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Teresa Serra

At SÉRVULO as a partner since 1999, Teresa Serra is currently Of Counsel of the firm’s Corporate Crime and Regulatory Compliance and Litigation and Arbitration departments. She obtained a Master’s in Legal Sciences from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon, in 1989. She was university lecturer, from 1982 to 2015, at the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon, and at the Faculty of Law of the Nova University of Lisbon, as well as on several graduate courses, teaching subjects relating to sanctions law in general, and, more specifically, economic and financial criminal law, lately, on the third October Course about the Process of Economic Sanctions, in October 2017, and on the second Graduate Course about Law Enforcement, Compliance and Criminal Law in Banking, Financial and Economic Activities, on the first semester of 2018. Member of European and Criminal Economic Law Institute of the Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra. She has been a Member of the Roxin Alliance, since 2011, an organisation of lawyers and academics dedicated to matters of international economic and financial crimes and compliance. She joined the Bar Association in 1984.

Relevant Experience

Criminal litigation, both on the side of the defence and of the prosecution, with a special focus on white-collar crime (corporate and of employees), on fiscal crimes and crimes against Social Security, on crimes against property and honour crimes, including in cases of great complexity and relevance.

Litigation relating to administrative offences, representing both the defence and the Administration, with a special focus on the area of economic regulation: banking, securities markets, telecoms, media and environment.

Litigation in other types of sanctions cases, especially in cases of financial liability before the Court of Auditors and in disciplinary cases.

Representing clients in cases resulting from complaints presented to the European Court of Human Rights.

Lodging appeals relating to specific cases of review of constitutionality before the Constitutional Court.

Civil and commercial litigation, including in cases of contractual civil liability and of non-contractual liability.

External audits.

Compliance programmes.

Legal advice on corporate and contractual matters.