Firm Profile > CMS > Lisbon, Portugal
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Energy and natural resources Tier 1
CMS’ practice focuses on the regulatory, administrative, transactional, and disputes side of electricity, gas and renewables. Key clients include EDP and Acciona. Practice head Mónica Carneiro Pacheco is particularly singled out.
Capital markets Tier 2
CMS covers a wide range of capital markets work, with a particular focus on debt. In a recent highlight the team advised Principal on the financial implications of the sale of its stake in Unidas, given that the shares were pledged in favour of a bank syndicate. The team regularly acts as local counsel in cross-border matters. Francisco Xavier de Almeida leads the team.
‘Very responsive and deal-oriented’, CMS provides 'excellent advice throughout all stages of the transaction’. It was active in the real estate, energy and environmental sectors, and assisted Vinci with the acquisition of a 51% stake in duty free shop operator LFP – Lojas Francas de Portugal. ‘Dedicated’ practice co-head Francisco Xavier de Almeida is ‘a good negotiator’ and ‘very experienced dealmaker’. Practice co-head João Caldeira is the other name to note.
Dispute resolution Tier 2
In a major coup, CMS added Miguel Esperança Pina and Rita Gouveia from Cuatrecasas to the team. The outfit maintains a varied litigation and arbitration practice, and in one highlight represented Armscor in a claim for fees brought by a British and Panamanian company relating to the setting up of a channel to acquire, assemble and transport helicopters to South Africa. Highly regarded Joaquim Shearman de Macedo led on the matter jointly with the recommended Nuno Pena.
Employment Tier 2
CMS has a focus on matters with contentious or restructuring aspects and is experienced in handling union negotiations and corporate work. It assisted Seguradoras Unidas in a restructuring process involving individual dismissals, and Altice Portugal in a series of transfer of undertakings as part of a functional reorganisation. ‘Excellent’ Susana Afonso Costa leads the team jointly with Sofia Mateus. Senior associate João Gomes heads the Funchal office.
Intellectual property Tier 2
Especially active in trade mark enforcement, CMS acts for a solid roster of clients that includes The Navigator Company, Altice, EDP, Galp, Amorim, Super Bock, and LVMH. IP stalwart and public figure José Luís Arnaut leads the team.
Public law Tier 2
CMS' team is ‘always available and solution driven’; it applies its energy-sector expertise when advising clients such as REN and EDP on public law matters. It assists other clients with procurement procedures and disputes. Practice head Gonçalo Guerra Tavares is the name to note.
Banking and finance Tier 3
CMS attracted a wide range of work, including debt restructuring, NPL portfolio transactions, real estate finance, securitisation and regulatory issues. Clients include JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs. Practice head António Payan Martins is a regulatory and antitrust specialist. Francisco Xavier de Almeida covers corporate finance, credit securitisation and structured products.
EU and competition Tier 3
Luís Miguel Romão heads the practice at CMS, which represented Espirito Santo Financial, the bankrupt assets of the Espirito Santo Group, in a case against the ECB and before the EU General Court, which ruled in favour of the client, allowing access to documentation held by the central bank and relating to its decision to not fund BES.
Insolvency and restructuring Tier 3
CMS’ Nuno Pena is assisting Caixa Económica Montepio Geral as majority creditor in the recovery of Espírito Santo Hotéis, which is owned by Rio Forte. The ‘well-connected’ Joaquim Shearman de Macedo is a ‘solid lawyer with good commercial judgement and creative thinking’. He is representing Chamartín Group in negotiations with banks as part of its recovery and insolvency restructuring. Miguel Esperança Pina and Rita Gouveia joined from Cuatrecasas in November 2018.
Tax Tier 3
CMS' team ‘works well together’ and advises clients on all tax aspects, including contentious matters; most recently it successfully represented Generis in a dispute before the arbitral court concerning transfer pricing rules following corporate income tax assessments issued by the tax authorities. Practice head Patrick Dewerbe is highly recommended, and senior associate Raquel Montes Fernandes is another name to note.
CMS > Firm Profile
|Banking and finance||António Payan Martins|
|Capital markets||Francisco Xavier de Almeida|
|Capital markets||João Caldeira|
|Competition and EU||Luís Miguel Romão|
|Commercial, corporate and M&A||João Caldeira|
|Commercial, corporate and M&A||Francisco Xavier de Almeida|
|Dispute resolution (including arbitration)||Joaquim Shearman de Macedo|
|Dispute resolution (including arbitration)||Nuno Pena|
|Employment and pensions||Susana Afonso|
|Energy and natural resources||Rui Pena|
|Energy and natural resources||Mónica Carneiro Pacheco|
|Insolvency and restructuring||Nuno Pena|
|Insolvency and restructuring||Joaquim Shearman de Macedo|
|Insurance||Joaquim Shearman de Macedo|
|Intellectual property and life sciences||José Luís Arnaut|
|Private equity||João Caldeira|
|Private equity||Francisco Xavier de Almeida|
|Public law||Rui Pena|
|Public law||Gonçalo Guerra Tavares|
|Real estate and construction||Luís Abreu Coutinho|
|TMC – technology, media and communications||José Luís Arnaut|
|Mr Luís Abreu Coutinho||View Profile|
|Mrs Susana Afonso||View Profile|
|Mr José Luís Arnaut||View Profile|
|Mr João Caldeira||View Profile|
|Ms Mónica Carneiro Pacheco||View Profile|
|Mr Patrick Dewerbe||View Profile|
|Mr Gonçalo Guerra Tavares||View Profile|
|Mr António Payan Martins||View Profile|
|Mr Nuno Pena||View Profile|
|Mr Francisco Xavier de Almeida||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 93 at this office : 91
LanguagesEnglish French German Italian Portuguese
OtherOther offices : Funchal Other offices : Luanda
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