Fraud and white-collar crime in Portugal

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is highly regarded as ‘one of the most reputable Portuguese law firms, with a team of excellent, extremely competent, dedicated and professional lawyers’. The practice stands out for its wealth of experience handling some of most high-profile cases of bribery, corruption, money laundering, tax crimes and insider trading. Practice co-head Rui Patrício is particularly active in advising on criminal cases connected to more than one jurisdiction, especially between Portugal, Brazil, India, Angola and the US. With a strong background in the TMT and banking sectors, fellow co-head Tiago Félix da Costa handles corporate crime, regulatory offences and related litigation. Patrício and Félix da Costa lead the team alongside João Matos Viana, who is a popular choice for auditing firms and financial institutions seeking assistance in criminal and regulatory litigation. The team was further boosted in July 2022 with the promotion to partner of white-collar criminal law expert João de Lima Cluny. Another key practitioner is senior associate Tiago Geraldo.

Practice head(s):

Rui Patrício; Tiago Félix da Costa; João Matos Viana

Other key lawyers:

Tiago Geraldo; João de Lima Cluny; Nuno Igreja Matos; Tiago Félix da Costa


‘The quality and experience of the lawyers stand out. I highlight João Matos Viana and Rui Patricio.’

‘It is an office with highly qualified lawyers who provide an exemplary service. They monitor the process exhaustively and permanently, providing extraordinary personal care. They attend to all perspectives of the processes and those involved in the search for the best result.’

‘Rui Patricio, João de Lima Cluny and Nuno Igreja Matos are recommended for their professionalism, integrity and extraordinary legal knowledge.’

‘Morais Leitão is one of the most reputable Portuguese law firms, with a team of excellent, extremely competent, dedicated and professional lawyers.’

‘The team uses technology suited to the needs of the client and has reasonable billing when compared to their competition.’

‘I highlight Tiago Félix da Costa. An experienced, competent, professional and dedicated lawyer. He is meticulous and detailed in the preparation of legal and regulatory documents and strategies. He keeps an open mind and works very well in a team. He is always available.’

‘I highlight Nuno Igreja Matos, who is extremely hardworking, competent and committed to delivering on time.’

Sérvulo & Associados

The ‘well-prepared, efficient and modern’ corporate crime and regulatory compliance team at Sérvulo & Associados has a strong criminal and administrative litigation practice. Financial institutions, corporates, directors and public sector clients turn to the group for assistance in corruption-related accusations, financial crime cases and internal investigations. The team has been increasingly active in criminal compliance matters, often advising on anti-corruption programmes and whistleblowing channels. José Lobo Moutinho is highly regarded as ‘one of the most reputable lawyers’ in the field of white-collar crime and compliance. Notable for her experience in contentious matters, of counsel Teresa Serra is a key contact for civil, commercial and corporate criminal litigation. Claudia Amorim excels in fraud cases and often advises high-profile private clients. Of counsel Ana Brito Camacho has a strong background in corporate crime and compliance matters related to anti-bribery and money laundering.

Practice head(s):

José Lobo Moutinho; Teresa Serra; Cláudia Amorim

Other key lawyers:

Ana Brito Camacho; Miguel Santos Almeida; Rui Oliveira Alves


‘The team is always available and able to find solutions to the questions asked. It also seeks new approaches.’

‘José Lobo Moutinho and Ana Brito Camacho have a very pragmatic approach to solutions and a human touch.’

‘The office is well prepared, efficient, modern and provides a quality service.’

‘ I highlight José Lobo Moutinho and Miguel Santos Almeida. Lobo Moutinho is one of the most reputable lawyers handling these matters, being recognised in the market for his knowledge and experience. Santos Almeida strives for excellence and already demonstrates consolidated knowledge.’

‘Sérvulo’s knowledge and practical experience in the field of corruption prevention are crucial for us.’

‘I’d highlight Cláudia Amorim, Rui Oliveira Alves and Ana Brito Camanho.’

‘Quality and experience.’

‘José Lobo Moutinho and Cláudia Amorim are recommended.’

Key clients

EDP Group

Jerónimo Martins / Pingo Doce

Ferrero Ibérica, SA

Secretaria-Geral da Presidência da República Portuguesa

SPMS – Serviços Partilhados do Ministério da Saúde, E.P.E.

