Firm Profile > PLMJ > Lisbon, Portugal

PLMJ
Av. Fontes Pereira de Melo, 43
1050-119 Lisboa
Portugal

Banking and finance Tier 1

Specialising in complex finance transactions, restructuring, financial services regulation and debt issuances, the banking and finance team at PLMJ is also regularly instructed to advise on securitisations, portfolio acquisitions and consumer credit. Leading the department is Hugo Rosa Ferreira, whose areas of expertise include cross-border syndicated lending and structured finance transactions. André Figueiredo regularly works with financial advisors and credit facilitators, while Bruno Ferreira assists companies and credit institutions on finance and capital markets transactions. Often leading advice on cross-border transactions is Gonçalo dos Reis Martins, who has experience assisting international investment banks and funds.

Practice head(s):

Hugo Rosa Ferreira

Testimonials

PLMJ is the biggest law firm operating in Portugal. It has unparalleled market acumen and capabilities to meet tight schedules.’

The team is highly experienced in the market of distressed loans, offering knowledgeable and innovative structures.’

Gonçalo dos Reis Martins is a brilliant all-rounder that can tackle issues with ease and provide a quick response to almost any matter.’

Gonçalo is our trusted advisor for financing. He is always ready to help and support the development of innovative structures.’

Key clients

Barclays Bank PLC

Elliot Advisors LLC

Volkswagen Bank GmbH

Blackstone

JP Morgan

Montepio

CGD (Caixa Geral de Depósitos)

BNP Paribas (Global)

CBRE Global Investment Partners

Haitong Bank

REN – Rede Energéticas Nacionais, SGPS, SA

BNP Paribas

Société Générale

Crédit Agricole

Galp Energia SGPS, S.A.

Banco Santander Consumer

Capital markets Tier 1

Covering the full range of capital markets matters, the team at PLMJ provides legal support in relation to public and private offerings both in equity (namely IPOs, rights issues and takeovers) and debt. Areas of particular expertise also include structured and derivative products. Leading the practice is André Figueiredo, who has experience in cross-border financing operations involving high-yield bonds and preference share issues. Investment banks, funds and major companies seek Gonçalo dos Reis Martins' assistance in a variety of matters, namely takeovers and securitisations. Other noteworthy practitioners include Bruno Ferreira, who is proficient in distressed assets transactions, and recently promoted partner Raquel Azevedo, who focuses on capital markets transactions and has advised on the setting up of investment funds.

Practice head(s):

André Figueiredo

Testimonials

Knowledge, hard work and innovation define PLMJ.’

The team – led by André Figueiredo and Bruno Ferreira – is the most professional and impact-driven team I have ever met in my 15-year career.’

Their strengths are the customer focus, tailoring ability and spike for delivering high-quality outputs that are always linked to social and environmental impact concerns. On top of this, the senior partners are always available and are the ones driving things forward, not pushing everything to their associates.

Gonçalo Martins is our trusted advisor. He is always on top of the latest trends.’

I especially valued Bruno Ferreira and Raquel Azevedo’s capacity to provide senior and business-oriented legal advice, their experience in similar transactions, as well as their availability 24/7.’

PLMJ identifies the problems and challenges, risk assessment but puts a strong focus on the solutions and ways to move forward.’

Key clients

JP Morgan

IGCP

StormHarbour

Deutsche Bank AG

BNP Paribas

Blackrock

Pimco

Caixa Geral de Depósitos

Gulbenkian Foundation

Banco Sabadell

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

PLMJ undertakes the complete range of transactional and corporate law work, and is often involved in some of the most high-profile M&A deals in Portugal and other Portuguese-speaking countries. The department has extensive expertise in key sectors, namely energy, transport, construction, insurance, pharmaceuticals, telecoms and banking. Leading the team is Diogo Perestrelo, whose specialisms include M&A and private equity, and Duarte Schmidt Lino, who is also experienced in corporate governance and venture capital. Luís Sáragga Leal heads an international projects team, which focuses on providing legal assistance in relation to cross-border operations. The team was strengthened by the arrival of Filipe Avides Moreira from Cuatrecasas, who brings to the table a wealth of experience in M&A, venture capital deals and corporate restructuring. Maria João Ribeiro Mata left for Miranda & Associados in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Diogo Perestrelo; Duarte Schmidt Lino

Testimonials

This is the law firm in Portugal where I find an answer to my legal matters, be it at a professional or personal level. The team I work with is always available, professional, committed and knowledgeable.’

PLMJ provides complete, adequate and efficient timely responses.’

Long experience in M&A processes and strong negotiation skills.’

There is a vast pool of talent that delivers work on time.’

