Firm Profile > DLA Piper ABBC > Lisbon, Portugal

DLA Piper ABBC
LARGO S CARLOS, N3
1200-410 LISBON
Portugal

Employment Tier 1

DLA Piper ABBC excels in the full array of employment matters. Practice co-head Benjamim Mendes leads advice on employment issues in the scope of large cross-border M&A deals and projects. João Guedes stands out in the field of labour litigation as well as employment transactional work.

Practice head(s):

Benjamim Mendes; João Guedes

Testimonials

Always available to help to find a good solution for both parties.

Highly qualified team, with excellent legal skills. Top performers on responses and timing.

Benjamim Mendes is technically excellent, has longstanding experience in the field, and a great approach to negotiations.

Data privacy and data protection

Leading individuals

Daniel Reis joined DLA Piper ABBC after our research period concluded but is included as a Leading Individual in recognition of his Data protection practice.

EU and competition

Leading individuals

Miguel Mendes Pereira joined DLA Piper ABBC after our research period concluded but remains listed as a Leading Individual in recognition of his EU and competition practice.

Transport Tier 1

The 'exceptional' team at DLA Piper ABBC is focused on contentious and non-contentious aviation matters, where it is instructed by leading airlines, lessors and other well-known aviation-sector clients. Leasing matters are a key focus, as are regulatory, tax, competition and employment instructions. Department head António Moura Portugal is a 'highly regarded individual in the world of air transport' and is ably supported by senior associate Inês Teixeira, who is experienced in regulatory matters. Catarina Portela Morais, who was recently promoted to senior associate, leads on passenger claims, acting on behalf of major airlines.

Practice head(s):

António Moura Portugal

Testimonials

We are very happy with the work developed by this firm.

Team quality is measured by its in-depth knowledge of operations as well as what is expected of them. The firm has this knowledge and can deliver quality work to its customers.

António Moura Portugal stands out for the openness he always demonstrates as well as his knowledge of the subject matter.

Catarina Portela Morais is very effective.

Inês Teixeira is simple and to-the-point in her approach.

António Moura Portugal is a highly regarded individual in the world of air transport.

Key clients

Euroatlantic

CASR – Civil Aviation Software Services

Valair Private Jets

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Backed up by specialist expertise across a global network, DLA Piper ABBC offers a combination of domestic and international resources to large multinationals, private equity players and financial institutions in a multitude of corporate and M&A matters. The department advises clients from a wide array of industry sectors, but shows particular strength acting in deals pertaining to the financial and energy sectors, as well as private equity and venture capital. Nuno Azevedo Neves co-leads the department, and often advises on cross-border transactions and privatisations. The team is also overseen by João Costa Quinta, who often acts for major firms in the private equity market.

Practice head(s):

Nuno Azevedo Neves; João Costa Quinta

Testimonials

The team at DLA Piper ABBC is results oriented and has great analytical skills.’

With extensive expertise in the field, the team is extremely pro-active and committed to achieving the best of results on behalf of clients.’

Some of the firm’s strengths are its immediate availability and technical competence.’

Key clients

Fosun International

Santander

Capital Criativo

Novo Banco

Ecs Capital

Ds Smith

Edp Renováveis

Holmen

Savannah Resources

Prime Yield

Tax Tier 2

Benefitting from the firm's extensive international footprint, DLA Piper ABBC is 'increasingly one of the best options for resolving cross-border tax issues' and it is valued for its 'solid knowledge and responsiveness'. The team is regularly called on to advise on complex transactional matters, and also offers significant contentious expertise. The aviation, tobacco, gambling and energy sectors are notable areas of activity for the 'assertive' team. Tax litigator António Moura Portugal leads the team and stands out for his 'vast knowledge'. Senior associate Ana Carvalho is a 'real asset' and handles complex tax structuring mandates.

Practice head(s):

António Moura Portugal

Testimonials

The knowledge the team has gained over the last few years about the sector makes it unique and today it has a collection of information and exclusive and direct competence.

The technical responsiveness in Portugal, combined with the ability to provide clients with the worldwide network of clients guarantees us high-level, fast-response tax advice that enables it to truly act as a one-stop shop.

The new venture capital tax advisory area, with the ability to bring together know-how and expertise in this area of ​​US and UK offices, is an area where it is clearly prominent in the market today.

António Moura Portugal is a high-quality lawyer with an undeniable strategic vision that gives confidence in following up our tax consultancy work. The ability to integrate knowledge from other areas of law and give a truly entrepreneurial perspective to tax matters is an asset that makes him stand out among his peers.

Ana Carvalho is a rising star in the tax attorney landscape, particularly in the cross-border tax and venture capital field.

