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Baker Tilly

The tax department at Baker Tilly Portugal specialises in tax and transfer pricing consultancy, providing all services related to these two practices. The tax department is led by Tiago Almeida Veloso. Baker Tilly Portugal has offices in Lisbon, Oporto and Leiria and the management in Portugal also leads Baker Tilly’s practices in Angola and Mozambique.

In the last 12 months the firm has provided VAT advice on nutritional services supplied by gym clubs in the context of a buyer due diligence related to the acquisition of one of the largest gym chains in Portugal. The team has also aassisted investors in structuring a real estate operation in central Lisbon. 

Former member of the DLA Piper tax team, Pedro Manuel, joined Baker Tilly Portugal as an associate partner in 2017.

Belim Legal Services

Catarina Belim and Raquel Petisca are the key contacts at Belim. Catarina Belim founded the firm in 2016 and Raquel Petisca joined her in 2017. Belim specialises in indirect tax, covering VAT, excise duties and customs. Within these fields the firm assists multinational and national clients in the design, structure and implementation of their operations in Portugal and cross-border. 

Belim is very active helping clients in VAT refunds matters, advising on the classification and applicable VAT rates of products and services. Over the last 12 months the firm has been involved in a case involving a major dispute that has been ongoing since 2011. It involved the denial of input VAT in the amount of €1.3 million. 

Raquel Petisca joined the firm during the research period from Deloitte. 

Client feedback

“Quick responses and excellent quality work.”

CCR Legal

Founded in January 2018, CCR Legal is an independent law firm and a member of the PwC member firm network that provides legal services in over 85 jurisdictions.

The team is led by led by Cristina Cabral Ribeiro and focuses on tax matters related to M&A, corporate and commercial contracts, real estate and labour law in addition to handling tax litigation.

Cuatrecasas

Cuatrecasas has over 20 years of experience practicing tax law. Diogo Ortigão Ramos is managing partner of the tax department and specialises in tax litigation, financial taxation, indirect taxation, private clients and family businesses.

During the research period the firm assisted with the tax structure and negotiation of Artá Capital’s acquisition of Energyco/Gascan held by Eficácia Verde SGPS.

Deloitte

The Deloitte Portugal team currently employs 557 professionals and is one of the largest tax practices in Portugal, providing services from Lisbon and Oporto.

The team is highly specialised, by industry sectors and by specific taxes, and is led by managing partner Carlos Loureiro.

DLA Piper ABBC

DLA Piper and ABBC formerly integrated in 2017 and the firm has one of the widest networks of any outfit in Portugal.

The tax department specialises in aviation, tobacco, online gambling and energy. António Moura Portugal is a key contact at the firm and focuses on tax litigation and on highly regulated sectors including tobacco, excise duties and online gambling. 

In the last 12 months the firm represented a client in several law suits against the Airport of Lisbon and the Civil Aviation Authority in regard to airport taxes. The team also represented a company in a large litigation case against the Lisbon Municipality in relation to waste management charges.

Durham Agrellos & Associados

Durham Agrellos was founded in 2017 and is specialised in tax law and private client matters. Miguel Durham Agrellos is an Anglo Portuguese lawyer and founding partner.He has been active in the legal industry in tax advisory for 19 years. Miguel is based in Portugal, dividing his time between the two major cities – Lisbon and Porto. 

During the research period the firm advised and assisted on the restructure of a family owned group operating in the glass industry. The team also assisted a client on the coordination of various legal issues regarding redomiciliation to Portugal which involves coordinating in several jurisdictions.

EY

The EMEIA Tax Center at EY is organised as a supranational entity covering the entire Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) region, with its Intercompany Effectiveness and operational transfer pricing practice serving clients’ needs across all jurisdictions.

Led by Oslo-based partner Sveinung Baumann-Larsen, it brings together multi-disciplinary experience and resources focused on IT, accounting, and tax from the entire region in its work. This work covers some of the leading global companies in their respective fields and includes those involved in retail and consumer products, energy and pharmaceuticals, to name but a few.

Garrigues

Fernando Castro Silva is the managing partner of the tax department at Inerian corporate heavyweight Garrigues which is also part of the Taxand international network. 

The tax team advises leading companies acting in Portugal such as Banco Santander, Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Samsung, Fosun, Fidelidade, BBVA, Auchan, Globalvia and others. In the last year the firm provided tax advice to BBVA in relation to the merger of BBVA Portugal into BBVA Spain.

