Firm Profile

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Av. da Liberdade, 224
Edifício Eurolex
Lisbon 1250-148
351 21 319 73 00

Firm Details

PLMJ is Portugal’s largest law firm and has almost 50 years of history and accumulated experience.

We are recognised for our immediate and assertive response to all our clients’ needs and for our investment in human capital and the development of legal talent.

PLMJ is all known for our unparalleled quality and track record of work on innumerable transactions of enormous complexity, advising Portuguese clients and handling major international and foreign investment operations.

The reputation and values of PLMJ’s brand and legal services have spread across borders and have merited extensive international recognition for both excellence and innovation.

PLMJ stands on the Financial Times ranking of the 50 most innovative law firms in Europe. 

As a true full-service, PLMJ offers a high level of specialisation in all areas of the law together with accumulated experience and specific know-how in the most important industries and sectors of activity. We also focus on training multidisciplinary teams with the skills and experience necessary to act for clients in specific sectors.

With a team of more than 270 lawyers, the focus on internationalisation is increasingly relevant for PLMJ and through PLMJ International Legal Network, the firm has also been establishing itself as a reference outside Portugal. This network is made up of partnerships with local, independent firms in Angola, Mozambique, Macao, China, Brazil, Cape Verde and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and all of these markets represent a strengthening of PLMJ’s presence in destinations of interest to investors.

PLMJ’s investment in the continuous training of its lawyers through PLMJ’s Excelentia Training Centre has made it possible to provide lawyers with the in-depth, critical vision of the challenges of the profession and of their clients’ businesses and the market in which they operate that it so crucial today. Sharing know-how has always been a concern of PLMJ because we believe the only way to contribute to enriching the legal community is by publishing books, articles, guides and manual on the topics of greatest concern to our clients and the firm.

In Portugal, PLMJ has offices in Oporto and in Algarve as well as a network of national partnerships covering Coimbra, Guimarães, Azores and Madeira. This network enables each of these offices to be closer to its clients, to enrich their knowledge by sharing know-how, and to ensure effective support in the handling of any professional matters in Portugal or abroad.

The Oporto Office set up in October 2002 embodies the firm’s local presence in the Northern Region of Portugal. PLMJ’s Oporto office was created to better meet the rising demand for legal services from the firm’s local clients. Despite its regional nature, the Oporto Office has also been developing its international work as a consequence of its foreign client base and the continuing internationalization of its local clients.


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

Firm Practice Areas

  • Administrative Law
  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Banking Law
  • 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. da Liberdade, 224

Edifício Eurolex

Lisbon 1250-148


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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