TAP Air Portugal



Projectual, Lda


Libertas, SA

Paybyrd, BV



Work highlights

  • Represented Jerónimo Martins and Pingo Doce in several criminal cases.
  • Acted for BANIF bank, currently in liquidation, in a criminal case against TVI television station and its former information director.
  • Assisted EDP Group in the implementation of the company’s whistleblowing channels in accordance with the Portuguese Whistleblowing Law, and reviewing several internal documents related to anti-corruption.

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

At Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho, the fraud and white-collar crime team is part of the firm’s wider dispute resolution practice, making it well placed to handle complex and high-profile corporate crime and corruption litigation. The group also has extensive experience advising on international investigations and the implementation of compliance programmes. Led by litigator and arbitrator Fernando Aguilar de Carvalho, the team is retained by financial institutions as well as domestic and international companies operating in the real estate and life sciences sectors. Alexandre Mota pinto and Francisco Proença de Carvalho are popular choices for clients seeking assistance in infringement proceedings before the Portuguese Securities Commission and the Bank of Portugal. Adriano Squilacce is noted for his strong background in disputes related to financial products, directors’ liability and fraudulent insolvency.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Aguilar de Carvalho

Other key lawyers:

Alexandre Mota Pinto; Francisco Proença de Carvalho; Adriano Squilacce


‘We have been working with the law firm for several years and we highlight the professionalism and competence of its team.’

‘The team’s total availability, complete advice and ability to to deal with high-pressure situations stand out.’

‘Francisco Proença de Carvalho has excellent leadership and teamwork skills. He is great at defending his clients. He always transmits confidence, even in the most complex situations. Adriano Squilacce masters the subjects presented to him, is always available and offers innovative solutions. The two lawyers complement each other and make an excellent team that conveys security to the client.’

‘Francisco Proença de Carvalho excels in defending clients in legal proceedings with great media coverage and pressure.’

‘Francisco Proença de Carvalho is a lawyer very close to the client, always available and aware of his clients’ problems.’

The team is distinguished by its clear objectives in defence strategies and its consistent rapport with the client.’

Key clients


Work highlights

  • Represented the former CEO of Banco Espírito Santo, Ricardo Espírito Santo Silva Salgado, in all criminal cases related to the BES case.
  • Advised EOSA and its CEO on a major fraud case involving its national and EU subsidies.
  • Successfully defended a client in a high-profile case for charges of bribery in the context of international trade.


VdA‘s investigations and white-collar crime practice handles complex investigations and sensitive criminal cases in a wide range of industries, most notably sports, financial services, telecoms, energy and media. The group is noted for its strong track record in cross-border cases, especially those involving Portuguese-speaking African countries and Timor-Leste. Recently, the team has been engaged in regulatory investigations, money laundering and corruption cases, and search and seizure procedures. The department is led by Sofia Ribeiro Branco, who is recommended for advice on regulatory offences and white-collar crime matters. Inês Almeida Costa left the firm in September 2022, while former co-head João Medeiros departed in November 2023.

Practice head(s):

Sofia Ribeiro Branco

Key clients

EDP Group

Redes Energéticas Nacionais (REN)

Doyen Sports Investment (DSI)- Football Leaks


Sport Lisboa e Benfica — Futebol, S.A.D.

Suez II Water Technologies & Solutions Portugal, Unipessoal, Lda




Manuel Salgado (former official at Lisbon Municipality)

Several companies and insolvent companies of the Espírito Santo Group

Francisco Andrade (official at Funchal Municipality)

Marítimo da Madeira Futebol – SAD

Engie Group

MEO (Altice Group)



PLMJ‘s very competent and specialised’ fraud and white-collar criminal law team is instructed by a wide range of clients, including former politicians, bank directors, financial institutions and companies operating in the retail, technology and aviation industries. In addition to its focus on administrative litigation before regulatory bodies, the practice has vast experience in corruption investigations, anti-money laundering compliance programmes, tax fraud and financial crimes. Leading the group is Paulo Farinha Alves, who is active in advising on corporate crime and embezzlement cases with cross-border elements. Managing associate Dirce Rente is building a strong practice in high-profile corporate and banking crime cases.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Farinha Alves

Other key lawyers:

Dirce Rente


‘PLMJ’s criminal law team is very competent and specialised.’

‘Dirce Rente is a young lawyer with high technical quality and specialised knowledge. She is concerned with the operational and commercial aspects of the client’s business and seeks to present solutions suited to the needs of the client.’

