Pedro Simões Coelho > VdA > Lisbon, Portugal > Lawyer Profile

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

Banking & Finance




Pedro Simões Coelho joined VdA in 1998. Partner of the Banking & Finance practice and currently head of the firm’s investment funds practice.
He is also responsible for the Agency & Trust practice and member of the firm’s aviation finance team. He has been actively involved in several transactions, in Portugal and abroad, mainly focused on the advising, structuring and setting up of collective investment schemes such as mutual funds and real estate investment funds, infrastructure vehicles, venture capital funds and private equity structures.
He has been responsible for several transactions including non-performing loans, asset finance, particularly in the aviation finance field, notably financing, leasing, sale or purchase of aircraft, and capital markets, retail banking, financial services and securities’ law.
He has also been actively working in advising fund managers, venture capitalists, brokers, banks and other investment firms on a wide range of regulatory and related matters.
In what concerns Agency &Trust services, he has been actively working in several securitizations and debt issuing transactions advising several entities notably in their capacity as common representatives and issuers.


English, French, Spanish


Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association and admitted as specialist in financial law.
Admitted to the Timor-Leste Bar Association (Conselho de Gestão e Disciplina).


Law Degree, Universidade Livre de Lisboa, Faculty of Law

Lawyer Rankings

Portugal > Banking and finance

VdA excels in handling large-cap, and often cross-border financing mandates for a balanced mix of domestic and international banks and financial services clients. The firm has a deep bench of expertise that cuts across regulatory matters involving payment services, credit granting and financial intermediation, and transactional work including sector-related M&A, sustainable financial instruments, NPL deals and banking recapitalisations. Pedro Cassiano Santos steers the team on market-leading financing transactions. He not only advises on the structuring of complex deals, including the issue of debt and securitisation transactions, but is also seasoned in the full range of regulatory issues pertaining to the banking and finance sector. Hugo Moredo Santos stands out for his experience in retail bond issuances, structured finance deals and aviation finance. With in-depth knowledge of the public recapitalisation of Portuguese banks, Benedita Aires is singled out for her strong track record in the issue and placement of debt instruments, real estate financing and asset-backed transactions. Pedro Simões Coelho is a key contact for aviation finance and collective investment schemes. Recently appointed managing partner Paula Gomes Freire is also active in the practice, and Tiago Correia Moreira is the name to note for fintech-related mandates.