Nuno Pena > CMS > Lisbon, Portugal > Lawyer Profile

Rua Castilho, 50
1250-071 Lisbon

Work Department

Dispute Resolution




Nuno Pena is a partner and co-heads the Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice at CMS Portugal. His main areas of focus are civil and commercial litigation, Dispute Resolution and Insolvency and Restructuring.

He has a particularly impressive track record in cross-border restructuring and insolvency disputes, in the financial services sector, relating particularly to the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (“BRRD”).

Nuno is also well-versed in multijurisdictional arbitration proceedings, particularly in the financial and energy sector.


Portuguese, English, Spanish


Member of the Portuguese Bar Association since 1994


  • Law degree, Faculdade de Direito, Universidade Católica Portuguesa
  • Post-Graduation in Management and Taxation, Instituto de Estudos Superiores Financeiros e Fiscais

Lawyer Rankings

Portugal > Insolvency and restructuring

Drawing on the strength of the firm’s multi-jurisdictional practices across M&A, banking and finance, tax and regulation, CMS‘s team in Portugal is equipped to handle all aspects of restructuring and insolvency matters. A diverse client base – comprising banks, distressed debt investors, private equity firms and corporates in financial difficulties – regularly turn to the team in relation to large restructuring processes, litigation arising from insolvencies and transactional work. Nuno Pena is a go-to litigator for issues pertaining to the banking sector; dispute resolution is also a strong point for Miguel Esperança Pina, who is highly regarded for insolvency and restructuring disputes. Other names to note include Rita Gouveia and Diogo Castanheira Pereira, the latter of whom is regularly sought by investment funds, financial institutions and real estate companies in restructuring matters.

Portugal > Dispute resolution

The ‘very proactive team‘ at CMS is recommended for its ability to quickly ‘grasp legal and expert issues’ in the course of litigation and arbitration proceedings. Covering the entire spectrum of commercial and civil disputes, the department is a go-to choice for several domestic and international clients engaged in cross-border matters. Furthermore, it is well known for its significant experience in large-scale lawsuits involving the banking sector, and international arbitration arising from M&A, shareholder and energy disputes. Co-head Nuno Pena has played a leading role in some of the most high-profile cases in the country involving banking and insolvency issues. He leads the practice with Miguel Esperança Pina, who is a key name for arbitration; Rita Gouveia, whose areas of activity include shareholder disputes and post-M&A arbitrations; and Diogo Castanheira Pereira, who is regularly sought after by investment funds, financial institutions and real estate companies.