Firm Profile

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Av. Fontes Pereira de Melo, 43
Lisbon 1050-119
351 21 319 73 00

Firm Details

Transformative Legal Experts.

We are a law firm based in Portugal that combines a full service with bespoke legal craftsmanship. For more than 50 years, we have taken an innovative and creative approach that has produced specific, strategic solutions to effectively defend the interests of our clients.

We are a full-service firm and we support our clients in all areas of the law, often with multidisciplinary teams, and always acting as a business partner in the most strategic decision-making processes. PLMJ has specialist lawyers that know the sectors and markets they work in well, and they always keep in close contact with the regulators for each sector.

With the aim of being close to our clients, we created PLMJ Colab, our collaborative network of law firms spread across Portugal and other countries with which it has cultural and strategic ties. PLMJ Colab makes the best use of resources and provides a concerted response to the international challenges of our clients, wherever they are. The national partnerships allow us to extend PLMJ’s presence from Lisbon, Porto and Faro to the Azores, Coimbra, Guimarães and Madeira.  International collaboration is ensured through firms specialising in the legal systems and local cultures of Angola, China/Macao, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tome and Príncipe and Timor-Leste.

We also have international desks specializing in Angola, China, France, Germany, Italy, Mozambique, Scandinavia, Switzerland and UK markets. Each desk focuses on a specific market and has a multidisciplinary team experienced in supporting and advising international investors. Besides knowing the idiosyncrasies of language and culture, these teams have a deep knowledge of the market, legislation and workings of the economy of the place where they work.


Luís Pais Antunes
Managing Partner



Women: 14

Men: 44

Of Counsel

Women: 3

Men: 6


Women: 63

Men: 41

Other Lawyers

Women: 64

Men: 55


Women: 4

Men: 2

Non-Legal Employees

Women: 82

Men: 29

Law Firm of the Year Awards

  • Corporate Law in Portugal (2019)
  • Insolvency and Reorganization Law in Portugal (2019)

Top Listed National Awards

  • Top Listed in Portugal in Arbitration and Mediation with 7 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Portugal in Criminal Defense with 3 lawyers

Top Listed City Awards

  • Top Listed in Porto in Arbitration and Mediation with 2 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Lisbon in Criminal Defense with 3 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Porto in Litigation with 3 lawyers


  • Portugal Tax Firm of the Year 2014
  • GAR100
  • Iberian Law Firm of the Year [The Lawyer]
  • Best Portuguese Law Firm [Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2012]
  • Innovative Portuguese Law Firm in Europe [Financial Times]
  • World’s best 100 [Global Competition Review 2013]
  • Criminal Law Firm of the Year [Global Law Experts 2013]
  • Best Portuguese Law Firm [Chambers Europe Awards 2014]

About Our Clients

“The Clients are practical and take real life as well as the law into account. They give us advice which we can execute and which will work. Attentive, efficient and fast.” Client reference from Chambers and Partners

Global Clients

PLMJ represents a number of large international companies, some of which are Fortune 500 companies. PLMJ’s international clients are making an ever greater contribution to our billing and these clients come not only from our offices in Portugal, but also from the offices of PLMJ Network.

Domestic Clients

We advise some of the country’s largest listed companies as well as private companies and individuals. Our clients include leading domestic and international banking institutions, and companies from sectors such as aviation, insurance, real estate and telecoms.


José Miguel Júdice
+351 213 197 300
Hugo Rosa Ferreira
Banking and Finance
+351 213 197 300
Manuel Santos Vítor
Corporate M&A
+351 213 197 300
João Medeiros
Criminal Law, White-Collar Defence and Compliance
+351 213 197 300
Abel Mesquita
Employment and Labour Law
+351 213 197 300
Manuel Santos Vítor
Energy and Natural Resources
+351 213 197 300
Ricardo Oliveira
EU and Competition Law
+351 213 197 300
Tomás Pessanha
Head Oporto Office
+351 226 074 700
Manuel Lopes Rocha
Intellectual Property
+351 213 197 300
Nuno Líbano Monteiro
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
+351 213 197 300
Duarte Schmidt Lino
Private Equity
+351 213 197 300
Luís Sáragga Leal
Projects & Infrastructures and International Projects
+351 213 197 300
Pedro Melo
Public & Administrative Law
+351 213 197 300
Tiago Mendonça de Castro
Real Estate & Construction
+351 213 197 300
Nuno Líbano Monteiro
Restructuring & Financial Litigation
+351 213 197 300
Nuno Cunha Barnabé
+351 213 197 300
Daniel Reis
Telecommunications, Media and Technology (TMT)
+351 213 197 300
André Figueiredo
Capital Markets
+351 213 197 300

"Law Firm of the Year"

The foundation of the PLMJ Society dates back to the end of the sixties with the association between António Maria Pereira and Luís Sáragga Leal, which succeeded in the integration of Francisco de Oliveira Martins and José Miguel Júdice, also as Partners. Generations of great Lawyers have joined PLMJ's Founding Partners over the decades in the leadership of this Society, all of which contribute to PLMJ's growth, solidity, modernization and vision of the future.


Law Firm of the Year Badge for Portugal
Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Filipa Cotta of PLMJ is celebrating both her firm’s 2019 “Law Firm of the Year” award for Insolvency and Reorganization Law in Portugal, and its recent 50th anniversary as a major player in the Portuguese market. Cotta speaks with Best Lawyers CEO Phillip Greer about changes in her insolvency practice, and what the firm has planned for the future.  Read the full story here.

Firm Practice Areas

  • Administrative Law
  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Capital Markets Law
  • Competition / Antitrust Law
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance Practice
  • Corporate Law
  • Energy Law
  • European Union Law
  • Information Technology Law
  • Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Arbitration
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Planning
  • Private Equity Law
  • Project Finance and Development Practice
  • Public Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Sports Law
  • Tax Law
  • Technology Law
  • Telecommunications Law
  • Transportation Law

Office Locations



Faro, Portugal

R. Pinheiro Chagas, 16 - 2º Drtº

Faro 8000-406


351 289 88 76 30

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Lisbon, Portugal

Av. Fontes Pereira de Melo, 43

Lisbon 1050-119


351 21 319 73 00

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Porto, Portugal

Rua S. João de Brito, 605-E, 1º – 1.2

Porto 4100-455


351 22 607 47 00

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