Filipe Santos Barata

Of counsel


Filipe is a Banking and Finance and Corporate and Commercial of counsel at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo.

He advises on a variety of banking and financial transactions (domestic/cross-border transactions, foreign and domestic financial institutions, insurance institutions and blue chip companies) including debt restructuring and syndicated lending, as well as significant M&A work. Filipe also advises on general distressed lending matters and debt and claims trading.His practice is also focused on advising creditors and borrowers on complex cross-border restructurings and refinancing and banking regulation. He heads the Insurance practice in Portugal, advising on complex insurance matters.

He holds a Law degree and a post-graduation in Securities and Insurance Law from Universidade de Lisboa and a post-graduation in Business Law from Universidade Católica Portuguesa. He holds a Master in Legal Science (Banking Law – “The Covered Bonds “) from Universidade de Lisboa. Since 2012 Filipe is an Invited Lecturer at ISEG – Lisbon School of Economics and Management. Currently he is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Salamanca.

Filipe has been highlighted as a Rising Star in recent years by IFLR1000 for his work and extensive experience in the areas of Banking and Financial Restructuring. In addition, he is also recognised in prestigious legal directories such as Chambers & Partners and Legal500 as one of the leading professionals in the areas of Insurance and Banking and Finance.

Author and co-author in several specialised legal publications, he is a regular speaker at various forums in the field of banking and financial law. Filipe is a member of the Association Internationale de Droit des Assurances (AIDA).


Membership of professional bodies and associations

Member of the International Bar Association (IBA)
Member of the International Insurance Law Association / Association Internationale de Droit des Assurances (AIDA)
Member of the Portuguese Bar Association (OA) since 2002




Insurance and pension funds


  • 2021
  • 2020
  • 2019

Chambers & Partners Europe 2021. Insurance – Portugal

«Clients laud his "industry knowledge and willingness to help," highlighting "his client-oriented and forward-thinking advice."

IFLR 1000 2021: Rising Star. Banking

IFLR 1000 2021: Rising Star. Financial Restructuring

The Chambers Europe 2020. Insurance – Portugal

"impressive availability."

IFLR 1000 2020: Rising Star. Banking

IFLR 1000 2020: Rising Star. Financial Restructuring

IFLR 1000 2019: Rising Star. Banking, Financial Restructuring