EU and competition in Portugal

Linklaters

Linklaters has a well-established reputation in merger control, and regularly acts for private equity firms, investment funds and companies operating in the payments industry in competition and regulatory issues. The team is equally strong at handling domestic and cross-border proceedings, drawing on its close collaboration with other offices in its network to provide integrated services to clients. High-profile cartel investigations and state aid issues in the financial sector also feature in the workload. Carlos Pinto Correia, who has represented clients before national and EU courts, leads the team. João Pateira Ferreira is another key point of contact, who advises on multi-jurisdictional mergers and the full range of antitrust cases.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Pinto Correia

Other key lawyers:

João Pateira Ferreira

Testimonials

‘Strong technical knowledge, ability to find solutions to defined objectives, great proximity to the client.’

‘Carlos Pinto Correia is our key point of contact.’

Key clients

SIBS SGPS, S.A.

Embraer – Empresa Brasileira De Aeronáutica SA

The Navigator Company

China Three Gorges Corporation

Banco BPI, S.A.

Lusitania, Companhia de Seguros, S.A.

Ardian SAS

OYAK

Luz Saúde, S.A.

Oitante

BP Portugal – Comércio de Combustíveis e Lubrificantes, S.A.

Lidl Portugal

OGMA – Indústria Aeronáutica de Portugal SA

Glennmont Partners I Ltd

ECS Capital

Novo Banco, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Acts for Banco BPI, one the largest banks in Portugal, which is currently under investigation by the Portuguese Competition Authority, together with most Portuguese commercial banks, on alleged exchange of commercially sensitive information.
  • Advising Lusitania on the appeal of a decision by the Portuguese Competition Authority, fining the company for anti-competitive practices following a dawn raid in 2017.
  • Assisted Glennmont Partners I in the sale of Sol Cativante V to Finerge Estrela, a company pertaining to Finerge Group, which in turn is part of the First State group.

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados maintains its position at the forefront of competition law in the country through its involvement in numerous high-profile cartel cases, abuse of dominance matters and antitrust investigations undertaken by the Portuguese Competition Authority (PCA). Merger control procedures and state aid mandates are other notable areas of practice for the sizeable department, which is spearheaded by Joaquim Vieira Peres, who is active in competition matters at the national and European level. Clients also benefit from AI tools and e-discovery software incorporated by the firm to assist with complex antitrust investigations and competition compliance initiatives. Carlos Botelho Moniz is counsel of choice for private parties and the Portuguese government in cases before European courts and the EU Commission. Luís do Nascimento Ferreira has extensive experience in restrictive practices, merger control and market dominance cases; and Pedro Gouveia e Melo has recently been engaged in judicial appeals against PCA's infringement decisions. Clients from the food and retail sectors often seek Inês Gouveia's legal support.

Practice head(s):

Joaquim Vieira Peres

Other key lawyers:

Carlos Botelho Moniz; Luís do Nascimento Ferreira; Gonçalo Machado Borges; Pedro Gouveia e Melo; Inês Gouveia

Testimonials

‘The team has many senior members, and therefore great capability of handling several matters at the same time.’

‘They are well connected and maintain good relationships with relevant authorities.’

‘They are extremely knowledgeable, business minded and in addition very pleasant to work with. Partners Joaquim Vieira Peres and Luís Do Nascimento Ferreira stand out.’

‘Excellent quality of services is very good, given the experience and knowledge of the team. Business knowledge is also a very important asset.’

‘Inês Gouveia has extensive knowledge in this area; she is committed and has ability to understand the characteristics of the clients’ business.’

Work highlights

  • Representing EDP Comercial, EDP Energias de Portugal, Modelo Continente and Sonae MC in the appeal against a Competition Authority’s decision which imposed fines regarding the partnership created for the implementation of the commercial campaign Plano EDP Continente.
  • Acting for APG Asset Management (the Dutch pension manager), NPS (the National Pension Service of the Republic of Korea) and SLAM (Swiss Life Asset Managers) in seeking clearance from the European Commission for the acquisition of joint control over Brisa, a €3bn transaction.
  • Representing BCP, the largest private bank in Portugal, in an appeal before the General Court of the European Union seeking the partial annulment of the European Commission’ decision approving the sale of Novo Banco to Lone Star.

PLMJ

PLMJ advises across the spectrum of competition issues, with considerable experience in high-profile cartel proceedings, antitrust private damages cases and complex merger control matters. Offering representation to domestic and international clients before the PCA and EU courts, the department is also well versed in state aid issues. Ricardo Oliveira, who has relevant experience at the European Commission, stands out for his strong capabilities in matters involving abuse of dominance, as well as cartel cases. Sara Estima Martins and Miguel Marques de Carvalho recently left.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Oliveira

Testimonials

‘Excellent service, great knowledge of technical issues, proximity to the client  and good time management skills.’

