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Stephanie Sa Silva

Stéphanie Sá Silva


Stéphanie Sá Silva concentrates her practice in corporate M&A and, from a regulatory standpoint, has considerable expertise in the transport sector, particularly in air and rail. With over 18 years of experience, she has advised on various corporate matters, domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, investment projects, restructuring operations, privatizations, and commercial agreements, across multiple sectors.

Specifically in the transport sector, she has additionally advised on commercial, litigation, and regulatory matters.

While the majority of her professional journey has been in private practice, she has also been the General Counsel of the Portuguese flag carrier, TAP Air Portugal.


  • Advising on domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, investment projects and commercial agreements, having represented clients in different sectors of activity, such as tourism, energy and health.
  • Advising companies within the scope of privatizations launched by the Portuguese State.
  • Advising on general corporate matters, namely on share capital increase and reduction operations, on the incorporation and transformation of companies, as well as on matters related to corporate governance, shareholders’ rights and shareholders’ agreements.
  • Advising on restructuring and financing operations.
  • Advising on regulatory issues in the air transport sector, such as on matters related to licensing, airport charges, compensation and assistance to passengers in the event of denied boarding and of cancellation or long delay of flights, and slots.
  • Advising on various regulatory matters in the rail transport sector.
  • Portuguese
  • English
  • French
  • Faculty of Law of the Portuguese Catholic University, Postgraduate Diploma in Commercial Law, 2011
  • King's College London, Postgraduate Diploma in EC Competition Law, 2009
  • Faculty of Law of the Catholic University of Louvain, Postgraduate Diploma in International and European Law, 2005
  • Faculty of Law of the Paris II University, Panthéon-Assas, Law Degree, 2004


Speaker events
  • Iberian Lawyer, Speaker at the Legal Day on “Business Sustainability”, 2020
  • Prior Experience

    • 2022-present, Partner, DLA Piper ABBC
    • 2018-2022, General Counsel / Head of the Legal Department, TAP Air Portugal
    • 2016-2018, Lawyer, Portuguese Law Firm
    • 2011-2016, Lawyer, Portuguese Law Firm
    • 2009-2010, Legal Advisor, Ministry of the Economy, Innovation and Development
    • 2005-2009, Lawyer, Portuguese Law Firm
    • 2004, Trainee, Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission

    Memberships And Affiliations

    • Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association