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PLMJ
AV DA BOAVISTA
EDIFÍCIO PASSEIO DA BOAVISTA Nº 21214, 407
4100-134 PORTO
Portugal

Portugal > Banking and finance Tier 1

PLMJ is a popular choice for major Portuguese and international banks, financial institutions and asset managers seeking banking and finance advice. Among its recent engagements were an increasing number of mandates involving real estate financing, loan portfolio acquisitions, project finance, refinancing matters and securitisations. In addition to its involvement in market-leading deals, the team is also active advising on financial services regulation and compliance issues. Leading the department is André Figueiredo, who acts on behalf of the largest lenders and investors in relation to financing transactions and complex NPL disposals. Other key practitioners include Bruno Ferreira, whose areas of activity include distressed asset transactions and financial regulatory matters, and Gonçalo Dos Reis Martins, who is a name to note for securitisation, syndicated lending and cross-border deals.

Practice head(s):

André Figueiredo

Other key lawyers:

Hugo Rosa Ferreira; Bruno Ferreira; Gonçalo dos Reis Martins

Testimonials

‘PLMJ has been a partner in several of our projects, demonstrating the enormous quality of the service provided. Our appreciation is linked to the high level of knowledge demonstrated in these types of transactions, both in terms of knowledge of the main players and monitoring of the evolution of the NPLs market, both nationally and internationally.’

‘Bruno Ferreira is one of the best in his field in Portugal able to mine the detail, but also to give a good overview and to refer to relevant market developments.’

‘We highlight Gonçalo dos Reis Martins, for his dedication and excellence.’

‘Best Portuguese law firm for banking and finance. The team understands the client’s needs and seeks solutions to problems.’

‘Business oriented. Always available and willing to take transactions to a successful and smooth closing. Gonçalo dos Reis Martins is extremely efficient and always achieves great negotiation results for clients.’

‘Bruno Ferreira and his team have demonstrated a great experience in structured finance transactions. They have a comprehensive understanding of the concerns of both lenders and borrowers and that eases the negotiation process.’

‘Bruno Ferreira is very responsive and has a great experience in structured finance transactions.’

‘André Figueiredo is a reference in the capital markets sector, who is always available and ready to help. He is versatile and is a great communicator.’

Key clients

Barclays Bank PLC

Goldman Sachs

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Apple Pay

Bank of England

Facebook Payments International

Citibank

Société Générale

Crédit Agricole

E-Toro

Elliot Advisors LLC

JP Morgan

Banco Santander

Haitong Bank

ANACAP

Blackstone

Morgan Stanley

BNP Paribas

GALP

ABANCA Corporación Bancaria

Work highlights

  • Advising TAP on the negotiation of the loan provided by the government, amounting to €1.2bn.
  • Assisting the European Investment Bank in connection with a guarantee agreement to be entered into with Caixa Geral de Depósitos.
  • Advising Banco CTT on the establishment of a partnership with Sonae Financial Services regarding the Universo credit card.

Portugal > Capital markets Tier 1

One of the top destinations for debt and equity capital markets advice, PLMJ advises on the full scope of matters, including IPOs, rights issues and takeovers, securitisations and derivatives. The firm has strong relationships with the market’s major banks and investors, international financial institutions and listed companies, assisting them with complex and high-value transactions. Recent mandates saw the team advise on the first securitisation of a portfolio comprising credit card receivables in Portugal and on REN’s first issue of green bonds. Practice head André Figueiredo ‘stands out for his impressive technical skills‘ both in the equity and debt segments; he is particularly active in securitisation transactions involving alternative asset classes. Raquel Azevedo is counsel of choice for numerous listed companies in Portugal seeking advice on corporate governance and regulatory issues. Bruno Ferreira and Gonçalo Dos Reis Martins are other names to note at the partner level, providing legal support in the context of securitisations and debt capital markets.

Practice head(s):

André Figueiredo

Other key lawyers:

Hugo Rosa Ferreira; Gonçalo dos Reis Martins; Bruno Ferreira; Raquel Azevedo

Testimonials

‘Multidisciplinary knowledge. Innovation. Ability to negotiate with the counterparty, anticipating tactics.’

‘The experience was very positive, with the team having to come up with a very innovative structure. PLMJ was very good in thinking of alternatives for every situation that required it.’

‘This firm provides excellent and timely service accross a diverse service offering.’

‘Raquel Azevedo, André Figueiredo and Hugo Ferreira are all excellent. Each of them is fully committed to each transaction, responds quickly and provides solid and helpful advice accross a range of matters.’

‘PLMJ capital markets team is extremely knowledgeable and experienced. They combine great technical skills with strong pragmatism and flexibility.’

‘André Figueiredo stands out for his impressive technical skills, deep knowledge of the legal framework and business-oriented mindset. He approaches problems with calm and great communication skills. He points out the risks clearly and his approach is always based on in-depth analysis, without losing sight of the parties’ goals, which brings confidence to the ultimate solutions proposed.’

‘Distinctive factors: focus on customised client service; solution-oriented, making all interactions efficient and productive; innovation, making all processes fast and with information and content clearly available; focus on impact and sustainability. I have never known a law firm as focused on sustainability as PLMJ. It’s a theme that breathes through all the PLMJ teams I’ve dealt with.’

‘Bruno Ferreira and André Figueiredo stand out for their ability to anticipate our needs as a client, for their ability to read our vision and goals, which brings a very rare alignment when it is necessary to reach solutions in terms of legal advice.’

Key clients

JP Morgan

European Investment Bank

DK Partners

Deutsche Bank AG

Lloyds Bank

KKR

Pioneer Point Partners

US Bank

Gulbenkian Foundation

Wells Fargo

Citibank

Galp

REN

Altri

Impresa

TAP

ABANCA

IGCP

UBS

Haitong Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised EuroBic on a securitisation transaction of a residential mortgage loan portfolio originated in Portugal by EuroBic up to the amount of €1.25bn.
  • Advised REN on its first issue of green bonds with a value of €300m.
  • Advised WiZink Bank, StormHarbour and Elavon Financial Services DAC on the first ever securitisation of a portfolio comprising credit card receivables in Portugal.

