Catarina Belim > Belim Castilho > Lisbon, Portugal > Lawyer Profile

Belim Castilho
Av. da República, n.º 6, 7.º Esq.
1050-191 Lisboa

Work Department

Tax and Customs, with a special focus in Indirect Taxes


Founding Partner | Tax, VAT & Indirect Tax


Catarina Belim, based in Lisbon, Portugal, has an extensive background working with Tax and Custom matters.

Catarina began her professional career in Deloitte’s Indirect Tax division. She left Deloitte to join Portuguese leading law firm VdA – Vieira de Almeida & Associados for almost a decade, where she played a successful role in developing the firm’s tax practice area.

At the age of 35, Catarina founded her own law firm, Belim (now Belim Castilho), with a special focus on Tax, Customs and International Trade.

Catarina provides multi-skilled assistance to clients, both corporate and private, covering practical and comprehensive legal, tax and customs advice, representation in litigation cases and active assistance on compliance, reporting, invoicing and licensing matters.

Catarina publishes regularly and is a frequent speaker, promotor and participant in conferences and events for the discussion and further development of tax & customs matters.

Catarina integrates the list of eligible tax arbitrators next to CAAD – Portuguese Arbitration Centre for tax and administrative proceeding since 2018, deciding in relevant VAT cases dealing with national and EU law provisions.

IBA National reporter Portugal for 2023.




IVA – International VAT Association.
GLCA – Global Legal Customs Association (currently Vice-President).
AIJA – International Association of Young Lawyers (member of Tax Law Commission).
Portuguese Bar Association (admitted in 2006).


Law Degree (University of Lisbon School of Law, 2004).


Catarina loves travelling the world and divides her heart between Lisbon and her homeland Madeira, where she never misses a new year’s eve, with her large and funny family.

Lawyer Rankings

Portugal > Tax

(Leading individuals)

Catarina BelimBelim Castilho

Singled out for its ‘entrepreneurial and practical’ team, boutique tax firm Belim Castilho is noted for its expertise in VAT-related matters, including audits before the customs and tax authorities. The ‘highly regardedCatarina Belim earns praise for her expertise in VAT and indirect taxes. She leads the team alongside Luís Castilho, a ‘very knowledgeable, smart, and responsive‘ attorney specialised in income and property tax matter, and recommended for his international tax knowledge.