Mr Ricardo Andrade Amaro > 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 and Commercial, Capital Markets, Energy.


Ricardo Andrade Amaro joined the firm in 2002 and became partner in 2015. He is head of the M&A team. A lawyer with great experience in corporate and commercial law, M&A, securities law, as well as in energy law. He has been very active for national and international clients in high profile cross-border transactions. He has also acted in several high profile securities offerings in Portugal and regularly advises major clients in the energy sector.


Qualified (2004). Partner (2015) and head of a corporate team.


Portuguese, English, French, Spanish and German.


Portuguese Bar Association (admitted in 2004). Securities Institute (admitted in 2004).


Law Degree (Law Faculty of the University of Lisbon, 2002). Postgraduate Studies in Corporate Practices (Law Faculty of the Portuguese Catholic University, 2004).

Lawyer Rankings

Portugal > Energy and natural resources

(Leading individuals)

Ricardo Andrade AmaroMorais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados

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 > 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

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.