The ability to fluently address IRC and VAT issues is also a major asset in the market.

Deep knowledge of the client’s problems and swift responses are the main advantages of the tax team.

My main contact is António Moura Portugal; he is an all-round lawyer and leads a very efficient team. Qualities I value for him are that he is pragmatic and pro-active.

Increasingly one of the best options for resolving cross-border tax issues using the DLA Piper network.’

Solid knowledge and responsiveness.’

An assertive team.’

António Moura Portugal has vast knowledge.’

Ana Carvalho is a real asset to the team.’

Key clients

bet365

JTI – Japan Tobacco International

EasyJet

Air France

Lufthansa

Kuwait Investment Authority

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)

Semapa

Trustwind

NetJets

Allianz

Finerge

Banking and finance Tier 3

DLA Piper ABBC provides advice on complex corporate finance, secured lending deals as well as regulatory advice in the financial sector. Leading the practice is Nuno Azevedo Neves, who is regularly instructed by domestic and international banks, funds and private equities and has a strong track record in cross-border transactions and privatisations. Another practitioner to note is Gonçalo Castro Ribeiro, who specialises in structured finance, distressed debt deals, project finance and securities market issues.

Practice head(s):

Nuno Azevedo Neves

Testimonials

DLA Piper ABBC provides well-rounded solutions in the banking and finance sector, and coordinates with other departments to address issues which may arise.’

Gonçalo Castro Ribeiro is an excellent lawyer and has an in-depth knowledge of the banking and finance regulation in force in Portugal.’

The team’s availability and attention to detail are second to none.’

Dispute resolution Tier 3

The litigation and arbitration team at DLA Piper ABBC represents local and international clients in a variety of matters, from debt recovery to high-profile judicial and arbitration cases. Recently promoted partner Vanessa Antunes co-heads the department and is experienced in cross-border matters involving commercial, corporate and civil law. The recent incorporation of Portuguese arbitration boutique Ribeiro Mendes reinforced the firm's dispute resolution offering: Sofia Ribeiro Mendes is now co-leading the team; Armindo Ribeiro Mendes, who has over 30 years' experience in commercial arbitrations, joined as of counsel.

Practice head(s):

Vanessa Antunes; Sofia Ribeiro Mendes

Testimonials

Good analysis, excellent planning and always working closely with the client.

Professional but friendly contact. Always available to discuss before decision has to be taken.

Great attention to detail, thorough advice and prompt handling of matters without compromising quality. Results speak for themselves.

João Nuno Azevedo Neves, Nuno Azevedo Neves and Vanessa Antunes are rigorous and extremely competent in everything they do.

Key clients

IATA

Lufthansa

Vetoquinol

Air France-KLM

IC Hotels

Allianz AG

EDP

Yamaha

Atitlan Group

MRG Group

Link Mobility Group

Salvador Caetano

HUBER+SUHNER

TEAMVIKAREN

Energy and natural resources Tier 3

DLA Piper ABBC provides legal support to clients in a range of energy and natural resources matters. Practice co-head Nuno Azevedo Neves has extensive experience in sector-related transactional work, notably high-profile financing deals. The department was recently strengthened by the arrival of Mafalda Ferreira from Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho; she is now co-leading the practice. Ferreira brings to the team a wealth of experience in energy law, project finance and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Nuno Azevedo Neves; Mafalda Ferreira

Key clients

European Energy Efficiency Fund

EDP Renováveis

Ventinvest

Trustwind

Hidroerg

Ehatb

Finerge

Enovos

Atberg

Centeol

Intellectual property Tier 3

DLA Piper ABBC undertakes a variety of work pertaining to IP. The department is under the leadership of João Costa Quinta, who regularly advises clients in the technology and communications sectors, as well as media and advertising companies. Carmina Cardoso is experienced across licensing matters, protection and transfer of IP rights, as well as administrative and judicial proceedings.

Practice head(s):

João Costa Quinta

Testimonials

The team is proactive and consistent in the advice provided.

Key clients

Grupo Multipessoal

Capital Criativo

Visteon Portuguesa, Lda.

