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Abreu Advogados

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Chairman of the Board of Directors: Carmo Sousa Machado
Managing Partner: Duarte de Athayde
Number of partners: 28
Number of lawyers: 200
Languages: English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish

Firm Overview:
Abreu Advogados is among the three largest law firms in Portugal, with a team of over 200 lawyers in a company of over 300 professionals. Abreu Advogados is a full-service law firm with offices in Lisbon, Porto and Funchal, focused on ten main practice areas. It was the first law firm to adopt a professional management structure committed to creating a client-oriented culture that offers: highly responsive teams, business-oriented advice and cost-effective structures. In order to provide top legal support to clients, wherever they may be, Abreu International Legal Solutions created six desks formed by lawyers highly experienced in international law who work closely with renowned local partners in emerging economies, such as Angola, Brazil, Cape-Verde, China, Mozambique and Timor-Leste. This allows the firm to provide a smoother experience in jurisdictions where legal risks would usually be higher. As an active member of the community, lawyers at Abreu Advogados are driven by sustainability and the belief that their activities must be led by transparency and the highest ethical and quality standards: respecting people, caring for the environment and nurturing future generations.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Corporate & Commercial:
Abreu Advogados’ commercial and corporate law practice area has extensive experience and strong expertise in commercial and corporate law, being subdivided in specialised groups, which guarantee that professional services are provided through areas of expertise comprising corporate and commercial; mergers and acquisitions; private equity; transportation and maritime law; insolvency and corporate restructuring.
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The firm’s litigation practice is very experienced in assisting domestic and international clients, in their operations and businesses. It is particularly efficient in preventing and solving disputes, and guarantees the necessary assistance in civil, commercial and criminal litigation, as well as in national and international arbitration.
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Public & Environmental:
Abreu Advogados provides legal services through a number of specialised working groups in the fields of administrative and litigation law, public tenders and procurement, environmental and spatial planning law and energy and natural resources.
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Banking & Finance:
The firm provides legal services in the fields of securitisations, asset management, derivatives, capital markets and project finance. Having always invested in innovative areas of the banking law, Abreu Advogados has – through its investigative work, conferences and debates – contributed to allow the clarification of the legal and tax treatment of new and more complex financial products, such as derivatives, collateral instruments, CDOs and CBOs, as well as other structured products.
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Tax is one of Abreu Advogados’s key areas and the tax team assists clients in relation to tax matters of a wide nature, subdivided into five working groups, dedicated to local taxation, international taxation, Madeira’s free trade zone, tax litigation and private clients. Abreu Advogados also assists clients in matters related to local tax duties, notably including IRC (corporate income tax), IRS (individual income tax), IVA (VAT), IMI (real estate tax), IMT (real estate transfer tax), stamp duties and excise duties.
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Real Estate:
Abreu Advogados has wide-spread and proven experience in real estate, providing legal services through a number of specialised working groups in the fields of property finance, property acquisition, real estate investment funds, hotel and leisure, zoning and planning, the environment and retail and renovation.
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The firm’s employment law practice is highly experienced in all matters related to employment law, including daily assistance regarding legal and conventional provisions; drafting of labour contracts; contract termination agreements; collective bargaining agreements/negotiations; assistance in corporate mergers and acquisitions and in corporate restructuring redundancies; stock options plans and other fringe benefits; social security issues.
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Competition, Regulatory & EU:
The competition, regulatory and EU practice combines great capacity in competition and European law with the experience and multidisciplinary know-how necessary for providing integrated best solution to its clientele, including major national and international players. The department has been commended for its effective teamwork and timely service delivery in complex cases.
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Intellectual Property & IT:
Abreu Advogados has extensive experience in intellectual property and IT law. The practice area acts in particular for corporate entities requiring specialised legal assistance and a range of complementary services. The intellectual property practice has a comprehensive service approach to clients’ commercial requirements, including industrial property rights and copyright protection, enforcement, media and advertising guidance, drafting and revision of IP licensing and related contracts, IT law, internet law and domain name disputes.
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The firm’s sports law practice has wide experience and expertise in sports legal matters, in areas as diverse as taxation, labour, litigation, intellectual property and public law. The sports law practice is able to efficiently assist clients in dealing with all their sports related legal and tax problems.
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