Bernardo Reis

Commercial & Corporate
Arbitration & Mediation
Real Estate
Insolvency and Credit Recoveries
Nationality and Migrations
Intellectual Property
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Professional experience

Partner Reis, Malheiro & Associados – Sociedade de Advogados, R.L. (Portugal).

Represents or advises clients in judicial cases (building works contracts, distribution contracts, shareholders’ agreements, patents and other intellectual property rights, financing contracts, etc.), in Portugal and in Brazil, and participates in corporate projects (negotiation, drafting and implementation or change of corporate structures aimed at commercial, industrial or real estate investments) in Portugal, Brazil and the Middle East.

Acts as administrative secretary, lawyer and arbitrator in domestic and international arbitrations; and participates in ad hoc arbitrations (UNCITRAL and others) and institutional arbitration proceedings (ICC, ACL, etc.) in matters related to construction, shareholders’ agreements, public-private-partnership concessions, joint ventures in real estate projects and distribution contracts.

Advises clients acting in construction and distribution on strategies to prevent and resolve disputes and conflict management, mainly in Portugal, Brazil, Middle and Far East (UAE and India). Acts as commercial mediator, especially in litigations related to distribution contracts. Frequently participates in seminars and conferences and teaches in post-graduate courses on arbitration and commercial mediation. Wrote several articles on arbitration and commercial mediation, published in magazines and other juridical publications.

Represents national and foreign citizens in administrative and judicial proceedings related to the defence of fundamental rights, namely in cases of expropriations and nationality. Supports members of Portuguese communities residing abroad, notably in Brazil, India, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, USA and Canada.


Portuguese, English, Spanish and French.

Membership of Associations

Portuguese Bar Association, Directorate of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Laboratory of the Faculty of Law of Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FDUNL), International Bar Association (IBA) (Arbitration LPD), Young International Arbitration Group of LCIA, Young Arbitrators Forum da ICC and Portuguese Arbitration Association.

Academic degrees and professional training

Degree in Law from the Faculty of Law of the Universidade de Lisboa (FDL) (2000)

Post-Graduation in Securities from FDL (2001) and in Arbitration from FDUNL (2008).
Advanced Seminar in International Commercial Arbitration ICC (2011)
Course on Commercial Mediation & Mediation Advocacy from FDUNL (2011)

Other professional and academic experience

Partner Miguel Reis & Associados – Sociedade de Advogados, R.L. (Portugal) (until 2014)

As a member of the Directorate of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Laboratory of FDUNL, participates in organising courses and initiatives for the marketing and teaching of arbitration and civil and commercial mediation.

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