Our Firm

CARDIGOS specialises in providing high-end legal advice to its clients in complex business transactions. The firm is distinguished not only by the depth and high quality of its advisory services, but also by the innovative skills and commercial awareness of its lawyers. Our low ratio of partners to associates allows us to offer our clients an intense and highly individualised focus on their needs. The firm has leading practice groups which often have a cross border focus due to their international expertise. On a cross border level, we work together on an integrated team basis with leading independent law firms around the world to better serve our clients.

Our Practice

We represent clients in some of the largest and most complex transactions. Our lawyers advise on a wide range of corporate matters including mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, split-ups, public offerings, financial products and financing transactions. Our experience continues to grow with the needs of our clients.

We have a preeminent and leading banking and finance practice. Particular areas of expertise include leveraged finance, acquisition finance, project and structured finance. Our lawyers often represent commercial and investment banks, financial companies, private investment funds and other institutional lenders and investors, as well as leveraged buyout sponsors and borrowers in a wide range of financing transactions. Our derivatives group is a market leader for its expertise across all areas of the derivatives markets. Our team provides assistance to sovereign entities, regional governments, national and foreign banks and Portuguese institutions in preparing documentation for derivatives in hedging operations involving, for example, ISDA and ISMA documents. We are entrusted by ISDA to issue its Collateral Opinion for Portugal. CARDIGOS is an acknowledged leading capital markets practice, advising issuers, underwriters, selling and controlling shareholders and other market participants in securities offerings. Our lawyers advise clients on all types of securities transactions, regulatory compliance and corporate governance issues.

CARDIGOS is widely recognized as a leader in complex corporate transactions. We have in-depth experience with complex mergers and acquisitions and cross-border transactions across a wide range of industries. Our lawyers have been involved in some of the most creative deal structures, designing acquisition programs and preparing and implementing strategies for both acquirers and potential acquisition targets in domestic and cross-border transactions. Our expertise encompasses also private equity capability on all aspects of buyouts, financing and fund formation.

Our tax lawyers advise domestic and international clients on complex issues in the area of corporate taxation and are dedicated to solving complex transactional and financial problems for a diverse group of clients, including major corporations, investment and commercial banks, private equity and hedge funds.

We represent clients in the most sensitive disputes, being often called in "bet-the-company" cases. Our practice focuses on arbitration, commercial and civil litigation and on a broad range of business disputes. Our lawyers are experienced litigators from pre-contentious advisory to trial. When necessary, our litigators work together with other practice areas to better serve our clients' needs.

Our Lawyers

We represent clients in some of the largest and most complex transactions. Our lawyers advise on a wide range of corporate matters including mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, split-ups, public offerings, financial products and financing transactions. Our experience continues to grow with the needs of our clients.

Pedro Cardigos
Partner
+351 21 330 39 01
pcardigos@cardigos.com

Pedro Cardigos is a Partner in the firm's Banking, Derivatives, and Capital Markets and Corporate and M&A groups. Pedro's practice focuses on representing investment banking firms in a wide range of capital markets transactions, derivatives, corporate finance, as well as in mergers and acquisitions. Pedro has also participated in several important arbitrations, national and internationally.

Chicago-Kent School of Law - ITT, LL.M. American Legal Studies, 1989.
São Paulo University School of Law, Brazil, Post Graduation Course in International Law, 1988.
Portuguese Catholic University of Lisbon School of Law, Law Degree, 1987.

Partner of "Cardigos e Associados, Sociedade de Advogados R.L. ", since 2008.
Partner of "Abreu, Cardigos & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados R.L.", 1993-2007.
Associate at "Baker & McKenzie, Chicago", 1989-1990.
Associate at "Baker & McKenzie, São Paulo", 1987-1989.

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Maria Almeida Fernandes
Senior Associate
+351 21 330 39 16
mfernandes@cardigos.com

Maria Almeida Fernandes is a Senior Associate in the firm’s Banking, Derivatives and Capital Markets group. Maria’s practice focuses on banking and capital markets' regulatory matters and has been involved in several transactions, mainly focused on the issue and placement of debt and equity instruments, international structured finance, negotiation of derivatives master agreements, debt issue transactions and banking debt restructure. Maria has advised various national clients in numerous legal suits, namely in the area of banking and financial litigation. She also has extensive experience in arbitration proceedings and has been actively involved in several Restructuring and Insolvency procedures.

Securities Law Institute, University of Lisbon School of Law, Postgraduate studies on Securities Law, 2014.
Institute for Economic, Fiscal and Tax Law, University of Lisbon School of Law (IDEFF), Postgraduate studies on Public Debt and Public Debt Markets, 2012.
Catholic University School of Law, Lisbon, Bologna Master of Laws Program, Law and Business, 2010.
Nova Lisbon University School of Law, Law Degree, Lisbon, 2009.

Associate at "Cardigos e Associados, Sociedade de Advogados R.L.", since January 2013.
Junior Associate "Cardigos e Associados, Sociedade de Advogados R.L.", since September 2009.

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Francisca Teixeira Duarte
Associate
+351 21 330 39 10
fduarte@cardigos.com

Francisca Teixeira Duarte is an Associate in the firm's Banking, Derivatives and Capital Markets group. Francisca's practice focuses on banking and capital markets' regulatory matters and has been involved in several transactions, mainly focused on the issue and placement of debt and equity instruments as well as on corporate related matters of other practice areas.

Postgraduate studies on Public Debt and Public Debt Markets, Institute for Economic, Fiscal and Tax Law of the University of Lisbon School of Law (IDEFF), 2012.
New Lisbon University School of Law, Bologna Master of Laws Program in Law and Business, 2010.
New Lisbon University School of Law, Law Degree, 2009.

Associate at "Cardigos e Associados, Sociedade de Advogados R.L.", since November 2013.
Junior Associate at "Cardigos e Associados, Sociedade de Advogados R.L.", since January 2010.

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Sara Santos Dias
Associate
+351 21 330 39 07
sdias@cardigos.com

Sara Santos Dias is an Associate in the Firm's Banking, Derivatives and Capital Markets and Corporate group. Sara's practice focuses on banking and capital markets' regulatory matters and has been involved in several transactions, mainly focused on the issue and placement of debt and equity instruments as well as on corporate related matters of other practice areas.

King's College London, LLM. In International Financial Law, 2015.
Portuguese Catholic University of Lisbon School of Law, Law Degree, 2014.

Associate at "Cardigos e Associados, Sociedade de Advogados R.L.", since October 2017.
Junior Associate at "Cardigos e Associados, Sociedade de Advogados R.L.", since September 2015.

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Maria Ana Brogueira
Junior Associate
+351 21 330 39 18
mbrogueira@cardigos.com

Maria Ana Brogueira is a Junior Associate in the Firm's Corporate, Banking, Derivatives and Capital Markets and Arbitration groups.

Maastricht University, Netherlands, LL.M in European Law, specialisation Public Law and Governance, 2017.
Portuguese Catholic University of Lisbon School of Law, Law Degree, 2016.

Junior Associate at "Cardigos e Associados, Sociedade de Advogados R.L.", since September 2017;
“Legal Clinic” in the Competition, Regulatory and EU Law area at "Abreu & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados R.L.", 2016.

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Recruiting

We are always looking for people with international experience and multicultural awareness to join and assist us in providing top quality services to our clients. We are looking for commercially aware, technically excellent legal minds committed to developing innovative approaches for our clients.

Please send us your CV and a copy of your academic transcript to:

cardigos@cardigos.com
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