Firm Profile > PLMJ > Lisbon , Portugal

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

Banking and finance Tier 1

The ‘very dedicated’ and ‘strong’ team at PLMJ advised the European Investment Bank on a €300m risk-sharing instrument with BPI involving a credit portfolio of new loans to SMEs, and acted for REN and REN Finance as borrowers in the €150m term facility agreement with the China Development Bank. Both matters were led by the recommended André Figueiredo. Hugo Rosa Ferreira and Gonçalo dos Reis Martins advised CGD - Caixa Geral de Depósitos on its €800m portfolio sale of NPLs as part of the divesting plan imposed on the client by the European Central Bank. Bruno Ferreira ‘makes a real effort to understand the client’s business’. Rodrigo Formigal left to join Abreu Advogados in July 2018.

Capital markets Tier 1

PLMJ' team ‘sets a fast pace’ and is led by practice head André Figueiredo, whose ‘remarkable technical knowledge’ and ‘capacity to adapt to different contexts’ and ‘see the bigger picture’ set him apart. He advised the Portuguese Sovereign Debt Agency (IGCP) on the €4bn issuance of sovereign notes by the Republic of Portugal. ‘Solution-driven’ and ‘experiencedBruno Ferreira assisted MFS Investment Management, as target minority shareholder, in the takeover of EDP Renováveis by EDP. Gonçalo dos Reis Martins and senior associate Alexandre Norinho de Oliveira are also recommended.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

PLMJ stands out for its ‘ability to anticipate needs and goals’, is ‘always available’ and ‘exceeds expectations’. With deep private equity expertise, it advised Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5 on the acquisition of Empark; senior associate Rita Albuquerque was involved in this matter. The team also assisted ELQ Investors VIII and Omega Luxco with taking a stake in Outsystems. Other names to note are Diogo Perestrelo and Luís Sáragga LealTomás Pessanha and Manuel Liberal Jerónimo, who was previously a managing associate with the firm, left to join Garrigues PortugalManuel Santos Vítor is now with Abreu Advogados. Maria João Ribeira Mata is now with Miranda & Associados.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

The ‘swift’ and ‘efficient’ team at PLMJ displays ‘extreme dedication’, ‘cost-effectiveness’ and the ability to ‘simplify complex matters’. It is very active in international arbitration and litigation, and in a recent highlight represented Vidatel as respondent and counter-claimant, along with other respondents Mercury and Geni, in a €3.5bn ICC arbitration concerning a shareholder agreement. Pedro Metello de Nápoles is a ‘fantastic opponent’; Nuno Líbano Monteiro and managing associate Carla Góis Coelho provide ‘effective, simple and imaginative solutions’; Pedro Faria instils ‘security and confidence’; ‘outstanding’ managing associate Inês Gomes da Cruz is a ‘star of the future’. Of counsel Filipa Cansado Carvalho has a focus on arbitration. José Miguel Júdice retired.

Employment Tier 1

PLMJ is ‘very close to its clients’ and lawyers are able to ‘simplify questions and think outside the box’. Domestic and international household names instruct the team. Nuno Ferreira Morgado ‘puts himself in the client's shoes’ and ‘gets straight to the point’; he assisted Toshiba with the redundancy of its sales manager in Portugal. The ‘very competent’ Tiago Cortes assisted TAP in negotiating a five-year collective agreement with the Pilots’ Union (SPAC). Abel Mesquita and Oporto-based Manuel Cavaleiro Brandao are the other names to note.

EU and competition Tier 1

PLMJ suffered a blow when Luís Pinto Monteiro departed to join Garrigues Portugal in May 2018. However, the team remains solid and includes practice head Ricardo Oliveira and Sara Estima Martins, who are both highly regarded. It handled some high-value, complex matters, with one highlight being representing Volvo / Renault Trucks in damages claims filed in Portugal following an infringement decision by the EC relating to an alleged truck-sector cartel.

Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 1

PLMJ ‘impresses with its track record and experience’ and is valued for its ‘proximity to the client’ and ‘strategic view of matters’. It has roles in some of the most headline-grabbing ongoing cases, including representing several defendants in the so-called Operation Marquês, the largest pending criminal investigation into companies and high-profile individuals; and GE Power Controls, also as defendant, which is being accused of violating construction rules causing several deaths and injuries due to a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak. Paulo Farinha Alves and Alexandra Mota Gomes are the names to note. José Ricardo Gonçalves left the firm in February 2019. Pedro Barosa, formerly a senior associate with the firm, is now with Abreu Advogados. João Medeiros joined VDA in September 2019..

