP

Work highlights

  • Assisting VINCI ENERGIES PORTUGAL in the legal due diligence and acquisition of Novabase Digital, including the entire IP portfolio.
  • Represented INFOR Group in several software litigation cases before the Portuguese courts.
  • Retained by EDP Group in litigation concerning IP infringement and unfair competition.

Portugal > Tax Tier 2

CMS‘s broad international footprint makes it a popular choice for market-leading multinational companies and domestic clients involved in large-scale transactions. Providing legal support in all areas within tax law, including direct and indirect taxes, transfer pricing and litigation, the team particularly stands out for its in-depth knowledge of VAT matters. Leading the department is Patrick Dewerbe, ‘an excellent tax expert‘ whose areas of expertise include real estate, private equity, M&A and litigation. He is also trusted by several high-net-worth individuals and families. Private wealth and transactional tax matters are key fields of activity for Nuno Figueirôa Santos. Susana Estêvão Gonçalves, who regularly assists with tax planning in the context of M&A, real estate and financing transactions, is highlighted for her ‘in-depth knowledge of the law‘.

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Testimonials

‘Patrick Dewerbe is an excellent tax expert who deserves to be distinguished as he is among the best.’

‘Complete and well-integrated multidisciplinary team in all fields. Rigour and transparency.’

‘The tax team that worked with us was very competent and well coordinated. A lot of thought and consideration was put into into the legal and commercial standpoints, bringing added value to the table, which was greatly appreciated by our in-house legal and business teams.’

‘I recommend Susana Estêvão Gonçalves. She is superb to work with: always available and with an in-depth knowledge of the law. Susana is an incredibly bright and creative lawyer. She brings a hands-on approach to matters and works through solutions together with her clients. Her ability to provide practical advice is very useful. When in need, she is the first tax lawyer I reach out to.’

‘In my opinion, Nuno Figuerôa Santos is probably the best tax attorney in Portugal.’

‘High quality law firm in the tax area. They have great experience in solving tax issues and in terms of structuring transactions. Capacity and speed of response with high and deep knowledge of issues and challenges.’

‘Nuno Figueirôa Santos has been our main point of contact. His extensive knowledge of the tax area and his quick thinking ability make him an element of great value to our company.’

‘Multi-disciplinary, world-class and professional.’

Key clients

ANA Aeroportos De Portugal, S.A.

Aquila Capital Real Assets Investment

Atena Equity Partners – Sociedade De Capital De Risco, S.A.

Banque Degroof Petercam Luxembourg S.A.

Bergé Automoción Portugal, Lda

Cepsa – Portuguesa Petróleos, S.A.

Cobega, S.A.

Crest Capital Partners – Sociedade De Capital De Risco, S.A.

Davidson Kempner European Partners Llp

Dell Bank International D.A.C

Alltech Group

R.Power Investment BV

Ventient Energy S.à r.l

Lince Capital

Fundbox

Work highlights

  • Advised Davidson Kempner European Partners LLP on the tax structuring of the acquisition of non-performing loans (NPL) portfolios owned by Novo Banco and Banco Comercial Português.
  • Provided tax advice to Aquila Group on several investments in renewable energy and real estate in different parts of the Portuguese territory.
  • Assisted Fund Box – Sociedade de Capital de Risco and Lince Capital in the setting up of different private equity funds mainly dedicated to the real estate sector.

Portugal > Capital markets Tier 3

A diverse roster of investors, investment banks and financial institutions engages CMS’s capital markets group on the breadth of equity and debt matters. Its service offering also covers securitisations and regulatory matters. Francisco Xavier de Almeida spearheads the capital markets team; he is regularly sought after by key Portuguese and international clients in matters pertaining to debt and equity instruments, privatisations and M&A.

Testimonials

‘I recommend Francisco Xavier de Almeida for his 100% availability, ability to resolve issues/problems and knowledge of the capital market products. I strongly recommend them!’

‘The quality and service is very good, as well as the collaborative relationship. They demonstrate agility, competence and adaptability to the requirements of the Capital Market.’

‘The team is highly professional and efficient. Extremely methodical and well organised when dealing with complex transactions involving several parties.’

