Mr Pedro Ferreira Malaquias > Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho > Lisbon, Portugal > Lawyer Profile

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho
1250-162 LISBOA
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Work Department

Banking and Finance and Capital Markets




Pedro Ferreira Malaquias is a partner based in the Lisbon office of Uría Menéndez-Proença de Carvalho. He joined the firm in 2004 when Vasconcelos, F. Sá Carneiro, Fontes & Associados – one of the most prestigious Portuguese law firms – integrated with Uría Menéndez. He heads the Finance Department and is responsible for the areas of banking and insurance.

Before joining this firm, Pedro worked in the legal department of the Banco Português do Atlântico; in the Competition Directorate General of the European Commission, between 1986 and 1988; and headed the legal department of BCP Investimento – Banco Comercial Português de Investimento between 1995 and 2001.

Since 1998, Pedro has worked as a legal consultant for the Portuguese Banking Association, and acts as their representative on the Legal Committee and on the Consumers’ Committee of the European Banking Federation.

He has also been a member of the European Financial Markets Lawyers Group for several years, which is a group of senior legal experts from the EU banking sector who analyse and propose initiatives designed to foster the harmonisation of laws and market practices and facilitate the integration of financial markets in Europe.

Pedro specialises in banking and insurance law and is involved in the following:

  • Banking: advice on all legal aspects related to retail and investment banks, including loans, credit facilities, guarantees, commercial paper and structured finance.
  • Securities: advice on diverse areas of securities law, including financial intermediation, markets, settlement procedures, cross-border services, venture capital, and securities and bond issues. Legal advice on products such as repos, securities lending, derivative and transactions.
  • Securitisation of credits: advice on credit securitization transactions.
  • Insurance: negotiation of insurance contracts on project finance and structured finance transactions, due diligences within the insurance field, advice on financial products and regulatory and supervision issues.


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Portuguese Bar Association (Under Portuguese law, being a member of a Portuguese Bar Association suffices to act before the courts, including the European Court of Justice); European Financial Markets Lawyers Group (sponsored by the European Central Bank); Member of the Portuguese European Law Association (APDE); Member of the Legal Committee and Consumers’ Committee of the European Banking Federation; Member of the former Legal Certainty Group (sponsored by the European Commission).


Law Degree, Universidade de Lisboa, 1982

Post-graduate Degree in European Community Law, College of Europe, Bruges 1982-1983.

Lawyer Rankings

Portugal > Banking and finance

(Leading individuals)

Pedro Ferreira MalaquiasUría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho offers a broad range of expertise to its domestic and international clients, including in financial services regulatory matters, transactions in the Portuguese NPL market, debt refinancing, real estate financing, and M&A in the banking sector. The multi-faceted group acts for an impressive mix of credit institutions, investment firms and insurance players in high-value mandates. Pedro Ferreira Malaquias, who specialises in all areas pertaining to finance, retail and commercial banking, heads up the banking and finance department. Hélder Frias balances a broad banking and finance practice, while Miguel Rodrigues Leal is recommended for project and real estate financing transactions.

Portugal > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Highlighted for its ‘extensive local knowledge’, Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho often takes key roles on domestic and multi-jurisdictional transactions involving companies in various highly regulated sectors, including energy, media and telecoms. Real estate-related transactions are also a core area of activity for the sizeable team, and are a particular field of expertise for co-head Duarte Garin. Antonio Villacampa combines in-depth knowledge of M&A, corporate and financial law, while Francisco Brito e Abreu is skilled in private equity deals and corporate restructuring, demonstrating a keen focus on the pharmaceutical sector. Francisco Da Cunha Ferreira is a key contact for infrastructure-related matters; Catarina Tavares Loureiro possesses a strong track record in mergers and acquisitions of private and listed companies; and Joana Torres Ereio brings together experience in venture capital deals, commercial agreements and joint ventures. Carlos Costa Andrade, Pedro Ferreira Malaquias and Rita Xavier de Brito are also noted.

Portugal > Insolvency and restructuring

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho stands out for its expertise in insolvency proceedings and restructurings in the banking, real estate and tourism sectors. The team – which features litigators, corporate lawyers, tax and employment experts – is adept in assisting both debtors and creditors in domestic and cross-border matters. David Sequeira Dinis is retained by clients in bankruptcy and corporate restructuring issues, including litigation and out-of-court schemes of arrangement. He manages the restructuring and insolvency practice with Pedro Ferreira Malaquias, who also leads the banking and finance team, and Nuno Salazar, who focuses on dispute resolution.

Portugal > Projects and project finance

Combining expertise in traditional project finance and public law matters, Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho provides multidisciplinary advice throughout the entire life cycle of projects to a host of concessionaires, operators, financiers and international funds. The broad service offering covers the financing and development of greenfield projects, PPPs, refinancing deals, M&A transactions involving assets with a significant regulatory component, and dispute resolution. Finance and banking law specialist Pedro Ferreira MalaquiasAntonio Villacampa, who focuses on project finance; and Bernardo Diniz de Ayala, who undertakes sponsor and lender-side work, jointly manage the team. João Louro Costa is a name to note for cross-border matters, while Gonçalo Andrade Sousa is particularly active in public law, PPPs and project development.