Paulo Olavo Cunha > VdA > Lisbon, Portugal > Lawyer Profile

Rua Dom Luis I, 28
1200-151 Lisboa
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Work Department

Corporate & Governance


Group Senior Partner Corporate Advisory & Tax and Head of Practice Partner Corporate & Governance


Paulo Olavo Cunha joined VdA in 2005. Corporate Advisory & Tax Group Senior Partner and Head of Practice of Corporate & Governance. Paulo is specialised in Company Law and has been responsible for major projects, transactions, and group restructuring operations.
He actively advises members of the board of directors of some of the major Portuguese companies in strategic and complex corporate related aspects.
Also providing highly specialized legal assistance to (listed) Public Companies with dealing with its shareholders relations and disputes.
In his advisory role to large companies, he integrated Corporate Governance and Corporate Sustainability and Ethics Committees as an expert, and prepared several Legal Opinions for management and supervisory bodies.
A law professor, Paulo is regularly called upon to issue legal opinions for the governing and supervisory bodies of major companies.


English, French, Spanish


Member of the Portuguese Bar Association.
Member of the International Bar Association (IBA).
Editor of «Direito das Sociedades em Revista» (Review on Company Law).
Editor of «Revista de Direito da Insolvência» (Insolvency Law Review).
Member of the Catholic University Commercial and Economics Law Centre.
Founding member of the Portuguese Intellectual Property Law Association.
Listed arbitrator of the Arbitration Centre of the Lisbon Trade Association of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


Law Degree by Faculdade de Ciências Humanas of the Portuguese Catholic University of Lisbon.
Masters in Law, by the Faculty of Law of the Portuguese Catholic University of Lisbon.
PhD in Law by the Portuguese Catholic University of Lisbon.
Lawyer (since 1986) and Professor of Law.

Lawyer Rankings

Portugal > Commercial, corporate and M&A

VdA has one of the leading M&A, corporate and governance teams in the country. Testament to its standing in the market is its involvement in numerous landmark deals, ranging from share and asset transactions to privatisations and corporate reorganisations. The firm acts for multinational corporations, private equity firms, listed companies, domestic financial institutions and companies operating in a range of highly regulated sectors, with a particular focus on energy, telecoms, infrastructure and education. Jorge Bleck, whose notable areas of practice include private equity and joint ventures, leads on M&A mandates, while Paulo Olavo Cunha oversees the corporate and governance group. With a strong background in finance and energy law, Claudia Cruz Almeida participated in several of the big-ticket transactions recently handled by the firm. Other core team members include managing partner João Vieira de Almeida and private equity and venture capital specialist Helena Vaz Pinto. Sofia Bobone stands out for her impressive international experience. In firm-wide developments, in 2021 the firm joined SDG Ambition, the UN programme aimed at integrating the sustainable development goals into business management.