Maria João Ricou

Senior partner

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Senior partner of Cuatrecasas in Portugal; focusing on banking transactions and acquisitions, regulatory matters, project finance, debt restructuring, structured financing (including securitization structures), corporate finance, and on all kinds of equity and debt capital markets transactions.

Maria João Ricou was managing partner of Cuatrecasas in Portugal until 2022 and has been a member of the firm’s board of directors (global) from 2011 to 2022. She has been coordinating the firm’s banking and finance, and capital markets practices since 1993. She was named a partner of the firm 1990.

She is a member of the Portuguese Bar Association and of the International Bar Association.

She has published several articles in the fields of financial law and capital markets. She speaks at national and international conferences.


  • Law degree
    Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon, 1984

Directory Mentions

Recommended lawyer
Chambers & Partners (Global and Europe), Legal 500, IFLR1000, Leaders League and Best Lawyers in Banking & Finance, Project Finance, Capital Markets and Financial Institutions

Tier 1
Legal 500 in Banking and Finance

Woman Leader
IFLR1000, 2021

Iberian Lawyer, 2019

Partner of Deal of the Year
The Lawyer (Banking & Finance, 2017)