EU and competition in Portugal

Linklaters

Linklaters' market-leading competition and antitrust practice frequently assists in the most complex and significant deals and investigations in the market. The team acts for a stellar corporate client base, which includes key players from the financial sector, including investment funds, payment companies and private equity firms. Its strong track record in merger control and Phase II investigations involving multi-jurisdictional transactions makes the practice stand out, as does its regular involvement in high-profile cartel and abuse of dominance investigations conducted by the Portuguese Competition Authority. Carlos Pinto Correia, who is highly regarded for his extensive experience in antitrust matters, state aid and regulatory issues, oversees the department. João Pateira Ferreira – who was recently promoted to counsel – regularly undertakes cartel, merger control and state aid-related work.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Pinto Correia

Other key lawyers:

João Pateira Ferreira

Testimonials

‘I highlight the team’s knowledge and experience in these matters as the main factors.’

‘Carlos Pinto Correia and João Pateira Ferreira are very professional and competent.’

‘Linklaters has supported us in several competition matters. Always shows great knowledge of the business area, great technical knowledge and availability.’

‘Carlos Pinto Correia and João Pateira Ferreira are recommended.’

Key clients

SIBS SGPS, S.A.

Banco BPI, S.A.

Lusitania, Companhia de Seguros, S.A.

Ardian SAS

Luz Saúde, S.A.

Oitante

OGMA – Indústria Aeronáutica de Portugal SA

Glennmont Partners I Ltd

ECS Capital

The Navigator Company

China Three Gorges Corporation

Novo Banco, S.A.

Beiersdorf Portuguesa, Lda.

Huawei Tech. Portugal

Grupo 8 – Vigilância e Prevenção

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados fields a team of highly experienced practitioners who collectively provide a top-tier service to multinationals, financial institutions and public entities across regulatory investigations, transactional support, state aid and cartel cases. Practice head Joaquim Vieira Peres has a wealth of experience in merger control, antitrust investigations and state aid issues. He oversees a strong team of EU law and competition experts, which includes Luís do Nascimento Ferreira, who stands out for his track record before EU courts, and is often retained by domestic and international clients in relation to market dominance, merger control and restrictive practices; Eduardo Maia Cadete, who is a name to note for state aid, compliance and cartel whistle-blowing; and Gonçalo Machado Borges, who focuses on abuse of dominance, cartel investigations and merger filings. Recently promoted partner Pedro de Gouveia e Melo is a key advisor in the field of foreign investment control. Inês Gouveia has been actively involved in several judicial proceedings before the Competition, Regulation and Supervision Court. Carlos Botelho Moniz is also noted for his longstanding experience in the field.

Practice head(s):

Joaquim Vieira Peres

Other key lawyers:

Carlos Botelho Moniz; Luís do Nascimento Ferreira; Eduardo Maia Cadete; Gonçalo Machado Borges; Pedro de Gouveia e Melo; Inês Gouveia; Philipp Melcher

Testimonials

‘The team is large, with many senior members. In addition, the team has strong capabilities in neighbouring niches such as telecoms and IP. Finally, they have strong inroads in Africa.’

‘Luís do Nascimento Ferreira is particularly friendly, knowledgeable and professional. Pedro de Gouveia e Melo and Eduardo Maia Cadete are both very much hands on and available.’

‘Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is a leading firm in terms of knowledge, namely in the field of State aid. The service they provide is excellent, with competent, up-to-date and well-trained professionals. Contact with this firm has always proved to be very easy.’

‘Our contact was with Eduardo Maia Cadete, a person with in-depth knowledge and exceptional competence and whom we recommend. What distinguishes them from competitors is precisely their deep knowledge of the subject of State Aid, as well as the clear and unequivocal way in which they transmit their knowledge.’

‘Excellent knowledge, both legal and of the market where the company operates.’

‘Inês Gouveia – excellent professional with great knowledge in this legal area, and ability to understand the markets.’

‘Theoretical knowledge and practical experience in competition matters.’

‘Philipp Melcher and Gonçalo Machado Borges seek to understand the activity carried out by the Client and identify risks and mitigation measures to prevent violation of competition law.’

Key clients

EDP Group

NOS Group

Fidelidade – Companhia de Seguros, S.A.

Caixa Económica Montepio Geral

Sonae Indústria, SGPS, SA

Sonae Arauco, SA

Sonae MC, SA

Modelo Continente Hipermercados

Sonae Financial Services

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)

Sovena Consumer Goods

IDR – Instituto de Desenvolvimento Regional da Madeira

Assicurazioni Generali S.P.A.

Millennium BCP

BA Group

DST Group

Arena Atlântico – Gestão de Espaços Multiusos

APED – Associação Portuguesa das Empresas de Distribuição

Kemira Oyj

Metropolitano de Lisboa

Metropolitano do Porto

Vision-Box

Grupo Salvador Caetano

EEM – Empresa de Eletricidade da Madeira, S.A.

Unicre – Instituição Financeira de Crédito SA

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

Clever House Sistemas Inteligentes

Musami

Eberspächer Exhaust Technology

SUMA – Serviços Urbanos e Meio Ambiente, S.A.

Metro AG

SDM – Sociedade de Desenvolvimento da Madeira, S.A.

APG Asset Management

National Pension Service of the Republic of Korea

Swiss Life Asset Managers

Infraestruturas de Portugal

Regional Government of the Autonomous Region of Madeira

VASP – Distribuidora de Publicações, S.A.

