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Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados

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Managing Partner: Luis Miguel Cortes
Martins Number of partners: 9
Number of lawyers: 40
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish

Firm Overview:
Lisbon based SLCM has over 50 years of specialised experience providing close legal guidance to its clients as one of Portugal’s most respected and reputable legal practices. SLCM is made up of dedicated, multi-disciplinary teams with specialisation in all 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. At SLCM, teams are lean and compact with communication between lawyers and the organisations as clear and direct as possible, helping to become naturally embedded in clients’ activities. SLCM’s full service offering accompanies clients’ activity and provides tailor-made professional advisement.

Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance
Capital Markets
Competition & Regulatory / EU
Corporate & Commercial / M&A
Dispute Resolution & Arbitration
Intellectual Property, Publicity & IT Public
Private Equity Projects
Real Estate & Planning
Restructuring & Insolvency

Corporate & M&A:
With a comprehensive understanding of all areas of corporate law, the corporate 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 aim is to deliver successful deals that provide complete cover across the spectrum of legal issues, with a practical integration of all areas of its expertise. By integrating multidisciplinary teams with deep knowledge in each specific area of expertise (competition, banking and finance, tax) the department has a broad and reputable client base with over five decades of successful collaboration, in all key sectors of the economy.
Contacts: Luis Miguel Cortes Martins, Rafael Lucas Pires, Martim Anahory
Emails: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Dispute Resolution & Arbitration:
Litigation demands absolute understanding of the client’s business, the surrounding environment and the meticulous eye of a seasoned litigant. SLCM’s dispute resolution department has built an extensive knowledge base which reaches into all the core sectors of the Portuguese economy. SLCM provides the expertise and the talent to achieve practical and expedient solutions to their clients. Their lawyers also act as counsel or arbitrators as arbitration is experiencing significant growth in civil, corporate and administrative areas.
Contacts: Luis Miguel Cortes Martins, Maria Raquel Moreira
Emails: [email protected], [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 including financing transactions, debt restructuring, equity and debt capital market transactions. SLCM also offers a team focused on structuring and monitoring collective investment schemes, investment funds, private equity structures, insurance companies and intermediaries.
Contact: Maria Raquel Moreira, Rafael Lucas Pires
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Restructuring & Insolvency:
With a climate of global economic uncertainty restructuring and insolvency has become a leading area in SLCM with its advisory strongly connected to their banking and finance and real estate and planning departments. SLCM offers a highly-skilled team with track-record in handling and monitoring all stages of insolvency and special procedures for corporate recovery. With a strong focus on extrajudicial agreements in distressed situations, SLCM provides innovative and tailor-made solutions based on the specific demands of each situation.
Contact: Maria Raquel Moreira
Email: [email protected]

Competition & Regulatory/European:
SLCM’s competition and regulatory/EU law department focuses on supporting clients through the constantly changing regulation laws and on providing M&A teams with the support they need, both in European and domestic environments. The team is able to advise clients through the local regulatory environment, providing the most prudent routes to achieve successful outcomes, always aware of regulatory requirements, according to the activity sector. With an extensive track-record in the full spectrum of competition law allowing both structuring, negotiating and implementing complex remedy packages.
Contact: Miguel Pena Machete
Email: [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: [email protected]

SLCM’s tax law team understands that small differences can have long term effects not only for their domestic clients but also for their expanding overseas clientele. SLCM’s team is able to facilitate the connection between all aspects of client’s activities to achieve the optimum tax synergy for the current conditions.
Contact: António Schwalbach
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate & Planning:
SLCM’s planning department combines a singular focus and in-depth knowledge of their clients and the market with an intimate understanding of the minefield of legislation, planning codes and permissions, anticipate obstacles and propose solutions, incorporating the expertise of its investment and business arms. SLCM’s expertise covers all types of acquisitions and disposals of real estate, portfolio asset management and strong involvement in projects to ensure that the planning challenges faced by their clients’ projects do not jeopardise their commercial viability.
Contact: Marisa Mirador
Email: [email protected]

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 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, Martim Anahory
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

SLCM’s experience counselling both public entities and private companies on public law matters, gives them a holistic comprehension of the effects of public policies in all kinds of business and economic sectors. SLCM’s expertise leans on reconciling the rigorous treatment of the juridical issues 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
Emails: [email protected]

Intellectual Property, Publicity & IT:
Protecting IP from unwarranted use by third parties is essential in maintaining value. SLCM ensures its clients retain fully protected copyrights, trademarks and patents, through national and international registration and drafting licensing contracts that are adapted to their specific needs. The team has wide experience in IP litigation and arbitration and has successfully represented its clients in major disputes.
Contact: Dário Moura Vicente
Email: [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.