Mrs Mafalda Ferreira Santos > Sérvulo & Associados > Lisbon, Portugal > Lawyer Profile

Sérvulo & Associados
1200-204 LISBOA

Work Department

Litigation and Arbitration, Restructuring and Insolvency


Partner in the Litigation and Arbitration and Restructuring and Insolvency departments.


At SÉRVULO since 2018, Mafalda Ferreira Santos is a partner in the firm’s Litigation department, focusing her practice in the areas of Restructuring and Insolvency and Arbitration. Mafalda Ferreira Santos started her professional career in 1997 at the law firm «F. Castelo Branco, P. Rebelo de Sousa & Associados – Sociedade de Advogados» (Portuguese Legal Group, AEIE) and in «P. Rebelo de Sousa & Associados, Simmons & Simmons.». From 2003 to 2013 Mafalda Ferreira Santos  was an associate at the law firm «Gonçalves Pereira, Castelo Branco & Associados», currently «Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados, SP, RL», where she became partner in 2013. Mafalda Ferreira Santos has lectured the Interdisciplinary Juridical Practice discipline from 2004 to 2017, at the Faculty of Law of the Nova University of Lisbon.


Portuguese, English


She joined the Bar Association in 1997.


She holds a Master’s in Legal Sciences from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon.

Lawyer Rankings

Portugal > Insolvency and restructuring

Bringing together a multidisciplinary team with expertise across financing, governance and dispute resolution, Sérvulo & Associados has a strong track record in complex and high-profile liquidation cases in Portugal and Europe. The team has recently experienced an uptick in instructions related to restructuring and insolvency proceedings as well as transactions involving distressed assets. Also noteworthy is the team’s collaboration in the implementation of an IT platform for the management of the liquidation proceedings of three major Portuguese banks – BES, BANIF and BPP. The department is under the joint leadership of four partners: Manuel Magalhães, who is particularly experienced in insolvencies in the financial sector; Mafalda Ferreira Santos, whose areas of expertise include in- and out-of-court restructuring and insolvency issues; António Teles and João Saúde.

Portugal > Dispute resolution

Singled out for its ‘unmatched experience and total availability‘, Sérvulo & Associados fields a team of ‘excellent lawyers‘ who are adept at handling high-profile litigation and arbitration cases, encompassing corporate crime, regulatory compliance, administrative proceedings and civil and commercial disputes. Financial litigation is at the core of the practice; the team is seen with great regularity acting for major banks in large-scale matters, including insolvency cases and cross-border mandates. António Teles excels in commercial litigation, and is also noted for his broad knowledge of pharmaceutical disputes. He oversees the department with João Saúde, who focuses on dispute resolution in the banking, construction and sports sectors, and Mafalda Ferreira Santos, who is skilled in in- and out-of-court proceedings.