Portuguese law firm Abreu Advogados, which already has an African presence, has formed another African alliance.
Lisbon-headquartered Abreu Advogados has partnered with Guinea-Bissau law firm Armindo Serqueira Advogados.
Abreu, which offers advisory services in litigation and arbitration, finance, tax, real estate, public and environment law, intellectual property and IT, corporate and mergers and acquisitions (M&A), restructuring and insolvency, and employment, already has a presence in Africa, in countries including Cape Verde, Angola and Mozambique.
Both the partnership and Abreu’s Guinea-Bissau desk will be headed up by Abreu partner Manuel Santos Vítor and professional partner Maria Inês Assis, in Portugal. Santos Vítor and Inês Assis have both served Abreu for the last two years, before which they both served another Portuguese law firm, PLMJ, Santos Vítor for three decades, and Inês Assis 11 years.
Armindo Serqueira is named after its founder, who will move to Abreu, taking his team of lawyers with him, including Marisa Adriano Augusto Lima Pires, Amarildo Desejado Araújo, Domingos Pereira and Elisio Cali.
“The growth of the African market and the fact that Guinea-Bissau belongs to the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) provide an attractive ground for investors and companies” explained Santos Vítor in a statement.
He added: “For us it was essential to be present in this market, leveraging synergies and corresponding to the requests of our customers.”
Armindo Serqueira Advogados’ founder, Armindo Serqueira, said: “Abreu Advogados is a very prestigious law firm and we are very pleased with the partnership agreement we have signed. Guinea-Bissau has been standing out in the African panorama due to its investment opportunities and I believe that this joint performance will allow an excellent service and strategic contribution to the clients of both firms.”
With the partnership in place, the firms hope they will be able to leverage the energy, construction, fishing sectors and the agro-industry in Guinea-Bissau.
Webber Wentzel and ABCC formalised their relationship with the aim of exchanging best practice and an enhanced client offering, in June. In the same month, international law firm Eversheds Sutherland combined with Portuguese firm FCB Advogados, giving it three new offices in Portugal and two in Africa – in Angola and Mozambique.
The ambition of Africa’s newest international law firm is to build a commercial legacy on the back of continental trade, foreign investment and cross-border relationships.
This article was originally published by ICLG.