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José Manuel Galvão Teles

José Manuel Galvão Teles handles Special Cases in the litigation and arbitration team.

José Manuel is widely experienced in M&A. A consultant to some of the most important national and foreign companies established or operating in Portugal, he is President of the general meeting of shareholders of the largest companies with head offices in Portugal (banking, electricity, distribution, etc.).

Throughout his career as an attorney, he has provided legal advice on some of the largest civil cases brought to trial in the Portuguese Courts. He was also successful as a defence counsel, representing clients on some of the most important and notable criminal cases.

José Manuel Galvão Teles was a Member of the Portuguese Council of State and has been the Delegation Head of important political and economic-financial entities. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association for the Progress of Law and a Consultant to several socio-cultural associations and foundations.

During the 70’s and 80’s he was a member of the Presidency of the International Court for judging Apartheid Crimes and between 1976 and 1982 he was President of the Portugal-Spain Friendship Association. In 1975 and 1976 he was an Embassador with the UN.

José Manuel Galvão Teles was honored with a Medal of Honor by the Portuguese Bar Association at the celebration of Lawyer’s Day, in 2010.


Practice Areas

Corporate and Commercial, Litigation and Arbitration.


Law Degree (Law Faculty of the University of Lisbon, 1960).


Portuguese Bar Association (admitted in 1963). International Bar Association.


Portuguese, English, French and Spanish.

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