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Martinho Lucas Pires

Of Counsel

Martinho Lucas Pires practices in the area of corporate and securities law, with particular focus on corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, financial and capital markets, and private equity.


  • Team member in a transaction for the acquisition of the biggest commercial bank in Portugal
  • Team member in a transaction for the acquisition of one of the largest travel and tourism companies in Portugal by a sector leading international group
  • Team member assisting the funding stages of a publicly participated venture capital funds
  • Portuguese
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • Nova Law School Lisbon, PHD Candidate in European Union Law, 2015-2020
  • University of Michigan Law School, Grotius Research Scholar, 2012 and 2018
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Faculty of Law - Lisbon School, Master Degree in European and International Law, 2013

    Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Faculty of Law, Lisbon School, Degree in Law, 2010


  • Annotation of article 501 in “Commentary on the Portuguese Civil Code: Book Two”, Edition of Universidade Católica Portuguesa, 2019
  • Co-editor, with Francisco Pereira Coutinho, of the special issue of the journal “Perspectives on Federalism” on the topic “The Federal Experience of the European Union”, 2018.
  • “Algumas considerações sobre a compatibilidade do acordo de Privacy Shield com o Direito da União Europeia à luz do acórdão Schrems”, Anuário de Protecção de Dados do CEDIS, 2018
  • “The shortcomings of the EU framework for transnational data transfers and the need for an internationalist approach”, LUISS School of Governance Working Paper Series 43/2017, 2017
  • Annotation of articles 68, 69, 70 and 71 of the “Annotations of the Law of the Portuguese Arbitral Sports Court”, edited by José Manuel Meirim, 2017


  • “Law and technological innovation: an exploratory essay”, at Nova Law School Lisbon, November 2018
  • “The compatibility of blockchain technology with the ‘right to be forgotten’”, at the conference “Blockchain, Public Trust, Law and Governance” organized by University of Groningen, November 2018
  • “The protection of individual rights in distributed ledger technologies”, at Blockspot Conference Lisbon, November 2018
  • Co-organizer and co-lecturer of the "Short course on Law and Blockchain" at Nova Law School Lisbon, November 2018
  • “Privacy, anonymity, and the myth of decentralization: challenges of blockchain technology in light of EU data protection law”, at the conference “Governance of Emerging Technologies and Science” organized by Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, May 2018
  • “Macroeconomic supervision and social policy concerns in the EU: a view from Portugal”, at the seminar “EMU, New Economic Governance & Social Justice” organized by Queen’s University Belfast, January 2018

Prior Experience

  • 2015-2019 - Research Fello with Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia within the PHD programme in Law at Nova Law School Lisbon
  • 2014-2015 - Trainee lawyer, DLA Piper ABBC (previously ABBC)
  • 2013-2014 - Trainee lawyer at Lisbon-based Law Firm
  • 2013 - Trainee analyst of corporate governance at Institutional Shareholder Services in Brussels, Belgium

Additional Qualifications

Teaching assistant of European Union Law (Portuguese and English) at Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Faculty of Law - Lisbon School

Memberships And Affiliations

Founding Member of the Lisbon Chapter of Legal Hackers