DLA Piper ABBC > Lisbon, Portugal > Firm Profile

1200-410 LISBON

Portugal > Employment Tier 1

DLA Piper ABBC operates a premier employment practice in the Portuguese market. The firm is the first port of call for a wide range of high-profile domestic, foreign and multinational clients with operations in the country. The team is highly adept in both advisory work in tandem with M&A and restructurings, as well as complex disputes and litigation. Labour expert and veteran Benjamim Mendes spearheads the practice, and maintains a loyal and household name client roster. João Guedes’ employment expertise is also broad; he can often be found acting for clients in the banking, insurance and life sciences industries, among others. Senior associate Vítor Madeiras Rodrigues supports the department and is building a notable practice in collective bargaining negotiation and restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Benjamim Mendes; João Guedes

Other key lawyers:

Vítor Madeiras Rodrigues; Daniela Rosa; José Esfola


‘The specialization of the professionals we contact, the individualized treatment and the quick and careful response make the difference.’

‘The team takes a management approach, compared to the usual more legal approaches. The important thing is to overcome barriers, complying with the legislation, mitigating risks but without blocking the activity.’

‘From the outset, Benjamim with his knowledge, experience and management vision has been able to choose people who help him while keeping this same line, such as Daniela Rosa and more recently José Esfola, and always available, Vitor Madeira Rodrigues.’

‘What has always made the firm different is the combination of the lawyers’ technique and knowledge with their availability and ability to find solutions.’

‘The vast pool of high quality lawyers gives them a special dimension and the proximity they create with clients is essential to make a difference – and of course results are also important.’

‘Our work is in particular with our partner João Guedes. João distinguished himself by his enormous legal capacity and court practice, his quick and brilliant intelligence, by the security he conveys to clients and by the proximity he creates with them, with a remarkable availability.’

‘Great experience and knowledge of various sectors of activity; multidisciplinarity of partners and associates; excellence in reconciling legal matters with the organization’s reality; excellent advice in all aspects covered by this office.’

‘The team, experience and guidance, focused on management, are what sets this company apart. The service is always of high quality and with an excellent speed of response.’

Portugal > Transport Tier 1

A leader in the aviation sector, DLA Piper ABBC‘s practice covers the full range of aviation-related matters. A go-to for international and domestic clients for aviation finance, aircraft registration, tax matters, competition, regulatory matters and litigation, the team balances a broad and busy practice. António Moura Portugal is considered a longstanding expert in the field and leads the team. Beyond the partner level, Inês Teixeira supports the team and maintains a strong regulatory practice, and Catarina Portela Morais focuses on complex litigation.

Practice head(s):

António Moura Portugal

Other key lawyers:


‘This law firm has worked with us for many years. The experience acquired over the years offers them a deep knowledge of the activity in air transport and its complexity. This knowledge gives them a very big advantage.’

‘António Moura Portugal, Ines Teixeira and Catarina Portela Morais are all recommended.’

‘Critical mass well above average and strategic vision on a very specific, highly regulated sector (commercial aviation).’

‘António Moura Portugal undoubtedly tops my list. Francisco Alves Dias and Inês Teixeira make up the team. Very resourceful and very knowledgeable.’

‘Department with in-depth knowledge of aviation and transport law. A very complete team, with good knowledge of how the regulatory network works, providing advice in tax and customs related terms.’

‘I’d highlight António Moura Portugal, Inês Teixeira, and Francisco Alves Dias.’

Key clients

Air France-KLM



Turkish Airlines



Wizz Air



Qatar Airlines

Work highlights

  • Advised Lufthansa in regulatory matters such as the renewal of airport licenses and the implementation of the carbon charge, in addition to all litigation and passenger claims.
  • Represented IATA, the International Air Transport Association, on the aviation carbon charge file and in all meetings with aviation stakeholders.
  • Assisted easyJet in the successful defence in passenger claims and infringement procedures launched by ANAC as well on regulatory and competition matters.

Portugal > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

A diverse corporate client base comprising heavyweights from the financial, infrastructure, real estate, energy, pharmaceutical and industrial sectors, turns to DLA Piper ABBC for legal support in the context of big-ticket M&A. The firm is a popular destination for international corporations, private equity funds and financial institutions given its global presence, which facilitates the running of multi-jurisdictional transactions. Nuno Azevedo Neves has a strong background in privatisations and is often instructed in transactions in the financial services sector. Private equity and venture capital deals are among João Costa Quinta's fields of specialist knowledge, while Gonçalo Castro Ribeiro excels in cross-border deals and financial regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Nuno Azevedo Neves; João Costa Quinta; Gonçalo Castro Ribeiro

Other key lawyers:

Rita Costa Carvalho; Nuno Castelo Branco


‘Our experience with DLA Piper ABBC has been extraordinary to the point that in recent years we have not felt the need to turn to other law firms.’