Key clients

Aquila Capital

J. Stern & Co

Davidson Kempner European Partners, LLP

Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft

Goldman Sachs

Standard Life Aberdeen plc

Caixa – Banco de Investimento, S.A.

FCE bank plc

Barclays Bank Plc

Galp Energia, SGPS, S.A.

Portugal > Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

Data privacy and cybersecurity audits, regulatory compliance and matters involving the processing of personal data are among the typical mandates handled by the privacy and data protection team at CMS. Multinational and start-up companies in the technology, communications, life sciences, retail and banking sectors feature on the team’s diverse client roster. José Luís Arnaut oversees the team, which also advises on data breaches; clients benefit from access to a mobile app (CMS Breach Assistant) which helps them understand the priority steps that should be taken when faced with a breach. João Leitão Figueiredo is praised by clients for being ‘reliable, pragmatic and technically sound on all aspects of data protection work‘.

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Testimonials

‘Good legal support, excellent command of the matters dealt with.’

‘Strong team led by João Leitão Figueiredo with a deep understanding of local regulatory concerns and approaches.’

‘João Leitão Figueiredo is reliable, pragmatic and technically sound on all aspects of data protection work.’

‘Availability and quick response.’

‘Experience and holistic view. Capacity and agility in the team’s response; anticipation of problems; pragmatism.’

Key clients

VINCI GROUP

THALES GROUP

AXIANS

ESSILOR GROUP

DaVITA GROUP

ANGELINI GROUP

DELTA CAFÉS (NABEIRO GROUP)

BENSAUDE GROUP

FROMAGERIES BEL

PROSEGUR GROUP

DOUGLAS GmbH

NAV PORTUGAL

EDP GROUP

GALP GROUP

ANA AEROPORTOS

IKEA INDUSTRIES

FCE BANK PLC

ABANCA CORPORÁCION

MILLENNIUM BCP

VIVEIROS MONTEROSA

ASSOCIAÇÃO ALZHEIMER PORTUGAL

COFIDIS

Work highlights

  • Advises on a daily basis all companies of GALP Group on data protection and privacy matters.
  • Advises all companies of BENSAUDE Group on data protection, privacy and compliance matters.
  • Assists all companies of NABEIRO Group (Delta Cafés) with data protection, privacy and compliance matters in Portugal, Spain, France, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Angola and Brazil.

Portugal > EU and competition Tier 3

The ‘very methodical and well-structured team‘ at CMS possesses ‘in-depth knowledge of competition issues in Portugal and Europe’. The department – which is a popular choice for clients from the energy, TMT and pharmaceutical sectors – is equally adept in handling complex merger control issues and antitrust cases before the Portuguese Competition Authority. It draws on the firm’s multidisciplinary offering to provide comprehensive advice in relation to compliance matters, including all aspects of regulatory law. Luís Miguel Romão, whose notable areas of expertise include cartels, litigation, merger control and state aid, spearheads the EU and competition group.

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Testimonials

‘Knowledge of competitive practice and good management of the process.’

‘Luis Miguel Romão – his knowledge of the law, his professionalism make him stand out.’

‘Competition Team, a “lean” team but with a productivity and delivery capacity well above the average; very methodical and well-structured team, with in-depth knowledge of competition issues in Portugal and Europe.’

‘Luís Miguel Romão is an exceptional lawyer. Practical, assertive and with a deep knowledge of competition law, he is a huge asset to our company.’

‘Luís Miguel Romão has over 20 years of experience in this area. He is recommended.’

Key clients

L’ORÉAL PORTUGAL

GOLDMAN SACHS INTERNATIONAL

LIDL PORTUGAL

BETCLIC

HCAPITAL

MOP – MULTIMÉDIA OUTDOORS PORTUGAL

ANA AEROPORTOS

KELLER WILLIAMS REALITY

ESSILOR LUXOTTICA PORTUGAL

APG ASSET MANAGEMENT N.V.

Work highlights

  • Represented L’Oréal Portugal in an infringement case pending before the PCA, having successfully convinced the PCA to drop it.
  • Represented Keller Williams Reality in several court cases related to the breach of various non-competition clauses, which were settled in the client’s favour.
  • Advised APG Asset Management (APG) on the £274m transnational purchase of substantially all of Hammerson’s stake in VIA Outlets.