Portugal > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

With some of the ‘top M&A lawyers in Portugal‘, PLMJ maintains a large market share for inbound and cross-border deals and is ‘involved in most high-value transactions in the country‘. The team has the capacity to simultaneously handle multiple large and complex M&A deals across a broad spectrum of sectors, including energy, real estate, insurance, pharmaceuticals, telecoms and banking. Non-transactional corporate mandates also feature on the team’s workload. The practice is under the leadership of two lawyers: Diogo Perestrelo excels in M&A and private equity in the energy, infrastructure and transport segments; and Duarte Schmidt Lino has a great reputation for venture capital deals, acquisitions and disposals, as well as corporate restructuring. Bárbara Godinho Correia regularly handles major mergers, privatisations and private equity deals, and Filipe Avides Moreira is particularly adept in outbound and foreign investments.

Practice head(s):

Diogo Perestrelo; Duarte Schmidt Lino

Other key lawyers:

Luís Sáragga Leal; Bárbara Godinho Correia; Filipe Avides Moreira; Rita Albuquerque

Testimonials

‘We were advised by Lisbon’s M&A team on an infrastructure transaction. Electronic collaboration during lockdown worked very well with optimal availability and timely delivery. As a foreign investor it was a perfect service to understand the country’s specificities and be represented well in the negotiation rounds.’

‘Bárbara Godinho Correia is very efficient and proactive. Result oriented.’

‘Top M&A lawyers in Portugal involved in most high-value transactions in the country.’

‘Ease of understanding with the client and counterparty.’

‘Filipe Avides Moreira is recommended.’

‘Very close interaction and contact with senior members of the team at PLMJ during the transaction from start to closing. Extremely diverse team with majority of members being women. Strong local market knowledge and networks, enable a smooth running of transactions with different stakeholders ranging from other advisors to local authorities. Legal team members are commercially astute, able to lead negotiations with other parties, fully protecting their client’s interest.’

‘The lead partners on the team, Bárbara Godinho Correia and Margarida Osório de Amorim have given an outstanding service, always proactively working hard to meet tight deadlines and manoeuvre complicated and sensitive situations with exceptional style. Both lawyers showed full dedication and worked perfectly together and with the client, taking a senior legal advisor role, always bringing their incredible experience to good use. Their ability to manage difficult situations in a smooth way, played a key role in delivering the success of the transaction.’

Key clients

TAP

Minor Hotels

Akzo Nobel Coatings

Greenvolt

Ardian

Impresa

Ascendi Group

SCG Chemicals

Ford

Explorer Investments

Oxy Capital

Starbucks

Work highlights

  • Advising Akzo Nobel on the acquisition of paint manufacturer Titan.
  • Advised Blackstone-owned subsidiary Building Materials Europe on the acquisition of 50% of Maxmat by Sonae MC.
  • Advised Saur on the acquisition of the company Criar Vantagens – Águas e Resíduos (created in 2008 to manage Aquapor).

Portugal > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Demonstrating ‘outstanding knowledge of the Portuguese legal court system‘, PLMJ‘s dispute resolution group also attracts praise for providing ‘excellent advice in major cross-border litigation cases‘. Its recent workload showcases the group’s strength in representing public entities and multinational corporations from the energy, construction and infrastructure sectors in high-value arbitration proceedings heard in Portugal and abroad. Corporate and post-M&A disputes are other core areas of focus for the department, which is also well versed in antitrust private damages claims and financial litigation. The sizeable team is under the leadership of three partners: Joaquim Shearman de Macedo, who has significant experience in judicial cases and arbitration involving shareholder, construction and insurance disputes; Pedro Metello de Nápoles, a key contact for ICC arbitrations; and Rita Samoreno Gomes, whose major areas of strength include banking and financial litigation. The latter is among Pedro Caetano Nunes‘ legal specialisms, while Nuno Líbano Monteiro is highly regarded in civil litigation. Ricardo Silva Pereira, who brings together expertise in civil and commercial litigation, as well as restructuring and insolvency, joined from Linklaters in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Nuno Líbano Monteiro; Pedro Caetano Nunes; João Tiago Morais Antunes; Carla Góis Coelho; Rute Marques; Rute Alves

Testimonials

‘PLMJ advised and represented us in a particularly complex arbitration dispute. PLMJ team articulated complex themes in an excellent manner. I was impressed by the good articulation of teamwork.’

‘Excellent legal knowledge and great English skills.’

‘Nuno Líbano Monteiro: Huge legal background, with a network that enables easy articulation and accessibility with the entities involved in the processes, great national and international prestige. Very pragmatic and always in favor of providing an excellent service and with a favorable cost/benefit ratio for clients. Pedro Caetano Nunes: right-hand man of the department with great legal versatility. Enormous ease and clarity in the preparation of legal documents, in which he is a master. Carla Góis Coelho: In addition to her extensive and consistent legal knowledge, she is an expert in managing processes, helping and sharing knowledge and opinions that are valued by clients.’

‘The PLMJ team provides excellent advice for major cross-border litigation cases with outstanding knowledge of the Portuguese legal court system. The legal advice is provided in a very efficient mannor with a transparent and adequate billing practice.’

‘The team is perfectly guided by Carla Góis Coelho and Nuno Líbano Monteiro. Their legal advice is always appropriate in a timely manner.’

‘A young team, adaptable to the growing needs of its clients, with a quick response to requests and 100% availability.’

‘Rita Samoreno Gomes has an excellent knowledge of matters at the level of litigation.’

Rute Alves and, among the partners, Pedro Metello de Nápoles stood out. I was impressed by the ability to articulate all aspects of the process in factual and legal terms, to devise a solid strategy from a very fragile position. The mastery in both the written and oral aspects of all the details impressed me a lot.’

Key clients

Altice

Mastercard

Danone

Volvo Trucks and Renault Trucks

Volkswagen Group

Seat Group

Barclays Bank

Haitong Bank

IKEA Group

Credit Agricole

Melia

ComCast Group

Doric Aviation

Cimpor – Indústria de Cimentos

Armscor – Armaments Corporation of South Africa

Sporting Clube de Portugal

Work highlights

  • Assisting Volkswagen Group in the Portuguese litigation cases arising from the sensitive issue of CO2/NOx emission irregularities.
  • Representing three companies of the Mastercard group in an antitrust private damages class action brought by the consumers’ association Ius Omnibus.
  • Representing Altice in an arbitration case brought by Vodafone regarding an alleged breach of a joint venture agreement to construct a large fibre network to be shared by the two operators.

