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Luís Miguel Romão


CMS Rui Pena & Arnaut
Rua Castilho 50
1250-071 Lisbon
Languages Portuguese, English, French, Spanish

Luís Miguel Romão has more than 20 years experience in Competition and EU law with a particular focus in state aids, cartels, litigation, abuses of dominant position, merger control, distribution and implementation of antitrust compliance programs, structural funds and the four freedoms. Luís practice has covered a wide range of industries, including healthcare, food and beverages, transportation, energy, financial services and telecoms & media.

Before joining CMS, he worked at the EU and Competition Law Department of the law firm PLMJ for about 13 years, under the first president of the EU General Court and former Advocate-General and judge at the ECJ in Luxembourg, Prof. Cruz Vilaça.

He was also Lead Lawyer for the Infrastructure and Cities and Healthcare Sectors and Corporate Centres at Siemens Portugal.

Joined CMS Rui Pena & Arnaut in 2014.

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Luís Miguel Romão of CMS is head of the practice and is regarded by clients as "very knowledgeable in competition law, with a pragmatic approach.

Chambers and Partners (Competition & EU)

CMS established a competition practice following the arrival of Luís Miguel Romão from an in-house position.

Legal 500 (EU & Competition)

CMS's broad service offering covers merger control matters, state aid issues, dawn raids, and all aspects of regulatory law and compliance matters. The team is particularly experienced acting for consumer goods companies and has a proven track record in distribution agreements. Luís Miguel Romão is the name to note.

Legal 500 (EU & Competition)

Luís Miguel Romão provides "high-quality advice while staying cost-conscious"

Legal 500 (EU & Competition)

Luís is proficient in handling cartel investigations, abuse of dominance cases and merger control procedures. Clients enthuse: "He is very knowledgeable in this area and has the capacity to understand the issues that arise and adapt his advice accordingly”.

Chambers and Partners (Competition & EU)

Luís Romão leads the department and is regularly instructed on merger control proceedings, state aid litigation or dawn raids. One client explains: "he was very practical, quick and he understood really well what we needed”.

Chambers and Partners (Competition & EU)

Memberships & Roles

  • Member of the Portuguese Bar Association since 2000
  • Member of Círculo dos Advogados Portugueses de Direito da Concorrência
  • Member of Associação Portuguesa de Direito Europeu
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  • ROMÃO, Luís Miguel; CAMPOS, Diogo Leite – “O mercado comum europeu e a instituição de barreiras tarifárias ou compensatórias”, in Revista da Ordem dos Advogados, January 2006
  • ROMÃO, Luís Miguel (co-author) of the chapter “Portugal”, in “Premerger Coordination: The Emerging Law of Gun Jumping and Information Exchange”, Section of Antitrust Law of ABA-American Bar Association, 2006
  • ROMÃO, Luís Miguel – “A hipotética operação de aquisição da PGA pela TAP e respetivas consequências jus-concorrenciais”, in Estudos de Direito Aéreo, collective work edited by Prof. Jorge Bacelar Gouveia, 2007
  • ROMÃO, Luís Miguel - “Banco Comercial dos Açores v. EC Commission (T-75/03) - Two steps up and one step back?”, in European State Aid Law Quarterly, European State Aid Law Institute magazine, Lexxion Publishers, 3/2010
  • ROMÃO, Luís Miguel - “State aids in Portuguese Case-Law: So Many But So Little or Much Ado About Nothing?”, in European State Aid Law Quarterly magazine, 3/2011
  • ROMÃO, Luís Miguel; OLIVEIRA, Ricardo – “Leniency rules under the new 2012 Portuguese Competition Act – Challenges and opportunities”, in Competition Policy International, Cartel Column, November 2012
  • ROMÃO, Luís Miguel; MESTRE, Alexandre – “Conteúdo e Extensão do Direito à Confidencialidade das comunicações entre Advogado e Cliente à Luz do Direito Comunitário e do Direito Nacional – Partes I e II”, in Revista de Concorrência e Regulação, Ano VII, No. 25, January-March 2016 and Ano VIII, No. 32 – October-December 2017
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Lectures list

  • Guest lecturer at Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão, Universidade Nova and Universidade Católica Portuguesa and trainer in several entities and clients. 
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  • Law degree, Faculdade de Direito, Universidade Lusíada (Portugal)
  • LLM in European Legal Studies, University of Bristol (UK)
  • Post-Graduation in Economics for Competition Law, King’s College (United Kingdom) and Air and Space Law, Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal)
  • Attending PhD in Law, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal)
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