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Legal Services | Portugal

tel: +351 213 197 300 | fax: +351 213 197 400
Av. Fontes Pereira de Melo, 43 | Lisbon | 1050-119 | Portugal

Main Contacts

Luis Antunes

Luis Pais AntunesManaging Partner


Lisbon, Portugal | Faro, Portugal | Porto, Portugal

PLMJ's Overview

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, Guimaraes and Madeira. International collaboration is ensured through firms specialising in the legal systems and local cultures of Angola, China/Macao, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe 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.

  • Year this Office was Established: 1967
  • Number of Offices Worldwide: 3
  • Lawyers Worldwide: 290

Languages: PLMJ Lawyers are able to provide services in various foreign languages, in particular English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Mandarin.


Areas of Practice
  • Banking and Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate M&A
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment and Labour
  • EU and Competition law
  • Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals
  • Intellectual Property
  • Projects and Energy
  • Public Law
  • Real Estate and Tourism
  • Tax
  • Technology and Privacy


Of Counsel

Senior Associates

Teresa Afonso

Teresa Madeira AfonsoManaging Associate

Rita Albuquerque

Rita AlbuquerqueManaging Associate

Rute Alves

Rute AlvesManaging associate

Eliana Bernardo

Eliana BernardoManaging associate

Joana Brandao

Joana BrandaoManaging Associate

Ruben Brigolas

Ruben BrigolasManaging associate

Carla Coelho

Carla Gois CoelhoManaging Associate

Eduardo Correia

Eduardo Finamore CorreiaManaging Associate

Raquel Correia

Raquel Ribeiro CorreiaManaging Associate

Sofia Coutinho

Sofia CoutinhoManaging associate

Joao da Costa

Joao Bravo da CostaManaging Associate

Ines da Cruz

Ines Gomes da CruzManaging Associate

Abel de Barbosa Mendonca

Abel de Barbosa MendoncaManaging Associate

Catarina de Carvalho

Catarina Guedes de CarvalhoManaging Associate

Alexander Ehlert

Alexander EhlertManaging associate

Rita Ferreira

Rita Assis FerreiraManaging Associate

Celia Freitas

Celia Vieira de FreitasManaging Associate

Manuel Gomes

Manuel da Silva GomesManaging Associate

Joao Lopes

Joao Dias LopesManaging Associate

Nuno Lourenco

Nuno Miguel LourencoManaging Associate

Nuno Luis Sapateiro

Nuno Luis SapateiroManaging Associate

Miguel Marques de Carvalho

Miguel Marques de CarvalhoManaging Associate

Marta Pedro

Marta PedroManaging Associate

Telma Pires de Lima

Telma Pires de LimaManaging Associate

Marco Ramalheiro

Marco RamalheiroManaging Associate

Dirce Rente

Dirce RenteManaging associate

Jorge Silva Martins

Jorge Silva MartinsManaging Associate


The Impact of VAT on Your Business in China
PLMJ, October 2020

Defining your strategy and analysing the market are crucial when making the decision to invest in China, but the tax efficiency of the business has its own specific issues and investors should not neglect them either. The Chinese tax system has particular characteristics that you must get to know before investing. In this informative note, we will address some basic aspects of value added tax and the invoicing system. However, it will always be necessary to go into much more detail and to consult a specialist in each individual case. Value added tax (VAT) and the invoicing system known as fapiao are two of the main sources of revenue for the Chinese government...

Supervision by Banco de Portugal of Activities Involving Virtual Assets
PLMJ, October 2020

Law 58/2020 of 31 August implements into Portuguese law Directive (EU) 2018/843 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2018 on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering or terrorist financing. It enshrines in the Portuguese legal framework a first approach to the regulation of entities that engage in activities with virtual assets...

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PLMJ Hires Joaquim Shearman de Macedo as Co-Head of its Dispute Resolution Practice
PLMJ, June 2020

Joaquim Shearman de Macedo is a new partner and co-head of PLMJ’s dispute resolution practice. Ten years after leaving PLMJ, where he started his career, Shearman de Macedo has re-joined the firm in the new cycle that began at the end of 2018. He comes in as co-head of the team together with Rita Samoreno Gomes and Pedro Metello de Nápoles. For Bruno Ferreira, PLMJ's co-managing partner, “this strengthening of the firm's leadership in the dispute resolution practice is a strategic step towards realising our vision for the firm: to be able to serve our clients for the next 20 years, to continue to grow in Portugal and to consolidate our international position...

PLMJ Reinforces its Tax Department with the Arrival of New Partner Isaque Ramos
PLMJ, December 2019

Isaque Ramos joins PLMJ from McKinsey, where he was responsible for the tax and legal management of projects in Portugal and Africa. Ramos focuses providing consultancy services in Portugal and in international markets. He has previously worked at EY and in the corporate and international tax department of KPMG. PLMJ managing partner Luís Pais Antunes said the hiring of Ramos was a “decisive step in consolidating the transformation strategy that PLMJ has undertaken to provide high quality legal services to increasingly demanding clients”...

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