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By Joao Afonso Fialho, Joana Pacheco The recent restructuring of the legal framework of the petroleum sector and the creation of the National Agency for the Oil and Gas Sector (“ANPG”), required some amendments to the Petroleum Activities Law (Law 10/04, of 12 November 2004 – “PAL”), which were now introduced by Law 5/19, of […]

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By Conceicao Gamito, Ana Raquel Costa, Joana Branco Pires, Rita Simao Luis Decree-Law No. 28/2019, of February 15 (“DL 28/2019”), consolidates, updates and harmonizes obligations for the processing, issuance, notification, archive and conservation of invoices and other tax relevant documents under Portuguese law. The measures introduced by the DL 28/2019 have three distinct purposes: the […]

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