Social Security, Pensions and Benefits

With the increase in foreign direct investment in Portugal the need to hire national and international workers emerges. In this context, issues of “international social security” and pension and benefit schemes arise for individuals and companies starting their business activities in Portugal. Abreu Advogados advises private and corporate clients on all tax, labour, pension and social security matters. The team also assists clients in M&A transactions involving due diligence processes in matters of labour and social security law.

Social Security

  • General assistance in domestic Social Security matters, whether contributory or social protection, including litigation;
  • Assistance in all international social security matters including litigation, and namely regarding expatriates to Portugal and from Portugal to other jurisdictions.


  • Conducting risk assessments (regulatory, financial and operational);
  • Risk/deficiency reduction strategies and pension schemes restructuring;
  • Global harmonisation exercises;
  • Advice on pension issues in general and particularly regarding employment law;
  • Multijurisdictional M&A transactions;
  • Investment planning;
  • Conflict on pension matters.


  • To prepare and implement local and international incentive schemes;
  • Advice on compliance with labour tax, social security and withholding tax obligations by the employer, including those related to globally mobile workers;
  • Advising on labour, tax, social security and other legislation in the implementation of incentive schemes;
  • Developing contracts and related documents to simplify complex technical issues for workers;
  • Providing practical solutions for the management of incentive schemes regarding major corporate restructuring projects, including corporate transactions and relocations.


Advising the client, a construction and engineering multinational, in social security matters particularly in a civil liability suit against the State.

Advising the client, an engineering, construction and maintenance company operating worldwide, on social security matters, specifically the legal framework relating to the global mobility scheme.

Advising the client, a construction, repair and industrial maintenance company, on social security matters, regarding the posting of workers under the global mobility scheme, as well as on litigation matters.

Advising the client, a food and non-food retailer, regarding employees’ training on the various pension schemes defined by the client.

Day-to-day advice to the client, from the IT sector, on defining flexible benefits’ packages, as well as in income taxation and social security matters.

Advising the client, an Indian plastic components multinational, in international social security matters, within the scope of income taxation, social security and in the definition of benefit packages.

Assisting to client, an European leader in herbal medicines and food supplements, on social security taxation regarding the flexible benefits package.

Advising the client, which operates in the construction sector, on social security matters in a claim for an additional EUR 23M in social security payments. The team also advised the client on labour, litigation, restructuring and insolvency matters.

Advising the non-food retailer client on legal representation in social security matters. The team represented the client in a lawsuit related to additional social security liquidations.

Assistance to the client, a world market leader in industrial automation, in a special administrative lawsuit against social security, pertaining the recognition of benefits within the scope of extraordinary support for the progressive resumption of activity.

Assistance to the client in a special administrative lawsuit against social security, pertaining the recognition of benefits within the scope of extraordinary support for the progressive resumption of activity.

Advising the client, a public corporate entity, on social security matters, particularly, on the recovery of prescribed contributions.

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