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Europe Portugal Banking & Finance

A broad-based definition of banking transactions, which include both borrower and lender clients. The following topics are included: Acquisition finance: transactions involving arranging finance for acquisitions acting for either the lender or the borrower; Islamic Finance: Sharia-compliant work such as acquisitions, forming funds to invest in real estate and commercial properties, issuing of Sukuks; General bank lending: syndicated lending, structured finance, leveraged finance, NPLs; Project finance: financing of infrastructure and industrial projects.; Refinancing: The refinancing and restructuring of existing loans and debtor in possession financing is also included. Where there isn’t a dedicated Restructuring / Insolvency section, work relating to restructuring in distressed situations, bankruptcy and insolvency is also considered here.

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Band 1
  1. CS'Associados
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    CS'Associados
    Banking & Finance
    Europe 2022 | Band 1 | 12 Years Ranked
    CS'Associados is a highly specialised banking and finance outfit boasting a deep bench. The law firm advises a considerable number of banks and credit institutions, assisting both domestic and international clients with a range of transactions including acquisition and project finance matters as well as loan restructurings. The team is additionally skilled in debt refinancing, acting on both the borrower and lender sides. The firm has proven experience in the financing of real estate transactions.
  2. Linklaters
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    Linklaters
    Banking & Finance
    Europe 2022 | Band 1 | 16 Years Ranked
    Linklaters has a well-respected Portugal team acting on high-profile domestic and cross-border transactions on behalf of key banking and finance players. The team advises banks or borrowers on acquisition finance, with further experience in debt restructuring mandates and real estate finance. It acts for buy-side international asset managers and sell-side Portuguese originator banks on NPL and REO portfolio transactions, with additional experience acting for third-party lenders on the financing of the same. The firm has notable energy and infrastructure sector expertise.
  3. Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados
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    Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados
    Banking & Finance
    Europe 2022 | Band 1 | 16 Years Ranked
    The law firm benefits from a widely reputed team with a multidisciplinary approach, handling the full scope of banking and finance mandates. The lawyers frequently act for lenders on acquisition finance and restructurings. The team has demonstrable experience in varied real estate and project finance matters, including financing the acquisition of real estate asset portfolios or negotiating development finance agreements in support of new residential or commercial projects. It has strong cross-border capabilities and notable experience in lusophone African matters.
  4. VdA
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    VdA
    Banking & Finance
    Europe 2022 | Band 1 | 16 Years Ranked
    Leading law firm with an expansive bench and an impressive reputation. VdA has a solid client roster which includes major domestic and international banks and other financial institutions. The team advises on the full scope of transactional and regulatory matters, with outstanding expertise in debt restructurings and securitisation mandates. The firm assists with the sale of existing securitisation notes and handles applications to the Portuguese financial services regulator for the authorisation of new securitisation companies. It also offers strong cross-border capabilities involving other lusophone countries, having advised African banks on the financing of domestic public infrastructure projects.
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Band 2
  1. Cuatrecasas
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    Cuatrecasas
    Banking & Finance
    Europe 2022 | Band 2 | 16 Years Ranked
    Major Iberian law firm covering the full scope of domestic Portuguese and cross-border banking and finance transactions. The team acts for lender syndicates providing capital for private equity-driven leveraged buyouts. It assists with the financing of real estate transactions and has experience in significant debt restructuring mandates. Cuatrecasas also attracts attention for its work on the structuring and authorisation of alternative investment funds, including venture capital and real estate funds.
  2. PLMJ
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    PLMJ
    Banking & Finance
    Europe 2022 | Band 2 | 16 Years Ranked
    PLMJ is adept at handling the full breadth of banking sector mandates, including cross-border transactions across various European nations. The team advises prominent domestic banks, foreign corporates and international investors on a range of financing mandates. It has experience in the financing of real estate acquisitions, loan portfolio bids or corporate transactions. It handles debt refinancing operations, including for promoters of Portuguese energy projects. It also assists with regulatory and fund formation matters for asset management companies.
  3. Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho
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    Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho
    Banking & Finance
    Europe 2022 | Band 2 | 16 Years Ranked
    Compact group admired for its expertise in the banking and finance arena. It has acted on the buy side of several high-value NPL transactions or acquisitions of loan servicing platforms. It advises on the negotiation of credit facilities in support of residential developments or logistics asset purchases. Uría Menéndez also houses regulatory specialists who are well placed to advise on diverse matters that entail interaction with the Portuguese financial services regulator, including the merger of retail banks or the establishment of new payment services companies in Portugal.
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Band 3
  1. Garrigues
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    Garrigues
    Banking & Finance
    Europe 2022 | Band 3 | 12 Years Ranked
    Garrigues moves up in the rankings owing to strong praise for its handling of diverse finance transactions. The firm advises a roster of major banking clients and investors on various mandates, including the negotiation of acquisition, real estate and project finance agreements. The lawyers have proven experience in issues concerning the sale and acquisition of NPL portfolios.
  2. Sérvulo & Associados
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    Sérvulo & Associados
    Banking & Finance
    Europe 2022 | Band 3 | 11 Years Ranked
    Sérvulo & Associados is a highly respected practice noted for its outstanding regulatory advice. The firm often provides assistance to prominent financial institutions and investment funds and is well placed to assist with transactional or operational issues. It has experience in the establishment and authorisation of payment services entities.
  3. SRS Advogados
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    SRS Advogados
    Banking & Finance
    Europe 2022 | Band 3 | 16 Years Ranked
    Domestic group experienced in assisting national corporations and international banks with a wide range of finance mandates. SRS Advogados has experience in the establishment and authorisation of fund management companies. It advises on cross-border facility agreements granted in favour of African borrowers. The law firm also offers further strength in banking sector M&A.
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Band 4
  1. Abreu Advogados
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    Abreu Advogados
    Banking & Finance
    Europe 2022 | Band 4 | 16 Years Ranked
    Abreu Advogados acts for various banks and financial institutions on domestic and cross-border finance mandates, with experience in standout matters involving energy projects in Mozambique. The team demonstrates strength in asset finance and in M&A operations in the financial sector. The lawyers also assist borrowers with debt restructurings.
  2. CMS
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    CMS
    Banking & Finance
    Europe 2022 | Band 4 | 13 Years Ranked
    CMS offers considerable strength in finance, acquisition and restructuring mandates. The team assists a variety of domestic enterprises, banks and international investors with finance matters. It also assists international banks with Portuguese financial services regulatory topics.
  3. DLA Piper ABBC
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    DLA Piper ABBC
    Banking & Finance
    Europe 2022 | Band 4 | 13 Years Ranked
    DLA Piper ABBC benefits from a strong international brand and proven cross-border capabilities to attract work for international clients with operations in Portugal. The firm advises a roster of major banks and other financial institutions on a range of acquisition finance, project finance and financial services regulation mandates.
  4. Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados
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    Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados
    Banking & Finance
    Europe 2022 | Band 4 | 8 Years Ranked
    Local law firm covering the full spectrum of banking and finance services, including debt restructuring, NPL acquisitions and structured finance. The firm assists Portuguese lenders with the assignment of credit rights as part of the sale of commercial loans. It also has experience on the borrower side of loan agreements for the acquisition of real estate assets or the development of new real estate projects.
  5. CARDIGOS
    Banking & Finance
    Europe 2022 | Band 4