Good technical knowledge, customer oriented services and highly flexible team.’

Diogo Perestrelo is a trustworthy counsellor and knowledgeable lawyer in this area. He is respected as one of the leading commercial lawyers in Portugal. Always straightforward, he can be both tough or amicable. I’ve witnessed his work with large and small companies, local or foreign, and would definitely recommend him and his team.’

Bárbara Godinho and Pedro Gaspar are both truly excellent professionals.’

Pedro Gaspar is a very clever lawyer, with an outstanding attention to detail.’ 

Filipa Cotta is always available and has in-depth knowledge of the market.’

Bárbara Godinho Correia’s efficiency and client care skills are second to none.’

Key clients

Ford

Ardian

Starbucks

Ralph Lauren

TAP

Minor Hotels

Ascendi Group

Galp

Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras

Oxy Capital

Critical Software

Dispute resolution Tier 1

The practice at PLMJ advises clients from a spectrum of industry sectors in relation to complex and high-value contentious matters, fielding expertise across traditional litigation, criminal law as well as arbitration. The department is subdivided into five closely knitted teams, covering restructuring, financial and corporate litigation, civil and commercial disputes, banking and finance contentious matters, criminal cases as well as arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. Team head Nuno Líbano Monteiro specialises in civil litigation as well as corporate restructuring and insolvency issues; Pedro Metello de Nápoles leads on arbitral matters and oversees the Angola desk; and financial services disputes and those pertaining to the automotive industry are some of Pedro Faria's key specialisms. Carla Góis Coelho actively advises international and domestic players in civil and commercial litigation.  Founding partner José Miguel Júdice retired from practice. Joaquim Shearman de Macedo was a new arrival in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Nuno Líbano Monteiro; Pedro Metello de Nápoles; Pedro Faria; Rita Samoreno Gomes; Joaquim Shearman de Macedo

Testimonials

PLMJ is one of the largest and most qualified law firms in Portugal, always guaranteeing high-quality output and prompt response to all matters, both in-court and out-of-court.

The integrated and complementary knowledge of the whole team, its creativity in finding solutions to complex problems and availability (including easy access to partners) are outstanding.’

The team at PLMJ is extremely experienced, reactive and balanced in its approach to possible disputes.

PLMJ’s dispute resolution team was very rigorous in detailing our company’s case and they has been highly assertive in the court proceedings. The team was key to favourable rulings.

A very efficient team with a very client-friendly approach.

Great work ability and huge willingness to share opinions and strategy.

The team takes full control of the dispute and engages the client and its relevant co-workers in a very efficient way.

Pedro Caetano Nunes was the partner responsible for managing a very complex legal dispute involving multiple fronts and legal cases. In addition to his outstanding knowledge of the law, Pedro is very thorough in the preparation of legal cases, knowing how to look at the big picture and all the details as well as the best way to present them to a judge/court.

Pedro has many years of experience and a very good instinct allowing him to give prompt solutions to urgent matters.

Raquel Ribeiro Correia is an extremely talented individual with enormous working capacity.

Nuno Morais Sarmento has proven to be of extremely valuable help when needed.

When providing legal advice, Carla Góis Coelho communicates trust and adds value to the decision-making process.

Telma Pires de Lima stood out for the attention to detail and commitment in the preparation of our case. Her preparatory investigation was very thorough, and she came out of the arbitrations with extensive knowledge about our industry, our company and our working procedures.

Nuno Lí­bano Monteiro and Pedro Metello de Nápoles are very committed to the cases they are involved in. The blend of their professional ages and of their legal and extra-legal knowledge results in efficient teams.

Key clients

Montepio Geral Bank

Audi AG

TAP

AEDL – Auto-Estradas Douro Litoral (Douro Coastline Concession)

Meo – Altice Group

INGKA (IKEA Group)

Employment Tier 1

PLMJ offers advice on the gamut of labour issues, including litigation before the employment courts. Typical instructions include advising on the preparation of employment contracts, compensation policies, disciplinary proceedings, termination agreements, as well as foreign employees, restructuring and labour issues related to M&A. Tiago Cortes, who specialises in employment benefits, heads the department alongside Nuno Ferreira Morgado, whose areas of expertise include restructuring processes, privatisations as well as social security matters. Nuno Guedes Vaz is the name to note for collective bargaining.

Practice head(s):

Tiago Cortes; Nuno Ferreira Morgado

Testimonials

We highly value their expertise in terms of employment law and their ability to provide drafts, reports on potential risks and pitfalls in a comprehensive and extensive manner. Their prompt responses helped a lot in many circumstances when immediate answers were required.

