Firms To Watch: Fraud and white-collar crime

Antas da Cunha Ecija‘s recently created white-collar crime and fraud department is headed by Alexandra Mota Gomes and supported by Beatriz Eusébio da Costa following their move from PLMJ; Mota Gomes has over 20 years of experience in the practice area, with a strong track record as both a defence and prosecuting lawyer.

Fraud and white-collar crime in Portugal

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados has one of Portugal’s best-regarded white-collar criminal law practices, housing dedicated teams specialising in bribery, corruption, money laundering, and criminal and regulatory litigation. The team has an excellent track record in representing clients in some of Portugal’s highest-profile criminal cases across a wide range of sectors, including telecoms, financial services and energy. Practice head Rui Patrício is regularly involved in major cases, representing banks, companies and individuals. Tiago Félix da Costa co-leads the team, and is a regulatory and corporate criminal law expert with a focus on the TMT, banking and distribution industries. João Matos Viana also co-leads, and focuses specifically on financial services clients and offences involving banking securities and competition issues. Tiago Geraldo is a key associate in the team.

Other key lawyers:

Tiago Geraldo; João Lima Cluny; Nuno Matos


Tiago Félix da Costa is an outstanding lawyer, capable of presenting innovative solutions that are completely suited to the client’s situation. While very pragmatic and solution-oriented (problem solver), he is very knowledgeable and inspires confidence in the solutions and approaches he presents.’

Morais Leitão is a very good and solid law firm. It is very easy to work with them, because they have a variety of areas of expertise with very experienced lawyers, which makes the client’s life very easy, because you can ask for the support you need in only one place. I would say, one of the best (if not the best in Portugal).

‘Dr. Rui Patricio, Dr. João Lima Cluny and Dr. Nuno Matos: I can only say their personal attention and availability is extraordinary in a big law firm. They treat each client like there are no other clients to deal with. The level of care in all aspects, is extraordinary.’

‘They pay a lot of attention to client’s needs and are always trying to find solutions (from technology, people, collaboration) to address client’s needs. In terms of billing, it has been always transparent and invoiced always as agreed.’

‘Nuno Matos seems to me extremely hard working, competent and committed to deliver in time and with quality, for whatever we agree between ourselves.’

‘First, I highlight knowledge and experience. These assets allow for an in-depth and precise analysis of legal issues, with concrete and measurable results. Availability for support whenever requested is equally relevant.’

‘Morais Leitao has a very wide range of practices, excellent teams, and in the case of the litigation team, the team’s availability was extraordinary.’

‘Tiago Felix da Costa and the team were exceptionally available, explaining to us every step of the process, and were working with us as if we were all one team. The guidance of Dr Tiago and the team has been essential. And Dr. Tiago’s availability is always total, at any time.’

Key clients



Novo Banco



E-Redes – Distribuição de Energia, S.A.

MSC — Mediterranean Shipping Company

EDP – Energias de Portugal, S.A.

Sport Lisboa e Benfica

E-Redes – Distribuição de Energia, S.A.

Sérvulo & Associados

Sérvulo & Associados' corporate crime and regulatory compliance group represents high-profile clients in some of Portugal’s largest cases. The team often represents individuals, companies and institutions in financial and corruption-related cases, handling a range of criminal and administrative litigation. José Lobo Moutinho has a well-established practice focusing on media, life sciences and competition-related corporate crime and regulatory matters. Teresa Serra co-leads the department and has a strong compliance, white-collar crime, and commercial and civil litigation practice. Ana de Brito Camacho and Claudia Amorim are also noted.

Practice head(s):

José Lobo Moutinho; Teresa Serra

Other key lawyers:

Cláudia Amorim; Ana Brito Camacho; Maria Joana Cabral


‘The law firm is very attentive to the details of the process and intervenes as soon as it detects an opportunity to intervene.’

‘José Lobo Moutinho has great availability, efficiency and problem solving ability.’

‘The team has proved to be very competent and well-articulated, with high legal and procedural knowledge and with great professional experience. Their thorough preparation of the various stages of the process, with particular emphasis on court proceedings is to be highlighted.’

