Catarina Carvalho Cunha

Catarina Carvalho Cunha joined VdA in 2015. She is a Managing Associate with the Litigation & Arbitration practice.

Catarina’s work is focused in assisting and representing clients on civil litigation and international and national commercial arbitration matters as well as corporate restructuring & insolvency. Her work includes advising clients with disputes in Portugal as well as the Portuguese-speaking jurisdictions Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, Sao Tome and Principe and East Timor. Catarina’s work also extends to the OHADA jurisdictions such as Equatorial Guinea, Cong, RDC and the Cameroons. 

Catarina has advised several clients in sectors such as Oil&Gas, shipping, aviation, hotel management and telecommunications, amongst others.

Law degree, Portuguese Catholic University (Lisbon), Faculty of Law.

Attended a post-graduation on Energy Law, Portuguese Catholic University (Lisbon), Faculty of Law.

Before joining the firm she worked at Miranda as both an Associate and Senior Associate where she widened her litigation and arbitration practice in the Portuguese speaking jurisdictions Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, Sao Tome and Principe, East Timor and Equatorial Guinea.

Before this she worked at AAA-Advogados and PLMJ as an Associate attorney.

Author or co-author of various articles namely:

  • “Cultural Considerations in Advocacy: Portuguese-Speaking Africa”, co-author, Global Arbitration Review, 2019
  • “Antitrust Litigation 2019” (Chapter on Portugal), co-author, Chambers, 2019
  • "The Guide to Challenging and Enforcing Arbitration Awards, (Chapter on Portugal), co-author, Global Arbitration Review, 2019
  • “Foreword on dispute resolution in Portugal", co-author, Legal Business, 2018
  • "Commercial Arbitration (Chapter on Portugal), co-author, Global Arbitration Review, 2017 & 2018
  • "Enforcement of Arbitral Awards” (Chapter on Portugal), co-author, Global Arbitration Review, 2017
  • “Getting the Deal Through  - Arbitration” (Chapter on Portugal Mozambique), co-author, 2013, 2014 & 2015
  • “Getting the Deal Through - Arbitration”, (Chapter on Portugal), co-author, 2013 & 2014
  • “Arbitration in Africa: A Practitioner's Guide, (Chapter on Sao Tome & Principe), co-author, Bosman, 2013
  • Mozambique – World Arbitrator Reporter”, Juris,  2015

Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association.

English, French.

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