João Lima Cluny


João Lima Cluny joined Morais Leitão in 2007. He’s a member of the firm’s criminal and compliance team. João became a partner in 2022.

His practice focuses on the assistance of clients in the context of criminal and regulatory offences, particularly in the economic and financial domains. João has been involved in high-profile litigation cases in Portugal, especially regarding corporate liability.

In recent years, João has been intensely working on matters related to compliance (regarding the prevention of corruption and money laundering), internal investigations and regulatory enforcement in different sectors such as sports, energy and banking. 

He is also a member of the arbitration, the sport and entertainment and the infrastructure teams.

João Lima Cluny is an arbitrator and mediator of the Portuguese Court of Arbitration for Sports. 
He is also a member of the first instance club licensing body for UEFA competition of the Portuguese Football Federation, a member of the certification jury for the recognition, validation and certification process of professional competences of football coaches, nominated by the Portuguese Football Federation, and a member of the Licensing Commission for the Portuguese Football Federation competitions. He was also president of the Justice Council of the Portuguese Bridge Federation.
On the academic circuit, he holds a master’s degree in Forensic Sciences at the Nova Law School, where, since 2014, he teaches as Guest Professor (Interdisciplinary Legal Practice). He regularly participates in seminars and conferences predominantly on Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, Arbitration and Sport’s Law. He is an author and co-author of several articles on the same matters.

Law Degree (Nova Law School, 2007). Specific Elite Training - Sports Law – Specialization Football (Quest – Soluções para o Desporto, 2009). Master’s Degree in Forensic Law (Nova Law School, 2012). Advanced Course on Data Protection (University of Lisbon School of Law, 2013). Attendance of Postgraduate Studies in Digital Evidence in Criminal Procedure (University of Lisbon School of Law, 2019).


Portuguese, English, Spanish and French.


Portuguese Bar Association (admitted in 2010). Portuguese Sports Law Association (since 2009). Forum – Criminal Lawyers Association (since 2016).


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