Firms To Watch: EU and competition

Led by Miguel Marques de Carvalho who joined from Cruz Vilaça Advogados in July 2022, Miranda & Associados continues to grow its presence in the Portuguese competition market. With a litany of domestic and international clients on its books, the team is well versed in transactional matters and antitrust proceedings.

EU and competition in Portugal


Linklaters‘ competition group stands out for its ‘depth and solid technical-legal knowledge’, possessing capabilities across the full scope of transactional, regulatory and contentious antitrust matters. The firm is highly sought after by some of the world’s largest companies for merger control filings, enjoying recent success handling Phase II investigations. Additionally, the team excels in handling some of Portugal’s most challenging cartel and abuse of dominance cases. João Pateira Ferreira took over as department head in September 2023 and is noted for his expertise across the full gamut of antitrust matters. Carlos Pinto Correia is a key port of call for corporates in merger control matters, including multi-jurisdictional transactions.

Practice head(s):

João Pateira Ferreira

Other key lawyers:

Carlos Pinto Correia


‘The Linklaters team stands out for its depth and solid technical-legal knowledge.’

‘João Pateira Ferreira is one of the most knowledgeable lawyers in competition law, combining remarkable knowledge with extraordinary practical experience.’

‘The Linklaters competition team has remarkable market knowledge and experience. The fact that it is made up of members who know very well how the regulator works is an added value. I distinguish João Pateira Ferreira.’

‘João Pateira Ferreira possesses extraordinary technical knowledge and excellent soft skills.’

Key clients


Lusitania, Companhia de Seguros, S.A.

Banco BPI, S.A.

Beiersdorf Portuguesa, Lda.

ANL – National Association of Clinical Laboratories

Luz Saúde, S.A. (Fosun Group)

The Navigator Company

TAP – Transportes Aéreos Portugueses, S.A.

Power Dot, S.A.

Grupo 8 – Vigilância e Prevenção

Work highlights

  • Advising SIBS, a leading international payment processor and the ATM deployer in Portugal, on competition and regulatory compliance in the payments sector.
  • Represented Lusitania and two former directors in the appeal of a decision by the Portuguese Competition Authority and obtained an unprecedented decision from the Competition, Regulation and Supervision Court overturning PCA’s €42m fine.

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados

The ‘very experienced and efficient team’ at Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is variously praised for its ability to provide an ‘excellent’ service to its diverse client roster of multinational corporations, domestic players, financial institutions and public entities. With a particular strength in managing complex multijurisdictional matters, the practice is jointly led by two competition law specialists: Joaquim Vieira Peres, recommended for his experience in merger control procedures across the retail, real estate, insurance and telecoms sectors; and Luís do Nascimento Ferreira, who advises domestic and international clients on the full gamut of antitrust matters, including merger control, restrictive practices and State aid. Pedro de Gouveia e Melo is noted for his expertise in complex judicial appeals against infringement decisions of the Portuguese Competition Authority (PCA). Inês Gouveia, who is based in Porto, guides a host of clients in their interactions with competition authorities at the domestic and EU-level. Head of the German desk Philipp Melcher possesses a wealth of experience in ‘litigation in the Court of Justice of the European Union‘ and is ‘very knowledgeable‘ of State aid matters. Gonçalo Machado Borges has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Joaquim Vieira Peres; Luís do Nascimento Ferreira

Other key lawyers:

Carlos Botelho Moniz; Eduardo Maia Cadete; Pedro Gouveia e Melo; Philipp Melcher; Inês Gouveia; Dzhamil Oda


‘The firm provided excellent support to an M&A transaction, with flawless coordination with the M&A and regulatory teams. The team was extremely reactive and provided excellent services.’

‘Luís Nascimento Ferreira and Dzhamil Oda provided us with great support throughout our merger filing process.’

‘Very experienced and efficient team, with great availability, ability to listen to client concerns, providing a quick and direct response to questions asked. A team of excellence in the Portuguese market.’

‘Total availability and in-depth knowledge of the sector and the national and European legal framework. They possess the ability to understand complex topics and elaborate on them with enormous value, finding very important angles of analysis.’

‘Philipp Melcher stands out for his quality in advice and litigation on EU law. He is very good value for money for litigation in the Court of Justice of the European Union, and a very knowledgeable and qualified lawyer in particular on State aid, competition law and transport law.’

‘I recommend Eduardo Maia Cadete for his work, involvement and availability necessary to achieve the results expected by his client.’

‘Inês Gouveia and Joaquim Vieira Peres – specialised and solid knowledge; rigor; pragmatic approach to customer requests; delivery with a focus on the customer and its core business’

‘The team led by Dr. Vieira Peres has extensive experience at international level. She is very competent and knowledgeable about client dynamics.’

Key clients

MC Retail

EDP Group (EDP SA, EDP Renewables, EDP Comercial, EDP Produção, E-Redes, EDP Inovação, SU Eletricidade)

NOS Comunicações

Super Bock Bebidas

Millennium BCP

Caixa Económia Montepio Geral

Traton (formerly MAN SE)


Assicurazioni Generali S.P.A.

