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Portuguese firm PLMJ has signed a new cooperation agreement with two-partner Madeira firm Mendes Londral & Associados (ML&A) in an extension to its network.
The agreement adds a fifth region to PLMJ’s network of ‘partner’ firms, which already includes firms in the Portuguese cities of Coimbra, Viseu and Guimarães as well as the Azores. It hands the firm north-to-south coverage across Portugal.
Like the Azores, Madeira is an autonomous region of Portugal with its own government, although it retains strong links with the larger country and is classed as an ‘outermost region’ of the EU.
ML&A was founded in 1946 and currently has four lawyers, including partners Isabel Mendes Londral and Roberto Mendes Londral. The latter was an associate at PLMJ between 2006 and 2010.
PLMJ managing partner Manuel Santos Vítor said Madeira had a “great ability to attract investors”.
The firms have not worked together before, but PLMJ said there were “obvious synergies” created by the partnership.
Roberto Mendes Londral added that the partnership would provide ML&A’s clients with direct access to areas of greater specialisation.
The move continues consistent growth for PLMJ, which earlier this year set up a Swiss desk and opened an office in Lausanne (17 March 2014).