As a team they complement themselves in order to support the client in the best, fastest and most efficient way. Their advice is more business oriented and more aligned with the company’s expectations while dealing with outside council.’

Pedro Rosa is one of the best lawyers we have ever worked with. His knowledge and expertise in the employment law field is significant. Pedro is very approachable and easy to work with and no case is too complex for him.

Nuno Ferreira Morgado is technically very competent, keeping the company’s characteristics and ambition always in mind.

Mariana Paiva is available at any time and works well under great pressure.

Nuno Ferreira Morgado is an extraordinary professional. With an extensive knowledge about the Portuguese legal market, he is a great communicator. He manages a formidable team that consistently meet or exceed expectations.

Key clients

H&M

Accenture Portugal

Randstad

Zalando

Ikea Portugal

Alliance Healthcare

Cofina

Efacec

EU and competition Tier 1

PLMJ is often involved in high-profile competition matters taking place in the country. Its broad service offering includes legal support in relation to antitrust investigations, merger control and cartel cases in the insurance, banking and healthcare sectors. Head of department Ricardo Oliveira is noted for his understanding of cartel matters, litigation and implementation of antitrust compliance programmes. Restrictive practices are a particular specialism for Sara Estima Martins, who has experience acting for clients in EU law proceedings before the European Commission and the European Court of Justice.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Oliveira

Testimonials

The most remarkable strength of this team is how quickly lawyers answer to the clients’ requests. This helps to build great confidence in the team.

Sara Estima Martins provides proactive legal advice every time she feels the client need to be made aware of relevant changes or circumstances. In addition, Sara is also very keen on analysing potential risky scenarios.

Key clients

ANF (National Association of Pharmacies)

Volvo / Renault Trucks

Cimpor

Tabaqueira (a subsidiary of Philip Morris International)

Nestlé

Ford

Barclays

Coca-Cola European Partners

VISA

Eleven Sports Network

Unilever

ESFG (Espírito Santo Financial Group)

Grupo Bimbo

Pernod Ricard

DIAGEO

Riberalves

LACTOGAL

Oxy Capital

Bacardi Martini

Loomis

Insolvency and restructuring Tier 1

PLMJ delivers a 'very high level of service' across complex restructuring and insolvency cases and the team is noted for its 'strong' domestic and cross-border expertise. It acts for creditors and debtors across the banking, finance, pharmaceutical, automotive, aviation and IT sectors. 'Esteemed practitionerNuno Líbano Monteiro and the 'exceptionalFilipa Cotta lead the 'skillled and very responsive' team and are ably supported by managing associate Catarina Guedes de Carvalho, who heads the debt recovery team, and Pedro Caetano Nunes. Joaquim Shearman de Macedo was a new arrival in June 2020.

Practice head(s):

Nuno Líbano Monteiro; Filipa Cotta

Testimonials

‘Apart from the outstanding knowledge it has of Portuguese regulations, the team also performs in financial acumen, which it is key in these proceedings.

Filipa Cotta and Nuno Miguel Lourenço make an extraordinary team.

Besides all the technical skill, Filipa has a wealth of experience and really contributes to every situation.

It is very easy to collaborate with Nuno Miguel Lourenço; the communication flows without a hitch and he shows a level of performance above his peers.

The team delivers a very high level of service.’

The team has strong domestic and cross-border expertise.’

Nuno Líbano Monteiro is an esteemed practitioner.’

Filipa Cotta is exceptional.’

The team is skillled and very responsive.’

Key clients

Rio Forte Investments, S.A. (Luxembourg) and subsidiaries

Espírito Santo Financial Group (ESFG)

Insolvent estate of Partran, Insolvent estate of Espírito Santo Financial Group, Insolvent estate of Espírito Santo Financial Portugal

Euroamerican Holding (Deloitte Luxembourg)

Bankinter S.A. – Sucursal em Portugal

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Portugal – Sociedade Financeira de Crédito, S.A. / Mercedes-Benz – Aluguer de Veículos, Unipessoal, Lda.

Alliance Healthcare, S.A.

Caixa Económica Montepio Geral, Caixa Económica Bancária, S.A. / Montepio Investimento, S.A.

AEDL – Auto-Estradas Douro Litoral (Douro Coastline Concession)

Volkswagen, AG / Volkswagen Finance Belgium, S.A.

Intellectual property Tier 1

PLMJ fields specialist knowledge in relation to brands, industrial designs, patent protection, copyright and unfair competition. The team delivers advice on IP prosecution and protection, as well as on the drafting of licencing agreements; it also offers representation to clients in contentious issues, notably infringement matters. Practice co-head Manuel Lopes Rocha often acts as arbitrator in pharmaceutical patent disputes, and is noted for his experience in IP litigation and arbitration, which Ana Teresa Pulido also counts among her areas of expertise. Paula Martinho da Silva has in-depth knowledge in the life sciences sector.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Lopes Rocha; Ana Teresa Pulido

Testimonials

Paula Martinho and her team have an excellent knowledge of the software industry. They always provide a personalised service in each matter. They also have specialist knowledge in Artificial Intelligence.

