Expertise Practice Areas

Our arbitration team focuses on complex and value-added arbitration proceedings related to Portuguese-speaking countries, including, through Morais Leitão Legal Circle, Portugal, Angola, Mozambique and Cape Verde.

The members of our team have sound, diversified and multidisciplinary academic and cultural training, with in-depth understanding of the most significant economic sectors. The team members are fluent in several languages, including English, Spanish, French, German and Portuguese.

Our team’s track record includes most of the relevant economic sectors, namely Aviation, Banking and Financial Services, Commodities, Defence, Health and Pharmaceuticals, Foreign Investment, Infrastructures, Intellectual Property, Insurance and Pension Funds, Energy and Natural Resources, Oil and Gas, Sports and Entertainment, and TMT.

Our arbitration team has extensive experience as the representative of parties and as arbitrators or secretaries of courts of arbitration. We have conducted arbitration in a number of jurisdictions, with different applicable substantive laws and rules of procedure, including under the aegis of the most prestigious national and international arbitration institutions.

In particular, our lawyers regularly act as:

  • Mandatories and co-mandatories in international arbitration proceedings involving Portugal and other Portuguese-speaking countries;
  • Representatives of the parties in court proceedings before Portuguese courts for the enforcement or annulment of arbitral decisions;
  • Representatives of the parties in court proceedings before Portuguese courts to obtain interim measures in connection with arbitrations;
  • Arbitrators in international arbitrations subject to various applicable laws and in different languages; and
  • Secretaries of Arbitral Tribunals.

In international disputes, and whenever necessary, we regularly act as co-counsel, taking advantage of our close relationships with other reputed law firms.

Our team is deeply committed to the arbitration community, nationally and internationally. In particular, our lawyers are authors of books, treatises and reference articles, they are lecturers at universities and have held relevant positions in various arbitration organisations such as the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce, the Portuguese Arbitration Association, the Brazilian Arbitration Committee, and the Commercial Arbitration Centre of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Morais Leitão’s arbitration team and its members have consistently been recognised by reference directories as GAR100 (Global Arbitration Review), Chambers & Partners («Band 1» and Legal 500 («Tier 1»).