Portugal > Employment Tier 1

PLMJ’s employment and labour team continues to act for some of the largest domestic and international companies in employment-related matters. 2021 saw the team advising on a number of significant corporate restructurings, collective bargaining, redundancy matters, and court cases for major companies across Portugal. Competent across a range of sectors including banking and finance, energy, real estate, life sciences, tourism and TMT, the practice is considered a one-stop-shop for many. The practice is jointly led by restructuring, privatisations and merger experts Tiago Cortes and Nuno Ferreira Morgado. Nuno Guedes Vaz is a well-known name in the rail, road and air transport sectors. Managing associate Mariana Paiva is a key contact for retail-sector employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Tiago Cortes; Nuno Ferreira Morgado

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘PLMJ is an agile legal firm: prompt and supportive when the client needs, with practical insights and solutions. PLMJ can efficiently respond to the invoicing processes of digital clients and we can see they are equipped with tech-supported business processes themselves.’

‘Partner Nuno Morgado is always quick to respond to our needs, showing solid knowledge and experience, with straightforward, intuitive and practical approaches.’

‘Nuno Guedes Vaz shows in-depth knowledge and experience in collective relations dynamics, legal procedures and relationship with governmental agencies and authorities; and has assertive and gentleman-like manners.’

‘The technical capacity combined with the experience and wit of the partner who works with us in the area of collective bargaining. Absolutely excellent.’

‘Nuno Guedes Vaz: experience; intelligence; emotional intelligence; negotiating capacity and to anticipate problems and their solutions.’

‘PLMJ has in its team highly qualified and specialized professionals, flexible and able to support clients and find solutions within the scope of the management of their companies, always meeting or even exceeding expectations.’

‘Tiago Cortes and Nuno Guedes Vaz – Highly specialized, always available, deeply involved in the themes and focused on finding solutions, often innovative, for the client.’

‘Practical and up-to-date perspective of the companies’ questions. Knowledge of Union and regulatory dynamics. Interest in updating the legal analysis to the company’s needs.’

Key clients

Ryanair

Worten

Pernod Ricard Portugal

Grupo Trofa Saúde

Ascendi

H&M

Accenture Portugal

BIMBO

Cofina

BOLT

Work highlights

  • Advising Ryanair on the restructuring of the company’s organisation in Portugal.
  • Advising Worten on an agreement with Media Markt to transfer 17 stores and their employees.
  • Advising Pernod Ricard on the restructuring of its field sales team.

Portugal > EU and competition Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Oliveira

Other key lawyers:

Martim Valente; Rita Aleixo Gregório

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Mastercard

Glovo

Volvo/Renault Trucks

Grupo Bimbo

Tabaqueira (Philip Morris International Group)

Mc Donald’s

Coca-Cola European Partners

Ford

Ferro Corporation

TAP Air Portugal

Eleven Sports Network

Oxy Capital

Bayer

Diageo

Work highlights

  • Advising Mastercard group in connection with the first ever competition consumer class action in Portugal brought by the consumer association Ius Omnibus.
  • Advising Volvo/Renault Trucks in its defence regarding damages claims stemming from an infringement decision issued by the European Commission relating to an alleged information exchange arrangement.
  • Assisting Grupo Bimbo in a major PCA investigation regarding alleged hub-and-spoke practices.

Portugal > Insolvency and restructuring Tier 1

PLMJ is a go-to choice for debtors and creditors from a wide range of industries, including banking, pharmaceutical, automotive, IT and agribusiness, and its role on the market’s largest restructurings and insolvency cases illustrates its expertise in this area. The practice is also retained by private equity funds and investors looking to acquire distressed assets, as well as international clients in debt recovery litigation and insolvency proceedings with a cross-border impact. Nuno Líbano Monteiro, who has unparalleled experience in the insolvency of financial institutions and restructuring matters, oversees the department with Joaquim Shearman de Macedo, a key contact for NPL transactions, debt restructuring and insolvency disputes. Pre-insolvency restructuring processes and restructurings within the pharmaceutical sector are some of Manuela Tavares Morais‘s core specialisms, while Pedro Caetano Nunes is a name to note for insolvency of financial institutions and directors’ liabilities. Catarina Guedes de Carvalho left the firm in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Nuno Líbano Monteiro; Joaquim Shearman de Macedo

Other key lawyers:

Manuela Tavares Morais; Pedro Caetano Nunes; João Tiago Morais Antunes; Rita Folhadela

Testimonials

‘The relationship with PLMJ lawyers is guided by permanent and continuous information on the status and evolution of the process, in a realistic language, but above all absolutely transparent.’

‘Nuno Líbano Monteiro is highly competent and very focused on the law applied by the courts in different instances.’

‘To start with, I would highlight the security that the firm gives me as a Client. I feel that the matters have complete follow-up. Having a point of contact always available is extremely valuable. I really appreciate the flexibility of time for meetings and contacts, the exceptional mastery of information and communication technology, adapted to current times and to Clients, who, like me, greatly appreciate the use of digital tools for the efficiency and productivity they add.’

‘I consider the work and support of Pedro Caetano Nunes to be fundamental, due to his proficiency in legal matters, mastery of business issues/problems and definition of the strategy for the success of the cases.’

‘Highly knowledgeable and very experienced.’

‘All partners are very well connected.’

‘PLMJ presents a combination of scale and individual quality of its members that make it unique in the national scene. The combination of these two factors ensure that we always have an expert on a particular subject, always just a call away, guaranteeing a wide coverage of all aspects of the processes.’

‘Pedro Caetano Nunes is certainly one of the most brilliant lawyers I have come across. He combines a deep technical knowledge in his area of expertise with an enormous capacity for problem solving and parallel thinking.’

Key clients

Attestor Capital

Strategic Value Partners

Atena Equity Partners

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Portugal

Bankinter

Alliance Healthcare

Barclays Bank

TAP – Air Portugal

Bank of America

Iberis Semper

Oxy Capital

PIMCO Blackrock

Espírito Santo Financial Group (ESFG), Insolvent Estate

Rio Forte Investments (Luxembourg) and Subsidiaries, Insolvent Estate

Work highlights

  • Advising international investment funds, notably Attestor Capital and PIMCO/Blackrock Group, in the most significant recent insolvency of a Portuguese bank.
  • Acting for AHC (ad hoc committee composed by Strategic Value Partners, Cross Ocean Partners and Bank of Ireland) on the litigation and insolvency strategy to recover the debts owed by two highway concessionaires.
  • Assisting EIP in a restructuring procedure in the context of a transaction between Iberis Semper and Visabeira group regarding the EIP conglomerate.

