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Modifications to the Portuguese “Golden Visa” program

Law Decree 14/2021 of 12 February has been published. This legislation changes the regime of the Residence Permit for Investment Activity, known as “Golden Visa”. The modification will enter into force on January 1, 2022.

Extraordinary Company Viability Process (PEVE)

Law 75/2020 of 27 November was published today. This legislation creates the Extraordinary Company Viability Process (PEVE). The objective is to devise a speedy mechanism that allows the recovery of viable companies seriously affected by the pandemic caused by COVID-19.

Changes to the Nationality Law

On the 11th of November 2020, Organic Law No. 2/2020 was published, which makes several alterations to the Nationality Law (Law No. 37/81), including alterations to the requirements for the attribution and acquisition of nationality. In general the new Nationality Law allows new possibilities for obtaining Portuguese nationality, and greater flexibility as to the options that already exist, simplifying some concepts, such as that of “effective ties to the national community”, and allowing children of immigrants, born in Portuguese territory, access to nationality, regardless of whether the parents have had a residence permit or not for at least one year.


António Paula Varela, lawyer and partner at ABV ADVOGADOS wrote an article about Brexit in the magazine CITIVANI GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP. Access the article through the link

COVID-19 / State of Emergency

In the context of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Law no. 1-A/2020 has been published, which
establishes the measures in force during the State of Emergency, enacted on 18th of March 2020 through Presidential Decree no. 14-A/2020. Taking into account the exceptional nature of the current state of affairs and to facilitate the adaptation of our clients to this new reality, ABV ADVOGADOS has created a team especially dedicated to this purpose, which can be contacted through the following email:

Article about ABV in the "Acquisition International" Magazine

In the November online edition of the “Acquisition International” magazine, an article about our Law Firm was published (page 16). To consult the magazine:

Forum for Expatriate Management

António Paula Varela, Ana Prates and Susanna Vickers, from ABV Advogados, will participate in the “Forum for Expatriate Management” which will take place in London on the 20th and 21st November, at the O2 InterContinental Hotel. This two-day conference will bring together over 400 global mobility and HR professionals from some 100 international companies that have expatriate populations. Attendees will be drawn from across Europe and from a variety of industries including Retail, Energy, Shipping, Manufacturing, Logistics, IT, Management Consultancy, Auditing, Pharmaceuticals and more. Companies represented include IKEA,, Nike, Heineken, Unilever and Samsung. You can visit us at stand no. 30!

Leading Private Client and Taxation Law Firm of the Year, Portugal

For the second year in a row, our law firm has been awarded internationally for its work in the Private Clients area. We were delighted to receive the prize of “Leading Private Client and Taxation Law Firm of the Year, Portugal”, this time awarded by the “Acquisition International” magazine. This award results from the Private Clients team’s work in providing legal and tax advice to foreign citizens and their families, who choose Portugal as a place to live or invest. Congratulations to the Private Clients team!

2019 ALLIOT Group Regional Conference

ABV Advogados will be present at the Alliott Group conference for Europe, Africa and Middle East regions, which will take place in Dubai from April 29 until May, 1. It will be a new opportunity to deepen the co-operation ties with our Alliott Group partners and to keep updated on the new international tendencies in the law area/international advocacy trends.

2018: Private Client & Global Mobility Portuguese Law Firm of the Year

ABV ADVOGADOS was awarded by ACQS Global Awards 2018 as “Portuguese Private Client Law Firm of the Year” and “Portuguese Global Mobility Law Firm of the Year”. We are very pleased with the acknowledge of the work done by our team of Private Clients and Global Mobility, especially in the legal and tax advice to foreign individuals who choose Portugal as a place to live, invest or work. Thank you to all who have trusted us!

Alliott Group to Play Key Role in Leading European Conference on Global Mobility

Among the speakers and sponsors at the Amsterdam Global Mobility Conference will be members of Alliott Group, a leading international alliance of independent accounting, tax and law firms. ABV ADVOGADOS is the Alliott Group member firm in Portugal. The conference provides a forum for HR and global mobility managers facing the challenges presented by expatriate management in today’s international business world. (More Info)


Once again, ABV ADVOGADOS will be present at the "Salon de L`Immobilier et du Tourisme Portugais à Paris", 6th edition, which will take place from 12th to 14th May at the Expositions Park of Porte de Versailles in Paris. In representation of ABV ADVOGADOS, at stand nr 56, will be, for the second year in a row, Miriam Diaz and Ana Prates.

This will be a new opportunity to meet our clients and to enlighten all those who wish to invest and/or develop their projects in Portugal.

2017 Corporate Intl Global Award

We announce that ABV ADVOGADOS has been successful in the “2017 Corporate Intl Global Award” in the category “Boutique Commercial Law Firm of the Year in Portugal – 2017”. This award is the recognition of the quality of our services in commercial and corporate complex legal matters, as well as the acknowledgement of our international practice which is an essential feature of our firm. It also highlights our option to work always focused on the client, based on a close relationship and thorough understanding of our partners and clients interests.

ABV Advogados awarded as “Independent Law Firm of the Year” in 2016

ABV ADVOGADOS was awarded as the Portuguese “Independent Law Firm of the Year” in 2016 by ACQ5 - Acquisition Finance Magazine. We dedicate this prize to all of our clients and partners who have trusted on our work over the years, as well as our team, whose professionalism and dedication turned 2016 a very special year for us. Thank you all!

ABV Advogados in RFI - Radio France International

Miriam Diaz, ABV ADVOGADOS Legal Consultant and main responsible for the Firm’s French Desk, participated in a radio program about French expats living in Portugal, broadcasted by RFI – Radio France International on the 27th of May, 2016. In her intervention, Miriam spoke about practical and legal aspects of the Portuguese Non-habitual Tax Regime.

Salon De L`Immobilier et du Tourisme Portugais à Paris

ABV ADVOGADOS is present at the exhibition “Salon De L`Immobilier et du Tourisme Portugais à Paris” that is going to take place in Paris on 20-22 May. Miriam Diaz, ABV legal consultant and the responsible for French Desk, together with Ana Prates, ABV lawyer, will analyse real estate legal and tax framework and the Portuguese Tax Regime for Non-Habitual Residents.

Luso-Bolivian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

ABV ADVOGADOS is pleased to support the Luso-Bolivian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. António Paula Varela, ABV Partner, and Chairman of the Board of the LBCCI, is part of the entourage that will be present in Bolivia between the 26th April and 2nd May to promote further development of the economic and cultural relations between both countries.

Alliot Group’s annual conference

ABV ADVOGADOS will participate at the Alliot Group’s annual conference for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), to take place in Lisbon between the 5th and 7th May. Alliot Group is an international network of law, accounting and consulting firms present in more than 70 countries.

2016 Beijing International Property & Investment Expo

ABV ADVOGADOS will be present at “2016 Beijing International Property & Investment Expo”, to take place in Beijing between the 14th and 17th April. In this event, the opportunities for Chinese investment in Portugal will be explored, especially in real estate.

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