Practice Areas: Real Estate, Corporate and M&A

Maria Santa Martha strengthens Real Estate in Abreu Advogados’ Porto office

With extensive experience in corporate real estate transactions and advice on major real estate projects, the newest professional partner at Abreu Advogados comes from CCA Law Firm where she ran the Porto office.

Abreu Advogados, a Portuguese law firm, announces the strengthening of its Real estate, Commercial, Corporate and M&A teams, with the arrival of the professional partner Maria Santa Martha, who comes from CCA where she was a partner and ran the office since 2018. The lawyer joins the Porto partners Maria Dulce Soares, Paulo de Tarso Domingues, Rui Peixoto Duarte and the professional partners José Carlos Vasconcelos and Maria de Deus Botelho, consolidating the seniority of the Abreu team in Porto in the firm’s key areas.

With more than 20 years’ experience providing legal advice to national and international clients, Maria Santa Martha has significant experience in corporate real estate transactions, sale and purchase of assets, sale and leaseback, in the development of commercial real estate projects, housing, services and logistics, in the execution of expansion plans of retail units, particularly for multinational businesses, institutional investors and family offices, in addition to corporate and M&A transactions, in which she has provided regular support to major national and international business groups in various business sectors, particularly Israeli investors.

Abreu Advogados managing partner Duarte de Athayde said, “this arrival is the consolidation of a growth strategy in two principal practices of the office and in the northern region, which is an important part of the national business community and where we are also a point of reference. Despite the fact that we are going through a period of uncertainty, we believe that the arrival of Maria Santa Martha will certainly contribute to our objectives and our long-term vision of building a high-end national firm, prepared to respond robustly to the most complex challenges that businesses face.”

Abreu Advogados professional partner Maria Santa Martha said, “Abreu Advogados is a law firm of reference, whose boldness and pioneering spirit I’ve always admired and whose values I identify with and that has come to assert itself as one of the major and best prepared law firms in Portugal. I’m very happy to be joining a team which I believe has the experience and ideal structure with which to respond to the needs of clients in the north and from overseas, particularly those coming from Israel that I have been working with and who want to invest more and more in this region of the country.”

At Abreu Advogados she will help strengthen the Real Estate business in Porto together with the partner Rui Peixoto Duarte, a practice that is also co-led in Lisbon by the partners Patrícia Viana and Tiago Mendonça de Castro who recently joined our office. In what is a decisive moment for the real estate sector, Abreu Advogados has adopted a countercyclical strategy, strengthening its capacity of response and its resilience in order to deal with the most complex challenges faced by clients and the sector.


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