Paula Martinho has a good knowledge of the software industry  and technology. Moreover, she is specialised in IP law, cybersecurity issues and is a great litigator.’ 

Key clients

Microsoft Corporation

Samsung

Toshiba

TVI

Bacardi

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Critical Software

Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

SIC

Associação Portuguesa de Empresas de Distribuição

Oporto: leading commercial firms Tier 1

PLMJ is a 'large firm that has experts in every field' and is commended for the 'excellent service provided and the attention and commitment to meeting customer needs'. With broad expertise, the team is active across a number of practice areas such as corporate and M&A, tax, banking, finance, commercial, employment, administrative and public procurement, sports, entertainment, real estate, construction, tourism and dispute resolution. Domestic and cross-border work drive the team, which is instructed by a raft of national and international clients. Oporto office head Miguel C Reis leads the tax team, where he is ably supported by João Velez de Lima. Elsewhere, Manuel Cavaleiro Brandão, who leads the employment practice, receives consistent praise and Diogo Duarte Campos heads the public law offering. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of several lawyers from Cuatrecasas, including Filipe Avides Moreira.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Reis

Testimonials

The team stands out for the quality of the advice and work.

Pragmatic and carefully listens to the briefing.

Great credibility and has a very strong market image.

Total customer engagement and a lot of availability.

Filipe Avides Moreira is a brilliant lawyer.

Manuel Cavaleiro Brandão is a person with extraordinary values and ethics; he has fantastic reasoning, very intelligent and insightful.

A large firm that has experts in every field.’

I value the excellent service provided and the attention and commitment to meeting customer needs.’

Key clients

Iberdrola

Finerge

Montepio Crédito

OMTEL (former Altice’s telecommunication towers owner)

Violas Ferreira

Randstad

Fidelidade Companhia de Seguros

Baxter Medico Farmacêutica

Farfetch

Porto da Figueira da Foz

Efacec

Associação Portuguesa de Facility Services (APFS)

Frezite

Ferrovial

Grupo Vendap

Projects and project finance Tier 1

PLMJ is regularly instructed on high-profile Portuguese infrastructure projects and is experienced in handling road, rail, airport and harbour developments. International projects are also a mainstay of the practice; it is often engaged in complex infrastructure projects across Angola, Mozambique and China. Inês Pinto da Costa is experienced in projects in Portugal and Angola.

Practice head(s):

Inês Pinto da Costa

Testimonials

I have worked with Inês Pinto da Costa and Diogo Duarte Campos; they have proven invaluable on numerous Angola-related financings and are responsive, commercially minded and provide excellent availability.

Key clients

APDL – Administração dos Portos do Douro, Leixões e Viana do Castelo, S.A.

Ardian

K.A. – Kora Angola, Lda.

Contidis

EDP Produção de Energia S.A.

Empordef – Engenharia Naval, S.A.

Ascendi Group

TAP – Transportes Aéreos

Portugueses, SGPS, S.A.

Welink Energy

Public law Tier 1

PLMJ fields a team of specialists in the public law space; its lawyers are adept at providing support in relation to PPP projects, concession agreements, public procurement and public contracts across different sectors, including healthcare, education and energy, as well as infrastructure. With experience advising on both domestic and cross-border matters involving Portuguese-speaking countries, the team shows particular strength in arbitration and litigation proceedings before the administrative and constitutional courts. Head of department Diogo Duarte Campos splits his time between Lisbon and Porto, and has wide-ranging knowledge of public and administrative law and a strong track record in construction and concession projects in Angola and Mozambique. PPP projects, litigation and arbitration - notably proceedings related to international investment - are Tiago Duarte's core areas of practice. Joana Brandão is experienced in large public contract and construction-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Diogo Duarte de Campos

Testimonials

PLMJ’s public law team has great expertise across key public law areas. They have deep knowledge of the applicable legislation and full understanding of the procedures. They provide innovative and accurate solutions to the clients.

The team is efficient at providing solutions and fast responses, knowledgeable of the law, and focused.

PLMJ has a very client-focused practice, which has allowed for a consistent reputation and recognition.

In-depth knowledge and experience.

The team is very solid, combining academic knowledge with a deep practical experience.

Inês Pinto da Costa, Telma Brandão from Lisbon and Joana Brandão and Diogo Duarte Campos from Porto are very competent.

