Ms Sofia Vaz Sampaio > 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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Sofia Vaz Sampaio joined the firm in 2006 and became a partner in 2020. She is head of a litigation and arbitration team. She is also member of the sport and entertainment team.


She has acted as counsel in judicial and arbitration proceedings in several in a variety of industrial sectors, such as banking, construction, food and beverage, infrastructures, media and advertising, public-private partnerships, energy, and telecommunications domestic and international.

From September to December 2005 Sofia practised law at Osório de Castro, Verde Pinho, Vieira Peres, Lobo Xavier e Associados – Sociedade de Advogados.

From March to July 2011, Sofia practised law as foreign intern at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP & Affiliates, in London, International Litigation and Arbitration Group.


Portuguese, English and Italian.


Portuguese Bar Association (admitted in 2008). Portuguese Arbitration Association. Arbitration Centre (Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry).


Law Degree (Coimbra Faculty of Law, 2005). Postgraduate Studies in Commercial Law (Católica Lisbon School of Law, 2008). Specific Elite Training – Sports Law – Specialization Football (Quest – Soluções para o Desporto, 2009). Postgraduate Studies in Arbitration (Nova Law School, 2013).

Lawyer Rankings

Portugal > Dispute resolution

(Next Generation Partners)

Sofia Vaz SampaioMorais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados‘ highly regarded dispute resolution team handles the full range of high-value disputes, often with a cross-border element tied to Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa. Focusing on civil and commercial disputes, the practice balances a busy caseload featuring international arbitration and litigation concerning M&A transactions, corporate and shareholder agreements, the banking sector, environmental law, consumer class actions and competition law. Francisco Cortez, who specialises in commercial litigation and financial disputes, and regularly acts as an arbitrator, coordinates the department with Filipe Vaz Pinto, whose areas of expertise include international arbitration. Sofia Vaz Sampaio is recommended for her strong track record in class actions, financial litigation and construction arbitration, while recently promoted partner Ricardo do Nascimento Ferreira is a key contact for arbitration proceedings in the pharmaceutical sector. António Pinto Leite is a reference in the dispute resolution market.