The World is changing and taxation is changing with it. Governments, the OECD and the European Union are imposing new levels of transparency, thereby creating the conditions for Governments to increase their tax revenues. As a consequence, tax subjectivity and tax uncertainty reach new levels of concern for companies and individuals worldwide.

In order to address these challenges, tax lawyers need to be experienced, specialized and knowledgeable of the impact that Taxation has in the life of companies and individuals.

At Abreu Advogados we try to untie the knots of a Tax legislation that grows in complexity on a daily basis and we assist our Clients in navigating the world of Taxation in a secure and confident manner.

Whether acting ahead of the problem to avoid conflict with the Tax Authorities, or facing them in Court when conflict can not be avoided, we support our Clients in all sectors of activity in which Abreu Advogados operates, and in matters as diverse as:


  • M&A: tax due diligence, tax structuring of the acquisition; incorporation of the acquisition vehicle (eg: investment funds, private equity companies, real estate companies, etc.).


  • Corporate restructurings: tax issues in mergers, spin-offs, asset contributions, share exchanges and in the reorganization of corporate debt.


  • Assistance in all Portuguese taxes: corporate taxes, individual taxes, real estate taxes, stamp duties, VAT and excise duties.


  • Tax compliance.


  • Transfer pricing.


  • Executive compensation Sschemes and stock options.


  • Conformity of Portuguese taxes with European Union law and principles.


  • Tax arbitration and tax litigation.


  • Private clients, family estate planning and family protocols.



Advice to energy group with a strong international present in the context of the legal challenges brought against the CESE self-assessment acts. Tax litigation pertaining to the challenge against additional tax payments in the context of the marketing of coloured and marked diesel and navigation on the high seas.

Advice on the financing of the largest natural gas project in Mozambique, involving an analysis of possible tax contingencies, namely in terms of direct taxation and Stamp Duty in the context of specific and tax legislation of the project.

Advice to multinational that produces components for the car sector in various procedures, legal actions and tax arbitration related with the transfer pricing policy, the application of the arbitration convention for the elimination of double international taxation, the payment of royalties, deductibility and the reporting of tax benefits, Stamp Duty and autonomous taxations.

Advice in the context of tax arbitration in which additional VAT payments were challenged related with tax exemption applicable to non-conventional therapies. Abreu Advogados obtained favourable decisions which recognise the right to VAT exemption with a positive impact on all companies dedicated to non-conventional therapies.

Advice on the sale of two of its Portuguese companies. The assistance involved the more efficient tax reorganisation of the respective assets, the analysis of aspects pertaining to insolvency, the definition of offsetting mechanisms for existing loans by accumulated tax losses.

Tax advice and monitoring of tax litigation processes to the first urban rehabilitation company in Portugal, since its incorporation, with regard to tax benefits, property taxes and Stamp Duty.  

Advice on the VAT impacts of the contracts to implement three major dams on the Tâmega river, Portugal (Alto Tâmega, Gouvães and Daivões), whose concession for Design, Construction, Operation and Maintenance was awarded by the Portuguese State under an international public tender for the implementation of the National Programme for Dams with High Hydroelectric Potential.

Advice to the largest manufacturer in the world of household electrical appliances in all aspects related with the integration of another business group, involving advice and implementation of several cross-border mergers and neutral capital contributions; analysis of transfer pricing with regard to Supply Agreements and Main Service Agreements and also with regard to the desired final group structure.

"Dedicated group advising on the taxation of acquisitions and corporate restructurings, and supporting clients with VAT and transfer pricing issues. Also represents clients in diverse tax disputes. Active in the energy and real estate sectors."

"Abreu Advogados covers direct and indirect tax, tax disputes, planning and restructuring. Cepsa is a client that instructs the team on some of these issues, including the energy sector extraordinary contribution (ESEC), which is work handled by Oporto-based Maria Dulce SoaresMiguel Teixeira de Abreu who, as of February 2019, is no longer an equity partner, is frequently singled out; Alexandra Courela and Pedro Pais de Almeida jointly lead the team."


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