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

We have been involved in some of the most important transactions carried out in the financial sector in Portugal, including the sale and purchase and the restructuring of banks and financial companies. We advise Portuguese and foreign clients on complex operations to buy and sell assets, including structuring and implementing acquisitions of portfolios of non-performing loans. Our team also 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.

Our team has advised numerous companies in the aviation sector, including air transport operators and aircraft leasing and financing companies on matters relating to financing for this important industry. In addition, we provide legal assistance to our clients in matters relating to financial derivatives and we have worked actively in designing structured risk management operations. We have 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.
The Legal 500
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
Who's Who Legal
2021 Project Finance
2021 Banking - Finance, Capital Markets
2020 Capital Markets - Debt & Equity
2020 Banking - Finance, Capital Markets
2019 Banking - Finance
2019 Restructuring & Insolvency
IFLR 1000
2022 Banking & Finance: Banking Recommended Tier 1
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
Best Lawyers
2021 Private Equity Law Lawyer of the year
2018 Recommended Lawyers
2017 Recommended Lawyers
Chambers Europe
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
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
Leaders League
2021 Private Equity Excellent
2021 Banking & Finance Leading
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