‘Nuno Azevedo Neves is at the highest level of competence in his area.’

‘Great availability, permanent interaction with the client, competence in the services provided and efficiency in execution.’

‘João Costa Quinta is recommended for his enormous competence, permanent availability, and strategic thinking.’

‘DLA Piper’s team in Portugal is result-oriented and capable of providing tailor-made solutions. The fact that it is an international firm with offices all over the world helps a lot when dealing with a multi-jurisdictional transaction.’

‘They are very committed to the projects and treat them as their own. Nuno Azevedo Neves and Nuno Castelo Branco stand out.’

Portugal > Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

DLA Piper ABBC has been particularly busy advising several domestic and multinational companies on the implementation of data protection compliance programmes. João Costa Quinta oversees the department, which also includes data protection and cybersecurity specialist Daniel Reis, who has been increasingly active assisting digital businesses with data breach matters. Vanessa Patrocínio is another noteworthy practitioner; she combines in-depth knowledge of GDPR compliance matters and data breach preventative measures.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:


‘Proactive, practical and innovative at the same time, it anticipates the challenges that the client may face. It supports and monitors as if it were in-house, combining legal assistance with practical day-to-day solutions.’

‘In-depth knowledge and a very pragmatic view of matters relating to the protection of personal data.’

‘We value the expertise of Daniel Reis and also his simplicity in addressing complex matters.’

‘Availability and attention to detail.’

‘Daniel Reis – know how, pragmatist, solutions facilitator, integrated vision between reality and legal obligations/limitations. Vanessa Patrocínio is also recommended.’

‘Daniel Reis is an excellent professional, endowed with high technical knowledge, knowledgeable about the practice and available to the client.’

‘The service provided stands out for its professionalism, availability and flexibility of response. There is good collaboration and prompt response to customer needs.’

Portugal > Energy and natural resources Tier 2

With particular strength in electricity-related matters, DLA Piper ABBC is predominantly sought after by international investors seeking assistance with the entire spectrum of energy and natural resources mandates, encompassing finance, projects, M&A and regulatory issues. Department leader Nuno Azevedo Neves oversees all transactions handled by the team pertaining to the energy sector. At the non-partner level, Nuno Castelo Branco stands out for his knowledge of energy regulations and project development. Catarina Gamito left in November 2021 for an in-house position, and Mafalda Ferreira left in December 2021.

Practice head(s):

Nuno Azevedo Neves

Other key lawyers:


‘The services provided by the team were exceptional in terms of approaching the client and the business, personalised follow-up and speed of execution.’

‘Nuno Castelo Branco was very available, efficient and quick in negotiating and preparing a complex transaction.’

‘Client focused & pragmatic.’

Key clients























Work highlights

  • Advised Investec and Kommunalkredit on the refinancing of a 220 MW solar project in Portugal developed by an Irish renewable energy company.
  • Advised PO and Sonangol on a petroleum products storage terminal with a capacity of not less than 500,000 cubic metres.
  • Advised Statkraft on general energy regulatory matters.

Portugal > Tax Tier 2

Global firm‘ DLA Piper ABBC ‘provides high-quality tax services‘ in Portugal, covering transactional, advisory and contentious work on behalf of a diverse domestic and international client base. Clients operating in the financial services, gambling, energy and transport sector routinely seek the team’s assistance in relation to high-profile corporate transactions as well as litigation, with a particular focus on disputes arising from VAT assessments. António Moura Portugal specialises in contentious matters, including judicial claims and arbitration, and oversees the department. Names to note at the non-partner level include Inês Teixeira, who has recently been leading on litigation cases involving the energy and tobacco industries, and Ana Carvalho, who ‘is one of the best VAT lawyers in Portugal‘.

Practice head(s):

António Moura Portugal

Other key lawyers:


‘The tax department is one of the best operating in Portugal.’

‘António Moura Portugal and Ana Carvalho are unsurpassed in terms of quality of work and availability.’

‘I have worked with DLA Piper ABBC for many years and it has always been my firm of choice. Quick and clear answers, great client service and a lot of solidity in what they transmit. I have been working with António Moura Portugal, who is one of the founding partners of DLA Piper ABBC in Portugal.’

‘In my case I work more with António Moura Portugal, valuing his pragmatism, practical sense and knowledge of the sectors in which he works in. For me it is essential to work with a lawyer who does not complicate and who is an effective help in solving problems – that’s why I work so much with António and his team.’

‘DLA Piper is a global firm, with international quality standards. Provides high-quality tax services.’

