Paulo Olavo Cunha joined VdA in 2005 and is the head partner of the corporate and governance practice group. Specialising in company law, he has been responsible for major projects, transactions, and group restructuring operations. Paulo has been actively providing advice to corporate bodies of some of the major Portuguese companies in strategic and complex corporate related aspects and has been providing highly specialised legal assistance to (listed) public companies in dealing with its shareholders relations and disputes.

In his advisory role to large companies, Paulo was member of corporate governance and corporate sustainability and ethics committees as an expert, and prepared several legal opinions for management and supervisory bodies. Paulo is also a member of the corporate bodies of several Portuguese companies.

Paulo has concomitantly maintained a strong academic career, achieving his PhD in commercial law in 1986 and being professor of law at the Portuguese Catholic University of Lisbon, responsible for lecturing in and coordinating courses on commercial and corporate law, mainly at the Catholic University of Portugal (Lisbon and Oporto). Paulo is also an author of a vast bibliography on commercial, insolvency and corporate law and has been a participant in numerous conferences, seminars and round tables in his areas of expertise. Paulo is admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association and the International Bar Association.