New Litigation And Arbitration Partner At Cuatrecasas

Miguel de Almada is the new coordinating partner of the Cuatrecasas Litigation and Arbitration practice in Lisbon.

Maria João Ricou, managing partner at Cuatrecasas in Portugal, said that “Miguel de Almada's career, experience, and reputation provide the profile that we believe will reinforce and lead our Litigation and Arbitration Practice. The Cuatrecasas team has a high level of technical ability and ethical rigor, and Miguel de Almada's integration is part of a strategy to consolidate and develop this area of our practice, one of the most important in our firm on a global level.”

For Miguel de Almada, “joining Cuatrecasas is a very stimulating opportunity to take on a new, highly demanding project, with huge potential, international scope, and an organizational culture that strongly focuses on innovation.”

According to Frederico Bettencourt Ferreira, partner in the Cuatrecasas Litigation and Arbitration Practice, “we are really pleased with the integration of Miguel de Almada, who will promote the growth of our team.”

Miguel de Almada is a litigator, particularly specializing in civil and commercial lawsuits, as well as in domestic and international arbitration, and in insolvency and restructuring processes. He works as a lawyer and arbitrator, and has extensive experience providing advisory services in pre-lawsuit and in court and arbitration proceedings in various fields, including banking, concessions, construction, corporate, distribution, energy, financial, joint ventures, M&A, projects, public-private partnerships, telecommunications, and trade and food.

He is the deputy chair of the Management Committee at the Concord Arbitration Center – Center for Reconciliation, Conflict Mediation, and Arbitration; executive secretary of the Portuguese Arbitration Association's Management Board, deputy chair of the Board of the Portuguese Chapter of the Spanish Arbitration Club, member of the Arbitration and ADR Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), of the Portuguese Arbitration Committee of the ICC, and of the ICC taskforce “Maximizing the Probative Value of Witness Evidence.”

He has lectured in the post-graduate courses on arbitration and in the undergraduate degree at the School of Law of Universidade Nova de Lisboa since 2009.

Miguel de Almada worked at Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados from 1998 to 2018, becoming a partner in 2010, and then coordinating one of the Litigation and Arbitration teams. He holds a degree in law by the School of Law of the University of Lisbon, a post-graduate degree in legal sciences by the School of Law of Universidade Católica Portuguesa, and a post-graduate degree in arbitration by the School of Law of Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

In Portugal, the Cuatrecasas Litigation and Arbitration Practice has 2 other partners—José de Freitas at the Porto office and Frederico Bettencourt Ferreira at the Lisbon office—1 consultant, and 11 associates, and is included in the main international legal directories. Globally, the Cuatrecasas Litigation and Arbitration Practice is made up of 224 lawyers.

This year, Cuatrecasas hired 29 new associates and announced 3 new partners in Portugal.

About Cuatrecasas

Cuatrecasas is a leading law firm in the Iberian Peninsula, with headquarters in Portugal and Spain, and with an international presence in more than 10 countries. It has a multidisciplinary, diversified team of more than 1,000 lawyers who provide legal advisory services in all areas of business law.

In Portugal, under the leadership of partner Maria João Ricou, the company has more than 140 lawyers, who counsel some of the leading national and international companies operating in Portugal. The firm has its Portuguese roots in the offices founded in 1928 by Armando Gonçalves Pereira, a law professor in Coimbra.