Fusion Fuel

National Environmental Fund (Fundo Ambiental)

National Development and Cohesion Agency (Agência de Desenvolvimento & Coesão)

Managing Authority of the National Operational Programme for Sustainability and Efficient Use of Resources (PO SEUR)

Autoridade de Gestão do Programa Operacional Ação Climática e Sustentabilidade 2030 (Managing Authority of the Operatinal Program Climate Action and Sustainability 2030)

Sovena Consumer Goods

IDR – Instituto de Desenvolvimento Regional da Madeira

Unicre – Instituição Financeira de Crédito SA

Managing Authority of the Alentejo 2020 Operational Program

Autoridade de Gestão do Programa Operacional Regional Centro 2020 (Managing Authority of the Operational Regional Program Centro 2020)

Autoridade de Gestão do Programa Operacional Regional Centro 2030 (Managing Authority of the Operational Regional Program Centro 2030)

Autoridade de Gestão do Programa Operacional Regional Norte 2030 (Managing Authority of the Operational Regional Program Norte 2030)

Clever House Sistemas Inteligentes

Unicre – Instituição Financeira de Crédito SA

National Environmental Fund (Fundo Ambiental)

ALF – Associação Portuguesa de Leasing, Factoring e Renting


National Environmental Fund (Fundo Ambiental)

ALF – Associação Portuguesa de Leasing, Factoring e Renting


TIIC Infrastructure

Greenvolt Energy

Work highlights


PLMJ fields a ‘great’ competition law team, praised by clients for its ‘quality of partners’ and ‘attention to detail’. The practice handles a wide range of prominent competition and antitrust matters, such as merger control, State Aid, and investigations, in Portugal across various industries, from banking to infrastructure. Counting a mix of major Portuguese and international companies among its key client roster, the practice is adeptly positioned to assist on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Steering the practice is Ricardo Oliveira, who is noted for his focus on cartel cases, competition litigation, merger control and abuse of dominance. Rita Aleixo Gregório advises on the full gamut of antitrust matters, specifically across the aviation, banking, energy and health sectors. Martim Valente, described by one client as a ‘fantastic technical lawyer’, focuses on all aspects of anti-cartel and abuse of dominance cases, merger control and the implementation of compliance programmes. These are also key areas of activity for Alexandra Dias Henriques.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Oliveira

Other key lawyers:

Rita Aleixo Gregório; Martim Valente; Alexandra Dias Henriques


‘The team has extensive litigation and competition experience and combines expertise with hard-working, pleasant lawyers who communicate effectively. I particularly appreciate the way in which they involve all advisers and clients in a teamwork approach.’

‘Martim Valente is thoroughly professional and a smart lawyer who is an excellent team leader and communicator.’

‘My go-to practice for advice on Portuguese matters – a great team of individuals with strong technical expertise, excellent responsiveness and a keen focus on client service.’

‘My first port of call at PLMJ is Martim Valente – a fantastic technical lawyer who does a really impressive job at translating the particular intricacies of the Portuguese regime for an international audience. Advice is always commercial, pragmatic and delivered on time, even with unreasonable deadlines! Always a pleasure to work with.’

‘PLMJ is a complete team with significant experience in Portugal in the area of ​​competition and litigation. The team brings its knowledge and experience in other European geographies, in particular the United Kingdom. This allows them to innovate when advising Portuguese clients but also have the ability to advise international clients.’

‘A very trustworthy team, always on top of everything, offering the highest quality of work and willing to go the extra mile.’

‘Martim Valente is definitely an individual to follow. Mentored by Ricardo Oliveira, the head of PLMJ competition department, Martim stands out as an exceptional lawyer and leader, with great intuition and outstanding knowledge of Portuguese competition law. ’

‘It is one of the best legal departments in the area of ​​competition law operating in Portugal. Exceptional availability, involvement and quality of partners, as well as their knowledge of the subject and cases related to competition law. Team with quick response and attention to detail.’

Key clients



Volvo/Renault Trucks

NBC Universal

Grupo Bimbo

Tabaqueira (Philip Morris International Group)

Start Campus



Eleven Sports Network

Cabelte (Oxy Capital Group)

Live Nation


Oxy Capital





Grupo Impresa


Work highlights

  • Advising the Mastercard group on the consumer class action brought by Ius Omnibus, a consumer protection association, that is asking for compensation for all Portuguese consumers who were allegedly impacted by Mastercard’s anticompetitive practices, as identified by the European Commission.
  • Advising Grupo Bimbo and PrimeDrinks on investigations launched by the Portuguese Competition Authority (PCA) into the food and drinks sector, in particular, possible hub-and-spoke arrangements involving several suppliers and retailers.
  • Advising Volvo / Renault Trucks on its defence against dozens of damages claims stemming from an infringement decision issued by the European Commission relating to an alleged antitrust arrangement in the truck sector that led to the application of record-breaking fines totalling €2.93bn.

SRS Legal

SRS Legal draws considerable praise from a number of major corporations, who turn to the team for its ‘high level of knowledge’ and ‘total availability’ on the full gamut of contentious and non-contentious competition matters, including merger control, private enforcement and State Aid. Regularly sought out by companies operating in regulated sectors, the practice showcases strong capabilities in big-ticket antitrust mandates with multijurisdictional implications. The department is spearheaded by Gonçalo Anastácio, who regularly handles matters before the European Commission, national courts and the PCA, and is lauded for his ‘unparalleled knowledge and expertise.’ Sara Estima Martins is equipped to advise on the full scope of competition mandates, including cartels, merger control, vertical agreements, and abuse of dominance cases. Recently promoted partner Nuno Calaim Lourenço boasts a solid track record in cartel investigations, while Duarte Pirra is noted for his expertise in the full spectrum of antitrust matters.

Practice head(s):

Gonçalo Anastácio

Other key lawyers:

Sara Estima Martins; Duarte Pirra; Nuno Calaim Lourenço


‘Duarte Pirra is a hardworker, exceptionally trustful and great to work with. I normally recommend clients to work with him in daals with implications in Portugal.’

