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Linklaters has one of the most renowned competition teams in the market, and is increasingly active in merger control. Another area of focus is state aid in the financial sector, with clients including Novo Banco, Millennium BCP and Oitante. Carlos Pinto Correia has ‘very good knowledge of the subject matter’ and leads a team of three, which includes managing associate João Pateira Ferreira.

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados provides ‘an outstanding level of service’. In one highlight, Carlos Botelho Moniz led advice to EDP on a state aid investigation launched by the European Commission (EC) concerning a €759m payment for the extension of the energy company’s right to use public water resources for electricity generation. The 11-strong group, which is headed by Joaquim Vieira Peres, includes managing associates Inês Gouveia and the ‘business-oriented’ Pedro de Gouveia e Melo. Luís do Nascimento Ferreira was promoted to partner in May 2017.

A trusted partner’, PLMJ 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.

Already one of the largest EU and competition teams in Portugal, SRS Advogados was reinforced by the addition of of counsels Catarina Anastácio, formerly with the Portuguese Competition Authority (AdC), and Pedro Guerra e Andrade, formerly an EC lawyer, in August and September 2017 respectively. The group stands out for its ‘strong in-depth knowledge of legislation at national and European level’. Using its state aid expertise, it represented Empresa de Manutenção de Equipamento Ferroviário in a case filed by Bombardier concerning the former’s allegedly illegal receipt of €90m in state support. Gonçalo Anastácio ‘takes strategic decisions’ and leads the group, which also includes Luís Neto Galvão and ‘client-oriented’ managing associate Ana Rita Andrade.

At VdA Vieira de Almeida, clients can count on ‘a responsive and flexible team’, which includes the ‘very committedNuno Ruiz and ‘experienced’ senior associate Cláudia Coutinho da Costa. Miguel Mendes Pereira, who has ‘great acumen’, and ‘detail-oriented’ managing associate Rita Aleixo Gregório represented TAP in antitrust proceedings concerning alleged infringements to codeshare agreements entered into with Brussels Airlines.

Cuatrecasas’ group has ‘impressive technical and industry know-how’. Acting for Galp Energia, which had banned certain sales of bottled liquefied petroleum gas, the group succeeded in lowering a €9m AdC fine to €4m. Of counsel Rita Leandro Vasconcelos regularly handles merger control procedures and Ricardo Bordalo Junqueiro ‘does not crack under pressure’.

With ‘a good understanding of the process and good relations with the regulators’, Garrigues Portugal stands out for its expertise in merger control. João Paulo Teixeira de Matos and Ana Ferreira Neves ‘provide helpful guidance on how to frame filings and respond to follow-up questions’. In other work, the team is representing BBVA in a case concerning an alleged banking sector cartel.

The team at Uría Menéndez - Proença de Carvalho is ‘competent and available’. Highlights included defending waste management services providers Suma and EGF against judicial appeals by 11 parties against the firms’ merger clearance. Counsel Joaquim Caimoto Duarte ‘communicates effectively with clients’ and managing associate Tânia Luísa Faria has ‘a remarkable ability to process significant amounts of information’.

Abreu Advogados is ‘one hundred percent reliable and committed’. Inês Sequeira Mendes advised Lusíadas Saúde on merger control procedures, and the ‘strategic, focused and pragmaticArmando Martins Ferreira assisted office supply retailer Staples with the revision of its pricing and discount policy.

CMS caters for consumer goods sector clients, frequently handling distribution agreements. Associate Luís Miguel Romão provides ‘high-quality advice while staying cost-conscious’, and recently represented Goldman Sachs in a state aid case concerning a $835m loan granted to BES.

DLA Piper ABBCacts fast’ on merger control, antitrust and regulatory matters. Clients include China Minsheng Financial Holding, Fosun and several airlines such as Lufthansa. Of counsel Margarida Rosado da Fonseca is ‘very knowledgeable’.

The ‘committed’ team at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is increasingly active in compliance programmes. It advised De’Longhi on competition matters and assisted Rádio e Televisão de Portugal with state aid matters. Mário Marques Mendes and senior associate Alexandra Dias Henriques are ‘convincing in court’.

Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados’ practice frequently advises the corporate team on assessing the necessity of notifying the EC of mergers. The ‘competent and experiencedMiguel Pena Machete represented the Ministry of Finance in state aid litigation.

Sérvulo & Associados represented Jerónimo Martins in a misdemeanour procedure concerning a promotional campaign carried out by one of its supermarket chains, Pingo Doce. Miguel Gorjão-Henriques leads a team of three associates.

Albuquerque & Associados provides ‘accurate advice’, with associate Sónia Gemas Donário ‘preparing all documents carefully’. It assisted ABB with a compliance programme and advised PepsiCo/Matudis on the implementation of a discount policy.

Caiado Guerreiro & Associados acted for industry group Fapricela in appeals against a €10m fine in a cartel proceeding. Ricardo Rodrigues Lopes heads the practice, which is increasingly active in compliance matters.

Of counsel Patrícia Fragoso Martins heads Campos Ferreira, Sá Carneiro & Associados’ group, which handles contentious and non-contentious work. It regularly files merger notifications.

Raposo Bernardo uses its pharmaceutical expertise to advise clients such as Apifarma and Menarini on the full range of competition matters. Practice head Sofia Enriquez is ‘assertive’.

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