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CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

PLMJ has a long and well-recognised experience in advising clients on corporate governance issues.

In the wake of the trend for recommendations in Portugal over the last decade and the growing interest of Portuguese companies and investors in this topic, PLMJ has developed innovative projects with some of its clients to bring corporate governance practices in to line with the requirements of the Sarbanes Oxley Act (2002) and subsequent North American regulations and best practices, EU Recommendations, particularly the best practices of the 2006 version of the Combined Code and more recently the Portuguese Companies Code (2006) and the CMVM (Portuguese Securities Commission) Corporate Governance Code (2007).

Providing legal assistance in this area requires a very significant level of expertise and in-depth knowledge of both domestic and international trends as well as detailed knowledge of the models and structures used internationally by leading benchmark companies. It also requires a keen focus on the high standards set by institutions that represent institutional investors.

The work carried out by PLMJ in this area has included, among others, providing assistance to reference shareholders and boards of directors in considering and designing the models to use and practices to follow in setting up, regulating and monitoring specialised in-house committees and in reviewing corporate governance reports.

PLMJ has participated actively in public consultation processes and its lawyers are frequently invited to give talks and training courses on the full range of corporate governance matters.