Franco Caiado Guerreiro & Associados
Franco Caiado Guerreiro has a general practice in all areas of law. However, the firm is better known for its services in areas such as: Commercial and Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Banking, Finance Tax and Fund Law, Labour and Social Security Law, Real Estate Law and Intellectual Property, as well as the areas of Internet, Telecommunications and IT Law.Our clients include industrial and commercial companies from all business sectors, utilities, banks and other financial institutions, insurance companies, professional firms, public bodies and other organizations, as well as individuals.Franco Caiado Guerreiro is ranked by the “Legal 500” and “Chambers and Partners” directories among Portugal’s leading law firms.The practice was founded in 1979.We aim to provide a professional service of the highest quality combining technical excellence with commercial understanding and a pragmatic, constructive approach adding value with our work. We attach great importance to friendliness and approachability both within the firm and in our relationship with the clients.Our approach is designed to ensure a high level of personal service. For each client there is an identified partner who takes overall responsibility for the service we deliver and the relationship with the client. This partner provides a focal point for ensuring that we have fully understood and are meeting the client's expectations and also for coordinating all work being handled for the client within the firm.BANKING, FINANCE AND INVESTMENT FUNDSFranco Caiado Guerreiro has been one of the most active Portuguese law firms in the banking and finance sector.The firm has been representing some of the most prestigious international banks in a wide range of transactions. Therefore our experienced teams are able to draw upon that expertise in assisting clients in their banking and financial activities, whether on a day-to-day or transactional basis. A high calibre team devotes all its time to this area, regularly rendering services for many top institutional investors in a wide variety of transactions, including the incorporation of these entities.The firm’s expertise and know-how in all major innovation areas of the financial and banking sector has assured its ongoing participation in special projects such as structured finance, securitisation and derivative projects.Dedicated teams ensure that clients involved in these projects have access to professional and specialized advice.CIVIL LAW, FAMILY AND INHERITANCE LAWPertaining Civil Law, Franco Caiado Guerreiro has a vast experience dealing with the inheritance process and civil contracts.In fact, Franco Caiado Guerreiro has advised the inheritance process of some of the wealthiest Portuguese families, namely the biggest Portuguese inheritance.CORPORATE, COMMERCIAL AND MERGERS & ACQUISITIONSAdvising clients on acquisitions, restructurings and mergers is undoubtedly one of the firm’s most important areas of focus. M&A transactions are increasingly complex, often involving many different jurisdictions and diverse areas of expertise, such as company, competition, tax, finance and labour law. In this respect, with a wealth of expertise at its disposal, the firm is able to provide clients with multidisciplinary teams to oversee and provide counsel throughout the entire process, from due diligence to negotiation and from signing to closing of the transaction.The firms’ curriculum includes some of the largest M&A operations in Portugal.Our firm has assisted its clients in acquisitions, mergers and the setting-up of joint ventures in different industries, such as food processing, chemicals, beverages, telecommunications, natural gas, electrical equipment, oil refining and minerals, recycling of industrial residues and water, publishing, and civil construction. We also assisted clients in obtaining special grants and tax exemptions or incentives from local authorities for special investments.In addition to transactional work, our corporate teams are experienced and well equipped to provide advice and regular assistance with the different aspects of the ongoing commercial activities of our clients.HEALTH AND PHARMACEUTICAL LAWFranco Caiado Guerreiro advises several hospitals and multinational pharmaceutical companies, in addition of appealing before courts in matters related to their activity. We also deal with matters related to medicine patents, database, and representation with public authorities that supervise this area and Public-Private Partnerships in this sector.INTELLECTUAL PROPERTYFranco Caiado Guerreiro has been particularly successful in this area, having provided assistance to clients pertaining trade marks and patents, passing off, copyright, database right, design rights. Franco Caiado Guerreiro represents a wide number of multinational companies in the pharmaceutical area.LITIGATION AND ARBITRATIONOur clients benefit from the firm’s depth of experience and innovative strategies throughout the judicial and arbitration process. Several of our lawyers have extensive experience in administrative, civil, commercial, labour, criminal and tax litigation.Many of the most important court cases, both civil and commercial, that have taken place in Portugal over the past years have involved the participation of lawyers of Franco Caiado Guerreiro.Arbitration is also a major area of practice of the firm.PUBLIC LAW: ADMINISTRATIVE AND PROCUREMENTAdministrative and procurement law are areas of practice that have been carefully developed by Franco Caiado Guerreiro.Our firm also assists its corporate and private clients in all public law related areas, such as bidding under public tenders in such industry sectors as construction, natural gas, telecommunications, and defence procurement. Obtaining licenses, hierarchic appeals, complaints with the Public Administration, public-private partnerships and  advising on the Public Function are also part of our legal practice.Litigation before the Administrative Courts is also a highly developed area of work. REAL ESTATE, CONSTRUCTION AND PLANNINGFranco Caiado Guerreiro has over the years gained considerable expertise rendering advice on urban legal operations and has proposed innovative solutions such as securitisation funds.The real estate team also assists several private and public investors, as well as individuals in the areas of acquisition, development and management of real estate, obtaining approvals to construct, hotel acquisitions, and management agreements.Our firm is involved in some of the biggest real estate developments in Portugal.SECURITISATIONFranco Caiado Guerreiro has extensive experience and appropriate resources and know-how in securitisation operations, both in relation to standard operations in connection with bank and private companies' receivables and in relation to securitisation of special types of assets.SOCIAL SECURITY AND LABOUR LAWFranco Caiado Guerreiro has an excellent department with vast experience in the labour area giving day-to-day advice on all matters pertaining to labour issues as well as related litigation before the labour courts to a large number of companies, including many multinational companies. Our law firm has developed expertise in those areas that are increasingly important to our clients, such as employee benefits, protection of intellectual property and pensions. In accordance with the gradually increasing flexibility of Portuguese labour law, our firm has been involved in some of the major restructuring processes of the Portuguese economy, including several collective dismissal proceedings based on structural or technological grounds.The firm’s labour department also has vast experience derived from its permanent involvement in mergers and acquisitions transactions, “outsourcing” and transfers of undertakings.TAX AND TAX RESTRUCTURINGThe optimisation of client investments from a taxation point of view provides a core basis of the tax practice, together with the provision of highly sophisticated tax litigation support.Our tax specialists, including Tiago Caiado Guerreiro, author of the book “O Novo Regime Fiscal das SGPS” (The New Tax treatment of Portuguese Holdings) advise on tax reorganizations for some of the largest companies and high net worth individuals, in different areas such as industrial and commercial companies, financial institutions, investment funds, and public entities.The tax practice moreover provides complementary advice in connection with M&A, project finance and privatisation transactions handled by the firm.With one of the largest tax law departments in Portugal, the firm is providing advice on corporate income tax, VAT, excise duties, and stamp duties and on issues ranging from transfer pricing to double taxation.TELECOMMUNICATIONS LAWLegal services rendered by Franco Caiado Guerreiro in this area include licensing contracts, international advisory and negotiation with the authorities.Franco Caiado Guerreiro has been advising several national and international telecommunications and TV networks, namely pertaining investment, obtaining of licences and starting up of their operations in Portugal.TOURISM AND ENTERTAINMENTRegarding the increasing importance of tourism in Portugal, Franco Caiado Guerreiro has assisted its clients in the acquisition, construction and development of hotel chains, resorts and shopping malls. Furthermore, the firm also renders services related to the licensing of tourism and entertainment activities and all the related operational issues.

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