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PLMJ Lawyers

EDIFÍCIO EUROLEX, AV DA LIBERDADE, 224, 1250-148 LISBOA, PORTUGAL
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Faro, Lisbon, Luanda, Maputo, Oporto

Portugal

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

PLMJ Lawyers

The ‘sharp, straightforward’ team at PLMJ Lawyers is on Barclays’ and the European Central Bank’s panel, and was recently appointed to Citibank’s. André Figueiredo advised REN and REN Finance on a €532m short-term financing from J.P. Morgan, Banco Santander Totta and CaixaBI to finance the acquisition of EDP Gás. Hugo Rosa Ferreira is ‘commercial, experienced and an excellent communicator who knows the industry and its players’. The group welcomed a new partner, Gonçalo dos Reis Martins, who was formerly a managing associate at SRS Advogados. Bruno Ferreira and senior associate Rodrigo Formigal are the other names to note.

Next generation lawyers

Rodrigo Formigal - PLMJ Lawyers

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

PLMJ Lawyers

PLMJ Lawyers offers ‘accurate and sharp’ advice, for example when assisting the largest group of bondholders impacted by the Bank of Portugal’s retransferral of a total of €2bn notes from Novo Banco to BES. Other highlights include advising Santoro Finance, the second largest shareholder of Banco BPI, on CaixaBank’s takeover bid for Banco BPI’s entire share capital and voting rights. André Figueiredo is ‘succinct and super responsive’. Gonçalo dos Reis Martins, formerly a managing associate at SRS Advogados, joined the firm as a partner in February 2017.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

PLMJ Lawyers

PLMJ Lawyers is increasingly active in private equity work, and recently advised Ardian on the acquisition of companies that hold five motorway concessions. The ‘very practical’, Oporto-based Tomás Pessanha is ‘a strategic thinker’; senior associate Manuel Liberal Jerónimo offers ‘practical and fast responses’. Managing partner Manuel Santos Vítor, Diogo Perestrelo, Luís Sáragga Leal and Sofia Gomes da Costa are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Diogo Perestrelo - PLMJ Lawyers

Luís Sáragga Leal - PLMJ Lawyers

Next generation lawyers

Manuel Liberal Jerónimo - PLMJ Lawyers

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

PLMJ Lawyers

PLMJ Lawyers’ advice is ‘always to the point’. As well as handling international arbitrations, the group acted in significant litigation, representing Volkswagen in cases concerning the emissions scandal. Nuno Líbano Monteiro ‘sees the greater picture’, Pedro Fariaexplores all potential means of defence’, and José Miguel Júdice and Pedro Metello de Nápoles have ‘deep legal knowledge’. Senior associate Filipa Cansado Carvalho is recommended along with Filipa Cotta, now of counsel and Pedro Caetano Nunes, who made partner in April 2017.

Leading individuals

José Miguel Júdice - PLMJ Lawyers

Nuno Líbano Monteiro - PLMJ Lawyers

Next generation lawyers

Filipa Cansado Carvalho - PLMJ Lawyers

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

PLMJ Lawyers

A trusted partner’, PLMJ Lawyers is able to ‘provide crisp advice at short notice’. In one example, it represented Associação Nacional das Farmácias in a case disputing a €10m fine for its alleged abuse of a dominant position, succeeding in reducing the fine to €800,000. ‘Well-connected’ practice head Ricardo Oliveira is ‘an excellent practitioner with strong technical knowledge’; senior associate Luís Pinto Monteiro is ‘a fighter’. Formerly general counsel at Unilever Jerónimo Martins, Carlos Figueiredo joined as of counsel in January 2017.

Next generation lawyers

Luís Pinto Monteiro - PLMJ Lawyers

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

PLMJ Lawyers

PLMJ Lawyers’ ‘speed and quality are excellent’, and its advice is ‘straightforward’. The 20-strong employment group advised Toshiba on reducing its staff in Portugal by around 90%. The Oporto-based Manuel Cavaleiro Brandão focuses on collective bargaining and labour litigation, and jointly heads the group with Nuno Ferreira Morgado and Tiago Cortes. Abel Mesquita and Nuno Guedes Vaz are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Abel Mesquita - PLMJ Lawyers

Tiago Cortes - PLMJ Lawyers

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 2

PLMJ Lawyers

PLMJ Lawyers stands out for its cross-border expertise, frequently handling energy and mining projects in Angola and Mozambique. In one domestic highlight, the team is advising Elecgas consortium on the building, ownership and operation aspects of two 400MW combined cycle gas turbine plant units. The ‘highly available’ Manuel Santos Vítor and managing associate Ana Oliveira Rocha are recommended.

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Fraud and white-collar crime
Fraud and white-collar crime - ranked: tier 1

PLMJ Lawyers

PLMJ Lawyers represented several companies and individuals of the Asperbras group in a case regarding the construction of healthcare projects in the Republic of Congo, allegedly involving international trade corruption and money-laundering. Another high-level case involved defending the CFO of Man Truck & Bus in a corruption and maladministration investigation. Practice head João Medeiros is ‘a real reference point due to his deep experience’ and provides ‘brilliant strategic advice’. Alexandra Mota Gomes, who was promoted to the partnership in 2018, is ‘really hands-on’; Paulo Farinha Alves is experienced in sports-related corruption cases. Senior associate Pedro Barosa is also recommended.

