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Europe Portugal Dispute Resolution

The work covers the full course of a dispute such as pre-trial negotiations, documentation and preparation for trial, summary judgment motions, trial, appeals and enforcement proceedings. Priority is given to mandates that result in litigation/alternative dispute resolution, rather than to advisory or preparatory work. The work should include commercial disputes, arbitration and white-collar crime (in some jurisdictions this is a separate section or subsection). In jurisdictions where there are also separate rankings for more specific areas of litigation (eg, IP, construction, etc) work relating to these areas will be primarily considered in these more specific areas rather than in the general Dispute Resolution table.

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Band 1
  1. Linklaters
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    Linklaters
    Dispute Resolution
    2023 | Band 1 | 17 Years Ranked
    Linklaters has a wide-ranging practice covering a variety of civil and public law disputes. The firm is well placed to advise on highly complex multi-jurisdictional disputes in the banking sector as well as administrative law proceedings. The department has further experience representing clients against the Portuguese state. Its client list comprises key market players from the financial, health and public sectors. The team is also well adept at assisting with arbitration proceedings, including compensation claims, patent infringements and breach of commercial agreements.
  2. Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados
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    Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados
    Dispute Resolution
    2023 | Band 1 | 17 Years Ranked
    Morais Leitão is a Portuguese powerhouse covering the full range of corporate, financial and commercial litigation. The firm is active in varied disputes arising for clients in the banking, telecommunications and pharmaceutical sectors. It handles commercial arbitration relating to post-M&A disputes or failed construction contracts, including standout ICC cases that have a key link to lusophone jurisdictions. The firm has additional expertise in criminal litigation, defending domestic companies and private individuals against allegations of tax fraud, money laundering and corruption.
  3. PLMJ
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    PLMJ
    Dispute Resolution
    2023 | Band 1 | 17 Years Ranked
    PLMJ boasts a top-tier team advising on high-value commercial litigation, with further experience in international arbitration relating to construction contracts for projects in Portugal and in countries in Africa. The firm has experience on the defendant side of competition damages and product liability cases that have given rise to litigation in multiple jurisdictions across Europe. The lawyers are well reputed for their capacity to handle criminal matters involving fraud, embezzlement, corruption or money laundering. The team offers strong geographical coverage with offices in Lisbon, Porto and the Algarve, in addition to branches in Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa.
  4. Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho
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    Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho
    Dispute Resolution
    2023 | Band 1 | 17 Years Ranked
    Uría Menéndez is a sophisticated practice covering a wide range of contentious matters. The firm represents domestic and international banking institutions in civil and administrative proceedings, including competition law appeals or the defence of regulatory enforcement actions. It acts on high-value shareholder disputes and complex group restructuring cases. The team has experience in international arbitration flowing from the breach of contracts for the construction of major infrastructure in Latin America. The lawyers also handle a variety of corporate crime mandates concerning fraud, bribery and corruption. The team acts for clients in the textile, banking and aviation sectors, as well as private individuals.
  5. VdA
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    VdA
    Dispute Resolution
    2023 | Band 1 | 17 Years Ranked
    VdA has a sizeable and multidisciplinary practice with the capacity to handle varied commercial disputes, including international arbitration. The team advises on debt recovery proceedings, corporate disputes and claims arising from the termination of distribution agreements. It has further experience in the enforcement of arbitral awards in Portugal. The lawyers provide support across Portuguese-speaking jurisdictions including Angola, Mozambique and São Tomé and Príncipe, assisting with diverse matters ranging from environmental claims to investor-state arbitration. The team also offers impressive expertise in white-collar crime, advising clients on corruption, tax fraud and money laundering mandates.
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Band 2
  1. CMS
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    CMS
    Dispute Resolution
    2023 | Band 2 | 16 Years Ranked
    CMS has a well-regarded team with a broad coverage of corporate, commercial and administrative litigation. The firm assists Portuguese and international banks with civil and administrative proceedings, with further activity representing clients in international and domestic arbitrations. The lawyers are experienced in corporate litigation, damages claims and shareholder disputes. The team offers additional expertise in litigations arising from concession agreements.
  2. Cuatrecasas
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    Cuatrecasas
    Dispute Resolution
    2023 | Band 2 | 17 Years Ranked
    Cuatrecasas has a dedicated criminal law practice which frequently handles cases involving allegations of tax fraud, forgery and bribery. The firm offers further support in post-M&A disputes, competition damages claims and banking litigation. It assists with international arbitration proceedings arising in relation to the termination of commercial agreements and concession contracts. Clients include major banks, state-owned companies and private individuals. The team has recently been strengthened by the joining of two notable disputes lawyers as a result of the firm's integration with Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados in January 2023.
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Band 3
  1. DLA Piper ABBC
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    DLA Piper ABBC
    Dispute Resolution
    2023 | Band 3 | 13 Years Ranked
    DLA Piper team advises a variety of domestic and international clients, notably within the banking, finance and transportation sectors. It has a strong arbitration practice, with key lawyers acting either as counsel or as arbitrator in international disputes relating to M&A transactions, construction contracts and the termination of distribution agreements. The firm also handles insurance disputes.