‘Ana Carvalho is one of the best VAT lawyers in Portugal. She is knowledgeable and capable of providing insights to the client in a responsive and efficient manner.’

‘The service provided is very good, I highlight in particular the monitoring and availability of the tax team. The firm has shown flexibility over the last few years in relation to our group and has adapted very well in the context of the pandemic.’

‘I would like to highlight the name of Inês Teixeira, who is in fact a very experienced lawyer. I particularly like working with her, as she is very incisive, upfront and clear. Handles matters quickly and efficiently.’

Portugal > Banking and finance Tier 3

The banking and finance team at DLA Piper ABBC acts for a diverse client roster, comprising domestic and international credit and financial institutions, in relation to financing transactions and regulatory work. Department co-head Nuno Azevedo Neves is particularly experienced in cross-border transactions and privatisations; he is the main contact for banks, financial institutions and funds. Fellow co-leader Gonçalo Castro Ribeiro focuses on distressed asset deals, project finance and financial regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Nuno Azevedo Neves; Gonçalo Castro Ribeiro

Other key lawyers:

Nuno Castelo Branco


‘DLA Piper ABBC is result-oriented and provides tailor-made solutions. The fact that it is an international firm with offices all over the world helps a lot when dealing with a multi-jurisdiction transaction.’

‘They are very commited to the projects and treat them as their own. Nuno Azevedo Neves and Nuno Castelo Branco are recommended.’

‘International firm that is a safe choice for Pan-European transactions.’

‘Good relationship with their colleagues located in Spain so it is a good international firm for the Iberian market.’

Key clients

Caerus Real Estate Funds

Investec Bank Plc

Kommunalkredit Austria AG

European Energy Efficiency Fund (EEEF)

Itaú BBA Europe, S.A.

Portugal > Dispute resolution Tier 3

With particular strength in acting for international clients, DLA Piper ABBC is regularly retained by players across an array of industries, including banking, construction, life sciences, insurance and energy, in complex litigation and arbitration matters. Vanessa Antunes is highlighted for her ability to ‘design and present litigation strategies’ in cases involving commercial, corporate and civil law. Antunes manages the dispute resolution team alongside Sofia Ribeiro Mendes, who stands out for her solid track record in high-profile arbitrations, where she acts as counsel and arbitrator.

Practice head(s):

Vanessa Antunes; Sofia Ribeiro Mendes

Other key lawyers:

Armindo Ribeiro Mendes


‘Team with excellent coordination of resources and leadership. Presentation of analysis with high detail of risk and response options.’

‘Excellent professionals. Always ready to help and clarify any doubts.’

‘Vanessa Antunes has in-depth knowledge of the problems addressed.’

‘The speed of response, the quality of the service, the competence demonstrated and the results obtained are very positive elements to be highlighted.’

‘DLA is an international firm that manages to benefit from a solid local team that knows the national reality well. It is a firm that therefore quickly adapts to the requirements presented to it by clients.’

‘Vanessa Antunes is a very solid lawyer, client-oriented and attentive to detail. She is able to design and present litigation strategies to the client in order to enable relevant business decisions.’

‘I highlight DLA Piper ABBC’s availability and promptness. The deep knowledge and rigour with which they approach each of the processes is also highly valued. This makes the analysis and advice provided by the firm very assertive and fruitful.’

‘In this specific area of litigation, I highlight Vanessa Antunes. She has great technical knowledge, experience and availability.’

Portugal > EU and competition Tier 3

Household name companies from a variety of sectors turn to DLA Piper ABBC for advice and representation in competition issues in the context of large-scale M&A deals, regulatory matters, EU law, antitrust proceedings and related litigation. Praised by clients for his ‘vision and ability to anticipate events far beyond matters within the exclusive scope of competition law’, department head Miguel Mendes Pereira has a stellar track record before the EU’s top courts, and possesses longstanding experience in state aid matters and merger control. Carla Marcelino is also noted for her work in cartel investigations and competition law infringement matters.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Mendes Pereira

Other key lawyers:


‘Miguel Mendes Pereira is the partner responsible for the Competition Law Department with whom we have a relationship and have known for several years. He has enormous experience in the area and has demonstrated, in the various actions in which we have been involved, a vision and ability to anticipate events far beyond matters within the exclusive scope of Competition Law.’

‘Flexible team, adapted to the client’s needs.’

‘Miguel Mendes Pereira stands out. ’

‘Excellent vision of the challenges and the intended themes, always with innovative solutions.’