I have come to know Diogo Duarte Campos’ work first-hand. I praise his comprehensive knowledge of all legal aspects and negotiation abilities.

Diogo Duarte Campos provided strategic advice in public law, including litigation and contractual matters. I especially valued his experience and capacity to have a substantiated position on complex legal issues.

Diogo Duarte Campos is always available and provides excellent legal advice.

Tiago Duarte, Diogo Duarte Campos and Carla Machado are all extremely reliable.

I have worked with the following lawyers: Diogo Duarte Campos, Tiago Duarte and Carla Machado. In addition to their knowledge and vast experience, I value their strategic vision, trying to find the best solution for each problem.

Key clients

Ascendi Group

Microsoft

ENI Portugal B.V.

Sacyr | Somague

EDP – Produção de Energia, S.A.

Navigator

Nova School of Business and Economics

Baxter Medico Farmacêutica

Nozul Algarve, SA.

Hotel São Francisco

Dalumi Co

APDL – Administração dos Portos do Douro, Leixões e Viana do Castelo, S.A.

K.A. – Kora Angola, Lda.

ANF (Associação Nacional das Farmácias)

Altri

Município de Cascais

Verdelago

Violas Ferreira

Trofa Saúde

Emel

Real estate and construction Tier 1

PLMJ is able to provide support on the entire spectrum of real estate-related issues, from dealing with every aspect of the disposal of real estate assets to negotiating the full range of transactions. Covering advice on construction agreements, guaranteed income acquisitions, sale and leaseback deals, forward purchase, and the structuring of real estate company groups, the team receives regular instructions from investment funds, private equity firms, developers, multinational retailers and hotel groups. Previous international projects co-head Sofia Gomes da Costa, who focuses on cross-border transactions, structured finance and the sale and purchase of large property portfolios, is now leading the real estate team alongside Tiago Mendonça de Castro, who has extensive experience assisting shopping centre developers. Tourism law is Margarida Osório de Amorim's specialism, while portfolio sales and acquisitions is a key focus for Rita Alarcão Júdice. Francisco Lino Dias is another key practitioner; he predominantly acts for institutional investors, investment funds and developers.

Practice head(s):

Sofia Gomes da Costa; Tiago Mendonça de Castro

Testimonials

PLMJ’s practice has proven to be unique in many forms, not only due to its knowledge of the laws that rule our market, but also the total availability and multi-disciplinary expertise offered depending on the matter.

Its cross-sector capability reveals the quality of the team’s dedication to projects. Another point worth underlining is the positive attitude towards business and people in general.

Efficient team for real estate transactions.

They are quick to respond to our needs and explain complex matters in clear English.

PLMJ has the capability to put in place a winning team of advisors in the different legal disciplines to help you successfully complete even the most complex and time critical transactions.

The team has demonstrated in-depth knowledge of the issues at hand. We were impressed by their ability to grasp complex issues and clearly identify the respective key challenges and risks.

Great multi-disciplinary team, offering comprehensive advisory.

PLMJ advisors are hard-working, always available and very knowledgeable. I can trust that they do their utmost to find the right answer to the problem on hand even if this mean that they need to search for the right answer among professionals in different teams.

Francisco Lino Dias is an excellent advisor who clients respect and trust.

Sofia Gomes da Costa always works proactively in achieving clients’ commercial goals within the correct legal frame.

Sara Blanco de Morais is committed, intrinsically motivated, reliable, honest, detail-oriented and persistent.

Sara Blanco de Morais has been an outstanding legal partner. She combines outstanding knowledge in her area of expertise with the ability to clearly break down the issues, and propose action-oriented strategies to effectively solve the issues at hand.

Sara Blanco de Morais has also been most effective in negotiation meetings, with superior skills in presenting and defending arguments.

Key clients

Blackstone Group

IKEA Group

H&M

Minor International

Barclays Bank

Morgan Stanley

Time Out Markets

Decathlon Portugal

Primark

Santander Consumer

CGD Bank (Portuguese State Bank)

UBS Real Estate

United Investments Portugal (of the group IFA Hotels & Resorts)

Logicor Europe

Invesco Real Estate

Incus Capital Advisors

Multi Development

Oak Tree Capital

Macau Legend Developers

Mornington Capital

Commerz Real

Omtel Communications

Parvalorem (Portuguese State)

LCN Capital Partners

MEAG Munich Ergo

Global Real Estate Select

Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Fundação Alfredo de Sousa

Lantia Group

Optylon Group

Nozul Algarve

Tax Tier 1

Based across the firm's Lisbon and Oporto offices, the tax team at PLMJ possesses broad domestic and international experience. Transactional advice is a key pillar of the practice, where the team is often engaged on M&A, banking, restructuring and real estate-related matters. Complex and sensitive tax litigation is also a central focus of the team, where it is instructed by domestic and international clients. Serena Cabrita Neto in Lisbon is experienced in high-profile tax disputes and Oporto-based Miguel C Reis is noted for transactional matters. João Velez de Lima, who is also based in Oporto, handles contentious and non-contentious work. Isaque Ramos recently joined from McKinsey & Company.

