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.

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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.

Maria Almeida Fernandes
Partner
+351 21 330 39 16
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Maria Almeida Fernandes is a Partner 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.

Partner of "Cardigos e Associados, Sociedade de Advogados R.L. ", since 2019.
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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Pedro Santos Azevedo
Of Counsel
+351 21 330 39 19
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Pedro Santos Azevedo is Of Counsel at the firm and is part of the Public, Regulation and Competition group. Pedro has extensive experience in Administrative Law, namely in Public Procurement, having assisted several public and private entities throughout all stages of the tender processes. Pedro has experience as a lawyer and legal adviser and worked alongside the Portuguese National Authority for Communications as a legal expert. Pedro is also a regular speaker in seminars, lectures and postgraduate courses on public procurement and has several publications on this matter.

University of Coimbra School of Law, Postgraduate studies in Regulation and Competition Law, 2016.
University of Lisbon School of Law, Master of Law, Legal and Political Science, 2015.
University of Lisbon School of Law, Law Degree, 2010.

Founder and Member of the Board of the Administrative Law Review.
Member of CEDIPRE’s Public Procurement Group.
Arbitrator at CAAD – Center for Administrative Arbitration.
Legal expert at the Portuguese National Authority for Communications.
Junior Associate at “Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva e Associados, Sociedade de Advogados, RL”.
Junior Associate at “BAS, Sociedade de Advogados, RL”.

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Adriana Martins
Associate
+351 21 330 39 10
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Adriana Martins é Associada e integra os grupos de Corporate e M&A, Público, Regulação e Concorrência e Contencioso e Arbitragem. A sua actividade inclui assessoria jurídica em operações de fusões e aquisições, cisões, transferência global de activos e passivos e reestruturações, bem como no âmbito do corporate governance. Tem prestado igualmente assessoria diversa em matéria de protecção de dados pessoais, tanto em comunicações com a entidade reguladora como na elaboração de documentação contratual, procedimentos internos e políticas de privacidade. Tem experiência em contencioso e arbitragem cível e comercial.

Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Lisboa, Pós-Graduação em Contencioso Comercial, 2018.
Faculdade de Direito da Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Mestrado em Direito Empresarial, 2015.
Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Lisboa, Licenciatura em Direito, 2013.

Advogada Associada da “Cardigos e Associados, Sociedade de Advogados R.L.” desde 2019.
Advogada in-house do “Banco Invest S.A.” entre 2017 e 2019.
Advogada Estagiária da "Ferreira Pinto e Associados, Sociedade de Advogados R.L." entre 2015 e 2017.

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Gonçalo Almeida Cardim
Junior Associate
+351 21 330 39 23
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Gonçalo Almeida Cardim is a Junior Associate in the Firm's Corporate, Litigation and Arbitration groups.

Portuguese Catholic University of Lisbon School of Law, Master of Laws, 2017.
Portuguese Catholic University of Lisbon School of Law, Law Degree, 2016.
Universitá degli Studi di Trento, Erasmus, 2013/2014.

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

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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.

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