The seven-lawyer practice at A.M. Pereira Sáragga Leal Oliveira Martins Júdice & Associados (PLMJ) is recognised by peers as one of the country’s leading practices. The team is led by Who’s Who Legal: Competition nominee Ricardo Oliveira, who is assisted by five senior associates and one associate. The firm recently won an important case before the European General Court, representing companies in the fruit and vegetable sector seeking annulment of various regulations. The team is also advising one of the companies involved in a major banking investigation.
The practice provided antitrust counsel to catering company Eurest in the catering cartel case, which was the largest case tried before the newly established specialised Competition Court. Other clients represented by PLMJ at that court include Farminveste, Lactogal and Formato.
In terms of mergers, the firm advised Zon Multimedia in the notification to the PCA of a joint venture with Portugal Telecom and Controlinveste and secured merger clearance for Essilor in several acquisitions. The team also advises CTT, Portugal’s postal incumbent, in the competition aspects of the company’s privatisation. The practice continues to advise various international companies, including Siemens, Nestlé, Unilever and Coca-Cola
PLMJ is one of Portugal’s leading law firms and has established itself as a point of reference in the practice of law in this country through its dynamism, capacity for innovation and the quality of its services. It is a full-service and multidisciplinary office with more than 40 years of experience and an unparalleled team that places great emphasis on specialization and practices in all areas of the law.
With a team of more than 200 lawyers, including 40 partners, PLMJ is the largest Portuguese law firm. Based in Lisbon, the firm has offices in Oporto and Faro, as well as a network of joint ventures covering Coimbra, the Azores, Guimarães and Viseu. PLMJ has built up a strong network of joint ventures across the Portuguese-speaking countries where synergies are generated by a common language and culture, especially in Angola, Mozambique, Brazil, Macau and Cape Verde. The firm’s network spreads across the markets which are the main target for Portuguese foreign investment: the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and also in China. This structure enables the provision of cross-border legal services with cost-effectiveness and deep knowledge of local markets and legal systems. PLMJ has the largest EU and competition law practice of any law firm in Portugal. PLMJ’s EU and competition law practice is highly regarded and recognized in the market as a beacon of excellence.