Portugal > Projects and project finance Tier 1

The projects practice at PLMJ is best known for its broad capabilities in the project finance, development and M&A fields. The team acts for a variety of Portuguese and international players in the private and public sectors seeking advice on major projects involving motorways, railways, energy and infrastructure, in Portugal and abroad, namely Angola and Mozambique. Co-chair Inês Pinto da Costa specialises in project finance, PPPs and the development of infrastructure projects in Portuguese-speaking African countries. Fellow co-head Maria Zagallo – the former head of the Portuguese PPP Unit (UTAP) – joined the team in March 2021; she reinforces the team’s experience in public procurement, concessions and administrative law. João Marques Mendes focuses on energy projects; Diogo Perestrelo has in-depth knowledge of M&A in the infrastructure sector; and Diogo Duarte Campos is noted for his track record in construction and concession projects in Portuguese-speaking countries.

Practice head(s):

Inês Pinto da Costa; Maria Zagallo

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Hands-on team, with a clear understanding of the Energy market.’

‘João Marques Mendes and Inês Pinto da Costa are excellent professionals.’

‘I’d highlight the ability to respond quickly to challenges, professionally and intensively.’

‘João Marques Mendes has excellent knowledge of the market and regulatory context and an excellent strategic capacity. Inês Pinto da Costa has a great ability to analyse, explain and produce concrete recommendations.’

Key clients

Altri Group

Ardian

Ascendi Group

Banco de Sabadell

BCI – Banco Comercial e de Investimentos

Cabo Verde State

Enerparc

TAP – Transportes Aéreos Portugueses

Total Solar

Welink Energy

ENGIE

Galp

Eco Wave Power

Work highlights

  • Advising Davidson Kempner Capital Management and Pioneer Point Partners on the Sines 4.0 Project, one of the largest foreign investments ever made in Portugal.
  • Assisting Cimpor and Secil in an arbitration lawsuit that was filed against them by a contractor.
  • Advising ECO Wave Power on the implementation of an innovative wave energy project in Portugal.

Portugal > Real estate and construction Tier 1

PLMJ‘s real estate and construction practice assists international and domestic clients regarding their real estate projects and developments within Portugal, Lusophone jurisdictions, and elsewhere overseas. The team has both breadth and depth in terms of practitioners, covering a wide range of expertise for an incredibly diverse portfolio in corporate real estate, construction and transactional projects, with a particular strength in development projects. Rita Alarcão Júdice spearheads the practice, and principally focuses on advising domestic and foreign investor clients on project development, portfolio sales, and acquisitions in the retail, office and tourism sub-sectors. Francisco Lino Dias co-leads the practice and is sought out by institutional investors, investment funds, private equity firms and developers in sale and purchases, leases and forward funding operations. Sofia Gomes da Costa is also a key member of the practice, focusing on cross-border transactions and structured finance for large property portfolios. Margarida Osório de Amorim is a tourism industry expert, adept in all phases of related real-estate investments. Managing associates Abel de Barbosa Mendonça and Sofia Coutinho are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Rita Alarcão Júdice; Francisco Lino Dias

Other key lawyers:

Sofia Gomes da Costa; Margarida Osório de Amorim; Abel de Barbosa Mendonça; Sofia Coutinho

Testimonials

‘The real estate team is active, dynamic and responsive. It brings together all the skills needed to respond to the most complex requests.’

‘Rita Júdice’s most valued qualities are the ability to find solutions and negotiation. She combines technical skills with other strong behavioural skills, such as knowing how to listen, empathy and a human approach.’

‘Young but extremely dedicated and professional team. Excellent articulation between the different partners to address more specific issues that emerged at the beginning of the pandemic and which we did not usually deal with – efficiently, despite all being confined and not knowing people personally, and with a sense of mission/client support.’

‘Margarida Osório de Amorim and Teresa Madeira Afonso are very commercial minded, with significant experience in the sectors (in particular tourism and real estate). Easy approach, flexibility in the type of work and fees.’

‘Excellent market knowledge and understanding of needs. Very responsive partner and team members of PLMJ.’

‘People come first and there is a strong personal and professional empathy, facilitating the day-to-day work. In the professional and market context, I hardly came across partners so capable of understanding the “real estate business and its commercial side” always finding solutions in the legal framework, to accommodate business structures either with tenants, sellers or contractors who sometimes can be complex or quite creative.’

‘Sofia Gomes da Costa and Sofia Coutinho, and I will say that it is the best pair I have come across at PLMJ, being that Sofia Gomes da Costa has always been super professional and efficient, she has an associate who is up to the challenge, showing clear signs of evolution in which I foresee a sustained professional growth in her unquestionable abilities.’

‘Francisco Lino Dias and Abel Mendoza make a great team supported by other junior lawyers in their team. They are quick to respond and have never let us down.’

Key clients

Minor International

United Investments Portugal

Elegant Offices

Cerberus European Investments

Universidade Nova De Lisboa

Fundação Alfredo de Sousa

H&M

Barclays Bank

Incus Capital Advisors

Blackstone Group

BNP Paribas Real Estate

Promiris

Mornington Capital

MEAG

WP Carey

Solyd

Oaktree

Invesco Real Estate

Principal Real Estate

Banco BTG Pactual

Logicor Group

Davidson Kempner

Commerz Real Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Minor Hotels on the disposal of the hotels Tivoli Vilamoura Marinotel and Tivoli Carvoeiro by means of a share deal worth over  €148m.
  • Advising Universidade Nova de Lisboa on the Innovation District project which aims to create a new global and sustainable city in Almada.
  • Advising Cerberus European Investments on the acquisition of a portfolio of real estate assets located in Lisbon from Fidelidade – Companhia de Seguros.

Portugal > Tax Tier 1

Highly reputable firm‘ PLMJ houses an ‘extremely professional team with extensive experience in tax matters‘. Its practitioners are seen with great regularity handling the tax implications of myriad market-leading deals for a huge variety of clients, including blue-chip companies, banks and high-profile family offices. On the non-contentious side, the practice is particularly seasoned in cross-border corporate restructuring, private equity, M&A, banking and real estate deals, as well as international wealth planning. High-profile tax litigation is another area of focus for the team. In Lisbon, practice head Serena Cabrita Neto ‘stands out for her knowledge‘, ‘especially in the area of tax litigation‘. Singled out for his transactional tax expertise, Isaque Ramos is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Serena Cabrita Neto

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘PLMJ’s team is exceptional. It is a partnership, and a department that anticipates client needs, gets involved in their business, and manages to be an effective business partner. PLMJ, and its tax team, manages to bring innovative solutions, even in delicate contexts and with tight deadlines, decisively contributing to the creation of value for its clients. Serena Cabrita and her team are agile, 100% available, and always committed to the result to be achieved.’

