André Pereira da Fonseca

Professional Partner | Lisbon

André Pereira da Fonseca is a Professional Partner and has been at Abreu Advogados since 2008, working primarily in the areas of litigation and international arbitration.

He has particular intervention in cross-border disputes, representing clients in sectors such as construction, major projects, maritime law, transport, energy, venture capital and pharmaceutical law. His work is particularly focused in the Portuguese-speaking countries, namely in jurisdictions such as Portugal, Angola, Brazil, Mozambique, Cape Verde and East Timor.

In 2013 he completed a secondment as a Visiting Foreign Lawyer in the New York office of the firm Herbert Smith Freehills. He also completed secondments at Abreu Advogados’ partner offices in Angola (2011) and Mozambique (2012).

Additionally, he is also an Arbitrator. He is on the list of arbitrators for the Centre for Commercial Arbitration of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as for the Portuguese Court of Arbitration for Sport, with over 20 nominations as arbitrator.

In addition to being a regular speaker at conferences and training sessions on international arbitration, he is also the author of several publications, including Co-Editor of the book ‘International Arbitration in Portugal’ (Kluwer), Co-Author of the book ‘Arbitration, Conciliation and Mediation Law of Mozambique Commented’ and Author of the chapter on arbitration in Maritime Law for the book ‘International Arbitration in the United States’ (Kluwer).

Future Leaders – Non-Partner, Arbitration, 2022


Representation of sixteen international financial institutions in six separate multi-party arbitration proceedings concerning a 268 million euros private equity fund.

Representing a maritime transport operator in an American Arbitration Association arbitration governed by New York law concerning a coal transport contract on the Mississippi River.

Advising a Mozambican mining company in a CACM (Mozambique) institutional arbitration against one of the largest construction companies in southern Africa.

Representing an Italian company in an ICC arbitration against an African state relating to the construction of a surface transport system; Representation of an Angolan commercial company against an Angolan state-owned company in an arbitration under UNCITRAL rules concerning an electricity supply contract.

Representing a Portuguese commercial company against a construction company in an arbitration concerning the construction of a hydro-electric dam.

Representation of the Republic of Angola in a legal dispute against Portuguese parties concerning a case of alleged extra-contractual liability related to the alleged unavailability of USD at the National Bank of Angola during the Angolan civil war.

Representation of a Portuguese commercial company in an arbitration under the LCIA rules concerning a distribution contract against a company based in Cyprus.



Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Lisboa

Law degree (2004)

Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Lisboa

Postgraduate studies in Labour Law (2006)

Queen Mary University of London

LL.M in International Dispute Resolution (2012)