With a broad experience in banking law, he advises banks, investment firms and FinTech. 

Paulo Costa Martins advises specifically on: M&A operations in the financial sector, including acquisition of banking entities, business transfers, strategic cooperation agreements and group restructurings; and on financial services and regulatory matters, namely on institutional and conduct rules.

With over 20 years of professional experience advising banks and other financial institutions, he is an expert in advising on regulatory procedures with the supervisory authorities, organizational and governance requirements applying to financial institutions, compliance matters (e.g. MiFID II, AML, PSD II), outsourcing arrangements and structuring and setting-up of investment funds.

Member of the Portuguese Bar Association. Member of the Supervisory Board of the Portuguese Compliance and Regulatory Observatory.

He is an author of several articles and speaker at conferences and postgraduate courses in the area of banking and capital markets Law.


  • Postgraduate studies in Securities Law
    Universidade de Lisboa, 2000

    Bachelor of Laws
    Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon, 1999

Directory Mentions

Recommended lawyer
Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, Legal 500, IFLR1000, WWL (global guide), WWL in Fintech & Blockchain and Best Lawyers in Banking & Finance, Banking & Finance: RegulatoryCapital Markets, Blockchain and Financial Institutions

40 under 40
Iberian Lawyer, 2015

Client Choice Award
Banking Portugal, 2022
Capital Markets Portugal, 2020