Practice Areas

Banking and Finance

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We work with Portuguese and international clients to design, structure and execute financial transactions. We also analyse and advise on financial regulation matters, and on setting up and operating in the banking, financial intermediation, and insurance sectors.

We have worked on some of the most important operations carried out in the financial sector in Portugal, including the sale and purchase and the restructuring of banks and financial companies.

Our lawyers advise Portuguese and foreign clients on complex operations to buy and sell assets, including structuring and implementing acquisitions of portfolios of non-performing loans. The team works together with the firm’s other practices to cover all matters relevant to banking and finance, in particular, tax and litigation.

We advise on banking and investment services regulatory matters, particularly in setting up branches in Portugal and in the cross-border provision of services under the European system of free provision of services. We have acted as intermediary with the Portuguese supervisory authorities on many occasions.

We also provide legal assistance to our clients in matters relating to financial derivatives and we have worked actively in designing structured risk management operations. Our team has also revised the documentation and procedures relating to these types of operations for our clients, to adapt them to the recent legal and regulatory developments.

We have extensive experience in structuring the supply and distribution of complex financial products, in particular structured bonds, for sale to private investors.

Specialisations

PLMJ is one of the top law firms in Portugal because it has an outstanding reputation. The team’s strengths are its availability, dedication and sound advice. It’s a leading local firm.
Other Awards
2024 Leaders League - Banking & Finance
2024 Leaders League - Banking & Finance
2024 Leaders League - Banking & Finance
2024 Leaders League - Banking & Finance
2024 Leaders League - Banking & Finance
2024 Leaders League - Banking & Finance
2023 Leaders League - Banking & Finance
2023 Leaders League - Banking & Finance
2023 Leaders League - Banking & Finance
2023 Leaders League - Banking & Finance
2021 Leaders League - Banking & Finance
2021 Leaders League - Private Equity
Chambers Europe
2023 Banking & Finance Law Recommended Tier 1
2022 Banking & Finance Law Recommended Tier 2
2021 Private Equity Recommended Tier 2

"Clients describe the team as trustworthy in a variety of sectors, as weel as proactive, commercial and responsive."

2020 Banking & Finance Law Recommended Tier 2

"Clients attest that the firm showcases "experience, flexibility and very hard work."

2019 Banking & Finance Law Recommended Tier 2

"The lawyers are fast, they don't over-analyse and they produce high-quality work."

2018 Banking & Finance Law Recommended Tier 2

"A friendly team, with a sensible approach and particularly good in strategy."

2017 Banking & Finance Law Recommended Tier 2

"A friendly team, with a sensible approach and particularly good in strategy."

Chambers Global
2024 Banking & Finance Recommended Tier 1
2024 Capital Markets Recommended Tier 1
2023 Banking & Finance Recommended Tier 1
2023 Capital Markets - UK Recommended Tier 1
2022 Banking & Finance Recommended Tier 2
2021 Banking & Finance Recommended Tier 2
2020 Banking & Finance Recommended Tier 2
2019 Banking & Finance Recommended Tier 2
2018 Banking & Finance Recommended Tier 2
2017 Banking & Finance Recommended Tier 2
The Legal 500
2023 Banking and Finance Recommended Tier 1
2022 Banking and Finance Recommended Tier 1
2021 Banking and Finance Recommended Tier 1
2020 Banking and Finance Recommended Tier 1
2019 Banking and Finance Recommended Tier 1
2018 Banking and Finance Recommended Tier 2
2017 Banking and Finance Recommended Tier 2
IFLR1000
2023 Banking and Finance: Banking Recommended Tier 1
2022 Banking and Finance: Project Development Recommended Tier 2
2022 Banking and Finance: Banking Recommended Tier 1
2022 Banking and Finance: Project Finance Recommended Tier 2
2021 Banking & Finance: Banking Recommended Tier 2
2021 Banking & Finance: Project Finance Recommended Tier 2
2021 Angola| Banking
2021 Mozambique| Financial and Corporate Recommended Tier 2
2021 Mozambique| Banking Recommended Tier 2
2020 Banking & Finance (Project Finance) Recommended Tier 2
2020 Angola - Banking Recommended Tier 2
2020 Angola - Project Finance Recommended Tier 2
2020 Mozambique - Banking Recommended Tier 2
2019 Banking & Finance Recommended Tier 2
2018 Banking & Finance Recommended Tier 2
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