PLMJ > Lisbon, Portugal > Firm Profile

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

Portugal > Banking and finance Tier 1

The ‘excellent’ banking and finance team at PLMJ boasts a remarkable history of handling high-profile deals in Portugal, catering to a diverse roster of clients consisting of international and domestic banks, financial institutions and asset managers. The team earns further praise for its cross-border work and ability to handle a wide range of banking and finance work, including restructuring, securitisations, consumer credit and financial services regulations. The practice is steered by André Figueiredo, noted for his focus on complex bank resolution matters, distressed asset transactions, and NPL disposals. Bruno Ferreira handles a broad workload, where project finance features alongside asset-based lending. Key contact Gonçalo dos Reis Martins regularly advises financial institutions on a range of matters.

Practice head(s):

André Figueiredo

Other key lawyers:

Bruno Ferreira; Gonçalo dos Reis Martins; Pedro Siza Vieira; João Dias Lopes; Luis Miguel Vasconcelos


‘The banking and finance team provided advice on several projects. They were excellent, provided quick responses, great insight and availability. ‘

‘PLMJ is a leading firm in Portugal, guided by high quality standards, whether in the knowledge demonstrated, in the work capacity or in the commitment of the entire organisation (from associates to partners).’

‘I would like to highlight: Bruno Ferreira, for his general knowledge, leadership skills and strategic vision; and Gonçalo dos Reis Martins and André Figueiredo for their knowledge in the financial and capital market areas.’

‘PLMJ’s Banking and Finance team has extensive experience and the ability to find solutions, especially in more complex situations. Additionally, one of its main strengths is an extremely high response capacity, which is a critical success factor given the compressed deadlines we typically face.’

‘Partner Bruno Ferreira clearly stands out for his enormous experience and ability to communicate at the highest level with all relevant players in this market. He has an enormous capacity to act on the critical points of the transaction/negotiation, allowing us to find solutions that make it possible to unlock the progress of the processes.’

Key clients

CPPIB Credit Investments Inc.

Davidson Kempner European Partners, LLP

Cross Ocean Partners

Barclays Bank PLC

Goldman Sachs

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Apple Pay

Bank of England

Facebook Payments International


General Company

Elliot Advisors LLC

JP Morgan

Santander Bank

Haitong Bank



Morgan Stanley

BNP Paribas


Work highlights

  • Advised Davidson Kempner Partners on the financing of the acquisition of the units in several major real estate investment funds and of real estate assets and related capex and development investments by a syndicate of Portuguese banks.
  • Advised the committee composed by Mudrick Capital, Albacore Capital and Banque Pictet 0n the acquisition and restructuring of VIC Properties.
  • Advising REN – Redes Energéticas Nacionais, SA and REN Finance BV as borrowers on a €450m sustainability-linked loan provided by the European Investment Bank for investments in the national electricity and gas grid.

Portugal > Capital markets Tier 1

Highlighted for its ability to provide a ‘high quality service’, the ‘experienced and specialised’ capital markets team at PLMJ is well versed in the full spectrum of transactional and corporate governance matters. Counting Portuguese banks, international financial institutions and listed companies among its key roster of clients, the practice enjoys a strong market reputation for its work on IPOs, rights issues and takeovers, debt issues and securitisations. With an impressive track record in complex ECM and DCM transactions on the primary and secondary markets, practice head André Figueiredo regularly acts on big-ticket capital markets deals. Bruno Ferreira is skilled at assisting companies and financial institutions with large-cap deals and complex regulatory matters, while the ‘technically impeccable’ Raquel Azevedo focuses on corporate governance issues concerning listed companies. Gonçalo dos Reis Martins is another key name to note, recommended for his involvement in the an array of capital markets transactions at the national and cross-border levels.

Practice head(s):

André Figueiredo

Other key lawyers:

Gonçalo dos Reis Martins; Bruno Ferreira; Raquel Azevedo; João Dias Lopes; Luis Miguel Vasconcelos


‘Raquel Azevedo is recommended for her solution driven and extremely collaborative approach.’

‘PLMJ offers a high quality service, with an experienced and specialised team, and is always ahead of the market in terms of innovation.’

‘The team is made up of lawyers with extensive experience in various areas of law, who are always ready to go the extra mile to meet the needs of their clients.’

‘PLMJ is constantly investing in new solutions to improve clients’ experience, and is committed to providing a high quality, personalised service adapted to the specific needs of each client.’

‘The law firm has a team of experienced and qualified lawyers, who stand out in the national market for their legal competence, dedication, problem-solving ability and client orientation. I particularly recommend André Figueiredo.’

‘Raquel Azevedo is technically impeccable, very efficient and has excellent client care skills.’  

‘Raquel Azevedo provides an extremely client-focused service, with close monitoring and high levels of response. She has the ability to anticipate needs, address requests in a constructive, efficient way and informed by a high level of experience.’

‘André Figueiredo and Bruno Ferreira – what distinguishes them is their responsiveness, close monitoring of matters, and ability to deal with cutting-edge topics.’

Key clients

JP Morgan Securities

European Investment Bank

DK Partners

Deutsche Bank AG

Lloyds Bank


Pioneer Point Partners

US Bank

Gulbenkian Foundation








FCE Bank


ING Bank

Haitong Bank

Work highlights

  • Acting as legal counsel to REN in its capacity as issuer and keep well provider under the €5bn Euro Medium Term Note Programme.
  • Advised DBRS on the credit rating of a facilities agreement entered into between Finerge Europe Holding, S.À.R.L, National Westminster Bank PLC and a group of other financial institutions, in the context of the debt restructuring of Finerge Group.
  • Advising ING Bank on the subscription of €150m unsecured floating rate notes issued by Galp Energia.

Portugal > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Praised for its ‘client-driven approach’, the ‘excellent’ corporate and M&A team at PLMJ handles a steady stream of deals for a diverse portfolio of clients, both domestically and internationally. The team’s expertise is notably pronounced in the healthcare, IT, energy and infrastructure sectors. Diogo Perestrelo is well versed in the gamut of M&A transactions and privatisations, assisting clients across the energy, aviation, telecoms, infrastructure and transport segments. Leading the team alongside him is Duarte Schmidt Lino, who is noted for his wealth of experience advising on large and high-profile M&A, private equity and venture capital deals. A litany of domestic and international companies turn to Bárbara Godinho Correia for assistance with major merger operations, privatisations, and acquisitions. The ‘outstanding’ Filipe Avides Moreira  is lauded for his ‘professional competence.’

