German Desk


PLMJ has the largest team of lawyers in Portugal offering legal services in the German language.

The German Desk helps German-speaking companies and other investors to realise their projects and visions in Portugal. It also helps Portuguese companies enter the German-speaking markets. Our mission is to provide personalised and effective solutions to the different challenges in both markets.

In recent years, the economic interaction between Portuguese and German-speaking companies has become a pillar of the Portuguese economic fabric and is now a key part of that fabric. This is reflected in particular in the growing needs of our clients, whether it be in drafting contracts, supporting day-to-day business, complex investment projects or meeting legal obligations and collecting debts.

The simplified procedures and speed of setting up a company in Portugal make it easier for German-speaking companies to enter Portugal, and this is where our team comes in.

Our German Desk is made up of lawyers fluent in both German and Portuguese, some of whom have dual nationality. We offer legal advice as experts in the different legal systems and have over 20 years of experience working with clients from German-speaking countries. The team handles cases entirely in German, including correspondence with the client, drafting opinions and contracts, studying and analysing German documents and liaising with German-speaking colleagues and authorities. We also prepare and conduct legal proceedings for our clients in Portugal, including the examination of German-speaking witnesses.

The German Desk also maintains close links with the trade departments of the embassies and chambers of commerce of various countries. Our team is therefore able to provide the best legal advice to clients based or operating in Portugal, as well as Portuguese clients operating in German-speaking countries.

The German Desk's relationships with numerous German law firms and networks also facilitate the provision of legal advice to our clients.

In summary, the legal advice provided by the German Desk means long-term support – from the first contact in Portugal to complex investment processes, whether in the field of commercial and corporate law, property law or credit enforcement – and all this, if the client so wishes, entirely in German.

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