‘The lawyers who provide us with services, essentially Nuno Calaim Lourenço, demonstrated great availability and excellent technical preparation, creating a relationship of trust. ’

‘Nuno Calaim Lourenço – availability, great technical knowledge, adaptability to our customer needs.’

‘Quick response, total availability and good knowledge of competition law.’

‘The quality, service and attention dedicated to the client as well as the knowledge of our business in a comprehensive and in-depth way, which facilitates dealings and accelerates results.’

‘Gonçalo Anastacio has unparalleled knowledge and expertise.’

‘We have always found the team to have a high level of knowledge and specialisation. They are constantly updated with the evolution of national and international jurisprudence as well as developments at an academic level and in the area of ​​consultancy.’

‘The best team in Portugal.’

Key clients




Air Liquide

Air Liquide Medicinal





Associação Académica de Coimbra (AAC)

AICC (Coffe Industry Association)


Barclays Bank


Beiersdorf AG

Boehringer Animal Health

Boehringer Ingelheim


Campofrio Food Group


Colgate-Palmolive Company


Crest Capital Partners




Empresa Águas do Vimeiro

Estée Lauder

Fábricas Lusitana – Produtos Alimentares


Fromageries Bel Portugal (Bel Group)

Future Healthcare

Galp Energia


Grupo Sousa

Hero Group


Joaquim Chaves Saúde

Lion Re:Sources Iberia


Menold Bezler







Oxy Capital


Portuguese State



Santander Bank

Securitas Direct




Sumol + Compal


Trofa Saúde



VIRBAC Portugal Laboratórios


Work highlights

  • Acting for Unilever, Sumol+Compal and Sogrape in a major investigation launched by the PCA in the consumer goods retail sector.
  • Assisting Estée Lauder/Clinique with the preparation of the response to the class action filed by the association Ius Omnibus.
  • Assisted Trofa Saúde with an investigation by the Portuguese Competition Authority related to an alleged agreement restricting competition involving the Portuguese Private Hospitalisation Association (APHP) and several private hospital groups.


The ‘robust’ competition team at VdA consistently attracts instructions from major domestic companies and leading international players for its expertise in all manner of merger clearance mandates, investigations, state aid and litigation mandates, earning praise for its ‘diversity of specialists in different areas of competition’. Steering the practice is Ricardo Bordalo Junqueiro , who possesses a strong reputation in the market for his ‘knowledge, ability to define strategy and outstanding presence in court’. Nuno Ruiz shines in high-profile antitrust investigations and cartel cases at both the domestic and EU level. Managing associate Cláudia Coutinho Da Costa is recommended for her ability to act for a variety of clients, from banking to infrastructure players, in merger control proceedings, domestically and internationally.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Bordalo Junqueiro

Other key lawyers:

Nuno Ruiz; Cláudia Coutinho da Costa; Bruno Zêzere Barradas


‘The team is accessible and responsive.’

‘Cláudia Coutinho da Costa and Bruno de Zêzere Barradas were helpful, responsive and solution-oriented. There was a great deal of camaraderie, which was welcomed.’

‘The Vda competition team conveys great confidence from the beginning. Throughout the entire process I always felt a unique team spirit and collaboration, which allowed strong security even in times of stress.’

‘I would like to recommend Ricardo Bordalo Junqueiro for his knowledge, ability to define strategy and outstanding presence in court.’

‘The VdA team has provided us with support on a subject of great complexity and relevance, which stands out for its commitment and the depth and quality of the analysis provided.’

‘I believe that VDA provides a service of excellent quality. I highlight their great proximity to the client. They have great knowledge of the sector of activity in which I operate and we have maintained a partnership of around 10 years.’

‘The best competition law department in the market, with Nuno Ruiz and Ricardo Bordalo Junqueiro clearly being the most successful names in the sector.’

‘It is a robust team that combines experience with a diversity of specialists in different areas of competition, particularly regulatory litigation. The enormous experience of its main partners guarantees not only theoretical knowledge of regulation, but also practical knowledge of the countless cases previously handled.’

Key clients

Vodafone Portugal – Comunicações Pessoais, S.A.

MEO – Serviços de Comunicação e Multimédia

Lusíadas Group

José de Mello Group

Zurich Insurance PLC – Sucursal Portugal

Kinto Portugal

Dia Portugal Supermercados, SA

Active Brands

Portuguese State (Parpública)

Menzies Aviation

Banco Comercial Português

Caixa Central de Crédito Agrícola Mútuo Bank

SATA Airlines (Governo Regional dos Açores)

Somafel – Engenharia e Obras Ferroviárias, S.A.

Sport Lisboa e Benfica (SLB)


Grupo 2045

OLX–OLX Portugal, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Represented Zurich in an antitrust investigation by the Portuguese Competition Authority (PCA).
  • Assisting Sport Lisboa e Benfica – Futebol, SAD in the first no-poach investigation carried out by the Portuguese Competition Authority.
  • Assisting Vodafone Portugal in the context of the acquisition of sole control over Cabonitel, S.A., whose main asset is Nowo Communications, S.A. (Nowo).


Fielding an ‘excellent’ competition team, praised for its ‘dedicated, innovative and timely’ response, CMS offers advice across the full scope of competition law matters, including merger control, cartels, abuses of dominant position, vertical and horizontal agreements. The team regularly acts for an impressive roster of Portuguese and international clients operating in the energy, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, TMT and consumer goods sectors. Practice head Luís Miguel Romão caters to clients across a range of sectors on merger control, abuse of dominance, cartels, and litigation matters. Associate Ana Cantanhede Gonçalves offers key support in cartel cases, vertical restraints and mergers.

