Pedro Caetano Nunes > PLMJ > Lisbon, Portugal > Lawyer Profile

Av. Fontes Pereira de Melo, 43
1050-119 Lisboa
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Work Department

Dispute Resolution 




Pedro is a partner in the Dispute Resolution practice who is known for his extensive experience in corporate and financial disputes. He has represented clients in large, highly complex court and arbitration cases, often involving multiple jurisdictions. Before working as a lawyer, he was judge in the Portuguese courts for more than a decade.
Pedro is a professor at the Faculty of Law of Universidade Nova de Lisboa, where he is responsible for the subject of corporate law and he coordinates the master’s in law and management, offered in conjunction with Nova School of Business and Economics. Pedro has a PhD in private law and has written books and articles on various topics, but with a particular emphasis on corporate governance and M&A.


Portuguese, English, German, Spanish, French and Italian.


Portuguese Bar Association


Law degree from the University of Lisbon, 1994
Graduation as judge at the Centre for Judicial Studies, 1998
Master’s in legal sciences (LLM) from the University of Lisbon, 2000
Doctorate (PhD) in private law from the University Nova de Lisbon, 2011

Lawyer Rankings

Portugal > Insolvency and restructuring

(Next Generation Partners)

Pedro Caetano NunesPLMJ

PLMJ is a go-to choice for debtors and creditors from a wide range of industries, including banking, pharmaceutical, automotive, IT and agribusiness, and its role on the market’s largest restructurings and insolvency cases illustrates its expertise in this area. The practice is also retained by private equity funds and investors looking to acquire distressed assets, as well as international clients in debt recovery litigation and insolvency proceedings with a cross-border impact. Nuno Líbano Monteiro, who has unparalleled experience in the insolvency of financial institutions and restructuring matters, oversees the department with Joaquim Shearman de Macedo, a key contact for NPL transactions, debt restructuring and insolvency disputes. Pre-insolvency restructuring processes and restructurings within the pharmaceutical sector are some of Manuela Tavares Morais‘s core specialisms, while Pedro Caetano Nunes is a name to note for insolvency of financial institutions and directors’ liabilities. Catarina Guedes de Carvalho left the firm in January 2022.

Portugal > Dispute resolution

Demonstrating ‘outstanding knowledge of the Portuguese legal court system‘, PLMJ‘s dispute resolution group also attracts praise for providing ‘excellent advice in major cross-border litigation cases‘. Its recent workload showcases the group’s strength in representing public entities and multinational corporations from the energy, construction and infrastructure sectors in high-value arbitration proceedings heard in Portugal and abroad. Corporate and post-M&A disputes are other core areas of focus for the department, which is also well versed in antitrust private damages claims and financial litigation. The sizeable team is under the leadership of three partners: Joaquim Shearman de Macedo, who has significant experience in judicial cases and arbitration involving shareholder, construction and insurance disputes; Pedro Metello de Nápoles, a key contact for ICC arbitrations; and Rita Samoreno Gomes, whose major areas of strength include banking and financial litigation. The latter is among Pedro Caetano Nunes‘ legal specialisms, while Nuno Líbano Monteiro is highly regarded in civil litigation. Ricardo Silva Pereira, who brings together expertise in civil and commercial litigation, as well as restructuring and insolvency, joined from Linklaters in May 2022.