Portugal > Insolvency and restructuring Tier 3

Drawing on the strength of the firm’s multi-jurisdictional practices across M&A, banking and finance, tax and regulation, CMS‘s team in Portugal is equipped to handle all aspects of restructuring and insolvency matters. A diverse client base – comprising banks, distressed debt investors, private equity firms and corporates in financial difficulties – regularly turn to the team in relation to large restructuring processes, litigation arising from insolvencies and transactional work. Nuno Pena is a go-to litigator for issues pertaining to the banking sector; dispute resolution is also a strong point for Miguel Esperança Pina, who is highly regarded for insolvency and restructuring disputes. Other names to note include Rita Gouveia and Diogo Castanheira Pereira, the latter of whom is regularly sought by investment funds, financial institutions and real estate companies in restructuring matters.

Other key lawyers:

Maria Almeida Teixeira

Testimonials

‘The team in the restructuring area, led by Diogo Castanheira Pereira, stands out from others, in particular, but not only for its extreme proximity to the client, for its technical knowledge and pragmatic way of approaching each topic /difficulty encountered.’

‘CMS distinguishes itself from other firms for the commitment and dedication placed in its work. They are creative, proactive and seek to find solutions that best suit each client. They have the best quality / price ratio in the Portuguese market.’

‘Recently promoted to partner, Diogo Pereira is a brilliant lawyer and has a huge future ahead of him. Always demonstrates great professionalism, knowledge and availability. He shows great proactivity and initiative.’

‘Young and dynamic team, manages to deal with multiple issues diligently and effectively, scrupulously meeting the agreed deadlines. High proximity to the client in order to try to find multiple solutions and provide a quick response to different client requests.’

‘Diogo Pereira has an exceptional ability to address several issues at the same time, easily managing to prioritise the various issues; high ability to unlock complicated issues with out-of-the-box solutions; support always provided with a high level of quality and special attention to the needs of the client.’

‘Maria Almeida Teixeira is very diligent and pragmatic in dealing with matters; manages to create a good relationship with the various parties involved, sometimes being an important element in unblocking more complicated situations.’

Key clients

DAVIDSON KEMPNER EUROPEAN PARTNERS LLP

GOLDMAN SACHS INTERNATIONAL

GCC LISBOA – GESTÃO DE CENTROS COMERCIAIS (“GCC PICOAS”)

ONDAS & NEBLINAS. QUINTA DA BICUDA

BANCO DE FOMENTO INTERNACIONAL (BFI)

MULTIPARQUES A CÉU ABERTO

COELIMA, S.A.

BANK OF AMERICA

BYBROOK CAPITAL, LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised Davidson Kempner European Partners on the acquisition of five NPL portfolios with a total outstanding balance of more than €3bn.
  • Advised Goldman Sachs International on the challenge of a claw back claim filed by the Joint Liquidators of Banco Espírito Santo.
  • Advised Bybrook Capital on the acquisition of NPL and REO portfolios with a total outstanding balance of more than €150m.

Portugal > Public law Tier 3

CMS is well versed across a broad array of public law matters, spanning infrastructure projects, regulatory issues, public procurement and administrative proceedings. Specialised in administrative law, Gonçalo Guerra Tavares handles a wide range of transactions, public tender procedures, concession contracts and arbitration proceedings relating to public works. Duarte Lebre De Freitas ‘has solid knowledge in matters of public law and administrative litigation’ and António Magalhães Menezes assists companies and public entities on regulatory matters.

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Testimonials

‘Capacity and speed of response. Deep knowledge of legislation. Ease of communication. Team with experts in different areas. Ease of understanding the business model of our industry and interpretation of legal regulations to it.’

‘Gonçalo Guerra Tavares and Duarte Lebre de Freitas have an enormous capacity for communication, dedication, speed of response, in-depth knowledge of the Law, and the ability to create alternatives to any issue.’

‘Gonçalo Guerra Tavares and his team react quickly to the demands and provide high quality advice.’

‘CMS is a law firm that provides services in various areas of law. They are available and collaborative with clients; even during the pandemic this proximity existed and was reinforced.’

