Duarte Abecasis

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Practice Areas

Public law, Energy, Environment, Infrastructure and PPP.

His practice includes, in particular, advising central and local public bodies, and natural persons, on tendering procedures for the granting of public works concessions (motorways, public transport, water supply and waste treatment); electricity production from alternative forms of energy; the management and operation of port terminals; upstream and downstream abstraction, purification and distribution of water and solid waste; tourism projects in Portugal; and the restructuring of automotive groups.


Partner of Cuatrecasas since 2005. Partner of Luiz Gomes, Abecasis & Associados (1987-1992). Senior Partner of Luiz Gomes & Associados (1992-2005). Deputy and Assistant to the Secretary of State for the Budget (1981-85). Auditor of the Defense Public Institute since 2005. Vice chairman of the board of directors of ADVOC Europe (International Network of Independent Law Firms).

Professional Memberships

Member of the Portuguese Bar Association. Member of the Commission for establishing and setting up the Sines IH (Heavy Industrial) zone. Vice chairman of the board of directors of ADVOC EUROPE (International Network of Independent Law Firms). Arbitrator at the Administrative Arbitration Center and at the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Arbitration Center.


Law degree from the University of Lisbon Law School, 1980.