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Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

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Tito Arantes Fontes

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Uría Menéndez

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Litigation and Arbitration, International Arbitration, White Collar Crime.




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.


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.


Dispute resolution

Within: Leading individuals

Tito Arantes Fontes - Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

Within: Dispute resolution

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho continues to attract high-value, high-profile litigation and arbitration cases, and often handles cross-border matters, capitalising on its network. Galp, Cimpor, Ricardo Salgado, Banco Santander Totta, TAP, and Odebrecht count among the team's clients. The ‘extraordinarily pragmatic’ Tito Arantes Fontes and the 'excellentFernando Aguilar de Carvalho jointly head the team; the ‘cleverNuno Salazar Casanova ‘manages clients well’ and is ‘easy to deal with’; senior associate Adriano Squilacce is ‘technically prepared’; Daniel Proença de Carvalho is the other name to note.

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Fraud and white-collar crime

Within: Fraud and white-collar crime

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho represents companies and individuals in some of the most high-profile economic crime cases, such as its ongoing advice to Ricardo Salgado on over 100 cases relating to the collapse of BES and in Operation Marquês. It also successfully challenged the extradition request for businessman Raúl Schmidt in the context of the so-called Operation Car Wash, an investigation into money laundering in Brazil. This case was led by Alexandre Mota Pinto. The team is co-headed by Daniel Proença de Carvalho, Francisco Proença de Carvalho and Tito Arantes Fontes, and also includes Fernando Aguilar de Carvalho, Nuno Salazar Casanova and senior associate Adriano Squilacce.

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