Francisco Soares Machado

Senior Associate

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He advises financial institutions on transactional and regulatory matters, including on banking restructurings and on M&A operations in the financial sector, prudential and conduct rules, governance, payment services and FinTech, and investment services. In the capital markets area, he mainly advises on public offers, private placements and securitizations.

Between 2015 and 2018,  Francisco Soares Machado worked as an advisor to the Vice-President of the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg. Previously, between 2012 and 2015, he was an advisor in the cabinet of the Minister of Finance in the Portuguese Government, where he worked on financial stability and banking regulation matters.

Member of the Portuguese Bar Association.

Solicitor in England and Wales. Member of the Law Society of England and Wales.

Former member of the Legal Committee of the Portuguese Corporate Governance Institute and member of the Governance Lab think tank.

Lecturer at postgraduate programmes on banking and investment services in Lisbon Law School.

Author of several articles and publications on banking and corporate finance matters, including "Effective Creditor Protection in Private Companies: Mandatory Minimum Capital Rules or Ex Post protection?”, "Acções sem valor nominal: a sua emissão a um valor de emissão inferior ao das acções anteriormente emitidas”, “A Proposta de Reforma da Supervisão Financeira em Portugal” and “A Administração de Instituições de pagamento”.


  • Approved in CFA Level 1 Exam
    CFA Institute, 2013

    Master in Corporate/Commercial Law
    London School of Economics and Political Science, 2009

    Postgraduate studies in Securities Law
    Universidade de Lisboa, 2011

    Bachelor of Laws
    Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 2008

Directory Mentions

Recommended lawyer
IFLR1000 and Best Lawyers in Banking and Finance, Capital Markets and Financial Institutions

Honorable mention in CMVM Award
Comissão do Mercado de Valores Mobiliários (CMVM), 2011

Professor André Gonçalves Pereira, 2011