Mr Tito Arantes Fontes > Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho > Lisbon, Portugal > Lawyer Profile

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho
1250-162 LISBOA

Work Department

Litigation, International Arbitration, Corporate Crime and Internal Investigations.


Tito Arantes Fontes is a partner based in the Lisbon office of Uría Menéndez-Proença de Carvalho. He joined the firm in 2004 when his previous firm, Vasconcelos, F. Sa Carneiro, Fontes & Associados – one of the most prestigious Portuguese law firms, founded in 1993 – integrated with Uría Menéndez.

He has been a lawyer since 1982 and became a partner at Vasconcelos, F. Sa Carneiro, Fontes & Associados in 1994, where he headed up the Litigation Department and focused his practice on litigation, arbitration and labour law.

From 1983 to 1987, Tito was a legal adviser at the Caixa Geral de Depósitos (Personnel Department), legal adviser to the Secretary of State for Higher Education from 1987 to 1991, legal adviser to the Secretary of State for Local Government and Regional Planning from 1991 to 1992, a lawyer at the Caixa Geral de Depósitos (the Litigation Department) from 1991 to 1992, Secretary General of the Union of Traders’ Associations of the Lisbon district from 1992 to 1993, and a member of the Management Committee of the Law Firms Institute (Bar Association) from 2002 until 2004.

Tito is the head of the Litigation Practice Area covering all the practice areas (both contentious and non-contentious). He represents clients in civil, criminal and commercial procedures, at all instances including the higher courts and the Constitutional Court. He also acts in arbitration hearings either as an arbitrator or as lawyer representing parties in insolvency procedures and in particular before the Commercial Court (Tribunal de Comércio). Tito represents Portuguese and foreign companies before the Portuguese courts and arbitration tribunals and also actively participates in the negotiation, drafting and enforcement of complex agreements, often after years of litigation.


English; French, Spanish.


Portuguese Bar Association.


Business Management Course, Instituto de Novas Profissões (Lisbon), 1979; Law Degree, Universidade de Coimbra, 1982; Post-graduate Degree in Pharmaceutical and Medical Law, Universidade de Coimbra, 2002; Post-graduate Degree in White Collar Crime and European Law, Universidade de Coimbra, 2004.

Lawyer Rankings

Portugal > Dispute resolution

(Hall of Fame)

Tito Arantes FontesUría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho remains a leader in the field of dispute resolution, encompassing litigation, corporate crime and arbitration. Apart from its deep expertise in major financial disputes, the firm is also a strong force in civil and commercial litigation, offering assistance to financial institutions, as well as domestic and foreign companies. Overseeing the department is Fernando Aguilar de Carvalho, who also leads on international arbitration work and co-heads the firm’s African desk. Renowned litigator Tito Arantes Fontes and Nuno Salazar Casanova, who regularly acts for banks and financial institutions and handles cross-border disputes, are also noteworthy. Adriano Squilacce focuses on contentious matters involving financial products and securities, and the department expanded further in June 2021 with the arrival of Miguel Martínez Gimeno  from the Spanish Securities Market Commission, where he was the head of the legal service and secretary to the board.