VCA - Valadas Coriel & Associados > Lisbon, Portugal > Firm Profile

VCA - Valadas Coriel & Associados
Rua Tierno Galvan, 10, Torre 3, 16th floor
1070-274 Lisbon

Portugal > Dispute resolution Tier 4

VCA – Valadas Coriel & Associados offers advice to a large number of corporate and private clients seeking representation in civil actions, insolvency disputes, corporate and commercial litigation. Highlighted for its ‘great knowledge of processes and legal systems', the team is skilled at handling cases with an international element, often acting alongside leading international firms. Contentious matters involving the real estate sector and tax law are also core areas of expertise for the group, which is jointly headed by João Valadas Coriel, ‘an outstanding commercially minded lawyer', and dispute resolution expert Hugo Martins Braz.

Practice head(s):

João Valadas Coriel; Hugo Martins Braz


‘They are quite competent and creative in the solutions that they present; they have a good ability to research and gather information.’

‘We particularly appreciated their pro-activity, pragmatic and solution-driven approach. João Valadas Coriel’s recognised long experience in insolvency, bankruptcy and liquidation proceedings was quite valuable and appreciated by the parties involved. Their vast network across Europe and in Brazil was also a true asset in that particular file.’

‘Valadas Coriel & Asssociados, and in particular João Valadas Coriel, appeared to us to be particularly well informed on the Portuguese markets and its participants, and about the background of the situation at stake, which was helpful. The members of the team deployed remarkable responsiveness and availability.’

‘We work with Hugo Braz; he has a great ability to understand the topics and respond in a timely manner.’

‘I would highlight in 1st place the efficiency with which all matters are resolved. There is a great knowledge of the processes and legal systems, derived from a multidisciplinary team, which, together with the speed with which they act, make them very effective.’

‘The team is led by João Valadas Coriel, who continues to set the standard for excellence in dispute resolution in Portugal.’

‘João Valadas Coriel is an outstanding commercially minded lawyer who is also an authority and expert in Portuguese legal matters. Highly recommended.’

Key clients

EDP – Energias de Portugal, S.A.

STILL – Sociedade de Tratamento de Imagem Lusitana

Hotéis Roma Group

GALP Energia, S.A.

EDP Foundation

MAAT Museum

Work highlights

  • Represents EDP in several lawsuits against institutional clients, mainly city councils, and in several energy-related disputes.
  • Manages all of the employment disputes and administrative litigation derived from regulatory infringements on behalf of Hotels Roma group.
  • Recently hired by GALP Energia to review employment disputes and staff complaints under the direction of the company’s Ethics and Behaviour Commission.

The firm: VCA – Valadas Coriel & Associados started its journey in 2001 in Chiado, the heart of old Lisbon, with four lawyers and is celebrating this year its 20th anniversary.

VCA has become a firm of polymath lawyers, specialized in dispute resolution, private wealth, real estate, and immigration. The firm also caters to other areas of law such as labor, corporate, tax, projects, energy and mining, maritime, art law, and copyrights, which are intersectional with our areas of specialization.
VCA’s 24 lawyers team combines experience, anticipation, creativity, and determination, offering their clients a range of skills and resources for a variety of projects both local and international.

A dynamic yet informal work environment at VCA has attracted talent from bigger law and audit firms longing to strike a balance between personal and professional life, such balance being actively promoted at VCA, one of our contributions for the sustainability of a profession that needs to reinvent itself. Parity and diversity are encouraged at VCA, the majority of partners and associates being women.

VCA is an active member of established international networks, the Grimaldi Alliance and IR Global which give them access and resources across Europe and the Americas, in the Middle east, in Portuguese and French speaking Africa and in the most important Asian markets.

The Grimaldi Alliance was established by Italian Grimaldi Studio Legale and is present in 42 jurisdictions. It is dedicated to cross border transactions and has a great focus in European Affairs, with an office in Brussels exclusively to deal with the EU institutions.

VCA activism in IR Global, a network that spans 158 jurisdictions has earned them the distinction of their peers as “member of the year” in 2018.

VCA seeks an immersion in the client’s business. They want to become their trusted advisors; they want to be considered not solely as lawyers but also as reliable partners. Each client has a close connection to his assigned lawyer. You shall never feel like a number at VCA.

VCA focus is problem solving, even the most intricated, through creative solutions. VCA embrace challenges. VCA are resilient by principle, mostly conciliators, always determined, VCA has a fighting spirit whenever necessary.

Specialized areas of practice
Dispute resolution:
Our very experienced team is led by partners with over 25+ years’ experience. We act in a broad range of disputes, from civil actions, corporate and commercial litigation, to maritime, labour, tax, and white-collar crime.

Private wealth: VCA has a wealth management department for private clients. VCA offers assistance akin to a legal concierge service. Whether you wish to redomicile in Portugal, buy, rent, or sell a property, set up or sell a business, prepare a prenup or deal with the legal, tax and property aspects of a divorce and/or inheritance, VCA covers all the needs of a family and its family office.