‘The person I work with is Duarte Lebre de Freitas. In In addition to the solid knowledge in matters of public law and administrative litigation, his enormous open-mindedness in the search for the best solutions and the capacity to anticipate issues deserve to be highlighted.’

‘The CMS Public Law team, led by Gonçalo Guerra Tavares, has proven to be a true partner, always attentive to the client’s needs, with great rigour and professionalism without neglecting the speed of response’

‘António Magalhães e Menezes stands out for his experience, dedication to the client, rigour and professionalism.’

‘They have always lived up to our expectations. Finally, I emphasize the availability to talk clearly about fees before proceeding with any service.’

Key clients

REN Group

ENDESA

Goldman Sachs International

EMSA

Scotturb, SA

Betclic Everest Group

ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, S.A.

Ricoh

Beckman Coulter

Lisboa Ocidental, SRU

Avanza Group

EDP Group

Futrifer, SA

MOP – Multimédia Outdoors Portugal, SA

LNEC (National Laboratory for Civil Engineering)

Portugal > TMT Tier 5

CMS handles a range of transactional and regulatory matters related to the media, advertising and technology sectors. The team is typically instructed in matters involving the development and launch of new apps, software licensing agreements, M&A deals and advertising campaigns. José Luís Arnaut heads up the technology, media and communications team, which also features João Leitão Figueiredo, who has assisted private and public sector clients in various technology-related matters.

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Testimonials

‘Our primary contact is João Figueiredo, who has supported us in the implementation of our GDPR program in a manner consistent with the international program and adapted to the national reality.’

‘The legal advice provided by the team was accurate, comprehensive, rich content-oriented, but also very practical. It gave my company comfort that the topic was carefully analysed and individual needs taken into consideration.’

Key clients

AWS – AMAZON WEB SERVICES (AWS)

VINCI GROUP

THALES GROUP

AXIANS

INFOR GLOBAL SOLUTIONS

ESSILOR GROUP

DaVITA GROUP

ANGELINI GROUP

NAV PORTUGAL

DAVIDSON KEMPNER EUROPEAN PARTNERS LLP

EDP GROUP

GALP GROUP

SUPER BOCK GROUP

Work highlights

  • Assisting Essilor Portugal in the development and launch of the international versions of its app and software in France, Poland and Brazil.
  • Assisted Infor Group in several cases concerning software licensing and software licensing litigation in Portugal.

Portugal > Real estate and construction

CMS saw its real estate offering grow with the addition of a new practice head, national and foreign investment specialist João Pinheiro da Silva, and associate Sandra Teixeira Arsénio; recent highlights for the team include advising first-time investors in Portugal in the office sector.

Angola > Foreign firms Tier 2

The Angola practice at CMS sits within the firm’s wider Lusophone Africa team, and is led by Alberto Galhardo Simões. The team works with Angolan firm LBR Advogados to offer a full-service practice across key economic sectors in the region. Maria Figueiredo joined the team in January 2021 and has over 20 years’ tax experience in Portuguese-speaking African countries, with a focus on the oil and gas and renewables industries. The team is best known for its infrastructure and project finance practice, and can often be found advising on some of the region’s high-profile transactions.

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Other key lawyers:

Nuno Alves Mansilha; Tiago Machado Graça; Joana Brito Paulo

Testimonials

The team is very competent and attended to all the needs in the requested areas. Focused on deadlines and with high quality work.’

‘The team is very well organized, techically skilled and available to provide a consistent and broad response and to support up to the most high levels of the client organization, along with timing needs, and also prepared to propose different approaches and solutions and operational support. This team diferentiates from other firms on the practical views in such a complex country environment and with taking into account all the legal and ethical requirement topics in place.’

‘Joana Brito Paulo has a solid and strong experience and technical knowledge to deal with multinational clients and is always covering not only the main topics but also accessory topics with relevance to the matter, which is very much appreciated by the different stakeholders from the client side.’

‘In particular, I highlight the work of Alberto Galhardo, who is extremely competent. As a result of the advice provided by Dr. Alberto Galhardo, we obtained excellent results in our demands.’

‘It combines a good understanding of Angolan law and legal practice with practical advice to clients. The firm’s links with LBR – Sociedade de Advogados, RL also ensures that it has a solid base in Angola with an experienced and well-connected team.’