Practice head(s):

Luís Miguel Romão

Other key lawyers:

Ana Cantanhede Gonçalves


‘The team at CMS is excellent. We work with them in a number of matters. They are an excellent firm.’

‘We work with Luís Miguel Romão. He is a real leader of the Lisbon bar. An excellent practitioner. Very knowledgable and commercial. We rely on him a lot. ’

‘The team is very dedicated and close to the client, working in excellent coordination with the various internal stakeholders in an effective and efficient way. The proximity, ease of dealing with and dedicated, innovative and timely response made the experience a truly valued and recognised partnership that is not always the case with teams of other sizes.’

‘Luís Miguel Romão has the experience, knowledge, dedication and proposals for different and advanced solutions very adapted to the culture of the client.’

‘Good knowledge and background of the Portuguese market.’

‘Luís Miguel Romão has been an extremely valuable and always available brainstorming and decision-making partner over the years.’

‘Luís Miguel Romão is one of the most experienced specialists in the Portuguese market, with over 20 years of experience in this space. Technically extremely solid and an all-rounder in the competition law area.’

‘Luís Miguel Romão is very dedicated to client matters. He is a knowledgeable, experienced and reliable lawyer.’

Key clients

Liga Portugal

Accenture Portugal

Lidl Portugal

Knorr-Bremse España, S.A.

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners

ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal S.A./Vinci

MOP – Multimédia Outdoors Portugal


Goldman Sachs International


Essilor Luxottica Portugal

Mercedes-Benz Group AG, Mercedes-Benz AG and Mercedes-Benz Portugal

The Navigator Company

Keller Williams Reality

L’Oréal Portugal


Work highlights

  • Advising Liga Portugal and 19 football clubs on a “no-poach” agreement and facilitation of a cartel accusation.
  • Advising Accenture on an anticompetitive agreement in pay-TV services, in which the PCA is developing the ‘third party facilitation’ theory.
  • Advising Lidl on its alleged participation in a ‘hub-and-spoke’ cartel, including more recently assisting with the drafting and filing of a judicial appeal against the PCA’s infringement decision.


Noted for its ability to marry ‘excellent technical knowledge’ with a ‘client-oriented’ and ‘practical’ approach, Cuatrecasas is consistently engaged by a diverse roster of clients across the retail, TMT and distribution sectors in both contentious and non-contentious competition matters. The team is led by Pedro Marques Bom is equipped to assist with the gamut of antitrust mandates, including merger control, litigation, compliance and State Aid. Miguel Pena Machete excels in merger control and contentious competition mandates, and is regularly sought out by companies from regulated sectors. Another name to note for dawn raids and investigations, Luís Bordalo e Sá stands out at associate level.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Marques Bom

Other key lawyers:

Luís Bordalo e Sá; Miguel Pena Machete; Inês Avelar Santos


‘Excellent technical knowledge, accompanied by a great understanding of the market, which allows us to receive very useful and practical advice.’

‘Pedro Marques Bom and Luís Bordalo e Sá stand out for their total availability and spirit of partnership. More than just specific advice, they understand how the institution that seeks them works and are always an added value to consider.’

‘Team with outstanding know-how, very knowledgeable of the sector and client-oriented.’

‘Pedro Marques Bom is extremely accessible, competent and dedicated. He is an excellent communicator, a true problem-solver and completely client-oriented. Luís Bordalo and Sá is competent and approachable.

‘Miguel Pena Machete coordinated a solid litigation work on competition topics during the past years nd I strongly recommend him, in case you need a counsel with a very good balance of clients’ interests and legal landscape.’

Key clients

Auchan Retail Portugal (Auchan Group)

Fnac Darty

Sociedade Central de Cervejas e Bebidas

Castel Group


BMW Group Portugal

Renault Portugal

Roche Pharmaceutical (F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG Group)

Sport TV

Work highlights

  • Representing Auchan Retail Portugal (Auchan Group) in PCA’s largest cartel investigation and the first hub-and-spoke case investigated in Portugal.
  • Acting for Sociedade Central de Cervejas e Bebidas (Heineken group) in PCA’s largest cartel investigation and the first hub-and-spoke case investigated in Portugal.
  • Advising Fnac Darty on the acquisition of Media Markt’s stores in Portugal.


The ‘extremely pragmatic’ team at DLA Piper ABBC attracts mandates from clients who turn to the team for its wide-ranging capabilities across various competition matters, from merger control and abuse of dominance, to compliance and antitrust counselling. The team is routinely engaged by blue-chip corporates active in a variety of industries, including pharmaceuticals, TMT and energy, and private equity clients in complex multijurisdictional merger control matters. The ‘renowned’ Miguel Mendes Pereira heads up the practice and is recommended for his wealth of experience in cartel proceedings, concentrations and State Aid matters. Associate Carla Marcelino regularly provides assistance to national and international companies across a range of industries in merger control reviews and antitrust investigations.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Mendes Pereira

Other key lawyers:

Carla Marcelino


‘DLA has been the go-to practice for our company in the Portuguese market for more than a decade. They are very knowledgeable of the sector in which our company operates.’

‘Miguel Mendes is a renowned and solid professional. In the last year, his contribution has been vital for the company’s successful entry into a new market segment, advising us on competition law-related issues.’

‘I highlight Miguel Mendes’ great knowledge of both the law and the competition authority.’

‘The European and competition department is extremely pragmatic and effective in the solutions presented and the strategies it implements, offering the comfort and results that our company needs. It is a department of excellence.’