‘Prompt, reliable, practical advice. Ricardo made himself available to respond to the urgent needs from our client, and offer commercial, pragmatic advice on a complex area of law. ’

‘Ricardo Oliveira is a knowledgeable, experienced and practical advisor. He can be relied on for a prompt and sound counsel. He manages an efficient team of associates.’

‘PLMJ is extremely professional and easy to work with. The team has a wide pool of talent and provides practical advice in a timely manner. They have ensured that our (very large) matter is well resourced.’

‘Ricardo Oliveira has been a very impressive leader of this talented team. He provides concise and effective advice that makes it easy for clients to understand their options, and is very approachable.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the Portuguese merger control process. Ricardo Oliveira is recommended.’

‘Ricardo Oliveira stands out for his availability, experience and always thoughtful advice.’

Key clients

ANF (National Association of Pharmacies)

Volvo / Renault Trucks

Cimpor

Tabaqueira (a subsidiary of Philip Morris International)

Nestlé

Ford

Barclays

Coca-Cola European Partners

Visa

Eleven Sports Network

Unilever

ESFG (Espírito Santo Financial Group)

Grupo Bimbo

Pernod Ricard

Diageo

Riberalves

Lactogal

Oxy Capital

Bacardi Martini

Liberty Mutual

Atena Equity Partners

Caixa Geral de Depósitos

McDonald’s

Work highlights

  • Assisting Volvo / Renault Trucks in its defence regarding damages claims stemming from an infringement decision issued by the European Commission relating to an alleged information exchange arrangement in the truck sector.
  • Providing legal advice to TAP Air Portugal on state aid in the context of the Covid 19 pandemic.
  • Acting for Unilever, McDonald’s, Caixa Geral de Depósitos and Diageo in an investigation launched by the PCA for alleged collusive behaviour between two associations in the advertisement industry.

SRS Advogados

The EU and competition department at SRS Advogados offers representation to domestic and international clients operating in a variety of regulated sectors, which predominantly seek the team's advice on merger control and state aid issues. Gonçalo Anastácio has a strong track record before the European Commission and national courts, and often acts for major players in the energy and fast-moving consumer goods industries. He leads the department, whose workload also includes some of the major cartel cases in the country. Duarte Pirra has considerable experience in antitrust proceedings, abuse of dominance cases and multi-jurisdictional transactions. Nuno Calaim Lourenço is also noted for his recent involvement in high-stakes cartel investigations by the PCA. The team was recently strengthened by the arrival of Sara Estima Martins, who brings considerable experience in merger control, cartels and abuse of dominance cases.

Practice head(s):

Gonçalo Anastácio

Other key lawyers:

Duarte Pirra; Nuno Calaim Lourenço; Luís Seifert Guincho; Sara Estima Martins

Testimonials

The competition team we work with has demonstrated: solid knowledge of competition law; ability to interact with other teams of lawyers in business processes involving competition issues; great organisation and preparation of information for the client, as well as process management; excellent ability to interact with authorities and other institutional actors; great commitment and ability to analyse and discuss pre-procedural strategic scenarios.’

‘Professionalism and attention to the client are factors that characterise SRS Advogados. Since the relationship between our company and SRS was established, we have used their services in different areas.’

‘Solid team with robust solutions that inspire confidence. Gonçalo Anastácio has great technical knowledge and rigor in handling matters.’

‘Gonçalo Anastácio has exceptional communication, explanation, analysis and problem solving skills. He has an excellent ability to anticipate scenarios and find suitable solutions. Luís Guincho has an exceptional work capacity and excellent technical knowledge of competition laws. Great capacity for handling large amounts of information in short periods of time and simplifying work for the client.’

‘SRS provides a very high quality service and is recognised in the market. We highlight the fantastic work of the team leader – Gonçalo Anastácio – who combines a deep knowledge of European law and competition issues, with the leadership ability of his team and the recognition of the market that places him in the restricted group of the best of the best in competition law in Portugal. Duarte Pirra has an excellent team coordination capacity and a strong knowledge of competition and regulation.’

‘SRS Advogados is our go-to law firm in Portugal for all things antitrust. We greatly value their independence and professionalism, as well as their pro-business and can do attitude.’

‘In particular, I would recommend the partner Gonçalo Gentil Anastácio, for his experience, deep knowledge of Competition Law (but not only) and exceptional ability to study and find the best solutions for each project.’

They are exceptionally dedicated. They provide a service of enormous quality. They have a large team, which ensures a quick response to most topics. I highlight the following lawyers: Gonçalo Anastácio, Duarte Pirra and Luís Seifert Guincho. Without prejudice to their different experience and seniority, they are all very dedicated. They are absolutely committed to providing the service and satisfying the client’s needs. They respond quickly, are available and convey absolute confidence.’

