Ana Filipa Morais Antunes

Of Counsel, Lisbon

“I bring an interdisciplinary approach to the table, combining solid academic know-how with flexibility in terms of areas of law, motivated by the needs of our clients to develop out-of-the box innovative solutions.”


Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Published works


Ana Filipa Morais Antunes is an Of Counsel lawyer at the Dispute Resolution department in the Linklaters Lisbon office.

Ana has vast experience as legal consultant in both advisory, contentious and transactional work. Her legal practice is focused on Private Law, in particular, Contract Law, providing legal advice on complex contract negotiations, the validity of contracts, the monitoring of contract performance and in pre-litigation and litigation phases in a wide range of Contract Law matters. She furthermore advises on Civil Liability, Company Law, Insurance Law and Consumer Law. Additionally, Ana has experience in advising on financial restructuring processes, namely within the banking sector.

She has advised domestic and international clients, corporate and government entities, in a wide range of sectors, such as health, insurance, banking and financial institutions, and the agri-business sector.

In addition to her work as legal practitioner Ana has built a solid career in academia, holding a Doctoral Thesis in Legal Sciences from the Lisbon School of Law of the Catholic University, where she is Professor of Law and investigator, and she is the published author of many works and studies.

She is sought after for her juris consulta work in Contract Law, Finance & Capital Markets Law.

Ana is a member of the Portuguese Arbitration Association. She furthermore acts as arbitrator in matters of the pharmaceutical sector.

Professional experience

Ana joined Linklaters as a Junior Associate in 2002, in the Lisbon office. She then left the firm to complete her professional internship at Sérvulo & Associados, where she became an Associate lawyer in 2005, worked as an external collaborator (2005 to 2014), and subsequently as Senior Associate (2015 and 2017). She then joined the Lisbon office Linklaters again in 2019 as Of Counsel.

Ana is a member of the Governance Lab, an independent group of national and international experts from many fields, dedicated to the research and critical analysis of issues related to corporate governance (since 2010).

Between February and June 2017, Ana furthermore served as member of the interdisciplinary Legislative Policy Office of the Portuguese Bar Association, advising on legislative proposals of the government.

Role in academia:

Ana has been a lecturer at the Lisbon School of Law of the Catholic University since 2002 (first as as Teaching Assistant and currently as Professor of Law), where she lectures on the General Theory of Civil Law, Contract Law (with a focus on B2B contracts), Family Law and Consumer Law. She is also a researcher at the “Católica Research Centre for the Future of Law”, in matters of Private Law.

Ana was awarded first place in the 3rd Edition of the IAB Prize (2017) in the category of Doctoral Thesis (with the thesis “Evasion of law in Portuguese Civil Law/Specially as autonomous grounds for the contractual invalidity”).

Furthermore, she is Scientific Coordinator of Post-graduation courses in Legal Sciences and Children´s Rights at the Lisbon School of Law of the Catholic University. Previously she was a member of the Pedagogic Council, and member of the jury for the assessment program of enforcement officers at said School of Law. Before that she was a member of the Erasmus Coordination Office.

Education and qualifications

Ana holds a Law Degree from the Lisbon School of Law of the Catholic University, followed by a Master in Private Law. She furthermore holds a Doctorate in Law in Private Law (Legal Sciences) of the Lisbon School of Law of the Catholic University.

Ana is a member of the Portuguese Bar Association since 2005.

Ana´s native language is Portuguese. She is fluent in English and French.

Published works

Ana has researched and published an extensive list of works in the fields of General Theory of Civil Law, the Law of Obligations, Contract Law, Consumer Law, and Corporate Law.

  • Comentário aos artigos 75.º a 76.º; 240.º a 244.º; e 251.º a 254.º, 397.º a 398.º; 405.º; 762.º; 809.º a 812.º, in Carvalho Fernandes / Brandão Proença (Coord.), “Comentário ao Código Civil. Das Obrigações em Geral", UCE, Lisboa
  • A fraude à lei no Direito Civil português/Em especial, como fundamento autónomo de invalidade negocial, Almedina, Coimbra, 2018
  • Negócio em Fraude à Lei, in “Edição do Cinquentenário do Código Civil”, UCE, Lisboa, 2017, 161-188
  • A causa do negócio jurídico no Direito Civil, UCE, Lisboa, 2016
  • Prescrição e Caducidade – Anotação aos artigos 296.º a 333.º do Código Civil (O tempo e a sua repercussão nas relações jurídicas), 2.ª ed., Coimbra Editora, Coimbra, 2014
  • Comentário à lei das cláusulas contratuais gerais (Decreto-Lei n.º 446/85, de 25 de outubro), Coimbra Editora, Coimbra, 2014