Insolvency and restructuring Tier 1

PLMJ gives ‘clear and concise guidance, showing good judgment and political awareness’ including in large, cross-border cases, such as its ongoing representation of Rio Forte in its insolvency. Filipa Cotta is ‘reachable at any time and always provides straightforward and pragmatic advice’. Nuno Líbano Monteiro is ‘a leader who knows how to manage his team’ and his ‘excellent network gives him the capacity to reach targets faster’. Managing associate Catarina Guedes de Carvalho is ‘very meticulous’. Pedro Caetano Nunes is also recommended.

Intellectual property Tier 1

PLMJ is ‘very selective and focused on what really matters’. The team primarily handles copyright and trade mark issues, but has experience representing pharmaceutical-sector clients in patent arbitrations. Highlights included acting for Tiger Coatings in legal action seeking the annulment of the trade mark Aqualac, which in Portugal is owned by CIN, and assisting the Gulbenkian Foundation with copyright and image rights of a digital catalogue of all the foundation’s exhibitions. Manuel Lopes Rocha is very regarded. Ana Teresa Pulido and senior associate Paula Martinho da Silva are the other names to note.

Oporto: leading commercial firms Tier 1

PLMJ adopts a ‘very international' approach and combines a ‘remarkable commitment to its clients’ with ‘common sense in the presentation of fees and time spent on each subject’. The team advised private equity clients on the acquisition of a qualifying holding in Outsystems. ‘Very professional and accurateDiogo Duarte Campos advised the main institutional investors in a judicial challenge to decisions by the Bank of Portugal regarding the resolution applied to BES. Manuel Cavaleiro Brandão is noted for his employment expertise. Miguel C. Reis and João Velez de Lima handle tax. Tomás Pessanha and principal associate Manuel Liberal Jerónimo left to join Garrigues.

Projects and project finance Tier 1

PLMJ' practice, headed by Inês Pinto da Costa, acts for contractors in a variety of projects in Angola, and assists clients with a broad range of matters domestically. In a highlight it advised EDP on the procurement aspects of the Salamonde II dam construction, which will be carried out while the existing dam remains operational. Diogo Duarte Campos and Diogo Perestrelo are the other names to note.

Public law Tier 1

PLMJ has seen the departure of Pedro Melo to Miranda & Associados in February 2019 but still fields an impressive team with strong arbitration and projects capabilities and an international outlook. Diogo Duarte Campos and Tiago Duarte advise the main institutional investors on all related administrative aspects regarding the BES resolution claims. Of counsel Frederico Perry Vidal handles international projects, including advising Sogec on an urban road paving and rehabilitation project in Senegal.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

PLMJ' team ‘does not waste time’ and ‘is very focused on clients' needs and very practical and straight-forward in finding solutions to overcome any obstacle’. It advised on real estate transactions on the buyer and seller side and on related M&A deals, portfolio operations and leases. It was also active in several turnkey projects, such as the Time Out Market in Oporto, for the Time Out Group, and a retail complex for Ikea in the Algarve. Practice head Tiago Mendonça de Castro has a ‘very good holistic overview, leadership and negotiation skills’. Francisco Lino Dias is ‘easygoing and friendly with counterparts without harming client's interests’. Rita Alarcão Júdice and Margarida Osório de Amorim are also recommended.

Tax Tier 1

Portuguese powerhouse PLMJ assists financial sector, energy and corporate clients with domestic and international tax matters, M&A, tax restructuring and disputes and is involved in complex and controversial matters, such as its successful representation of Meag Munich Ergo Asset Management before the ECJ and the Portuguese Arbitration Tribunal in a case regarding VAT assessments from 2011 to 2013 filed by the Portuguese Tax Authority, which the firm argued was illegal under EU law; Serena Cabrita Neto was involved in this matter. Other work included assisting the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) with drafting a multilateral convention to avoid double taxation and prevent tax evasion. João Magalhães Ramalho joined Telles de Abreu | Advogados in July 2019. Nuno da Cunha Barnabé left to join Abreu Advogados.

Energy and natural resources Tier 2

The ‘extensive’, ‘practical’ and ‘enthusiastic’ team at PLMJ covers a broad range of matters, including work in lusophone Africa as well as in Portugal. It advised ENI on its co-operation with GALP for the operation of offshore exploration and production (E&P) concessions in Portugal, and on concession rights for an oil and gas project in Angola. Manuel Santos Vítor joined Abreu Advogados in 2019. Ana Oliveira Rocha, previously a managing associate with the firm, is now in-house with Chint Solar.

Planning law Tier 2

PLMJ' 'proactive' team impresses with the way ‘it combines excellent technical capability with a deep understanding of the client, the environment and the impact of various stakeholders’. It advised W.P. Carey on the development of three student residences. Sara Blanco de Morais is ‘focused on client needs and brings an incredible insight to solve problems and provide useful and applicable advice’.

TMT Tier 2

PLMJ acts for an enviable list of IT and media-sector clients, having handled data protection, regulatory, distribution, and governance and administrative disputes. Daniel Reis is valued for his IT and data protection expertise and is ‘always available, with quick and rigorous answers’.

