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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.

Specializations

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.
Chambers Europe
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
2019 Banking & Finance Recommended Tier 2
2018 Banking & Finance Recommended Tier 2
2017 Banking & Finance Recommended Tier 2
The Legal 500
2019 Banking and Finance Recommended Tier 1
2018 Banking and Finance Recommended Tier 2
2017 Banking and Finance Recommended Tier 2
IFLR 1000
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
Who's Who Legal
2019 Banking - Finance Global Leaders
2019 Restructuring & Insolvency Global Leaders
Best Lawyers
2019 Insolvency and Reorganization Law Law Firm of the Year

"Filipa Cotta of PLMJ is celebrating both her firm’s 2019 “Law Firm of the Year” award for Insolvency and Reorganization Law in Portugal, and its recent 50th anniversary as a major player in the Portuguese market. Cotta speaks with Best Lawyers CEO Phillip Greer about changes in her insolvency practice, and what the firm has planned for the future."

2018 Recognised Lawyer Recognised Lawyers
2017 Other Recommended Lawyer Other Recommended Lawyer
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