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Managing Partner: Luís Pais Antunes
Number of partners: 61
Number of lawyers: 290
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish

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 taken an innovative and creative approach that has produced specific, strategic solutions to effectively defend the interests of its clients.

PLMJ also has international desks specialising 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.  

Main Areas of Practice:

Arbitration has been one of the areas where PLMJ has focused its efforts, with a specialised arbitration team that accompanies an ever-growing number of both national and international cases.
Contacts: José-Miguel Júdice, Manuel Cavaleiro Brandão, Pedro Metello de Nápoles

Banking & Finance:
PLMJ’s banking and finance practice handles all aspects including corporate finance, real estate financing, leveraged and acquisition finance, asset finance, project finance, structured finance, securitisation, mortgage lending, consumer credit including the issue and management of credit cards, documentary credit/trade finance and debt issues.
Contacts: Hugo Rosa Ferreira, Bruno Ferreira

Capital Markets:
PLMJ’s capital markets team consists of a group of lawyers with a high level of technical skill who are specialised in all aspects of securities, financial regulation and corporate governance.
Contacts: André Figueiredo, Gonçalo dos Reis Martins

Corporate M&A/PE:
PLMJ has been involved in the leading M&A transactions taking place in Portugal over recent decades. The team boasts an extensive portfolio of achievements and know how in providing legal advice on a full range of legal models for the acquisition of companies and assets.
Contacts: Luís Sáragga Leal, Manuel Santos Vitor, Tomás Pessanha, Duarte Schmidt Lino, Diogo Perestrelo

Investigations & White-Collar Defence:
PLMJ’s criminal law team is an extremely highly specialised team with experience stemming from the hundreds of legal proceedings in which they have been involved.
Contacts: João Medeiros, Paulo Farinha Alves

Employment, Compensation & Benefits:
The employment law practice is composed of one of the largest teams of employment law lawyers in Portugal, whose technical qualifications, background, experience and professional connections ensure all client needs are more than met.
Contacts: Tiago Cortes, Nuno Guedes Vaz, Nuno Ferreira Morgado

Energy & Natural Resources:
PLMJ’s response to its clients’ needs was to set up a department well-equipped to provide specialised advice on energy resources to a vast number of top-ranking Portuguese and foreign companies.
Contacts: Manuel Santos Vitor, Ana Oliveira Rocha

EU & Competition:
PLMJ has the largest EU and competition law practice of any law firm in Portugal. PLMJ’s EU and competition law practice is highly regard and recognised in the market as a beacon of excellence.
Contacts: Ricardo Oliveira, Sara Estima Martins

Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
PLMJ’s litigation and arbitration practice boasts one of the country’s largest litigation and arbitration teams. This PLMJ team has a vast and wide range of experience, equipping them to deal with all types of litigation and arbitration cases.
Contacts: Nuno Líbano Monteiro, Nuno Morais Sarmento, Pedro Faria, Pedro Metello de Nápoles

Restructuring, Insolvency & Debt Recovery:
This practices boasts an expert team of lawyers with trans-national and cross-border experience, well equipped to provide advice in cases of all sizes and complexities and in all phases from negotiations to legal or out-of-court proceedings. The team includes specialised insolvency lawyers and a debt recovery group to ensure optimal asset valuation and effective creditor payment. PLMJ’s specialised debt recovery lawyers have all the skills necessary to provide support both in attempting to reach out-of-court settlements and in any court proceedings. Their services cover everything from debtor financial analysis and pre-litgation debt repayment negotiations to obtaining and enforcing court judgments, always with the most time- and cost efficient solution in mind.
Contacts: Nuno Líbano Monteiro, Tomás Pessanha, Filipa Cotta

Intellectual Property:
PLMJ is one of Portugal’s leading intellectual property firms. The main specialisations include brands, industrial designs, patent protection, copyrights and unfair competition.
Contacts: Manuel Lopes Rocha, Ana Teresa Pulido

Projects & Infrastructure:
PLMJ has been directly involved in the largest projects to have been carried out in Portugal. As a result of this experience, the firm has a team of lawyers specialised in projects and infrastructures.
Contacts: Diogo Perestrelo, Inês Pinto da Costa

Public Law:
PLMJ lawyers in the public law practice are usually involved in the major public works and public-private partnerships projects, having specific knowledge in fields as diverse as the road, port, rail, hospital and energy sectors in Portugal and in Portuguese-speaking countries.
Contacts: Tiago Duarte, Diogo Duarte Campos, Sara Blanco de Morais

Real Estate:
PLMJ’s real estate team encompasses 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.
Contacts: Tiago Mendonça de Castro, Pedro Sáragga Leal, Rita Alarcão Júdice

PLMJ’s tax practice area has one of the largest teams of tax lawyers in Portugal, all of whom make use of their technical qualifications, wealth of pertinent experience and academic and professional networks to answer all different types of client needs.
Contacts: Nuno Cunha Barnabé, João Magalhães Ramalho, Serena Cabrita Neto, Miguel C. Reis

Telecommunications, Media & Technology (TMT):
PLMJ’s TMT team brings together a group of lawyers dedicated to issues related to the sectors of telecommunications, media and technology (TMT). This team is perfectly positioned to take an integrated approach which enables them to bring added quality to the services it provides clients.
Contacts: Daniel Reis, Manuel Lopes Rocha