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.

Sofia de Sousa Caetano
Partner
+351 21 330 39 06
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Sofia de Sousa Caetano is a Partner in the firm's Tax group. Sofia's practice focuses on advising clients on the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions and other transactions, including spin-offs, restructurings and corporate joint ventures. Sofia also works with clients on issues related to corporate finance and domestic and international taxation. Sofia also has experience in mergers and acquisitions, including public and private company mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, hostile takeovers and cross-border transactions.

Leiden University, Netherlands, Master of Advanced Studies in International Tax Law program, 2010.
University of Lisbon School of Law, Postgraduate Advanced Studies in Taxation of Financial Instruments and Corporate Finance Transactions, 2008.
University of Lisbon School of Law, Postgraduate Studies in Tax Law, 2007.
University of Lisbon School of Law, Law Degree, 2005.

Partner of "Cardigos e Associados, Sociedade de Advogados R.L. ", since 2015.
Associate at "Cardigos e Associados, Sociedade de Advogados R.L.", since 2008.
Secondee at "Baker & Mckenzie Amsterdam", 2010.
Junior Associate at "ABBC & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados RL", 2005-2008.

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João Paulo Teixeira de Matos
Of Counsel
+351 21 330 39 27
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João Paulo is a senior counsel of the firm specialized in EU and Competition Law, Arbitration and Litigation. João Paulo advises international and national clients in merger control cases, antitrust matters and investigations, EU and domestic litigation and arbitration. Admitted in Portugal and Malta.

Portuguese Catholic University of Lisbon School of Law LL.M. EU and Competition Law, 1990.
Portuguese Catholic University of Lisbon School of Law, Post Graduation Course in European Legal Studies 1987.
Portuguese Catholic University of Lisbon School of Law, Law Degree, 1985.

Senior Counsel of "Cardigos e Associados, Sociedade de Advogados R.L.", 2018.
Founding partner of “Garrigues Portugal” where he led the EU and Competition Law practice, 2000-2018.
Partner of “Landwell” and consultant of “PricewaterhouseCoopers”, 1998-2000.
Partner of "Abreu, Cardigos & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados R.L.", 1993-1998.
Partner of “F. Castelo Branco, Nobre Guedes & Associados – Sociedade de Advogados/Grupo Legal Português” (F. Castelo Branco, Nobre Guedes & Associados, Simmons & Simmons, J. y A. Garrigues and Pinheiro Neto Advogados), 1990-1993.
Associate at “Assis de Almeida & Associados”, 1985-1990.

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David Nunes Fernandes
Senior Associate
+351 21 330 39 17
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David Nunes Fernandes is a Senior Associate in the firm’s Tax group. David’s practice focuses on advising clients on the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions and other transactions, including spin-offs, restructurings and corporate joint ventures. David also works with clients on issues related to corporate finance and domestic and international taxation. David has also been actively involved in several litigation cases, representing domestic and international clients in disputes involving commercial law before judicial courts as well as in arbitration.

Portuguese Catholic University of Lisbon School of Law, Master of Laws, 2012.
Portuguese Catholic University of Lisbon School of Law, Post-Graduation Studied in Tax Law, 2010.
Portuguese Catholic University of Lisbon School of Law, Law Degree, 2009.

Visiting Lecturer at Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Lisbon Law School), since 2017;
Visiting Lecturer at Universidade Católica Portgueusa (Business and Economics School), since 2016;
Senior Associate at "Cardigos e Associados, Sociedade de Advogados R.L.", since 2018;
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 2011.

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Sara Santos Dias
Associate
+351 21 330 39 07
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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.

Law Faculty of Lisbon, Post-Graduate Studies in Banking Law, on-going.
King’s College London, LLM. In International Financial Law (graduated with Merit), 2015.
Portuguese Catholic University of Lisbon School of Law, Law Degree, 2014.

Associate at Cardigos e Associados, Sociedade de Advogados R.L.”, since 2017;
Trainee at “Cardigos e Associados, Sociedade de Advogados R.L.”, 2015-2017.

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Maria Brogueira de Sousa
Associate
+351 21 330 39 18
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Maria Brogueira de Sousa is an 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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Carolina Soares de Sousa
Junior Associate
+351 21 330 39 30
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Carolina Soares de Sousa is a Junior Associate in the Firm's Banking, Derivatives and Capital Markets and Corporate and M&A groups.

Portuguese Catholic University of Lisbon School of Law, Master of Laws, 2019.
Portuguese Catholic University of Lisbon School of Law, Law Degree, 2018.
Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá - Exchange Program 2015/2016.

Junior Associate at "Cardigos e Associados, Sociedade de Advogados R.L.", since September 2019.
Summer Internship in the Banking & Finance area at “Vieira de Almeida & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados R.L.”, 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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