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Francisco Xavier de Almeida

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Corporate and M&A


The main areas of practice include privatisations, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate finance (debt and equity), credit securitisation and structured products. He has considerable experience in Securities Law, Banking and Financing Law and Companies Law.


Portuguese, English, French, Spanish


Member of the England and Wales Law Society, since 1999 Member of the Portuguese Bar Association, since 1997


Master of Laws (LLM) in Banking and Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science Graduation in Law from the Law Faculty of the Catholic University Portugal.


Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

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.

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Capital markets

Within: Capital markets

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.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

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.

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  • Access to justice: protective costs orders in planning challenges

    Third parties and competing developers have no rights of appeal to the Secretary of State against planning decisions. Disappointed applicants can appeal to the Secretary of State and can have the merits of the application reconsidered. The only remedy available to a disappointed third party is a challenge by way of judicial review in the High Court on a point of law. The sense of frustration and disempowerment this creates has not been helped by the increasing complexity of the planning process and the use of consultation to legitimise decisions that many perceive may already have been taken.
    - CMS Group

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