Ricardo Oliveira

PLMJ (Lisbon)
Lawyer (Partner)

Ricardo Oliveira is head of the EU, competition and regulation department of PLMJ in Lisbon. He is a graduate of the University of Lisbon Law School and holds an LLM in EU Law from the College of Europe in Bruges. Ricardo has been practising competition law for nearly 15 years, with a particular focus on defence in cartel matters, litigation, merger control and implementation of competition compliance programmes. His practice covers a wide range of industries, including food, pharmaceuticals, air transport, energy, financial services and media. Ricardo’s regular clients include a number of international market leaders in those industries. Ricardo’s extensive experience of EU and competition affairs has been built not only in private practice, but also in public institutions. Before joining PLMJ, Ricardo worked at the chambers of the president of the Court of First Instance of the European Communities in Luxembourg and at the European Commission in Brussels. Ricardo has published several articles on Portuguese competition law in specialised reviews. He has lectured competition law at the National Institute for Administration and is a frequent speaker at competition law conferences. Ricardo is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

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36709 Bulletin

Ricardo Oliveira A Portuguese Court annuls Competition Authority’s finding of a price fixing and market sharing cartel in the market for fire-fighting helicopters (Helicopters’ cartel)

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I. The facts and the administrative proceedings In October 2007, the Portuguese Competition Authority (the “PCA”) issued a decision finding a price-fixing and market-sharing cartel between Aeronorte and Helisul in their reply to the public tender for helicopters to fight forest fires, and (...)

Ricardo Oliveira A Portuguese Court annuls the NCA’s decision to convict 10 milling companies on the basis of the violation of the right to due process (Cerealis / Milling cartel)

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I. The facts and the administrative proceedings On September 2005, the Portuguese Competition Authority (the “PCA”) issued a decision finding 10 milling companies (representing 75% of the market) guilty of fixing the price of wheat flour between December 2000 and August 2004, and imposed a total (...)

Ricardo Oliveira The Portuguese Competition Authority clears a merger in the food and fuel retail distribution markets with remedies, including limitation and reduction of sale areas and not to apply for new licences (Sonae/Carrefour)

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The operation Sonae Distribuição (Sonae) is a sub-holding of the Sonae Group which operates in food and non-food retail markets. Carrefour Portugal (Carrefour) is a company of the Carrefour Group which operates in food retail markets. Sonae proposed acquiring 99,8648% of Carrefour issued share (...)

Ricardo Oliveira The Portuguese Competition Authority clears a merger in the fuel retail market, amongst others, with remedies, including the cancellation of exclusivity clauses (Bencom/Carrefour)

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The operation The operation consists in the acquisition of sole control of the company NSL - Nicolau Sousa Lima, SGPS, S.A. (NSL) by the Bensaude Group, through the company Bencom - Armazenamento e Comércio de Combustíveis S.A. (“Bencom”) (para. 1.1). The markets According to the PCA’s (...)

Ricardo Oliveira The Portuguese Competition Authority clears a merger in the air transport sector subject to remedies, including third parties access obligations, interlining agreements and freezing flights (Portugália/TAP)

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The operation Transportes Aéreos Portugueses, SGPS, S.A. (TAP) is a state-owned company which mainly operates in the air transport of passengers. Portugália - Companhia Portuguesa de Transportes Aéreos, S.A. (PGA) mainly operates in the regional air transport of passengers. TAP intends to acquire (...)

Miguel Marques de Carvalho, Ricardo Oliveira The Lisbon Court of Commerce quashes decisions fining pharmaceutical companies on procedural grounds (Abbot, Bayer, Johnson & Johnson, Menarini and Roche)

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In its judgement of 26 March 2007 the Lisbon Court of Commerce (the “Court”) quashed on procedural grounds two decisions adopted by the Portuguese Competition Authority (the “PCA”) fining five pharmaceutical companies (Abbot, Bayer, Johnson & Johnson, Menarini and Roche). The PCA had found that (...)