‘Serena Cabrita stands out for her knowledge, “outside the box” thinking, involvement in defining strategy, and personal values that she always demonstrates.’

‘Highly reputable firm with an extremely professional team with extensive experience in tax matters. It is a team that is always available, providing the support sought by the client in a very efficient, timely and assertive way. The services provided by the team are of high quality and rigour. The team establishes a relationship of trust and proximity with the client. Whenever it is necessary to involve other areas of specialisation, other teams are quickly involved, demonstrating the expected professionalism and support in different matters.’

‘Particular recommendation for Serena Neto. Very professional lawyer with in-depth knowledge of the matters. We also value her availability, supporting the various questions asked on time and without any delay in the agreed deadlines. Also noteworthy is the extreme friendliness, proximity and trust that are established with the client.’

‘PLMJ stands out for its great capacity to adapt to the client’s needs, but even more importantly for anticipating the best option for the client, as a result of the in-depth knowledge it has and invests in its relationship with the client.’

‘Serena Cabrita Neto embodies what PLMJ is: dedication, determination, great professionalism, competence, always exceeding the set goals, sympathy and empathy,’

‘As strengths, I highlight the knowledge of the matters, the speed of response, the decoding of information for the client who is outside of the legal world and, most important of all, the very dedicated follow-up on matters.’

‘PLMJ’s tax team has an in-depth knowledge of all areas of tax law, providing its clients with solutions to the issues in which they are called to intervene. They have a unique experience in various sectors of activity. Serena Neto – Strong and recognised expertise in all areas of law, especially in the area of tax litigation. Available, empathetic, professional and ethical rigour.’

Key clients

Galp Energia

Philip Morris International (Portugal)

Iberdrola

TAP – Transportes Aéreos Portugueses

Capgemini

Pernod-Ricard Portugal

Finerge

Haitong Bank

H.B. Fuller

Montepio Crédito

Ach Brito & CA

David Kempner / Pioneer

Sofarma

Work highlights

  • Advising Iberdrola on several intra-group tax issues involving the client’s branch which is managing the construction and development of three dams and hydroelectric power plants in Portugal.
  • Advising TAP on a complex transaction for the granting of state aid.
  • Advising RWE on the sale of a portfolio of 19 small-scale hydropower stations in France as well its Portuguese onshore wind interests to KELAG, an Austrian energy utility company.

Portugal > Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

PLMJ provides high-level advice to a range of Portuguese and international clients in relation to data protection audits and day-to-day matters involving privacy risks and their implications. Companies operating in the healthcare, technology, insurance, financial and media sectors also turn to the team for assistance with cloud computing issues, international data transfers, data processing agreements, data breaches and litigation. Department head Pedro Lomba is seasoned in regulated sectors undergoing technological transformation. Marta Salgado Areias is also active in the practice, advising clients from the telecoms, insurance, retail and financial sectors in privacy and data protection matters.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Lomba

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Transversal knowledge of the sector and accumulated experience.’

‘Pedro Lomba is recommended.’

Key clients

Microsoft

Minor Hotels

Free Now

National Association of Pharmacies

Clever Leaves

Mazda

Ford

Merck

Impresa

Herbalife

Glovo

Moongy (ex-HIQ Consulting)

Pernod Ricard

Starcampus

United Investments Portugal

Tabaqueira (Philip Morris International)

H&M

DefinedCrowd

Compara já

Work highlights

  • Advised Banco CTT on data protection matters in the context of the partnership with Sonae Financial Services in relation to the Universo card.
  • Assisting Starcampus in the implementation of the innovative hyperscale data centres in Sines.
  • Regularly assisting the fashion and retail company Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) in data protection matters.

Portugal > Energy and natural resources Tier 2

PLMJ is sought after by several clients, including some of the largest energy utilities and companies operating in Portugal, involved in landmark deals in the energy and infrastructure sector. Its broad service offering covers M&A, dispute resolution, contentious matters and projects in Portugal and Africa. Inês Pinto da Costa‘s notable areas of practice include PPP projects and construction contracts relating to energy. She leads the team with João Marques Mendes, whose ‘excellent experience in the area of public law and administrative litigation make him one of the few lawyers in Portugal that is really complete in the energy sector‘. Practitioners to note at the associate level include Joana Brandão, who often acts for investors in renewable energy generation projects, and Rúben Brigolas, who has substantial experience in Portuguese-speaking African countries.

Practice head(s):

Inês Pinto da Costa; João Marques Mendes

Other key lawyers:

Joana Brandão; Ruben Brigolas; Nuno Serrão Faria

Testimonials

‘Our experience with the PLMJ team in the energy area has been excellent and fully fulfilled our expectations. Our direct contact is João Marques Mendes. Among the various firms we consulted, PLMJ is the one with the greatest commercial proximity, and above all, the one with the greatest knowledge of the best international practices in the sector.’

‘João Marques Mendes proved to be a very competent legal advisor, with knowledge of the energy sector and market.’

‘João Marques Mendes is an excellent lawyer who knows the Energy sector very well, not only from a legal point of view, but also from a technical perspective.’

‘PLMJ’s Department of Energy and Natural Resources stands out for having a young, very dynamic team, but already with extensive experience in the sector, and in-depth knowledge of legal, technical and economic aspects.’

‘I really appreciate working with PLMJ for the rigour, competence and attention/care given by lawyers to the matters entrusted to them. The analysis is always very rigorous and clear and within the deadline requested.’

‘I would like to highlight João Marques Mendes for his extensive knowledge of the energy sector, which combined with his excellent experience in the area of public law and administrative litigation make him one of the few lawyers in Portugal that is really complete in the energy sector, which allows us to feel full confidence whenever we hire them.’

‘Rúben Brigolas is full of professional qualities, very motivated and always available.’

‘Great flexibility in understanding the client’s problems and framing the correct solution from a legislative point of view.’

Key clients

Banco de Sabadell

DK Partners

Pioneer Point Partners

Galp Energia

Endesa

REN – Redes Energéticas Nacionais

Enerparc

ENGIE

RWE

Prio Bio

Eco Wave Power

Welink

Work highlights

  • Advised BNP Paribas and CaixaBank regarding the Initial Public Offering launched by Greenvolt.
  • Advising RWE in a multi-jurisdictional sale of a wind and hydro portfolio in Europe.
  • Advising DK and PPP on the Sines 4.0 Project, one of the largest foreign investments ever made in Portugal.