‘José Moutinho, as well as Cláudia Amorim and Maria Joana Cabral revealed to be holders of great critical sense and experience, as well as objectivity and relevance in the analysis and approach to the issues that have arisen throughout the process. Also noteworthy is the professionalism and attention in the relationship with the client.’

Key clients


Nextera – Agribusiness & Consulting, Unipessoal, Lda.


Secretaria Geral da Presidência da República Portuguesa

ANEPC (Emergency and Civil Protection National Authority)

Sporting Clube de Portugal – Futebol SAD

Cartágua – Águas do Cartaxo, S.A.

Lisaltur – Lisboa, Algarve, Turismo, S.A.


Tecniferti, S.A.

Libertas, S.A.

Paybyrd, B.V.

Municipality of Peniche

Work highlights

  • Represents Secretaria Geral da Presidência da República Portuguesa in a criminal proceeding against, among others, the former director of Presidência da República’s Museum.
  • Representing Lisaltur – Lisboa, Algarve, Turismo, in a criminal trial concerning allegations of forgery, misappropriation and embezzlement.
  • Representing an individual in a criminal case known as Visa Branco, allegedly involving facilitation of illegal immigration and falsification of documents.

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho‘s white-collar and fraud group sits within the firm’s wider dispute resolution practice. A market leader when it comes to high-profile private individuals and companies, the team has advised and represented both in some of Portugal’s most high-profile criminal cases. Corporate crime, anti-corruption and compliance are at the forefront of matters handled by the firm, with internal investigations becoming a strong new practice. Fernando Aguilar de Carvalho leads the practice and maintains a particular focus on domestic and international arbitration. Francisco Proença de Carvalho is a key name for white-collar criminal proceedings and internal investigations, where he regularly acts for financial institutions. Alexandre Mota Pinto has strong expertise in Latin American arbitration proceedings, and Adriano Squilacce specialises in disputes related to financial products and individual liability.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Aguilar de Carvalho

Other key lawyers:

Francisco Proença de Carvalho; Alexandre Mota Pinto; Adriano Squilacce; Nuno Salazar Casanova


‘Adriano Squillace is an excellent lawyer, very knowledgeable in this legal area, thoughtful and correct.’

‘The firm has been able to provide important ressources in a short time, has been very available and flexible, while performing very qualitative work.’

‘Adriano Squilacce is very experienced in handling sensitive cases. He provided extensive work and advice, put together and led a very efficient team, was flexible and receptive to needs of the client.’

Team with total responsibility and an extraordinary statistical vision in criminal defence. Lawyers are also able to generate extreme trust relations with clients.’

‘Francisco Proença de Carvalho has great experience in complex matters and excellent strategic vision. Adriano Squilacce has excellent technical knowledge and huge work capacity.’

‘Availability and ability to solve problems at a reasonable cost.’

‘Francisco Proença de Carvalho – availability and ability to solve problems.’

Key clients


Work highlights

  • Advising and representing the former CEO of Banco Espírito Santo in all criminal cases related to Banco Espírito Santo.
  • Acting for EOSA and its CEO in a major criminal case of fraud regarding national and EU subsidies.
  • Defended a client against the crime of bribery in the context of international trade.


VdA's white-collar and investigations practice continues to handle complex and sensitive regulatory and criminal matters. Operating both domestically and internationally in Lusophone jurisdictions, the team regularly advises on and represents clients in matters relating to fraud, embezzlement, anti-competitive practices and insider trading. Sitting within the firm’s dispute resolution group, clients benefit from from a wide range of expertise across the firm’s sector-specific experience. The team is co-led by Sofia Ribeiro Branco and João Medeiros. Recent highlights for the team include major investigations conducted by the competition authority in the banking, insurance, telecoms, sports and railway sectors. Senior associate Inês Almeida Costa is also notable for her knowledge of white-collar criminal law.

Practice head(s):

João Medeiros; Sofia Ribeiro Branco

Other key lawyers:

Rui Costa Pereira; Inês Almeida Costa


Politicians, banking-sector clients and industrial groups turn to Cuatrecasas' team for support and representation in white-collar criminal matters. The firm has strong expertise in issues regarding bribery, money laundering, corruption and tax fraud. Environmental crimes are another key strength for the group, for both domestic and international companies. In addition to this, the team has a particular specialism in banking-related criminal cases, often assisting Portuguese and international banks. Prevention is also a key part of the team's offering, advising and designing regulatory compliance and crime prevention systems for clients. Paulo de Sá e Cunha is the department head, and Miguel Pereira Coutinho provides key support.

