Practice Areas: Finance, Real Estate, Corporate and M&A

Industries: Fintech

Type: Abreu News

Abreu Advogados strengthens Partners’ team with three new promotions

Diogo Pereira Duarte, Hugo Teixeira and Maria Santa Martha are the new Abreu Advogados’ partners. These appointments illustrate the law firm’s growth and focus on Real Estate, M&A, Fintech and Crypto assets areas, and are aligned with the policy of recognition and promotion of merit advocated by Abreu Advogados, which has now 39 Partners.

Abreu Advogados’ Partners General Meeting invited Diogo Pereira Duarte, Hugo Teixeira and Maria Santa Martha to become Partners.

Besides the recognition of the quality and important work carried by the three lawyers throughout their careers, these invitations reflect the strengthening of Abreu Advogados’ growth strategy and affirmation as one of the leading independent law firms in Portugal, with a highly cohesive and specialized group of Partners. With these appointments, Abreu Advogados consolidates its strategic focus on core areas such as Real Estate, M&A, Fintech and Crypto assets.

“Diogo Pereira Duarte, Hugo Teixeira and Maria Santa Martha represent the commitment, dedication and talent that we seek in all our professionals and that we apply in the services and projects we develop every day together with our clients. We are grateful to them for their work which is a sign that Abreu Advogados is a law firm that prepares the future, invests on new leaders and, rather than following trends, wants to anticipate them. We believe that this is the right way to increasingly continue to put the future into practice”, said Inês Sequeira Mendes, Managing Partner of Abreu Advogados.

With these three promotions, Abreu Advogados now has 39 partners in a universe of more than 210 lawyers.

Diogo Pereira Duarte has accumulated more than two decades of experience. He is a co-coordinator of the Finance Law practice area at Abreu Advogados and a Professor of Civil and Financial Law at University of Lisbon School of Law. He works primarily on investment banking law and has a specialized expertise in advice on the legal implications resulting of the intersection between technology and financial law (FinTech), such as: smart contracts and blockchain; intelligence and quantum; cryptocurrency, crypto assets and innovation in payment services. He is also organizer of periodic conferences on Fintech and a publisher of collective studies about this topic.

Hugo Teixeira has more than 15 years of experience and works primarily on mergers and acquisitions, corporate law and commercial contracts (distribution). He focuses particularly on corporate and financial matters, mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, corporate restructuring, asset purchases, creating investment vehicles, start-ups, preparation for private equity funding and venture capital financing. He has conducted several project establishment in Portugal for foreign group companies and led multidisciplinary teams to ensure client an integral support in these operations.

Maria Santa Martha has been assisting local and foreign clients for more than 20 years and works mainly on grand scale real estate operations; on corporate real estate, purchase and sale of assets, sale and leaseback; on the development of real estate commercial projects, housing, services and logistics and on the expansion planning for retail facilities. Likewise, she focuses on Corporate and M&A transactions having participated in several M&A operations and assisted renowned corporations, both national and international, from different activity sectors, on Corporate Law matters.