Frederico Gonçalves Pereira > VdA > Lisbon, Portugal > Lawyer Profile

Rua Dom Luis I, 28
1200-151 Lisboa
Frederico Gonçalves Pereira photo

Work Department

Litigation & Arbitration


Disputes & Restructuring Group Executive Partner


Partner of VdA since 1999. He is Disputes & Restructuring Group Executive Partner and Partner of the Litigation & Arbitration practice. Frederico has been involved in many cases representing several domestic and international clients in disputes involving commercial law before judicial courts as well as in arbitration before Portuguese and international entities. Recently has gained extensive experience in insolvency and restructuring under Portuguese Law. He is often appointed as arbitrator.


English, French


Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association.
Admitted to the Timor-Leste Bar Association (Conselho de Gestão e Disciplina).
Member of the Board of the Portuguese Litigation Lawyers Circle.


Law Degree, University of Lisbon, Faculty of Law.
Masters Degree in Civil Law, University of Lisbon, Faculty of Law.
Admitted to the preparation of a Ph.D. thesis in Corporate Law, University of Lisbon, Faculty of Law.
Harvard Business School – Leading Professional Services Firm course, 2009.

Lawyer Rankings

Portugal > Insolvency and restructuring

(Hall of Fame)

Frederico Gonçalves PereiraVdA

In anticipation of the rise in demand in the fields of restructuring and insolvency, VdA recently set up an autonomous corporate restructuring and insolvency practice made up of specialised lawyers providing a full-service offering. Led by Filipa Cotta, who has more than 20 years’ experience in national and cross-border dispute resolution matters and who is now entirely devoted to restructuring and insolvency mandates, the department brings together expertise in financial restructuring, distressed asset transactions, PERs and REREs. Litigation and arbitration expert Frederico Gonçalves Pereira is also active in the team; he has represented clients in some of the most challenging and high-profile insolvency cases in the country. Teresa Pitôrra has significant experience in acting for creditors and debtors in insolvency proceedings and judicial and out-of-court restructurings across a range of sectors, including banking and telecoms.

Portugal > Dispute resolution

VdA is a go-to destination in the Portuguese legal market for high-stakes domestic and international litigation and arbitration across a number of industries. Its strong client base is made up of international heavyweights and domestic players operating in the banking, energy, infrastructure, telecoms, construction and pharmaceutical sectors engaged in a broad scope of disputes, ranging from corporate, shareholder or contractual conflicts to contentious issues arising from M&A transactions, construction contracts and distribution agreements. The ‘highly responsive‘ team is co-chaired by António de Magalhães Cardoso, who focuses on IP litigation; Miguel Pinto Cardoso, who is notably active in cross-border arbitration; and Frederico Gonçalves Pereira, who stands out in class actions and corporate and banking disputes. Carla Gonçalves Borges is proficient in both litigation and arbitration proceedings, with a strong track record in cases related to venture capital deals and related shareholder disputes, as well as matters pertaining to the sports sector.