Maria João Ricou


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Maria João Ricou has been focusing her practice mainly on banking operations, banking acquisitions, regulatory matters, project finance, debt restructurings, structured finance and securitizations, corporate finance and on all kinds of equity and debt capital markets transactions.

Senior partner of Cuatrecasas in Portugal and member of the firm’s Board of Directors globally since 2011. Head of the Banking & Finance and Capital Markets Practice group since 1993. Partner of Cuatrecasas since 1990.

Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association. Member of the International Bar Association.

Published several articles in the Finance and Capital Markets fields. Lecturer at national and international conferences.


  • Law degree
    Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon, 1984

Directory Mentions

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

Woman Leader
IFLR1000, 2021

Iberian Lawyer, 2019

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