Nuno Ferreira

Nuno Ferreira Lousa

Partner, Lisbon

“I am an all-round dispute resolution lawyer. I advise on complex situations and disputes, offering flexibility and commercial solutions that are in clients’ best interests to achieve the best outcome.”


Professional experience

Education and qualifications


Nuno leads the firm’s Lisbon office dispute resolution practice, and is a member of Linklaters’ International Arbitration group. He also heads the restructuring & insolvency practice. Nuno is a renowned dispute resolution lawyer, advising on the full range of financial disputes, as well as having extensive experience in regulatory investigations covering compliance, fraud and anti-corruption. In addition, Nuno has developed significant experience in contentious and non-contentious restructuring and insolvency issues, having handled numerous domestic and cross-jurisdiction insolvency and pre-insolvency proceedings.


Nuno acts as counsel in both domestic and international arbitration cases before tribunals including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the Arbitration Centre of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as ad hoc arbitrations. He has advised on a wide range of commercial disputes, including commercial contracts, shareholders’ agreements, construction contracts and public contracts.


Nuno also advises on disputes in Lusophone Africa, counselling clients on bribery and anti-corruption issues and representing Portuguese businesses in cross-border arbitrations.

Work highlights

Nuno has advised on many major domestic and cross-border disputes. These include advising or representing:


  • Banco Espírito Santo (BES) on its financial restructuring resolution involving the incorporation of Novo Banco. This was the first “bridge” bank under Portuguese law and the first resolution measure adopted in the EU
  • PwC as insolvency administrators of MG Rover Portugal and of Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (LBIE), the first cross-border insolvency proceedings under EC Regulation 
  • three of the world's largest commercial banks in pre-litigation and settlement with state-owned companies, in the context of legal proceedings related to swap contracts
  • ECS - Sociedade de Capital de Risco on the €1bn restructuring of CS Hotels, Golf & Resorts Group, the largest corporate and balance sheet restructuring in Portugal using the Private Equity Review (PER) framework
  • Normetro (the former concessionaire of the sub-concession for the construction, maintenance and operation of the Oporto light rail train system) on the arbitration between Normetro and Metro do Porto resulting in what is believed to be the largest compensation ever awarded in Portugal in construction litigation
  • several financial institutions and audit firms in parliamentary enquiries on the banking resolution of BES and Banif - Banco Internacional do Funchal and on the nationalisation of Banco Português de Negócios (BPN)

Professional experience

Nuno is the chairman of the corporate responsibility and anti-corruption commission at ICC Portugal. He is also a member of the board of the Portuguese Arbitration Association, and is called upon to select arbitration panels from different associations of arbitrators, where required.


Nuno lectures on international arbitration and is a visiting professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon and at the Faculty of Law of NOVA University of Lisbon. He also writes regularly and his articles include:


“The Southern African Development Community and its protocol in finance and investment”, Transnational Dispute Management (TDM), October 2016, with Raquel Galvão Silva


“Secured credits and the position of guarantors in recovery proceedings”, Revista de Direito da Insolvência, July 2016


“The Middle Eastern and Africa Arbitration Review 2016”, Global Arbitration Review, April 2016, with Ricardo Guimarães


“International Arbitration in Brazil, International Commercial Arbitration”, C.H. BECK, Hart, Nomos, January 2016, with Raquel Galvão Silva


“Arbitrating Intellectual Property Disputes in Portugal: a case study”, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, November 2015


“Production of evidence in international arbitration; the document production requests”, in Congress of the Centre for Commercial Arbitration: interventions, 2014


“Investing in Africa: the arbitration angle”, Linklaters International Arbitration Seminar Series, 2013


"The choice of arbitrators: the most important decision of the parties in an arbitration?", in Congress of the Centre for Commercial Arbitration: interventions, 2012

Education and qualifications

Nuno studied law at the University of Lisbon and holds a postgraduate degree in company law from the Institute for Higher Management Studies, Lisbon.


He speaks Portuguese and English.