Manuel Santos Vítor
Partner | Lisbon
- Practice Areas
- Corporate and M&A
- Energy & Natural Resources
- Aviation, Maritime & Transportation
- Oil & Gas
- Projects & Structured Finance
Manuel Santos Vítor is a member non-executive of the Board of Directors of Abreu Advogados.
Partner whose practice focuses on Corporate and M&A in Portugal, he has been involved in a significant number of the M&A transactions that have taken place in Portugal in the last decades.
Manuel Santos Vítor is co-head of Guinea-Bissau Desk.
Regularly provides corporate support (on both commercial and corporate matters) to important business groups, in Portugal and abroad, in a number of business sectors, including corporate governance, family businesses, and corporate reorganisations and restructuring.
Manuel has vast experience in aviation and insurance-related transactions, handling public and private M&A deals in Portugal. He advises international groups on inbound investment, as well as assisting domestic companies.
In recent years, he has been heavily involved in the energy sectors, in particular renewables and O&G, and natural resources in Portugal and in Africa, mainly in Angola, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau.
He provides regular legal support to several companies in the mining sector in Portugal, Angola and Guinea-Bissau.
He has been a lawyer since 1991, and was a partner in another law firm between 1998 and 2019, serving that firm as Co-Managing Partner and Managing Partner between 2008 and 2015. Manuel Santos Vítor has been with Abreu Advogados since 2019.
Energy and Natural Resources: Leading Individual (2017, 2018, 2019 and 2022)
Corporate and M&A: Leading Individual (2017, 2018 and 2022)
Chambers Europe 2022 – Band 2 – Energy & Natural Resources
Band 3, Corporate and M&A, Global 2022
Recommended Lawyer, M&A (2021-2022)
Aviation Law, Portugal (2020-2022)
Corporate Law, Portugal (2012-2022)
Energy Law, Portugal (2014-2022)
Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Portugal (2014-2022)
Natural Resources Law, Portugal (2012-2022)
Portugal, Angola, Mozambique | Corporate and M&A, Energy and Infrastructure, Project Development and Oil & Gas, 2018 – 2021
Band 3, Corporate Law / M&A 2017, 2018 and 2019
“He holds notable expertise in highly regulated sectors, such as energy and healthcare, and he is regularly appointed on cross-border transactions.”; “He’s very experienced, always available and has demonstrated very good legal skills and outstanding negotiation capability.”
Band 2, Energy and Natural Resources law 2018 and 2019
“he is efficient and prioritises clients’ interests.”; “he is always available and thinking outside of the box.”
Band 3, Transportation and Aviation, 2017, 2018 and 2019
“He has the ability to take a commercial approach to any issues in order to find solutions that work from both a legal and commercial perspectives.”; “He is recognised for his experience in aircraft financing transactions and for his involvement in operations linked to M&A and corporate law.”; “He focuses on cross-border work, particularly involving African jurisdictions.”
Band 2, Energy & Natural Resources (International), 2017, 2018 and 2019
“He brings corporate expertise to matters in the energy sector and is recognized for his international practice, often working on operations in Africa.”; “pragmatic approach to complex matters.”
Band 3, Corporate Law and M&A, 2019
“He holds notable expertise in highly regulated sectors, such as energy and healthcare, and he is regularly appointed on cross-border transactions.”
Corporate Law and M&A, 2017 and 2018
“He is active in multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions.”; “He is skilled in M&A and corporate finance work, and recognised for his expertise in the energy sector.”; “He’s very experienced, always available and has demonstrated very good legal skills and outstanding negotiation capability.”
Shipping & Transportation, 2019
Legal assistance to several privatization projects such as in the telecommunications, air transportation, pulp and paper sectors.
Legal assistance to the IPO in the telecommunication sector and the licensing/concession of telecommunication licences and spectrum.
Legal assistance in M&A projects in Portugal, Angola and Mozambique with a particular focus in the energy and natural resources sectors of activity.
Legal assistance to corporate, M&A and regulatory matters in insurance in re-insurance fields of activity and the actual purchase and disposal of controlling participations in several insurance companies in Portugal.
Legal assistance to the development, financing, licensing, operation purchase and sale of renewable energy projects.
Legal assistance to the sale, financial lease and additional operations regarding commercial air carriers and executive jet groups.
Legal assistance to the setting up, construction, operation, purchase and disposal of hotel and leisure projects.
Legal assistance to the setting up, construction and operation of some of the largest retail operations in Portugal.
Legal assistance on renewable and fossil energy projects, I&G and mining in Portugal and Portuguese speaking countries.
University of Lisbon Faculty of Law
Degree in Law from the University of Lisbon Faculty of Law (1988)
College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium
Postgraduate course in Higher European Studies (LLM) – Legal Studies (1989)