Practice head(s):

Diogo Perestrelo; Duarte Schmidt Lino

Other key lawyers:

Bárbara Godinho Correia; Filipe Avides Moreira; Guilherme Seabra Galante; Alexander Ehler


‘The corporate and M&A team’s client-driven approach sets it apart within the national landscape. We also value the emphasis that PLMJ has placed on building a company culture that takes different stakeholders and companies into account.’

‘I would say that what distinguishes this firm in Portugal is that it combines the personalisation of the topics covered and a large team.’

‘Excellent team, quick response and duly clarifying all queries. Good treatment, education and availability.’

‘I would recommend Filipe Avides Moreira is an excellent professional.’

‘I would like to highlight Filipe Avides Moreira with whom I have worked in different matters. I think Filipe is an outstanding lawyer due to his professional competence, and personal availability whenever needed. He has deep expertise in M&A and corporate law and is always directly involved in the matter at hand.’

‘PLMJ proved to be a very professional team, with excellent conditions to receive, monitor and advise its clients. It also has a multidisciplinary team, which allows us to provide professional and competent responses, even in the most complex processes.’

‘I highlight Filipe Avides Moreira is extremely friendly and available, with a great alignment of thoughts, approach and even style, to the themes that emerged. He was very professional and competent, and proved to be very knowledgeable about the matters covered.’

Key clients

Davidson Kempner Capital Management

Building Materials Ventures

A.P. Møller Holding

Bank of America Europe

E.I.P. – Electricidade Industrial Portuguesa

TAP Air Portugal

Ascendi Group

Minor Hotels



RegaEnergy Group

Sandvik Machining Solutions AB

FCE Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised and acted as lead counsel of Davidson Kempner European Partners in the designated Project Crow, which consisted in the acquisition of a private equity fund set up under Portuguese law.
  • Advising Galp Energia on the sale of the group’s 9% non-operated stake in Block 14, 4.5% non-operated stake in Block 14K and 5% non-operated stake in Block 32.
  • Advised Cegid on the acquisition of Grupo Primavera, a group comprised of companies located in various jurisdictions, including 8 companies with registered office in Portugal.

Portugal > Dispute resolution Tier 1

PLMJ’s robust dispute resolution team acts for a diverse roster of domestic and foreign clients, including public entities, non-profits and major companies from an array of sectors, including financial services, TMT and infrastructure, to name a few. The team earns praise for its ability to ‘combine extensive experience in litigation at a national level with a good knowledge of the issues associated with European litigation cases’; its wide-ranging expertise also covers domestic and international arbitration proceedings. With over 30 years’ experience in civil litigation and corporate matters, Nuno Líbano Monteiro is a reference in the market. Joaquim Shearman de Macedo, who focuses on shareholder, construction and insurance disputes, oversees the practice alongside Pedro Metello de Nápoles, a key name for litigation and arbitration involving governmental bodies, and ‘standout litigator’ Rita Samoreno Gomes, who fields an established banking and financial litigation practice and also takes the lead on class actions. Pedro Caetano Nunes and Carla Góis Coelho are noted for their strong performance in civil, commercial and corporate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Joaquim Shearman de Macedo; Pedro Metello de Nápoles; Rita Samoreno Gomes

Other key lawyers:


‘PLMJ is able to combine extensive experience in litigation at a national level with a good knowledge of the issues associated with European litigation cases. Additionally, its ability to work in English, allows PLMJ to be well positioned to advise international clients on cases in Portugal. ’

‘Joaquim Shearman de Macedo – technically excellent, incredible ability to adjust to the client and respond to their needs. In human terms, very affable and an excellent law colleague. Rute Marques – technical quality, proximity to the client and efficiency.

‘This team has enabled me to make the right decisions and refine my litigation strategy at every stage of the proceedings. This team is like a soccer team: always on the ball, ready to surpass itself to reach the best solution.’

‘Nuno Líbano Monteiro is the senior statesman, he is always on hand to fine-tune the litigation strategy, providing real added value in the choices to be made at strategic level. I particularly appreciate Pedro Caetano Nunes’s fine-tuned approach. He masters the art of pleading and the finesse of court analysis. No detail is overlooked.’

‘Premium service, talented lawyers, unrivalled expert knowledge of Portuguese legal and court system.’

‘Rita Samoreno Gomes – standout litigator. Consistently excellent and very thorough advice. A pleasure to work with. The team has a very strong group of associates.’

‘A well-coordinated multidisciplinary team, adept at tapping into tailored expertise and resources to deliver exceptional client service, merging efficiency with top-notch quality.’ 

‘Nuno Líbano Monteiro: excellent technician. Huge legal background, with great prestige and credibility in the market.’

Key clients





Volvo Trucks and Renault Trucks

Volkswagen Group / Seat Group

Barclays Bank



Credit Agricole


ComCast Group (Universal Studios, NBC and DreamWorks)

Bank of America

Work highlights

  • Representing Verdelago in CAC Arbitration proceedings against a construction group, regarding the breach of a construction contract for a real estate and hotel project in the Algarve.
  • Advising the Apple Group and its international legal advisers on a class action (targeting Portuguese and other EU consumers) and related individual actions.
  • Representing and defending Volvo Trucks and Renault Trucks in the Portuguese litigation concerning damages claims and pre-claims in relation to a European Commission decision (Trucks Cartel).

Portugal > Employment Tier 1

PLMJ’s accomplished team is a popular choice for clients seeking advice on collective dismissals, employee transfers, litigation, and contract terminations. At the helm of the practice, Tiago Cortes is skilled in the entire spectrum of benefits and employment matters, from individual disputes to international corporate restructuring, while Nuno Ferreira Morgado stands out for his solid credentials in non-contentious mandates, including restructurings, privatisations and M&A. Nuno Guedes Vaz chiefly acts for clients from the transport, pharmaceuticals, energy, and telecoms sectors. José Pedro Anacoreta offers expertise in human resources process management, such as international mobility and remuneration, while Mariana Paiva focuses on employment litigation and issues arising from acquisitions. Vitor Madeiras Rodrigues joined from DLA Piper ABBC in September 2023.

Practice head(s):

Tiago Cortes; Nuno Ferreira Morgado

Other key lawyers:

José Pedro Anacoreta; Nuno Guedes Vaz; Mariana Paiva; Vítor Madeiras Rodrigues; Marco Ramalheiro


‘Great responsiveness, mastery of subjects, proactivity and anticipation of needs. ’

‘Very efficient team with easy and pleasant contact. Professional.’

‘Nuno Guedes Vaz has unsurpassable dedication and knowledge in the area of ​​labour law and union negotiation. José Pedro Anacoreta has a very in-depth knowledge of the distribution business and is very competent and creative.’

