Alexandra Courela joined Abreu Advogados in 2000 and is a Partner since 2014, working primarily on operations related to the financing, acquisitions and restructuring of national and multinational groups, advising on both legal and financial matters.

Her involvement focuses particularly on tax consultancy for several national and international companies in areas as diverse as stock options, transfer prices, the implementation or revision of treasury centres, tax benefits or application of double taxation treaties.

She has extensive experience in providing legal assistance to private clients in the context of tax planning associated with their move to Portugal as residents and in the management and/or restructuring of their asset holding structures (with a special focus on Trusts and Foundations).

Her experience also covers digital tax matters, specifically in the areas of online gambling tax and crypto-currencies tax.

Additionally, she has experience in corporate restructuring (acquired during her time at Baker & McKenzie, in London) and in the finance area (during the period she spent at the English law firm Wragge & Co).  

Alexandra Courela is the Partner responsible for the pro bono programme at Abreu Advogados.


Advising an international hotel group on the acquisition of its hotels in Lisbon, including the refinancing of its investment and obtaining a tourist licence with consequent exemption from IMI (property tax).

Advising one of the world's largest manufacturers of home appliances on its integration with another group in the same area, involving advisement and implementation of several cross-border mergers and neutral capital contributions; due diligence of transfer prices and definition of the final structure of the group.

Advising a Spanish petrochemical group on the sale of two of its Portuguese companies. The advice involved reorganizing the taxation of the assets in question for greater efficiency, analysing aspects relating to insolvency, and defining compensation mechanisms for existing mutual funds with accumulated tax losses.

Advising a Spanish group on entering the petroleum market in Portugal and on developing its business activities.

Advising on the privatisation process of a Portuguese healthcare group and defining the structure of the acquisition.

Advising an international insurance company on the creation of unit-linked products suitable for the Portuguese market.

Advising one of the world's largest online gaming companies on entering the Portuguese market.

Advising a French family group on the structuring of its property and other assets in order to ensure their smooth transfer from one generation to the next.

Advising a family group with residence in several countries, including the analysis of the restructure of its international assets, held through a Foundation, in preparation for its Portuguese residency.

Advising a family group with residence in several countries by analysing the restructuring of its international assets held partially through a Trust in preparation for its Portuguese residency.



University of Lisbon Faculty of Law

Law degree from the University of Lisbon Faculty of Law, 2000.

ISG – Business & Economics School

Postgraduate degree in Tax, ISG – Business & Economics School, 2003.

London School of Economics

Master’s degree in Law (LLM) from London School of Economics, 2007


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