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Managing Partner: Luis Miguel Cortes Martins
Number of partners: 8
Number of lawyers: 40
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish

Firm Overview:
SLCM // Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados completed 60 years of activitiy in Portugal, being, since then, recognized as one of the country’s most respected and reputed legal practices, mainly in core areas of M&A, Dispute Resolution, Banking & Finance, Public Law, Competition & Regulatory Affairs.

SLCM is made up of multi-disciplinary dedicated teams with specialisations in specific areas of business law, a significant track record in the Portuguese economy and a rapidly growing overseas clientele. SLCM focuses on in-depth knowledge and experience of its clients’ operational environment and the way they work, with particular expertise in the sectors they operate, such as Banking and Financial Services, Energy, Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Agribusiness, Environment, Healthcare and Real Estate.

At SLCM, teams are lean and compact, with adjusted and flexible structures to meet clients needs, adequately coordinated and organized in a clear and direct manner, which helps us to become naturally embedded in our client’s activities.

Our full-service offering accompanies our client’s activity on a daily basis, encompassing primary legal care, innovative solutions and accurate and timely resolution of any issues they may have.

Main Areas of Practice: 

Corporate & M&A: With a comprehensive understanding of all areas of corporate law, SLCM’s corporate and M&A practice brings together teams of specialised lawyers to deliver a full range of high quality services. Having been involved in some of the largest domestic and international transactions to have taken place in Portugal in recent years, the firm’s aim is to deliver successful deals that provide complete cover across the spectrum of legal issues, with a practical integration of all areas of the firm’s expertise. By integrating multidisciplinary teams with deep knowledge in each specific area of expertise (competition, banking and finance, tax, etc), the corporate M&A department has a broad and reputable client base with over five decades of successful collaboration, in all key sectors of the economy.
SLCM is a leader in Portugal in Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), particularly in Privatizations, Joint Ventures, Private Equity, ensuring the follow-up of transactions in all its phases.
Contacts: Luis Miguel Cortes Martins ([email protected]) // Rafael Lucas Pires ([email protected]) // Martim Anahory ([email protected])

Dispute Resolution & Arbitration: SLCM combines experience in Dispute Resolution with an in-depth understanding of both the client's business and the principal sectors of economic activity within which they work. SLCM’s dispute resolution department has long been a key practice area at SLCM, with a team that brings its considerable skills to bear in identifying the most expedient and appropriate solutions. SLCM’s lawyers also act as counsel or arbitrators due to arbitration is experiencing significant growth in civil, commercial, intellectual property and public areas.
Contacts: Luis Miguel Cortes Martins ([email protected]) // Maria Raquel Moreira ([email protected])

Banking & Finance: In advising financial institutions and players, private equity funds and both domestic and international companies, SLCM’s banking and finance teams offer the full range of banking and financial services. This includes financing transactions, debt restructuring, equity and debt capital market transactions. The firm also offers a team focused on the structuring and monitoring of collective investment schemes, investment funds, private equity structures, insurance companies and intermediaries.
Contacts: Rafael Lucas Pines ([email protected]) // Maria Raquel Moreira ([email protected])

Restructuring & Insolvency: A specialized team with comprehensive experience and knowledge, both in the monitoring of all phases of insolvency and Special Revitalization Processes (PER), and in reaching extrajudicial agreements for credit restructuring. In a climate of global economic uncertainty, Restructuring & Insolvency has become a leading area in SLCM. Working closely with other practice areas, in particular with the Banking & Finance, Tax, Real Estate & Planning and Corporate M&A departments, providing innovative and tailor-made solutions based on the specific demands of each situation. The firm offers a highly-skilled team with track-record in handling and monitoring all stages of insolvency and special procedures for corporate recovery.
Contact: Maria Raquel Moreira ([email protected] )

Competition & Regulatory/European: SLCM’s Competition and Regulatory department advises on all aspects of competition law and regulation, adapting to the continuously evolving regulatory environment. The team has extensive experience in competition and regulation, including preparation and investigation of mergers, sponsorship of antitrust cases and sector regulation, negotiation of commitments and transactions, as well as the implementation of remedy packages.
Contact: Miguel Pena Machete ([email protected])