Practice head(s):

Serena Cabrita Neto; Miguel Reis

Testimonials

Miguel Reis is a lawyer with a lot of experience in the tax area. He makes a very objective analysis of problems.

João Velez de Lima is also recommended.

Key clients

Volkswagen

Philip Morris International (Portugal)

Iberdrola

Finerge

Bacardi-Martini Portugal

Generali

Galp Energia, SGPS, SA

RAR Group

Mystic River/Douro Azul

Future Healthcare

Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Offering the full range of advice pertaining to data protection and privacy matters, PLMJ is active across advisory work, auditing, litigation as well as regulatory issues. The team fields longstanding expertise in this field and receives instructions from Portuguese and multinational companies on a variety of matters, ranging from data protection audits to day-to-day advice in relation to risk management. Daniel Reis joined DLA Piper ABBC in February 2020.

Testimonials

PLMJ stands out in the national context for its track record in data protection and privacy matters, which spans many years.

The quality of the service provided, the personalisation, the availability and the proximity to the client are differentiating factors.

PLMJ maintains a close relationship with clients, and have a solid approach to matters.

Advice is trustworthy and commercially pragmatic.

 

The professionalism, commitment to the client and the quality of the work delivered coupled with a permanent update are factors that distinguish PLMJ, and in particular, Maria Abreu Ferreira.

Key clients

Microsoft

Quilaban

Pepdata

Groupe SEB

EMARP

Coindu

Minor Hotels

Empire Puzzle

Energy and natural resources Tier 2

The energy and natural resources team at PLMJ advises on M&A and regulatory and corporate law matters involved in companies' day-to-day operations. Notable areas of expertise include mining and minerals, fossil fuels and renewable energy. The team is adept at advising on offshore and onshore projects and energy infrastructure projects in upstream and downstream activities. Inês Pinto da Costa heads the practice and is proficient in the areas of energy, PPPs and private projects in Portugal and Portuguese-speaking African countries. João Marques Mendes was a new arrival in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Inês Pinto da Costa

Testimonials

The PLMJ energy team is very knowledgeable and thorough in their approach. The team will always go the extra mile, contacting the relevant authorities and attending meetings with key organisations, to assist us.

Inês Pinto da Costa deserves a special mention. She is extremely committed and provides efficient and prompt assistance to clients.

Key clients

Merrill Lynch International (MLI)

Energi Innovation

Total Solar

ElecGas

ENI Portugal B.V. / Eni Angola S.p.A

Ascendant Resources Inc.

Iberdrola

Finerge

Partex Oil & Gas Group

Chint Solar Group

Alrosa Group

WeLink Group

Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 2

PLMJ offers representation to the full spectrum of clients, from leading domestic financial institutions to multinational corporations in connection with white-collar crime, tax and social security crimes, as well as money laundering matters. The team witnessed a change in leadership after former practice head João Medeiros departed to VdA. Alexandra Mota Gomes, who regularly assists companies in compliance and anti-corruption matters, is now overseeing the department, which also counts Paulo Farinha Alves, who is experienced in criminal law. Pedro Barosa left the team in July 2019; he is now at Abreu Advogados.

Practice head(s):

Alexandra Mota Gomes

Testimonials

Alexandra Mota Gomes is an excellent lawyer.

Key clients

EDP Group

Asperbras Group

Rioforte Group

SUEZ II WATER TECHNOLOGIES & SOLUTIONS PORTUGAL, UNIPESSOAL, LDA

Parvalorem, S.A.

AMB3E

Barclays Bank

Jerónimo Martins

PSA Sines – Terminais de Contentores, S.A.

Manuel Jarmela Palos

Planning law Tier 2

PLMJ's 'highly efficient and professional' team is well versed in town and country planning issues and offers experts in public and administrative law, environmental law, dispute resolution, tax, tourism, real estate and construction. Large development projects are a key strength of the team, which is instructed by leading international companies and developers, as are related contentious issues. Team head Sara Blanco de Morais 'is the kind of professional who makes the difference in a big project; she is available, efficient, and all her interventions have a purpose'. Managing associate Manuel da Silva Gomes and senior associate Nuno Pimentel Gomes are also key figures.