Key clients

AGEASl

Air Liquide

Alfamicro

ANO

BASF

Beiersdorf AG

Boehringer Ingelheim

Blueotter

Campofrio Food Group

Centromarca

Colgate-Palmolive Company

CoRe

Deuter Sport

EGEO

EMEF (Empresa De Manutenção De Equipamento Ferroviário)

Fábricas Lusitana – Produtos Alimentares

Finançor

Fromageries Bel Portugal

Galp Energia

Grupo Sousa

Hero Group

IQVIA

Lion Re:Sources Iberia

Municipality of Porto

Mylan

Nestlé

OGMA

Oxy Capital

Panrico

Port of Sines

Portuguese State

Repsol

Roland

Santander Bank

Securitas Direct

Sogrape

Sumol + Compal

Thales

Trinseo

Vesuvius

VIRBAC Portugal Laboratórios

Vortal

Work highlights

  • Advising Sumol + Compal (as well as three other suppliers) within the scope of the largest ongoing investigation by the PCA based on allegations of an alleged hub and spoke arrangement for the alignment of prices by supermarkets.
  • Advising the Portuguese state on the privatisation of Efacec following the Angolan ‘Luanda Leaks’ scandal, including on the state aid and merger control angles.
  • Successfully advised EMEF on a five-year state aid investigation by the DG COMP, following a complaint by Bombardier.

VdA

VdA handles a steady flow of competition matters, demonstrating substantial experience in a diverse range of regulated industries, notably telecoms, insurance, transport and financial services. The team is often instructed in cases before the European commission and courts, and is well equipped to assist with competition litigation, state aid and merger control issues. Antitrust investigations and cartel cases are other strong points for the department, which is now led by Ricardo Bordalo Junqueiro. Abuse of dominance matters and competition litigation are core areas of focus for the practice head, who receives key support from Nuno Ruiz. Also noted is Cláudia Coutinho da Costa, whose areas of expertise include merger control issues.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Bordalo Junqueiro

Other key lawyers:

Nuno Ruiz; Cláudia Coutinho da Costa; João Francisco Barreiros; Marta Flores da Silva

Testimonials

‘VdA’s EU and Competition practice stands out for its strong technical competence applied to different industries and practical experience from its involvement in the largest cases in Portugal.’

‘Ricardo Bordalo Junqueiro’s strong experience, technical competence and qualities like thoughtfulness, common sense and strategic vision provide a sense of security that is not common in most law firms.’

‘Strong knowledge of the law, capacity to give practical advice that links to the business needs. Always available, with plenty of expertise regarding the matter to be handled, they give a lot of confidence when a decision needs to be made upon their advice.’

‘Ricardo Bordalo Junqueiro and Marta Flores da Silva are recommended.’

I must mention the fact that we have worked together for many years and we have faced challenges and processes together. I highlight Ricardo Junqueiro and Nuno Ruiz.’

Key clients

Portugese State (Parpública)

Zurich Insurance PLC – Sucursal Portugal

José de Mello Group

MEO – Serviços de Comunicação e Multimédia

Banco Comercial Português

SATA Airlines

Mapfre Seguros Gerais, S.A.

Somafel – Engenharia e Obras Ferroviárias, S.A.

Vodafone Portugal – Comunicações Pessoais, S.A.

Toyota

Brisa – Auto-Estradas de Portugal, S.A.

Ageas Portugal Holding, SGPS, S.A

José de Mello – Residências e Serviços, SGPS, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Parpública (Portuguese state) in a state aid notification to the European Commission concerning a €1.2bn rescue loan in favour of TAP, which was authorised by the European Commission.
  • Assisting José de Mello (JdM) in the sale of a stake in Brisa (the largest road transport infrastructure group in Portugal) and in the merger control notification to the European Commission.
  • Assisted Banco Comercial Português in the appeal of an infringement and fining decision imposed by the Portuguese Competition Authority for an allegedly anticompetitive information exchange concerted practice.

Cuatrecasas

Cuatrecasas has a full-service EU and competition practice, which is regularly involved in major antitrust infringement investigations and subsequent litigation before courts. The team balances a busy workload, with a significant proportion of mandates pertaining to domestic and multi-jurisdictional merger control proceedings and the implementation of compliance programmes. Also noteworthy is its experience in private enforcement cases, abuse of dominance and state aid issues. Under the leadership of Pedro Marques Bom, a former General Director of Investigation of the PCA, the team also includes Luís Bordalo e Sá and Bruno de Zêzere Barradas, who are often instructed in phase I and II merger control matters.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Marques Bom

Other key lawyers:

Luís Bordalo e Sá; Bruno de Zêzere Barradas

Testimonials

‘The high level of professionalism, great knowledge and experience in this field makes them stand out in the market.’

