Sofia Ribeiro Branco > VdA > Lisbon, Portugal > Lawyer Profile

Rua Dom Luis I, 28
1200-151 Lisboa
Sofia Ribeiro Branco photo

Work Department

Investigations & White Collar


Partner and Co- Head of Practice of Investigations & White Collar


Partner and Head of Practice of Investigations & White Collar, Sofia is a very experienced litigation and arbitration lawyer, representing clients in corporate, criminal and misdemeanor litigation cases.
Sofia also designs effective compliance programs and leads business conduct investigations, assisting clients in regulatory and private enforcement litigation.


English, French


Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association.
Admitted to the Timor-Leste Bar Association (Conselho de Gestão e Disciplina).
Vice-president of the Portuguese Criminal Forum (“Fórum Penal”).
Member of the European Criminal Bar Association. 
Member of the International Bar Association.


Law Degree, Catholic University of Lisbon, Faculty of Law.
Masters degree in Corporate Law, University of Lisbon, Faculty of Law (dissertation on shareholders’ right to information).
Post-graduation in misdemeanour/administrative offenses applicable by Regulatory Authorities, University of Lisbon, Faculty of Law.
I Specialized Course in Compliance and Criminal Law.

Lawyer Rankings

Portugal > Fraud and white-collar crime

With a strong track record in high-profile criminal cases involving multiple jurisdictions, VdA is well equipped to assist clients in money-laundering investigations, as well as matters pertaining to fraud, embezzlement, forgery and bribery. Of particular note, the team has been extremely busy handling significant proceedings involving the football industry. The white-collar crime practice, which is part of the firm-wide dispute resolution group, is further prepared to assist clients with the increasing exposure to cybercrime as well as compliance issues. With almost three decades of experience in this field, co-head João Medeiros is well known for handling some of the most sensitive criminal cases in the country. Fellow co-leader Sofia Ribeiro Branco focuses on corporate crime and regulatory misdemeanour cases. Bruno Melo Alves is another practitioner to note for criminal litigation.