Practice head(s):

Sara Blanco Morais

Testimonials

Extremely highly qualified services.

Sara Blanco de Morais is rigorous, gets to the point and answers all the queries; she then reassures you and your initiative that the firm is the right choice and the best.

Fernando Costal Carinhas is a young lawyer but he never gave us the impression of lacking experience; we appreciate his constant availability and obviously the quality of his work.

Sara Blanco de Morais is the kind of professional who makes the difference in a big project; she is available, efficient, and all her interventions have a purpose; she is one the best lawyers we have the chance to work with.

Highly efficient and professional.

Key clients

Elegant Family Hotels/Martinhal

Ikea Portugal/Inter Ikea Centres

Quinta do Lago

Vale do Lobo

United Investments Portugal – Sheraton Pine Cliffs Resort in the Algarve

Eunea/VESB, S.A. – Aldeia da Muda/Comporta

Universidade Nova de Lisboa

SCAI, S.A. (Grupo Champalimaud)

W.P. Carey, Inc.

Grupo SIL

Corporation of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Portugal

Galp Energia

TAP

ARDMA

JACKYL

United Lisbon International School

Capinha Lopes Consultant

Estoril Capital Partners

TMT Tier 2

PLMJ advises alternative telecom operators, digital media groups, private TV channels and major tech companies in a variety of matters, including contractual, commercial and regulatory issues, compliance and litigation. The department stands out for its expertise in technology matters. Jorge Silva Martins, who focuses on the tech and telecoms sectors, is proficient in internet, e-commerce and media law. Daniel Reis joined DLA Piper ABBC in 2020.

Testimonials

PLMJ has an in-depth technical knowledge of all covered areas and is fast to respond. The team is extremely practical on its approach to our requests and needs.

This is a team with whom we have been working for over a decade now. They know our business and customers very well and are able to give quick advice when required.

Highly business-minded team providing practical advice in an easily digestible manner for the business teams. High availability and response times.

PLMJ offers different interfaces for all specific areas. Lawyers have a strong experience and know-how which is very reassuring to us, as we always feel like we are in very good hands. They try to understand the problem quickly, make a thorough assessment and respond in a very comprehensive way.

Key clients

Microsoft

GALP

Tata Communications

Morgan Stanley Infrastructures + Horizon Equity Partners

SAP

IKEA

Piaggio

L’Oréal Portugal

Time Out

Hennes & Mauritz (H&M)

Portuguese Press Association

A2D Consulting

OMTEL

Hotel Urbano

Empire Puzzle

Observador

DNS.pt

Transport Tier 2

PLMJ is commended for its aviation-sector experience, but also offers expertise across shipping and public transport mandates. Aviation finance is a key area of activity and the team regularly advises on aircraft contracts, including wet and dry lease contracts, purchase agreements and aircraft maintenance contracts. Clients include international banks, operating lessors and finance companies, as well as foreign and local carriers. For shipping, the team is engaged on corporate, financing, dispute resolution and enforcement matters, in addition to public law, concessions, regulatory matters, compliance issues and contracts. The team also handles public tenders involving public transport services. Managing associate Nuno Luís Sapateiro, who stands out for his 'outstanding performance', is noted for aviation-related mandates.

Practice head(s):

Diogo Perestrelo; Pedro Lomba

Testimonials

Excellent professionalism, attention-to-detail, meets deadlines and has a great understanding of our business needs.

Pedro Lomba is a highly reliable partner and is always great to work with, even under higher pressure.

Very reputable and well-known law firm, both in Portugal and worldwide; the transport department (mainly the lawyers dealing with aircraft leasing, sale and purchase agreements) has strong knowledge, and very good background knowledge of aviation business.

Very skilful and well-prepared lawyers; their strong knowledge and a very good background on aviation business makes the difference.

Response times are next to immediate.

Nuno Luís Sapateiro has been exceptionally helpful and quick to respond and explain issues as needed from a Portuguese law and registration perspective.

The team is highly experienced and very professional. The firm has deep knowledge of the transportation industry and every topic related with mobility.

Very focused lawyers with a clear understanding of our goals and objectives.

Key clients

APDL – Administração dos Portos do Douro, Leixões e Viana do

Castelo, S.A.

Credit Suisse (Aviation Finance)

Aero Capital Solutions, Inc.

Estaleiros Navais de Viana do Castelo, S.A.

Eradus Energy, Ltd.

Mystic Invest, SGPS, S.A.

Pinto Basto Group

TAP Air Portugal

Air Lease Corporation

Macquarie Aircraft Leasing Services

Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras S.A.

