Paulo Olavo Cunha joined VdA in 2005 and is the senior partner of the social and corporate advisory group, head of the governance practice and partner of the corporate and M&A practice. A specialist in company law, he has been responsible for major projects, transactions and group restructuring operations. Paulo provides advice to corporate bodies of some of the major Portuguese companies in strategic and complex corporate-related aspects and provides highly specialised legal assistance to (listed) public companies in dealing with their shareholder relations and disputes.
In his advisory role to large companies, Paulo was a 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 2009 and his Aggregation in 2020, being a professor of law at the Catholic University of Lisbon, responsible for coordinating and lecturing in courses on commercial and corporate law, mainly at the Catholic University of Portugal (Lisbon and Oporto). Paulo is also the author of a vast bibliography on commercial, insolvency and corporate law (namely Direito das Sociedades Comerciais (Company Law), 7th edition, Almedina, Coimbra, 2019), 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 to the International Bar Association.