‘I highlight partner Miguel Mendes Pereira for his vast knowledge of European law and competition and for the security and pragmatism he brings to solving various issues. Provides excellent service.’

‘I recommend António Moura Portugal, for his in-depth knowledge of our business and his fine-tuned ability to anticipate competitive issues that may arise.’

‘They accurately anticipate potential challenges, offer creative solutions and think outside the box when necessary.’

Key clients

Scania AB

Super Bock Group

Sportingbet plc

AOC Health GmbH

El Corte Inglés



APAN – Portuguese Association of Advertisers

APAP – Portuguese Association of Advertising, Communication and Marketing Agencies

Knorr-Bremse GmbH

Ardonagh Group

Logista Group

Work highlights

  • Representing Scania AB in several ongoing damages’ lawsuits (private enforcement) lodged by transport service providers asking for compensation for damages arising from alleged restrictive competition practices by a group of manufacturers following a decision by the European Commission (truck cartel case).
  • Representing Super Bock Group in an alleged hub-and-spoke case leading to resale price maintenance and price fixing.
  • Representing APAP in the judicial appeal to the Competition Court against the €3,6m fine applied by the PCA.

Sérvulo & Associados

Sérvulo & Associados is home to a competition practice that is singled out for its ‘exceptional quality service’ and ‘unparalleled technical knowledge.’  The team is well positioned to advise clients from the TMT, energy, retail, healthcare and financial services sectors on the entire spectrum of antitrust matters, from high-profile investigations to State Aid issues, and litigation. At the helm of the practice, Miguel Gorjão-Henriques is noted for his wide-ranging experience in providing assistance to clients on a host of antitrust mandates, regularly acting in high-profile investigative proceedings. Alberto Saavedra, who is 'rapidly growing his profile in Portugal' and at the European level, has vast experience in assisting companies and public entities in the areas of merger control, State Aid and restrictive practices.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Gorjão-Henriques

Other key lawyers:

Alberto Saavedra; Francisco Marques de Azevedo


‘Sérvulo provides an exceptional quality service, balancing the most innovative solutions with the necessary prudence. Only a team with unparalleled technical knowledge and intense experience in the field could provide such a quality service.’

‘Miguel Gorjão Henriques and Alberto Saavedra combine their enormous knowledge of competition with the experience of those who accompany companies in the most complex and innovative projects, proving to be indispensable partners for those who want to delve into State Aid matters.’

‘The team provides strong support to clients in difficult cases. I have worked with Sérvulo on a matter that had more than seven simultaneous cases happening, each with different court and delivery deadlines. The team handled each with care, clarity and developed the best legal arguments for each case.’

‘Miguel Gorjão-Henriques is hugely experienced and knowledgeable. In addition to his commercial work, he contributes to the academic community.’

‘Alberto Saavedra is rapidly growing his profile in Portugal and at the European Commission, working on several major competition cases. Always on top of the case strategy and detail.’

Key clients

Portuguese Government

Pingo Doce

EuroBic Bank

TAP Airlines

European Commission

BES Bank

Autonomous Region of Madeira



Banco Português de Fomento (BPF Bank)


Municipality of Lisbon



Work highlights

  • Representing Pingo Doce in judicial proceedings following ten hub and spoke condemnatory decisions totalling €190m of fines.
  • Represented the Portuguese Government and the Government of the Madeira Autonomous Region before the European Court of Justice in relation to the compatibility of the Madeira Free Zone aid scheme with the European Union State Aid rules.
  • Assisted Banco Português de Fomento (BPF Bank) with the pre-notification of individual aids or aid schemes to the European Commission worth more than €1.1bn.

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

Singled out for its  ‘very good technical knowledge’, the team at Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho excels in a broad range of antitrust matters, making it a preferred choice for both leading domestic and international clients who operate across a myriad of regulated sectors, most notably energy, financial services, and healthcare. The team is spearheaded by the ‘very competent’ and ‘efficient’ Tânia Luísa Faria, who has extensive experience in coordinating antitrust and merger control proceedings. Faria is supported by associate Margot Lopes Martins, who focuses on merger control issues, restrictive practices and abuse of dominant position matters.

Practice head(s):

Tânia Luísa Faria

Other key lawyers:

Margot Lopes Martins


‘Very good technical knowledge. Very good knowledge of our business. Perfect monitoring of topics. Great commitment and work capacity.’

‘I reecommend Tânia Luísa Faria for her robust knowledge, global vision, creativity and resilience.’

‘High quality team and service.’

‘Tânia Luísa Faria is a very competent professional with excellent expertise.’

‘Very good technical knowledge and availability.’

‘Tânia Luísa Faria stands out for her availability and expertise.’

‘Led by Tânia Luísa Faria, the competition team is very efficient and responsive and is well versed in various competition issues. They are also easy to work with.’

‘TTânia Luísa Faria is highly experienced in all aspects of competition law and is always there when you need her advice. Her confidence provides you reassurance as well.’

Key clients

Banco Santander Totta

Unión de Créditos Inmobiliários




Hospital Particular do Algarve


DAF Trucks


Arrow Global

Meliá Hotels International

Möet Hennessy




Work highlights

  • Advising and representing Banco Santander Totta and Unión de Créditos Inmobiliários in an antitrust case concerning alleged anticompetitive conduct in the form of information sharing among several Portuguese credit institutions.
  • Representing JCDecaux in competition matters, including merger control  proceedings and subsequent judicial appeals, resulting from the Portuguese tender for outdoor advertising displays in Lisbon.
  • Acting for Hospital Particular do Algarve, S.A. in connection with the PCA’s antitrust investigation into the domestic private-hospitals sector.

