Firm Profile > DLA Piper ABBC > Lisbon, Portugal

1200-410 LISBON

Employment Tier 1

DLA Piper ABBC has secured its leading position in the Portuguese employment market through its involvement in high-profile employment disputes and advisory matters in the context of M&A transactions. The highly regarded Benjamim Mendes leads the full-service employment practice, which also counts on João Guedes' extensive expertise in labour litigation and non-contentious matters. Vítor Madeiras Rodrigues is another core team member, who has recently assisted with several restructuring and lay-off procedures in connection with legislative changes arising from the governmental response to Covid-19.

Practice head(s):

Benjamim Mendes

Other key lawyers:

João Guedes; Vítor Madeiras Rodrigues; Catarina Santos Ferreira


‘Highly qualified team, with excellent legal skills, great knowledge of the corporate world and objective approach. Benjamim Mendes demonstrates a very sharp and pragmatic approach, exceptional technical knowledge. He understands the complexity of the business and provides practical advice. During the challenging year we have faced, his prompt support and availability were crucial for the implementation of several projects, and we trust him unequivocally. Vítor Madeiras Rodrigues has been extremely supportive, and a top performer in terms of timings and technical knowledge.’

‘Availability; efficiency and effectiveness in the management of requests; quick and clear responses; experienced and well prepared professionals; confidence. They are above all true business partners.’

‘I have a more regular contact with Vítor Madeira Rodrigues, who is always available, very helpful and efficient in the response and support we need.’

Availability, rigor in the treatment of information, national and international vision, and knowledge of the client’s activity and business. Benjamim Mendes’s experience and knowledge make him a reference in the market. Vítor Madeira Rodrigues is always available.’

The main characteristics of DLA Piper ABBC is its enormous technical competence and proximity to the client. The team is always available and easy to work with. Its work capacity is impressive, and the quality of services stands out in the market. The lawyer who collaborates with us regularly João Guedes. He combines a brilliant intelligence and a very fast reasoning, with technical knowledge and experience in court.’

‘Benjamim Mendes stands out for his experience, permanent monitoring of issues, confidence in decisions, dedication and innovative suggestions.’

DLA Piper has been providing services in the employment area for some years. In my opinion, this firm has been a fundamental in our company’s work strategy, presenting proposals and recommendations for the problems / challenges we face. DLA Piper has been an excellent partner, with a quick management of matters and demonstrating a high knowledge of labour legislation in Portugal. Benjamim Mendes has significant experience in labour matters; he is very sensible, calm and experienced in our industry.’

‘DLA Piper continually demonstrates that it is able to combine deep knowledge of labour law with a practical and commercial approach that is suited to the real needs of the client. It is evident that on a daily basis the team strives to understand the client and present solutions that make sense within that specific organisation. Special mention to Benjamim Mendes for having the incredible ability to deal with each client as if he were the only one. Despite his seniority within DLA Piper, he is always accessible and available, in addition to being extremely experienced. These characteristics give the client the confidence needed when it is necessary to deal with particularly complex or sensitive topics.’

Transport Tier 1

DLA Piper ABBC is a leading player in the aviation sector, assisting an impressive client base of airlines in the full range of sector-related mandates, including regulatory issues, contractual work and litigation. Typical matters also include advising aircraft lessors in transactions involving Portuguese assets. Practice head António Moura Portugal is a highly regarded aviation law expert. He receives key support from a strong team of associates: Inês Teixeira focuses on regulatory matters pertaining to the aviation sector, while Catarina Portela Morais is proficient in licensing and contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

António Moura Portugal

Other key lawyers:

Inês Teixeira; Catarina Portela Morais


‘Profound knowledge of the commercial aviation sector in Portugal.’

‘This law firm stands out from the others not only for the professionalism and dedication of its lawyers but also for the expertise it has in the area of air transport.’

‘António Moura Portugal is recommeneded for his vast experience in the area of air transport. Catarina Portela Morais stands out for her experience and Inês Teixeira has significant expertise in the area of VAT / CIVA legislation.’

Key clients

Air France





TAAG (Angolan airlines)

Royal Air Maroc



Qatar Airlines


Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Corporate and M&A is a core area of practice at DLA Piper ABBC, which stands out for its expertise in private equity matters and divestments. The team has recently been engaged in several big-ticket M&A deals that took place in the financial and energy sectors in Portugal; its sector expertise also extends to the real estate, pharmaceutical and transport industries. Head of department Nuno Azevedo Neves is a key point of contact for international corporations and funds seeking support in multi-jurisdictional transactions. João Costa Quinta is the name to note for private equity deals.

Practice head(s):

Nuno Azevedo Neves; João Costa Quinta

Other key lawyers:

Rita Costa Carvalho; Nuno Castelo Branco


‘Deep knowledge of the sector and legal technical wisdom.’