EURONET Limited

HI-FLY AIRWAYS

EUROATLANTIC AIRWAYS

CALLES DE PACHS

FUEL

FULLSIX

Super Bock Bebidas, SA

Liga Portuguesa de Futebol Profissional

Work highlights

  • Representing Modelo Continente in its appeal against two sanctioning decisions of the Portuguese Competition Authority.
  • Representing Super Bock Bebidas in its defence against the first ever cartel damages consumer class action in Portugal.
  • Representing the Portuguese Professional Football League and 17 sports companies owning clubs in an investigation launched by the Portuguese Competition Authority.

PLMJ

With ‘a great depth of talent from junior associates to senior partners’, PLMJComparative Guides promotional icon is a go-to option for a broad array of EU law and competition matters. Headed by Ricardo Oliveira, the practice provides advice to some of the largest Portuguese and international companies on merger clearances, antitrust investigations and high-profile cartel cases. Recent highlights, such as its involvement in hub-and-spoke cases and the first consumer competition class action in Portugal, demonstrate its capabilities in handling complex mandates. Practice head Oliveira ‘does a fantastic job of steering the matter’; he is a seasoned advisor on a host of competition matters, including antitrust compliance, merger control and litigation. The team recently welcomed two new practitioners, who joined the firm in October 2020: Rita Aleixo Gregório boasts expertise in state aid, vertical agreements and cartel cases, while Martim Valente specialises in abuse of dominance cases and compliance programmes across the TMT, financial services, consumer goods and pharmaceutical sectors.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Oliveira

Other key lawyers:

Martim Valente; Rita Aleixo Gregório

Testimonials

‘PLMJ has always shown solid knowledge in this area, its team has always been highly available and has excellent communication and interaction skills throughout the process.’

‘I would particularly highlight Ricardo Oliveira for his knowledge of competition matters, experience and communication skills.’

‘Working with PLMJ’s EU and competition team is fantastic. They have a great breadth of experience, and so are able to work fluidly across practice areas, including the competition and dispute resolution spaces.’

‘The team has a great depth of talent from junior associates to senior partners. Ricardo Oliveira does a fantastic job of steering the matter, providing invaluable insights into the Portuguese competition sphere and incisive analysis to guide our litigation strategy more generally.’

‘Ricardo Oliveira is our to go-to person and is very experienced, timely with a good business approach.’

‘Solid knowledge in the area of competition and, in the specific case in which we resorted to their support, the team revealed a great knowledge of the sector of activity of the company for which I collaborate as an in-house lawyer. Fast responsiveness. Clear and concise analysis.’

‘Rita Gregório Aleixo and Ricardo Oliveira are recommended. In both cases, the assistance provided exceeded expectations. Availability, collaborative posture and concerned with client concerns, and a clear way of communicating were factors that I valued a lot.’

‘PLMJ and, in particular, Ricardo Oliveira and Rita Aleixo Gregório are excellent professionals. They are two lawyers endowed with high technical knowledge, knowledgeable about the practice and available to the client.’

Key clients

Mastercard

Glovo

Volvo/Renault Trucks

Grupo Bimbo

Tabaqueira (Philip Morris International Group)

Mc Donald’s

Coca-Cola European Partners

Ford

Ferro Corporation

TAP Air Portugal

Eleven Sports Network

Oxy Capital

Bayer

Diageo

Work highlights

  • Advising Mastercard group in connection with the first ever competition consumer class action in Portugal brought by the consumer association Ius Omnibus.
  • Advising 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.
  • Assisting Grupo Bimbo in a major PCA investigation regarding alleged hub-and-spoke practices.

SRS Advogados

SRS Advogados is commended by clients for its ‘strong foothold in Portuguese top-tier antitrust projects with a strong transnational link‘. With a presence in all major sectors, including banking, consumer goods, insurance, retail and healthcare, the team is noted for its regular involvement in high-profile hub-and-spoke cartel investigations, and its excellent track record before the European Commission and Portuguese courts. Merger control matters also make up a relevant part of the practice, which fields considerable expertise in behavioural matters, state aid and private enforcement cases. Gonçalo Anastácio, whose experience covers merger control, cartels, state aid and EU law issues, leads the department, which also features Duarte Pirra, who focuses on antitrust investigations and merger control proceedings, and ‘knowledgeable competition law expert' Nuno Calaim Lourenço. The hire of Sara Estima Martins from PLMJ in January 2021 added further depth to the firm’s growing abuse of dominance, vertical agreements and horizontal practices offering.

Practice head(s):

Gonçalo Anastácio

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘The way we see it, SRS Advogados is one of the most respected firms in the Portuguese legal market. The firm’s Lisbon office has an excellent EU & Competition team and maintains a strong foothold in the Portuguese top-tier antitrust projects with a strong transnational link. The Firm brings a lot more to the table than just its local expertise in competition law. This is because their lawyers are well-versed in EU law and well-known in the Iberian market for having a great combination of skills and efficiency.’

‘We routinely work with Gonçalo Anastacio and his excellent team. Gonçalo has an outstanding understanding of both the practice area and his clients’ business and can be strategic and tactical. On top of that, Gonçalo is an impressive antitrust lawyer; he is smart and cuts through the peripheral issues to give clear and practical legal advice. I always enjoy working with him.’

‘Duarte Pirra’s monitoring of our themes always goes beyond the minimum. He is concerned with finding the solution we need, within the current legal framework, and never leaves an issue, however small it may seem, without a definitive solution.’

