Mr Francisco Cortez > 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

Civil and commercial litigation, corporate litigation, arbitration, sports law.


Francisco Cortez joined the firm in 2006 and became a partner in 2007. He co-coordinates the litigation and arbitration department, as well as the sport and entertainment team.

He has been responsible for several highly complex cases, both in judicial courts and arbitration. As a lawyer and as an arbitrator he has participated in more than three dozen arbitrations in Portugal, since 2000.

Regular speaker at conferences.
Ranked as a leading lawyer by the most prestigious international legal Directories such as Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. “Lawyer of the Year” in Litigation by Benchmark Litigation.


Qualified (1991). Partner (2007). Associate, Pena, Machete & Associados – Sociedade de Advogados (1991-1998). Partner, Osório de Castro, Verde Pinho, Vieira Peres, Lobo Xavier e Associados (1998-2005).


Portuguese, English and Spanish.


Portuguese Bar Association (admitted in 1991). Portuguese Association of Arbitration (since 2006). Círculo de Advogados de Contencioso (member). Concórdia – Center for Conciliation and Mediation of Disputes (member).


Law Degree (Law Faculty of the Portuguese Catholic University, 1989). LL.M. in Commercial Law (Law Faculty of the Portuguese Catholic University, 1992).

Lawyer Rankings

Portugal > Dispute resolution

(Leading individuals)

Francisco CortezMorais 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.