Diogo Pereira Duarte

Partner | Lisbon

Practice Areas
Private Equity & Venture Capital
Mozambique Desk
ESG – Environmental, Social and Governance
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Diogo Pereira Duarte is a partner and co-coordinator of the Finance practice area at Abreu Advogados and a Professor of Civil Law and Financial Law at Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Lisboa

He works primarily on investment banking law and has been for several years General Counsel and Data Protection Officer of a well-known investment bank in Portugal and its world-wide group of companies.

Developed specialized expertise in advice on the legal implications resulting of the intersection between technology and financial law (FinTech), such as: smart contracts and blockchain; intelligence and quantum; cryptocurrency, cryptoassets, ICOs; innovation and AML/FT; cloud computing; open banking and APIs; innovation in payment services; innovation in financial products / services; start-up financing; crowdfunding; data protection and privacy issues.

Diogo Pereira Duarte is also organiser of periodic conferences on FinTech, Crowdfunding and Data Protection, and organiser and publisher of collective studies about FinTech´s legal matters.

Diogo Pereira Duarte was selected by Banco de Portugal to join the Market Contact Group on the Digital Euro. The purpose of this group is to assess the main options regarding the design and distribution of a potential digital euro.

Work Experience

Legal advice on authorizations and licensing on the banking and insurance sectors, both in Portugal and Mozambique. Establishment of branches and passport notifications within the European Union. Legal advice on authorization of qualifying holdings, both in Portugal and Mozambique.

Legal advice on the regulatory and contractual aspects of financial technology, which includes the first digital onboarding process in Portugal and the first aggregation service for payment accounts and financial instruments. Legal advice on robo-advisory, white label trading platforms, investment fund distribution platforms (Allfunds); overnight and structured deposits distribution platforms; platforms for companies’ capitalization, among others.

Legal advice on corporate events of credit institutions related to option plans and remuneration plans with subscription of special categories of redeemable preferred shares, including the in the regulatory dimension. Advise on Bank capitalization plans in Mozambique to comply with capital requirements.

Legal advice on all aspects of credit institution internal governance, from corporate governance (including conducting fit and proper authorization processes, fit and proper policies, remuneration policies, conflict of interests policies, outsourcing policies (including cloud computing), codes of conduct, internal audit framework(, under national and European regulatory requirements.

Advising on foreign direct investment in the financial sector in Mozambique.

Advising a financial institution on the adaptation of contractual instruments and internal policies to integrate the MiFID II regulatory requirements and related acts, and legal advice on all financial intermediation activity, including execution only, placement and underwriter agreements, portfolio management (including unit-linked and PPPs), investment advice, fund depositary, among others.

Legal and regulatory due diligence and contractual drafting in FinTech start-up funding cycles.


Academic Background

Lisbon University

Law degree from Lisbon University (2000)

Lisbon University

Master of Law Legal Sciences from Lisbon University(2006)

Lisbon University

PhD in Legal Sciences from Lisbon University (2015)