Cláudia Castanheira dos Santos


Cláudia Castanheira dos Santos joined the firm in 2000. She is a member of the banking and finance team.

She also collaborates with the Africa Team - an internal structure that guarantees, on a permanent basis, and in close cooperation with the member firms of the Morais Leitão Legal Circle, personalised day-to-day assistance to clients on matters that involve or are related to the jurisdictions of the African Portuguese speaking countries – in which she regularly assists clients in the banking and finance area.

Cláudia has been advising national and international clients particularly in structured finance, project finance (with emphasis in the energy sector and road concessions), real estate finance as well as in debt restructuring. She also advises in private equity transactions, either in structures exclusively national as well as structures with international presence.

Recently, she has participated in road concessions and health project finance transactions and participated in the incorporation of one the most relevant private equity funds in Portugal, which is investing in construction sector. Currently, she is focused in PPP road concessions renegotiations.

Cláudia also has a wide experience in corporate matters, including merger and acquisitions transactions, restructurings, squeeze-outs, winding-up procedures and also redomiciliation of foreign companies.

"Claudia Castanheira dos Santos is very helpful, offers excellent service level, responsiveness and best market and local sector knowledge." 

Chambers Global

Law Degree (University of Lisbon School of Law, 2000). Postgraduate Studies in Aviation Law (Nova Law School, 2007). LL.M. in International Business Law (Católica Lisbon School of Law, 2017).


Portuguese, English and Spanish.


Portuguese Bar Association (admitted in 2002).

Cláudia Castanheira dos Santos