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January, 2016 - Lisbon, Portugal



PLMJ maintains its policy of sustained growth with the appointment of seven new partners


The law firm PLMJ, which is the largest in Portugal, is pleased to announce the appointment of seven new partners. The new partners will play an important role in business development for the firm in Portugal and in pursuing its objectives of growth and international consolidation, with particular focus on Angola and Mozambique.

These appointments reflect PLMJ’s clear commitment to a policy of organic growth and to recognising the technical and human qualities and professional merit of its lawyers. To fulfil this commitment, and based on the excellence of the work done by the lawyers and their daily contribution to boosting PLMJ’s competitiveness and reputation in Portugal and internationally, the following lawyers have been made up to partner:

• Rita Samoreno Gomes joins the banking, finance and restructuring litigation team;
• Inês Pinto da Costa joins the private equity/M&A practice;
• Diogo Duarte de Campos joins PLMJ’s Oporto office where his principal focus is public law;
• Francisco Lino Dias joins the international projects team;
• Sara Estima Martins joins the EU and competition law practice
• Bruno Xavier de Pina heads the Angola Desk working in close cooperation with the GLA office in Angola/Luanda;
Miguel Spínola heads the Mozambique Desk working in close cooperation with the TTA office in Mozambique/Maputo

PLMJ managing partner, Luís Pais Antunes, reveals that “with these appointments, PLMJ has renewed its commitment to professional development and to valuing its lawyers. In doing this, we recognise their personal qualities and professional merit. We are also confident of the significant contribution they make to increasing our competitiveness, efficiency and quality in providing legal services. As PLMJ is a full-service law firm with national and international coverage, we are very pleased to appoint new partners in Oporto and Lisbon in areas as diverse as corporate/M&A, , public law, private equity, litigation, international projects, European and competition law, as well as in our Angola and Mozambique Desks. This is a clear reflection of our strategy to consolidate our international offices”.

PLMJ has been involved in the largest deals of the year, in very complex domestic and cross-border cases, demanding a team effort. This involved 20 lateral hires including: André Figueiredo, as head of the capital markets practice, of counsel Rui Soares Pereira (arbitration), Pedro Caetano Nunes (litigation), Pedro Vale Gonçalves (intellectual property) and Madalena Perestrelo de Oliveira (capital markets). It also involved internal promotions, represented here by the appointment of the seven new partners.

This is yet another step in the consolidation of the strategy of PLMJ which, over its almost 50-year history, has managed to build successive generations of teams that are unparalleled in the market. PLMJ has done this through a culture of organic growth complemented by a policy of lateral hirings of highly specialised leading professionals, with a clear focus on young and dynamic teams.

In appointing these new partners, PLMJ has consolidated its position as Portugal’s leading law firm, with a total of 270 lawyers including 56 partners, spread across 9 countries.


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