Carlos de Sousa e Brito & Associados
Carlos de Sousa e Brito & Associados (CSBA) is a leading law firm established in 1976. CSBA's practice covers basically all major areas of corporate and business law, including tax advising and tax management, and has acted since its foundation as legal advisor to representative members of the international and Portuguese business communities. In order to expand its cross-border services to its clients, CSBA works in conjunction, on a non-exclusive basis, with a diversified range of law firms in several European countries (within the EU or otherwise), Brazil, USA and the Portuguese speaking African countries. The close working relationship between CSBA’s lawyers and their respective clients is one of its most valued assets. CSBA believes that understanding the clients concerns is a vital element of the firm’s philosophy of rendering high-quality service. Its lawyers are prepared to solve potential breakdowns, eliminate dead-ends and propose alternatives. If a transaction is multifaceted and/or complex, lawyers from various departments, co-ordinated by a senior lawyer, will work together to ensure continuity. CSBA also has a standard policy of a double-team assignment, with an in-charge and alternative lawyer, per project, although an interchange of options is usually the basic technique employed. By responding readily to the clients’s needs, adopting a flexible, pragmatic and business-like approach, and providing clear and constructive advice, CSBA’s lawyers offer and maintain the highest standards in rendering their services. CSBA is continuously trying to update and develop its skills to meet new demands and strategies.CSBA’s lawyers are regular contributors to several legal publications - Journal of International Banking Law, International Financial Law Review, Mergers and Acquisitions (Euromoney), the Guide to the World Equity Markets, European Corporate Finance Law, European Environmental Law Guide, Essential Merger Control Quarterly, among others.Facilities available:- Secretarial services- Telephone- Audio visual facilities including large screen presentation of computer generated data- Conference call facilities- Specialised legal translations department- Library and information department- Computer department- Publications departmentPRACTICE AREAS OF SPECIALIZATIONAircraft - This area represents an increasing part of the firm's workload. Domestic and foreign clients are advised in matters involving lease agreements, international tax structuring, registration and repossession of aircrafts.Banking - CSBA has large expertise in banking. Its advisory services cover all main aspects of the applicable regulations (monetary, foreign currency, etc.) as well as the operational spectrum of banking. Particular emphasis has been given to the "engineering" and structuring of particular transactions and new financial instruments or products proposed to be developed by its clients. The latter includes more recently and inter alia, back-to-back loans, options and derivative instruments.Competition - Large experience in both Portuguese and EU Competition Laws and Directives. CSBA has been also particularly active in agency and distribution agreements, licensing and trade marks.Corporate and Project Financing - The firm has been retained by multilateral and state owned organizations in connection with projects carried out in Portugal (greenfield, turn-key and expansions) involving loan, equity and quasi-equity investments as well as the related subsequent divestment and repatriation. Corporate financing is also an important part of CSBA's portfolio.Finance and Capital Markets - CSBA has a large experience in the legal aspects of underwriting (both on a best-effort and on a firm basis), stock exchange listings, debt to equity transactions, offering and placing of securities, risk/portfolio management and related services.Industrial and Manufacturing – CSBA has assisted clients, many from green-field, in the metalomechanic, electronic and pharmaceutical areas.Intellectual and Industrial Property - CSBA has been frequently acting in software related problems, in biotechnological matters and in general patent and trademark issues.Large Investment Contracts - CSBA has acted for clients in large investment contract negotiations, obtaining packages of subsidies and State Aid. Market Borrowings - The major international market borrowings made by the Portuguese banks have been counseled by CSBA.Privatization (Infrastructure) - CSBA has been involved in several privatizations in Portugal. The underwriting of TELECOM, Banks and Insurance Companies are the most recent cases.Public Tenders and Procurement - CSBA advises foreign investors on all matters related to the filing and the submitting of tenders in Portugal, as well as appeals against wrongful decisions from the Administration. Telecommunications, energy and transportation are some of the areas where CSBA's services have been required.Real Estate – CSBA has a large experience in what concerns property investments, planing and zoning.Restructuring and Mergers & Acquisitions - The firm has been involved in several M&A transactions in recent years. Particular emphasis is always given to the overall economic aspects (and not merely legal) and the human resources allocated to the business or corporation to be restructured/merged.Tax Planning and Advising - A significant part of the firm´s practice is related to tax planning and tax advising in the framework of the available instruments to increase domestic and cross-border efficiency. Insofar as the legal perspective of taxation is concerned, CSBA has often advised not only direct clients but also several international auditing firms. CSBA has a large experience in what concerns offshore investments.Telecommunications - CSBA has a deep knowledge of the Telecommunications law and has acted for several national and international clients.We are recognised as leaders for our expertise in:- Banking- Biotechnology Law- Commercial Litigation- Commercial Property- Construction- Corporate and Commercial- Employment- Healthcare- Information Technology- Insolvency- Licensing- Pensions- Planning- Public Sector- Offshore Foundation of Companies in MadeiraIn addition, we have developed specialisms in the following:- Advertising- Advocacy- Alternative Dispute Resolution- Arbitration- Competition and Anti-Trust- Corporate Finance- E-mail Commerce- Employee Share Schemes- Environment- European Law- Franchising- Health and safety- Intellectual Property- Joint-venture Agreements- Partnerships- Personal Tax and Trusts- Project Finance- Professional and Medical Negligence- Residential Property- Telecommunications

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