‘Complete availability and extensive experience.’

‘DLA Piper is our first choice in terms of legal services in Portugal due to the availability of its professionals and the vast experience they have in virtually all legal areas. The use of internal expertise to resolve current issues is a valuable and differentiating element.’

‘João Costa Quinta, Rita Costa Carvalho and Nuno Castelo Branco, are lawyers specializing in mergers and acquisitions. The active role they take not only in the production of documents but also in the negotiation phases and in the design of the acquisition and sale operations makes them absolutely certain choices when we seek advice in these processes. The availability of the three is another critical factor.’

Key clients

Fosun International


C2 Capital Partners


ECS Capital

DS Smith

EDP Renováveis


Savannah Resources

Prime Yield

Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

DLA Piper ABBC's data protection service offering was recently bolstered by the arrival of leading practitioner Daniel Reis, reinforcing the firm's expertise in data protection, cybersecurity and technology-related matters. Offering advice to a range of domestic and international clients, the group balances a busy workload, with a significant proportion of its mandates involving GDPR preparation, audits and data breaches. João Costa Quinta has a strong background in the technology and communications sectors, having also led advice to innovative start-ups in the country.

Practice head(s):

João Costa Quinta

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Reis; Vanessa Patrocínio

Key clients

Visteon Portuguesa

AC Nielsen


Tax Tier 2

António Moura Portugal's team of 'innovative professionals' in DLA Piper ABBC's tax department offer a broad service with strong international capabilities, thanks to the firm's network of offices. The team's specialisms include taxation in the aviation, tobacco, online gambling and energy sectors, with recent highlight work for Lufthansa and Japan Tobacco International, among others. Contentious work is also a strength of the practice on which Moura Portugal leads, with support from associates Inês Teixeira and Ana Carvalho.

Practice head(s):

António Moura Portugal

Other key lawyers:

Inês Teixeira; Ana Carvalho


I would highlight the technical capacity and knowledge, as well as the speed in presenting solutions and once again the excellent relationship with customers.’

The lawyer who collaborates with us is António Portugal, who stands out for his enormous legal knowledge and for the ease with which he presents solutions, combined with an always remarkable quality.’

‘DLA Piper ABBC in Lisbon and in particular their partner, António Moura Portugal, is outstandingly well connected within government. This ability to open doors is a testament to the level of professionalism and high level of political understanding across the many different stakeholders involved.’

‘António Moura Portugal and Ana Carvalho are extremely competent and innovative professionals.’

‘António Moura Portugal – Completely dominates the taxation sector in Portugal, with great ability to anticipate and deliver solutions.’

‘Ana Carvalho – always available to find new fiscally efficient solutions.’

‘In my case, I work more with António Moura Portugal, giving great value to his pragmatism, practical sense and knowledge of the sectors in which he works. For me it is essential to work with a lawyer that does not complicate and that is an effective help in solving problems – hence working with both António and his team.’

‘The relationship we have with this society is emphasized by the relationship of a team that always serves us with the greatest attention and sympathy, presenting timely and correctly solutions to the questions and problems raised.’

Key clients


JTI – Japan Tobacco International


Air France


Kuwait Investment Authority

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)







TAAG – United Angolan Airlines

Banking and finance Tier 3

With particular strength in cross-border deals, DLA Piper ABBC's finance team is adept in transactional work and advising on regulatory matters. João Nuno Azevedo Neves leads the practice, and has significant experience in privatisations, corporate finance and secured lending deals. Gonçalo Castro Ribeiro, who was recently promoted to the partnership, focuses on project finance, securities issues and distressed debt transactions.

Practice head(s):

Nuno Azevedo Neves

Other key lawyers:

Gonçalo Castro Ribeiro


‘Availability and practical experience.’

‘Commitment and professionalism.’

Gonçalo Castro Ribeiro is a professional with excellent knowledge of the subjects in question and with an excellent track record in financial and banking matters.’

‘Their responsiveness and ability to structure complicated transactions in Spain and Portugal is outstanding.’

‘Nuno Neves is excellent; he’s concise, can simplify complex issues and always delivers on time. I would strongly urge my peers to instruct Nuno and his team.’

Dispute resolution Tier 3

DLA Piper ABBC has the capability to assist with a range of disputes, ranging from high-profile judicial proceedings to arbitration cases and debt recovery. Notable areas of practice include lawsuits concerning contractual liabilities, termination of distribution agreements and disputes in the banking sector. Vanessa Antunes focuses on commercial and civil litigation, regularly involving multi-jurisdictional elements, while Sofia Ribeiro Mendes has a strong reputation for her expertise in arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Vanessa Antunes; Sofia Ribeiro Mendes

Other key lawyers:

Armindo Ribeiro Mendes


The litigation team is extremely available, agile and efficient.’

