GCR 100 - 10th Edition

Marques Mendes & Associados

18 January 2010

Marques Mendes & Associados is unique. All of Portugal’s major competition practices are part of a larger firm with a corporate practice, except Marques Mendes. Name partner Mario Marques works alongside Pedro Vilarinho Pires, together with one senior associate and three associates. Marques Mendes, who is described by one rival as “one of Portugal’s best-known competition lawyers”, is a Who’s Who nominee.

The firm has an impressive client roster, including General Motors, Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP), Siemens, Gaz de France and Google.

This year, the firm advised state-owned broadcaster RTP on state aid issues related to the company’s financial restructuring, after a rival broadcaster appealed against a European Commission ruling that approved the aid. It also represented Portuguese group ETE on competition issues in the provision of cargo handling and storage services in the port of Lisbon.

The competition team is also advising car parts manufacturer Grupo Copo on merger control proceedings, as well as representing Austrian motor sports group KTM in its acquisition by Luxembourg’s Peguform Group.

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