‘Alberto Galhardo Simoes has much experience and excellent knowledge of Angolan law and legal practice. He is therefore an excellent advisor for clients with more complicated transactions.’

‘Nuno Mansilha and Joana Brito Paulo  are providing useful and practical advice, in particular when dealing with complex and multidisciplinary legal issues, combing tax, corporate, foreign exchange and dispute resolution elements.’

‘It’s a very good team, with a deep knowledge of Angola’s circumstances and with a great expertise in corporate and investment law.’

Key clients

Kinda Home

GemCorp

Maersk Drilling

Hilton

The HALO Trust

Caixa de Segurança Social das Forças Armadas de Angola

Lassarat

Bumi Armada

ALPLA Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co KG

QGMI

Mota Engil Angola

Bechtel

Sun Africa LLC

Common Projects

Sebastião Lavrador

BP

EGUS Group

Ferpinta

Sanlam

Clariant

ZTE Corporation

Bureau Veritas

Work highlights

  • Advised Sun Africa on a project to design, finance, build and operate seven solar power plants in Angola of a 370 mw total capacity.
  • Advised Egus Group on the public tender for the concession of social games in Angola.
  • Advised BP on Angolan law aspects of a merger with ENI of the respective Angolan oil and gas businesses.

Mozambique > Foreign law firms

The Lusophone practice at CMS is led by Lisbon-based partner Alberto Galhardo Simões and works alongside Couto, Graça e Associados Limitada (CGA) in tax, investment and project finance matters.

Firm Profile:

We are part of the CMS global team, a world leader in the ranking of the Top 10 Global Law Firms with in-depth local knowledge and local experience in over 40 countries.

Clients from CMS Portugal benefit from the experience, the legal know-how, the deep knowledge of several sectors in the industry and also an international coverage, unique in Portugal, that allows us to provide a truly global service with a rapid response capacity.

The high standards required by the digital and traditional world are transforming the markets and boosting new business models. On CMS, we provide a monitoring focused on the client, anticipating the market tendencies in order to develop quick and efficient solutions in the face of constant challenges.

Our office has been active for nearly 50 years combining an international outlook with deep local roots. CMS lawyers are recognized leaders in the field and ranked by the most prestigious international directories.

CMS, the largest organization of law firms in Europe, aims to be the best European organization for legal services, capable of providing legal and tax advice of undisputed quality and agility.

The unique way in which CMS is organized provides its Clients with high quality and consistent advice that is absolutely client-focused and coordinated across borders.

CMS is present in 73 cities, 44 countries.

Main Areas of Practice:

CMS offers a wide range of expertise through 19 practice area and sector groups, providing advice on local, national and international issues. These expert groups are firmly established across CMS.

• Antitrust, Competition & Trade
• Banking & Finance
• Commercial
• Consumer Products
• Corporate/M&A
• Dispute Resolution
• Employment & Pensions
• Energy & Climate Change
• Funds
• Hotels & Leisure
• Infrastructure & Projects
• Insurance
• Intellectual Property
• Life Sciences & Healthcare
• Private Equity
• Public Procurement
• Real Estate
• Tax
• Technology, Media & Communications

Clients:

The firm’s clients include large and mid-sized companies, banks, public, national and multinational institutions active in Portugal or conducting crossborder business. They include several important national and multinational enterprises, operating in industries ranging from energy, oil and gas, renewables, construction, steel, automotive, car rental, transportation, pharmaceuticals and electronics, to general and credit insurance, brokerage and banking. It also represents a number of public entities and private individuals.

CMS:

Founded in 1999, CMS is an integrated, multi-jurisdictional organisation of law firms that offers full-service legal and tax advice. With 70+ offices in 40+ countries across the world, employing over 5,000 lawyers, CMS has longstanding expertise both at advising in its local jurisdictions and across borders. CMS offers specialist, business-focused advice to clients – from major multinationals and mid-caps to enterprising start-ups – operating in complex business and constantly changing regulatory environments.

 

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Managing Partner José Luís Arnautjoseluis.arnaut@cmsportugal.com
Number of lawyers : 100+
Number of partners : 25+
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Other offices : Funchal
Other offices : Luanda