Vanessa Antunes stands out for her ability to engage with the client in defining the strategy and action plan.’

‘Sofia Ribeiro Mendes is calm, experienced, smart and knowledgeable. Sofia is very often considered for arbitrator roles and she is becoming increasingly known in the market.’

‘Autonomy and initiative in the legal process looking for the best solution for the client.’

‘I would like to highlight the partner Sofia Ribeiro Mendes, for her ability to manage highly complex topics in a short period of time.’

‘It is a multidisciplinary law firm, with very relevant technical quality, dealing with matters in a personal and client-oriented manner.’

‘The team benefits from both its local structure and the international context of the DLA Piper network. Vanessa Antunes is excellent.’

Key clients




Air France-KLM

IC Hotels

Allianz AG



Atitlan Group

MRG Group

Link Mobility Group

Salvador Caetano



Caixa Geral de Depósitos


Egeo Group

Energy and natural resources Tier 3

The energy practice at DLA Piper ABBC has a strong track record in M&A, finance transactions and regulatory matters. Nuno Azevedo Neves, who has considerable experience in project finance, jointly oversees the team with Mafalda Ferreira. She is counsel of choice for public and private-sector clients in a range of investments, project development and administrative issues pertaining to the wastewater and energy sectors.

Practice head(s):

Nuno Azevedo Neves; Mafalda Ferreira

Key clients














EU and competition Tier 3

DLA Piper ABBC's EU and competition practice was recently strengthened by the arrival of practitioners with wide-ranging expertise across restrictive practices and abuses of dominance proceedings, antitrust litigation, EU law and regulatory issues. Miguel Mendes Pereira has recently been welcomed to the partnership, bringing a wealth of experience in antitrust, merger control and state aid matters. He is now leading the group, which has strong cross-border capabilities, due to the firm's presence throughout most European jurisdictions.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Mendes Pereira


‘Advice geared to the needs of the client in all its aspects. Ability to adapt, great response time, extensive knowledge and innovative solutions.’ 

‘I’ve been working with Miguel Mendes Pereira for several years, mostly in competition matters. He is an extremely complete lawyer, with enormous experience and know-how, which gives the client confidence. He has a deep understanding of the client’s needs, and often finds creative solutions.’

Rapid ability to analyse and understand complex issues. Miguel Mendes Pereira stands out for his brilliant ability to argue on behalf of the client.’

Projects and project finance Tier 3

An international client base calls on the team at DLA Piper ABBC for finance-driven projects work across various sectors, including infrastructure, utilities, energy and real estate. Mafalda Ferreira stands out for her public law expertise, which she is able to apply to infrastructure and energy projects. She leads the department alongside Nuno Azevedo Neves, who also heads the firm's finance practice. His projects work focuses on high-profile cross-border transactions and is particularly active in African jurisdictions. Finance lawyer Gonçalo Castro Ribeiro was promoted to partner in January 2020 and is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Nuno Azevedo Neves; Mafalda Ferreira

Other key lawyers:

Gonçalo Castro Ribeiro


‘They know well about the market through their experience.’

Key clients

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale

China Railway Tunnel Group Co. Ltd.

Lena Engenharia e Construções, S.A.

Energi Innovation ApS

Fosun International

Banco Santander

Royal Caribbean Cruises

Springwater Capital

European Energy Efficiency Fund


Banca IMI

ECS Capital


CBRE Global Investors

Banco Popular

APREN (Portuguese Renewables Association)

EDP Renováveis

Luso Carbon Fund

Public law Tier 3

The public law team at DLA Piper ABBC offers comprehensive services to clients in the public sphere as well as private companies and not-for-profit organisations. Mafalda Ferreira leads the department, which is skilled in public procurement, urban planning, regulatory issues and litigation before administrative courts and arbitration panels. She receives key support from Mariana Ricardo, who is particularly active in the life sciences sector.

Practice head(s):

Mafalda Ferreira

Other key lawyers:

Mariana Ricardo


‘The greatest differentiation is the ability to offer in-depth competence in the area of public and pharmaceutical law, areas that intertwine. Thus, they offer a specialised service that, sometimes, it is not possible to find in the market.’

‘Mafalda Ferreira is very professional.’

‘Mariana Ricardo, who has in-depth knowledge of public procurement, deserves a special mention. She provides valuable legal advice, always within the deadlines requested by the client.’

Key clients

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale

China Railway Tunnel Group Co. Ltd.

Lena Engenharia e Construções, S.A.



Energi Innovation ApS


Continental Teves Portugal – Sistemas de Travagem, Lda.