‘Gonçalo Anastácio is top of the market in Portugal and one of the most talented competition lawyers in the Europe. You can rely on him to follow the pace of the most complicated multijurisdictional transactions and assignments.’

‘Gonçalo Anastácio and Luís Seifert Guincho have extraordinary organisational, technical and business skills, in addition to their ability to work and manage pressure well above average.’

‘Sara Estima Martins stands out for her technical competence, proactivity and ability to analyse and search for solutions.’

‘SRS has an outstanding reputation in Portugal and attracts high calibre and high profile clients. They have in-depth experience arguing cases in front of the Autoridade da Concorrência (the Portuguese Competition Authority) and in courts. They have excellent communication and engagement with clients. They develop long-term relationships with their clients and a high level of trust.’

‘Nuno Calaim Lourenço is an extremely knowledgeable competition law expert. He managed the case and the case’s significant workload extremely well. His close communication with the client meant that the client was extremely engaged. This is fundamental in competition work, where data and information from the clients are crucial to building a strong case. He managed particularly well the interaction between the legal and the economic analysis that the case required.’

Key clients

ACIBEV

AGEAS

Air Liquide

Alfamicro

ANO

ANT

APETRO

Associação Académica de Coimbra (AAC)

Associação Nacional de Topógrafos (ANT)

Barclays Bank

BASF

Beiersdorf AG

Boehringer Animal Health

Boehringer Ingelheim

Bonovox

Blueotter

Campofrio Food Group

Cannary

Centromarca

Colgate-Palmolive Company

CoRe

Deuter Sport

EGEO

EMEF (Empresa De Manutenção De Equipamento Ferroviário)

Empresa Águas do Vimeiro

Fábricas Lusitana – Produtos Alimentares

Finançor

Fromageries Bel Portugal (Bel Group)

Galp Energia

Grupo Sousa

Hero Group

IQVIA

Lion Re:Sources Iberia

Merkle

MSTF Partners

Municipality of Porto

Mylan

Nestlé

OGMA

Oxy Capital

Panrico

Port of Sines

Portuguese State

Repsol

Roland

Sage

Santander Bank

Securitas Direct

Serqueijos Pimenta

Soavifreixo

Sogrape

Solenis

Sumol + Compal

Thales

Trinseo

Trofa Saúde

Unilever

Vesuvius

VIRBAC Portugal Laboratórios

Vortal

Work highlights

  • Assisted Barclays Bank with a case before the Competition Court related to one of the largest antitrust cases carried out to date by the Portuguese Competition Authority based on an alleged exchange of commercially sensitive information.
  • Assisting Grupo Sousa with the clearing of a (horizontal and vertical) merger before the Portuguese Competition Authority.
  • Assisting Trofa Saúde in an investigation by the Portuguese Competition Authority related to an alleged agreement restricting competition.

VdA

With a well-established reputation in EU law, competition and antitrust, VdA is a popular destination for leading domestic and international clients operating in a variety of regulated sectors, including telecoms, insurance, infrastructure, transport, banking, energy and life sciences. The full-service team possesses proven strength in prominent cartel and abuse of dominance cases, and also thrives in merger control matters and state aid. Besides handling cases before the European Commission and Portuguese courts, the practice is also regarded for its cross-border capabilities, notably in Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa. Leading the department, Ricardo Bordalo Junqueiro takes on a key role in the most high-profile competition cases in Portugal. Nuno Ruiz's experience in the field of EU and competition law spans more than three decades. Cláudia Coutinho Da Costa is ‘a trustworthy lawyer', who has advised on antitrust cases at the EU and national levels, and often handles merger control matters involving Angola, Mozambique and Cape Verde. Competition matters concerning the pharmaceutical sector are among Nuno Carrolo dos Santos's notable areas of practice.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Bordalo Junqueiro

Other key lawyers:

Nuno Ruiz; Cláudia Coutinho da Costa; Nuno Carrolo dos Santos

Testimonials

‘This team works very well together – this is probably one of the most outstanding aspects of the VdA team. They are also incredibly transparent on pricing and while Angola is an expensive jurisdiction due to the complex formalities, this team goes beyond the call of duty to contain costs and find ways to guide clients through the merger control process without losing time.’

‘Ricardo Bordalo Junqueiro has an excellent team of associates that he works with and together they try to provide commercially sensible legal advice within a reasonable time. They are also extremely responsive, stick to deadlines and manage the regulator very well. I would also highly recommend Cláudia Coutinho da Costa and Nuno Carrolo dos Santos.’

‘Cláudia Coutinho da Costa is client-oriented and has a very structured, methodical approach, rigour, special attention to detail without losing sight of the big picture and business scope. Cláudia is a trustworthy lawyer, and supports our company in shaping the best solutions and achieving the best legal standards.’

Key clients

Lusíadas

Meo

Nowo

Zurich

Parpublica

TAP

Vodafone

Jose de Mello Group

SATA

Sport Lisboa e Benfica

Grupo 2045

OMTEL

BCP

Caixa de crédito agrícola

Somafel

ANF

OLX

Horizon Partners

Trafigura Group Pte Ltd.

