SGOC - Sousa Guedes, Oliveira Couto & Associados - Sociedade de Advogados, SP, RL

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Practice Areas

Commercial and Corporate Law

The practice area of Commercial and Corporate Law is one of the key areas of SGOC. Through a team made up of a group of lawyers with long experience and specialised technical expertise, the Firm regularly provides legal advice to national and international companies, among others, in the following matters:
  • Capital increase and reduction
  • Incorporation of commercial companies, Complementary Grouping of Companies and Consortia
  • Agency, distribution, franchising and supply contracts.
  • Due diligences
  • Drafting of shareholders agreements
  • Mergers, Divisions, Acquisition of parts of companies
  • Restructuring, insolvency, dissolution and liquidation of companies, corporate governance and shareholders' agreements

Contact: Francisco de Sousa Guedes

Litigation and Arbitration

The Litigation practice area is one of the practice areas with most relevance in SGOC. With a specialized team, the Firm focuses its activity in this practice area in the preventive litigation management and judicial litigation and arbitration in the areas of Civil Law and Banking Law.

Contact: Joana Clemente e Filipe Basto

Family and Inheritance Law

The Family and Inheritance Law practice area has a specialized team, with accumulated experience in the provision of legal services to Individuals, in particular, in the following matters dispõe de uma equipa especializada, com experiência acumulada na prestação de serviços jurídicos a Particulares, em especial, nas seguintes matérias:
  • Divorce by mutual consent and contentious
  • Prohibitions and inhibitions
  • Inventories
  • Regulation of parental responsabilities
  • Processes of distribution of the estate
  • Wills

Contact: Francisco de Sousa Guedes


Taxation is of special relevance at the Companies and Individuals level. In this context, SGOC provides integrated and complementary legal services, materialized in the following areas:

  • General Tax Consultancy (Income, Capital, Expenses, Tax Justice e Tax Benefits), including their international aspect
  • Tax litigation, with support in its various stages (administrative, judicial or arbitration)
Contact: Francisco de Sousa Guedes

Insolvency and Restructuring

SGOC provides specialized advice on Insolvency and Restructuring at all levels, in both the Insolvent and the Creditor. This practice area develops its activity in the support mainly concerning the:
  • Protection of creditors' rights
  • Challenge of contracts
  • Protection and asset recovery
  • Recovery and asset liquidation
  • Verification of the rights and duties of the administrators in accordance with their respective responsibilities

Contact: Joana Clemente

Criminal Law

In the exercise of its activity, SGOC has been advising, in a personalized way, corporate and private clients in the criminal litigation and misdemeanour litigation. The support provided by our Team includes, among other services, the following:
  • Pre-judicial advice
  • Assistance to the Client in the various stages of the process (searches, investigation, instruction, trial)
  • Request for Habeas-Corpus
  • Preparation of criminal complaints
  • Preparation of appeals
  • Review of guilty verdicts

Contact: Filipe Basto

Debt Recovery

The Debt Recovery practice area of SGOC has a Team specialized in the provision, to Companies and Privates, of personalized legal services in the various stages involving the debt recovery (judicial and extrajudicial).

Contact: Filipe Basto

Labour and Social Security

The Labour and Social Security team provides extensive regular advice in this area, focusing in particular on the following issues:
  • Direct and immediate assistance to the Board of Directors, Management or Human Resources regarding the labour problems and issues that arise on the day, including negotiations and meetings with workers commissions and unions
  • Conduction and instruction of disciplinary proceedings and of investigation procedures
  • Drafting of internal rules and service orders
  • Preparation of retirement plans and supplementary retirement systems
  • Framework in the several Social Security specific regimes
  • Intervention before the Authority for Work Conditions and representation in appeals of the decisions of this entity
  • Litigation regarding accidents at work and occupational diseases
  • Negotiation, conclusion and revision of employment contracts, service commission and outsourcing
  • Exclusivity, non-competition and confidentiality agreements.
  • Representation in legal actions regarding the several matters of labour law
  • Remuneration and career plans
  • Premiums, benefits, stock options
  • Restructuring of companies
  • Settlement of social security debts
  • Representation of companies before the employers' associations of the sector
  • Safety, hygiene and workplace health
Contact: Susana Guedes Vaz