Paulo Olavo Cunha

Paulo Olavo Cunha joined VdA in 2005. Corporate Advisory & Tax Group Senior Partner and Head of Practice of Corporate & Governance. Paulo is specialised in Company Law and has been responsible for major projects, transactions, and group restructuring operations.

He actively advises members of the board of directors of some of the major Portuguese companies in strategic and complex corporate related aspects.

Also providing highly specialized legal assistance to (listed) Public Companies with dealing with its shareholders relations and disputes.

In his advisory role to large companies, he integrated Corporate Governance and Corporate Sustainability and Ethics Committees as an expert, and prepared several Legal Opinions for management and supervisory bodies.

A law professor, Paulo is regularly called upon to issue legal opinions for the governing and supervisory bodies of major companies.

Law Degree by the Faculdade de Ciências Humanas of the Portuguese Catholic University (School of Lisbon).

Masters in Law by the Faculty of Law of the Portuguese Catholic University of Lisbon.

PhD in Law by the Portuguese Catholic University of Lisbon.

Lawyer (since 1986) and Professor of Law.

Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law of the Portuguese Catholic University (Lisbon).

Regent of Companies Law in the Law Degree, and Governance and Shareholders’ Resolutions in the Master’s Degree in Company Law, which he coordinates. Professor and co-coordinator of the Post-Graduation Courses in Company Law and Listed Companies and Market Law.

Professor at the Lisbon School of Business and Economics (regent of Business and Economic Law), and in the Master’s Degree in Law and Management of the Portuguese Catholic University (Oporto).

Former partner of Ferreira Pinto, Olavo Cunha & Associados - Sociedade de Advogados (2002-2005) and of Olavo Cunha, Franqueira Dias & Associados - Sociedade de Advogados (1994-2002).

Author of a vast bibliography on Corporate Law, the latest books being:

  • Direito das Sociedades Comerciais (Company Law),6th edition, Almedina, Coimbra, 2016, (XXII-1253 pages)
  • Direito Empresarial para Economistas e Gestores (Business Law for Economists and Managers), 2nd edition, Almedina, Coimbra, 2016 (XIX-509 pages)
  • Impugnação de Deliberações Sociais (Contesting Shareholders’ Resolutions) Almedina, Coimbra, 2015 (XVI-324 pages)
  • Lições de Direito Comercial (Commercial Law), Almedina, Coimbra, 2010 (XX-380 pages)
  • Cheque e Convenção de Cheque (Check and check contract), Almedina, Coimbra, 2009, (XLVIII+960 pages)

Author of an extensive bibliography (studies and articles) on Commercial, Insolvency and Corporate Law.

Participant in numerous conferences, seminars and round tables, in his areas of expertise.

Member of the Portuguese Bar Association.

Member of the International Bar Association (IBA).

Editor of «Direito das Sociedades em Revista» (Review on Company Law).

Editor of «Revista de Direito da Insolvência» (Insolvency Law Review).

Member of the Catholic University Commercial and Economics Law Centre.

Founding member of the Portuguese Intellectual Property Law Association.

Listed arbitrator of the Arbitration Centre of the Lisbon Trade Association of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

English, French, Spanish.

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