Puma Energy

Hapag-Lloyd Aktiengesellschaft

Standard Bank Angola

TDR Capital LLP (“TDR Capital”)

I Squared Capital Advisors (US) LLC (“I Squared Capital”)

Work highlights

  • Advising Lusíadas in the defence of a case accusing five private hospital groups (including the client) of engaging in an agreement and/or concerted practice of coordination related to the strategy and commercial negotiations with ADSE and IASFA.
  • Assisted MEO in a case conducted by the Portuguese Competition Authority against the client and NOWO for allegedly taking part in a horizontal agreement.
  • Advising Parpública (Portuguese state) on the restructuring of state aid to TAP Group.

Cuatrecasas

With longstanding experience in EU and competition, Cuatrecasas fields a number of experienced antitrust partners and associates who advise across the gamut of issues. Benefitting from the firm’s leading position in M&A, the department is frequently instructed in complex merger control matters. Besides obtaining antitrust clearance for large-scale transactions, the team also has the ‘capacity to respond to any type of request in this area, from concentrations, to restrictive practices, state aid, compliance or private enforcement’. Pedro Marques Bom has more than two decades’ experience in competition and EU law, with a particular focus on antitrust cases and litigation. Other noteworthy individuals include Luís Bordalo e Sá, whose experience cuts across dawn raids and cartel cases, and Bruno De Zêzere Barradas, who devotes his time to competition matters, often assisting major clients from the retail, life sciences and construction sectors.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Marques Bom

Other key lawyers:

Luís Bordalo e Sá; Bruno de Zêzere Barradas

Testimonials

‘High competence and know-how. Ability to quickly and efficiently resolve the questions asked and convey to the client legal matters that are sometimes technically complex.’

‘Total availability, excellent technical knowledge, very high quality legal support. I recommend Pedro Marques Bom and Luís Bordalo e Sá’.

‘Seamless cooperation across teams. Very efficient, works like a boutique while offering the advantages of a large firm.’

‘Pedro Marques Bom – responsive and thorough, unique ideas on novel approaches in law.’

‘The competition area of Cuatrecasas in Portugal stands out as one of the best teams in the competition area.  This experience allows for capacity to respond to any type of request in this area, from concentrations, to restrictive practices, State aid, compliance or private enforcement.’

‘Pedro Marques Bom is, without a doubt, a reference in the competition area. His long experience as a lawyer, and in-depth and practical knowledge of competition law allows him to coordinate one of the largest teams in the country in this area.’

‘Cuatrecasas’ Competition Law team provides an excellent service, not only in terms of solid legal knowledge, but also in the high quality of the work presented.’

‘Without any doubt, I would recommend partner Pedro Marques Bom for his unquestionable intelligence and experience in the field of Competition Law. I would also recommend the associate Bruno de Zêzere Barradas for his excellent monitoring of the issues submitted to the team.’

Key clients

Auchan Retail Portugal

Galp Energia

Roche Pharmaceutical

Nowo Communications

Liberty

El Corte Inglés

Fnac

Vimaroja

Chocolates Valor

Globo

BMW

Natus Medical Incorporated

Vinci

Wonderbox

Bosch

Votorantim

Nivalion AG

Banco Santander Consumer

Hotel Investment Partners (HIP)

Deutsche Bank

JC Decaux

Fergrupo (Comsa Group)

Banco BIC Português

Banco CTT

Banco BiG

Samsung

Engie

CTT

Compagnie de Saint-Gobain

Unavets Healthcare

Microsoft

Beiersdorf

Grupo Bel

Electrolux

General Logistics Systems Portugal

Rubis Gás

Cinesa

Odeon Cinemas Group

Chanel

Faurecia

Ipsen Portugal

ZF Group

Gordon Brothers

Unavets

Fila Iberia

Leasys (FCA Bank Group)

Partners Group AG

Rovic Africa

Schneider

Modernity Party

Ferrovial Servicios

China Three Gorges

Molgas

Alten

Caja Rural del Sur

Andera Partners

Arthur J. Gallagher

Grupo R. Vilar

Phoenix Pharmahandel

Solvay

Número Um – Reparação de Automóveis (Midas)

Work highlights

  • Representing Auchan Retail Portugal (Auchan Group) in a major Portuguese Competition Authority cartel investigation and the first cases of hub-and-spoke investigated in Portugal.
  • Advising El Corte Inglés in merger control proceedings in the context of the acquisition of Logitravel.
  • Advising Vimaroja/ Chocolates Valor on the merger control aspects of the acquisition of Imperial.

Sérvulo & Associados

Sérvulo & Associados' broad and versatile competition law practice has a strong reputation for handling complex state aid matters, cartel investigations and cases before the European Commission. Clients from an array of industries - including energy, telecoms, transport, retail, healthcare and financial services - also turn to the team for advice on merger clearance, antitrust compliance programmes and private enforcement issues. Miguel Gorjão-Henriques, who heads the department, assists private and public sector clients in the entire spectrum of EU and competition mandates; he is particularly noted for his experience in life sciences-related matters and restrictive practices. He receives key support from Alberto Saavedra, who has a strong background in merger control and state aid at the national and EU level.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Gorjão-Henriques

Other key lawyers:

Alberto Saavedra

Testimonials

‘Technical acumen and practical approach.’

‘Miguel Gorjão-Henriques and Alberto Saavedra make up a great team. Fully available and client-oriented.’

‘The Sérvulo team has significant strength in legal analysis. Partners and senior associates are able to draft clear and compelling legal documents for the courts. They also have a collaborative working style, working closely with the client to get the right data, analyse the issues in detail, and then present the legal arguments to the Board of the company and the Judge. Sérvulo punches much above its size in the competition law arena in Portugal, being trusted by very large companies.’