Transport Tier 2

In PLMJ' team, ‘everyone knows their role and that the purpose is to provide value to clients’. The large and varied practice advised Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras on the subleasing of two aircraft to Portugália, and Empordef on the sale of two asphalt tanker vessels to PDVSA Naval. More broadly, the firm advises on port infrastructure matters and on transactional work relating to aviation and shipping, such as assisting Pinto Basto Group with the divestment of its shipping agency operations in Angola. Managing associate Nuno Luís Sapateiro is the name to note for aviation. Manuel Santos Vítor joined Abreu Advogados.

 

The firm

We are a law firm based in Portugal that combines a full service with bespoke legal craftsmanship. For more than 50 years, we have taken an innovative and creative approach that has produced specific, strategic solutions to effectively defend the interests of our clients.

We are a full-service firm and we support our 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 always keep in close contact with the regulators for each sector.

With the aim of being close to our clients, we created PLMJ Colab, our 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 our clients, wherever they are. The national partnerships allow us 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, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tome and Príncipe and Timor-Leste.

We also have international desks specializing in Angola, China, France, Germany, Italy, Mozambique, Scandinavia, Switzerland and UK markets. Each desk focuses on a specific market and has a multidisciplinary team experienced in supporting and advising international investors. Besides knowing the idiosyncrasies of language and culture, these teams have a deep knowledge of the market, legislation and workings of the economy of the place where they work.

Areas of practice

Banking and finance: the team handles all aspects of the area including corporate finance, real estate financing, leveraged and acquisition finance and asset finance.

Capital markets: the team is highly specialised and covers all aspects of securities, financial regulation and corporate governance.

Corporate and M&A/PE: the team is consistently on top of both M&A and Private Equity league tables, and it has an impressive track record of advising on a full range of legal models for the acquisition of companies and assets.

Dispute resolution and arbitration: the practice boasts one of the country’s largest DR teams. The team has a vast experience in a wide range of areas, and this equips them to deal with all types of litigation and arbitration cases.

Investigations and White-Collar Defence: the team is highly specialised and has experience gained from the hundreds of legal proceedings in which they have been involved.

Employment, compensation and benefits: this practice has one of the largest teams in Portugal and their technical qualifications, background, experience and professional connections ensure all client needs are more than met.

Energy and natural resources: this specialised team provides advice on energy and natural resources issues to a vast number of top-ranking Portuguese and foreign companies.

EU and competition: PLMJ has the largest EU and competition law practice of any law firm in Portugal. The team is highly regard and recognised in the market as a beacon of excellence.

Restructuring, insolvency and debt recovery: the practice boasts an expert team able to provide advice in cases of all sizes and complexities, and in all phases from negotiations to legal or out-of-court proceedings.

Intellectual property: a highly experienced team, whose main specialisations include brands, industrial designs, patent protection, copyrights and unfair competition

Projects and infrastructure: PLMJ has been directly involved in the largest projects to have been carried out in Portugal, Angola and Mozambique, and this team has impressive experience in all types of projects.

Public Law: the team has worked on all the major public works and public-private partnerships projects, and has specific knowledge in fields as diverse as the road, port, rail, hospital and energy sectors in Portugal and in Portuguese-speaking countries.

Real estate: the team handles all aspects of real estate and corporate real estate, from dealing with every aspect of the disposal of real estate assets to structuring and negotiating a full range of real estate transactions.

Tax: the team is one the largest in Portugal, and all its members employ their technical qualifications, wealth of pertinent experience and academic and professional networks to answer all different types of client needs.

Telecommunications, media and technology (TMT): the team members have extensive experience in areas ranging from regulation of electronic communication, television and social communication and the acquisition and licensing of software to e-commerce, data protection, supply of hardware, outsourcing of IT systems and electronic signatures.