  2. Garrigues
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    Garrigues
    Dispute Resolution
    2023 | Band 3 | 15 Years Ranked
    Garrigues has a highly experienced team representing key clients in the insurance, banking, construction and energy sectors in a wide scope of litigation matters. It frequently acts for clients on corporate and commercial litigations, as well as IP infringement, unfair competition and product liability. The firm also acts on international arbitration mandates, including disputes relating to Portuguese infrastructure projects or failed M&A transactions. Clients benefit from the firm's extensive international offices, with branches spanning the Iberian peninsula and the Americas.
  3. Sérvulo & Associados
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    Sérvulo & Associados
    Dispute Resolution
    2023 | Band 3 | 17 Years Ranked
    The firm offers comprehensive service in litigation and arbitration. It has acted for the insolvency estates of several Portuguese banks on cases brought by creditors. It assists banks, funds and public bodies with high-value debt recovery actions. The firm has experience in the defence of civil liability claims, including within the context of environmental disasters or medical malpractice. Criminal law is a further strength for the team, focusing on financial and corruption-related offences. It advises major domestic clients with activity in various industry sectors, including natural resources, life sciences, real estate and sport.
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Band 4
  1. Abreu Advogados
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    Abreu Advogados
    Dispute Resolution
    2023 | Band 4 | 17 Years Ranked
    Strong team handling all manner of commercial and civil litigation including damage claims, debt recovery and unfair competition matters. The lawyers offer further expertise in international arbitration. Client roster includes household names in the energy and sports sectors. The team additionally represents companies in a wide range of industries including real estate, healthcare and banking.
  2. CS'Associados
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    CS'Associados
    Dispute Resolution
    2023 | Band 4 | 9 Years Ranked
    CS'Associados offers expertise in commercial and administrative proceedings. The team is noted for its capacity to handle financial services regulatory, media sector regulatory or environmental disputes. It has further strength in criminal law, regularly assisting with cases of fraud. The team also assists clients with domestic and international arbitrations.
  3. Miranda & Associados
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    Miranda & Associados
    Dispute Resolution
    2023 | Band 4 | 3 Years Ranked
    Miranda & Associados has a solid team with an impressive client list consisting of public bodies and major companies in the energy and finance sectors. The firm acts on international arbitration that often relates to planned energy or infrastructure projects. It assists with reimbursement claims arising from PPAs. The firm boasts strong cross-border disputes capabilities, particularly in cases involving African countries such as Cabo Verde and Mozambique.
  4. SRS Legal
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    SRS Legal
    Dispute Resolution
    2023 | Band 4 | 17 Years Ranked
    SRS Legal handles a diverse caseload consisting both of commercial and public law disputes, including several high-value cases. The firm advises on arbitration mandates relating to breaches of construction contracts, lease agreements and M&A contracts. It is well placed to advise clients from the construction, banking and real estate sectors. The firm's wider commercial litigation practice includes work on IP cases and shareholder disputes and claims arising under real estate contracts.
  5. TELLES
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    TELLES
    Dispute Resolution
    2023 | Band 4 | 5 Years Ranked
    The firm earns market recognition for its skill in civil litigation and arbitration proceedings, particularly in the north of Portugal. It frequently represents clients operating in the healthcare, real estate and energy sectors in a range of contractual disputes. The firm assists with disputes arising under shareholders' agreements, supply contracts or construction contracts.
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Band 5
  1. CCA
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    CCA
    Dispute Resolution
    2023 | Band 5 | 13 Years Ranked
    CCA team covers a wide range of litigations, including civil and commercial disputes. The firm offers additional support in criminal law, representing both companies and individuals in matters concerning fraud, money laundering and corruption. It advises brand owners on proceedings against competitors who seek to market products with similar names. The team is also active in defamation claims and data protection litigation.
  2. Eversheds Sutherland
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    Eversheds Sutherland
    Dispute Resolution
    2023 | Band 5 | 10 Years Ranked
    Eversheds Sutherland benefits from a team of respected disputes lawyers with experience both in debt recovery actions and in administrative proceedings. The team also assists with shipping disputes and compensation claims.
  3. Gómez-Acebo & Pombo
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    Gómez-Acebo & Pombo
    Dispute Resolution
    2023 | Band 5 | 10 Years Ranked
    Noted for its skill in the construction and infrastructure sectors, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo represents domestic clients in concession contract and construction disputes. The team also acts for clients from within the insurance, telecommunications and energy. It offers proven experience in arbitration proceedings. The lawyers also handle public law and civil litigations. The team acts on international matters, including those involving Mozambique.
  4. Alves Pereira, Teixeira de Sousa & Associados
    Dispute Resolution
    2023 | Band 5
  5. Ferreira Pinto Cardigos
    Dispute Resolution
    2023 | Band 5