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Alberto Galhardo Simões


CMS Portugal
Rua Castilho 50
1250-071 Lisbon
Languages Portuguese, English, Spanish

Alberto Galhardo Simões develops his activity mainly in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, infrastructure and energy. He is in charge of the Africa practice at CMS Portugal and is a member of the executive team of CMS Africa.

He has extensive experience in advising sponsors, lenders and the public sector in the development, structuring and financing of projects in Portugal and Lusophone Africa.

His activity also focuses on advising clients on foreign investment operations and M&A in Portugal and Lusophone Africa.

Joined CMS Portugal in 2019.

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Respected practitioner Alberto Galhardo Simões is experienced working on high-level matters involving governmental institutions and representing clients in energy projects. Interviewees frequently mention his presence in Angolan corporate matters. His expertise also includes M&A, finance and mining issues, including sophisticated cross-border mandates. He moved to CMS in September 2019 after leaving Miranda & Associados.

Angola General Business Law: International Firms - Experts Based Abroad (2020)

Lisbon-based Alberto Galhardo Simões is valued by one interviewee as "a very commercial and practically minded lawyer" who is "very approachable and easy to work with." His skills span public law, finance and construction, among other areas. An impressed source stated: "He can work on high-complexity matters with speed.“

Chambers Global (2021)

Alberto Galhardo Simões and his team are very approachable and easy to deal with. They help find practical solutions and are client orientated.

Legal 500

Alberto Galhardo Simões of CMS frequently assists clients with foreign investment matters in Angola. He also handles energy and infrastructure-related mandates.

Chambers Global (2022)

Memberships & Roles

  • Member of the Portuguese Bar Association since 1992
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  • GALHARDO SIMÕES, Alberto – “Os Regimes de Contratação na Nova Lei do Conteúdo Local”, Jornal Expansão, 2021
  • GALHARDO SIMÕES, Alberto – “O Sector Privado e o Programa de Privatizações em Angola”, Jornal de Negócios and Jornal de Angola, 2021
  • GALHARDO SIMÕES, Alberto – “Angola and Mozambique: two reasons to think Africa”, The Lawyer, 2016
  • GALHARDO SIMÕES, Alberto – “Project Finance – Angola”, Getting the Deal Through, 2015
  • GALHARDO SIMÕES, Alberto – “The New Timor-Leste PPP Law: A 'Giant Leap' Towards Development”, Infrastructure Journal, 2013
  • GALHARDO SIMÕES, Alberto – “Developments on Lusophone PPPs Privatisation & Public Private Partnership Review”, Euromoney, 2012
  • GALHARDO SIMÕES, Alberto – “Some aspects of the Angolan PPP law”, SOL, 2012
  • GALHARDO SIMÕES, Alberto – “The new Angolan PPP law Magazine Angola”, Portugal Negócios, 2012
  • GALHARDO SIMÕES, Alberto – “Infrastructures in Angola”, SOL, 2011
  • GALHARDO SIMÕES, Alberto - "Lusophone Africa: A new era for infrastructural Development Privatisation & Public Private Partnership Review", Euromoney, 2011
  • GALHARDO SIMÕES, Alberto - "International Bank and Other Guarantees Handbook-Middle East and Africa Volume-Chapter 3 (Angola)", Kluwer Law International, 2011
  • GALHARDO SIMÕES, Alberto - "Portugal: A Mature and Fast Growing PPP Market Privatization & Public Private Partnership Review", Euromoney, 2007
  • GALHARDO SIMÕES, Alberto – “A new Supreme Court Case on Corporate Guarantees", International Law Office Company/Commercial, 2003
  • GALHARDO SIMÕES, Alberto - "Undercapitalized Companies Face Death Sentence", International Law Office Company/Commercial, 2003
  • GALHARDO SIMÕES, Alberto - "Public-Private Partnerships", Semanário Económico, 2003
  • GALHARDO SIMÕES, Alberto - "PPPs in the Health Sector - Services, Monitoring and Payments", Semanário Económico, 2003
  • GALHARDO SIMÕES, Alberto - "Barriers to the Entrance of Foreign Capital Lifted", Semanário Económico, 2003
  • GALHARDO SIMÕES, Alberto – “Project Finance: The Application of Portuguese Law to Lender’s Guarantees”, Special Supplement to International Financial Law Review, 1997
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  • Law Degree, Faculdade de Direito, Universidade Católica Portuguesa
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Business Law, King's College London
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