Key clients



Barclays Bank (Portugal)




Minor Hotels



Work highlights

  • Representing Barclays Bank in a criminal case in which a former branch director is accused of defrauding the bank and more than a dozen clients through a fraudulent scheme.
  • Acted for TAP in several administrative offence cases before various Portuguese administrative authorities, including the Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC), the National Communications Authority (ANACOM) and the Data Protection Authority (CNPD).
  • Assisted a former adviser to the Portuguese Ministry of the Economy in a complex case that involves the former chief executive of EDP Energias de Portugal and a former CEO of subsidiary EDP Renováveis.

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

Well known for its white-collar crime and criminal litigation practice, Rogério Alves & Associados – Sociedade de Advogados, SP, RL is rated as ‘one of the best law firms in the area of financial crime’. The group is often engaged in high-profile criminal cases involving bank directors, shareholders, financial institutions and companies. With vast experience in cases involving corruption, government contract fraud, money laundering and tax fraud cases, Rogerio Alves leads the team and is regarded as one of the best criminal lawyers in Portugal’. Also receiving strong praise from clients is Bárbara Marinho Pinto, whose practice covers civil and criminal law litigation. André Matos Faria is another key practitioner, well versed in criminal procedures involving bank insolvencies.

Practice head(s):

Rogério Alves

Other key lawyers:

Bárbara Marinho e Pinto; André Matos Faria


‘Personalised service, very close monitoring of topics and very good advice in relation to all legal issues.’

‘Rogério Alves personally monitors all aspects related to my matters. He is always available and very thoughtful in his decisions.’

‘Bárbara Marinho e Pinto works tirelessly and has great attention to detail.’

‘Rogério Alves has extensive experience in resolving disputes, which is a differentiating factor.’

‘Rogério Alves, founding partner of the Rogério Alves & Associados, has the ability to bring together people in his team who are extremely committed to the quality of the services provided. We often work with him on multi-jurisdictional cases. The attention he gives to his clients is a differentiating factor.’

‘I consider Rogério Alves one of the best criminal lawyers in Portugal.’

‘Rogério Alves & Associados is one of the best law firms in the area of financial crime.’

‘I would highlight Bárbara Marinho e Pinto, who is a very intelligent, competent and dedicated practitioner. I am sure all law firms would like to have her in their team. I recommended this office for its ability to resolve issues and its efficiency.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for Gerry and Kate McCann in the investigation about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in 2007.

Abreu Advogados

Praised for the quality of its service, attention to the client, professionalism and confidentiality’, Abreu Advogados‘ criminal, sanctions and compliance team represents companies, individuals and government bodies in money laundering, corruption, cybercrime and tax fraud cases. Dispute resolution practice head Francisco Patrício jointly leads the department alongside highly competent criminal lawyer’ Pedro Barosa and Ana Rita Duarte de Campos, who is particularly active in the insurance, banking and healthcare sectors. The team was further strengthened by the recent arrival of Paulo de Sá e Cunha, who brings over 30 years of experience in criminal law, sanctions and compliance; he joined from Cuatrecasas in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Patrício; Pedro Barosa; Ana Rita Duarte Campos

Other key lawyers:

Ana Rita Duarte de Campos; Vasco Sousa Vieira


‘The team is very good and has always responded efficiently to all queries.’

‘Pedro Barosa was extremely professional, empathetic towards my situation, diligent and detailed. In court, he was very supportive when I was giving evidence to the prosecution. I felt that I could trust him. I would recommend Pedro Barosa.’

‘Pedro Barosa is a highly competent criminal lawyer. He offers a very personalised service. Fraud victims are often traumatised. He is empathetic towards the plight of his clients. He has also supported me and my family emotionally. I thank him.’

‘I’d highlight Ana Rita Duarte de Campos and Vasco Sousa Vieira.’

‘Quality of the service provided, attention given to the client, professionalism and confidentiality.’

‘Pedro Barosa is an exceptional professional, well prepared and always available.’ 

‘A team of excellence in terms of knowledge, experience and results achieved.’

Key clients

Federação Portuguesa de Futebol


Work highlights

  • Advised the Portuguese Football Federation on the criminal proceedings against Rui Pinto, the alleged whistle-blower and creator of “Football Leaks”.
  • Assisted Nhood Portugal, the Portuguese branch of a major real estate company headquartered in France, in drafting and implementing its compliance programme.