Portugal > Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 2

Forming part of the firm’s criminal law and compliance teams, PLMJ‘s white-collar and corporate crime practice represents a broad spectrum of clients, including Portuguese and international financial institutions, corporations and individuals. Heavily involved in administrative and regulatory matters, the team’s experience also covers cybercrime, tax and social security crime, money laundering and bribery, cryptocurrency, environment and data protection matters. Criminal law and compliance expert Paulo Farinha Alves leads the practice. Managing associate Dirce Rente is also highly recommended, particularly for corporate and banking criminal matters.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Farinha Alves

Other key lawyers:

Direce Rente; Nuno Líbano Monteiro

Testimonials

‘I’d highlight the level of availability, involvement and technical knowledge of  Paulo Farinha Alves and his team. The process had a very favorable outcome for our company and this success is largely due to the excellent performance of Paulo Farinha Alves and his team. For our part, we couldn’t be more satisfied.’

‘I had the opportunity to work with Paulo Farinha in a very sensitive and complex matter. His work was simply extraordinary. He managed to solves the problem of the client in a timely and successful manner. He is smart and diligent and has emotional intelligence. Very highly recommended!’

‘When you work with them you realize that they put the interest of the client above all other considerations. This is very important for a lawyer.’

‘I highlight Paulo Farinha Alves, Nuno Líbano Monteiro a global experience and support, knowing how to integrate the preventive compliance perspective, but also the necessary procedural and litigation component.’

‘Dirce Rente is a senior lawyer, specialized in the criminal area with an unusual ability to integrate the various perspectives in the assessment of the process, which publicly has a component of popular justice. I have no hesitation in considering her exceptional.’

‘Young but very specialized team, with great technical capacity.’

‘Dirce Rente is a young lawyer with a great capacity for coordination and leadership. Very good technically and with a good approach to complex topics “out of the box”.’

‘What distinguishes the office is the excellence, friendliness and availability of the teams allocated to the work.’

Key clients

TAP

Barclays Bank (Portugal)

H&M

IKEA

PSA Sines – Terminais de Contentores

Microsoft

Ascendi Pinhal Interior, Estradas do Pinhal Interior and Sérgio Manuel da Conceição Gomes

C.M.E – Construção e Manutenção Electromecânica

Futurinvest

Oxy Group

Camara Municipal do Montijo

Cabelte

Work highlights

  • Advising PSA Sines – Terminais de Contentores in a criminal case where the company and several individuals were accused of the crime of breach of safety rules.
  • Advising TAP in several administrative offence cases.
  • Advising Barclays Bank in the criminal case known as Operação Pharma.

Portugal > Intellectual property Tier 2

Advising on all fronts of IP law, PLMJ acts for an impressive client roster that contains leading names from the pharmaceutical, telecoms, technology, financial and media sectors. The team has been active in copyright-related matters, but is also skilled at assisting with trade mark clearance and enforcement, and brand portfolio management at the domestic and international levels. Hugo Monteiro de Queirós, who is proficient in trade mark and patent litigation, is now leading the department. The team was recently strengthened by the arrival of two associates seasoned in IP: pharmaceutical patents specialist Vasco Granate joined from VdA in May 2021; and Marta Salgado Areias joined from Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados in January 2021. Manuel Lopes Rocha left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Hugo Monteiro de Queirós

Testimonials

I would recommend Hugo Monteiro de Queirós, for his reputation in the area of intellectual property, trademarks and patents, clarity and simplification of language in the explanation of matters, permanent availability, speed and efficiency of response.’

I consider the service provided by PLMJ to be excellent, highlighting the clarity and transparency with which they provide information and advice, as the biggest differentiating factor. In our experience, we have never received legal advice in such an efficient and precise way, in the different situations that we usually face in our sector.’

‘Hugo Queirós exceeded our expectations, revealing advanced know-how in matters related to Industrial Property and, in particular, to brands.’

‘PLMJ is a law firm that is very innovative and keeps up with its time. It offers a large variety of services. Their fees are reasonable.’

‘I’ve had the opportunity to work with Hugo on several Patent litigations in Portugal. He has always been very accurate in his advice, efficient, works in a timely manner and very professional.’

‘Hugo Monteiro de Queiros is a very friendly and extremely competent lawyer. He was very responsive and provided excellent advice.’

‘I highlight, without a doubt, Hugo Monteiro Queirós. From the beginning, the accessibility, simplicity, accuracy and clarity that he brings to all the situations we face, proved to be a valuable asset.’

‘I highlight Hugo Queirós, who has deep knowledge of trademarks and patents, a lot of experience in litigation, and an excellent professional colleague and counterpart.’

Key clients

TVI

Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

SIC

Work highlights

  • Advising SIC – Sociedade Independente de Comunicação and TVI – Televisão Independente in a legal action relating to copyright and neighbouring rights.
  • Assisting APED in a legal action relating to a utility model.
  • Advising the heirs of an individual in a legal action relating to copyright.

Portugal > Planning law Tier 2

PLMJ‘s planning team is particularly adept at advising on urban developments, utilising its strong relationships with local municipal councils in Lisbon and Porto. The team is regularly instructed in matters concerning public, administrative and environmental law, for touristic, real estate and construction transactions. 2021 brought a new era for the team, with urban and rural planning specialist Andreia Candeias Mousinho returning from an in-house role to take over as practice head. Manuel da Silva Gomes left the firm in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Andreia Candeias Mousinho

Other key lawyers:

Benedita Lacerda; Diogo Duarte Campos; Raquel Freitas

Testimonials

‘Strong drive to achieve client and project goals. Exceptional accountability and availability.’

‘Diogo Duarte Campos, Andreia Candeias Mouzinho and Benedita Lacerda are a strong and balanced team, always available to help project management, designers and customers to overcome constraints and achieve success in the approval of territorial plans prepared by the entire team.’

‘Experienced team with knowledge of the market. Deal oriented. Face-to-face and virtual availability.’

‘With regard to urban planning and land use planning, it has a multidisciplinary team allowing for the specialization of each subject. Knowledgeable in each region, each city council and each Plan, allowing a quick and accurate response.’

‘For the project in question, the existence of a multidisciplinary team capable of responding to the various needs in both the urban and real estate areas was crucial, providing an effective and capable response to the problem presented.’

