MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE
VCA offers domestic and international taxation services both for companies and to private clients such as high net worth individuals and family estate structures; tax compliance, tax arbitration and tax litigation are also at the core of the services provided. Paulino Brilhante Santos, of counsel to VCA, is a reputed tax arbitrator.
VCA has a full company and corporate law practice – focused on SMEs and family offices – assisting with the incorporation of companies in Portugal as in other jurisdictions. The firm has assisted in the negotiation and drafting of shareholders’ agreements, franchise agreements, rental agreements, SPAs and respective due diligence, financial contracts, service agreements, among others.
VCA is specialised in immigration by investment, guiding suitable candidates through all the steps from the administrative requirements to the required investment. Also assisting immigrants who seek tax incentives, tech investors and students. VCA also deals with special citizenship programs such as the ones aimed at Sephardic Jews of Portuguese descent and to alien grandsons of Portuguese citizens.
VCA focuses in civil, commercial and consumer litigation, credit recovery, maritime litigation – including seizure of ships and injunctions for payment of related debts of ship owners/execution of ship mortgages. VCA manages thousands of lawsuits on behalf of the largest Portuguese listed company.
The practice covers all stages of the real estate cycle, from land development, construction, promotion and marketing, covering all aspects of planning, construction and architectural law. The firm has been involved in residential property, urban renovation with tax incentives, tourism and hotel development, tenancy agreements and all related disputes.
VCA has a very active practice team advising foreign investors. VCA also assist relocation to Portugal of pensioners, investors and skilled professionals through the NHR (non-habitual resident) tax regime.
The labour law practice group is responsible for advising on labour relations of several companies, including litigation and also assist international companies on issues related to its workers in Portugal.
PROJECTS, ENERGY AND MINING
This practice group carries out work in infrastructure, heavy engineering and project finance for international companies in Portugal and in several other countries such as African countries. Recent projects have included oil & gas projects in Angola and a mining project in Portugal.