Sara Estima Martins

Sara Estima Martins

Joined PLMJ in 2006.
Partner in the EU and Competition law practice.

About Sara

Sara is a partner in the EU and Competition law practice and has more than 15 years’ experience in this area. Her experience covers all competition law matters, especially mergers, cartels and other horizontal practices, vertical agreements and abuses of a dominant position. Sara frequently assists clients in implementing internal competition law compliance programmes.

She has also provided advice to several companies in matters of European Union law, particularly on issues of freedom of movement, structural funds, the common agricultural policy and access to documents of the EU institutions. Sara has often represented these clients before the European Commission and the European Court of Justice.

Her clients come from a variety of sectors including agriculture, food, pharmaceutical and financial.

Sara earned her law degree from the Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra and has an LLM in EU law from the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium.

In 2005, she worked on secondment in the competition law department of Allen & Overy in Madrid.


English, French, Spanish, Italian

Academic Background
  • Law degree from the University of Coimbra, 2002
  • Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association, 2004
  • LLM in EU law from the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium, 2005
Professional Background
  • Partner at PLMJ since 2016
  • PLMJ secondee associate at Allen & Overy, Madrid, in the competition practice, 2005
Best Lawyers
2021 - Sara Estima Martins |
2019 - Sara Estima Martins | Recognised lawyer
2018 - Sara Estima Martins |
2017 - Sara Estima Martins | Other Recommended Lawyer
2016 - Sara Estima Martins | Other Recommended Lawyer
Chambers Europe
2020 - Sara Estima Martins, Band 3 | Competition Law

"She advises clients on annulment actions, investigations and dawn raids."

2019 - Sara Estima Martins, Band 3 | Competition Law

"She´s considered by Clients as a brilliant lawyer: we really enjoy working with her."

2018 - Sara Estima Martins, Band 3 | Competition Law

"Clients appreciate that she is very hard-working and pragmatic in her approach to problems."

2017 - Sara Estima Martins | Competition Law

"Sara Estima Martins is an excellent professional, keen and sharp."

The Legal 500
2020 - Sara Estima Martins, Next generation partners | EU and Competition
2019 - Sara Estima Martins | EU and Competition
2017 - Sara Estima Martins, Next Generation Lawyer | EU and Competition
Who's Who Legal
2019 - Sara Estima Martins, Global Leader | Competition
2018 - Sara Estima Martins, Future Leader | Competition
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