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RUA DOM LUÍS I, 28, 1200-151 LISBOA, PORTUGAL
Tel:
Work +351 21 311 34 00
Fax:
Fax +351 21 311 34 06
Email:
Web:
www.vda.pt
Lisbon, Oporto

Sofia Ribeiro Branco

Tel:
Work (+351) 21 311 3460/488/524
Email:
VDA

Work Department

Investigations & White Collar

Position

Partner and Head of Practice of Investigations & White Collar

Career

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.

Languages

English, French

Member

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.

Education

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.


Portugal

Fraud and white-collar crime

Within: Fraud and white-collar crime

VdA Vieira de Almeida is ‘discreet’ and ‘very much aware of the surrounding environment’. It successfully represented Brisa director Vasco de Mello, who was accused by the public prosecutor of insider trading, and it is representing REN in a criminal investigation concerning alleged collusion between the government and the client and EDP at the time of the energy sector liberalisation in the 2000s. The team has also handled cybercrime cases. Sofia Ribeiro Branco is ‘always available’ and ‘develops sound and solid winning strategies’.

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