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.

João Paulo Teixeira de Matos
Of Counsel
+351 21 330 39 27
jmatos@cardigos.com Download CV

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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Joana Vitorino Mendes
Associate
+351 21 330 39 21
jmendes@cardigos.com Download CV

Joana Vitorino Mendes is an Associate in the Firm's Corporate, Litigation and Arbitration groups. Joana has been actively involved in several M&A operations, having participated in some of the most prominent cases both internationally and locally, having assisted several clients in Corporate and Securities matters.

University of Michigan Law School, Research Scholar, 2014.
Católica Global School of Law, LL.M. in Law in a European and Global Context, 2014.
Portuguese Catholic University of Lisbon School of Law, Law Degree, 2013.
Center for Transnational Legal Studies, London, 2013.

Associate at "Cardigos e Associados, Sociedade de Advogados R.L.", since April 2017.
Secondee at "Trench Rossi Watanabe", São Paulo, 2018.
Junior Associate at "Cardigos e Associados, Sociedade de Advogados R.L.", since January 2015.

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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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