JCG Advogados

JCG Advogados is a boutique law firm specialised in tax and legal matters. The firm was founded in 2016 by José Calejo Guerra and João Diego Stoffel.

The team has advised various clients on the design of different tax structures during the research period.

Lança & Associados

Lança & Associados is headed by Joana Lança. The firm is a tax boutique and focuses on wealth management, immigration and social security. The firm provides clients with advice on transfer pricing, tax planning, tax strategies for transactions, cross-border issues and the resolution of difficult tax controversy matters.

During the research period the firm advised a client on the tax implications of the notification received from the social security authorities regarding social security debts and represented the client in tax litigation cases before the social security authorities and the court.

Linklaters

UK ‘magic circle’ firm Linklaters’ Portuguese tax team is led by Rui Camacho Palma, who was promoted to partner in 2017.  He has extensive experience in international tax planning and transactional tax matters, including structuring a wide array of both inbound and outbound investment projects, managing the tax traits of cross-border transactions and advising on the tax aspects of public and private M&A.

During the research period the firm is acting for The Carlyle Group in relation to the tax aspects of its acquisition of a 60% stake in the Logoplaste Group from Filipe de Botton and Alexandre Relvas, as well as on the subsequent reorganisation of the group and the negotiation of the related financing.

pbbr

pbbr specialises in stand-alone tax advice, tax driven restructurings and corporate support work. João Marques Pinto is an of counsel and a key contact at the firm. He has over 25 years' experience in tax advice, planning and litigation.

During the research period the firm advised on a matter related to the claiming of property transfer tax for a group of investors in a Portuguese resort named “Monchique Resort”.

PLMJ

PLMJ’s tax practice has a wide client portfolio including blue-chip companies and international and Portuguese banks befitting its status as one of Portugal’s leading transactional and corporate law firms. Managing partner Nuno da Cunha Barnabé leads the tax team in Lisbon.

During the research period the tax team advised the Amtrol Group on the Portuguese tax and competition law matters of the sale of the 100% interest of its subsidiaries Amtrol Holding Portugal SGPS and Amtrol-Alfa Metalomecânica. The firm also advised Finerge on the tax aspects of its acquisition of Âncora-Wind Group.

PwC

PwC’s tax services comprise corporate and international tax structuring, global compliance services, financial services, tax management and accounting services, indirect taxation, individuals’ taxation, immigration, M&A and transfer pricing. Jaime Esteves leads the tax practice in Portugal and has over 20 years' experience in tax law.

During the research period the firm has been tasked with analysing the tax implications of a restructuring and proposing solutions that could simplify its legal and operational aspects for a client.

The team has also advised a public entity from a West African Country on the development of tax audit programmes, tax training and the development of tax audits for major taxpayers.

Rogério Fernandes Ferreira & Associados

Tax boutique Rogério Fernandes Ferreira & Associados has partnerships with law firms all over the world, mainly in Portuguese speaking countries, such as Angola, Mozambique and Brazil, but also in other non-Portuguese speaking countries, such as China. Founding partner Rogério Fernandes leads the practice.

During the research period the team has advised a client on the tax procedures related to the sale of its shares. The firm has also been involved in several VAT matters and work in the aviation industry.

Uría Menéndez-Proença de Carvalho

The tax practice at Inerian firm Uría Menéndez – Proença de Carvalho comprises 16 lawyers, including two partners Filipe Romão and Marta Pontes.

During the research period the firm advised a client on the tax structuring of an acquisition of a large company and its subsidiaries. The firm also advised Alantra in the acquisition of a majority shareholding in the Portuguese Group MD Moldes.

Client feedback

“High level law firm which provides expert advice.”

Vieira de Almeida & Associados

The tax practice at Vieira de Almeida & Associados provides advice in Portugal and abroad through its VdA Legal Partners network. The tax team is led by Tiago Moreira who specialises in work in the financial, energy, pharmaceutical, communications, real estate and services sectors.

During the research period the firm advised on a competitive sale process where M&A concerns had to be framed within public law and banking resolution concepts. The firm has also advised a client in the setting up of their investment structures, acquisitions and development of all projects in Portugal.

Client feedback

“They provided us with practical legal solutions and in-depth legal advice regarding a difficult long-standing fiscal dispute.”