Editors Reception and Awards - Lisbon

The Chambers Editors' Reception was the perfect way to end a full day of insights and interesting panel discussions and offered distinguished networking opportunities with ranked lawyers and clients.

This evening also saw awards given to top ranked firms and individuals from the region. As part of the ceremony, attendees had the opportunity to be part of the Chambers GC Influencers presentation. This is a prestigious list recognising an influential group of industry-leading professionals in this market. The list is now available here.

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Chambers Portugal Awards - Winners & Shortlists 2019

Corporate/M&A

Campos Ferreira, Sá Carneiro & Associados
Linklaters
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados
PLMJ
VdA

Winner: PLMJ

Dispute Resolution

CMS
Linklaters
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados
PLMJ
Uría Menéndez Abogados

Winner: Uría Menéndez Abogados

Finance

Campos Ferreira, Sá Carneiro e Associados
Linklaters
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados
PLMJ
VdA

Winner: Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados

Public Law

Garrigues
Linklaters
PLMJ
Sérvulo & Associados
Uría Menéndez Abogados
VdA

Winner: Sérvulo & Associados

Real Estate

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados
Uría Menéndez Abogados
VdA

Winner: VdA

Client Service

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados
PLMJ
VdA

Winner: Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados

Outstanding Contribution

Pedro Cassiano Santos, VdA

The “always marvelous” and “easy to work with” Pedro Cassiano Santos of VdA is highly commended for his knowledge and client service, with commentators praising his undeniable expertise in debt capital markets and labelling him “a pioneer of banking in Portugal.” He frequently supports leading corporates and financial institutions, and his vast client list comprises important names from both Portugal and further afield, including Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Money Gram and WiZink Bank, whom he assists with regulatory matters, debt issuances and transactional operations.

Lifetime Achievement

José-Miguel Júdice, PLMJ

“A reference in dispute resolution,” PLMJ’s José-Miguel Júdice boasts a lengthy track record acting in high profile arbitration mandates. His vast experience spans counsel and arbitrator appointments in proceedings involving countries as diverse as The Netherlands, Brazil and Equatorial Guinea, and during his illustrious career he has acted for sovereign states, telecommunications groups and Portuguese or other European banks. He is adept at handling proceedings under ICC, CAM-CCBC or ad hoc rules, and clients report that he is “remarkably intelligent.”

About the winners

Corporate/M&A

PLMJ maintains a stand-out position in Portugal for its high calibre support in M&A transactions, including private equity deals. Interviewees praise the corporate department for its swift responses, proximity to the client and high-quality advice, and single out the team is a go-to partner for important corporate operations. In addition to being a leading player in domestic transactions, the department is frequently called upon to assist with complex multi-jurisdictional operations, as evidenced in its advice to Oxy Capital and three others on its sale of shares in Fitness Hut to Viva Gym Group, involving Malta, the UK and Spain.

Dispute Resolution

Uría Menéndez’s dispute resolution team continues to garner praise for its sophisticated handling of complex domestic and cross-border issues, further to receiving plaudits for its technical prowess, availability and hardworking attitude. Able to provide first-rate support across the gamut of contentious issues, the team is perhaps best known for its stand-out abilities in financial disputes and its extensive experience in white collar crime proceedings. The group’s client roster consists of leading financial institutions, former directors and corporates, including Odebrecht, whom it advised in connection with the ‘Lava Jato’ case.

Finance

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados financial and capital markets departments comprise some of the market’s most reputed and experienced practitioners, who support important names from both Portugal and abroad, including international financial institutions and key domestic players wishing to issue debt or refinance projects. Interviewees commend the group’s ability to align with clients’ business objectives, technical prowess and abilities in multi-jurisdictional mandates. Sources also attest to the firm’s lengthy experience across a variety of operations, which range from project finance through to regulatory support, via debt issuances and securitisations. The firm demonstrated its expertise in advice to Deutsche Bank and Banco Comercial Português on Galp's issue of EUR5 billion 1% notes under its EMTN programme.

Public Law

Sérvulo & Associados boasts a sterling reputation as a leading firm for public law matters, thanks to a longstanding legacy in the practice area and renowned professionals who have made significant contributions to the current Portuguese legal system. The group attracts both public and private clients with its specialised knowledge and high quality output, and is frequently called upon to assist with innovative and complex public law issues. The department showcased its abilities in advice to Ministério da Defesa Nacional on a programme for the development and production of the KC-390 aircraft, alongside the Republic of Brazil and EMBRAER.

Real Estate

VdA has gone from strength to strength in the real estate space with its dedicated team, able to support clients across the gamut of mandates related to real estate. Interviewees are quick to pinpoint the group’s strategic support, adding that the lawyers show prowess in negotiations and commercial nous, as well as high levels of technical expertise. The group’s client roster comprises leading names from the hospitality and leisure, banking and real estate industries, whom it supports in asset acquisitions, development projects and construction agreements.

Client Service

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is repeatedly singled out for its superb client service and is known for “valuing the relationship with the client, and investing in it.” Interviewees expand that “the lawyers are very focused on the client and its necessities – they don’t walk around the problem, they go straight to it,” further underlining the teams’ clarity of advice, availability and communication. The lawyers’ ability to understand the client’s position and adopt a commercial approach is also recognised, as one commentator explains: “One of the things I most admire is the team’s business acumen – it has a business oriented view, which is very important for us.”