Mr Nuno Pena > CMS > Lisbon, Portugal > Lawyer Profile

1050-218 LISBON
Nuno Pena photo

Work Department

Dispute Resolution; Restructuring & Insolvency


Nuno Pena develops his activity in the areas of civil, commercial and corporate law and dispute resolution in the banking sector, in particular in relation to the Bank Resolution and Recovery Directive (“BRRD”) and related matters.

He provides legal advice to clients on highly complex legal matters and arbitration proceedings involving different jurisdictions and the main players of the financial and energy sector.

He also has relevant experience in insolvencies involving companies with presence in more than one jurisdiction.

He is a founding partner of CMS Rui Pena & Arnaut.


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

CMS has particular strength in bank resolution and insolvency, and as such was well placed to represent several clients in the aftermath of the resolution and liquidation of Banco Espírito Santo. The firm leverages its considerable international footprint to advise on cross-border matters spanning various sectors, including finance, real estate, sports and telecoms. Nuno Pena has a focus in the bank recovery and resolution directive (BRRD) and related matters, and co-heads the practice with Miguel Esperança Pina, a dispute resolution expert. Head of the banking practice António Payan Martins is another key contact. Joaquim Shearman de Macedo left the firm in June 2020.

Portugal > Dispute resolution

CMS fields the ability to assemble cross-office teams in multiple jurisdictions to handle major contentious matters. Contract litigation is at the core of the dispute resolution practice, which is a leader in disputes involving financial, securities and derivatives issues. On the arbitration front, the group focuses on energy, M&A, and shareholder conflicts. Miguel Esperança Pina is a key name in the arbitration community. He jointly oversees the team with Nuno Pena, who is a go-to litigator for banking clients. Rita Gouveia is also noted.