Leading individuals

João Medeiros - PLMJ Lawyers

Next generation lawyers

Pedro Barosa - PLMJ Lawyers

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Insolvency and restructuring
Insolvency and restructuring - ranked: tier 1

PLMJ Lawyers

PLMJ Lawyers’ ‘hardworking team’ is particularly well regarded for handling cross-border insolvencies. In 2017, it assisted Rio Forte Investments, which holds over €3bn debt, with its insolvency proceeding. Filipa Cotta is ‘a pleasure to deal with’ and Nuno Líbano Monteiro is ‘very proficient’.

Leading individuals

Nuno Líbano Monteiro - PLMJ Lawyers

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

PLMJ Lawyers

PLMJ Lawyers provides ‘fabulous service’; its advice on copyright, design right and trade mark infringement cases ‘helps navigate stakeholder relationships’. The group successfully represented Humberto Delgado’s son in a search and seizure order aimed at preventing the publication of a novel written by his father while in exile. Other clients include Carhartt, Microsoft and Samsung. The ‘experienced, wise and positiveAna Teresa Pulido is ‘a very good listener and clear communicator’ and jointly heads the team with Manuel Lopes Rocha.

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Oporto: Leading commercial firms
Oporto: Leading commercial firms - ranked: tier 1

PLMJ Lawyers

PLMJ Lawyers is ‘excellent’ across a broad variety of practices. Manuel Cavaleiro Brandão and José Ricardo Gonçalves are recommended for labour and employment, Frederico Perry Vidal is a real estate and infrastructure expert and ‘great lawyer’ Miguel Reis offers tax advice. ‘Dedicated’ corporate lawyer Tomás Pessanha is ‘a sharp and experienced negotiator’ and ‘one of the best in the business’. He recently advised cork-stopper producer Amorim & Irmãos on its acquisition of Bourassé Group.

Leading individuals

Manuel Cavaleiro Brandão - PLMJ Lawyers

Tomás Pessanha - PLMJ Lawyers

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Planning law
Planning law - ranked: tier 2

PLMJ Lawyers

PLMJ Lawyers’ planning team has ‘comprehensive knowledge of the law’. It assisted Ikea with obtaining approval for an urban development plan and construction permits for a new store. Sara Blanco de Morais, who provides ‘immediate assistance’, made partner in January 2017. Senior associate Andreia Candeias Mousinho is ‘business-oriented and strategic’.

Next generation lawyers

Sara Blanco de Morais - PLMJ Lawyers

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Projects and project finance
Projects and project finance - ranked: tier 1

PLMJ Lawyers

As well as handling numerous projects in Angola, PLMJ Lawyers assisted Portuguese clients with renegotiating concession agreements. In one project finance highlight, it is advising Fundação Alfredo de Sousa on obtaining the financing for the construction and operation of the Nova SBE Campus Carcavelos. Inês Pinto da Costa has ‘deep knowledge of the local market’ and leads the team, which includes Diogo Duarte Campos. Diogo Perestrelo joined from Cuatrecasas in November 2016.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 1

PLMJ Lawyers

PLMJ Lawyers’ ‘expertise in public procurement and the applicable legal framework is clearly reflected in its pragmatic advice and suggested courses of action’. The ‘highly available’, ‘vastly experiencedPedro Melo advised a consortium on taking part in the public service concession tender launched by the Port of Lisbon. Tiago Duarte is another name to note in Lisbon; Frederico Perry Vidal, who provides ‘very good support in tender procedures’, and Diogo Duarte Campos are based in Oporto.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

PLMJ Lawyers

PLMJ Lawyers has specialist expertise in property refurbishment projects, hotel installations and luxury retail sites. In one highlight, Tiago Mendonça de Castro and Francisco Lino Dias advised Ikea Centres on the construction of a 400-hectare commercial complex that includes a shopping centre. Rita Alarcão Júdice led advice to Fundação Alfredo de Sousa concerning the construction of a new university campus, including negotiating lease agreements, handling construction tenders and creating securities to the financing facilities. Pedro Sáragga Leal has ‘great legal knowledge’ and Margarida Osório de Amorim, who focuses on hotels, resorts and other tourism projects, made partner in May 2017.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

PLMJ Lawyers

PLMJ Lawyers recently advised online gaming and betting company Nossa Aposta on acquiring, from a software company, an IT system for gaming. The department’s impressive client roster includes Microsoft, SAP and Samsung. Manuel Lopes Rocha is recommended for e-commerce matters, and the ‘efficient, proactive and quickDaniel Reis is an IT expert.

Leading individuals

Daniel Reis - PLMJ Lawyers

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

PLMJ Lawyers

PLMJ Lawyers’ tax team is ‘both technically strong and creative at solving problems’, and advises private clients with ‘an understanding of the complexities high-net-worth individuals face’. João Magalhães Ramalho, who provides work at ‘a high quality standard’, and Serena Cabrita Neto are defending Meag Munich Ergo Assetmanagement in a tax arbitration filed by the Portuguese Tax Authority concerning VAT assessments covering 2011 to 2013. Nuno da Cunha Barnabé is ‘flexible, adapting services to a client’s needs’; the Oporto-based Miguel Reis is ‘client-focused’.

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 2

PLMJ Lawyers

PLMJ Lawyers’ aviation team, which is led by managing associate Nuno Luís Sapateiro, offers ‘spectacular service’. Clients include Azul Linhas Aéreas, Kenya Airways and Nordic Aviation Capital. Recent shipping highlights include advising Costa Cruises Group on a refinancing transaction, including the transfer and mortgaging of a cruise ship.

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