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Raposo Bernardo & Associados

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Managing Partner: Nelson Raposo Bernardo
Number of partners worldwide: 5
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 45
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish

Firm Overview:
Raposo Bernardo is a leading, full-service and independent law firm with a strong international outlook in business law, and is currently present in nine countries, in Europe and Africa. Today it is one of the largest firms in Portugal, boasting international business legal practices, with people of over 15 nationalities providing a full business law service from offices across Europe and Africa. Raposo Bernardo’s lawyers are organised in groups of specialised practice, working in multidisciplinary and international teams according to the matter under analysis, in order to ensure full support and advice, with global reach. The team is characterised by high technical skills, strong orientation towards clients and keen sensitivity to their businesses, sharing industry knowledge and sector expertise across borders, enabling specialised support within the legal jurisdictions in which the firm acts: Lisbon, Madrid and Warsaw, and joint ventures with leading firms in Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique and Sao Tome and Principe. Over time, the firm has also established strong relationships with the most reputable law firms in the largest markets in the world.

Main Areas of Practice:

Corporate & M&A:
Raposo Bernardo’s lawyers are responsible for conceiving and implementing both the most sophisticated businessmoves and assisting in the day to day consultancy to innumerous companies. Corporate law is one of the firm’s major fields of practice, providing leading legal advice on M&A, due diligence processes, restructuring operations, private equity, venture capital and corporate financing.

Banking & Finance:
The firm’s excellence of service justifies that Raposo Bernardo’s clients require its services for the most sophisticated operations within this area of practice.

Commercial Contracts:
Raposo Bernardo gives continuous support in the negotiation of agreements, also in cross-border negotiations, including the preparation, development and legal advising on contractual negotiations, for the most dynamic and demanding industry sectors.

Capital Markets:
Raposo Bernardo has acquired a high level of expertise in the capital markets area, by advising in numerous business operations and assisting on the draft of legislative projects.

Project Finance:
The accruing complexity of project financing requires the highest standards of quality. When choosing Raposo Bernardo, clients acknowledge the firm’s international level. Raposo Bernardo has been involved in the largest, most complex operations in the country, in the last years.

In recent years, this practice area has been required to deliver the most efficient solutions in very short delays. The firm has provided its clients with innovative and cost effective solutions.

Energy & Natural Resources:
Raposo Bernardo’s energy and natural resources department has been on the lead of the legal consultancy of the process of implementation of renewable energies, in all jurisdictions that the firm operates in.

Real Estate, Construction & Planning:
Over the years, the firm’s team has advised in the conception and structuring of some of the largest construction projects in sectors such as residential, retail, office and leisure.

Dispute Resolution & Arbitration:
The department is responsible for representing the firm’s clients in some of the most complex legal disputes, and has acquired top recognition for the quality of the services provided.

Restructuring & Insolvency:
The dedicated team deals with national and cross-border matters representing clients in all aspects of restructuring and insolvency. The team represents debtors in different industry sectors, banks and other financial institutions and buyers and sellers of distressed assets.

EU & Competition:
 The EU and competition team advises clients on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Advice is specially focused in anti-trust matters and M&A related matters. Lawyers in this team also advise regarding state aids and trade practices.

Compliance & Regulatory:
The department works closely with the different departments of the firm in order to help to anticipate the clients’ risk exposure and to advise them regarding procedures and programs that will allow to achieve regulatory compliance.

Health, Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences:
A highly regulated sector requires continuous assistance of leading expertise. The firm’s lawyers have a deep knowledge of the industry and its needs thus giving Raposo Bernardo’s clients the best advice they can get.

One of the most dynamic industry sectors, requiring tailor made solutions for very specific problems. Raposo Bernardo has been providing them for an increasing number of clients.

Raposo Bernardo has been assisting public and private institutions, namely in construction and planning operations and in environmental projects.

Intellectual & Industrial Property:

Raposo Bernardo helps clients protect their property, acting on behalf of multinational and national companies to protect brands, patents, logos, industrial models, among others.

Raposo Bernardo has an experienced team at the client’s service, adding value to their business, regarding complex operations of multi-jurisdictional nature.

The solid academic and professional backgrounds of the firm’s lawyers grant the firm an excellent reputation and allows Raposo Bernardo to provide top quality services to the firm’s sector-leading clients.

This is a highly competitive business activity requiring highly experienced, focused and prompt advice. Raposo Bernardo’s services meet the most demanding requirements.

The firm represents major national and multinational companies, including several of the top ranking Fortune 500 corporations, professional firms, governmental agencies and leading investment banks and other financial and commercial institutions.

International Work:
Raposo Bernardo has offices across two continents, where it has developed an extensive experience advising international clients on cross-border commercial and financial services transactions, inward investment matters and other legal requirements. The firm is vastly experienced in the re-organisation of major multinational enterprises and advises clients on investment strategies.


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