Nordic Aviation Capital

Angola > Foreign firms Tier 1

Bruno Xavier de Pina heads the Angola desk at PLMJ; he has over 15 years of experience in Angola-related work and focuses primarily on foreign investment. The team - which cooperates with local firm BCSA – Advogados - has recently won a number of new clients, from start-ups to multinational conglomerates. Other key contacts in the team include projects specialist Inês Pinto da Costa, who has experience in infrastructure, energy and PPPs, and senior associate Ruben Brigolas.

Practice head(s):

Bruno Xavier de Pina

Testimonials

PLMJ provides us with very prompt and professional legal advice.

Rúben Brigolas and Bruno Xavier de Pina very quickly respond to our requests and provide professional and detailed legal advice.

Key clients

TechnipFMC

Huawei

ThyssenKrupp

GE Capital EFS Financing, INC

MATRA (SODOSA GROUP)

SODOSA S.A (Conglomerate, former Cabire Group)

Contidis

Unitransfer

Insulana

SUEZ – DEGRÉMONT SAS

Express Support Services

BayQi

Mozambique > Foreign law firms Tier 1

The 'very amicable and accessible' team at PLMJ maintains a full-service practice and has recently been particularly active in corporate and M&A and litigation. The Mozambique desk comprises lawyers in the Lisbon, Faro and Porto offices, and works in close cooperation with local firm TTA – Sociedade de Advogados. Miguel Spínola heads the practice, which includes banking and capital markets expert Gonçalo dos Reis Martins and managing associates Marta Pedro and Nuno Morgado Pereira.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Spínola

Testimonials

Very amicable and accessible.

Has very good experience in the sector and in the country.

Gonçalo dos Reis Martins is accessible, able and professional.

Key clients

Heineken

Multichoice

Standard Bank

Auto Sueco Moçambique

MAERSK

FNB – First National Bank

Siemens Africa

Kenya Airways

The firm:

PLMJ is a law firm based in Portugal that combines a full service with bespoke legal craftsmanship. For more than 50 years, the firm has been shaping bold and creative solutions to defend its clients’ interests effectively.

The firm supports clients in all areas of the law, often with multidisciplinary teams, and always acting as a business partner in the most strategic decision-making processes.

PLMJ has specialist lawyers that know the sectors and markets they work in well, and they maintain close contact with the regulators for each sector. PLMJ’s services are divided into areas of practice, sectors and desks, all with specialist teams dedicated to different areas of the law that work together seamlessly.

PLMJ Colab: PLMJ Colab is the firm’s collaborative network of law firms that spreads across Portugal and other countries with cultural and strategic ties to it. This network makes the best use of resources and provides a concerted response to the international challenges of clients, wherever they are. The firm’s partnerships within Portugal allow it to extend PLMJ’s presence from Lisbon, Porto and Faro to the Azores, Coimbra, Guimarães and Madeira. International collaboration is ensured through firms specialising in the legal systems and local cultures of Angola, China/Macao, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe and Timor-Leste.

The firm’s international desks know the idiosyncrasies of language and culture of the countries they work with, and they have a deep knowledge of the market, legislation and workings of the economy. Through multidisciplinary teams experienced in supporting and advising national and international companies and investors, the firm helps clients no matter where they are.

Main areas of practice:
▪ Banking and finance
▪ Capital markets
▪ Corporate M&A
▪ Dispute resolution
▪ Employment and labour
▪ EU and competition law
▪ Healthcare, life sciences and pharmaceuticals
▪ Intellectual property
▪ Projects and energy
▪ Public law
▪ Real estate and tourism
▪ Tax
▪ Technology, mobility and communications

Sectors:
▪ Agro-Industry
▪ Banking and financial institutions
▪ Distribution and retail
▪ Energy and natural resources
▪ Government and public sector
▪ Healthcare, life sciences and pharmaceuticals
▪ Infrastructure
▪ Insurance and pension funds
▪ Manufacturing
▪ Mobility, transport and logistics
▪ Real estate and construction
▪ Social Economy
▪ Sport
▪ Technology, media and communications
▪ Tourism and leisure

Social impact: The firm’s approach to social and environmental problems is inseparable from the firm’s professional work as lawyers. PLMJ want to help solve social and environmental problems in the community and the firm believes it is possible to add value back into society in parallel with the financial return for the firm’s work.

PLMJ’s social impact strategy seeks to expand its tradition of social intervention by giving it the greater consistency that comes from applying impact metrics and considering the external aspect of the firm’s actions.

PLMJ’s focus is on the well-being of its employees and on controlling the social impact generated by the firm’s activity.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partners Luís Pais Antunes / Bruno Ferreira plmjlaw@plmj.pt +351 213 197 300
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Number of partners : 55+
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