‘Our work with Sérvulo has allowed me to work with Miguel Gorjão-Henriques, who is an extremely knowledgeable lawyer with PhD credentials. Miguel has a trusted relationship with senior executives at some of Portugal’s largest companies. Alberto Saavedra drafts legal arguments in a forensic and high impact way. Alberto has been the lead author of significant statements filed in court proceedings and has masterfully handled the production of these complex documents, including working with the company and external economists.’

Key clients

Portuguese Government

Banco Português de Fomento – BPF (National Development Bank)

Government of the Madeira Autonomous Region

EuroBic Bank

Portuguese Pharmaceutical Industry Association (APIFARMA)

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Portuguese Federation of Tobacco Wholesalers (“FPGT”)

Jerónimo Martins

Municipality of Lisbon

JMDB

Fresenius Medical Care group

Work highlights

  • Advised the Portuguese government and SPGM on the largest ever state aid scheme case in Portugal (€13bn to support the economy as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic).
  • Provided assistance to Antin Infrastructure Partners, a private equity firm focused on infrastructure investments, in relation to the acquisition of Miya.

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho has built up a strong competition practice in Portugal capable of advising on a range of non-contentious issues, as well as litigation. In addition to an enviable track record in merger control, the group also handles cases relating to restrictive practices, private enforcement, compliance and state aid. The department, which is under the leadership of Tânia Luísa Faria, has seen recent growth with several new clients in the industrial, energy, healthcare and financial sectors. Department head Faria ‘has a strong knowledge of the sector and is an excellent professional‘; some of her areas of expertise include antitrust and merger control proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Tânia Luísa Faria

Testimonials

‘The firm has proven to be able to handle complex legal issues, to be fully available and to be commercial (the outcome provided fully matched our expectations and objectives).’

‘I would like to highlight the work of Tânia Faria. I find Tânia a very bright lawyer, with very solid technical knowledge. Tânia knows the market very well. She is always available and is very quick to respond, which is much appreciated. She understands our business and is able to deliver straightforward advice.’

‘They treat clients in a unique way, considering the specific aspects of each company. Permanent availability, showing total client support with a well-defined result orientation. In addition to this, they have a deep knowledge of our business area, which proves to be an asset in the different matters in which they accompany us.’

‘Tânia Luisa has a strong knowledge of the sector and is an excellent professional.’

‘Feeling of true partnership with the client, sense of mission and “ownership” of the project, proactivity and creativity in finding solutions.’

Key clients

Cofina

Möet Hennessy

Daf Trucks

Esmalglass-Itaca Group

Altice

JCDecaux

Banco Santander Totta

Unilabs

GrandVision

Hospital Particular do Algarve

Marubeni

UCI

Attestor Capital, LLP

Futebol Clube de Famalicão – Futebol SAD

Vauban Infrastructure

SAFTI

Allianz Group

Disa Corporación Petrolífera

HAL Investments

Aire Networks

Work highlights

  • Advised Esmalglass-Itaca-Fritta group on the acquisition of Ferro Corporation (Portuguese assets), with merger control proceedings before the PCA including Phase II proceedings and divestment commitment.
  • Assisted Futebol Clube de Famalicão – Futebol SAD in PCA’s first antitrust case for an alleged no-poach agreement.
  • Advised the Allianz Group on the acquisition of Galp Gás Natural Distribuição with merger control proceedings before the European Commission.

Abreu Advogados

Abreu Advogados strikes a balance between merger control and antitrust investigations, but particularly stands out for its extensive track record in competition issues arising in the context of M&A transactions. The team is consulted by large corporate clients across a range of sectors seeking advice on abuse of dominance position proceedings, cartel cases, as well as related litigation, regulatory issues and EU law. Armando Martins Ferreira, who assists domestic and international clients, including start-ups, in complex merger clearance, jointly chairs the team with Inês Sequeira Mendes, who also focuses on merger control and compliance. The team was strengthened by the arrival of Sónia Gemas Donário from Albuquerque & Almeida in February 2022; she brings extensive experience in cartel cases, antitrust compliance programmes and restrictive practices.

Practice head(s):

Armando Martins Ferreira; Inês Sequeira Mendes

Other key lawyers:

Ricardo Henriques; Sónia Gemas Donário

Testimonials

‘Abreu’s European and Competition team is a small but solid and transversal practice.’

‘I would recommend the partners Inês Sequeira Mendes and Armando Martins Ferreira. They are both very experienced in the field and have a good track record of clients and matters.’

‘I particularly recommend Armando Martins Ferreira, a notable lawyer.’

Key clients

Tokyo Gas

KELAG International

CD Tondela

Grupo Bel

Alsa/National Express

National Union of Civil Aviation Flight Personnel

SPORT LISBOA E BENFICA

NORMETAL GROUP

U.E.M. ESTRUTURAS METÁLICAS, S.A.

LIDL & CIA

Continental

STATKRAFT

GLOBALVIA

CBRE GLOBAL INVESTORS

COMPAÑIA DE SERVICIOS DE BEBIDAS REFRESCANTES, S.L. (Coca-Cola Iberia)

DAIMLER

APIFVET

RESITEJO

RSTJ

STAPLES

FROMAGERIES BEL PORTUGAL

MISUMI

DAYTON PROGRESS

FREY

Work highlights

  • Assisting Sport Lisboa e Benfica in a decisive litigation case involving its major competitor Futebol Clube do Porto on combined unfair competition, antitrust, regulatory and proprietary information infringements.
  • Defending Lidl in a case launched by the Competition Authority regarding the alleged cartel involving the supplier Primedrinks and several other retailers.
  • Assisting NORMETAL GROUP (U.E.M. Estruturas Metálicas) in the private damages lawsuit filed by PARQUE ESCOLAR for alleged cartel infringement, following a PCA decision.

