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About Us Background

Cruz Vilaça Advogados has a track record of about 40 years of experience, in the academia, in the government, and in the Courts of the European Union, and of nearly 20 years of court practice. It is based on these credentials that we resolutely take up the challenge of difference and plurality of forms in the practice of law.

Legal Practice in Portugal and in Europe

Cruz Vilaça Advogados is a new law firm in the complex and multi-layered field of law in Portugal and Europe.

However, it has a track record of about 40 years of experience in the academia, in the government, and in the Courts of the European Union, and of nearly 20 years of court practice.

It is based on these credentials that we resolutely take up the challenge of difference and plurality of forms in the practice of law.

Our intention is not to do everything, because we don't want to do it just anyway.

"He is one of the people that has most influenced the course of competition law in recent years, and also (now that he’s not at the Court we can say it) one of the nicest people in the world of EU Law (with a talent for surrounding himself with competent and nice people too)."

chillingcompetition.com

2018

Our intention is not to be the largest firm as we want to focus on what we are best at namely as regards European Law, Competition Law and the Protection of Fundamental Rights.

It is not our goal to set ourselves against anyone; we rather propose our collaboration to those who consider it an added value.

Combining experience, maturity, youth and modernity, we are used to dealing with complex legal issues, and with major transactions and operations. We consider it essential for the provision of top-level legal advice, to be able to respond to the needs of our clients at all times and in any circumstances, and to respond effectively and swiftly to the challenges that typically come up when defending their rights and protecting their interests.

Therefore, we have established synergies with qualified consultants, lawyers, and eminent scholars in various fields of Law - constitutional, administrative, tax - as well as with experienced and long-standing practitioners, whether in the core areas of our activity or in related areas, such as contracts, business, and litigation.

We do not compromise on what we consider to be our core values: excellence in the quality of services provided, promptness in meeting our clients’ needs, rigor in addressing legal issues, uncompromising ethics in conflict regulation, and deep awareness of our social responsibility. Trust is deserved, and we know that it is up to us to live up to the trust contract we propose to our clients.

We have also made a firm commitment to a modernizing Portugal; to a Europe that respects the rule of law and fundamental rights; to the freedom of markets and undistorted competition; to the protection of individual rights; and to the legal certainty of citizens.

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