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We act for public and private entities in all matters of public law, in particular, in the fields of public procurement and the performance of public contracts, regulatory, administrative and constitutional litigation, the environment and construction. We have worked on the most important infrastructure-related transactions carried out in Portugal and in Portuguese-speaking countries, and we have solid experience in arbitration and in drafting legal opinions.

We stand side-by-side with our clients from the definition of the initial strategy until the matter is concluded. We support our clients in setting up and negotiating operations, and throughout the lifetime of those operations. The support provided by our team also extends to disputes, whether in administrative litigation, in constitutional litigation or in domestic and international arbitration. In cases where we do not directly represent the parties, we are frequently called on to provide legal opinions or to act as arbitrators. This demand reflects the strong academic background of our team.

We have played an important role in the main concession and privatisation operations, and in the most significant awards of public works contracts and public-private partnerships. We advise private companies and public decision-makers such as governments, public institutes, state companies, agencies and local authorities.

Our team has handled various international infrastructure projects, particularly in Angola, Mozambique, Senegal, Cape Verde, Guinea and São Tomé and Príncipe. In these projects, we have acted for Portuguese and international companies in different types of procurement and in a wide range of areas such as transport, energy, water and sanitation.

In the construction segment, we have advised public entities in designing the public procurement strategy and in drafting the tender documents. We have also advised various private promoters and, in particular, we have consolidated experience in international construction contracts, including under the FIDIC framework.

We monitor market developments and the diversification of legal structures closely, and have worked on planning and restructuring of various universities, and in litigation in regulated sectors such as finance, pharmaceuticals, energy and transport. We are also specialists in dealing with the Court of Auditors and the Constitutional Court.

Specializations

They know our business - that’s their value. They are very good on arbitration and administrative law, and have a very good team. On the one hand, they know the law and our business, but they are also very proficient, very proactive and client-orientated. I’d rather not speak about improvements - they are well as they are.
Chambers Europe
2019 Public & Administrative Law Recommended Tier 2

"Clients report that the department's "degree of dedication to the customer is impressive and also underline team members' "in-depth knowledge of the applicable legislation and full understanding of the procedures.""

2018 Public & Administrative Law Recommended Tier 2

"The team maintains a strong presence in the market, able to provide comprehensive advice with its substantial team. Notable practice in concession agreements and public tenders."

2017 Public & Administrative Law Recommended Tier 2

"Their knowledge in public concessions is fundamental. Also the focus and experience shown are excellent assets that give confidence to the client."

The Legal 500
2019 Public Law Recommended Tier 1
2019 Oporto Market Recommended Tier 1
2018 Public Law Recommended Tier 1
2017 Public Law Recommended Tier 1
Who's Who Legal
2019 Government Contracts Global Leaders
Best Lawyers
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