CMS

The ‘very methodical and well-structured team‘ at CMS possesses ‘in-depth knowledge of competition issues in Portugal and Europe’. The department – which is a popular choice for clients from the energy, TMT and pharmaceutical sectors – is equally adept in handling complex merger control issues and antitrust cases before the Portuguese Competition Authority. It draws on the firm’s multidisciplinary offering to provide comprehensive advice in relation to compliance matters, including all aspects of regulatory law. Luís Miguel Romão, whose notable areas of expertise include cartels, litigation, merger control and state aid, spearheads the EU and competition group.

Practice head(s):

Luís Miguel Romão

Testimonials

‘Knowledge of competitive practice and good management of the process.’

‘Luis Miguel Romão – his knowledge of the law, his professionalism make him stand out.’

‘Competition Team, a “lean” team but with a productivity and delivery capacity well above the average; very methodical and well-structured team, with in-depth knowledge of competition issues in Portugal and Europe.’

‘Luís Miguel Romão is an exceptional lawyer. Practical, assertive and with a deep knowledge of competition law, he is a huge asset to our company.’

‘Luís Miguel Romão has over 20 years of experience in this area. He is recommended.’

Key clients

L’ORÉAL PORTUGAL

GOLDMAN SACHS INTERNATIONAL

LIDL PORTUGAL

BETCLIC

HCAPITAL

MOP – MULTIMÉDIA OUTDOORS PORTUGAL

ANA AEROPORTOS

KELLER WILLIAMS REALITY

ESSILOR LUXOTTICA PORTUGAL

APG ASSET MANAGEMENT N.V.

Work highlights

  • Represented L’Oréal Portugal in an infringement case pending before the PCA, having successfully convinced the PCA to drop it.
  • Represented Keller Williams Reality in several court cases related to the breach of various non-competition clauses, which were settled in the client’s favour.
  • Advised APG Asset Management (APG) on the £274m transnational purchase of substantially all of Hammerson’s stake in VIA Outlets.

DLA Piper ABBC

Household name companies from a variety of sectors turn to DLA Piper ABBC for advice and representation in competition issues in the context of large-scale M&A deals, regulatory matters, EU law, antitrust proceedings and related litigation. Praised by clients for his ‘vision and ability to anticipate events far beyond matters within the exclusive scope of competition law’, department head Miguel Mendes Pereira has a stellar track record before the EU’s top courts, and possesses longstanding experience in state aid matters and merger control. Carla Marcelino is also noted for her work in cartel investigations and competition law infringement matters.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Mendes Pereira

Other key lawyers:

Carla Marcelino

Testimonials

‘Miguel Mendes Pereira is the partner responsible for the Competition Law Department with whom we have a relationship and have known for several years. He has enormous experience in the area and has demonstrated, in the various actions in which we have been involved, a vision and ability to anticipate events far beyond matters within the exclusive scope of Competition Law.’

‘Flexible team, adapted to the client’s needs.’

‘Miguel Mendes Pereira stands out. ’

‘Excellent vision of the challenges and the intended themes, always with innovative solutions.’

Garrigues

Garrigues maintains an active EU and competition practice, capable of handling a range of work from multinational merger control to state aid, complex antitrust investigations and related litigation. Leading the department is Luís Pinto Monteiro, who regularly attracts instructions related to cartels, antitrust litigation and implementation of compliance programmes. He is often retained by clients operating in the retail, life sciences, energy, financial services, aviation and TMT sectors. Sofia Vilas Boas is fully dedicated to EU and competition law, having recently been involved in antitrust cases related to hub-and-spoke cartels.

Practice head(s):

Luis Pinto Monteiro

Other key lawyers:

Sofia Vilas Boas

Testimonials

‘Excellent quality of services, always available, cost efficient, flexibility for discussing fees. Good use of technology.’

‘Luis Pinto Monteiro is good at crafting creative solutions.’

‘Extremely accessible team, very client and result oriented with experience liaising with the Competition authority.’

‘Luís Pinto Monteiro is an extremely skilled and focused professional, efficient and goal-oriented, recognised by his peers.’

‘It is an exceptional firm. The European and competition team stands out for its unconditional availability, superior intelligence in approaching problems and solutions completely focused on practical problem solving. They are unique! They are extremely transparent in invoicing, which allows them to create a relationship of deep trust with the client.’

‘The department leader, Luís Pinto Monteiro, has an unprecedented dedication to our affairs. This team turns complex problems into easy-to-solve issues. Furthermore, they have excellent credibility with the competent authorities. The team in general, and Luís Pinto Monteiro in particular, sees what others do not see. They anticipate all problems and always come very well prepared. We have already achieved great victories with these lawyers, in highly sensitive matters, which is why we maintain and recommend them above any other.’

‘Luís Pinto Monteiro- In addition to his technical capacity, communication skills are also highlighted.’

