The firm is also referenced for 25 practice areas and sees four partners elected 'Lawyer of the Year'

VdA sees 52 of its lawyers nominated by Best Lawyers 2013 in Portugal, fifteen more than last year. Moreover, four of the firm's partners - Margarida Couto, Pedro Cassiano Santos e Rodrigo Esteves de Oliveira - are awarded the title of 'Lawyer of the Year' in the areas of Technology, Public Law, Banking and Real Estate, respectively.

To the 18 areas of practice already referenced to in the former edition of the publication, Best Lawyers has added six more, therefore recommending the firm for 25 practices. They are: Antitrust, Banking, Capital Markets, Construction, Corporate, Energy, Finance, Insolvency & Reorganization, Intellectual Property, Labour & Unemployment, Litigation, Media, Mergers & Acquisitions, Projects, Public Law, Technology, Telecommunications, Planning, Real Estate, Tax and also Administrative, Criminal Defense, European Union, Health Law and Private Equity.

The Best Lawyers Guide is an international legal business guide which analyses and provides information on 28 areas of practice in 70 different jurisdictions, and considers the peers opinions on nominated lawyers.