‘The firm stands out for its proximity to clients.’

‘I would recommend the services of Tiago Cortes due to his availability and interest in monitoring matters.’

‘Qualities include creative and innovative solutions, in-depth knowledge of the client, and availability.’

‘It is worth highlighting the excellent work provided by Nuno Guedes Vaz and Mariana Paiva. They both have solid knowledge of the sector.’

Key clients

Accenture Portugal


Caixa Geral de Depósitos

Davidson Kempner







Work highlights

  • Assisted Microsoft in a major staff reduction.
  • Assisted MEO group in the negotiation and amendment of the terms of its health plan applicable to 30,000 beneficiaries.
  • Assisted APED in the negotiation of the new collective bargaining agreement for the retail sector, covering in excess of 100,000 workers.

Portugal > EU and competition Tier 1

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


‘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.

Portugal > Insolvency and restructuring Tier 1

PLMJ boasts a multidisciplinary, 'pragmatic and highly efficient' team that collaborates seamlessly with other practice areas, including banking and finance, tax, corporate and M&A, real estate, and public law, providing industry-specific insights for complex cases. The team is co-headed by Nuno Líbano Monteiro, renowned for handling cross-border insolvency cases, restructuring, and litigation for major companies; and Joaquim Shearman de Macedo, who brings expertise in debt restructuring and insolvency disputes, and often represents investment funds in insolvency proceedings. Showcasing extensive experience in the pharmaceutical sector, Manuela Tavares Morais excels in complex cross-border litigation concerning insolvency and the winding up of credit institutions. Pedro Caetano Nunes is a specialist in corporate and financial litigation, catering to investment funds, distressed corporations, and large insolvent estates.

Practice head(s):

Nuno Líbano Monteiro; Joaquim Shearman de Macedo

Other key lawyers:

Duarte Schmidt Lino; Pedro Caetano Nunes; Manuela Tavares Morais; Ricardo Silva Pereira; Rita Folhadela; Manuel Sequeira


‘The PLMJ team has technical knowledge and execution capacity that is clearly unique in the market. Based on this knowledge, they can support the implementation of transactions of higher quality than those that would be possible with other teams.’

‘Rita Folhadela did an extraordinary job through her detailed and proactive knowledge. Very strong negotiations, despite the adverse business context.’

‘Not only do they master the legal and regulatory aspects of insolvency and restructuring (whether for commercial, financial or industrial companies), but above all, they have an in-depth understanding of the economic and commercial stakes involved. The team is pragmatic and highly efficient, and their market knowledge is an undeniable asset.’

‘Pedro Caetano Nunes has the ability to adopt both a technical and pragmatic approach to any given situation. Manuela Tavares Morais has extensive experience and a thorough understanding of liquidations and the workings of the legal system. ’

‘The team shows strong knowledge in the area and availability.’

Key clients

Attestor Capital

Bank of America


Canada Pension Plan – Investment Board / Amitra Capital

Cross Ocean Partners

Davidson Kempner Capital Management



Oxy Capital

PIMCO Investment Management

Strategic Value Partners

Iberis Semper

Mudrick Capital Management L.P.

Work highlights

  • Advised international investment funds including Attestor Capital LLP and PIMCO/Blackrock Group concerning the insolvency of a Portuguese bank, with major implications and involving around €5bn in equity.
  • Advised Elliot Advisors, Silver Point Capital, Avenue Europe, LK Advisors, TDC Pensionskasse on their challenge against the creditors list issued by the liquidation committee in the insolvency proceedings of Banco Espírito Santo.
  • Advised the insolvent estate of ESFG on the dispute over the control of Tranquilidade.

Portugal > Planning law Tier 1

The ‘dedicated and extremely professional’ team at PLMJ stands out for its expertise in town and country planning, as well as in related domains like public and administrative law, real estate, tourism, and administrative litigation. The department is regularly instructed by asset management firms, funds and major companies in the energy and real estate sectors. Led by the highly regarded Andreia Candeias Mousinho, the practice boasts significant experience in urban development, complex planning and licensing issues. Key support is offered Benedita Lacerda, who specialises in administrative law, planning, public procurement, and related litigation proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Andreia Candeias Mousinho

Other key lawyers:

Benedita Lacerda; Micaela Giestas Salvador; Raquel Freitas; Diogo Duarte de Campos


‘PLMJ has dedicated and extremely professional teams that provide an excellent service.’

‘The lawyers are honest, responsible, professional and dedicated. Micaela Giestas Salvador has been tireless and exceptional.’

‘This is an experienced team that stands out for its specialised knowledge and professional excellence.

‘The urban planning and spatial planning team, specifically Raquel Freitas, Micaela Giestas Salvador and Andreia Candeias Mousinho, have in-depth knowledge of urban planning law issues and have proved to be a real asset.’

‘Micaela Giestas Salvador and Andreia Candeias Mousinho have a command of urban planning law and the practical situations that arise in this context.’

‘Good, hard-working and professional lawyers.’

‘Benedita Lacerda and Diogo Duarte de Campos are friendly, available, competent, professional, and have a wealth of knowledge.’

‘Andreia Candeias Mousinho has excellent technical know-how, and Micaela Giestas Salvador has excellent work capacity.’

Key clients

Acciona Group

Admar, SCR, S.A.

AGG Capital Management LI

Algarvelux Villages Exploração Turística, S.A.

Arrow Global Group / Norfin

Aurora Lith, S.A.

Ascendi IGI, Inovação e Gestão de Infraestruturas, S.A.


Davidson Kempner European

Eden Portugal I, FCR

Europi Property Group

Galp Energia, S.A.

Galp New Energies, S.A.

Grupo Sil

GSE Group (Confluence)

Incus Capital

Inspired Educational Group

Inspired Finco Holdings, Limited

LCN Capital Partners, LP

Mozambique Republic

Power & Sol Energias Renováveis, S.A.

Sandvik Machining Solution

Start – Sines Transatlantic Renewable & Technology Campus, S.A.

Stoneview Capital Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisting the Republic of Mozambique’s Ministry of State Administration and Public Service in the technical review of the territorial planning legislative package and urban land regulation.
  • Advising Aurora Lith, S.A., a joint venture between Galp and Northvolt, on the structuring of a lithium conversion plant project, including licensing and implementation at Parque Industrial Sapec Bay.
  • Assisting Start Campus in the development of the START Campus of the Sines 4.0 Project, relating to DK and PPP aspects.

