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

  • Arbitration and Mediation in Portugal (2020)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law in Portugal (2020)

Top Listed National Awards

  • Top Listed in Portugal in Arbitration and Mediation with 11 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Portugal in Insolvency and Reorganization Law with 8 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Portugal in Real Estate Law with 10 lawyers

Top Listed City Awards

  • Top Listed in Lisbon in Arbitration and Mediation with 8 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Lisbon in Corporate Law with 12 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Lisbon in Insolvency and Reorganization Law with 7 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Porto in Litigation with 4 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Porto in Public Law with 4 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Lisbon in Real Estate Law with 9 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.


Rita Samoreno Gomes
Corporate and financial litigation
+351 213 197 300
Tiago Cortes
Employment and Labour
+351 213 197 300
Miguel C. Reis
Head of PLMJ’s Porto office
+351 226 074 700
Eduardo Nogueira Pinto
Healthcare, life sciences & pharmaceuticals
+351 213 197 300
Sofia Gomes da Costa
Real estate, planning and tourism
+351 213 197 300
Pedro Metello de Nápoles
+351 213 197 300
Hugo Rosa Ferreira
Banking and Finance
+351 213 197 300
André Figueiredo
Capital Markets
+351 213 197 300
Pedro Faria
Civil and Commercial litigation
+351 213 197 300
Diogo Perestrelo
Corporate M&A
+351 213 197 300
Alexandra Mota Gomes
Criminal Law and Compliance
+351 213 197 300
Nuno Líbano Monteiro
Dispute resolution / Restructuring and Insolvency
+351 213 197 300
Nuno Ferreira Morgado
Employment and Labour Law
+351 213 197 300
Ricardo Oliveira
EU and Competition Law
+351 213 197 300
Manuel Lopes Rocha
Intellectual Property
+351 213 197 300
Duarte Schmidt Lino
Private Equity
+351 213 197 300
Inês Pinto da Costa
Projects and Energy
+351 213 197 300
Diogo Duarte Campos
Public Law
+351 213 197 300
Tiago Mendonça de Castro
Real estate, planning and tourism
+351 213 197 300
Serena Cabrita Neto
+351 213 197 300
Daniel Reis
Technology and privacy
+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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