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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 and close legal guidance of its clients as one of Portugal’s most respected and reputable legal practices. SLCM is made up of multi-disciplinary dedicated teams with specialisation in all areas of business law, a significant track record in the Portuguese economy and a rapidly growing overseas clientele. SLCM’s in-depth knowledge and experience of its clients’ operational environment and the way they work is its main focus. At SLCM, teams are lean and compact with communication between lawyers and the organisations they serve being as clear and direct as possible. Thus helping to become naturally embedded in client’s activities. SLCM offers a full service which accompanies client’s 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
Private Equity
Projects Real Estate & Planning
Restructuring & Insolvency

Corporate & M&A:
With a comprehensive understanding of all areas of corporate law, SLCM’s corporate and 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 firm’s aim is to deliver successful deals that provide complete cover across the spectrum of legal issues, with a practical integration of all areas of the firm’s expertise. By integrating multidisciplinary teams with deep knowledge in each specific area of expertise (competition, banking and finance, tax, etc), the corporate M&A 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, [email protected]; Rafael Lucas Pires, [email protected]; Martim Anahory, [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. The firm provides the expertise and talent to achieve practical and expedient solutions for the client. SLCM’s lawyers also act as counsel or arbitrators due to arbitration is experiencing significant growth in civil, corporate and administrative areas.
Contacts: Luis Miguel Cortes Martins, [email protected]; Maria Raquel Moreira, [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. This includes financing transactions, debt restructuring, equity and debt capital market transactions. The firm also offers a team focuses on the structuring and monitoring of collective investment schemes, investment funds, private equity structures, insurance companies and intermediaries.
Contacts: Maria Raquel Moreira, [email protected]; Rafael Lucas Pines, [email protected]

Restructuring & Insolvency:
Due to a climate of global economic uncertainty restructuring and insolvency has become a leading area in SLCM. Its advisory is strongly connected to its banking and finance, and real estate and planning departments. The firm 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 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 on European and domestic environments. The team advises 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. The firm has an extensive track-record in the full spectrum of competition law, allowing both the structuring, negotiating and implementing complex remedy packages.
Contact: Miguel Pena Machete, [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 Pines, [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 protected]

Real Estate & Planning:
SLCM’s planning department combines a singular focus and in-depth knowledge of clients and the market, with an intimate understanding of the minefield of legislation, planning codes and permissions, in order to anticipate obstacles and propose solutions which incorporate the expertise of its investment and business arms. The firm’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 its clients’ projects do not jeopardise their commercial viability.
Contact: Marisa Mirador, [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 both domestically and internationally 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, [email protected]; Martim Anahory, [email protected]

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

Intellectual Property, Publicity & IT:
For many businesses, intellectual property has become one of their most important assets. Protecting IP from unwarranted use by third parties is essential in maintaining value. SLCM ensure its clients retain fully protected copyrights, trademarks and patents, through national and international registration, 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 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. Clients: SLCM’s client base includes several large Portuguese and foreign multinational companies involved in cross-border activities. SLCM has significant specific experience in mergers and acquisitions, having participated, either on the sell or buy-side, in some of the most relevant M&A deals that have occurred in Portugal in the last few years, including in banking, financial services, energy, telecoms, infrastructure, agro-industry, food and beverages, healthcare, sports and media, real estate, public administration, mining and consumer goods sectors.