Abreu Advogados

Commended for its ‘technical knowledge’ and ‘dedicated and attentive’ approach, Abreu Advogados is a popular destination for clients across the sports, consumer goods, energy and healthcare sectors seeking advice and representation in merger control, abuse of dominance position proceedings, cartel cases and EU law matters. The practice is jointly steered by a capable duo: Armando Martins Ferreira, a key contact for digital economy, retail and distribution clients, is noted for his expertise in the full gamut of competition matters; and Inês Sequeira Mendes, a relationship partner for some of the firm's most prominent healthcare, life sciences and pharmaceuticals clients. Companies operating in the TMT sector routinely turn to Ricardo Henriques for advice on merger control and antitrust proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Armando Martins Ferreira; Inês Sequeira Mendes

Other key lawyers:

Ricardo Henriques; Sónia Gemas Donário; Alexandra Jardim


‘Speed ​​and quality in the opinions issued. Specialists in different areas that allow interaction in interdepartmental topics.’

‘Technical knowledge; cordiality; availability to respond to client needs.’

‘The follow-up and involvement in the matter was fantastic – extreme empathy and interest.’

‘We recommend Sónia Gemas Donário for her technical competence and involvement in all aspects. In our specific case, the connection and empathy with which she worked with us, both from a technical and personal point of view, was extraordinary.’

‘Abreu Advogados provides a great service to the client, and has a dedicated and attentive team. When analysing the market, we chose to turn to Abreu Advogados for the attention they showed to the specific case and the promotion of follow-up meetings.’

‘We recommend Sónia Gemas Donário for the empathy and availability shown, but also for the enormous technical quality she demonstrated throughout the entire process.’

‘The professional quality of the people we have worked with, the speed of resolving the requested issues and their effectiveness, the readiness and friendliness with which they assist us, all of this makes the difference.’

‘It is worth highlighting the rigour with which the products were delivered for discussion. It should also be noted that the collaboration developed with the project team always allowed issues that arose to be resolved promptly.’

Key clients

Alsa/National Express



Cbre Global Investors

Compañia De Servicios De Bebidas Refrescantes, S.L.



EDA – Empresa de Distribuição Alimentar, Lda



Fromageries Bel Portugal


Grupo Bel




National Union Of Civil Aviation Flight Personnel


Prio Group

Resitejo / Rstj


Sport Lisboa E Benfica


STERICYCLE, Inc. / Ambimed – Gestão Ambiental, Lda.

Tokyo Gas


Work highlights

  • Advising Mutares, an international private equity investor based in Germany, on the projected transaction involving the acquisition of EFACEC.
  • Advised EDA – Empresa de Distribuição Alimentar on the merger control issues of the acquisition of Amaral & Filhos Distribuição, S.A.
  • Advising LIDL on retail sector investigations launched by the Portuguese Competition Authority.

Cruz Vilaça Advogados

Under the leadership of José Luís da Cruz Vilaça, Cruz Vilaça Advogados - recommended for its ‘very personalised and direct service‘ - is exclusively dedicated to EU and competition matters. The firm is a key port of call for clients from the digital, energy, environment, pharmaceuticals, transport, infrastructure and financial services sectors seeking representation before the competition authorities at the domestic and EU level. Vilaça, a former judge at the the Court of Justice of the European Union, brings together extensive experience in State Aid, cartel cases and fundamental rights. Rita Leandro Vasconcelos left the firm in January 2024.

Practice head(s):

José Luís da Cruz Vilaça

Other key lawyers:

Paulo de Almeida Sande; Mariana Tavares; Mariana Martins Pereira


‘The firm generally demonstrates great experience and competence in EU law and competition matters. The different lawyers with whom we have worked always demonstrate total availability and proactivity towards achieving the objectives of the actions submitted.’

‘I particularly recommend the lawyers Cruz Vilaça, Paulo Sande and Mariana Tavares. I consider them to have special competence and experience in European and competition matters, demonstrating unusual availability. ’

‘The firm is unique because of its founding partner, whose CV and professional career is difficult to match by any other professional, even at European level. Added to this is the quality and experience of the remaining team members.’

Key clients

AEPSA – Association of Portuguese Companies for the Environment Sector

APEF – Portuguese Association of Rail freight companies

APHP – Portuguese Association of Private Hospitalisation

Ana Carla Mendes de Almeida – European Prosecutor

Barraqueiro Transportes

Ferrero Ibérica – Sucursal em Portugal

Galp Energia, SGPS, S.A.

Google LLC

Horizon Infrastructure Fund

Instituto Português do Desporto e Juventude, I.P. (IPDJ) – Portuguese Republic

Medway – Operadores Ferroviários, S.A.

Qualcomm Inc.

Região Autónoma da Madeira

Sport TV Portugal, S.A.

Vapo Atlantic S.A.

Zurich Insurance PLC – Sucursal em Portugal

Work highlights

  • Intervened on behalf of the Republic of Portugal at the hearing in case European Super League Company (C-333/21) before the CJEU (Luxembourg).
  • Representing Vapo Atlantic, two requests for a preliminary ruling with the Court of Justice of the European Union concerning the free movement of goods.
  • Assisted AEPSA with the preparation and submission of two formal complaints with the European Commission on the incompatibility with EU law and the internal market of the water management system in Portugal.

