Managing Partner of the Lisbon Office


Mafalda is a partner of Corporate/Commercial, Banking/Finance and Capital Markets and Managing Partner of the Lisbon office at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo.

She has been leading the major operations in the M&A and banking areas of the Lisbon office, as well as in restructuring, advising noteworthy international corporations and investment funds.

With a law degree from Universidade Católica Portuguesa and a postgraduate degree in Tax Law from ISG Business & Economics School, Mafalda also has a post-graduation in Corporate and Commercial Law from Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

Mafalda and has been highlighted as Highly Regarded in recent years by IFLR 1000 for her work and extensive experience in the areas of Banking, Capital Markets (Debt and Equity) and M&A. In addition, she is also recognised in prestigious legal directories such as Chambers and Partners and Legal500 as one of the leading practitioners in the areas of Commercial, Corporate and M&A, Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Projects and Project Finance and Insolvency and Restructuring.

Mafalda has co-authored several specialist legal publications.

Membership of professional bodies and associations

Member of the Portuguese Bar Association (OA) since 2000




  • 2022
  • 2021
  • 2020
  • 2019

Chambers & Partners Europe 2022. Banking & Finance – Portugal

Chambers & Partners Europe 2022. Corporate/M&A – Portugal

"responsive and client-friendly"

Chambers & Partners Global 2022. Banking & Finance – Portugal

Chambers & Partners Global 2022. Corporate/M&A – Portugal

"she has a commercial mind and very strong negotiation skills"

Chambers & Partners Europe 2021. Corporate/M&A – Portugal

"prompt responses and business acumen."

Chambers & Partners Europe 2021. Banking & Finance – Portugal

"a very good finance lawyer."

Chambers Global 2021. Corporate / M&A – Portugal

Chambers Global 2021. Banking & Finance – Portugal

IFLR 1000 2021: Highly Regarded. Banking

IFLR 1000 2021: Highly Regarded. Capital Markets – Debt

IFLR 1000 2021: Highly Regarded. Capital Markets – Equity

IFLR 1000 2021: Highly Regarded. M&A

The Chambers Global 2020. Corporate/M&A – Portugal

The Chambers Europe 2020. Corporate/M&A – Portugal

"very commercial and driven by the needs of the transactions."

IFLR 1000 2020: Highly Regarded. Capital Markets: Debt

IFLR 1000 2020: Highly Regarded. Capital Markets:Equity

IFLR 1000 2020: Highly Regarded. M&A

IFLR 1000 2020: Highly Regarded.Banking

Legal 500 2020. Banking and Finance – Portugal

«Mafalda Barreto works hard to successfully close transactions.»

Legal 500 2020. Capital Markets – Portugal

Legal 500 2020. Commercial, Corporate and M&A – Portugal

Legal 500 2020. Projects and Projects Finance – Portugal

IFLR 1000 2019: Highly Regarded. Banking, Capital Markets: Debt, Capital Markets: Equity, M&A

The Chambers Global 2019. Corporate/M&A – Portugal

«Clients highlight her "availability, experience, pragmatism and deal-oriented approach"»

The Chambers Europe 2019. Corporate/M&A – Portugal

The Legal 500 2019. Capital Markets

The Legal 500 2019. Commercial, Corporate and M&A

The Legal 500 2019. Projects and Project Finance

The Legal 500 2019. Banking and Finance

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