Practice Areas

Capital markets


We advise issuers, investors and financial intermediaries on all types of capital market transactions and have acted in the most complex corporate financing deals in the Portuguese market.

Our capital markets team has played a role in the main public share offerings and rights issues, providing legal support to issuers, underwriters and financial advisers in different sectors and regulatory environments. We have extensive experience in advising on cross border offers, and on issuance and placement of hybrid and convertible instruments. The team has also been involved in the most significant takeover bids in the Portuguese market, advising prominent offerors, target companies and shareholders. With a multidisciplinary approach, the capital markets team works seamlessly with other colleagues to draw on PLMJ’s experience in related areas, including mergers and acquisitions, regulatory, tax and restructuring.

With regard to DCM work, we represent the most active issuers in the Portuguese and international markets in Eurobond issuances, EMTN programmes and ECP programmes. We also handle domestic sovereign debt issuances and issuances for international placement. The team has worked on liability management operations, exchange offers and high-yield bond issuances. In the wake of the recent sovereign debt and banking crises, we have advised bond market investors on some of the largest restructuring transactions carried out in Portugal, some of them in the context of bank resolutions.

Our team has played a central role in some of the most innovative structured debt and securitisation operations in Portugal, and we have contributed to the development of legal technology in this field. One highlight is the work we have done in transactions involving all types of underlying assets, for public and private placement.

Our knowledge of capital markets regulatory matters, in parallel with our transactional work, is what sets this team apart. We advise the leading market players on matters relating to governance of listed companies, derivatives and compliance involving issues of transparency, disclosure of information and market abuse.


They are dynamic, proactive, responsive and solution-oriented. They’re not afraid to give a view on untested and novel areas of law. They’re a great firm to work with.
Chambers Europe
2018 Capital Markets Recommended Tier 3

"Well versed to cover debt and equity capital markets, in addition to structured finance and derivatives. Compact team active in public and private offerings and corporate governance. Regularly advises financial institutions and domestic listed companies. "

2017 Capital Markets Recommended Tier 3

"They move things along and are notably responsive, with a focus on the important factors."

Chambers Global
2018 Capital Markets Recommended Tier 3
2018 Capital Markets Recommended Tier 3
2017 Capital Markets Recommended Tier 3
Legal 500
2019 Capital Markets Recommended Tier 1
2018 Capital Markets Recommended Tier 2
2017 Capital Markets Recommended Tier 2
IFLR 1000
2019 Capital Markets Recommended Tier 2
2019 Capital Markets (Debt) Recommended Tier 2
2019 Capital Markets (Equity) Recommended Tier 2
2018 Capital Markets (Debt) Recommended Tier 2
2018 Capital Markets (Equity) Recommended Tier 2
Best Lawyers
2017 Other Recommended Lawyer Other Recommended Lawyer
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