Pereira Sáragga Leal Oliveira Martins Júdice & Associados (PLMJ) has both a large practice and a strong reputation. Rivals cite the firm as a leading light of the Portuguese competition bar, involved in the "all the most important cases". The 16-strong team is led 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, four associates and three trainees.
The firm's deep bench allows the group to provide competition advice to a string of high-profile clients, including Unilever, Nestlé, Bayer, Intel, Siemens, Barclays and Google.
The firm provided advice to Telefónica when the Portuguese Government used its share in Portugal Telecom to block Telefonica's bid for Vivo. Vivo is Telefónica and Portugal Telecoms' mobile phone joint venture.
The team is representing Eurest - part of the Compass Group - in what the firm describes as the largest antitrust proceedings opened by the authority to date. It also acted for Zon when the company appealed against a €53 million fine handed down to Zon and PTC for an alleged abuse of dominance in the broadband market.
On the transactional side, the team has an equally thick docket. It advised Metso in its acquisition of Tamfelt and Alliance Healthcare in its acquisitions of Proconfar, Medimadeira and Funchalfar.
PLMJ – Sociedade de Advogados, RL
PLMJ is one of Portugal’s leading law firms 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 experience and an unparalleled team that places great emphasis on specialisation 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 internationalisation projects.
In just a few years PLMJ has built a solid network of partnerships (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, Brazil and Macau and also in the main target markets for Portuguese investment which are the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and China.