Practice head(s):

Paulo de Sá e Cunha

Other key lawyers:

Miguel Pereira Coutinho


‘Knowledge in the area and full availability.’

Key clients

Banco Espírito Santo (BES)

Credit Suisse

Banco Privado Português (BPP)

Dassault Systèmes


Sporting Clube de Portugal



Brico Depôt


Work highlights

  • Advising BES Bank in pre-litigation and litigation matters that involve multiple legal issues, notably financial, regulatory, commercial, corporate, civil, insolvency, criminal and European law issues.
  • Advising Credit Suisse on criminal matters and internal investigations.
  • Assisting Sporting Club de Portugal in several criminal proceedings, including one concerning the invasion of the club’s sports academy and acts of aggression against its staff.


Forming part of the firm’s criminal law and compliance teams, PLMJ‘s white-collar and corporate crime practice represents a broad spectrum of clients, including Portuguese and international financial institutions, corporations and individuals. Heavily involved in administrative and regulatory matters, the team’s experience also covers cybercrime, tax and social security crime, money laundering and bribery, cryptocurrency, environment and data protection matters. Criminal law and compliance expert Paulo Farinha Alves leads the practice. Managing associate Dirce Rente is also highly recommended, particularly for corporate and banking criminal matters.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Farinha Alves

Other key lawyers:

Direce Rente; Nuno Líbano Monteiro


‘I’d highlight the level of availability, involvement and technical knowledge of  Paulo Farinha Alves and his team. The process had a very favorable outcome for our company and this success is largely due to the excellent performance of Paulo Farinha Alves and his team. For our part, we couldn’t be more satisfied.’

‘I had the opportunity to work with Paulo Farinha in a very sensitive and complex matter. His work was simply extraordinary. He managed to solves the problem of the client in a timely and successful manner. He is smart and diligent and has emotional intelligence. Very highly recommended!’

‘When you work with them you realize that they put the interest of the client above all other considerations. This is very important for a lawyer.’

‘I highlight Paulo Farinha Alves, Nuno Líbano Monteiro a global experience and support, knowing how to integrate the preventive compliance perspective, but also the necessary procedural and litigation component.’

‘Dirce Rente is a senior lawyer, specialized in the criminal area with an unusual ability to integrate the various perspectives in the assessment of the process, which publicly has a component of popular justice. I have no hesitation in considering her exceptional.’

‘Young but very specialized team, with great technical capacity.’

‘Dirce Rente is a young lawyer with a great capacity for coordination and leadership. Very good technically and with a good approach to complex topics “out of the box”.’

‘What distinguishes the office is the excellence, friendliness and availability of the teams allocated to the work.’

Key clients


Barclays Bank (Portugal)



PSA Sines – Terminais de Contentores


Ascendi Pinhal Interior, Estradas do Pinhal Interior and Sérgio Manuel da Conceição Gomes

C.M.E – Construção e Manutenção Electromecânica


Oxy Group

Camara Municipal do Montijo


Work highlights

  • Advising PSA Sines – Terminais de Contentores in a criminal case where the company and several individuals were accused of the crime of breach of safety rules.
  • Advising TAP in several administrative offence cases.
  • Advising Barclays Bank in the criminal case known as Operação Pharma.

Rogério Alves & Associados – Sociedade de Advogados, SP, RL

Rogério Alves & Associados – Sociedade de Advogados, SP, RL is a boutique firm well renowned for its white-collar defence and criminal litigation practice. Libel, slander and crimes against property are also in the firm’s purview, as well as proceedings related to banking and tax-related fraud, money laundering and corruption. Rogério Alves heads up the practice and has an established reputation in the field. Litigation and insolvency specialist André Matos Faria made partner in early 2021. Criminal lawyer Bárbara Marinho Pinto is another key figure in the team, and Ana Reis Mota is a name to note at the associate level.

