Mr Ricardo do Nascimento Ferreira > Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados > Lisbon, Portugal > Lawyer Profile

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados
1070-050 LISBOA
Ricardo do Nascimento Ferreira photo

Work Department

Litigation and Arbitration. Intellectual Property. Health and Pharmaceuticals.


His practice focuses on several areas of civil and commercial law and on contentious and non-contentious matters of intellectual property and pharmaceutical law, notably involving the pharmaceutical industry. He assists and represents national and foreign clients in pre-litigation matters and conducts and participates in domestic and multi-jurisdictional judicial and arbitration proceedings.

He’s a regular speaker at conferences and academic activities related to litigation, arbitration and intellectual propriety. He has published several articles in national and foreign legal reviews on those subjects.

Ricardo do Nascimento Ferreira is an arbitrator in several arbitration institutions. He is a member of the Under-40 Counselling Commission of the Portuguese Arbitration and Intellectual Property International Chamber of Commerce.

Winner of the Iberian Lawyer “40 under Forty Awards” (Life Sciences) in 2021.


Ricardo do Nascimento Ferreira joined Morais Leitão in 2005 and became a partner in 2020. He is head of a litigation and arbitration team.


Portuguese, English, Italian and Spanish.


Portuguese Bar Association (admitted in 2008).


Law Degree (Nova Law School, 2005). Postgraduate Studies in Industrial Property Law (University of Lisbon School of Law, 2007). Attends the PhD Program and is preparing his doctoral thesis on the area of Industrial Property (Nova Law School).

Lawyer Rankings

Portugal > Dispute resolution

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.

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.