Key clients

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria

WPP PLC

Volvo Cars Portugal

Jaguar Land Rover

Honda Motors

Samsung

Audax Group

KKR

Banco Santander

Vallis Capital Partners

Babcock

Prestibel

CTT

Work highlights

  • Assisting BBVA in antitrust litigation before the Portuguese Competition Court, aimed at challenging an alleged cartel infringement that fined the banking industry.
  • Assisting advertising group WPP in an antitrust investigation aimed at challenging an alleged cartel infringement sanction.
  • Assisting Prestibel, a private surveillance company, concerning an antitrust investigation aimed at challenging an alleged cartel infringement.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo excels in merger control matters and is seen with great regularity providing competition law advice to the firm’s corporate client base in the context of high-value M&A transactions. The Lisbon-based team benefits from the firm’s presence in key European locations - including Madrid, Barcelona and Brussels - and provides comprehensive services covering cartel cases, private damages actions, and compliance at the national and EU levels. Mário Marques Mendes, who is well versed in the full array of EU, competition and regulatory matters, manages the practice, which offers advice and representation to corporations and public entities. Alexandra Dias Henriques ‘is an excellent professional' and a key point of contact for the team’s major clients.

Practice head(s):

Mário Marques Mendes

Other key lawyers:

Alexandra Dias Henriques; Pedro Vilarinho Pires

Testimonials

‘The team is highly client-focused and attentive to detail. They reveal in-depth knowledge of matters. It is easy to obtain a report on the activity carried out and follow up on the evolution of matters.’

‘Mário Marques Mendes, a reference in his area of expertise (Competition Law), transforms the dialogue on any subject into a topic accessible to the client without losing rigour and attention to detail. Alexandra Dias Henriques is a highly studious professional, and especially knowledgeable of all the details of the processes.’

‘Focus and very professional involvement. Know-how and multidisciplinary work. Great knowledge of dossiers, authorities, procedural aspects, with innovation in the interpretation of similar cases, and use of new perspectives.’

‘Alexandra Dias Henriques is an excellent professional who is always attentive and involved.’

‘Mário Marques Mendes is a truly exceptional lawyer. I cannot identify another Portuguese lawyer in whom I have the same level of trust, when it comes to matters of European law and competition that are of particular technical complexity and commercial sensitivity. The rigour and detail in the analysis and execution of the agreed strategies are at the level of the best international experts.’

‘Mário Marques Mendes: exceptional technical knowledge, rigour, attention to detail, sense of strategy and efficiency in the relationship with authorities. Alexandra Henriques: technical rigour, flexibility and reliability.’

‘The team is extremely strong as they know the authorities well, previous cases and how to go about difficult issues in a practical way. Their experience is exceptional.’

‘I have worked with Mário Marques Mendes and Alexandra Dias Henriques and they are both great. They are very well connected and understand what is actually going on, not just the theoretical or academic parts of legal issues.’

Key clients

Sixth Street

ESPRINET SpA

Edify

IVECO

Algeco

B. Braun

Grupo Prisa

Elevolution

Procter & Gamble

Henkel

Primedrinks

De’Longhi

Grupo Nabeiro – Delta Cafés

CAE Inc.

Rebonave

Work highlights

  • Assisted Sixth Street in respect of a merger control assessment.
  • Advised Esprinet on the acquisition of the Spanish company GTI.
  • Representing PrimeDrinks in the first hub-and-spoke case in Portugal.

SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados

SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados advises national and international companies on merger control, antitrust investigations and competition compliance. The team’s sector knowledge and experience is vast, but it particularly stands out for its work in the telecoms, retail, and food and beverages sectors. It combines comprehensive knowledge of competition law with a thorough understanding of regulatory matters; areas of special focus include cartel cases, private enforcement and related litigation. Practice head Miguel Pena Machete stands out for his wealth of experience in concentration and regulatory matters. Catarina Pinto Xavier is recommended for ‘managing the entire process diligently’ and has a prominent role in private enforcement and antitrust cases.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Pena Machete

Other key lawyers:

Catarina Pinto Xavier

Testimonials

‘A very effective team in identifying the crucial arguments of the cases and in defining the consequent strategic thinking.’

‘Miguel Pena Machete has an integrated view of the problems. Catarina Pinto Xavier deals very well with the client, managing the entire process diligently and with a great understanding of all the information in the processes.’

Key clients

Controlinveste Group

Sport TV Portugal, S.A.

SCC – Sociedade Central de Cervejas (Heineken Group)

Grupo José de Mello

José de Mello Saúde

Diaverum

Global Media Group

GRUPO JAP

Assa Abloy

Work highlights

  • Represented SCC- Sociedade Central de Cervejas (Heineken Group) in the appeal of PCA’s decision involving the condemnation of several companies for taking part in alleged practices equivalent to cartels.
  • Assisting Sport TV as defendant in three different private enforcement claims pending in the Lisbon civil court regarding the condemnation of Sport TV for abuse of dominant position.
  • Advised JAP Group on the proceedings concerning the notification of a merger before the Portuguese Competition Authority.

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

The competition department at PRA-Raposo, Sá Miranda & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados RL has significant experience in merger review processes, cartel investigations and related litigation. Split between Lisbon and Porto, the team is also well positioned to assist clients with matters involving abuse of dominance, price fixing and commercial contracts. Chairman Miguel Miranda ‘stands out for his knowledge and ability to understand problems and find solutions'. Efigénia Marabuto Tavares is another name to note for competition matters.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Miranda

Other key lawyers:

Efigénia Marabuto Tavares

Testimonials

‘Immediate and very solid response.’

