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September, 2015 - Lisbon, Portugal



PLMJ heads the rankings for M&A deals in Portugal according to Mergermarket


PLMJ is the only Portuguese law firm to appear in the Mergermarket rankings for Iberian M&A deals and this is the market leader for legal advice on company or asset sale and purchase operations in Portugal for 2015.

Mergermarket is an international research agency of the Thompson Reuters group. It researches and analyses information on the main players and advisers in major M&A (mergers and acquisitions) deals.

PLMJ is the only Portuguese law firm in the top 15 ranking of Iberian legal advisers and, in 14th place in the 2015 ranking, the firm has risen five places compared with its position in 2014. PLMJ earned this top ranking position with a set of deals it has advised on up to September 2015. Mergermarket selected seven M&A deals handled by PLMJ, with a total value of USD 776 million.

For Duarte Schmidt Lino, the partner who heads PLMJ’s private equity practice, “these results reflect the fact that the Portuguese market is growing and attracting interest from a range of international players, and this has opened the way for a larger number of M&A and private equity deals over the coming years. These factors have allowed PLMJ to grow in this area in a way that is intense and sustained, and that merits the trust of its clients PLMJ.”

2015 is a year that has brought a great deal of work to PLMJ’s M&A and private equity teams, which have advised on the most important merger and privatisation operations taking place in Portugal. Highlights among these operations include Oxy Capital, HIG Capital, and the acquisition of EFACEC Power Solution by Isabel dos Santos’ group. The PLMJ teams also advised on the sale of Phone House Portugal, Toyota, Fujifilm, and Ecco, as well as the sale of Mercado da Ribeira to Timeout and Tripadvisor’s acquisition of BestTables.


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