Portugal > Projects and project finance Tier 1

PLMJ provides expert guidance to both Portuguese and international clients in project finance and development, covering a broad range of sectors from energy to healthcare. The team is under the leadership of Inês Pinto da Costa and Maria Zagallo, with Pinto da Costa specialising in PPPs and project finance in the infrastructure space, and Zagallo showing particular strength in advising both public and private entities on infrastructure projects in the transport, healthcare, water and sanitation segments. Diogo Perestrelo, who 'has a unique level of experience and is unanimously recognised by his peers', concentrates on energy and infrastructure-related M&A and projects, while João Marques Mendes is dedicated to energy and natural resources matters, offering advice on regulatory issues, project implementation, and dispute resolution. Joana Brandão's expertise lies in energy, infrastructure, and real estate projects, and Nuno Serrão Faria has in-depth knowledge of project finance and development in the renewables sector.

Practice head(s):

Inês Pinto da Costa; Maria Zagallo


‘We really like the approach that PLMJ adopts in all our matters, as well as the technical-legal quality.’

‘PLMJ is a law firm that truly provides full-service legal services adapted to the needs of both the client and the project. PLMJ teams combine the age of experienced lawyers with the youth of younger but no less capable lawyers, all of whom have technical skills that are markedly above average.’

‘Diogo Perestrelo has a unique level of experience and is unanimously recognised by his peers. He is a lawyer who knows all the phases of the project and who is able to adapt, without much effort, to the specific needs, whether of the client or the project, that have to be satisfied.’

‘Maria Zagallo is a lawyer who, despite being young, has an enviable CV and a clearly differentiating experience, especially when compared to other lawyers of her generation. A relentless negotiator, she always demonstrates mastery of matters, often anticipating and resolving problems, however unexpected they may seem.’

‘They have good expertise in the energy sector. The firm understands the needs of the client and fully adapts to them.’

Key clients

Altri Group


Ascendi Group

BCI – Banco Comercial e de Investimentos, S.A.

Cape Verde State

AEDL – Autoestradas do Douro Litoral, S.A.

Aer Rianta International CPT

Eco Wave Power




TAP – Transportes Aéreos Portugueses, SGPS, S.A.


Work highlights

  • Advised Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP and Pioneer Point Partners as sponsors on the START Campus of the Sines 4.0 Project.
  • Acted as transaction counsel for Incus Capital Advisors in the structuring and implementation of capital markets transactions to finance the development and construction of a group of solar power production units representing 150MW PV.
  • Assisted ReGa Energy with the structuring and implementation of an innovative project intended to produce renewable gases (green hydrogen, green oxygen and biomethane) from electrolysis with a renewable energy source.

Portugal > Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Praised for its ‘client-oriented approach’, the privacy and data protection team at PLMJ is a key port of call for large corporations seeking assistance with cross-border compliance projects, audits, data breaches, litigation and the data protection aspects of high-value M&A. Spearheading the team is Pedro Lomba, who advises clients across a wide range of regulated sectors, such as media, mobility, IT, online platforms, healthcare and AI. Associate Inês de Castro Ruivo handles a variety of data protection and data privacy compliance matters for major banking, TMT and energy players. Other names to note at the associate level include Marta Salgado Areias, who brings together expertise in IP, data protection and consumer law, and Rita de Sousa Costa, who handles complex audits and litigation cases.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Lomba

Other key lawyers:


‘From the Privacy and data protection team, I would like to highlight Nádia Ribeiro, with whom we work regularly. Nádia has in-depth knowledge of the subject and is always “one step ahead” in relation to the questions and problems that are posed to her. Nádia is committed and focused, and with above average dedication to her clients.’

‘The prompt response and experience of the professionals involved make the experience very positive.’

‘They possess a client-oriented approach to solving business problems.’

‘Pedro Lomba is a professional who is ready to dive deeply into the client’s problem.’

Key clients



Free Now

National Association of Pharmacies

Clever Leaves










United Investments Portugal

Tabaqueira (Philip Morris International)


DefinedCrowd (dba



Angola Cables

Work highlights

  • Assisted H&M with the identification and managing of a data breach incident, including the necessary communication and notification process with the Portuguese Date Protection Authority.  
  • Assisting the Impresa Group with all data protection aspects of its activity.
  • Assisting Galp’s Data Protection Officer (DPO) with data protection impact assessments and other high-risk data processing activities.

Portugal > Energy and natural resources Tier 2

Fielding a strong team that is highly regarded for its ability to cover M&A, project development, regulatory and dispute resolution matters, PLMJ is singled out by clients for its ‘in-depth and consolidated knowledge’. The team is jointly steered by Inês Pinto da Costa, recommended for her strong track record in infrastructure financing and construction contracts relating to energy projects, and João Marques Mendes, who maintains a broad practice acting for both Portuguese and international clients in regulatory matters, projects, transactions and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Inês Pinto da Costa; João Marques Mendes

Other key lawyers:

Joana Brandão; Nuno Serrão Faria; Rúben Brigolas


‘We really like the approach that PLMJ adopts in all our matters, as well as the technical-legal quality.’

‘PLMJ’s energy and natural resources team is characterised by speed and agility in their work, extreme concern for the client, but above all, an incomparable quality in the work they deliver.’

‘PLMJ is dedicated to providing exceptional service. They have in-depth and consolidated knowledge in the matters in which we request their intervention. Comprehensive knowledge of various areas in the energy sector allows us to provide specialised legal advice ensuring the best results.’

‘João Marques Mendes stands out for his in-depth knowledge of regulatory matters. For his willingness to always exchange views and answer questions.’

‘João Marques Mendes – efficiency; experience; technical capacity; client orientation.’

‘I was very pleased with the simple, proactive but at the same time very professional and sophisticated approach. João Marques Mendes and Nuno Serrão Faria always showed availability, flexibility and ability to respond on time and extremely effectively.’

‘João Marques Mendes has extreme knowledge of the energy sector, and at the same time an ability to predict or anticipate solutions, which adapt not only to the needs but also to the pace and maturity of the client.’

‘Very available, attention to detail, strong knowledge of the energy area and excellent quality of advice provided.’

Key clients

START Campus

Incus Capital Advisors




Energi Innovation





Work highlights

  • Advising on START Campus of the Sines 4.0 Project, which involves an investment of up to €3.5bn to create data processing centres in Portugal.
  • Advised Galp on the sale of its upstream operations in Angola.
  • Assisted ReGa Energy with the structuring and implementation of an innovative project intended to produce renewable gases (green hydrogen, green oxygen and biomethane) from electrolysis with a renewable energy source.