Garrigues Portugal

Garrigues Portugal houses an ‘elite group’ of competition law specialists, praised for their ‘strong technical background’. The practice possesses a strong track record of representing domestic and international clients from the worlds of automotive, technology, consumer and banking in complex cartel cases and merger control proceedings. Practice head Luís Pinto Monteiro - 'known for his unwavering ethics, commitment to justice and in-depth knowledge of the law' - is active in cartel mattes, antitrust litigation, national and international merger control, and in the implementation of antitrust compliance programmes. Associate Sofia Vilas Boas regularly advises clients on concentration proceedings before the European Commission and the PCA, while Miguel Cortes Martins is especially noted for his experience in hub-and-spoke arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Luís Pinto Monteiro

Other key lawyers:

Sofia Vilas Boas; Miguel Cortes Martins


‘The way they dedicate themselves to their clients’ needs is unparalleled. Moreover, they are highly skilled, brilliant lawyers that have significant experience in competition law. On top of that, the team also has deep understanding of contracts, consumer protection and advertising law, which is a plus concerning some of the problems we deal with.’

‘We highlight Luís Pinto Monteiro who never fails to meet our needs. He is a strategic killer. He is also surrounded by very well-prepared lawyers.’

‘It is a team available 24/7, with an elite group of experienced lawyers that are focused on finding solutions and showing results. A highly pragmatic and very well-prepared group of lawyers headed by Luís Pinto Monteiro.’

‘The team members can easily see the big picture while paying attention to the details. They are also highly proficient in consumer protection law and commercial contracts, which is a plus when dealing with matters that touch upon these fields of law.’

‘Our matters are managed by Luís Pinto Monteiro. He is our trusted adviser on a regular basis. When we met him, we recognise in him not only a superb lawyer and professional, but also someone who is a kindred spirit.’

‘Garrigues is a law firm that stands out for its excellence and commitment to quality in all aspects of its legal services. The quality of the service provided by Garrigues is a fundamental pillar of its identity and success.’

‘I highlight Luís Pinto Monteiro. He is a lawyer whose professionalism is truly exemplary. With a distinguished career, he stands out not only for his legal skill, but also for his tireless dedication to the interests of his clients. He is known for his unwavering ethics, commitment to justice and in-depth knowledge of the law.’

‘The EU and competition team from Garrigues stands out for the way it interacts with clients. They are always, and without exception, extremely well prepared.’

Key clients

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria


Prestibel – Empresa de Segurança, S.A.

Jaguar Land Rover







Explorer Investments



Work highlights

  • Assisting BBVA in a cartel case concerning the alleged exchanging of confidential information with other banks.
  • Assisting Prestibel – Empresa de Segurança, S.A. in an alleged cartel sanctioned by the Portuguese Competition Authority.
  • Assisting Boston Scientific Corporation in a horizontal merger related to the acquisition of MI Tech which develops, manufactures, and provides medical devices in the field of digestive endoscopy.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

The team at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is routinely engaged by an impressive roster of clients on the full scope of competition law matters. The practice is reputed for its experience in handling complex cross-border deals involving multiple merger filings, as well as cartel investigations and litigation. Practice head Mário Marques Mendes, described by one client as a ‘unique asset and a professional of excellence with top-level results’, handles the entire spectrum of antitrust mandates, including private damages actions, leniency cases and compliance. Pedro Vilarinho Pires oversees the firm’s TMT practice and adeptly supports Mendes in a range of competition matters. Joaquim Caimoto Duarte, who joined from TELLES in December 2022 as of counsel, brings over two decades of experience in merger control proceedings and cartel cases before the PCA and the European Commission.

Practice head(s):

Mário Marques Mendes

Other key lawyers:

Pedro Vilarinho Pires; Joaquim Caimoto Duarte


‘This team includes professionals with very high technical skills, well connected with the main stakeholders in the area and focused on achieving high quality results.’

‘The technical quality and work of Mário Marques Mendes, the senior managing partner in this area, should be highlighted. He is undoubtedly a unique asset and a professional of excellence with top-level results.’

‘The team is very responsive and reliable. It is a very good ally when it comes to jointly defending a case.’

‘We mainly work with Joaquim Caimoto Duarte who, besides being an excellent practitioner, is a very nice person to work with. He makes room for his team and is very respectful of his peers. Joaquim always make sure that any deadline is feasible and discusses the strategy with the client.’ 

Key clients

Procter & Gamble




Grupo Prisa

Grupo Nabeiro – Delta Cafés

Premium Green Mail

AMC Natural Drinks


Dense Air

Work highlights

  • Advising Procter & Gamble for competition matters in Portugal for more than 10 years, including the representation before the Portuguese Competition Authority in investigations and ongoing complex procedures.
  • Advising and representing IVECO in the biggest private damages litigation in Portugal ever, involving numerous novel legal issues.
  • Advice and representation of Algeco in a complex defence strategy in a damages action brought against the companies condemned by the Competition Authority.


With ‘high technical knowledge, experience and strong practical sense’, the team at TELLES boasts an impressive track record in merger control filings before the PCA and the European Commission. Counting domestic and international companies among its clients, the practice is proficient in horizontal and vertical agreements, abuse of dominant position cases, and cartels. Following the departure of Joaquim Caimoto Duarte in December 2022, the practice is now jointly steered by Leyre Prieto and Margarida Rosado da Fonseca: Prieto is well versed in compliance issues and merger controls, while Fonseca, who joined in May 2023 from CS’Associados, is regularly involved in high-profile transactional matters and interactions with the competition authorities.

Practice head(s):

Leyre Prieto; Margarida Rosado da Fonseca

Other key lawyers:

Joana Whyte


‘The quality of its staff provides us with an excellent legal service in various competition matters.’

