Portuguese law practices establish partnerships with Chinese counterparts

15 November 2010

Lisbon, Portugal, 15 Nov – Portuguese law practices are focusing on links to Chinese law offices to benefit from the increase in trade between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries, with two new partnerships set up in the last month alone.

Portugal’s PLMJ signed a partnership agreement with Dacheng Law Offices, one of China’s biggest law practices, which exclusively and reciprocally covers, Portugal, Angola, Mozambique and Cape Verde (on PLMJ’s side) and China, Singapore and Taiwan (on Dacheng’s side).

“This partnership is an excellent opportunity. We aim to focus on Chinese investments in Portuguese-speaking African countries. On the other hand we believe that interesting opportunities will emerge for Portuguese, Brazilian and African investors in southern China,” said Manuel Santos Vítor, partner and board member of PLMJ.

Portuguese law offices Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados has also launched itself into trying to take advantage of Chinese foreign investment in Portuguese-speaking markets, with an alliance with MdME of Macau.

“The office is happy with this decisive step, which boosts its international strategy, particularly as it has found a partner of the level quality and professionalism of MdME,”said Nuno Galvão Teles, of the Portuguese law firm.

The PLMJ International Legal Network is now present in Portugal, Brazil (via Tozinni Freire Advogados), Angola (GLA Advogados), Mozambique (MGA Advogados) and Macau (DSL Lawyers), as well as in China.

The Morais Leitão partnership follows cooperation agreements with firms in Brazil, in 2006, in Angola at the beginning of 2010. The office has some 160 lawyers in Portugal. (macauhub)