VdA's Competition & EU team is once more placed among the top four leaders in the national market and among the best 100 in the international market by the Global Competition Review (GCR).

The specialized international publication refers to Nuno Ruiz, partner responsible for the practice as a "renowned specialist" leading some of the major and most reported cases in the country and also Miguel Mendes Pereira, partner at the practice who "has been advising transactions at an international level involving China and Germany, after having worked as Lead Legal Adviser at the Portuguese Competition Authority", writes the GCR. Further to this Mendes Pereira has also worked as Legal Secretary (référendaire) in the Chambers of Judge Martins Ribeiro, Court of First Instance of the European Communities, in Luxembourg and Administrator at the Media Unit of DG Competition of the European Commission, in Brussels.

The GCR's ranking takes into account the peers opinions on the firm's practice and also the relevance of the clients and transactions advised, making reference to some of them.

With a strong presence in the utilities market - with a special focus on the telecoms, mail, energy and water sectors - VdA's Competition & EU team has also been advising clients in the banking, chemical and pharmaceutical industry, road concessions, television and construction in concentration and infraction cases brought before the Competition Authority and the European Commission, especially in what concerns cartels and abuse of dominant position.