Mr Tomás Vaz Pinto > 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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Work Department

Corporate M&A (Corporate law, mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures), energy law and private equity.


Tomás Vaz Pinto is involved with important M&A transactions in the energy sector and infrastructures, capital markets takeovers and private equity deals. He has also been involved in major privatisations deals involving several companies.


Joined the firm in 1994, became a Partner in 2005. Heads the corporate Department.


Portuguese, English, French and Spanish.


Portuguese Bar Association (admitted in 1997).


Law Degree (Law Faculty of the University of Lisbon, 1994).

Lawyer Rankings

Portugal > Capital markets

The market-leading capital markets practice at Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is highly sought after for advice on complex debt and equity transactions. The team acts for an impressive client roster, comprising investment banks, listed companies, issuers and offerors of securities admitted to trading. Recent headline engagements include innovative takeover bids, public offers with a significant impact on the Portuguese industrial sector, as well as several issuances and conversions. In addition, the practice took on leading roles on the listing of the first REIT and in the first STS (simple, transparent and standardised) transaction in the country. Tomás Vaz Pinto jointly heads the team with Eduardo Paulino, who is highly regarded in the market for his experience in equity and debt public and private offers in the banking, telecoms, construction and media sectors. Other standout practitioners include Carlos Osório de Castro and Ricardo Andrade Amaro, the latter of whom maintains a broad practice in securities law, capital markets and M&A. Maria Soares do Lago is a promising talent in the team; she is particularly active in debt capital markets, securitisation and derivatives matters.

Portugal > Commercial, corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

Tomás Vaz Pinto – Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados has long been at the forefront of Portugal’s M&A market, where it is well versed in high-profile and high-value deals. Over the course of the past 12 months, the team witnessed an uptick in transactions in the energy sector, where it advised some of the biggest players in market-leading deals. The breadth of its practice – covering key sectors such as banking, insurance, telecoms, pharmaceuticals, infrastructure and manufacturing – is matched by its size and geographical presence thanks to Morais Leitão Legal Circle, a network of associations and alliances with leading law firms in Portuguese-speaking countries across Africa. Co-head Tomás Vaz Pinto focuses on the intersection between private equity, M&A and capital markets, while fellow co-leader Ricardo Andrade Amaro brings a wealth of experience in securities and M&A in the energy sector. Eduardo Paulino is an ‘excellent‘ lawyer and a key contact for cross-border M&A and private equity matters. Also of note is the firm’s Team Genesis, a multidisciplinary legal service provided to emerging companies in the technology and life sciences industries; Luís Roquette Geraldes leads on this type of work. Carlos Osório de Castro is also noted.

Portugal > Energy and natural resources

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados has well-established credentials in the energy sector, where it assists clients throughout the entire life cycle of projects. The team is adept at handling high-value financing deals, complex regulatory issues and administrative proceedings, but particularly stands out for its recurrent presence in consequential transactions in the energy space. Sponsors, lenders, developers and contractors also turn to the firm for advice on renewable energy matters, encompassing solar, wind, biomass and wave power. Other areas of focus include environmental impact assessments and related administrative offences in the context of energy projects. Managing partner Nuno Galvão Teles – who has an impressive track record in market-leading transactions – jointly leads the team with M&A partner Tomás Vaz Pinto. Catarina Brito Ferreira specialises in M&A and project development in the renewables segment, while Ricardo Andrade Amaro is noted for his regulatory and transactional expertise.

Portugal > Intellectual property

The full range of IP needs are catered for at Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados, with the department regularly acting for pharmaceutical companies, manufacturing and media clients in patent litigation. On the trade mark front, the team has an impressive track record in prosecution, licensing and enforcement matters. Copyright, trade secrets, unfair competition and software licensing are other areas of particular strength for the group, which is under the joint leadership of two practitioners: Ricardo do Nascimento Ferreira, who is ‘is highly experienced and knowledgeable‘ in patent litigation, especially in the life sciences sector, and recently promoted Vasco Stilwell d’Andrade, who is well known for his expertise in IP rights throughout the EU. Tomás Vaz Pinto is also active in the practice, particularly in the fields of IP licensing, advertising and trade marks.