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Chambers Europe 2022

Chambers Review:

Sérvulo & Associados is a highly respected practice noted for its outstanding regulatory advice. The firm often provides assistance to prominent financial institutions and investment funds and is well placed to assist with transactional or operational issues. It has experience in the establishment and authorisation of payment services entities.

"Interviewees outline the team's 'profound knowledge of our matters and rapid capacity to understand the client'."

"Other sources highlight the lawyers' 'attention to detail and technical knowledge'."

Chambers Review:

In addition to its strong reputation for financial services regulatory work, Sérvulo & Associados has experience on the issuer side of high-value debt issuances or capital increases. The firm acts for banks, fund managers and public bodies.

"'Sérvulo & Associados is a solid and structured law firm, with great expertise and lawyers with a strong background', says one client."

"Interviewees highlight the lawyers' 'diligence, knowledge and level of service'."

Chambers Review:

Sérvulo & Associados is a recognised practice with significant activity in cross-border and domestic competition issues for private and public clients. The law firm advises on contentious proceedings, including cartel investigations, state aid matters and disputes around EU regulations. The team also provides support on merger clearance matters and assists with compliance programmes. Its client portfolio includes players from the retail, financial and pharmaceutical sectors.

"'The team gives the client close attention and is able to process huge amounts of information and complexity', says one commentator."

Chambers Review:

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.

"Clients say that the lawyers are 'very responsive', highlighting their 'experience and great knowledge'."

"'They study the dossiers in detail and have excellent technical knowledge', says another source."

Chambers Review:

Sérvulo & Associados is a public law-focused boutique with prominent activity in the employment sphere. The law firm regularly assists with the employment aspects of transactions, restructurings and compliance procedures, offering further advice on collective bargaining agreements, the employment aspects of public service contracts, redundancy processes and employment-related litigation.

"One enthusiastic client comments that 'the team is very diversified and all of its members are very used to working on international matters, which makes it natural for them to adapt to all complex and sophisticated matters'."

"Another interviewee commends the team: 'The lawyers are open and they try to understand the business specifics'."

Chambers Review:

Sérvulo & Associados has a notable practice housing a first-rate life sciences team which regularly assists leading generics clients with patent infringement and invalidity disputes. The law firm also advises pharmaceutical clients on clinical trials and patient data privacy matters, as well as on legislation around the use of biological materials and human embryos. The team is experienced in trade mark registrations and domain name disputes.

Chambers Review:

Sérvulo & Associados has a notable practice housing a first-rate life sciences team which regularly assists leading generics clients with patent infringement and invalidity disputes. The law firm also advises pharmaceutical clients on clinical trials and patient data privacy matters, as well as on legislation around the use of biological materials and human embryos. The team is experienced in trade mark registrations and domain name disputes.

Chambers Review:

Sérvulo & Associados draws on its vast experience in public law to advise public entities and state-owned companies on the regulatory and contractual elements of various domestic projects. The law firm benefits from a broad industry knowledge encompassing the public infrastructure, construction and healthcare issues. The team is well placed to advise on concessions and PPPs.

"'The team I work with presents great flexibility in the methodologies presented, tailored to each client, the nature of the projects and the recommended strategy', professes an interviewee who further appreciates Sérvulo's customer-centric approach."

"Others appreciate that the lawyers are 'knowledgeable, prompt in their responses and efficient'."

Chambers Review: 

Sérvulo & Associados is distinguished by its long-standing expertise in public law and is widely recognised in the market for its knowledge and experience. The team is noted for advising an impressive roster of public entities, for which it handles public procurement, PPPs, disputes and regulatory work. Its advice spans the telecommunications, health, energy, transport and defence sectors. The law firm also offers environment law expertise.

"One client remarks: 'Sérvulo & Associados has a good track record in this area, for having an impeccable reputation among Portuguese firms and for being able to provide a multidisciplinary approach'."

"Another client notes: 'The team demonstrates a superior technical knowledge'."

Chambers Review:

Sérvulo & Associados has a well-known department providing advice to clients on the litigious aspects of insolvency processes and liquidation proceedings. The law firm offers a solid bench of noted practitioners who advise both creditors and indebted financial institutions and companies from the transportation and construction sectors. The team also assists with special revitalisation proceedings, credit claims and restructuring plans.

Chambers Review:

Sérvulo & Associados is an established group frequently advising clients on tax planning and tax litigation matters. It further offers experience in assisting companies with tax structuring and potential tax liabilities. The team is adept at the submission of ruling requests before the Portuguese tax authorities.

Chambers Review:

Sérvulo & Associados is an independent domestic group offering expertise in promotional campaigns and advertising matters as well as software-related issues. The law firm acts for clients from a range of industries such as life sciences technology, and food and drink. The practice offers additional strength in data protection issues and reviewing of contract terms and conditions.