Business Set-Up in Lisbon

    • Carlos is one of the founders and currently the senior managing partner of a Portuguese independent law firm. He has almost 30 years of experience, having graduated the Lisbon Law school and was later admitted as a member of the Portuguese Bar Association (Ordem dos Advogados) in 1992.
      Testimonials for Carlos
      • Matthew Pires
        Matthew Pires, Lisbon

        Carlos was excellent and very thorough. He explained the process in a very detailed way which I appreciated. I will use his service and expertise again in the future.


        Thank you!


        Jan 24, 2020
      • Maryna Shapovalova
        Maryna Shapovalova , Lisbon

        I like all details of cooperation: honesty, smart solutions, fast and very smart solutions, fair prices and professional staff. Everything was perfect.


        Oct 25, 2019
    • João is a practising lawyer in Lisbon who handles mostly Commercial and Corporate Law, Litigation and Arbitration and Labour Law, with extensive experience in representation of clients, negotiating and drafting of contracts, tax representation and judicial litigation.
      Testimonials for João
      • Cecil Rodrigues
        Cecil Rodrigues, Algarve - Faro

        Joao is bilingual English-Portuguese and was very helpful!


        Oct 24, 2019
      • Allen Almeida
        Allen Almeida, Lisbon

        Joao was extremely helpful, he couldn't have done more!


        Oct 23, 2019
      • Muzamil Hussain Mohammed
        Muzamil Hussain Mohammed, Saudi Arabia

        I am so grateful for your passion, dedication, and professionalism. I've hired lawyers before, but he is truly the best I've ever worked with.


        Jul 23, 2019
      • Jane Drew
        Jane Drew, UK

        Joao was incredible, the level of service he provided was wonderful, he was sensitive to my needs and went to great lengths to resolve all the issues.


        No improvements necessary, he provides a great service.


        Jul 23, 2019
      • David Clarke
        David Clarke, Lisbon

        Always on hand to fit with my arrivals in Lisbon. And very reasonable with charges. Will always use Joao for my legal affairs in Portugal.


        May 31, 2019
      • Roger Woods
        Roger Woods, Lisbon

        Resolved a problem difficult to manage from the UK. All good.


        Apr 01, 2019
      • Mohammed Muzamil Husain
        Mohammed Muzamil Husain, Riyadh Saudia Arabia

        My lawyer Joao was extremely helpful and I was very satisfied with the outcome. I would definitely recommend his services to friends.


        Oct 24, 2018
    • Leonel graduated with a degree in Accounting (1993) and Economics (1994) and has worked in accounting and finance since then. As well as basic accounting, his considerable experience extends to Financial Analysis & Planning, group reporting, budgeting, profit centre modelling, forecasting, cash management, business development support, auditing, tax & legal compliance, supplier negotiations, KPI control, and business strategy. Leonel speaks English fluently and has Cambridge University Certificates in English (1995) and Advanced English (1996).
      Testimonials for Leonel
      • Oscar Evans
        Oscar Evans, Lisbon

        As I don't speak the Portugees I have to say that Leonel have been absolutely exceptional and professional in all areas.


        Not only was he adding value to our business he also took a lot of his personal time explaining other things that have helped me and my company. I will highly recommend him to my other business partners who will open accounts in Portugal and for myself on my next ventures.


        Everything was a 5-star treatment from Leonel!


        Mar 23, 2020
      • Siamak Maleki
        Siamak Maleki, Lisbon

        Leonel was very kind, patient and helpful. Even before making sure that we will work together, he spent a lot of time explaining the situation to me.

        To improve even more, I think it would be better if you have some kind of links (web link) in which you explain Portuguese law and other useful information to the customers.


        Dec 10, 2019
      • John Vaughan-Jones
        John Vaughan-Jones, Faro

        Really appreciated Leonel's advice. He was very clear and helpful, and very efficient in getting back to me.


        Aug 01, 2019
      • Paul Rossi
        Paul Rossi, Faro

        I needed an accountant in Portugal. I had many problems to resolve.


        Leonel was very quick to assist. He is a very helpful and friendly man who got the job done for me.


        I will certainly be recommending Leonel to other non residents in Portugal. Thank you! Paul.


        Jul 05, 2019
      • Jacqueline Barron
        Jacqueline Barron, England

        I am more than happy with the service that Leonel provided to me. He was responsive, helpful and prompt and I am very grateful to him for his help. I would definitely use his accountancy service again. Thanks Leonel!


        Jan 08, 2019

Business Set-Up

Who is this Service for?

If you have already decided on the type of business you want to run, and where you wish to locate it, then the main decision you will need to make is whether you should set it up as a limited company or as a sole trader.

This can be extremely important as you can save a considerable amount of money depending on which option you choose. Both have benefits and drawbacks.

Self-employed is of course cheaper to set-up and less costly to manage since the reporting requirements are lesser than in the case of limited companies.

On the other hand, limited companies do limit your liability in the case of a claim against your business, which depending on the type of business could be the only reason you need to opt for this type of structure. Otherwise, a limited company is rather more flexible when there are a number of partners or when the company has other, more complex attributes.

What does this service consist of?

  • Ensure legal interests are protected, especially when creating a company with several partners.
  • Drawing-up a notarial contract according to your guidelines, properly prepared and tailored to your objectives.
  • Ensuring that your Articles of Association contain all necessary elements.
  • Make sure that the application is made in accordance with the requirements of the Commercial Companies Code. With the power of attorney you will have granted to us, on your behalf we will register your company at all Government institutions and offices required by law.
  • Applying for company tax and identification numbers.
  • Obtaining all necessary documents, permits and approvals.
  • Dealing with bank formalities connected with setting up of the company bank account.
  • Once completed the registration process, we will draw up all other corporate documents required by the Commercial Companies Code.

Code of Reasonable Fees

Our clients can expect to receive a quotation that is at or below the recommended guideline prices by our local Professional Body.

Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your lawyer.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.
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