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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 judgement 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 (e.g. 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
    Europe 2022 | Band 1 | 16 Years Ranked
    Linklaters moves up to the top tier of these rankings owing to strong feedback for its handling of diverse civil and public law disputes. The firm advises on court proceedings arising in relation to M&A transactions, shareholder disputes or the termination of commercial contracts. It advises major pharmaceutical companies on IP litigation. The firm's administrative law experience includes the appeal of decisions made by the Portugal's healthcare regulator and the competition authority. Linklaters has additional experience in arbitration, often assisting companies with proceedings against the Portuguese state in relation to disputed concession contracts.
  2. Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados
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    Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados
    Dispute Resolution
    Europe 2022 | Band 1 | 16 Years Ranked
    Portuguese powerhouse covering the full range of corporate, financial and commercial litigation. The firm is active in varied disputes arising for clients in the pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and energy disputes. 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 such as Angola. 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
    Europe 2022 | Band 1 | 16 Years Ranked
    Top-tier team advising on high-value commercial litigation, with further experience in international arbitration relating to construction contracts for projects in Portugal or in countries in Africa. The firm has experience on the defendant side of competition damages or product liability cases that have given rise to litigation in multiple jurisdictions across Europe. The team is well reputed for its capacity to handle criminal matters involving fraud, embezzlement, corruption or money laundering. It boasts an impressive portfolio of clients operating within the TMT, automotive and banking sectors. 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
    Europe 2022 | Band 1 | 16 Years Ranked
    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 debt recovery cases. It has experience in international arbitration flowing from the breach of contracts for the construction of major infrastructure in Latin America. The firm also handles a variety of corporate crime mandates concerning fraud, bribery and corruption. It acts for clients in the natural resources, aviation and IT sectors, as well as private individuals.
  5. VdA
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    VdA
    Dispute Resolution
    Europe 2022 | Band 1 | 16 Years Ranked
    Sizeable and multidisciplinary practice with the capacity to handle varied commercial disputes, including international arbitration. Advises on debt recovery actions, commercial claims against former distributors and litigation arising in the course of M&A transactions. Has experience in the enforcement of arbitral awards in Portugal. Provides 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. Offers impressive expertise in white-collar crime cases involving corruption, tax fraud and money laundering. Client list includes banks and companies active in the telecommunications, construction and insurance sectors.
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Band 2
  1. CMS
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    CMS
    Dispute Resolution
    Europe 2022 | Band 2 | 15 Years Ranked
    Well-regarded team with a broad coverage of corporate, commercial and administrative litigation. The firm assists Portuguese or international lenders with civil and administrative cases aimed at recovering their creditor interests, often within the context of the insolvencies of some of Portugal's biggest banks. It has experience in major cases in which creditors have sought to enforce security interests in a borrower's share capital. The firm represents clients in international and domestic arbitration proceedings, including those flowing from terminated construction contracts.
  2. Cuatrecasas
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    Cuatrecasas
    Dispute Resolution
    Europe 2022 | Band 2 | 16 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 or concession contracts. Clients include major banks, state-owned companies and private individuals.
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Band 3
  1. DLA Piper ABBC
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    DLA Piper ABBC
    Dispute Resolution
    Europe 2022 | Band 3 | 12 Years Ranked
    DLA Piper advises a variety of domestic and international clients, notably within the banking, real estate and aviation 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 or the termination of distribution agreements. The firm also handles insurance disputes.
  2. Garrigues
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    Garrigues
    Dispute Resolution
    Europe 2022 | Band 3 | 14 Years Ranked
    Highly experienced team representing key clients in the insurance, banking, construction and energy sectors in a wide scope of litigation matters. Defends financial services clients in professional liability claims and advises on debt recovery actions. Has experience in cases of 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. Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados
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    Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados
    Dispute Resolution
    Europe 2022 | Band 3 | 16 Years Ranked
    Outfit noted for its expertise in civil and commercial litigation. The firm often acts for banks on claims arising in relation to the financing and subsequent insolvency of Portuguese real estate companies. It assists with disputes flowing from the breach or termination of supply or distribution contracts. The firm has additional experience in arbitration, with a significant number of lawyers winning roles as counsel or as arbitrator in matters involving South American and African jurisdictions.
  4. Sérvulo & Associados
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    Sérvulo & Associados
    Dispute Resolution
    Europe 2022 | Band 3 | 16 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
    Europe 2022 | Band 4 | 16 Years Ranked
    Strong team handling all manner of commercial and civil litigation including damage claims, debt recovery and unfair competition matters. Offers further expertise in international arbitration. Client roster includes household names in the energy and tourism sectors. Additionally represents companies in a wide range of industries including telecommunications, healthcare and banking.
  2. CS'Associados
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    CS'Associados
    Dispute Resolution
    Europe 2022 | Band 4 | 8 Years Ranked
    Offers expertise in commercial and administrative proceedings. Noted for its capacity to handle financial services regulatory, media sector regulatory or environmental disputes. Has further strength in criminal law, regularly assisting with cases of fraud. Also present in arbitration.
  3. SRS Legal
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    SRS Legal
    Dispute Resolution
    Europe 2022 | Band 4 | 16 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 or M&A contracts. It has experience in public law proceedings seeking the modification of concession contracts. The firm's wider commercial litigation practice includes work on IP cases, shareholder disputes and claims arising under shipbuilding contracts.
  4. TELLES
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    TELLES
    Dispute Resolution
    Europe 2022 | Band 4 | 4 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 manufacturing, real estate and banking sectors in a range of contractual disputes. The firm assists with disputes arising under shareholders' agreements, supply contracts or construction contracts.
  5. Miranda & Associados
    Dispute Resolution
    Europe 2022 | Band 4
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Band 5
  1. CCA
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    CCA
    Dispute Resolution
    Europe 2022 | Band 5 | 12 Years Ranked
    Covers a wide range of litigation mandates, including civil and commercial disputes. Offers additional support in criminal law, representing both companies and individuals in matters concerning fraud, money laundering and corruption. Advises brand owners on proceedings against competitors who seek to market products with similar names. Also active in defamation claims and data protection litigation.
  2. Gómez-Acebo & Pombo
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    Gómez-Acebo & Pombo
    Dispute Resolution
    Europe 2022 | Band 5 | 9 Years Ranked
    Noted for its skill in the construction and infrastructure sectors, representing domestic clients in concession contract and construction disputes. Also acts for clients with activity in the insurance, telecommunications and energy arenas. Offers proven experience in arbitration proceedings. Also handles public law and civil litigation. Acts on international matters, including those involving Mozambique.
  3. Alves Pereira, Teixeira de Sousa & Associados
    Dispute Resolution
    Europe 2022 | Band 5
  4. Cardigos
    Dispute Resolution
    Europe 2022 | Band 5
  5. Eversheds Sutherland FCB
    Dispute Resolution
    Europe 2022 | Band 5