Expert in corporate governance and compliance, and in criminal and misdemeanor litigation, handling proceedings involving high-profile white-collar crime.

Paulo de Sá e Cunha has over 30 years of experience. He was director of the legal department at SUCH - Serviço de Utilização Comum dos Hospitais (1998-2002), head of the State Secretariat for Health Administration (1989-1990), and chair of Fórum Penal – Associação dos Advogados Penalistas (2012-2014).

He is a member of the Portuguese Bar Association and of ACEGE - Associação Cristã de Empresários e Gestores. He is the founder of Fórum Penal – Associação dos Advogados Penalistas.

He is a founding member of APDI - Associação Portuguesa de Direito Intelectual and of Gestautor - Associação de Gestão Colectiva do Direito de Autor, and a founding member and vice chair of OSCOT - Observatório de Segurança, Criminalidade Organizada e Terrorismo.

He is a member of the jury of the final examinations of the training center at the Lisbon regional council (Portuguese Bar Association). He was a member of the Lisbon regional council from 2011 to 2013.

He lectures in several postgraduate programs and speaks regularly at conferences and seminars on criminal and misdemeanor law. He is a well-known commentator about legal issues and justice in the Portuguese media.

He is the author of the Portugal chapters on Lexology Anti-Corruption Regulation (2019-2021), edited by Law Business Research, Chambers Legal Practice Guide on Anti-Corruption (2018), edited by Chambers and Partners, and Global Legal Insights on Bribery and Corruption (2015, 2016), edited by the Global Legal Group. He is also the author of A Comparative Study on Bribery, Money Laundering and Compliance in Angola and Mozambique; Comparative Legal Study of the Criminal Justice Systems of East-Timor, Angola and Mozambique; Corruption in Mozambique’s Law (not published). 


  • Bachelor of Laws
    Universidade de Lisboa, 1988

Directory Mentions

Tier 1
Chambers Europe and Legal 500 in Dispute Resolution: Corporate Crime and Fraud and White-collar Crime

Recommended lawyer
Leaders League, Expert Guides, WWL (national guide), WWL (global guide) and Best Lawyers in Corporate crime, Compliance, Fraud and White-collar Crime, Criminal Defense and Litigation

Lawyer of the Year
Best Lawyers (Criminal Defense, 2020, 2019 and Litigation, 2020)

Client Choice Award
White Collar Crime Portugal, 2020