Practice head(s):

Rogério Alves

Other key lawyers:

Bárbara Marinho e Pinto; André Matos Faria; Ana Reis Mota


‘Perfect professional team.’

‘Ana and Barbara are very dedicated and always available. Excellent!’

‘The office is distinguished by providing highly specialized services, based on the combined experience of the various lawyers, but with a personalized and differentiated approach to larger companies. Despite being an office in the most traditional origins, it is currently an office organized according to modern standards of customer service, using new technologies.’

‘Rogério Alves stands out the most, for his strategic vision and above all for his gift of rhetoric and orality. Furthermore, he is a colleague with whom it is a pleasure to collaborate, for his sense of collegiality and solidarity, but also for his refined humor.’

‘Rogério Alves stands out, a lawyer with a lot of experience and with whom I have come across a few times in relevant processes.’

Abreu Advogados

Abreu Advogados' criminal law, sanctions and compliance practice is noted for its deep understanding of corporate crime and regulatory enforcement. The team has extensive experience in instructions related to cybercrime, money laundering, tax fraud and corruption. Dispute resolution practice head Francisco Patrício co-leads the practice alongside Pedro Barosa and Ana Rita Duarte de Campos. Campos has a strong focus on tortious liability cases within the banking, insurance and health sectors, and Barosa is a corruption and tax expert; both benefit from over 16 years of experience.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Patrício; Ana Rita Duarte Campos; Pedro Barosa


‘I worked with Ana Rita Duarte Campos. She was tireless in her support, imparting enormous knowledge and support throughout the entire process.’

‘Young team, with three very capable and promising lawyers. Abreu has been expanding in the national market.’

‘I’d like to highligh Pedro Barosa for his availability, pragmatism and assertiveness. He responds to questions directly and assertively, without losing depth of analysis; is very insightful and anticipates client needs, being very proactive.’

‘Francisco Patrício – strategic, one of the best lawyers I’ve ever worked with. Pedro Barosa – excellent criminal law expert.’

‘Abreu has an amazing team, kind, polite and always available. Abreu’s team is full engaged and concerned with their clients, namely concerning the bills and client’s needs and interests, having an outstanding collaboration.’

‘Pedro Barosa is an outstanding lawyer, not only for his solid and strong legal skills but mostly for his emotional intelligence. He is always available, his capacity to understand, to define strategies and support their clients is something that clearly stands out.’

‘Francisco Patricio is amazing. For several aspects, but I can cite some as an example: competence; attention and availability; ability to handle all business aspects and to find expert professionals to dive into the details at the right time, among other qualities.’

Ana Rita Duarte Campos is an extremely competent lawyer and made an important contribution to the implementation of our compliance policy.’

Key clients

Federação Portuguesa de Futebol



Interfundos – Sociedade Gestora de Fundos de Investimento Colectivo,SA

U.E.M. – Unidade de Estruturas Metálicas, S.A.

CCA Law Firm

Financial institutions, European companies and private clients turn to CCA Law Firm for representation and expertise in tax fraud, money laundering, corruption and cybercrime. The team has a focus on regulatory and administrative matters and offers prevention and compliance expertise, particularly in the banking sector. Henrique Salinas heads the department and maintains an active litigation and financial disputes practice. Media specialist Marta Duarte co-leads and is based in the Porto office, following her promotion to partner.

Practice head(s):

Henrique Salinas; Marta Duarte


‘Very attentive and responsive.’

Key clients




Fundação Champalimaud



Work highlights

  • Represented Cofina, owner of Correio da Manhã newspaper and Sábado magazine, and two journalists, concerning a breach of judicial secrecy.
  • Assisting Lloyd’s in a criminal proceeding against Portuguese company Risk Marine Underwriting and its representative.
  • Representing one of the defendants related to the Grupo Espírito Santo case.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo's criminal litigation team continues to build its fraud and white-collar crime practice, notably by representing individual clients in significant cases, and creating bespoke compliance programmes for companies designed with preventative measures in mind. Criminal and civil litigation expert Ana Grosso Alves leads the team; she stands out in particular for her expertise in disputes involving athletes' image rights.

Practice head(s):

Ana Grosso Alves

Key clients