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Miguel Santos Almeida

At SÉRVULO since 2013, Miguel Santos Almeida is a senior associate at the Litigation and Arbitration department, also developing his practice in the areas of Corporate Crime and Regulatory Compliance, with a special focus on the economic financial sector, and Sports Law. He is an Arbitrator at the Portuguese Court of Arbitration for Sport since 2019. He has been a member of the Disciplinary Commission of the International Judo Federation since 2013, and the President of the Jurisdictional Council of the Judo Lisbon Association, since 2017. He graduated in Law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon, in 2009. He holds a Master’s degree in Law and Management from the Faculty of Law of the Nova University of Lisbon and the Nova School of Business and Economics, since 2016. He also concluded graduate studies in Arbitration, at the Faculty of Law of the Nova University of Lisbon, in 2015, and Intellectual Property Law, at the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon, in 2012. In 2015 he won the 16th edition of the Prémio CMVM, an award granted yearly by the Portuguese Securities Commission (CMVM – Comissão do Mercado de Valores Mobiliários). Between 2009 and 2013 he was a lawyer at «Carlos Pinto de Abreu e Associados». He is a member of the Criminal Forum – Association of Criminal Lawyers (Fórum Penal – Associação de Advogados Penalistas) and the Portuguese Sports Law Association. He joined the Portuguese Bar Association in 2012. He is an occasional guest speaker at conferences and on graduate courses on matters related to his areas of activity.  

Relevant Experience

Assisting in sanction procedures, namely in cases concerning criminal, administrative or disciplinary offences, both on the side of the defence and of the prosecution. Special focus on the area of major economic regulation (banking, capital markets, competition and media), in white-collar crime (economical-financial or of employees), in tax crimes and crimes against property and honor.

Assisting in litigation cases, before state and arbitration courts, of civil and commercial nature, namely in contractual and non-contractual liability cases, as well as on insolvency and recovery procedures. 

Assisting in litigation cases of sports nature before sports associations, state and arbitration courts, namely in disciplinary matters and regarding the termination of professional sports employment contracts. 

Assistance on the transfer of players and on the negotiation of sports employment contracts, training contracts and representation and career management agreements. 

Assistance in civil and commercial contracts. 

Risk evaluation, prevention and implementation of compliance policies.