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Durham Agrellos

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Managing Partner: Miguel Durham Agrellos
Number of partners: 2
Number of lawyers: 6
Languages: English, Portuguese and Spanish

Firm Overview:
Durham Agrellos was founded in 2017, born of the aspiration to create a differentiated project of legal advice from its base in Portugal. It is specialised in tax law and private clients. Durham Agrellos’ partners place their experience at the service of their clients’ needs, providing solid, innovative and creative legal solutions to particularly sensitive and complex matters. Durham Agrellos has adopted an institutional model of low leverage and high specialisation, with partners’ direct and continuous involvement to ensure rigorous and personalised monitoring, guaranteeing that all hours dedicated to their clients result in effective value creation. Durham Agrellos believes that the solidity of the legal solutions provided requires a constant effort to update and deepen its lawyers’ knowledge. That is why Durham Agrellos promotes continuous training. The presence at the Academy reflects the genetic institutional value of the firm. Durham Agrellos demands a culture of the utmost rigor, hard work and sense of duty.

Main Areas of Practice:
Tax Law
International Tax Law
Tax Litigation and Arbitration
Tax and Inheritance Planning
Family Governance
Social Security Law
Customs Law
Business Law

Family Governance:
Partners:
Miguel Durham Agrellos, Paulo da Rocha Pichel
Recent work:
■ Advising on the restructuring of Engexpor Group, in the context of a significant generational transition at the shareholder level. The matter included major changes at the shareholders level, the split of businesses, the incorporation of new companies and the implementation of the group’s worldwide tax planning strategy
■ Advice and assistance to a HNW British family in the context of the termination of an irrevocable trust settled more than 30 years ago, following the demise of the family matriarch. Representation of the family in negotiations with the trustees in order to ensure that proper termination procedures to minimise adverse legal consequences in the relevant countries, allowing the implementation of a new holding structure
Key Clients: Adalberto Fashion Group, Engexpor, Yves Rocher, Vitropor, Aquitex, XP Private, Atrium Investimentos, Private Clients

Tax Controversy:
Partners:
Miguel Durham Agrellos, Paulo da Rocha Pichel
Recent work:
■ Representing Unilabs Group in discussions with the Portuguese Tax Authorities and on the transfer of several high-profile VAT proceedings (concerning the waiver of the VAT exemption on health services), in the amount of approximately €10m, to Tax Arbitration Tribunals
■ Representation of UHNW Brazilian Investors in an arbitration tribunal, where it was argued that the “special 50% tax reduction regime” applicable to real estate transactions is contrary to the Freedom of Capital as protected by EU law, as it only applies to resident entities and not entities based in third states (discriminatory treatment)
Key Clients: Unilabs, RAR, Atrium Investimentos, Private Clients

Contributions

Total 2 contributions

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