Rita has been a counsel at Cuatrecasas since 2016, and before that she was an associate lawyer of Cuatrecasas from 2003. In recent years, Rita Leandro Vasconcelos has advised on complex acquisitions (including multi-jurisdictional filings) in the air passenger transport, energy, financial markets, motorways, electronic communications and consumer goods sectors. She has also advised on proceedings relating to restrictive competition practices in several sectors, as well as state aid. The work managed by Rita is also noteworthy for the wording and analysis of distribution systems and vertical restraints, analysis of adequacy of pricing systems and rebates, agreements’ auto-evaluation, and her overseeing of competition compliance programmes.

Rita Leandro Vasconcelos is also experienced in leading litigation processes relating to in competition law matters (either both appeals of fining decisions and private enforcement actions for damages) with national and European courts, as well as in leading appeals to the European Court of the Human Rights.

Rita holds a master’s in competition law (Lisbon University) and a master’s in economics in competition law (King’s College). She is now a PhD candidate at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

She has been active as secretary-general for both the Portuguese Association for European Law and the Portuguese Circle of Competition Lawyers. As such, Rita has been involved in organising the XXVIII Congress of the International Federation for European Law (FIDE), which is the most important EU law and policy congress, and was held in Portugal in May 2018.