Mr Carlos Pita Cao > AKD > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

PO BOX 59280
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Work Department

Corporate Law




Carlos heads AKD’s Corporate M&A practice.

With two decades of experience, Carlos advises on complex cross-border transactions, on – both domestic and international – strategic and private equity acquisitions, participations, divestments and exits, buyouts, joint ventures, and corporate restructurings, as well as on corporate law issues and critical contracting matters. Carlos is a trusted advisor to many of his clients. He counts among his extensive and diverse client base, entrepreneurs and large quoted and private companies, based in the Netherlands and overseas, as well as private equity firms. Carlos’ work spans a wide range of industries and sectors, including transport & logistics, energy, food, manufacturing, technology and leisure.

Clients benefit from his responsive, pragmatic approach and his ability to focus on his clients’ principal deal objectives.

Carlos has been repeatedly recognised as a leader in his field, and continues to be recognised as a leading Corporate M&A Lawyer by all legal directories, including Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 and IFRL 1000, with clients and peers praising him for his “extensive knowledge and solid commercial awareness in combination with strong negotiation skills” (Chambers Global 2019). Legal 500 qualifies Carlos as a ‘Key Individual’ and states “Carlos Pita Cao is praised for his business acumen and down-to-earth attitude”. His accolades further include winning the prestigious Iberian Lawyer 40 under Forty Awards in 2015, being the only lawyer distinguished with this Award practicing outside of Spain or Portugal to date.


Dutch, Spanish and English


Carlos Pita Cao obtained his MA in European and International Law at the Catholic University in Brabant in 2000. In 2004 he also completed the post-graduate study programme in EC Competition Law at King’s College London.

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Commercial, corporate and M&a

(Leading individuals)

Carlos Pita CaoAKD

Noted for its capacity in ‘complex cross-border transactions’, AKD is an independent Benelux law firm with expertise in M&A, strategic transactions, restructurings, merger control and regulatory approvals. Carlos Pita Cao heads the team and is knowledgeable of the transport, logistics, energy, food, manufacturing, technology and leisure fields, and leads the firm’s Spanish and Latam desks. Nathalie Van Woerkom is particularly adept in the field of distressed M&A. The practice predominantly focuses on mid-market transactions and often handles deals valued in excess of €500m.