Marques Mendes & Associados
Marques Mendes & Associados is a multidisciplinary Portuguese firm well known notably for combining a very strong corporate law practice, a prominent presence in all fields of EU law and competition/antitrust law at both EC and national levels (agreements and concerted practices, merger control - often involving multi-jurisdiction concentration operations - abuse of dominant position and state aid) and reported solid skills in all areas of finance law (including banking, insurance and project finance), IT, telecoms and media.With one of the largest competition/antitrust law groups among Portuguese firms, the focus in this area of the law - at both national and community levels - developed in parallel with the strong EU law practice of the firm, which has always been one of its most distinctive features.Due to the specific academic and professional background of some of its members - Mário Marques Mendes (resume) and Pedro Vilarinho Pires (resume), the firm's practice has always been internationally oriented. While a substantial part of the work handled by the firm involves international clients, with or without local subsidiaries, the firm - which has also built, since its formation, on a strong national client base - continues to advise, on a regular basis, national institutions, public sector entities, major corporations and associations of undertakings, which it often represents in proceedings before the European Commission and Portuguese regulatory authorities, or in cases handled before national and EC Courts.Practice Areas:Corporate, commercial and M&AFrom its inception, the firm has acted for international clients, advising on all legal aspects of their investment, establishment and activity in Portugal. It has also handled corporate restructuring operations, including take-overs and mergers, spin-offs and split-offs, having conducted, where required, legal due diligence procedures. FinanceThe firm covers all areas of finance, including banking, insurance, securities, structured finance, project finance, leasing and factoring. EU law, Competition / Anti-trustThe firm has always been active in EC law and EC law related matters, notably competition/anti-trust and regulatory issues, intellectual property, anti-dumping, state aids and public procurement. It has been retained by both EC and national institutions, advised and represented public sector entities, as well as major corporations and associations of undertakings, in proceedings before Portuguese and EC authorities, and handled important litigation before national and EC courts. The firm has also assisted clients in transnational concentration operations having filed notifications and conducted the corresponding cases before both the EC Commission and Portuguese competition authorities. IT (including computer hardware and software)The firm has long-standing experience in representing some of the key players in the IT sector, advising on all IT matters, notably on computer software licensing and related issues. The firm has also been frequently involved in the negotiation of information technology outsourcing deals. TelecomunicationsThe firm provides legal assistance to multinational and local telecommunications operators, covering a wide range of areas that include regulatory licensing and operational aspects. Lawyers of the firm have also been called to assess telecommunications legal and regulatory matters and their interrelation with other areas of law, in particular EC and EC related laws, notably competition/anti-trust. EnergyThe firm has been strongly involved in several aspects of the Portuguese energy market advising clients on energy and energy-related domestic and international transactions, also assisting in cases conducted at both national and EC levels. EmploymentThe firm advises clients on all aspects of employment and other labour related issues, representing clients in negotiation procedures as well as before the courts. Entertainment and MediaThe firm advises on the negotiation and drafting of production and licensing agreements in the areas of TV and films. It has also represented clients in important rights infringement litigation. Litigation and ArbitrationThe firm has developed specific expertise in all areas of civil, commercial and labour litigation. In the area of EC law, it is frequently involved in cases conducted before both Portuguese and EC courts. Members of the firm have served as arbitrators in arbitration proceedings, having also represented clients in some important cases.

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