Portugal > Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 2

Fielding a strong team that is highly regarded for its ability to cover the full scope of fraud and white-collar criminal matters, PLMJ is rated by clients for its ‘legal acumen‘ and ‘unparalleled dedication.’ Counting former politicians, bank directors, financial institutions and companies among its key roster of clients, the practice stands out for its focus on administrative litigation before regulatory bodies. It also boasts extensive experience in handling corruption investigations, anti-money laundering compliance programmes, tax fraud and financial crimes. At the helm sits Paulo Farinha Alves, who regularly acts for clients in corporate crime cases, including embezzlement and labour crime matters. Managing associate Dirce Rente is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Farinha Alves


‘The team has in-depth knowledge of its clients’ activities, and the specific legislation that governs it. Obtaining this knowledge can only be acquired after long years of experience.’

‘My collaborations involving Portuguese jurisdiction have led me to engage with PLMJ. Their comprehensive understanding of Portuguese law, coupled with an intuitive grasp of the challenges I face has made them an invaluable ally.’

‘What truly distinguishes PLMJ in my experience isn’t just their legal acumen, but their unparalleled dedication to their clients. Their attentiveness, vast network of connections, and unwavering patience have consistently gone above and beyond, ensuring that both my needs and those of my clients are met with the utmost professionalism.’

‘The team’s availability, regardless of time differences or pressing schedules, speaks volumes about their commitment to excellence and client satisfaction.’

‘Paulo Farinha Alves has been one such individual whose expertise and professionalism have consistently left a lasting impression on me. What makes Paulo stand out isn’t just his exceptional legal acumen, but the holistic approach he brings to every challenge, an approach that effortlessly blends analytical rigour with a deep understanding of client needs.’

‘Compared to counterparts at other firms, Paulo’s dedication to his work is palpable. He has an innate ability to anticipate potential pitfalls, strategise proactively, and communicate complexities in an accessible manner. Beyond his technical skills, I’ve deeply valued his qualities of attentiveness, responsiveness, and patience.’

‘We have been working on some processes with Paulo Farinha Alves who has found solutions that have allowed processes to be concluded in a very positive way for society. His calmness and knowledge allows him to calm the most delicate situations by offering valid options and discussing the consequences of each of these options in a very clear and transparent way.’

‘Paulo Farinha Alves – technical knowledge, tranquility, availability.’

Key clients

TAP Group

Secil / Cimpor



Minor Group / Marinóteis


Somincor / Lundin Mining Group



Norwegian Airlines

Work highlights

  • Defending Henrique Granadeiro in the criminal case known as “Operação Marquês” or “Caso Sócrates”, in which several top-level Portuguese companies, high society individuals, bankers and politicians, including a former Portuguese Prime Minister, are defendants.

Portugal > Intellectual property Tier 2

Noted for its ‘knowledgeable, engaged and hands-on’ approach, the team at PLMJ is well positioned to handle the full scope of IP matters, including patent litigation, unfair competition, trade secrets, copyright disputes and trade mark prosecution. Its sectorial expertise is equally broad, covering the media, entertainment and life sciences industries, among others. Practice head Hugo Monteiro de Queirós is recommended for his focus on IP contentious matters, with special emphasis on the technology, mobility and communications sectors. Managing associate Inês de Castro Ruivo boasts extensive experience in the drafting and negotiation of contracts involving IP rights, particularly software licences and IT services agreements, while Vasco Granate stands out for his strong performance in arbitration and litigation involving pharmaceutical patents.

Practice head(s):

Hugo Monteiro de Queirós


‘PLMJ has a solid patent practice in Portugal.’

‘The individuals I have worked with at PLMJ have been knowledgeable, engaged and hands-on.’

‘Cross-functional knowledge that can be leveraged at any moment for any kind of legal request a corporation may require.’

‘Friendly and available team, with deep technical knowledge in their areas.’

‘PLMJ is a firm that stands out, above all, for the excellence of its lawyers and the value they add to their clients. They do not limit themselves to answering the questions posed to them, often adding ideas, suggestions and possible innovative solutions.’

‘Hugo Monteiro de Queirós stands out for his knowledge, availability and ease of dialogue. Vasco Granate stands out for his efficiency and technical capacity.’

‘The personalised service and knowledge demonstrated by the IP team is clearly above average, reflected in the timely and clear responses about the possibilities of action, complemented with practical advice supported by previous experience of numerous similar processes.’

Portugal > Porto: Leading commercial firms Tier 2

PLMJ stands out as a strong choice for a diverse range of clients, who turn to the team for its wide-ranging capabilities in corporate and M&A, public law, employment, tax, and dispute resolution matters. Noted for its ‘pragmatism and efficiency’, the team is adept at navigating complex cross-border deals. The practice is led by Filipe Avides Moreira, a key contact for companies from the infrastructure and construction sectors. Public law expert Diogo Duarte Campos, lauded for his ‘professionalism’, regularly handles contentious and non-contentious mandates. José Pedro Anacoreta assists companies with all employment and social security issues, particularly those related to employment regulation, litigation and restructuring processes. Senior consultant Raquel Freitas is noted for her expertise in environmental law.

Practice head(s):

Filipe Avides Moreira

Other key lawyers:

Diogo Duarte Campos; José Pedro Anacoreta; Joana Brandão; Raquel Freitas; João Regadas; Ana Raquel Frada


‘PLMJ is an extremely diverse law firm covering practically all areas of law. Our experience with PLMJ exceeded all expectations, which were already high.’

‘The PLMJ Porto team is extremely competent and available, quickly finding solutions that work for our needs.’

‘We highlight the team’s ability to give good advice and provide clarity of alternatives.’

‘The technical knowledge of Diogo Duarte Campos and Joana Brandão’s team is unparalleled. The answers to each client’s questions and specific situations are handled in a particular way, with tailormade solutions, and in an efficient and pragmatic way.’

‘Diogo Duarte Campos – his friendliness, professionalism and efficiency make him a professional of excellence.’

‘The labour department is extremely competent, available and client-oriented.’

‘José Pedro Anacoreta has solid knowledge in the labor area, and is a professional with extreme availability and capacity for practical solutions.’

‘PLMJ distinguishes itself from other law firms due to its pragmatism and efficiency in resolving the problems and questions put to it.’

Key clients

Adtechnologies, Lda. (Adapttech)

Altri Florestal


Crédti Agricole – Corporate & Investment Bank



HB Fuller

Neya Hotels

Porto Vivo, SRU

Schibsted AS – Lendo Group

Worten – Equipamentos para o Lar, S.A.

Quinta do Vallado, Lda.

Ramada Aços, S.A.

Mecwide, S.A.