‘Andreia Candeias Mousinho has in-depth knowledge of all the issues of urbanism raised, capacity for extraordinary teamwork, speed of responses and people capacity to adapt to the nuances that the project gained with the evolution of the process.’

‘Excellent communication. They are very professional, communication is very proactive and fees are competitive for an office that is among the best in Portugal. The quality and speed with which they develop the work is very satisfactory.’

‘Raquel Freitas is very professional, manages communication with our company promptly.’

Key clients

Verdelago – Sociedade Imobiliária

Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Oxy Capital

Davidson Kempner European Partners

Norfin

Hipoges Iberia

Loftspace Projetos

United Investments Portugal

Decimasuplente

Changereality

Arboreabiofoods

Unidorm – Residência para Estudantes

Petróleos de Portugal – Petrogal

CSH Sousa Lopes

W.P.Carey

Temprano Capital Partners

Corporation of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Portugal

Work highlights

  • Advised Verdelago on the licensing procedures to execute a touristic development located on the Algarve coast and on a detailed plan alteration procedure.
  • Advised Universidade Nova de Lisboa on the procedure to create key facilities in the Campus of the School of Science and Technology in Caparica (which is inserted in the Almada Innovation District)
  • Advised CSH Sousa Lopes on the licensing procedure relating to the construction, use and operation of a student residence in Lisbon.

Portugal > Porto: Leading commercial firms Tier 2

Following its move to the heart of Porto’s central business district, PLMJ’s Porto offering is well placed to provide advice to clients across the public law, tax, employment, and corporate M&A practice areas. Filipe Avides Moreira is a key name in the office, highly experienced in M&A, venture capital and private equity operations, with recent expertise in matters in the industrial, distribution, tourism and technology sectors. José Pedro Anacoreta supports the practice, drawing on previous in-house experience, particularly in employment, data protection and corporate governance. Diogo Duarte Campos heads the firm’s public law practice and has a strong track record in public contracts, procurement and construction.

Other key lawyers:

Filipe Avides Moreira; Diogo Duarte Campos; Jose Pedro Anacoreta; Raquel Freitas

Testimonials

‘Filipe Avides Moreira is distinguished by his availability and ability to respond quickly to the most varied topics, from the simplest to the most complex. He is also a diligent person who is consistently trying to close matters, a very positive trait for companies.’

‘Client care and professionalism were unsurpassed. Huge comfort from the point of view of security of legal knowledge and constant attention to detail.’

‘José Pedro Anacoreta stood out particularly for his technical and innovative approach to the challenges encountered. With a deep technical knowledge and experience in the retail field, there was always a concern with different approaches to explore different angles of the issues.’

‘Team with high availability and sense of urgency. Attentive to the market and innovations arising from legal changes, trying to link to business development opportunities.’

‘We go to PLMJ when we have a matter of public law, in particular because of Raquel Freitas. They have demonstrated a solid knowledge and relevant experience when it comes to environmental issues, in any field.’

‘The technical quality of the lawyers and the quick response to requests are determining factors for the preference. It is also very important to have a conference between the different branches of law, because the issues are often interdisciplinary.’

‘The entire team was of exemplary professionalism and were excellent advisors in their respective areas. Professionals who stand out both for their technical skills but also for their “soft skills” and proximity to the client.’

Key clients

Ach Brito

Altri Group

ATEP AMKOR

Fidelidade Companhia de Seguros

EngMindera

Finerge

Frezite

H.B. Füller

Iberdrola

Instituto de Gestão de Fundos de Capitalização da Segurança Social, IP

Luso Finsa Group

OMTEL

Montepio Crédito

Porto Vivo SRU

RAR Group

Sofarma

Super Bock Group

Tofane Global, S.A.

Transdev Group

Violas Ferreira

Greenvolt

Worten

Frulact

Work highlights

  • Advising Iberdrola on the largest hydroelectric project in Portugal.
  • Advising the Portuguese State on a major case concerning a public tender for the construction of a large dam in Portugal and the sale of the energy produced by it.
  • Advising Construções Gabriel A. S. Couto and Aldesa Construcciones on the international public tender for the construction of an extension of a metro line in the city of Porto.

Portugal > Public law Tier 2

Covering both consultancy and litigation matters, PLMJ is equipped to lead advice on public procurement, PPP projects, constitutional law and dispute resolution involving public law issues. Splitting his time between Lisbon and Porto, department leader Diogo Duarte Campos provides comprehensive advice to a varied client base, focusing on public procurement, concessions and construction projects in Portugal and abroad. Other noteworthy individuals include Tiago Duarte, who ‘has specialised and rigorous technical knowledge of public procurement and administrative law’ and Joana Brandão, who often advises investors on the implementation of projects and public law issues.

Practice head(s):

Diogo Duarte Campos

Other key lawyers:

Tiago Duarte; Joana Brandão; Carla Machado; Raquel Freitas

Testimonials

‘A deep knowledge of the market and of clients’ business.’

‘Tiago Duarte is an outstanding lawyer who has given full support to all of our queries, in a very short period of time, and in a complete and clear manner.’

‘PLMJ has demonstrated in-depth knowledge of legal advice in the field of Public Contracts.’

‘Responsiveness, availability, competence is hard to find in such a complex and highly competitive activity among law firms in Portugal. PLMJ is able to distinguish itself from others in this practice area. Public procurement is enormously complex and PLMJ is able to meet market demands.’

‘PLMJ demonstrated a capacity to respond and adapt to various requests and changing circumstances, with the same technical rigour, always guaranteeing confidence and security in the support/advice provided to us.’

‘Tiago Duarte has specialised and rigorous technical knowledge in Public Procurement and Administrative Law. Joana Brandão stands out for her technical expertise in public procurement.’

‘Ability to quickly respond to diverse and complex issues.’

‘Diogo Duarte de Campos is recommended for his full availability and ability to understand critical issues.’

Key clients

AEDL

Ascendi Group

Cascais and Lisbon Municipalities

Caixa Geral dos Depósitos

Funchal Municipality

GreenVolt

Impresa Group

Microsoft Corporation

Nestlé Portugal

Republic of Cabo Verde

Work highlights

  • Assisting the Portuguese state in a major arbitration case concerning the construction of a dam.
  • Advising DK and PPP on the Sines 4.0 Project, which involves an investment of up to €3.5bn to create data processing centres in Europe.
  • Advising the Nova School of Science & Technology – Universidade Nova de Lisboa in a complex project that aspires to create a new “Innovation district” across the river from Lisbon.