‘Immediate availability to answer questions. Timely and careful response. Practical resolution of issues.’

Team formed and led by people with very particular experience and quality, who have an exceptional knowledge of the law and also of the functioning of the institutions.’

‘Pedro Marques Bom, a partner in the department, stands out for the vast knowledge he has, coupled with an outstanding ability to find solutions that allow the development of the business in strict compliance with the law.’

‘Great knowledge and vast experience in the area, combined with the committed search for solutions to complex challenges. Its unique experience on the regulatory side is what distinguishes this team in the national context.’

‘I would highlight Pedro Marques Bom for the profound way in which he defends clients. Bruno Zêzere Barradas is proactive and available.’

Pedro Marques Bom is a good lawyer with extensive cross-sectional knowledge of the market and competition law matters. Although his presence in the market is still relatively recent, I believe that his quality will make him one of the most relevant competition lawyers in the coming years.’

Key clients

Abertis Infraestrutcturas

Auchan Retail Portugal

Barraqueiro

Beiersdorf

BMW

Blackstone

Bridgestone

Catalana Occidente

CCB Servicios Aereos

Cinesa

Odeon Cinemas Group

China Three Gorges

Clariant AG

Crédit Suisse

Engie

Faurecia

Fergrupo

Ferrero

Galp Energia

Globo

GLS – General Logistics Systems

Grupo Bel

KKR

Microsoft

MSC – Mediterranean Shipping Company

Partners Group AG

Roche Pharmaceutical

Sacyr/Somague

Stemlab

Bebécord

Stolt Sea Farm

Work highlights

  • Advised Engie on competition aspects of the acquisition of a portfolio of 1.7GW of hydroelectric energy, one of the largest hydroelectric portfolios in Portugal for €2.2bn.
  • Advising Faurecia, a French multinational company providing technology and equipment for the automotive sector, on a state aid case and potential infringement against Portugal.
  • Advising Roche Pharmaceutical (F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG Group) on several antitrust matters, including developing and implementing a tailor-made compliance programme.

Sérvulo & Associados

Showcasing an impressive track record before the European Commission, Sérvulo & Associados has particular strength acting for private and public entities in state aid proceedings across a range of sectors, including financial services, transport, energy and retail. Department head Miguel Gorjão-Henriques is experienced in restrictive trade practices, and is highly regarded among pharmaceutical clients. The team is further retained to advise on merger law matters in the context of M&A transactions, compliance issues, private enforcement and abuse of dominance. Alberto Saavedra is another practitioner to note for EU law and competition matters.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Gorjão-Henriques

Other key lawyers:

Alberto Saavedra

Testimonials

‘The team was well organised and also very responsive. If a new issue came up, they were really quick to react and were ready with possible options on how best to handle it within a very short period of time.’

‘Highly competent and available team. Miguel Gorjão Henriques is recommended.’

‘It has been my great pleasure to work with the Sérvulo team. They have developed a deep connection with the client teams involved, and are clearly trusted in their advice, style and knowledge. I have worked with competition lawyers around Europe and can say confidently that the Sérvulo team is first rate and has an exceptionally good rapport with clients. I am impressed by their legal knowledge, but also their understanding of the academic literature of competition issues which means that they are able to run leading legal and economic arguments.’

‘Alberto Saavedra (Senior Associate) – an excellent legal mind. He is able to digest complicated evidence and present it in clear legal documents. I have seen Alberto manage the delivery of large written documents to be filed in court with him drafting in a clear, careful and persuasive way.’

‘Miguel Gorjão-Henriques (Sócio | Partner) – a lawyer at the very forefront of competition law in Portugal. He has a PHD in Law and also teaches, and you can see his knowledge is deep, meaning he can quickly identify key issues in the case or evidence and propose strategies. He has a calm, polite and commanding style.’

Key clients

Portuguese Government

SPGM (Sociedade Portuguesa de Garantia Mútua)

Parpública

Government of the Madeira Autonomous Region

EuroBic Bank

Portuguese Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry (APIFARMA)

BANIF Bank

“Insolvency mass of the BES Bank” (Banco Espírito Santo)

Portuguese Federation of Tobacco Wholesalers (FPGT)

Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A.

Municipality of Lisbon

JMDB

Mastercard

IFD (Instituição Financeira de Desenvolvimento)

Abbott

Fresenius Medical Care group

Pingo Doce

Work highlights

  • Advised the Portuguese government and SPGM in the largest ever state aid scheme case in Portugal (€13bn Portuguese schemes to support economy in coronavirus outbreak approved by the Commission).
  • Assisted the government of the Madeira Autonomous Region in a state aid procedure launched by the European Commission DG COMP: compatibility of the Zona Franca da Madeira (or ZFM) with the European Union state aid rules.
  • Representing EuroBic Bank in a procedure regarding an alleged cartel.

