Associate Lawyer|Lisbon

Joana Matos Lima is an Associate Lawyer and has been with Abreu Advogados since 2015, working mainly on matters relating to financial and banking law.

She has been closely involved in matters related to banking law and securities law, regarding regulations, on which she has consulted a number of banking groups for several years.

In this context, she has participated in highly complex transactions, namely in the organisation of and consulting on takeover bids in a regulated market, and in the organisation and structuring of share issues, bonds, commercial paper and structured products, for both public and private subscription.

She held a banking position for several years, having served as legal advisor to Grupo Finibanco, Grupo Montepio, Banco Rural Europa and Banco Fiduciário Internacional in Cabo Verde. She was also a legal advisor to Opex, a company managing the PEX market.

She is the author of “Código de Valores Mobiliários Anotado” [“The Securities Code Annotated”], Editor Quid Juris, of “Modelos de atas Comerciais” [“Commercial Minutes Templates”] and participated in the second edition of the “Manual de Contratos de Direito Bancário e Financeiro – Regime Legal, Minutas, Fiscalidade e Jurisprudência” [“Manual on Banking and Financing Agreements – Legal Regime, Drafts, Taxation and Jurisprudence”], Editora Quid Juris.


Advising a Portuguese bank in the process of selling part of the share capital of its wholly-owned insurance company.

Advising a Portuguese bank in the process of selling a group company in the timber industry.

Advising a Portuguese financial intermediary on establishing a services provision operation and related investment activities using shares and derivative financial instruments through a computer platform.

Advising an Angolan capital investment group on the process of privatising a Portuguese bank.

Providing legal advice to a market management entity with regard to advisory services contracts for it to use in the capital market in Angola.

Advising an air transport company on various forms of financing, including the issue of convertible bonds.

Organising and ruling on operations related to admission to trading financial instruments in regulated markets.

Participating in the organisation of and consulting on takeover bids in a regulated market.

Advising lending institutions on banking and financial products, such as loan agreements, lines of credit, letters of credit, bank guarantees, mortgages, bills and promissory notes, cheques, factoring, leasing, current accounts, terms deposits, portfolio management, etc.

Advising asset management funds and real estate management funds.



Portuguese Catholic University

Law degree from Portuguese Catholic University, Faculty of Law, Lisbon (2015)

University of Coimbra

Postgraduate Diploma in Banking, Stock Exchange and Insurance, from University of Coimbra, Faculty of Law.


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