Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira
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Contact: Diogo Ortigão Ramos, Head of the Portuguese tax practice
|Tier 1 - Portugal|
|Garrigues, Taxand Portugal|
|Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles Soares de Silva & Associados|
|Rogério Fernandes Ferreira & Associados|
|Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho|
|Vieira de Almeida & Associados|
|Tier 2 - Portugal|
|Cuatrecasas, Goncalves Pereira|
|Ricardo da Palma Borges & Associados (RPBA)|
|Tier 3 - Portugal|
|ABBC DLA Piper|
|Baker Tilly Portugal|
|Campos Ferreira, Sá Carneiro & Associados|
|Espanha e Associados|
|Tier 4 - Portugal|
|Caiado Guerreiro & Associados|
|CMS Rui Pena & Arnaut|
|FCB Sociedade de Advogados|
|Galhardo Vilão Torres|
|Telles de Abreu|
|Firms to watch|
|NGMS & Associados – Andersen Tax & Legal|
|Tier 1 - Spain|
|Cuatrecasas, Goncalves Pereira|
|Garrigues, Taxand Spain|
|Tier 2 - Spain|
|Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer|
|Latham & Watkins|
|Tier 3 - Spain|
|Allen & Overy|
|Gómez-Acebo & Pombo|
|Ramón y Cajol Abogados|
|Tier 4 - Spain|
|Simmons & Simmons|
|Ventura Garcés & López-Ibor|
Diogo Ortigão Ramos is managing partner of Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira's tax department. The Portuguese branch comprises three partners and 13 other professionals, who work in the areas of indirect tax, corporate tax, disputes, compliance and accounting. Two experts joined the team in the past year.
Ramos, Tânia de Almeida Ferreira, Ana Farinha and Ana Janine assisted Artá Capital in March 2017. The $76 million corporate tax case involved tax structuring and negotiation of the acquisition of Energyco and Gascan from Eficácia Verde SGPS, a member company of Explorer Investments II. The team also advised the client in relation to tax structuring of the financing granted by BPI, BBVA and Bankinter and on management package tax-related incentives.
Pedro Vidal Matos and Sónia Fernandes Martins advised Grünenthal Iberia in January 2017. The $850,000 litigation case arose when Portuguese tax officials sought to recover withheld tax from an inbound dividend distribution from a Portuguese subsidiary to its parent company. The team proved that the Portuguese official's act of withholding tax was an illicit action. They also demonstrated that it was tantamount to unlawful discrimination of foreign shareholders, due the shorter obligated minim withholding period for domestic shareholders to secure dividend exemption.
Partner Alejandro Escoda is the head of the tax department at Cuatrecasas in Spain. Clients are predominantly large Spanish corporations.
The team comprises 70 partners and 250 additional professionals. The team mainly concentrates on corporate tax, where 120 professionals are dedicated to this department. Marta Álvarez, Óscar Bertrán, Jorge Guerrero and Salvador José LLopis were internally promoted to partners in the past year.
Associate tax lawyer Marta López Tamayo advised Centerbridge Partners and Maestre Energy Management on the corporate tax aspects of an M&A deal in December 2016. The $763 million deal related to the sale of Vela Energy Group, the owner of 43 solar parks, to Sonnedix, an investment group in the renewable energy sector owned by JP Morgan Asset Management.
María Concepción Bargalló assisted rubber and plastic products producer Cikautxo in June 2016. The team advised on the application of the China-Spain double taxation treaty to the client's current and future projects in China. The team provided analysis which covered intra-group, cross-border transactions, direct and indirect taxes and permanent establishment exposure in China.
Partner Jorge Pecourt advised Euroleague Basketball in a $1.1 billion corporate tax case June 2016. The client was advised on legal and tax matters related to the joint venture with IMG Media to manage on the production and exploit of audio visual rights.