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

The EU and competition practice at Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho saw a recent shift in leadership when Tânia Luísa Faria became department head, following the departure of Joaquim Caimoto Duarte. The team leader, who has relevant international experience, is routinely engaged in merger control proceedings at local and European level, and antitrust matters. In addition, the department's broad service offering covers assistance in restrictive practices, private enforcement, gun-jumping cases and state aid.

Practice head(s):

Tânia Luísa Faria

Testimonials

‘Great knowledge of the subject; assertiveness; quick response; and confidence in the work developed. In relation to competition and EU law, the work carried out by Tânia Luísa Faria should be highlighted.’

‘Tânia Luisa Faria is recommended for her knowledge, work capacity, focus on resolving the issues and results presented.’

Key clients

Cofina

Möet Hennessy

Daf Trucks

Esmalglass-Itaca Group

Nutreco

Globalia

Altice

JCDecaux

Banco Santander Totta

Unilabs

Barceló

GrandVision

Hospital Particular do Algarve

Marubeni

UCI

Work highlights

  • Representing Cofina in all competition matters and regulatory filings, including the merger control filing with the PCA related to the acquisition of Media Capital Group.
  • Acting for Banco Santander Totta in the PCA’s antitrust case, including the appeal of the PCA’s decision concerning conduct corresponding to alleged anticompetitive information sharing among several Portuguese credit institutions.
  • Advised Hospital Particular do Algarve on the acquisition of Hospital São Gonçalo de Lagos, including merger control proceedings and a gun jumping case.

Abreu Advogados

Abreu Advogados' sizeable competition, regulatory and EU law team has significant expertise in regulated industries, offering advice on the entire array of matters in this field. Of particular note, the team has been increasingly active in merger control and competition issues arising out of M&A transactions, with an emphasis on the energy and real estate sectors. Cartel cases and abuse of dominance proceedings are other areas of specialism for the department, which is jointly led by Inês Sequeira Mendes and Armando Martins Ferreira. Both practitioners have strong credentials in domestic and multi-jurisdictional merger control proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Armando Martins Ferreira; Inês Sequeira Mendes

Other key lawyers:

Ricardo Henriques; Sílvia Bessa Venda

Testimonials

‘High technical quality, quick responses and proactivity in anticipating issues that may impact the client’s activity. Great interpersonal skills and relevant specialisms.’

‘Armando Martins Ferreira is an excellent professional with great client-care skills.’

‘Inês Sequeira Mendes stands out in the market. She provides an excellent service, thinks strategically and has relevant international experience.’

What distinguishes Abreu Advogados is the quality of the service, attention to the client’s needs and the search for solutions that are feasible. Technically they are very competent and are also open to suggestions that can improve their service. Armando Martins Ferreira is recommended.’

‘Armando Martins Ferreira is always available and profoundly knowledgeable about the intricacies of justice and courts, and is also an excellent strategist. Inês Sequeira Mendes is recommended for her serenity, competence and ability to find solutions.’

‘Technical competence and team organisation. Armando Martins Ferreira stands out for his professionalism in monitoring the proceedings, technical skills and availability.

Availability, ability to understand and adapt to the client. I highlight Armando Martins Ferreira. There is not a single problem, process or situation that is overlooked and he manages to reconcile his role as a lawyer with fantastic analytical capacity and knowledge far beyond his area of intervention.’

Key clients

SPORT LISBOA E BENFICA

NORMETAL GROUP / U.E.M. ESTRUTURAS METÁLICAS, S.A.

LIDL

CIA

STATKRAFT

FREY

CBRE GLOBAL INVESTORS

COMPAÑIA DE SERVICIOS DE BEBIDAS REFRESCANTES, S.L.

DAIMLER

APIFVET (The National Association of Pharmaceutical Industry for Animal Health).

RESITEJO

RSTJ

STAPLES

FROMAGERIES BEL PORTUGAL

MISUMI

DAYTON PROGRESS

Work highlights

  • Assisting Sport Lisboa e Benfica in litigation involving the major competitor Futebol Clube do Porto, related companies and directors, on combined unfair competition, antitrust, regulatory and proprietary information infringements.
  • Defending Lidl in the case launched by the Competition Authority regarding the alleged cartel involving the supplier Primedrinks and several other retailers.
  • Assisting U.E.M. in the private damages lawsuit filed by PARQUE ESCOLAR for alleged cartel infringement.

CMS

CMS has a solid reputation for merger control work and strong cross-border capabilities. With extensive experience in regulated industries, the team counts some of the leading consumer goods companies among its clients. Luís Miguel Romão oversees the group, which is increasingly involved in antitrust cases pending before the PCA and consequent litigation involving infringement decisions. Besides providing a one-stop-shop for compliance-related matters, the firm also offers clients access to a sector-specific tool (CMS Dawn Raid APP), which can be used to alert lawyers at the touch of a button.