Real estate: From the initial project to sales, going through all the procedural issues, licensing, construction, VCA covers all stages of any real estate project. VCA assists its clients in the purchases, sales and leases of property ensuring maximum legal security for the parties involved. Specialists in tourism and leisure projects.

Immigration: VCA has a deep knowledge in Immigration Law and extensive experience and know-how to advise its clients on any Visa application process, providing legal and practical advice on the best route for investment in each specific case. We also deal with the popular NHR program.

Other areas of practice:

  • Labour, HR management, disputes.
  • Corporate, company incorporation, shareholder disputes.
  • Tax, personal income tax and corporate tax. NHR regime.
  • Transnational projects, transports, energy and mining.
  • Maritime, ship arrests and further litigation.
  • Art law, copyrights, provenance, tax, import and export.
  • Specialized and alternative investment funds. Fund management.
Nationality law Ana Santos
Litigation and Criminal Law António
Real Estate and Investment Law Cláudia
Litigation and Labour Law Hugo Martins
Private Wealth and Tax Law João Valadas
Real Estate Marta Valadas
Immigration Patrícia Valadas
Corporate and Tax Law Rita Tigeleiro
Immigration Sandra Jardim
Tax Law and Private Wealth Sofia
Litigation and Maritime Law Sónia Antunes
Litigation and Administrative Law Vera Chalaç
Sónia Antunes Dias photo Sónia Antunes DiasSenior Associate in the Litigation and Maritime Law Department.
Cláudia Cardoso photo Cláudia CardosoManaging Associate of the Immigration Department
António Cayolla photo António CayollaOf Counsel in the Litigation Department
Vera Chalaça photo Vera ChalaçaPartner in the Litigation and Administrative Departments
Sandra Jardim Fernandes photo Sandra Jardim FernandesHead of the Immigration Department
Hugo Martins Braz photo Hugo Martins BrazPartner in the Litigation and Labour Departments
Sofia Quental photo Sofia QuentalPartner in the Private Wealth and Tax Department
Ana Santos Fontes photo Ana Santos FontesManaging Associate of the Nationality Department
Rita Tigeleiro Afonso photo Rita Tigeleiro AfonsoPartner in the Corporate and Tax Department
Patrícia Valadas Coriel photo Patrícia Valadas CorielPartner in the Immigration Department
Marta Valadas Coriel photo Marta Valadas CorielPartner in the Real Estate Department
João Valadas Coriel photo João Valadas CorielManaging Partner of VCA
Partners : 7
Managing Associates : 3
Senior Associates : 2
Associates : 13
Of Councels : 2
Trainees : 7
Administratives : 15
OA Portugal – Portuguese Bar Association
Portuguese Fiscal Association
IBA (International Bar Association)
International Fiscal Association
Other Offices : Funchal, Madeira and Ivory Coast


VCA- Valadas Coriel & Associados, since its foundation 17 years ago, has cultivated diversity in line with the best of Portuguese culture, a country which brought new worlds to Europe since the XIV century. VCA has 5 partners and 20 lawyers and most are women. We are proud to have people from all ages, social perspectives, faith, spiritual and religious beliefs, sexual orientation, social backgrounds, ethnic origins, abilities and cultures, even being a small firm.

VCA-Valadas Coriel & Associados has a professional career plan with objective evaluation with remuneration and incentives based on merit, regardless of the characteristics of its lawyers and workers based on equal pay for equal outcomes.

For VCA, living and working without diversity would be not just unfair and against ethic and the law: it would be like offering to our clients a service using half of our brains. Diversity at VCA is our guarantee of a service of excellence of this specialized business law firm.

VCA-Valadas Coriel & Associados works in or for several countries other than Portugal and its partners integrate and in some cases co-ordinate multinational teams of lawyers and other business experts of several European, African and Latin American countries with diverse cultures, languages and religions. Lisbon, our head office location is a multicultural hub where many people from different origins live together in peace in one of the safest cities in the world. This is so entrenched in the Firm’s DNA that for us diversity is just a way of living and working.

Pro Bono/CRS

VCA-Valadas Coriel & Associados has an organized Pro Bono/CRS department.

One of João Valadas Coriel’s passions, managing partner of VCA, is pro-bono work in criminal cases, something that comes from a desire to help people who have made mistakes.

We assist civil society organizations from children protection charities to social intervention associations and VCA partners work for rehabilitation and social development organizations.

VCA Pro Bono work has also involved the legal representation of destitute clients, some in complex legal issues, including litigation cases. For VCA- Valadas Coriel & Associados, a lawyers’ job is to pursue Justice, that sometimes elusive notion amidst the pressure and the stress of business legal practice.

Pro bono and CRS works remind to all lawyers at VCA-Valadas Coriel & Associados that our communities not only in Portugal but also in other countries where we work have given to us. It is also a constant reminder that destitute people also seek Justice and do have some technically complex legal issues to be sorted out and solved with the same high level of professionalism as paying clients.