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Dr José Carlos Soares Machado

Work +351 21 313 20 00
SRS Advogados

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Corporate and International Arbitration; Dispute Resolution; Civil and Commercial Litigation.


Partner and head of the Litigation and Arbitration Department.


Partner and Head of the Litigation and Arbitration department at SRS Advogados, after a merger with Soares Machado & Associados, a firm which he founded in 1991. Having more than 35 years of experience in civil and commercial advocacy, he is specialised in dispute resolution, litigation as well as corporate and international arbitration. He was general-secretary at Santa Casa da Misericórdia in Lisbon (Government Social Security Institute), and also Chief of the Cabinet of the Minister of Labour, and legal advisor on dispute resolution at the Ministry of Social Affairs. Regarding the Portuguese Bar Association, he was a presidential candidate in 1998, having taken on the roles of president of the Lisbon District Council, member of the National Governance Council, and member of the National Supreme Council. Director of the Dispute Resolution department at the Portuguese Real Estate Owners Association, since 1999, he was also Vice-President of Sporting Club de Portugal, and head of its litigation department. He was a member of the National Sports Council, as the representative of the Minister of Education and is since 2000 has become a jury member of the National Admission and Centre of Judicial Studies. He is also a member of the National Supervisory Board of Insolvency Administrators, as representative of the Minister of Justice. Author of several published works, he is also a frequent guest-speaker at various conferences on matters such as Litigation, Constitutional, Corporate, and Real Estate Owners law, as well as on the professional deontology of lawyers. Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law of the Lisbon Nova University. He is also author of several published works on Constitutional Law, Corporate Law, Real Estate Law and Professional Ethics.


Portuguese, English, French, Spanish.


Portuguese Bar Association; International Bar Association; Portuguese Circle of Litigation Lawyers; Portuguese Arbitration Association.


Law Degree from University of Lisbon Law School, Course on Negotiation for Lawyers at Harvard Law School.


Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

SRS Advogados' ‘dedicated’ team maintains a ‘unique relationship with all relevant stakeholders’. Covering civil and commercial liability, its recent work focused on the insurance, finance and construction sectors. A particular highlight was representing Nos against Meo in claims regarding telephone number portability. Practice head José Carlos Soares Machado is ‘excellent’.

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Insolvency and restructuring

Within: Insolvency and restructuring

SRS Advogados assists clients such as GP2 Motorsport, ECS Capital and Sumol + Compal Marcas with Special Revitalisation Processes (PERs - Processo Especial de Revitalização), as well as with credit recoveries. José Carlos Soares Machado and Alexandra Valente co-head the practice.

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