Practice head(s):

Luís Miguel Romão

Testimonials

‘The CMS’s European and competition law, and in particular, its leading partner, Luís Miguel Romão, provides all kind of advice relating to competition law. They have a very extensive knowledge of EU and Portuguese Competition laws, having practised within such an area of the law for decades. I really appreciate the responsiveness of Miguel and his ability to connect with various stakeholders with high communication and human skills. ’

‘I particularly recommend Luis Miguel Romão (partner) of the CMS European and competition law department, for his extensive knowledge of Portuguese and EU competition laws and for his communication and human skills.’

‘In addition to the high availability that the team has shown, it has worked with both us and our parent company in an efficient, structured and client-friendly manner. They have everything that a multinational company looks for in a law firm.’

‘The partner in the area of Competition law, Luís Miguel Romão, stands out for his availability and efficiency, but above all for his security and confidence. Working with Luís Miguel Romão gives us the absolute certainty that we are in good hands and that the interests of our company will be defended in the best possible way.’

Luís Miguel Romão stands out for his serenity and availability, no challenge or obstacle seems insurmountable.’

Luís Miguel Romão demonstrates in-depth knowledge of competition law in different sectors of activity. He uses accessible language in interactions, being particularly clear in the questions and / or requests for clarification.’

Luís Miguel Romão is a good lawyer, very combative and always fighting hard for his clients’ interests. He has a lot of experience and a very solid knowledge of all areas of competition law.’

Key clients

Goldman Sachs

Futrifer

Lidl Portugal

MEO

MOP – Multimédia Outdoors Portugal

L’Oréal Portugal

Vinci Energies Portugal

Cepsa

Essilor Luxottica Portugal

Coca-Cola European Partners

Betclic

ANA

Tabaqueira II

Work highlights

  • Represented FUTRIFER (Vossloh/Cogifer) during a dawn raid and secured a settlement agreement.
  • Advised VINCI ENERGIES and filed merger notifications of the acquisitions of Sotécnica and Novabase Digital.
  • Advised MEO and notified to the Portuguese Competition Authority of its acquisitions of Blueticket and PT Live.

DLA Piper ABBC

DLA Piper ABBC's EU and competition practice was recently strengthened by the arrival of practitioners with wide-ranging expertise across restrictive practices and abuses of dominance proceedings, antitrust litigation, EU law and regulatory issues. Miguel Mendes Pereira has recently been welcomed to the partnership, bringing a wealth of experience in antitrust, merger control and state aid matters. He is now leading the group, which has strong cross-border capabilities, due to the firm's presence throughout most European jurisdictions.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Mendes Pereira

Testimonials

‘Advice geared to the needs of the client in all its aspects. Ability to adapt, great response time, extensive knowledge and innovative solutions.’ 

‘I’ve been working with Miguel Mendes Pereira for several years, mostly in competition matters. He is an extremely complete lawyer, with enormous experience and know-how, which gives the client confidence. He has a deep understanding of the client’s needs, and often finds creative solutions.’

Rapid ability to analyse and understand complex issues. Miguel Mendes Pereira stands out for his brilliant ability to argue on behalf of the client.’

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Cartel investigations, abuse of dominance proceedings, merger control and state aid matters are all at the core of the EU and competition offering of Gómez-Acebo & Pombo. The team's strength lies in its ability to act for domestic and multinational corporations as well as public entities in a variety of sectors, notably in proceedings before the PCA, regulatory agencies, European Commission and EU courts. Mário Marques Mendes is widely recommended in the fields of antitrust and EU law. He heads up the practice, which also includes Alexandra Dias Henriques.

Practice head(s):

Mário Marques Mendes

Other key lawyers:

Alexandra Dias Henriques; Pedro Vilarinho Pires

Testimonials

‘The ability to generate trust, combined with the production of highly satisfactory results, distinguishes GaP. Customer follow-up, attention to detail and the rigor that is provided at every step of the way are another highly distinctive feature.’

‘We cannot fail to highlight the work of the Competition Law team, particularly Mário Marques Mendes and Alexandra Dias Henriques. In addition to the academic authority in the matters that this legal practice involves, they bring together the personal and professional characteristics that the matters require. Their attention to detail, permanent presence and availability, frank and open debate, the ability to understand the client should also be mentioned as strengths.’ 

‘An internationally well-equipped antitrust team with high competence even in contentious proceedings.

‘Mario Marques Mendes is a very committed partner, who intensively considers the different issues of his clients in order for his team to provide advice that is as client-specific and efficient as possible.’

‘Reference firm in competition law and European law with excellent service.’

