Tax Department

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What the team is known for Recognised team with strengths in advisory and contentious tax mandates. Particularly strong in the areas of banking, insurance and real estate. Effectively advises on tax issues arising from M&A transactions and provides assistance with transfer pricing matters and VAT. Also handles cross-border work.

Strengths A market commentator notes: "They have a very good tax practice and a very good litigation team, and they have good transfer pricing expertise."

Work highlights Acted for Novo Banco on the tax aspects of the disposal of a real estate portfolio with a book value of EUR717 million to New York-based Anchorage Capital Group.

Notable practitioners

Fernando Castro Silva is described as "a brilliant lawyer with expertise in financial services" by one source, while another interviewee notes: "He is very good at accounting and tax." His experience includes assisting clients with the tax aspects of corporate acquisitions and reorganisations, indirect tax and contentious tax matters.

Head of department Pedro Miguel Braz is a respected figure in the market, noted for his work on tax disputes. He frequently assists financial institutions and corporate clients in relation to complex tax litigation.

Tiago Cassiano Neves is a respected practitioner who is praised for his level-headed approach to matters, one source commenting: "He does not provide clients with aggressive solutions and indefensible solutions; whatever he recommends is something that he knows is rock-solid for the clients." He is  adept at advising international clients on the tax aspects of acquisitions, disposals and energy projects.