António Pinto Leite


António Pinto Leite is a founder of Morais Leitão. He co-chaired the firm’s board from 2004 to 2012.

He has expertise as a lawyer and as an arbitrator in various national and international arbitrations, in particularly complex disputes.

He was Chairman of the Arbitration Centre of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry between 2019 and 2022. Previously, he was Chairman of the Portuguese Arbitration Association (2017-2019), as well as the Portuguese Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration (2016-2018) and the Chairman of the Portuguese Committee of the International Court of Arbitration (2014-2016).

António Pinto Leite was an Assistant Professor at the University of Lisbon School of Law and at the Católica Lisbon School of Law and a professor at the postgraduate course in arbitration at the Faculty of Law, Nova University of Lisbon. He’s a regular speaker at national and international conferences dedicated to Arbitration law.

He was a member of the Superior Council of Magistracy, elected by the Portuguese Parliament (2011-2016), as well as President of the ACEGE – Association of Christian Entrepreneurs and Managers (2011-2016).

In 1992 he established J. Galvão Teles, Bleck, Pinto Leite and, in 1994, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles – both part of the inception of our law firm: Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados.

"He has a very highly skilled legal mind, he's very bright and he's a fearsome litigator."

Chambers Europe

Law Degree (University of Lisbon School of Law, 1979). Harvard Business School – Leading Professional Service Firms Program (2005). Postgraduate Studies in Industrial Law (University of Lisbon School of Law, 2006).


Portuguese and English.


Portuguese Bar Association (admitted in 1982). Portuguese Arbitration Association. CBar – Brazilian Committee of Arbitration. Portuguese Section of the ICC – International Chamber of Commerce.

António Pinto Leite