PLMJ named Best Portuguese Law Firm at the Chambers Europe Awards 2014

PLMJ has been named Best Portuguese Law Firm, an award it had already received in 2009 and 2012. The Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2014, for which this most prestigious of international legal directories evaluates the work of leading law firms across Europe, were presented yesterday in London at a ceremony attended by PLMJ partners PLMJ, Nuno Líbano Monteiro and Manuel Santos Vitor. In the words of PLMJ’s managing partner Manuel Santos Vitor, “We are honoured and proud to have received this award. It is a well-deserved, public and independent recognition of the work we have been doing and of our capacity to provide high-quality legal advice in different countries, sectors of activity and practice areas. It is also an incentive to maintain our ambition and continue our work of providing constant attention to the needs of our clients, with excellence, rigour and innovation.” This distinction, which carries enormous international prestige, is the result of a thorough evaluation of the legal market and it confirms PLMJ's leadership role in the Portuguese legal profession and recognises the excellent work done by the firm over the past year. Manuel Santos Vitor added that, “We share this award with all those who work in the offices of PLMJ International Legal Network in Angola, Mozambique, China and Macau and with all our other partners both in Portugal and around the world. Of course, we also want to share the award with all the clients who place their trust in us as we continue to provide an effective respond to the challenges they set for us while adding value to their businesses and activities. I would also like to express my appreciation and respect for the other law firms that were shortlisted and that demonstrate enormous quality in the legal work they do in Portugal, year upon year”. A year of sustained growth and international expansion PLMJ’s acceptance of the award for Best Portuguese Law Firm is the culmination of a year of enormous challenges and great conquests, both in Portugal and internationally. The results now announced, which refer to the year 2013, confirm PLMJ's position as a leading, full-service law firm and the consistency it has demonstrated is reflected by the fact that the firm has won this award several times over recent years. In 2013, PLMJ was involved in all the main operations that took place in Portugal including the privatisations of REN, ANA, CTT and BIC. The firm also handled major restructuring and insolvency processes, arbitrations and private equity deals, and advised on the on the largest M&A operation carried out in Portugal, the ZON-Optimus merger as well as the largest oil and gas deal in Mozambique. Another important area of work for PLMJ was in new real estate projects including those involving the arrival of new luxury brands in Avenida da Liberdade in Lisbon and the opening of the largest Ikea store in the country. The newly-introduced Golden Visa scheme also brought a new wave of clients seeking support with their applications. This evaluation by Chambers also reflects the significant increase in PLMJ's international presence and the consolidation of the partnerships established in PLMJ International Legal Network with its presence in Portuguese-speaking countries as well as other countries. As it also continued to focus on the European market, PLMJ set up an Italian Desk dedicated to advising clients of Italian origin and clients wanting to invest in Italy. This desk is staffed by a team of Italian and Portuguese lawyers with extensive knowledge of the language, market and culture of Italy who have broad experience in advising clients and companies from Italy or with Italian capital. More recently, PLMJ also set up a Swiss Desk with a multidisciplinary team focused on assisting private clients from Portugal and other Portuguese-speaking countries and on supporting companies in Switzerland with interest in these countries. The Chambers Europe Award for Excellence 2014 award sits alongside the other prestigious awards and distinctions that PLMJ has received over recent years.

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