Antas da Cunha Ecija

Created in December 2020, Antas da Cunha Ecija‘s criminal, misdemeanour and compliance department has rapidly built a strong presence in the market. The group is typically retained by multinationals, medium- and small-size companies and individuals in tax fraud, corruption, money laundering and cybercrime cases. With more than 20 years of experience in white-collar crime matters, Alexandra Mota Gomes heads up the team and is active in the financial services, pharmaceuticals, construction and energy sectors. She works alongside criminal lawyer Beatriz Eusébio da Costa.

Practice head(s):

Alexandra Mota Gomes

Other key lawyers:

Beatriz Eusébio da Costa

Key clients

Ikea Industry Portugal, SA

Asperbras Group

Electrão – Associação Portuguesa de Gestão de Resíduos

East African Packaging Industries, Ldt

Construções IAMT, Lda

Carconnex NV

Media Market

Lago de Encantos Lda

Work highlights

  • Assisted Ikea Industry Portugal in a case involving aggravated fraud, computer fraud, falsification of documents and criminal association related to a scheme where several employees and suppliers caused losses.
  • Represented the President of the Board of Directors and the Chief Financial Officer of several companies of the Asperbras Group in criminal cases involving active corruption.
  • Acted for Electrão Associação Portuguesa de Gestão de Resíduo in criminal proceedings related to forgery, fraud and mismanagement.

CCA Law Firm

Major financial institutions, international private clients and medium-size companies turn to CCA Law Firm‘s ‘highly competent and collaborative’ criminal law team for representation in proceedings involving money laundering, tax fraud, corruption and cybercrime. Henrique Salinas, who is ‘a highly skilled and trusted advisor in corporate crime matters’, heads the team and has extensive experience in high-profile and cross-border criminal cases. Another key practitioner is Marta Duarte, who focuses on civil and criminal litigation, media law and complex insurance-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Henrique Salinas; Marta Duarte

Other key lawyers:

Marta Duarte


‘Highly competent and collaborative law firm.’

‘Henrique Salinas is a highly skilled and trusted advisor in corporate crime matters. He is available and great to work with. His network spans beyond Portugal and Central Europe.’

‘Client focus, legal knowledge and availability.’

‘I’d highlight Henrique Salinas.’

‘CCA has lawyers with extensive technical and legal competence, who understand the client’s problems and business.’

‘Its ability to understand the client’s business combined with the technical capacity of its lawyers make this law firm differentiated and very effective. Always ready to help its clients.’

Key clients

Vidrala, SA

Portuguese Competition Authority




Fundação Champalimaud



Work highlights

  • Represented the Portuguese Competition Authority in administrative offence proceedings brought against several banking institutions operating in Portugal.
  • Acted for AB InBev in criminal proceedings involving a cyberattack.
  • Advised one of the defendants in a high-profile criminal investigation related to Grupo Espírito Santo.


Cuatrecasas is ‘highly specialised in fraud and financial crime cases and provides a service of high technical quality’. The practice is sought after by financial institutions, sports clubs, former politicians and corporates for advice on bribery investigations, tax fraud and money laundering. Senior associate Miguel Pereira Coutinho has extensive experience in compliance matters and criminal litigation, including cases before the Portuguese Supreme Court. Former practice head Paulo de Sá e Cunha is no longer at the firm.

Other key lawyers:

Rita Travassos Pimentel; Miguel Pereira Coutinho; Cátia Muchacho


‘Quality and experience in the area of criminal proceedings.’

‘Miguel Pereira Coutinho and Rita Travassos Pimentel are also well known. What differentiates the team is its level of experience in criminal matters and the quality of its service.’

‘Reputation in the sector. Experience. International recognition.’

Key clients

Banco Espírito Santo (BES)

Credit Suisse


Banco Privado Português (BPP)

Dassault Systèmes


Sporting Clube de Portugal



Grupo Manuel Champalimaud / OZ Energia

Work highlights

  • Acting for BES and its winding-up board on pre-litigation and litigation matters that involve multiple legal issues, notably bank and financial, regulations and commercial, criminal and European law matters.
  • Advised Credit Suisse on criminal matters and internal investigations.
  • Assisted Sporting Clube de Portugal in several criminal proceedings.