Partners and Who’s Who Legal nominees José Luís da Cruz Vilaça and Ricardo Oliveira lead the competition team at Pereira Sáragga Leal Oliveira Martins Júdice & Associados (PLMJ). The large practice wins accolades from rivals, who cite it as a leader in the Portuguese bar. The partners are supported by six senior associates, one senior consultant, four associates and three trainees.
The group handles a wide variety of competition cases. It is assisting the Czech Republic in state aid and public procurement proceedings, and advising the regional government of Madeira on state aid matters. Coca-Cola and Unilever Jerónimo Martins both rely on the firm for compliance advice.
PLMJ continues to represent Eurest - part of the Compass Group - in what the firm describes as the largest antitrust proceedings opened by the authority to date. And it is assisting Glintt in national competition litigation. At the European level, the firm is acting for several associations of tomato processors in EU litigation.
Meanwhile on the transactional side, the competition team is handling merger control-related to Essilor’s acquisition of Shamir Optical. It is steering through Brambles’ acquisition of IFCO, as well as advising Cimpor and Unicer on merger control. Lactogal is another client; it retained PLMJ to work on its acquisition of Renoldy.
PLMJ is Portugal’s leading law firm and has established itself as a point of reference in the practice of law through its dynamism, capacity for innovation and the quality of its services.
We are a full service and multidisciplinary office with more than 40 years of experience and an unparalleled team that places great emphasis on specialization and acts in all areas of the law.
The experience we have gained in advising companies and individuals - that have in PLMJ an exceptional partner in setting up and developing their businesses in Portugal - has afforded us a better understanding of the challenges faced by all those wishing to invest in other countries. Our experience has also given us extra motivation to work hand in hand with our existing and future clients on their internationalization projects.
In just a few years PLMJ has built a solid network of partnerships (the PLMJ International Legal Network) in Portuguese speaking countries. The network benefits from the synergies generated by a common language and culture, especially in Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Brazil and Macau and is also active in the main target markets for Portuguese investment, namely China and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe.
The EU & Competition law 13-strong team is co-chaired by partners and Who's Who nominees José Luís da Cruz Vilaça and Ricardo Oliveira. They are supported by six senior associates, one senior consultant, two associates and two trainees.