GCR 100 - 9th Edition


Professional notice

PLMJ was founded in the late sixties. The internationalisation and specialisation policies, pursued by the firm since its inception led to the continued growth of PLMJ over the following years and to its current position in the top end of the Portuguese legal market.

Nature of practice

PLMJ's sustained growth was achieved both in an organic manner and through an aggressive hiring policy of lawyers with an acknowledged academic background and professional experience in different areas of the law.

PLMJ currently counts almost 200 lawyers and has, for 40 years, been the largest Portuguese law firm of acknowledged experience and reputation in all fields of law.

Professional quality, based on the continuous training as well as the academic and professional enhancement of its lawyers, an excellent work environment and human quality have always been fundamental values.

PLMJ is the only Portuguese firm with national coverage, having local offices in Oporto, Faro and Coimbra, Guimarães, Viseu and Azores (in joint venture).

PLMJ is also present in Portuguese speaking countries such as Angola, Mozambique, Brazil and Macao through partnerships with leading local Firms.


Pereira Sáragga Leal Oliveira Martins Júdice e Associados (PLMJ) tops the table, with two senior partners - José Luís da Cruz Vilaça and Ricardo Oliveira, both of whom are nominees in The International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists. The team also includes three senior associates, eight associates and one counsel.

According to one rival, Vilaça is one of Portuguese competition law's "elder statesmen". Together with Oliveira he launched PLMJ's competition practice in 1996, after spending six years as president of Europe's Court of First Instance.

Oliveira says the team works on at least 20 mergers each year, including many of Portugal's biggest. Recently, for example, the team advised energy provider Galp in obtaining EU competition clearance of the acquisitions of AGIP and Exxon. It acted for Nike in its takeover of Umbro, and was counsel to Iberia in its acquisition of Vueling.

On the behavioural front, PLMJ has advised Microsoft in its EU litigation. The team is also assisting Bayer in proceedings by the Competition Authority in relation to hospital tenders. PLMJ also advised Intel in relation to private antitrust litigation in the US.

Visit us at: www.plmj.co

Lisboa, Portugal

PLMJ – A. M. Pereira, Sáragga Leal
Oliveira Martins, Júdice e Associados
Sociedade de Advogados, RL
Av. da Liberdade, 224
1250-148 Lisboa – Portugal

T: +351 21 319 7300
F: +351 21 319 7400
E: [email protected]
W: www.plmj.com

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