Marques Mendes & Associados continues to be one of Portugal’s leading competition practices. Led by renowned competition veteran and Who’s Who Legal entrant Mário Marques Mendes, the firm has had a heavy transactional workload. It is still advising ETE on merger control issues regarding the public bid for provision of services at the Port of Lisbon, a case that has involved a competitor filing claims with the competition authority and courts. Transport company Barrequiro’s takeover of Lisbon transport provider Metro Sul do Tejo, which Marques Mendes advised on, was cleared this year without conditions.
International clients are also drawn to the firm: it is helping Canadian aviation training company CAE Global Academy restructure its Portuguese operation, and it successfully resolved a case before the Portuguese competition authority regarding restrictive practices by a multinational pharmaceutical company.
Most of Marques’s European work is done on behalf of the commission, assisting it in two new cases this year, an appeal by Portugal Telecom and another Portuguese company contesting a fine in the pre-stressing steel cartel. In addition, it is helping the commission in three appeals by Portuguese companies in the pre-stressing steel cartel, and two companies in the animal feed cartel.