Edificio Amoreiras Square
Rua Joshua Benoliel nº 1 6C
1250-273 Lisboa

+35 1 21 87 70 000

Key contacts:

Founder : Jaime Carvalho Esteves
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Senior Lawyer: Manuel da Gama Quaresma
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Associate: Maria Nunes da Fonseca
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Quick facts:

Number of advisors: 10
Practice areas: Tax, Corporate and M&A, Capital markets, Litigation, Civil Law
Languages: Portugal, English, French, Spanish, Italian, German

J+Legal was founded during a lunch of friends, all of them passionate by practicing business law for the benefit of their corporate and individual clients, providing them with the best service and advice.

The founders value solving clients’ most important problems through a strategic but pragmatic hands-on approach with the active involvement of the highest level of seniority and expertise. Accordingly, J+Legal has a ratio of associates to partners significantly below that of other firms, allowing us to timely provide solid and original solutions.

J+Legal values working together with motivated, talented, focused and entrepreneurial lawyers, bringing the right mix and diversity of people, expertise, talent and seniority across practice areas and specialisms.

We do so with a in depth specialization in our core practice areas (Competition; Corporate Governance; Criminal, Misdemeanor and Compliance; Industrial Property; Labor and Social Security; Litigation; M&A and Private Equity; Real Estate; as well as Tax) and deep knowledge of key industries (Banking and Finance; Construction and Public Work; Energy; Families and Private Wealth; Gaming; Hospitality and Leisure; Immigration and Relocation; Industrial and Consumer Products & Services;  Retail and Distribution; Telecommunications; Transportation and Logistic).

At J+Legal we aim at playing a central and innovative role in developing how law is practiced, how lawyers are trained and how business risk is managed. J+Legal’s aim is not to become the largest law firm measured by number of offices or lawyers. J+Legal shall rather focus in becoming the firm of choice for clients with respect to their most challenging legal issues, most significant business transactions and most critical disputes. Clients’ interest and outstanding quality and dedication are the hallmarks of our practice.

As we value diversity, there will not be a J+Legal “type”. Our people shall represent a wide range of backgrounds and interests, while also sharing common key characteristics: intelligence, creativity, energy, dedication, commitment to excellence and a wide range of other interests, because being just a great lawyer doesn’t make a great firm.

Compliance management

  • Business model optimisation
  • Policy design
  • IP management

Corporate tax matters

  • Cross-border project management
  • Restructuring
  • Cost-sharing arrangements
  • APAs
  • Transactions
  • M&A
  • Financial services
  • Corporate taxes
  • Technology
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Value chains

Dispute resolution

  • Audit defence
  • Audit support
  • Competition/anti-trust cases
  • Dispute resolution
  • Pre-litigation
  • MAPs/ADRs
  • Litigation
  • Arbitration
  • Controversy management
  • State aid

Tax advisory

  • Tax consulting
  • International tax advisory

Indirect tax

  • VAT

Corporate tax matters
Jaime Carvalho Esteves

Recent matter highlights:

  • Set up of an international regulated crypto investment fund plus related feeder funds, management companies and personal founders holding companies

Dispute resolution
Jaime Carvalho Esteves

Recent matter highlights:

  • Leading anti abuse cases

  • Accounting
  • Agriculture
  • Automotive
  • Banking
  • Construction and materials
  • Consumer goods and services
  • Energy
  • Financial services
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Food and beverage
  • Forestry
  • Gaming
  • Government and public policy
  • Healthcare

  • Industrials
  • Insurance
  • Investment management
  • Media
  • Mining
  • Natural resources
  • Oil and gas
  • Pharma and life sciences
  • Real estate
  • Tech and telecoms
  • Tourism
  • Transport
  • Utilities


J+Legal is a legal boutique founded by four senior lawyers, three of them with more than 30 years of experience each in their business law practice areas, including the leadership at international firms, allowing J+Legal to assert itself as a full-service firm focused on providing tailored services of excellence.

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