Adzerk, Inc







Work highlights

  • Assisted Palhares Invesrimentos e Participaćões, SGPS. S.A. with the acquisition of 51% of the share capital and voting rights in MWIDE, S.A.
  • Representing Glovo in the first three actions that have been filed against the company, seeking recognition of employment agreements.
  • Advising DreamMedia Group in the context of a number of international public tenders regarding the concession of advertising in the cities of Lisbon, Porto, Maia, Vilamoura and Matosinhos among others.

Portugal > Public law Tier 2

The ‘excellent team’ at PLMJ adeptly advises a varied client base on public procurement, tender procedures, and related dispute resolution. Diogo Duarte Campos, recognised for his wide-ranging expertise, has helped high-profile clients navigate complex public law matters concerning PPPs and concession projects in the transport and energy sectors in Portugal and Lusophone Africa. Maria Zagallo is noted for her significant experience in public procurement, project finance, and concessions, with a particular focus on transport projects. Carla F. Machado is another key contact for public procurement procedures and regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Diogo Duarte Campos

Other key lawyers:

Maria Zagallo; Raquel Freitas; Tiago Duarte; Carla F. Machado; João Lamy da Fontoura


‘The team has excellent negotiation skills. The result of the work is above average.’

‘Diogo Duarte de Campos is very competent and very pragmatic. Carla F. Machado’s availability is unlimited.’

‘PLMJ’s public law team is extraordinary in every way, including the way it interacts with its clients, the strategies it proposes and applies, its technical and sector knowledge and, the way it defends the interests of its clients.’

‘Diogo Duarte de Campos is extraordinary in technical and market knowledge, as well as in defining and applying strategies, client support, and availability. His team, namely João Lamy da Fontoura and Carla F. Machado, are also extraordinary.’

‘This is an excellent team that responds immediately to requests. ’

‘Diogo Duarte Campos, Tiago Duarte and Carla F. Machado are lawyers with in-depth knowledge of the different areas of public law.’

‘An excellent team, very available, with proven results.’

‘The quality of the service provided is reflected in the availability, specialised knowledge and friendliness with which they respond to our requests and clarify our doubts.’

Key clients


Aer Rianta International

Ascendi Group


Cascais, Almada and Funchal Municipalities

Caixa Geral dos Depósitos



Grupo Altri

Impresa Group

LHEA Association for Lifelong Health Education

Microsoft Corporation

Nestlé Portugal





Elliot Advisors

Parkia Iniciativas S.L.U.



Manuel Couto Alves



West Sea


Siemens Healthcare

Work highlights

  • Advised the State of Cape Verde on the concession of all 4 international airports and 3 domestic airports.
  • Assisting Davidson Kempner with the acquisition of ECS’ restructuring funds.
  • Advising Elliot Advisors and SilverPoint Advisors, two international funds that invested in BES / Novo Banco, on their decision to launch an investor-state arbitration against Portugal.

Portugal > Real estate and construction Tier 2

The real estate arm of PLMJ, steered by Francisco Lino Dias and Teresa Madeira Afonso, delivers end-to-end solutions in the context of real estate transactions, including the asset deals and the disposal and acquisition of real estate portfolios. Lino Dias regularly assists developers and institutional investors with leasing agreements, build-to-rent models, and forward-funding ventures. Madeira Afonso, who joined in May 2023 from the firm’s M&A department, concentrates on corporate real estate deals and restructurings, servicing both national and international investment funds. Margarida Osório de Amorim, Sofia Gomes da Costa, and Rita Alarcão Júdice are no longer at the firm. Sérgio Teixeira, a key contact for investment funds, stands out at associate level for his involvement in real estate transactions involving domestic and international hotel groups, large retailers and real estate investors.  

Practice head(s):

Francisco Lino Dias; Teresa Madeira Afonso

Other key lawyers:

Sérgio Teixeira; Abel Barbosa de Mendonça; Sofia Nogueira Leite


‘The PLMJ team is a dream to work with. PLMJ’s ability to work with clients that are not accustomed to working in Portugal (or familiar with Portuguese law) is second to none.’

‘The team is diverse in experience, background, gender and age – we are extremely pleased with this.’

‘Teresa Madeira Afonso is quite simply outstanding. She is incredibly commercial, anticipating the needs of her clients and is proactive in the support provided. Teresa is extremely pragmatic and a lawyer you would definitely want in your corner.’

‘They have a great ability to help foreign clients overcome cultural and legislative barriers. Good service.’

‘Francisco Lino Dias is an outstanding lawyer. He is very dedicated and has a full picture of the transaction (not only the legal part), focusing on the relevant issues that arise in the transaction.’

‘The team has a lot of experience and can deal with issues in depth, but also with the pragmatic and synthetic approach that the business needs, which gives the client a lot of confidence.’

‘They offer multidisciplinary teams; extensive experience in highly complex transactions, in some cases occurring simultaneously in different jurisdictions.’

Key clients


Arrow Global Group Limited

Banco BTG Pactual

Barclays Bank

Bedrock Capital

BNP Paribas Real Estate

Commerz Real Group

GALP (Petróleos de Portugal – Petrogal)

Grupo SIL


Incus Capital

Inspired Education Group


Martinhal Group

Minor International


Nova Universtity Lisbon

Oaktree Capital Management



Santander Consumer Finance


WeWork International Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised LCN Capital Partners on the acquisition of a portfolio of Portuguese supermarkets, composed of 49 properties.
  • Advised Incus Capital on the acquisition of two properties for tourism/serviced apartments and an office building from Cerberus Capital Management.
  • Assisting Davidson Kempner with the acquisition of ECS’s restructuring funds.

Portugal > Tax Tier 2

Noted for its ‘excellence in the national legal market’, the team at PLMJ advises on the full scope of tax matters, including banking and real estate transactions, M&A, wealth management, estate planning, and tax litigation. A mix of blue-chip companies, Portuguese and international banks, family offices and HNWIs turn to the team for its capabilities in complex cross-border transactions. Practice head Isaque Ramos boasts an an impressive track record advising on transaction-related taxation matters in Portugal and Africa, showcasing notable experience in coordinating and assisting with M&A, real estate deals and internationalisation processes. Another name to note for transactional tax mandates, Dinis Tracana is well versed in cross-border deals, while Priscila Santos is often instructed by energy, industrial and financial services companies in tax disputes. Associate Carolina Campos Dias is praised for her ‘unwavering work ethic and contagious dynamism’. Serena Cabrita Neto is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Isaque Ramos

Other key lawyers:


‘PLMJ is recognised for its excellence in the national legal market.’

