Associate Lawyer|Oporto

Sílvia Bessa Venda is an Associate at Abreu Advogados, integrating the Competition, Regulatory and EU Practice Area and the Health, Life Sciences & Pharmaceutics Sector.

Her career in this firm began in 2014 and was interrupted between January 2019 and March 2020, period during which she worked as a  Senior Specialist Official at Entidade Reguladora da Saúde (Portuguese Healthcare Regulation Authority) and interned with Judge Maria José Costeira, President of the 9th Chamber of the General Court of the European Union.

Her professional practice includes assistance in all areas of competition law, representing Clients before national entities and European institutions.

She has particular experience in the health sector, both in competition and regulatory matters.

She also has substantial experience in the following sectors: energy, retail, distribution and aeronautics.

She is a researcher at the Catholic Research Centre for the Future of Law and a member of the Observatory for the Application of Competition Law, since 2016/2017, having closely followed the latest developments in damages actions for infringements of competition law.

She has signed more than two dozen scientific productions, including published articles and participations, as a speaker, in specialized conferences, namely at an international level.


Advising one of the largest electricity companies in the world in representing and filing complaints with the Energy Services Regulatory Authority, the Competition Authority and the Consumer Directorate-General.

Advising a multinational energy group in the representation in tax proceedings related to state aid and freedom of establishment issues.

Advising an aviation group of worldwide importance in managing the competitive risk of practices adopted or to be adopted by it, as well as, in providing the necessary information to comply with European Union law, in relation to counterparts in the scope of contracts in the defence and security sector, in order to minimize the risk of litigation.

Assistance to an important multinational pharmaceutical company, dedicated to animal health, in the implementation of commercial strategies and the conclusion of partnership and distribution agreements.

Advising a reference group in the health sector in Portugal, in the acquisition of several companies, namely, within the scope of the prior control of those mergers, with the Competition Authority.

Advising a multinational group in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) market, in representing in the context of proceedings initiated by the Competition Authority.

Advising an athlete of federated sports competitions, in the filing of a complaint to the European Commission, regarding an infringement of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

Advising an important group in the world health and welfare market, in representing it in matters of industrial property and competition and European Union law, before the Supreme Court of Justice.

Advising leading companies in the FMCG market, in the implementation of commercial strategies, conclusion of agreements and defence of the rights to advertising and free competition, as well as in litigation regarding the taxation of intra-EU transactions and the principle of the primacy of EU law.

Advising a major Portuguese sports club in legal disputes related to unfair competition practices and personal rights.



Universidade Católica Portuguesa

PhD Candidate in Law at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Faculty of Law, Oporto School (since 2016, currently in the thesis phase)

Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Master of Laws from the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Faculty of Law, Oporto School (2015, Merit Scholarship - Best Qualification for Access to Master of Laws)

Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Law Degree from the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Faculty of Law, Oporto School (2013)


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