Ms Cláudia Castanheira Dos Santos > Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados > Lisbon, Portugal > Lawyer Profile

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados
1070-050 LISBOA
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Cláudia is experienced in structure finance, real estate and project finance (with emphasis in the energy sector and road concessions) and private-public tenders project finance, real estate finance as well as in debt restructuring. She has been also active in private equity and investments funds transactions, has a wide experience in corporate matters and capital markets and recently has concentrated her practice in Angola and Mozambique.


Portuguese, English and Spanish.


Portuguese Bar Association.


Law Degree (University of Lisbon School of Law, 2000). Postgraduate Studies in Aviation Law (Nova Law School, 2007). LL.M. in International Business Law (Católica Lisbon School of Law, 2017).


Law Aviation postgraduate, LL.M. International Business Law by Católica Lisbon School of Law.

Lawyer Rankings

Portugal > Projects and project finance

(Rising stars)

Cláudia Castanheira Dos SantosMorais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is well positioned to assist stakeholders – both financing entities and promoters – engaged in project finance matters, encompassing the energy, road, railway, water and sanitation, waste management and real estate sectors. Recently, the team has been particularly active in the areas of acquisition finance and project finance within the renewable energy segment, including in wind and solar power projects, propelled by foreign investment. Its cross-border expertise is also noteworthy, especially when it comes to inbound and outbound investments and large-scale project finance deals in Lusophone countries in Africa. Department leader Filipe Lowndes Marques focuses on the financing of major projects, which is also an area of focus for Luís Branco. Of counsel Cláudia Castanheira Dos Santos advises on project finance in the energy sector and road concessions, and is a key contact for cross-border mandates. Combining expertise in project financing, development, PPPs and other infrastructure concessions, Filipa Morais Alçada is another key member in the practice.

Portugal > Banking and finance

(Rising stars)

Cláudia Castanheira Dos SantosMorais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados has a multidisciplinary banking and finance practice, with a strong following among the most prestigious Portuguese and international banks and financial institutions. The team is seen with great regularity acting for clients in market-shaping transactions, and has been particularly active advising on acquisition finance, real estate finance and project finance, especially in the energy sector. Benefitting from solid relationships with leading firms based in Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa, the team is adept at handling complex, multi-jurisdictional financing deals. Furthermore, the firm has recently partnered up with Portugal Fintech and Microsoft to launch Fintech365, which was designed to accelerate proofs of concept between technology companies and corporations in the banking, finance and insurance sectors. Practice head Filipe Lowndes Marques is noted for his experience in project finance. Among the partners, Luís Branco is well versed in securitisations, investment funds and derivatives, while Pedro Gorjão Henriques is seasoned in debt restructuring. Cláudia Castanheira Dos Santos is active across debt restructuring, project and real estate financing. Maria Soares do Lago – who was recently promoted to partner – maintains a broad practice, advising domestic and international corporate and financial institutions.