SIGMA Campofrio


EDP Imobiliária

EDP Produção


IACA (Portuguese Association of Manufacturers of Compound Animal Feed)

Lasi Eletrónica

Savannah Resources plc

Real estate and construction Tier 3

DLA Piper ABBC undertakes a range of work in the real estate sector, demonstrating particular proficiency in advising foreign investors on real estate transactions in Portugal. Practice head Luis Filipe Carvalho not only assists with domestic deals, but is also skilled in cross-border matters, being especially active in Angola. The team's client roster includes several real estate consultancy firms and fund managers that recurrently seek advice on asset management, leasing agreements and development. Paulo Anjo is another noteworthy practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Luís Filipe Carvalho

Other key lawyers:

Paulo Anjo; Inês Melo dos Santos


‘High knowledge of the real estate market and the interaction between its various players; ability to anticipate adverse legal contexts for the client; Ease of communication and availability of the team at all levels.’

DLA Piper is extremely experienced in real estate projects, ranging from land acquisition to project development, construction and subsequent or prior lease, including urban planning.’

‘Paulo Anjo was very responsive and kept things very straightforward for me as a non-Portuguese instructing in-house counsel.’

‘Luís Filipe de Carvalho stands out for his objectivity, speed and commitment to finding legal solutions suited to each of our diverse needs. Paulo Anjo is committed to solving all legal issues throughout the processes.’

‘DLA has in-house tax advisors which comes handy in relation to real estate transactions. Also what makes DLA unique, is that the firm has a great resource tool for global real estate matters:’

Key clients

EDP Real Estate

Vector Mais

Corum Asset Management

Prime Yield



Volkswagen Autoeuropa




Estoril Capital Partners



AC Nielsen

TMT Tier 3

DLA Piper ABBC's TMT practice is instructed by a prestigious client base of predominantly international companies across a breadth of sectors and sub-sectors. Practice head Daniel Reis is an expert in the technology sector, with a particular focus on software licensing and IT services, cybersecurity and data protection, with the latter providing a number of instructions this year related to GDPR. Head of IP João Costa Quinta and senior associate Margarida Leitão Nogueira are key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Reis

Other key lawyers:

João Costa Quinta; Margarida Leitão Nogueira


‘Daniel Reis has a deep understanding of the tech sector and current developments. He’s a highly trusted advisor both to the legal team and to the business clients, and always a good discussion partner on a range of topics.’

‘I believe that partner Daniel Reis is the biggest reference in personal data in Portugal.’

‘I work only with Daniel Reis, whom I have known for many years. I highlight his work as knowledgeable, pragmatic and efficient.’

Key clients

Axalta coating systems


AC Nielsen

Hard Rock Cafe


Grupo Multipessoal

Visteon Portuguesa, Lda.

Michael Page

Prime Yield

Yamaha Motor Portugal


Intellectual property Tier 4

With a strong focus on e-commerce, technology and communications, DLA Piper ABBC provides a variety of advisory services involving the protection of IP rights. Corporate partner João Costa Quinta, who leads advice to a range of multinational clients, leads the team, which also includes senior associate Margarida Leitão Nogueira, whose experience covers data protection, commercial contracts and IP matters. She is a key point of contact for clients in the life sciences sector.

Insolvency and restructuring Tier 5

DLA Piper ABBC's sizeable restructuring team in Lisbon acts for a wealth of overseas and domestic clients, with a particularly strong base in banking and financial services, reflecting the expertise of the wider firm. International corporations in a variety of industries also instruct the practice, which is jointly led by Nuno Azevedo Neves and João Costa Quinta, with Gonçalo Castro Ribeiro and Vanessa Antunes being further key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Nuno Azevedo Neves; João Costa Quinta

Other key lawyers:

Gonçalo Castro Ribeiro; Vanessa Antunes


‘Nuno Azevedo Neves and Gonçalo Castro Ribeiro – dedication, monitoring and quality of work.’

‘Dedication and deep legal knowledge.’

‘Full involvement and deep professionalism.’

Global Co-Chairs: Roger Meltzer and Andrew Darwin
Co-Chief Executive Officers: Simon Levine and Cameron Jay Rains
Number of partners: 1,500
Number of lawyers: 5,000
Languages: The firm speaks over 60 languages
Offices: Lawyers located in more than 60 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

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Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Ana Carvalho  photo Ms Ana Carvalho
 Gonçalo Castro Ribeiro  photo Gonçalo Castro Ribeiro
 Mafalda Ferreira photo Mafalda Ferreira
 João Guedes  photo João Guedes
 Vitor Madeiras Rodrigues photo Vitor Madeiras Rodrigues
Mr Benjamim Mendes  photo Mr Benjamim Mendes
 António Moura Portugal  photo António Moura Portugal
Mr Miguel Mendes Pereira photo Mr Miguel Mendes Pereira
 Catarina Portela Morais  photo Catarina Portela Morais
Mr Daniel Reis photo Mr Daniel Reis
 Inês Teixeira  photo Inês Teixeira

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