Rigo Traiding (HARIBO)

KLM / Air France

Lufthansa

Michael Page

Prime Yield

Hard Rock café

The Hut Group

Santander

Editora Planeta Manuscrito

Yamaha Motor Portugal

ISA – Intelligent Sensing Anywhere

PPG DYRUP

Indesit Portugal

AC Nielsen

Euromaster – car Maintenance international company

Projects and project finance Tier 3

Leveraging its international footprint, DLA Piper ABBC is often engaged on cross-border projects and complex project finance mandates for domestic and international lenders and corporations. The energy and infrastructure sectors are a central focus for the team, where Mafalda Ferreira is a key practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Nuno Azevedo Neves; Mafalda Ferreira

Real estate and construction Tier 3

DLA Piper ABBC advises all types of players in the real estate market, from real estate consultancy firms to fund managers, on a range of matters, including real estate acquisitions by foreign investors. The department is led by Luis Filipe Carvalho, who has extensive experience on both domestic and cross-border matters. With a particular focus on real estate investments, asset management, development and planning, Paulo Anjo provides daily legal support to several real estate clients.

Practice head(s):

Luís Filipe Carvalho

Testimonials

What differentiates the firm is the team’s in-depth knowledge of the real estate field.

The team is used to dealing in English with international clients.

Paulo Anjo deals with lease documentation and negotiations very practically and in a straightforward way.

Luís Filipe Carvalho is a great legal advisor.

Key clients

EDP

Vector Mais – Portuguese construction and interiors company

Corum Asset Management

Prime Yield / Gloval

Pfizer

Volkswagen Autoeuropa

Brifina – Portuguese construction company

Multipessoal

Bankinter

OakTree Group (Estoril Capital Partners)

Promoquali

Pinhol

TMT Tier 3

DLA Piper ABBC undertakes a variety of work in the telecoms, media and technology sectors on behalf of a predominantly international client base. Leading the practice is João Costa Quinta, who regularly assists on private equity and other transactions involving tech and communications players, start-ups, as well as advertising, media and distribution companies. Margarida Leitão Nogueira has comprehensive knowledge in the fields of e-commerce, technology, cybersecurity, internet and digital industries. The highly regarded Daniel Reis was a new arrival from PLMJ in 2020.

Practice head(s):

João Costa Quinta

Key clients

Axalta coating systems

Fujifilm

AC Nielsen

Hard rock cafe

Tesla

Grupo Multipessoal

Visteon Portuguesa, Lda.

Michael Page

Prime Yield

Yamaha Motor Portugal

Whirlpool

Public law Tier 4

DLA Piper ABBC advises clients on a variety of matters pertaining to public law. Mafalda Ferreira recently joined from Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho and is now overseeing the department. She has a wealth of experience in the field, which encompasses public-private partnerships, administrative law, public procurement, public contracts as well as litigation and arbitration proceedings. Mariana Ricardo is also active in the department, and provides ongoing advice on public procurement matters to several domestic and international clients. Hugo Correia is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Mafalda Ferreira

Testimonials

This firm has shown a real commitment to our projects and a deep knowledge of regulations. They have been proactive to solve problems and helped a lot to get the deals done through their flexibility in drafting the contracts.

Mariana Ricardo and Margarida Leitão Nogueira have a very good hands-on approach to our projects, been available whenever we need them, have been able to understand our requirements and have worked hard to get the best solutions for our project.

Key clients

ADP Group

CIMAA (High Alentejo Intermunicipal Communit)

CIMAL (Alentejo Coastline Intermunicipal Community)

CIMBAL (Lower Alentejo Intermunicipal Community)

Dyrup (PPG Group)

EDP Imobiliária

EDP Produção

Florestal (Lindley Group)

Fujifilm

GBG Group

Grândola Municipality

Hospital das Forças Armadas

IACA (Portuguese Association of Manufacturers of Compound Animal Feed)

Lasi Eletrónica

Saica Natur (SAICA Group, European waste management company)

Savannah Resources plc

SPMS

Yamaha

Saco Property Group

ICA, I.P.

Insolvency and restructuring Tier 5

Building on its banking, finance and disputes expertise, DLA Piper ABBC is present on a range of prominent restructuring and insolvency mandates. The Lisbon-based team utilises the firm's international network to handle cross-border instructions. Nuno Azevedo Neves and João Costa Quinta are key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Nuno Azevedo Neves; João Costa Quinta

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.

Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Ana Carvalho  photo Ms Ana Carvalho
 Mafalda Ferreira photo Mafalda Ferreira
Mr João Guedes  photo Mr João Guedes
Mr Benjamim Mendes  photo Mr Benjamim Mendes
Mr António Moura Portugal  photo Mr 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

At DLA Piper we are firmly committed to diversity and inclusion. For us, diversity isn’t just about visible differences, it’s the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual and we know it’s crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued. As a global business law firm, with a diverse client base, we know that our clients expect our people to represent the communities in which we work and value our ability to advise them on both local and global cultures and markets. We believe that our approach to diversity and inclusion enables us to attract the best talent, build the most effective teams and deliver the highest level of client service.

For more information on our specific D&I initiatives please see www.dlapiper.com