Capital Markets: Combining integrated skills and proven experience, SLCM’s capital market team covers the full range of specialised services including advice in debt and equity, capital/shares, bond issuing, hybrids, asset securitisation and financing transactions, as well as public and private offerings (including takeovers and IPOs).
Contact: Rafael Lucas Pires ([email protected])

Tax: SLCM’s tax law team focus on the effective implementation of solutions tailored to the reality of each project, advising individual and corporate clients in a) Investment structuring, at both national and international level, b) Carrying out restructuring operations and tax maximization through the application of tax benefits and investment incentives c) Ensuring compliance with tax obligations, minimizing risks and contingencies, d) Administrative and judicial defence.
Contact: António Schwalbach ([email protected])

Real Estate & Planning: SLCM’s Real Estate & Planning department provides legal advice on all acquisitions and sales of real estate, in portfolio asset management and in the promotion of real estate projects for residential, tourist, commercial or industrial purposes, from the initiation of the project to full execution. SLCM team has outstanding technical knowledge of planning legislation in providing real estate advice, anticipating obstacles and providing solutions which add value to the commercial economic and financial viability of its clients projects.
Contact: Marisa Mirador ([email protected])

Employment: SLCM’s employment department takes a preventive approach, working with clients to ensure the long term legal health of their human resources talent, acting as a problem solver and providing practical legal advice in HR matters. The team has extensive expertise both domestically and internationally in a wide range of sectors and high-profile individuals, addressing all areas of employment, including restructuring processes, collective redundancies, labour audits, collective bargaining negotiations, pensions, incentives and litigation.
Contacts: Inês Pinheiro ([email protected]) // Martim Anahory ([email protected])

Public Law: SLCM’s experience counselling both public entities and private companies on all areas of Public Law. SLCM’s expertise focuses on reconciling rigorous treatment of the juridical issues whilst bearing in mind the intended result. Strategy, efficiency and public responsibility are crucial aspects that SLCM’s public law team weighs up when formulating contracts, structuring procedures or defending the interests of private tenderers and private contracting parties.
Contacts: Miguel Pena Machete ([email protected])

Intellectual Property, Publicity & IT: SLCM advises on intellectual property, notably in matters related to trademarks, industrial designs, patent protection, copyright and unfair competition, advertising, e-commerce, data protection, use of domain names and related subjects. The team has wide experience in IP litigation and arbitration and has successfully represented its clients in major disputes.
Contact: Dário Moura Vicente ([email protected])

International Work: SLCM has extensive international experience mainly in M&A and banking and finance, having advised domestic and international clients on several cross-border transactions in the past years.

SLCM’s client base includes several large Portuguese and foreign multinational companies involved in cross-border activities. SLCM has significant specific experience in mergers and acquisitions, having participated, either on the sell or buy-side, in some of the most relevant M&A deals that have occurred in Portugal in the last few years, including in banking and financial services, energy, telecoms, infrastructure, agro-industry, fast moving consumer goods, healthcare, real estate and public administration.

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Portugal

Banking & Finance
Band 4
Corporate/M&A
Band 3
Dispute Resolution
Band 3
Employment
Band 4
Restructuring/Insolvency
Band 2

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Portugal

Banking & Finance


Ana Guedes Teixeira
Associates to watch

Competition/European Law


Miguel Pena Machete
Band 3

Corporate/M&A


Alexandra Martins
Associates to watch
Luís Miguel Cortes Martins
Eminent Practitioners
Rafael Lucas Pires
Band 3

Dispute Resolution


Luís Miguel Cortes Martins
Band 1

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Luís Miguel Cortes MartinsDispute Resolution
Band 2
Luís Miguel Cortes MartinsDispute Resolution: Most in Demand Arbitrators
Maria Raquel MoreiraRestructuring/Insolvency
Band 3
Miguel Pena MacheteCompetition/European Law
Rafael Lucas PiresCorporate/M&A
Maria Raquel MoreiraDispute Resolution
Band 4
Inês PinheiroEmployment
Associates to watch
Ana Guedes TeixeiraBanking & Finance
Alexandra MartinsCorporate/M&A

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Rua General Firmino Miguel nº 3

(Torre 2), 10º-B

Lisbon

Lisbon

Portugal

1600-100

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