Portugal > Transport Tier 2

With over 40 years combined experience in aviation and urban mobility, Diogo Perestrelo and Pedro Lomba oversee PLMJ‘s transport offering. Retained by banking and financial services clients, the team offers consolidated expertise in the shipping, aviation and road transport sectors. The department regularly handles aircraft financing matters, urban mobility contracts and public concessions. Perestrolo has a strong track record and regularly advises on M&A and private equity-related aviation matters, while Lomba has extensive knowledge in the technology, urban mobility and communications sectors, and specialises in assisting new entrants into transport markets, as well as regulatory and infrastructure matters.

Practice head(s):

Diogo Perestrelo; Pedro Lomba

Testimonials

‘It is a company implemented nationally and internationally, made up of an experienced team, comprising young and active lawyers.’

‘The firm provides legal advice in a very diverse range of areas. It has an extensive network of international contacts, which allows it to deal with international maritime law.’

‘We emphasize knowledge, experience and availability. We highlight the work of Diogo Duarte de Campos and Telma Pires de Lima.’

‘Great availability and proximity to the customer. Efficiency and effectiveness in addressing the solutions to the problems and issues presented.’

‘Deep technical and legal knowledge of very particular issues such as those related to airports.’

Key clients

TAP Air Portugal

FlixBus

Kenya Airways

Ryanair

Ionity

SATA Air Açores

Ford

Mazda

Free Now

Glovo

Work highlights

  • Advised Ryanair on the restructuring of the company’s organisation in Portugal.
  • Advising the global tech and transport operator FlixBus on its entrance into the Portuguese long-distance mobility market.
  • Advising Ionity on setting up in Portugal as an operator of charging points for electric vehicles.

Portugal > TMT Tier 3

Offering contractual, regulatory and transactional advice, PLMJ is a popular choice for Portuguese and international companies in the technology, internet, telecoms and media sectors. Headed by Pedro Lomba, the group is well equipped to handle matters concerning technology regulations and IT contracts, including software licensing and cloud computing agreements, as well as digital mobility apps, broadcasting and OTT services. Lomba has a solid background in the media sector, bringing to the table significant expertise in media, communications and advertising law. The team was further strengthened by the arrival of Marta Salgado Areias from Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Rita Sousa Costa; Marta Salgado Areias

Testimonials

‘Exceptional quality, technical knowledge and quick responses to clients.’

‘Focus on the client and an integrated vision of the sector.’

‘PLMJ has several teams that manage to provide a multidisciplinary response. This responsiveness makes the work more rigorous and conveys security.’

‘Pedro Lomba and Rita Sousa Costa have an enormous knowledge of the area and great availability. Rita Costa has a high level of knowledge of the most varied subjects.’

‘Responsive and client friendly – a go to firm for communications and competition law advice in Portugal.’

Key clients

Impresa Publishing

Starbucks

SIC

Starcampus

Omtel

Flixbus

Free Now

Glovo

Microsoft

Tabaqueira

Dynabook

Ford

Galp

Herbalife

Farminveste

Associação Nacional de Farmácias

The Digital Animation School

GNB Seguros

Clever Leaves

Ribeiralves

Eleven Sports

Pernod Ricard

Moongy

Engie

DefinedCrowd

GA Petfood

H&M

Work highlights

  • Advising Startcampus on the Sines 4.0 Project, which involves an investment of up to €3.5bn to create a data centre in Portugal.
  • Advising the tech platform Flixbus on the Portuguese long-distance mobility market.
  • Assisting Galp in all matters relating to technology, licensing agreements, online services, IT services, digital applications, consumer law and product compliance matters.

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 & Finance
■ Capital Markets
■ Corporate M&A
■ Dispute Resolution
■ Employment & Labour
■ EU & Competition Law
■ Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals
■ Intellectual Property
■ Projects & Energy
■ Public Law
■ Real Estate and Tourism
■ Responsible Business
■ Tax
■ Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Sectors:

■ Agro-Industry
■ Banking & Fnancial Institutions
■ Distribution & Retail
■ Energy & Natural Resources
■ Government & Public Sector
■ Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals
■ Infrastructure
■ Insurance & Pension Funds
■ Manufacturing
■ Mobility, Transport & Logistics
■ Real Estate & Construction
■ Social Economy
■ Sport
■ Technology, Media & Communications
■ Tourism & 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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With the aim of being close to its clients, PLMJ 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.

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.

Angola

Angola is an extremely attractive investment destination for a wide range of investors. The interest generated by the country extends to all sectors of the economy and a sign of this is the fact it is home to a growing number of global companies that have chosen Angola as one of their catalysts for growth.

PLMJ Colab Angola – RVA Advogados has the experience and know-how to support these companies. Moreover, it is committed to strengthening the Angolan economy and helping companies and organisations that want to be part of this process.

Mozambique

The exclusive partnership agreement between PLMJ and TTA provides greater cooperation between teams and better legal support for our clients. TTA is known in Mozambique for having the highest professional standards and a firm commitment to achieving its clients’ objectives.

TTA’s team of lawyers are professionals from all areas of practice and have different areas of expertise. They work in close cooperation with the lawyers of PLMJ’s foreign desks and, whenever necessary, they have the support of more than 300 PLMJ lawyers specialising in different areas and sectors. This seamless cooperation between professionals from different jurisdictions sets us apart in the market guarantees our clients legal support that brings added value to their businesses.

São Tomé and Príncipe

São Tomé and Príncipe enjoys a privileged position in the Gulf of Guinea. With magnificent natural resources, it is a major target for international investment. Through our partnership with SNVF & Associados, we guarantee that our clients have full legal representation.

SNVF’s team of lawyers focuses on inward investment and projects in the tourism and agritourism sectors, and on infrastructure and international trade.

Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste is one of the most promising economies in Asia and a country with a long-standing historical relationship with Portugal. Our partnership with CBMS came about precisely because of this relationship.

Timor-Leste is a very attractive destination for investors from different locations and sectors. It offers numerous business opportunities and opens doors to large neighbouring markets such as Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Australia. Through this partnership in Timor-Leste, all our clients have access to support from a multidisciplinary team of lawyers that specialise in all sectors of the economy, including agriculture, trade and construction.


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.

PLMJ creates team to deal with ‘Legal Finance’ services

In the current economic circumstances of an increase in cases (and risks) of breaches of contract and violation of rights, and in the resulting litigation, companies have to be increasingly creative in allocating resources. To assist them, PLMJ has set up a team specialising in the area of Legal Finance.