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Doing Business or Investing in Portugal?

We provide legal support for companies and individuals doing business or purchasing property in Portugal.

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Unlock the Potential of Portugal: A Thriving Investment Destination

Our team of highly knowledgeable lawyers possesses extensive experience in assisting international clients and investors with their legal needs in Portugal. With a deep understanding of Portuguese law and a commitment to delivering exceptional service, we are your trusted partners for navigating the intricacies of the Portuguese legal system.

Portugal has been lately ranked among the top investment destinations in Europe, offering an attractive business environment and an excellent quality of life. Leveraging the benefits of European legislation, Portugal serves as a gateway not only to Europe but also to the African continent, benefiting from historical connections with several African countries. As a result, Portugal presents abundant opportunities for both business growth and personal fulfillment.

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Our lawyers have in-depth knowledge and extensive experience in assisting international clients and investors with Portuguese law. We are committed to ensuring the success of our clients’ businesses and projects in Portugal. Our Portuguese legal services include:

  • Contract negotiations and drafting
  • Incorporation and set-up of a company
  • Commercial transactions
  • Legal assistance with foreign investments
  • Real estate law
  • Estate planning
  • Tax law
  • Tourism law
  • Cannabis law
  • Labor law
  • Portuguese trademark registration
  • Visa and immigration
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Portugal Commercial Law

We advise companies regarding commercial and business transactions and assist them on a daily basis. Our legal services cover the following areas:

  • Incorporation and set-up of a company
  • Regular legal commercial advisory work
  • Monitoring of general corporate life
  • Amendments to companies and transfer of shares
  • Negotiation of shareholders agreements and other agreements between shareholders/investors
  • Reorganization and restructuring of companies for commercial or financial reasons – mergers, acquisitions, and transformations.

We help our clients build up their businesses in Portugal and assist them with the necessary steps to move to Portugal.

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Portugal Real Estate Law

Our lawyers based in Portugal have extensive experience with real estate transactions and regularly advise companies and individuals in real estate deals. We can help you with the bureaucratic steps and conduct the due diligence on your targeted property, negotiate and draft necessary contracts, and provide the legal advice you need to close on your property. Our clients often invest in Portuguese real estate to protect and grow their investments in Europe.

Our Portuguese real estate legal services include:

  • Due diligence of real estate investment opportunities for buildings, offices, hotels, warehouses, or land
  • Legal and tax advice regarding potential investment vehicles and structures
  • Legal services related to the purchase transaction, such as negotiating and drafting of contracts (reserve contract, promissory contract, down payment), and reviewing and attending public notary deeds
  • Regulatory compliance, including confirmation of necessary documentation and processing of required permits, particularly tourist permits
  • Negotiating and drafting rental contracts
  • Securing your company’s Portuguese tax ID (NIF/NIPC), necessary for any investment in Portugal
  • Assistance with the opening a bank account, including anti-money laundering clearances, and financing
  • Registration of ownership in the Land Registry and change of utility companies
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Portugal Tax Law

We provide help with domestic and international tax law and manage tax inspections and audits in Portugal. We can guide you through the non-habitual tax regime, which is a special tax regime from which natural persons moving to Portugal can benefit for a period of 10 years. Under this tax regime, certain income may be exempted from taxation in Portugal or be taxed at a reduced rate. Caution is advised, as certain income is subject to the general tax regime. An individual examination is recommended, and we can assist you. There is a Convention for the elimination of Double Taxation between Portugal and the USA since 1995.

Tourism Law: Unlocking the Potential of Portugal’s Thriving Tourism Industry

Portugal’s tourism industry is booming, and our team has extensive experience in the area of tourism law. We understand the legal complexities surrounding the installation, exploitation, and operation of tourist resorts in Portugal. Whether you are involved in real estate transactions related to tourism or require assistance with relevant agreements and contracts, we can provide you with comprehensive legal support. Our services include:

  • Real estate due diligence and acquisition of target properties
  • Sale and management of tourist resorts
  • Assistance with agreements and notary contracts
  • Compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Guidance on licensing and permits
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Portugal Cannabis Law: Navigating the Evolving Landscape of Cannabis Legislation

With the changing legal landscape surrounding cannabis in Portugal, it is essential to have legal guidance to navigate this emerging industry. Our knowledgeable team can assist you with the legal aspects of cannabis law, including:

  • Regulatory compliance
  • Licensing and permits
  • Business formation and structuring
  • Contract negotiation and drafting
  • Intellectual property protection
  • Employment law matters specific to the cannabis industry
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Portugal Labor Law: Protecting Your Rights and Ensuring Compliance

Navigating labor law in Portugal requires comprehensive knowledge of the country’s legal framework. Our team is well-versed in Portuguese labor laws and can provide you with the guidance and support necessary to navigate employment-related matters. Our services include:

  • Employment contract drafting and review
  • Compliance with labor regulations
  • Employee benefits and compensation
  • Resolving labor disputes
  • Workplace policies and procedures
  • Assistance with collective bargaining agreements
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Portugal Trademark Registration: Safeguarding Your Intellectual Property

Protecting your intellectual property is crucial for business success. Our team focuses on Portuguese trademark registration and can guide you through the process of securing and protecting your valuable assets. Our services include:

  • Trademark search and clearance
  • Trademark registration and maintenance
  • Trademark portfolio management
  • Trademark licensing and enforcement
  • Intellectual property litigation
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Visa and Immigration: Navigating the Complexities of Relocating to Portugal

Portugal offers various visa options for individuals seeking to relocate to the country. Our experienced immigration lawyers can assist you in navigating the visa and immigration process, ensuring a smooth transition to Portugal. Our services include:

  • Visa applications for remote work, entrepreneurship, education, family reunification, retirement, and more
  • Guidance on visa requirements and eligibility
  • Assistance with document preparation and submission
  • Representation in immigration proceedings
  • Compliance with immigration laws and regulations


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I am impressed with this law firm. They answered all my questions regarding cannabis businesses and the California cannabis framework, and they have helped me with a variety of legal issues in a timely fashion, while always clearly communicating with us throughout the process. They also redirected me to other quality people for my business needs. Everyone I worked with at Harris Sliwoski is an expert in their field, and I was in good hands throughout my legal representation.

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“Harris Sliwoski expertly guided us through the formation of our company. They continue to assist with necessary registrations and compliance with numerous regulations. They were able to promptly answer all our many questions and provide understandable options, explanations and practical advice. We expect to continue to use Harris Sliwoski on a regular basis as our company expands. They were also able to introduce us other professional experts. We would not hesitate to recommend Harris Sliwoski to any companies in need of legal advice.”

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