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Francisco Xavier de Almeida


CMS Rui Pena & Arnaut
Rua Sousa Martins 10
1050-218 Lisbon
Languages Spanish, French, English, Portuguese

The main areas of practice include privatisations, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate finance (debt and equity), credit securitisation and structured products. He has considerable experience in Securities Law, Banking and Financing Law and Companies Law.

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Francisco Xavier de Almeida regularly assists with corporate finance and credit securitisations. He is noted for his skill in structured products. Sources say 'he is very committed and very focused. He's knowledgeable on regulation applicable to banks. He is a very good and a skilled negotiator".

Chambers & Partners 2017

Head of department Francisco Xavier de Almeida is regarded as "efficient and commercially driven with a solid understanding of the market and the practical issues of transactions." His practice covers M&A, private equity and corporate finance. Sources consider him "technically very good in everything from non-performing loans to securitisations to fund management. He is very complete".

Chambers & Partners 2017

Francisco Xavier de Almeida is dual-qualified in the UK and Portugal and often assists with cross-border transactions. Sources enthuse: "He understands our specific needs, he is very polite and technically very good as well". Other sources describe him as "pragmatic, trying to find solutions" and "a great person with great expertise and social capacity". He is active in M&A, private equity work and corporate finance".

Chambers & Partners 2017

"He is a srong lawyer, a deal manager with a good team. He has very good judgment and is solution-oriented"

Chambers & Partners 2017

The team at CMS has 'an excellent knowledge of the banking and finance sector'. Francisco Xavier de Almeida and João Caldeira are recommended.

Legal 500 2017

The 'very professional and available' team at CMS is jointly headed by João Caldeira and the 'flexible, dedicated and competent' Francisco Xavier de Almeida.

Legal 500 2017

Relevant experience

  • Since 2007: Partner at CMS Rui Pena & Arnaut
  • 2004 – 2007: Managing Associate at Linklaters (Portugal)
  • 2003 – 2004: Senior Lawyer at Rebelo de Sousa & Associates in association with Simmons & Simmons
  • 2000 – 2003: Lawyer at F. Castelo Branco, P. Rebelo de Sousa & Associados (Grupo Legal Português)
  • 1998 – 1999: Lawyer at Simmons & Simmons London office
  • 1995 – 1997: Assistant professor at the Law Faculty of the Catholic University Portugal
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  • 1997 – 1998 -  Master of Laws (LLM) in Banking and Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science
  • 1990 – 1995 - Graduation in Law from the Law Faculty of the Catholic University Portugal
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  • Member of the England and Wales Law Society, since 1999
  • Member of the Portuguese Bar Association, since 1997 
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  • Current Status on Portuguese Private Equity - ALMEIDA, Francisco Xavier de; RODRIGUES, Vasco, “Current Status on Portuguese Private Equity”, Private Equity, Worldwatch, Financier Worldwide, August 2010
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