‘Leyre Prieto demonstrates superlative knowledge in terms of competition law, and has ensured a high quality and fast service.’

‘Joana Whyte demonstrates great confidence in the advice she provides and her attitude stands out for her professionalism and quality of response.’

‘Joana Whyte is a lawyer who demonstrates great confidence in the answers and solutions she presents. The themes are studied and analysed in depth, in different aspects. The strength of her knowledge and the efficiency of the solutions presented are characteristics that distinguish Joana from her peers.’

‘Very strong team in terms of specialised know-how in the area and with very close client support.’

‘High technical knowledge, experience, strong practical sense, collaboration with the client to evaluate various scenarios, assertiveness in interventions, extraordinary ability to communicate with the company’s various teams.’

‘Leyre Prieto – extraordinary technical knowledge in the area, practical vision of the questions asked by the client and ability to evaluate various scenarios, as well as excellent ability to raise awareness among (non-legal) teams of the importance and relevance in this area. Extremely assertive in her approaches and presentations.’

Key clients

APCV – Associação Produtores de Cervejas.


Barbosa & Almeida


VingentGroup SGPS, S.A.

Maxtrends, SGPS, Lda

ActiveCap – Capital Partners, SCR, S.A.

MATUDIS – Comércio de Produtos Alimentares, Lda.


INTER-RISCO –Sociedade de Capital de Risco, S.A.

Super Bock Group


Red Bull Portugal, Unipessoal, Lda.

Rubis Energia Portugal, S.A.

Rodoeste – Transportadora Rodoviária da Madeira, Lda.

Dyson Spain, S.L.U.

Tintas Robbialac, S.A.

Vallis Capital Partners, SGPS, S.A.

Cimertex & Companhia – Comércio Equipamentos e Serviços Técnicos, Lda.

RNM – Investimentos e Gestão, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Provision of training sessions to Barbosa e Almeida regarding compliance with competition law in Portugal and the EU.
  • Advising RNM – Investimentos e Gestão on the merger control filing before the Portuguese Competition Authority regarding the acquisition of Drovi Group and Indulatex.

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

PRA-Raposo, Sá Miranda & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados RL is routinely engaged by a litany of domestic companies in merger filings, competition litigation and day-to-day regulatory and compliance matters. Housing ‘specialised professionals’, the practice also excels in cross-border transactional matters. The team is spearheaded by Miguel Miranda, who is well versed in the full gamut of competition mandates, regularly advising companies in the Porto region. Associate Efigénia Marabuto Tavares adeptly supports Miranda in a host of competition mandates.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Miranda

Other key lawyers:

Efigénia Marabuto Tavares


‘The relationship maintained with the law firm is already long-standing, which demonstrates a very high degree of trust. I would say that what distinguishes this team is its proficiency in the various aspects of law and the quality of the service provided.’ 

‘Miguel Miranda stands out for his availability and knowledge in different areas. His greatest quality, in addition to his knowledge, is the simple and objective way in which he deals with the problems presented to him. I would also highlight Efigénia Marabuto Tavares for her professionalism and dedication. She is always very objective and has an excellent work capacity.

‘What leads me to turn to this firm has always been the client/lawyer relationship in terms of their work capacity and professional secrecy. The way in which this firm adopts the best transparency practices in approaching each case is, as well as its multidisciplinary teams, what makes this firm my favourite in the various areas of law.’

‘PRA stands out for the specialised professionals who make up the competition team. Miguel Miranda and Efigénia Marabuto Tavares stand out for their total availability and knowledge of our business, always offering us excellent legal solutions and providing us with fundamental support. Compared to other players, they stand out for their speed and accuracy in their responses.’

‘Miguel Miranda and Efigénia Marabuto Tavares are always available, are rigorous and provide us with an excellent quality service.’

Key clients

Aviludo, SGPS, S.A.

AR Telecom

IT Sector


Serviroad, S.A.

JETION Solar (CHINA) Company Limted

Environment Recycling SARL




Raposo Bernardo

The team at Raposo Bernardo is praised for its ability to provide an ‘extraordinary’ service to a range of clients active in a multitude of sectors, including banking, insurance, and pharmaceuticals, among others. The ‘deeply knowledgeableMafalda Contumélias Batista leads the EU and competition team, as well as the TMT practice at the firm, and is noted for her ability to act in the full array of antitrust mandates.

Practice head(s):

Mafalda Contumélias Baptista


‘Raposo Bernardo’s services are of extraordinary quality, with unparalleled capabilities, which make it the law firm preferred by our company for any competition or European law matter.’

‘All the lawyers in this department have great technical capacity and in-depth knowledge of competition and European law. They move with great ease within public and regulatory entities in these areas, and have a very dedicated involvement in relation to our affairs.’

‘The team is led by Mafalda Contumélias Batista, who is deeply knowledgeable in this area and coordinates the team in a very organised way, achieving excellent results.

‘Raposo Bernardo has legal know-how in European and competition law that is truly precious. This is a quality that we value highly, as well as the quality of the services themselves, the security of the advice provided, the work capacity of the lawyers, their availability and total dedication to our matters, and a high level of professionalism.’

‘Team of immense quality, which guarantees complete compliance with our objectives. Mafalda Contumélias Batista always guarantees an impeccable service.’

‘Mafalda Contumélias Batista is the face of a fantastic team and the lawyer I would like to highlight for the superior quality of her work.’

‘The team is very strong, with a great spirit of mutual help and a good atmosphere. The results they have achieved for us are simply top-notch.’

‘Raposo Bernardo is a perfect example of quality, commitment, price flexibility and relevant experience in the legal field.’