VdA is among the three top firms in Portugal, according to the Legal 500 guide, which recommends the firm in nine areas of practice: Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate and M&A, EU and Competition, Energy & Environment, Intellectual Property, Project Finance, TMT and Tax.

"As one of the most acknowledged international guides, which bases its rankings on market research among peers and clients, of course Legal 500's rankings are very motivating for us", said João Vieira de Almeida, VdA's managing partner to Jornal de Negócios newspaper.

Alongside the practice's ranking, Legal 500 includes 14 of VdA's lawyers in its 'Leading Lawyers elite', two more than in 2012 and further recommends 45 names from the firm.
The Legal 500 guide compiles and judges law firms' capabilities around Europe, the Middle East and Africa.