Francisco Patrício

Partner | Lisbon

Francisco Patrício is a Partner working primarily in restructuring and insolvency, real estate, corporate law and litigation, in Portugal and internationally. He joined Abreu Advogados in 2006.

He has extensive experience in restructuring and insolvency in Portugal and internationally. He provides advice on an ongoing basis to a wide range of clients including some of the largest groups in the Portuguese economy who have sought advice in pre-insolvency phases (SIREVEs, PERs or PEAPs) or during insolvency itself. He also has experience in the acquisition and sales of NPL portfolios as well as in negotiating with creditors during the restructuring process.

As regards his experience in corporate and real estate law, he has focused primarily on investment in real estate in Portugal on behalf of foreign clients. He provides advisory services ranging from the selection of assets (with the relevant signatures of letters of intent, NDAs, promissory agreements and other undertakings), their acquisition by various means, including the investment funds in companies based either in Portugal or abroad, the drafting of all types of guarantees (where financing is involved), shareholders’ agreements, investment agreements and the creation of various capital holding structures.

He began his career as a lawyer in litigation, an area in which he has maintained consistent focus, dealing with both civil and corporate litigation, representing a diverse client base including banks, insurance companies, investment funds, public and private sector companies, construction companies, family businesses and private clients.

Francisco Patrício was the first Portuguese lawyer elected to the board of Insol Europe, the leading European organization of professionals who specialise in insolvency, business reconstruction and recovery, for the triennium 2020-2022.

Recommended Lawyer, Restructuring & Insolvency (2021-2022)

Restructuring and insolvency – Highly Regarded, 2021

Francisco Patrício leads the team and advises on distressed M&A, pre-insolvency measures and special revitalisation processes. Sources report that “he is great for high-level decisions.”

“Francisco Patrício is notably active on behalf of real estate funds and is adept at handling special revitalisation procedures, insolvencies or distressed investments. He is recommended by clients, who appreciate his “customer focus and quick responses.””

Work Experience

Advising a group of companies on their restructuring and insolvency in Portugal via the PER pre-insolvency phase, in various sectors of activity.

Advising a Brazilian family group on the acquisition of a group of supermarkets in Portugal as part of a sale leaseback operation.

Advising a Portuguese group on the acquisition of a real estate asset and structuring of its investor pool by creating several intermediate capitals holding and management structures for the property in question.

Advising on the establishment of a partnership between a Portuguese hotel group and a foreign hotel group in the development of a tourism venture.

Advising a Portuguese family group on the acquisition of several rural buildings and on the expansion of its real estate activity.

Advising an Austrian law foundation on the acquisition of real estate in Portugal.

Advising various real estate investment funds on restructuring their bank loans.

Advising a public capital company on the restructuring of its loans by establishing a venture capital fund and other intermediary vehicles created for this purpose.

Advising a real estate investment fund on the recovery of its loans from a group of companies in the automotive sector.

Advising several real estate investment funds on the recovery of their loans from lessees and other suppliers with outstanding debts.


Academic Background

International University Faculty of Law

Law degree from the International University Faculty of Law, 1997.

University of Lisbon

Postgraduate degree in The Information Society (the internet, copyright and e-commerce) from the University of Lisbon Faculty of Law, 2001.

Portuguese Catholic University

Post-graduate degree in Legal Sciences, Legal Practice and Counselling Clients from the Portuguese Catholic University Faculty of Law, 1999.