Portugal > Projects and project finance Tier 3

DLA Piper ABBC handles a variety of project-related matters on behalf of its diverse client roster, which includes players from the financial, infrastructure, transport, industrial, distribution and pharmaceutical sectors. The team’s international experience is also noteworthy, especially in Portuguese-speaking African countries. Corporate finance and M&A partner Nuno Azevedo Neves oversees the finance and projects team. Gonçalo Castro Ribeiro is also well regarded for his project finance expertise, with a special emphasis on renewable energy. Mafalda Ferreira left the firm in December 2021.

Practice head(s):

Nuno Azevedo Neves

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

EDP Renováveis



Sonangol E.P.

Marubeni Corporation

African Development Bank

Energi Innovation, Aps

Canadian Solar Spain

DIGI Spain

Royal Caribbean Cruises

European Energy Efficiency Fund


Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale

China Railway Tunnel Group Co. Ltd.

Lena Engenharia e Construções, S.A.

Fosun International

Banco Santander

Portugal > Public law Tier 3

DLA Piper ABBC offers assistance to companies and public entities on a broad scope of public law matters, including M&A transactions and financings of public or regulated assets, PPP projects and administrative litigation. The ‘technically prepared and always available‘ practice – which handles matters in an array of industries, including energy, chemicals, construction, water and waste management – was particularly active advising clients from the healthcare sector in their response to the Covid-19 pandemic. In a significant development, Mafalda Ferreira left the firm in December 2021.


‘We work with DLA Piper ABBC on a continuous basis across all legal areas (corporate law, litigation, public law) and have been consistenly provided with high quality service, advice, availability. Well done DLA!’

‘The team is flexible, technically prepared and always available. They can cover different topics, making use of their internal network.’

Portugal > Real estate and construction Tier 3

DLA Piper ABBC covers a wide range of work through its real estate and construction team. With both a transactional practice and a commitment to ongoing advice and due diligence for its clients, the team advises many foreign investors with assets or investments in Portugal. Luis Filipe Carvalho heads the practice here, and is particularly adept in cross-border advice pertaining to Angolan investments. Senior associate Paulo Anjo supports the practice, focusing on daily support for clients concerning real estate asset management and investments.

Practice head(s):

Luís Filipe Carvalho

Other key lawyers:


‘Availability and concern for satisfying clients’ needs. The person I distinguish is the partner Luis Filipe Carvalho.’

‘DLA Piper is very well prepared in terms of distance contact, using different tools to keep in touch with clients.’

Key clients

EDP Real Estate

Vector Mais

Corum Asset Management

Volkswagen Autoeuropa



Estoril Capital Partners


Caixa de Previdência Benguela

Lufthansa Group

Work highlights

  • Advised BorgWarner Portugal on the purchase of property for the construction of a new factory in Portugal for electric car components.
  • Assisted and represented Maya Capital in the negotiation and conclusion of the purchase of a vast portfolio of buildings located in prime areas of Lisbon for future real estate development.
  • Assisting UBER in the expansion of the Lisbon office.

Portugal > TMT Tier 3

The TMT practice at DLA Piper ABBC has significant experience acting for international clients in matters relating to media and advertising, new technologies, telecoms and e-commerce. João Costa Quinta, who specialises in transactional work, including in the technology and communications sectors, jointly leads the team with Daniel Reis. Reis is noted for his wealth of experience in technology transactions, software licensing, telecoms and cybersecurity matters. Margarida Leitão Nogueira is another key practitioner, who is dedicated to data protection, advertising, gaming and technology-related matters.

Other key lawyers:


‘Daniel Reis is a very experienced professional in this area and very knowledgeable about our business, as he has been working with us for about 15 years.’

In my opinion, Daniel Reis is the biggest reference in telecoms and personal data in Portugal.’

Portugal > Insolvency and restructuring Tier 5

DLA Piper ABBC fields a team of experienced lawyers with deep knowledge of complex restructurings and judicial insolvencies. The team offers legal support to a host of domestic and international clients, and is often involved in cross-border matters. The practice is jointly led by Nuno Azevedo Neves and João Costa Quinta, both of whom specialise in transactional work, including private equity. Vanessa Antunes is seasoned in restructuring cases and dispute resolution, while Gonçalo Castro Ribeiro is regularly involved in distressed debt deals and other financing matters.

Practice head(s):

Nuno Azevedo Neves; João Costa Quinta


‘Constant search for innovative solutions in a highly regulated sector.’

‘Vanessa Antunes is a very professional person with excellent technical skills.’

‘The quality of service and results they have provided us distinguish DLA Piper ABBC from other law firms in our experience.’

‘Knowledge of the sector, proactivity.’

‘Attention to detail and availability. Vanessa Antunes is great.’

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.

Please see https://www.dlapiper.com for further information about the firm.

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