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Arbitration
Banking and finance litigation
Capital markets
Corporate/M&A
Corporate governance
Criminal law, white-collar defence and compliance
Data protection
Debt recovery
EU and competition
Employment and labour
Energy and natural resources
Foreign investment
Intellectual property
International projects
Litigation and dispute resolution
Private client
Private equity
Privatisations
Projects and infrastructure
Public and administrative
Real estate and construction
Restructuring and financial litigation
Retail and commercial licensing
Sports
Tax
Telecommunications, media and technology (TMT)
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Rita Alarcão Júdice  photo Ms Rita Alarcão Júdice
Ms Rita Albuquerque  photo Ms Rita Albuquerque
 Filipe Avides Moreira  photo Filipe Avides Moreira
Mrs Raquel Azevedo  photo Mrs Raquel Azevedo
Ms Carmen Baptista Rosa  photo Ms Carmen Baptista Rosa
Mrs Sara Blanco de Morais  photo Mrs Sara Blanco de Morais
Mr Miguel C. Reis  photo Mr Miguel C. Reis
Mrs Serena Cabrita Neto  photo Mrs Serena Cabrita Neto
Mr Pedro Caetano Nunes  photo Mr Pedro Caetano Nunes
Mrs Filipa Cansado Carvalho  photo Mrs Filipa Cansado Carvalho
Mr Manuel Cavaleiro Brandão  photo Mr Manuel Cavaleiro Brandão
Mr Tiago Cortes  photo Mr Tiago Cortes
Mrs Filipa Cotta  photo Mrs Filipa Cotta
Mr Tiago Duarte  photo Mr Tiago Duarte
Mr Diogo Duarte Campos  photo Mr Diogo Duarte Campos
Mrs Sara Estima Martins  photo Mrs Sara Estima Martins
Mr Pedro Faria  photo Mr Pedro Faria
Mr Paulo Farinha Alves  photo Mr Paulo Farinha Alves
Mr Bruno Ferreira  photo Mr Bruno Ferreira
Mr Nuno Ferreira Morgado  photo Mr Nuno Ferreira Morgado
Mr André Figueiredo  photo Mr André Figueiredo
Mrs Mariana França Gouveia  photo Mrs Mariana França Gouveia
Mrs Carla Góis Coelho  photo Mrs Carla Góis Coelho
Mrs Bárbara Godinho Correia  photo Mrs Bárbara Godinho Correia
Mrs Sofia Gomes da Costa  photo Mrs Sofia Gomes da Costa
Mrs Inês Gomes da Cruz  photo Mrs Inês Gomes da Cruz
Mr Nuno Guedes Vaz  photo Mr Nuno Guedes Vaz
Mrs Catarina Guedes de Carvalho  photo Mrs Catarina Guedes de Carvalho
Mr Nuno Líbano Monteiro  photo Mr Nuno Líbano Monteiro
Mr Francisco Lino Dias  photo Mr Francisco Lino Dias
Mr Pedro Lomba  photo Mr Pedro Lomba
Mr Manuel Lopes Rocha  photo Mr Manuel Lopes Rocha
Mr Nuno Luís Sapateiro  photo Mr Nuno Luís Sapateiro
Mrs Paula Martinho da Silva  photo Mrs Paula Martinho da Silva
Mr Tiago Mendonça de Castro  photo Mr Tiago Mendonça de Castro
Mr Abel Mesquita  photo Mr Abel Mesquita
Mr Pedro Metello de Nápoles  photo Mr Pedro Metello de Nápoles
 João Tiago Morais Antunes  photo João Tiago Morais Antunes
Mr Nuno Morais Sarmento  photo Mr Nuno Morais Sarmento
Ms Alexandra Mota Gomes  photo Ms Alexandra Mota Gomes
Mr Eduardo Nogueira Pinto  photo Mr Eduardo Nogueira Pinto
Mr Ricardo Oliveira  photo Mr Ricardo Oliveira
Mrs Margarida Osório de Amorim  photo Mrs Margarida Osório de Amorim
Mr Luís Pais Antunes  photo Mr Luís Pais Antunes
Mr Diogo Perestrelo  photo Mr Diogo Perestrelo
Mr Frederico Perry Vidal  photo Mr Frederico Perry Vidal
Ms Inês Pinto da Costa  photo Ms Inês Pinto da Costa
Mrs Ana Teresa Pulido  photo Mrs Ana Teresa Pulido
 Isaque Ramos  photo Isaque Ramos
Mr Daniel Reis  photo Mr Daniel Reis
Mr Hugo Rosa Ferreira  photo Mr Hugo Rosa Ferreira
Mr Pedro Sáragga Leal  photo Mr Pedro Sáragga Leal
Mr Luís Sáragga Leal  photo Mr Luís Sáragga Leal
Mrs Rita Samoreno Gomes  photo Mrs Rita Samoreno Gomes
Mr Duarte Schmidt Lino  photo Mr Duarte Schmidt Lino
Mr Miguel Spínola  photo Mr Miguel Spínola
Mrs Manuela Tavares Morais  photo Mrs Manuela Tavares Morais
Mr João Velez de Lima  photo Mr João Velez de Lima
Mr Bruno Xavier de Pina  photo Mr Bruno Xavier de Pina
Mrs Maria da Conceição Cabaços  photo Mrs Maria da Conceição Cabaços
Mr Vasco de Ataíde Marques  photo Mr Vasco de Ataíde Marques
Mr Francisco de Oliveira Martins  photo Mr Francisco de Oliveira Martins
Mr Gonçalo dos Reis Martins  photo Mr Gonçalo dos Reis Martins
Number of lawyers : 290+
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Contact : Luís Pais Antunes (managing partner)
Other offices : Porto
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