José Pedro Fazenda Martins has a master of law degree from Lisbon Faculty of Law, and is a former head of the issuers and corporate finance team of the Portuguese Securities Market Commission (CMVM). He joined Vieira de Almeida in 2011 and is a partner in the banking and finance practice, where he regularly advises on the capital markets sector’s most complex cases. He has been actively involved in privatisations, initial public offerings, takeover bids and corporate governance issues. He is a former professor–assistant at the Lisbon Faculty of Law, has published several articles, and has been a speaker at several conferences in the field of securities law. He is a founding member of the Securities Law Institute of the Lisbon Faculty of Law.