‘Carolina Campos Dias has established herself as a reference in the field of tax law in Portugal. Endowed with an unwavering work ethic and contagious dynamism, her ability to interpret and apply complex tax provisions, combined with a refined strategic vision, makes her a fundamental part of any team.’

‘The firm did a very good job looking for solutions that were compatible with the commercial proposals and with the needs of foreign companies.’

‘I work directly with partner Isaque Ramos. He is an excellent professional, very proactive, with innovative ideas (which is not easy to find in tax matters) and extremely efficient.’

‘Quality and speed in the response and support provided. Diversity of departments that deal with matters, which makes it a firm with a very significant scope.’

‘Priscila Santos – The characteristics I emphasise are her availability and professionalism. Priscila is fluent in tax matters and has a great deal of experience in tax litigation. She is always very friendly and relevant.’

‘The team is very capable at dealing with highly complex matters requiring international tax sophistication. They are also very responsive and business oriented.’

‘Dinis Tracana is knowledgeable, responsible and makes a real effort to understand our business.’

Key clients

Catella Asset Management

Davidson Kempner / Pioneer

Galp Energia


Live Nation Entertainment

Pernod-Ricard Portugal

Philip Morris International (Portugal)


ReGa Energy



TAP – Transportes Aéreos Portugueses

TK Elevadores Portugal

Work highlights

  • Advising Capgemini on the choice of the corporate model to be followed and on the tax and accounting implementation of the acquisition of Altran and the merger of the two groups in Portugal.
  • Advised Davidson Kemper on all tax issues concerning the acquisition of a large-scale portfolio of high-grade hospitality and real estate assets in Portugal.
  • Advising Pioneer Point Partners and Davidson Kempner on the tax structuring and implementation of a transaction which involves the construction of one of the largest data centres in Europe.

Portugal > Transport Tier 2

PLMJ boasts substantial expertise in aviation, shipping and road-related matters, servicing a diverse client roster featuring airlines, financiers, aircraft producers, and sovereign entities. Diogo Perestrelo is adept in transport-related transactions - including M&A and private equity deals in the aviation segment - and road concessions. Perestrelo heads the transport department alongside Pedro Lomba, who possesses notable expertise in transport and urban mobility law, especially concerning roads and railways. Saul Fonseca brings ‘great knowledge of the aviation sector’, ensuring carriers and other stakeholders meet regulatory standards.

Practice head(s):

Diogo Perestrelo; Pedro Lomba

Other key lawyers:

Saul Fonseca; Pedro Rosa


‘The firm is very reliable. The legal advice they provide is solid, and tailored to the clients’ needs. ’

‘Team of great technical and personal quality in what “legal aviation” refers to. They do serious and very competent work.’

‘Saul Fonseca has great knowledge of the aviation sector. I highlight the following qualities: seriousness, assertiveness, punctuality and efficiency.’

Key clients

TAP Air Portugal



Aer Rianta International (ARI)

State of Cape Verde

Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras

NAV Portugal


Groundlink Handling III

Crewlink Ireland





CCI International, Lda.




Work highlights

  • Advised the State of Cape Verde on acquiring its first military aircraft, a King Air 360 ER, for transport, MEDEVAC, and search and rescue missions.
  • Represented TAP in administrative offence cases before multiple Portuguese authorities including the Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC), the National Communications Authority (ANACOM), the Inspectorate-General of Agriculture, the Sea, the Environment and Spatial Planning (IGAMAOT), and the Data Protection Authority (CNPD).
  • Advised the consortium of Gabriel A.S. Couto S.A., M. Couto Alves S.A., and Aldesa Construcciones, S.A. on the contractual assignment to FCC Construccion, S.A. and Contratas y Ventas, S.A.U. for the West Line railway modernisation works.

Portugal > TMT Tier 3

Showcasing a strong track record of representing a diverse roster of blue-chip clients in the TMT sector, the ‘very cohesive’ team at PLMJ is skilled at advising on M&A transactions, data protection issues, IT contracts and administrative proceedings, among other matters. Steering the practice is Pedro Lomba, who boasts extensive experience handling high-profile mandates across the communications, media, tech, and digital sectors. Key support is offered by a strong team of associates, where Marta Salgado Areias is recommended for 'her pragmatism and accuracy in monitoring' of contractual, privacy and licensing matters, and Rita de Sousa Costa is noted for her expertise in the media, technology and data protection spaces.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Lomba

Other key lawyers:

Nádia da Costa Ribeiro; Inês de Castro Ruivo; Marta Salgado Areias; Rita de Sousa Costa


‘PLMJ is not just a law firm; is a strategic partner that has consistently demonstrated its dedication to our company’s success. Its distinctive approach to legal services goes beyond traditional practices, which sets the company apart in the national legal market.’

‘What makes PLMJ is its strategic thinking and client-orientated philosophy, as the company places clients at the centre of its activities, guaranteeing tailor-made legal solutions.’

‘Pedro Lomba has an unparalleled ability to deal with complex legal matters, which gives us confidence in his advice. He is a professional who is characterised by his capabilities in terms of strategic thinking, dedication to the client, communication and responsiveness.’

‘PLMJ is a very structured law firm offering high-level legal services ’

‘Pedro Lomba is able to assist our company with various legal matters (contracts, consumer law, privacy law, corporate law), working together with qualified lawyers and providing an excellent legal assistance.’

‘PLMJ has a very cohesive team, made up of very competent lawyers with in-depth knowledge of legal matters and market practices. Excellent knowledge in matters of personal data, which allows for a cross-sectional review of the contractual issues assigned to them.’

‘I highlight, in particular, Marta Salgado Areias for her pragmatism and accuracy in monitoring matters. The simplicity with which she can explain the most complex legal topics, even to professionals without legal training, is one of her greatest qualities.’

‘PLMJ’s TMT team essentially stands out for its vast experience and knowledge of the media sector, as well as its constant helpfulness and availability. The name PLMJ effectively lives up to the excellent reputation it has acquired in the national legal market over the years.’

Key clients

Impresa Publishing (Impresa)



Angola Cables




Eleven Sports

Pernod Ricard


Work highlights

  • Advising Glovo on the first legal action regarding the employment status of couriers working under the platform that has been brought in Portugal, after the presumption applicable to digital platforms came into force last May.
  • Advising as the leader of a €124.8m consortium for digital transition in Portugal.
  • Representing Impresa in all matters related to audiovisual media services, including advice on the launch of the first Portuguese-based VOD OTP streaming platform.

