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Linklaters handled high-profile merger control matters, notably acting for China Three Gorges in its attempted takeover of EDP and EDP Renováveis. Financial-sector clients include SIBS, Oitante and Plataforma de Gestão de Créditos Bancários, who all receive advice on competition, antitrust and regulatory matters; the team also assisted clients from the insurance, hygiene, and retail sectors with issues relating to dawn raids carried out by the Portuguese Competition Authority (PCA). Carlos Pinto Correia and managing associate João Pateira Ferreira are the names to note.

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados' ‘knowledgeable’ team acts for an impressive client roster, including high-profile Portuguese companies and public entities, in cases before the EC, the PCA, and other regulatory authorities. Carlos Botelho Moniz and practice head Joaquim Vieira Peres are ‘diplomatic’ and known for their EC and litigation work, respectively; Pedro de Gouveia e Melo is ‘excellent’ and Philipp Melcher, who is dual qualified in Portugal and Germany, is ‘very good at paying attention to details, which is often decisive in competition litigation’. Both are managing associates. Senior associate Inês Gouveia is another name to note.

PLMJ suffered a blow when Luís Pinto Monteiro departed to join Garrigues Portugal in May 2018. However, the team remains solid and includes practice head Ricardo Oliveira and Sara Estima Martins, who are both highly regarded. It handled some high-value, complex matters, with one highlight being representing Volvo / Renault Trucks in damages claims filed in Portugal following an infringement decision by the EC relating to an alleged truck-sector cartel.

SRS Advogados' team is headed by the ‘very practice- and business-orientedGonçalo Anastácio, who is ‘a safe pair of hands’. The large team provides ‘well-prepared, assertive, efficient and quick answers’, and fields several lawyers with PCA or European Commission experience. It has expertise in the energy sector, represented clients in the PCA’s investigations into a number of sectors, including insurance, banking, manufacturing, food and drink, and retail and distribution, and it successfully represented copyright fee collecting co-operative GDA in an abuse of dominance claim filed by Meo/PT. Managing associates Nuno Calaim Lourenço and Duarte Pirra are recommended.

VDA possesses broad knowledge encompassing all areas of EU and competition law and lawyers ‘always bear in mind that most issues can easily become litigious and therefore make sure to reduce any risk’. The team counts several high-profile domestic companies among its clients; it recently advised Meo on the sale of equity stakes in its telecoms tower businesses. Practice head Nuno Ruiz ‘possesses unrivalled knowledge of the applicable statutes and the relevant court decisions’. Managing associate Rita Aleixo Gregório and senior associate Cláudia Coutinho da Costa are also recommended. Ricardo Bordalo Junqueiro rejoined from Cuatrecasas in February 2018, having initially left in 2013. Miguel Mendes Pereira is another name to note.

Garrigues Portugal's team is led by of counsel Luís Pinto Monteiro, who is a ‘fast thinker’ and displays ‘great emotional intelligence’; he joined from PLMJ in May 2018, following the retirement of João Paulo Teixeira de Matos. The team is representing BBVA before the PCA regarding an alleged cartel in the banking sector, and it assisted Banco Santander Totta with the merger control implications of its acquisition of Wizink Bank’s payment cards business.

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho handled merger control filings before the PCA for Altice in relation to its attempted acquisition of Media Capital. The ‘pragmatic’ team is led by of counsel Joaquim Caimoto Duarte. Managing associate Tânia Luísa Faria ‘can work with impossible deadlines’.

Abreu Advogados delivers ‘what truly matters to the client’ at ‘a great price-quality ratio’. Inês Sequeira Mendes advised Immochan on the competition aspects of its acquisition of three shopping centres. Armando Martins Ferreira is representing Sport Lisboa e Benfica in litigation involving unfair competition and antitrust issues.

Luís Miguel Romão heads the practice at CMS, which represented Espirito Santo Financial, the bankrupt assets of the Espirito Santo Group, in a case against the ECB and before the EU General Court, which ruled in favour of the client, allowing access to documentation held by the central bank and relating to its decision to not fund BES.

Cuatrecasas saw the departure of Ricardo Bordalo Junqueiro to VDA in February 2018, and the team is now led by Pedro Marques Bom following his arrival from the Competition Authority in March 2019. ‘Very experienced’ of counsel Rita Leandro Vasconcelos is also noted. The group is advising clients in the banking, railway, and automotive sectors on investigations by the PCA.

DLA Piper ABBC was mostly active in merger control but also handled antitrust and regulatory matters. Clients include Lufthansa, EasyJet, IATA and Fosun Group. Of counsel and practice head Margarida Rosado da Fonseca ‘has an excellent knowledge of the competition legal framework’ and ‘anticipates legal issues concerning competition law’.

The highly regarded Mário Marques Mendes leads the team at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo. In a recent highlight it assisted Grupo Prisa as seller with the attempted acquisition of Media Capital by Altice. Other work includes advising clients on compliance programmes, state aid, and PCA investigations.

Sérvulo & Associados counts Banif, Jerónimo Martins and Lone Star among its clients and renders advice on restrictive practices, state aid, mergers and compliance. Recommended practice head Miguel Gorjão-Henriques has particular pharmaceutical sector expertise.

SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados handles a broad range of matters, and in a recent highlight represented China Three Gorges in the takeover bid for EDP. Miguel Pena Machete heads the team.

Albuquerque & Associados covers the full range of contentious and non-contentious competition and EU matters for clients in the transport, energy, and pharmaceutical sectors. Associate Sónia Gemas Donário is the name to note.

Ricardo Rodrigues Lopes heads the practice at Caiado Guerreiro, which advises on day-to-day competition and compliance matters, as well as restrictive practices and a variety of disputes. Clients include Fapricela, Cortefiel and Fénix Lusitana.

Campos Ferreira, Sá Carneiro & Associados advises clients on merger filings before the PCA and on other aspects of the relationship with the authority, as well as on contentious matters. Of counsel Patrícia Fragoso Martins is the name to note.

Raposo Bernardo is noted for its focus on the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors. Work in other sectors included representing Iberomail in a case before the Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações (Anacom) against CTT concerning the latter’s alleged abuse of dominance. The ‘proactiveSofia Ferreira Enriquez is ‘assertive and straightforward’.

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