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 . 

Member of the jury of the final examinations of the training center at the Lisbon regional council (Portuguese Bar Association). Member of the Lisbon regional council from 2011 to 2013.

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. Member of ACEGE - Associação Cristã de Empresários e Gestores.

Chair of the High Council of the Portuguese Bar Association.

Founder of Fórum Penal – Associação dos Advogados Penalistas.

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 (categories: Criminal Defense, 2023, 2020, 2019 and Litigation, 2020)

Client Choice Award
White Collar Crime Portugal, 2020