Angola > Foreign firms Tier 1

PLMJ is experienced in advising clients across a variety of sectors, including banking, energy, oil and gas, and sports. Inês Pinto da Costa and Gonçalo dos Reis Martins oversee the practice, and Pinto da Costa boasts deep-rooted experience in infrastructure, energy, and project development. dos Reis Martins often advises both international and local banks, financial entities and asset managers, on debt capital markets. Additionally, Ruben Brigolas is knowledgeable of foreign investment, corporate, and natural resources matters.

Practice head(s):

Inês Pinto da Costa; Gonçalo dos Reis Martins

Other key lawyers:

Rúben Brigolas; Renata Valenti; Nádia da Costa Ribeiro


‘The PLMJ team has been working with our company for almost 4 years and the most important thing to me was their availability to attend our cases anytime. They have a very communicative team that will avail itself to guide us in our various business transactions.’

‘Our main collaborator Rúben Brigolas is a very experienced lawyer who understands Angolan business codes, laws, and regulations. He was very clear and precise in his responses.’

‘Excellent service over 2 years involving a number of partners and senior associates, there isn’t a weak link in the team. They supported us on two quite different investments in Angola and were responsive, detailed and efficient.’

‘Ruben Brigolas was the senior associate on the matter supervised by Renata Valenti. Ruben is excellent, always responsive and clear, with a phenomenal turnaround time. Ruben bore the brunt of the work and operates at partner level. Renata was excellent as well.’

Key clients




Afentra PLC

SUEZ Group

Galp Energia

Jean Boulle Group

Recherche Exploitation Produits (REP)

Refriango Group

Sociedade Mineira do Kaixepa


Be Water

Banco de Fomento Angola

Standard Bank Group

BAI Europa

Banco Atlântico Europa

Work highlights

  • Advising Galp Energia on the sale of the group’s (i) 9% non-operated stake in Block 14, (ii) 4.5% non-operated stake in Block 14K and (iii) 5% non-operated stake in Block 32. The transaction has an overall value of USD 1 billion.
  • Advising BayQi on an investment round with Integrated Solutions Angola, Lda. to acquire a 15% stake in BayQi.
  • Assisting Recherche Exploitation Produits ON the implementation of its investment project in Angola.

Mozambique > Foreign law firms Tier 1

PLMJ effectively supports domestic and international clients in their Mozambique-based ventures and represents Mozambican clients in investments across other Lusophone jurisdictions. Active in the oil and gas, energy, natural resources and construction sectors, the firm offers a wide range of expertise spanning cross-border M&A, tax, and foreign investment, as well as currency exchange legislation, projects, and arbitration. Leading the Africa team are Gonçalo dos Reis Martins and Inês Pinto da Costa. Martins, who has significant banking and finance sector expertise, advises international and local banks, financial institutions, and asset managers. Pinto da Costa specialises in corporate M&A and has substantial experience in Mozambican infrastructure, energy, and industrial projects. Marta Pedro contributes wide-ranging knowledge of real estate, tourism, and corporate transactions within the country.

Practice head(s):

Gonçalo dos Reis Martins; Inês Pinto da Costa

Other key lawyers:

Marta Pedro; Nuno Morgado Pereira

Key clients

Galp Energia


Bharat Petro Resources Limited

Standard Bank South Africa

Banco Internacional de Moçambique

FNB Moçambique

Banco Société Générale Moçambique

Banco Único

Standard Bank Mozambique


African Import-Export Bank

Cummins Mozambique

Multichoice Africa


Work highlights

  • Advised Galp Energia on a USD 36 million project finance facility for GIMTL, granted by Banco Internacional de Moçambique, S.A., for constructing and operating a hydrocarbon storage and handling terminal in Matola.
  • Advised the concessionaires (Bharat Petroleum Corporation and Oil India Limited) of Area 1 of the Rovuma LNG project on a landmark USD 20 billion restructuring financing.
  • Advised Standard Bank Mozambique on various banking matters under Mozambican law, including recently representing the client in providing USD 200 million in term and revolving credit facilities to Vodacom Moçambique, S.A.

Firm overview: 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: With the aim of being close to its clients, the firm created PLMJ Colab, its collaborative network of law firms spread across Portugal and other countries with which it has cultural and strategic ties. PLMJ Colab makes the best use of resources and provides a concerted response to the international challenges of its clients, wherever they are. The national partnerships allow the firm 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, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tome and Príncipe and Timor-Leste.

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
■ Responsible business
■ Tax
■ Technology, media and telecommunications


■ 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
■ 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.

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Priscila Santos photo Priscila Santos Managing Associate
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Diversity and inclusion

For us, diversity means understanding that we are all unique. The individuality of each person results from the combination of different dimensions, be it previous experience, socio-economic background, age, race, place of origin and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical abilities, religious beliefs or whatever the environment that has shaped us as human beings. This makes each person unique and unrepeatable.

We believe teams that value diversity achieve better results. This is because diversity brings different and complementary points of view, skills and ways of working, which together enrich the services we provide to our clients.

We have a policy of non-discrimination in recruitment and promotions and we want to continue to increase the representation of women in leadership positions. Externally, we support initiatives such as the United Nations’ HeForShe and Leading Together, an INSEAD alumni association that seeks to advance gender equality at leadership level. Besides the important issue of gender equality, we are partners of the Portuguese Asperger Syndrome Association (APSA) and support its employability programme.

Impact investing

We believe that impact investing is the greatest opportunity of our times. This is because it allows us to respond to the major environmental and social challenges of our society while we build an innovative organisation – one with a positive impact that is adapted to the market forces of the future.

To activate this important strategic axis, PLMJ has established a partnership with MAZE, an impact investment company founded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. In this partnership we support a variety of key projects such as Maze X, a social impact start-up accelerator.

Pro bono

It is a long-standing tradition in PLMJ’s history to strive to help bridge the gaps that exist in universal access to justice and good quality legal services. Our pro bono work is a natural aspect of what we do and, at the same time, it mobilises our teams and has a visible and measurable social impact on the people and institutions we advise.

Our pro bono legal work includes:

  • Legal assistance in accessing the courts;
  • Provision services to non-profit organisations that support social solidarity and public interest causes;
  • Legal support for organisations that help resolve social problems, including environmental problems;
  • Provision of legal services to PLMJ’s own people.

Volunteerism and philanthropy

Our volunteering initiatives and programmes allow us to engage our people and respond to their need to act with purpose, while also strengthening our culture and maximising the reach of our actions.

We have a collaborative internal platform that aggregates all proposals and initiatives for volunteer work and donation campaigns that are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We want to support the projects that are really important and that inspire our people. That is why the various initiatives are suggested not only by PLMJ as an organisation, but also directly by our employees.

We recognise the fundamental role of the third sector and, financially or through donations, we support various non-profit organisations.