VdA, PLMJ and CS Associados advise on TAP agreement

TAP’s capitalisation negotiations involve partners from VdA, PLMJ and CS Associados


While the whole country was expecting the outcome on the TAP airlines capitalisation among the Government, Humberto Pedrosa from Barraqueiro Group and David Neeleman from Azul airways, the legal counselling was covered by some of the most prestigious firms and lawyers of the country.

VdA’s partner Jorge Bleck appears as advisor for the State interest. Bleck is VdA´s Finance senior partner, M&A & Real Estate partner and M&A head. He joined the firm in 2013 and has more than 30 years of experience.

PLMJ’s partner Diogo Perestrelo represents Neeleman’s interest, something not surprising because he is qualified to practice both in Portugal and Brazil. Perestrelo, the co-head of the Corporate M&A practice at Pereira Leal Martins and Júdice, also has vast experience in Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity and projects, in sectors including Transport, Infrastructure, Aviation, Energy. Distribution and Tourism. He has also advised on Privasitations and represented clients in the areas of road concessions, Renewable Energy and Telecoms. He received the Forty under 40 award from Iberian Lawyer, being one of the first Portuguese lawyers to receive it.

Pedrosa’s Barraqueiro group is being advised by Maria Castelos, from Campos Ferreira, Sá Carneiro and associates. Maria Castelos divides her practice between Banking and Finance, especially on Acquisitions, Project and Structured Finance deals, and M&A/Private Equity and Capital Markets, which allows her to take a holistic approach to the advice she gives to clients as she has a deep understanding of the different aspects of deals. She has long-standing experience in advising corporations, asset managers, investors and lenders across different industry sectors, most recently with a particular focus on Banking and Insurance, Infrastructure, Aviation, Energy, Water and Telecommunications.

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