Rodrigo Formigal

Partner | Lisbon

Rodrigo Formigal is co-head of the Banking and Finance practice area and has been a partner at Abreu Advogados since 2018, working mainly on ongoing advice to banks and other financial institutions.

His experience includes advising borrowers and lenders on all aspects of financing operations, as well as providing advice on diverse areas of securities law, including financial intermediation and bond issues.

He has also been involved in a variety of restructuring/trade of distressed debt operations, real estate finance, acquisition and sale of non-performing loans and structured finance transactions.

Additionally, he has been involved in several securities issues, including covered bonds, commercial paper programmes, high yield bonds, and other asset backed transactions and provides ongoing assistance to undertakings for collective investment.

He also works with several institutions on regulatory matters, assisting in the reporting of legally required information to regulatory authorities and provides advice on cross-border operations and financial activities, as well as on matters related to compliance and anti-money laundering.

He worked with international banks, namely the Portuguese branches of Barclays Bank and Citibank International, on a secondment basis in the areas of investment banking and advising on the management of corporate clients.

Banking and finance: Next generation partner 2022

Up and Coming, 2022

Banking and Finance Law, Portugal (2020-2022)

Banking & Finance – Rising Star Partner, 2021

Rising Star, 2019

Work Experience

Advising the banking syndicate that financed a consortium made up of pension funds on the acquisition of Portugal's largest motorway concessionaire (valued at over EUR 3bn)

Advising the arranger and issuer on the establishment of a covered bonds programme in the amount of EUR 1.500M

Advising on a mixed financing operation, through the issue of High Yield Bonds in the amount of EUR 475M and bank debt (bank syndicate) Super Senior Revolving Credit Facility in the amount of EUR 75M, involving several jurisdictions

Advising the originator in a consumer loan securitization operation, totaling EUR 200M. To note that this was the first transaction ever in Portugal where receivables arising under renting agreements, including the residual value, were securitized

Advising an investment bank on a financing operation for the acquisition of retail and logistics assets in Portugal by issuing several mortgage backed bonds cleared with Interbolsa in a global amount of approximately EUR 200M

Advising on several sales/acquisition operations of performing and non-performing loan portfolios

Advising a credit institution on restructuring the debt of the Autonomous Region of Madeira and drawing up a financing contract guaranteed by the Portuguese Republic

Advising on various debt restructuring operations

Advising on the transformation of a factoring company into a financial credit institution and the incorporation of an electronic money institution


Academic Background

Faculdade Direito da Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Law degree (2003)

Universidade Católica Portuguesa

MBA in Corporate Management (2004)