‘We work a lot with Miguel Miranda and Efigénia Tavares and they are an excellent team, always on top of the issues and with all the will and know-how to help us.’

‘Miguel Miranda and Efigénia Marabuto Tavares are the team we deal with the most and we are very satisfied with their response time and quality. They anticipate possible issues and this brings us security.’

‘Quality of service and transversality in the different legal areas.’

‘Miguel Miranda stands out for his knowledge and ability to understand problems and find solutions.’

‘I would highlight their ability to 1) answer questions in any area that is presented to them and 2) the depth of analysis/concrete solutions they present. In addition, they do so with absolute availability and with high security of legal monitoring in highly complex matters.’

‘Firm that is representing a large number of clients in relation to the truck cartel before the Competition Court, giving them a lot of experience in private enforcement.’

‘Miguel Miranda stands out clearly.’

Key clients

AVILUDO, SGPS, S.A.

AR Telecom

ITSector- Sistemas de Informação

Work highlights

  • Advised AR Telecom on the merger control aspects of the sale of the company to Spanish telecoms wholesale operator Aire Networks.
  • Advised Aviludo, a food service distribution company, on the competition issues arising from the sale of the company to German multinational Metro AG.

Raposo Bernardo

Merger control is a key area of focus for the competition department at Raposo Bernardo, which is sought by domestic and international clients for representation in M&A transactions. Abuse of dominance cases and compliance matters also feature in the team’s workload. The department is led by Mafalda Contumélias Baptista, who also heads up the TMT group; she is regularly engaged by clients operating in the banking and pharmaceutical sectors.

Practice head(s):

Mafalda Contumélias Baptista

Testimonials

‘In the area of competition and European Union legislation, Mafalda Contumélias Baptista stands out. She has a deep knowledge of all competition matters and European issues, is very organised, with an above-average work capacity and fully available.’

‘Raposo Bernardo’s team in the competition area is an extraordinary group of lawyers that always exceeds our expectations and proves to be unique not for one but for several reasons, starting with the irreproachable quality of the analysis, opinions, as well as the strategies it defines, the relationship with the Competition Authority and the very experienced and wise advice in this area.’

‘Mafalda Contumélias Batista stands out. She is competent, rigorous, very proactive and with an excellent command of everything regarding competition regulation and European affairs.’

‘Always very attentive, available, up-to-date and knowledgeable about everything there is to know about these matters, they exceed our best expectations.’

‘Mafalda Contumélias Batista is an extraordinary lawyer in competition and European law, with a rigour and sharpness that deserves special mention. She is super competent and very professional.’

‘I highlight the fulfilment of deadlines, the ability to respond quickly, the clarity of language, the in-depth legal knowledge of our sector, the human and professional relationships that all lawyers manage to create with us, integrity and ethics.’

‘In recent months we have had a huge concentration of work on matters of competition and regulation in the European Union, so I would like to highlight the person in charge of that area. Mafalda Contumélias Batista deserves my special praise. She has an impressive ability to always meet our needs and expectations, a complete knowledge of our dossiers and a complete mastery of matters.’

Work highlights

  • Advising a company on medicine licensing and import issues, including aspects of European competition law.
  • Acted for a client in the notification to the Portuguese Competition Authority of its acquisition by another company.
  • Prepared a legal opinion for a client to be presented to the competition department of the European Commission.

TELLES

Highlighted for its ‘professionalism, availability and support', TELLES' competition department acts for multinational corporations, foreign subsidiaries and Portuguese companies in an array of matters. Recent instructions showcase the team’s strength in handling merger filings, anti-competitive practices, state aid and abuse of dominance cases. The team is jointly led by Francisco Espregueira Mendes and Leyre Prieto, the latter of whom is particularly active in merger control proceedings before the PCA and private enforcement cases. Of counsel Joaquim Caimoto Duarte, who joined the team in May 2020 from Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho, is noted for his wealth of experience in cross-border merger control and cartel cases.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Espregueira Mendes; Leyre Prieto

Other key lawyers:

Joaquim Caimoto Duarte

Testimonials

‘Excellent command of the area of ​​reference and close contact with the client.’

‘Joaquim Caimoto Duarte has excellent mastery of his area of ​​expertise. He is extremely experienced and knowledgeable. Availability to the client.’

‘Telles is a unique law firm in the context of the Portuguese market, especially due to the balance it has between the virtues of a large firm (level and transversality of knowledge, professionalism, compliance, networking, etc.) and those of a small firm (personalised service, availability, flexibility, availability, etc.). I would like to highlight Telles’ ability and speed to adapt to remote work in the face of adversity caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, which did not negatively affect Telles’ performance and delivery.’

‘All elements of the Telles team in this area of ​​expertise are above average. I recommend Leyre Prieto especially for her level of knowledge in the area and high availability.’

‘Professionalism, availability and support.’

Key clients

NORS, S.A.

TRANSDEV, SGPS, S.A.

MATUDIS – Comércio de Produtos Alimentares, Lda.

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

Tintas Robbialac, S.A.

Super Bock Bebidas, S.A.

NORS, S.A.

TRANSDEV, SGPS, S.A.

RNM – Investimentos e Gestão, S.A.

Vallis Capital Partners, SGPS, S.A.

Fashion Division, S.A.

AMC Natural Drinks SL

Pluris Investments, S.A.

Crédito Y Caución, S.A. de Seguros Y Reaseguros – Sucursal em Portugal

Descours & Cabaud

EGIS

COMP-RAR

Vortal SGPS