Rui Peixoto Duarte

Partner | Oporto

Practice Areas
Corporate and M&A
Real Estate
Brazilian Desk
French Desk
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Rui Peixoto Duarte is a Partner and has been at Abreu Advogados since 2006 working primarily in contracts, corporate and financial areas in corporate business structuring operations.

He focuses particularly on matters related to the incorporation of new business by international companies in Portugal and on acquisitions, mergers and demergers.

He has also participated in the negotiation of commercial distribution and agency contracts as well as in litigation proceedings involving contractual and corporate issues.

Additionally, he has extensive experience on advising in transactions in the automotive, information technology, real estate, food, healthcare, chemical and financial sectors having participated in important operations carried out in Portugal in recent years.

He is also Co-Head of the French Desk and Brazilian Desk and has collaborated on matters involving French and Brazilian legislation.

Recommended Lawyer, M&A (2022)

Real Estate Law, Portugal (2020-2022)

Corporate Law, Portugal (2020-2022)

Sources highlight Rui Peixoto Duarte ‘s “total availability” during key operations. He is active in private equity, real estate and competition matters.

“Rui Peixoto Duarte is well regarded for his knowledge in the corporate, litigation and real estate sectors. He has additional experience in the Brazilian market and co-heads the firm’s Brazilian desk. He often represents major clients in complex cases, including assisting the TMG Group with the review and negotiation of agreements with manufacturers and suppliers.”

Work Experience

Advising a Portuguese group with interests in the automobile sector in the negotiation of their supply contracts with large international manufacturers (OEM’s and Tier’s) in the supply chain.

Advising on a process of merger and transformation of a financial brokerage firm into a bank, as well as advising international financial entities present in the Portuguese Market on corporate and regulatory matters.

Advising an international insurance company on taking a participation in a Portuguese group and on the negotiation of a shareholder’s agreement.

Advising companies in the food industry on their international sourcing, supply and distribution agreements and on the acquisition of other companies in Portugal and abroad, as well as on corporate restructuring, including transformation and acquisition.

Advising companies in the healthcare sector, such as a Portuguese subsidiary of a global leader in the information sector on medical care, on the sale of the company in Portugal to an international investor. Advising on the acquisition of a company by a Portuguese multinational producer of medical instruments; and assisting a research and analyses entity on structuring vehicles for participation in cross border projects and partnerships with leading hospitals.

Advising a Portuguese family owned company on the sale of a company, holder of one of the largest Port Wine and table wine producing estates in Douro.

Advising a minority shareholder on the negotiation of a shareholder’s agreement and subsequent litigation.


Academic Background

University of Paris 2 Assas

Law degree, University of Paris 2 Assas (Maîtrise en Droit International et Europeen) (1981)

University of Coimbra Faculty of Law

Equivalence to Law Degree from the University of Coimbra Faculty of Law (1983)

Harvard Law School

Program of Instruction for Lawyers, Harvard Law School (Fall 1995 and June 1996)