Very professional and knowledgeable about competition law. Great experience in an increasingly critical area for companies. Mário Marques Mendes and Alexandra Henriques are recommended.’

‘Mário Marques Mendes is very ethical, professional, experienced and knowledgeable about competition law. Alexandra Henriques is pragmatic and organised.’

‘Professionalism, reliability and deep knowledge (and experience) of competition law.’

Key clients

Iveco

Algeco

B. Braun

Grupo Prisa

Creditors of BES

Elevolution

Procter & Gamble

Henkel

Primedrinks

De’Longhi

Grupo Nabeiro

CAE Inc.

Rebonave

Work highlights

  • Representing IVECO in various damages actions which are being brought before the Competition Court in Portugal (as well as in Spain).
  • Acts for B. Braun in competition matters, notably in proceedings before the Portuguese Competition Authority.
  • Assisting Grupo Prisa in merger control and regulatory issues regarding ongoing and potential operations.

Garrigues

The EU and competition law team at Garrigues is particularly active in merger control procedures in the Portuguese market, but is equally skilled at handling antitrust investigations, state aid matters and litigation. Also noteworthy is the department's capabilities in cartel cases: the firm has designed a tool, Proces@, which can be used to facilitate the quick analysis of data crucial in a cartel investigation. Practice head Luís Pinto Monteiro has a wealth of experience in cartel infringement proceedings and antitrust cases.

Practice head(s):

Luis Pinto Monteiro

Other key lawyers:

João Miranda Pocas

Testimonials

‘We have worked with the Garrigues Lisbon competition department in recent months. They are a technically sound team and efficient in the way they work. They demonstrate great technical knowledge and strategic vision. We have worked with two lawyers, partner Luis Pinto and associate Joao Miranda. Luis shows good leadership and management skill. He is a person who transmits confidence and tranquillity even in difficult moments. Joao is an associate who also shows great technical capacity and a lot of initiative to take on responsibility.’

‘The EU and Competition law team of Garrigues is top-notch. Their commitment is unique. The team is extremely focused and they have a detailed knowledge of the briefs they work with. By using very simple and accessible language, they make intricate problems look like simple questions to address. It is also an added value the fact that they know everyone at the Portuguese Competition Authority and they have a great relationship with the case-handlers. The EU and Competition law team of Garrigues gets the job done and does it very swiftly. They are the best team of lawyers we have worked with so far. We recommend them highly.’

‘We would highlight Luis Pinto Monteiro. Always present and without exceptions, highly intelligent and with a strategic mind. Luis is two steps ahead in any discussion. From all the lawyers we have worked with so far, he ranks at the very top.’

‘The team always delivers knock-out performances. They are very consistent and calm under pressure. They have tremendous economic skills in competition law matters, as well as an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law.’

‘We normally work with Luis Pinto Monteiro that heads the EU & Competition law team. He is one of the cleverest lawyers in the field. A truly bright and creative lawyer. He reveals a fantastic grasp on the economic and technical issues and shows an excellent ability to translate economics into legal arguments and make complex cases seem simple.’

‘I highlight the excellence of its legal services in all relevant areas of law and the highly competent multidisciplinary team, motivated by a single purpose: to transform academic research and accumulated knowledge in the design of robust legal solutions, providing a service that effectively creates value for clients. It is noticeable that Garrigues is strongly committed to quality legal services and has a team capable of meeting the challenges that may arise in any field of law and at any time.’

‘I highlight Luis Pinto Monteiro’s experience, leadership skills, way of communicating clearly and objectively, entrepreneurial vision, and his way of working in a team valuing partners and collaborators.’

They are always available, regardless of the time and day of the week. These lawyers live to satisfy their clients. In the same way, the team shows a deep knowledge of the subject, a complete mastery of the files down to the smallest detail. They are the right people to advise the board of a multinational company like ours. They are always focused on presenting solutions and offering an excellent service.’

Key clients

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria

WPP PLC

Volvo Cars Portugal

Jaguar Land Rover

Honda Motors

Samsung

Bavarian Nordic

KKR

Banco Santander

Vallis Capital Partners

Babcock

Japan Tobacco Company

Work highlights

  • Assisting BBVA in complex antitrust litigation before the Portuguese Competition Court, aimed at challenging an alleged cartel infringement that fined the bank industry on an amount of several hundred million euros.
  • Providing advise to advertising group WPP and six affiliated companies on an antitrust investigation.
  • Advised KKR (one of the worlds’ biggest investment funds) and Educa Bidco S.L.U. (an affiliated company of KKR) on the acquisition of Master Distância.

SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados

Benefiting from its experience in public law, the competition and regulatory department at SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados brings together multi-disciplinary expertise to advise clients in a range of matters. The firm attracts instructions from clients operating in the media, telecoms, healthcare, agrobusiness and retail sectors, that seek assistance in antitrust investigations, private enforcement cases, merger control and competition litigation. Miguel Pena Machete is the key point of contact.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Pena Machete

Other key lawyers:

Catarina Pinto Xavier

Testimonials

‘We have worked with SLCM on various competition matters. We want to highlight their international capabilities, their reactivity and their mastery of the subject.’

‘The competition team is highly prepared and does not shy away from using economic evidence and economic experts, adding value to their work.’

‘Miguel Pena Machete is a very good strategical advisor. He is able to correctly foresee the likely “make it or break it” points in the litigation phase of the proceedings and design an appropriate strategy.’

The availability of the team throughout the process and the flexibility for all necessary interactions deserves to be highlighted.’

‘Catarina Pinto Xavier and Miguel Machete stood out for their availability and flexibility, problem-solving capacity and accessibility.’

‘Miguel Machete is an expert in competition law and has extensive experience in litigation in this field.’

‘Miguel Machete stands out for his clarity of reasoning, availability, diligence and pragmatic advice.’

Miguel Pena Machete has great knowledge of competition law. Catarina Pinto Xavier has the ability to understand the most important points from an economic point of view.’

Key clients

Controlinveste Group

Sport TV Portugal, S.A.

SCC – Sociedade Central de Cervejas

Grupo José de Mello

José de Mello Saúde

Diaverum

Global Media Group

GRUPO JAP

Work highlights

  • Representing SCC – Sociedade Central de Cervejas (Heineken Group) in the investigation procedure held by the PCA regarding alleged restrictive practices in the beverage industry and retail market.
  • Assisting Sport TV as defendant in three different private enforcement claims pending before the Portuguese Lisbon civil court regarding an abuse of dominant position.
  • Assisted Grupo José de Mello in the proceedings concerning the notification of the joint venture with the insurance group AGEAS Portugal for the operation of assisted living residences for the elderly before the European Commission.

Albuquerque & Almeida

Albuquerque & Almeida provides regular advice on competition issues to an ever-growing list of domestic and international clients. The team is adept in litigation before national and EU courts, and also has a strong success rate in administrative proceedings before the PCA. Antonio De Mendonca Raimundo focuses on merger control matters, while Sónia Gemas Donário also handles cases involving cartels and trade restrictive practices, as well as antitrust compliance issues.

Practice head(s):

Sónia Gemas Donário; António Mendonça Raimundo

PRA-Raposo, Sá Miranda & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados RL

Working out of its Lisbon and Porto offices, PRA-Raposo, Sá Miranda & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados RL brings together expertise in merger control, abuse of dominance, commercial contracts and litigation. Competition specialist Miguel Miranda oversees the group, which also boasts strength in cartel cases and private enforcement. Rui Souto is another key individual.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Miranda

Other key lawyers:

Rui Souto

Testimonials

Multidisciplinary team which allows us to deal with different topics in a single firm.’

‘All professionals have excellent technical skills and help us achieve excellent results.’

Raposo Bernardo

Merger control issues are a core area of focus for the EU and competition department at Raposo Bernardo. Typical mandates also include abuse of dominance matters, compliance issues and proceedings before the PCA. Leading the practice is Mafalda Contumélias Baptista, who is knowledgeable in European regulation and acts for clients in regulated industries.

Practice head(s):

Mafalda Contumélias Baptista

Testimonials

‘Raposo Bernardo is genuine, transparent and does not deceive. Its culture is guided by quality and hard work. They don’t rest until they solve the problems at hand.’

‘For the area of competition, I would like to highlight Mafalda Contumélias Baptista, who I consider to be an exceptional lawyer, with great knowledge of competition law, the functioning of the market and European legislation applicable to the aviation sector.’ 

‘We have worked with Raposo Bernardo for over five years. Not only do we appreciate the professionalism of the team but also their flexibility to support us in various legal areas.’

‘They have a fantastic legal service in the area of competition and European legislation. They have a very well prepared team of lawyers and consultants, with extensive experience in our sector and with specialists accredited by the Portuguese Bar Association. In addition, they have an international view of law and business and are very sophisticated. I also highlight their professionalism, their effectiveness and the results they manage to achieve, always fulfilling the client’s goals.’

‘I would like to highlight Mafalda Contumélias Batista. As the regulatory framework for competition is constantly changing, it is impressive how she and team are always up to date. She always demonstrates a solid mastery of technical aspects, combined with a commercial and practical approach to the most complex issues.’

‘Thinking about their main qualities, I emphasise the maximum attention to the client, their dedication and commitment to achieve the best results, and their always positive and optimistic attitude. Mafalda Contumélias Baptista is extremely efficient.’

‘In the competition and European law team, I would like to highlight Mafalda Contumélias Baptista, who has been managing our affairs with great success.’