Ricardo Oliveira The Portuguese Competition Authority clears a merger in the market for telecommunication and media subject to remedies related to fixed and mobile networks activities and to media and contents activities (Sonaecom/PT merger)

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The operation The operation consisted in a merger resulting from a takeover bid launched by SONAECOM, SGPS, S.A. (Sonaecom) over PORTUGAL TELECOM, SGPS, S.A. (PT). Sonaecom is a sub-holding of the SONAE group and operating in the telecommunication, Internet and media areas, especially in the (...)

Ricardo Oliveira The Portuguese Competition Authority clears a merger in the electrical power production business, including remedies such as to maintain the maximum availability for production from wind generation facilities (Enernova II)

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The operation ENERNOVA - NOVAS ENERGIAS, S.A. (Enernova) is a company fully owned by EDP - Energias de Portugal, S.A., which operates electrical power production from wind energy. BOLORES - ENERGIA EÓLICA, S.A. (Bolores) is a company which operates wind farms (in particular Bolores e Mosteiro). (...)

Ricardo Oliveira The Portuguese Competition Authority clears a merger in the electrical power production sector subject to remedies, including loyal exploitation of facilities and maintaining maximum production availability (Enernova/Ortiga/Safra)

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The operation ENERNOVA - NOVAS ENERGIAS, S.A. (Enernova) is a company operating in the electrical power production from wind energy. ORTIGA, ENERGIA EÓLICA, S.A. (Ortiga) is a company whose corporate purpose is to promote, construct, maintain and operate the facilities needed for the production (...)

Ricardo Oliveira The Portuguese NCA cleared the creation of a full-function joint venture in the construction business sector with remedies, including amendments to the shareholders’ agreement and to the by-laws and obligations of transparency and information with regards to the NCA (CTTIMO)

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The operation The operation consisted in the creation of a full-function joint venture, the CTT IMO. This new company would be jointly controlled by CTT - Correios de Portugal S.A. (CTT) and Visabeira Serviços, Sociedade Gestora de Participações Sociais S.A. (VISABEIRA). CTT is a wholly (...)

Ricardo Oliveira The Portuguese Competition Authority clears a merger in the cookies market with remedies, including commitment to inform the Competition Authority on price-lists, discounts and sales concluded with the 6 main clients (United Biscuits/Triunfo)

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The operation The operation consisted in the acquisition of sole control of Triunfo - Produtos Alimentares, S.A. (Triunfo) by United Biscuits Iberia, S.L. (United Biscuits) through an agreement of acquisition of shares representing Triunfo’s share capital. Triunfo was wholly owned by (...)

Ricardo Oliveira The Portuguese Competition Authority clears a merger in the press sector with remedies, including the obligation to guarantee the normal circulation of a newspaper as long as its commercial operation was profitable (Lusomondo/Ocasiao e Anuncipress)

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The operation Lusomundo Media, SGPS, S.A. (Lusomundo) is a sub-holding of the Portugal Telecom Group operating in the media industry market. Ocasião Edições Periódicas, Lda. (Ocasião) is an undertaking whose corporate purpose is to publicize the business activity of third parties through (...)

Ricardo Oliveira The Portuguese Competition Authority clears a merger in the audiovisual sector with remedies, including the promotion and availability of a TV channel signal (PPTV/PT Conteudos/Sport TV)

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The operation This operation consisted in the acquisition of joint control over SPORT TV Portugal, S.A. (SPORT TV) which operates the business activity of television and broadcasting, and the acquisition and resale of television broadcasting rights for different sporting events by PPTV - (...)

Ricardo Oliveira The Portuguese Competition Authority clears a merger in the market for medical equipment with remedies, including maintaining non-discriminatory distribution and ensuring equipment availability (Dräger Medical/Hillenbrand)

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The operation The concentration consisted in the acquisition of HILLENBRAND INDUSTRIES Inc.’s neonatal thermotherapy activities (which operated under the name “Hill-Rom Air-Shields”) by DRÄGER MEDICAL AG&Co., through its subsidiary in Delaware, DRÄGER MEDICAL INFANT CARE Inc. DRÄGER MEDICAL (...)

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