Paulo Pinheiro has a law degree from the University of Lisbon faculty of law and a postgraduate degree in European legal studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. He is an assistant professor at the University of Lisbon school of law and at the School of Management, Lisbon.

He joined VdA in 1998. Public, Competition & Life Sciences Executive Partner and partner of the Public Law and Health practice areas, he has been involved in several transactions and projects in the following sectors: health, telecommunications, energy and natural gas, transport, water and waste. He has also been actively working in regulation and public procurement matters involving these sectors, and in establishing public–private partnerships.

Paulo is the author of various articles and publications on matters within his fields of expertise.