Frederico Gonçalves Pereira

Frederico Gonçalves Pereira joined VdA in 1995. He is Disputes & Restructuring Group Executive Partner and Litigation & Arbitration Partner.

Responsible for creating VdA’s Litigation & Arbitration department, Frederico Gonçalves Pereira has vast experience of over thirty years in civil and commercial litigation and pre-litigation, as well as corporate restructurings and insolvencies, often leading high profile complex arbitration proceedings, in Portugal as in all VdA Legal Partners’ jurisdictions – across Lusophone and Francophone Africa and East-Timor.

Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers - Insolvency and Reorganization Law - 2016, 2019


Law Degree, University of Lisbon, Faculty of Law.

Masters Degree in Civil Law, University of Lisbon, Faculty of Law.

Leading Professional Services Firm course, Harvard Business School

Lecturer at the University of Lisbon, Faculty of Law from 1990 to 2005 (Introduction to the Study of Law, Commercial Law and Labour Law).

Participates as speaker in conferences and seminars on arbitration matters and has published several articles, namely:

  • Temporary Employment - Some Remarks, 1990
  • Credit Cards, 1991
  • Commercial Law - Study Elements (co-authorship), 1994
  • Voting Prohibition System and article 58, 1 b) of the Portuguese Companies Act - Vote and Abusive Resolutions of the Companies' Shareholders, 1994 (Masters' Dissertation)
  • Arbitrator Status, 2012
  • Comment on the Portuguese Arbitration Law (co-authorship), 2013

Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association.

Admitted to the Timor-Leste Bar Association (Conselho de Gestão e Disciplina).

Member of the Board of the Portuguese Litigation Lawyers Circle.

English, French.

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