Claudia Santos Cruz


Claudia Santos Cruz joined the firm as a Consultant in 2015 assisting clients on the international and cross border aspects of their investments in Portugal, Angola and Mozambique.

Claudia has close ties to both Africa and England. She was born in Mozambique; grew up in South Africa and holds dual Portuguese and Mozambican nationality.

She trained and practiced as an English solicitor from 1994 to 2005 at DLA Piper and Watson Farley & Williams in the City of London. From 2005 to date Claudia has been based in Lisbon and is registered with the Portuguese Bar Association. Before joining Morais Leitão she was a partner at two Lisbon based law firms with offices in Mozambique and Angola. In 2018 Claudia registered with the Mozambique Bar Association (Resolution 02/CN/2014).

Claudia has written articles for international publications as well as participating as a speaker at international conferences in the areas of investment in emerging markets; oil & gas, corporate, banking & finance and shipping related matters.

Winner of the first "40 under Forty Award" organised by Iberian Lawyer which distinguished the best 40 lawyers under the age of 40 in Iberia. Ranked as a leading lawyer by the most prestigious international legal Directories such as Chambers & Partners and IFLR.

Specialist in areas such as Energy and Natural Resources (Oil & Gas / Mining), international aspects of foreign investment into Angola and Mozambique, Corporate and Shipping.

Regular speaker at IBA Africa Regional Forum conferences.


Law Degree (University of Southampton, England, 1993). Legal Practice Course – LPC (College of Law Guildford, England, 1994). Post graduate training courses in Banking & Finance; Corporate / Commercial law, Restructuring & Insolvency (Central Law Training, London, England). Oil & Gas Specialisation (Central Law Training, London, England, 2013 & 2014). International Petroleum Transactions module of the LLM (Católica Lisbon School of Law, 2017).


Portuguese and English.


Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales (since 1996) (non-practicing). Portuguese Bar Association (2005). Mozambique Bar Association (2018 - Resolution 02/CN/2014). Commonwealth Lawyers Association. International Distribution Institute (IDI) – Country Expert for Portugal – Franchising/Agency and Distribution. British Brazilian & Portuguese Lawyer’s Association. IBA African Regional Forum. International Bar Association positions held: Officer European Regional Forum 2009; Vice Chair European Regional Forum; 2010 and 2011; Senior Vice Chair European Regional Forum 2012 and 2013.


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