Eight tax lawyers have left Portuguese law firm PLMJ – AM Pereira S Leal O Martins Júdice & Associados to form tax boutique Rogério Fernandes Ferreira & Associados.
The group, led by PLMJ tax head Rogério Fernandes Ferreira, includes lawyers Francisco de Carvalho Furtado, Ana Moutinho do Nascimento, Mónica Respício Gonçalves and Marta Machado de Almeida, as well as senior associates Pedro Saraiva Nércio, João Mesquita and Sérgio Brigas Afonso, alongside two trainees.
It will also include several tax specialists as consultants, including economist and customs specialist Manuel Teixeira Fernandes; Manuel Lopes Faustino, who is a faculty member at the Institute for Economic, Fiscal and Tax Law of the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon (IDEFF); chartered accountant António Alves da Silva; and economist and auditor Jaime Ramos Guerra.
The new firm will also count on the expertise of a number of international correspondents, including José Pinto Monteiro in Praia (Cape Verde); Roberto Mendes Londral in Funchal (Madeira); Raquel Alves in São Paulo; Alexandra Nascimento Gonçalves in Luanda; Filipe Regêncio Figueiredo in Macau; Paul Pimenta in Maputo (Mozambique; and Domingos Morais Tristão in Díli (Timor-Leste).
This brings the headcount to over 20 lawyers, with combined expertise in a range of specialist areas, including general tax and fiscal matters, customs issues, VAT, income tax, labour issues and contentious tax matters.
The departures leaves a team of three tax partners and 10 other lawyers at PLMJ, with partner João Magalhães Ramalho now leading the practice group. A spokesperson from PLMJ told The Lawyer that the firm has imminent plans to hire lawyers to bolster the firm’s tax department.
The departures come as PLMJ announces its annual promotions round. The firm has promoted arbitration and litigation expert Pedro Metello de Nápoles to equity partner, as well as capital markets specialist Magda Viçoso and banking specialist Hugo Rosa Ferreira to salaried partners. Metello de Nápoles is also responsible for coordinating the partnership between PLMJ and Angolan law firm GLA – Gabinete Legal Angola, a member of PLMJ International Legal Network. PLMJ opened a new office in Mozambique through a joint partnership with a local Maputo-based practice in July 2011 (4 July 2011).
The last major departures from PLMJ were in 2007, when five partners left the firm, taking with them their entire teams, following a dispute over the law firm’s strategy (12 November 2007). The following year the firm revamped its management structure and set up a new partner remuneration scheme (2 June 2008).