It was born after its founding partners realized the need and opportunity to start a unique and revolutionary project in the law firm market in Portugal. The Antas da Cunha & Associados project is based on a perspective of sustained growth tailored to the exact needs that we feel and that are conveyed to us by our clients.
One of the characteristics at the origin of the firm was the strong academic component of the team and its founders. The experience of university teaching is reflected in the knowledge of substantive law that enables the technical consolidation to solve problems in a practical and efficient manner.
At Antas da Cunha & Associados we are aware of the need and the desire for permanent innovation in order to better adapt to the demands of our clients and the dynamics of the market.
The team at Antas da Cunha & Associados has a diverse experience in the context of the Portuguese legal practice, allowing for a global vision of the market and anticipation of client needs.
The firm is marked by a strong and deep-rooted culture of work and solidarity, guided by a deep respect for the ethical principles of the profession, but always focused on the best solution for the client and on the provision of legal services of excellence.
We are governed by values such as independence, rigor, and exceeding expectations through results. We work alongside our clients, discussing and always seeking innovative solutions.
Ecija is considered by several international directories as the best law firm in Spain in the areas of TMT (Technology, Media & Telecom), and the merger operated in 2017 is a milestone and a bet by Antas da Cunha & Associados in areas in which Ecija is a leader and that are unavoidable and critical in the lives of economic agents.
COMMERCIAL AND CORPORATE
Antas da Cunha Ecija & Associados Commercial and Corporate Practice is regarded as a practice of excellence in the Portuguese market. We support companies on a daily basis and are equipped to provide assistance in the most complex corporate operations.
Our corporate team is prepared to assist in and follow-up on the most diverse Commercial and Corporate operations, including incorporation and transformation of any type of company, M&A, Corporate Governance, shareholders’ agreements, insolvency, and company wind-up and liquidation.
Lawsuits & Disputes
LITIGATION AND ARBITRATION
Antas da Cunha Ecija & Associados Litigation team deals with disputes in any field of the Law, providing legal assistance both in and out of court, working together with Clients to define the best procedural strategy and identifying the risks and advantages of each particular case.
The firm relies not just on the experience and prestige of its Lawyers, but also on the academic background of its litigation team, which is directly connected with an unsurpassed procedural experience, the cornerstone of any litigation practice.
CRIMINAL, MISDEMEANOR AND COMPLIANCE
Antas da Cunha Ecija & Associados’ Criminal and Compliance team has experience in defending and prosecuting highly complex criminal cases, with special focus on economic crimes, criminal tax law and social security, money laundering, corruption, fraud, market protection and cybercrime.
The team also ensures the defense of its clients in misdemeanor cases initiated by the regulatory authorities and acts in the preventive counseling of its clients, particularly in the field of financial law, capital markets, pharmaceuticals, environment, real estate and economics.
The team provides compliance services, especially in the field of corruption prevention, money laundering and terrorist financing, offering its clients auditing services to detect potential contingencies and subsequent corrective advice and compliance with best practices, as well as training, assistance to the Compliance Officer and adaptation of international models to Portuguese legislation.
Works in multidisciplinary teams in an integrated manner with other areas of Antas da Cunha Ecija & Associados, actively collaborating with its clients in internal investigations to mitigate risks and avoid potential liabilities.
Employment & Labor
LABOUR AND SOCIAL SECURITY
As a law firm primarily dedicated to providing daily support to companies the importance of this department cannot be overrated, as our Clients rely on our daily assistance to hire, prepare and terminate employment contracts.
Given the country’s and companies’ current reality, Antas da Cunha Ecija & Associados Labour Law team has been hugely successful in assisting companies with employment restructuring.
The department has also gained significant experience in the resolution of industrial disputes before the Courts.
Fully aware of the real estate reality in Portugal, Antas da Cunha Ecija & Associados provides legal assistance in the most diverse real estate transactions.
The firm also assists its clients with real estate financing, licensing and any other required operation for the successful implementation of the projects envisioned by its clients, as well as with the execution and performance of lease agreements for both housing and commercial purposes.
Regarding projects, the firm has broad experience in structuring real estate operations, conducting due diligences, and incorporating real estate investment special purpose instruments.