Armando Martins Ferreira

Partner | Lisbon

Armando Martins Ferreira is a non-executive member of the Board of Directors of Abreu Advogados.

He joined the law firm in 2000, working primarily on matters related to competition and European law, digital economy, business structuring, intellectual property and commercial litigation.

He co-heads the practice law area of Competition, Regulation and European Union and heads the industry sector dedicated to Digital Economy, Retail and Distribution.

He has coordinated the involvement of the firm in various merger control operations, including the negotiation of commitments, as well as cartel cases and abuse of dominant position proceedings.

He also has extensive experience in commercial contracting, distribution and agency networks, licensing, mergers and acquisitions, advising a wide-range of national and multinational clients – from start-ups to leading companies – in expanding and protecting their businesses and investments.

Armando Martins Ferreira of Abreu Advogados has a long-standing track record advising clients from the pharmaceutical, energy and retail sectors on both consultancy and litigation matters. Clients praise his “deep knowledge of competition issues and the legal framework,” adding that he “provides very strong opinions and strategies.

Armando Martins Ferreira co-leads the practice and advises on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious competition mandates, including merger filing. One client reports: “He is a hard worker who is available, hands-on and very knowledgeable.

Work Experience

Advising North American and European multinationals on becoming established in Portugal by systematically acquiring competing operations in the domestic and/or European market; advising on the reorganisation of their operations and business structure, developing new partnerships and distribution and supply network contracts.

Advising on the sale (or acquisition) of several prominent Portuguese banking operations and authorized financial institutions;

Advising an industrial conglomerate based in Germany on concessions and new investments

Advising and representing a multinational Portuguese investment company on port services concessions and maritime and logistics operations in the context of EU law and competition regulations.

Advising and representing national and international leaders in various industries regarding regulatory compliance with EU competition law and regulations.

Advising and representing one of the Iberian Peninsula’s leading energy producers regarding competition and regulation in Portugal.

Advising on the process of a concessionaire granting sub-concessions for urban public transport services.

Advising and representing retail (food and non-food) multinationals on regulations and/or research into compliance with European Union law and competition regulations.)

Advising and representing a European company in the food industry against the main competition as regards EU competition law and regulations.

Advising a Japanese multinational in the automobile industry on establishing its distribution and technical support network in various Member States of the European Union.


Academic Background

University of Lisbon

Law degree from University of Lisbon, Faculty of Law (1989)


Studies in EU Law, SQTE (1990)

Instituto Nacional de Administração

Postgraduate diploma in Competition Policy, INA - Instituto Nacional de Administração (2004)

Nova University

Master degree in Law and Management, Nova University of Lisbon/Nova Forum (2011)