Paulino Brilhante Santos

Paulino Brilhante Santos is a partner of VCA since 2011 and he coordinates its Tax, Energy, Oil & Gas, Economic Regulation and International Projects Department. Paulino has an extensive experience in national and international legal and tax advice. He worked extensively in areas of energy oil and gas law, construction, heavy engineering, water and solid waste and has acquired a solid experience of economic regulation of these areas and also in mining and telecommunications. He advised governments and large companies in privatisation transactions, public-private partnerships (PPP’s) and concessions. He has acquired relevant experience in projects of legal, institutional and tax reform of various countries, having worked and lived in countries such as Angola, Brazil, Jordan, Liberia, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Russia and Ukraine.
He is a tax arbitrator at the CAAD – Administrative and Tax Arbitration Court of Lisbon.

Practice Areas
National and international legal and tax advice; tax disputes; energy, oil and gas law, construction, heavy industry and infrastructures, banking and financial law; asset and project financing; mergers and acquisitions; economic and financial regulation; privatization; public-private partnerships (PPP’s); economic regulation of utility companies;; mining law and natural resources law; foreign investment law; exchange control regulations.

Degree in Law (Faculty of Law, University of Lisbon, 1984). Postgraduate Diploma in Management and Development Organizations (Academia de Formação Empresarial da Associação Industrial Portuguesa – COPRAI-AIP, 1988) and  several other courses and training courses of International Tax Law (Queens College Cambridge, UK) and Audit in Lisbon, Brussels, Paris and Veldhoven. Expert Lawyer in Tax Law (Portuguese Bar Association, 2006).

Professional Associations
Portuguese Bar Association, Portuguese Tax Association, International Tax Association and Center for International Legal Studies – Fellow, Salzburg, Austria.

Portuguese, English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian and Albanian.

Co-author of “Plan C” in tax and financial chapters (2012).
Co-author along with Vítor Félix of two basis reports for the Commission for the Development of the Portuguese Tax Reform (the “Silva Lopes Commission” chaired by this former Portuguese Minister of Finance) regarding the taxation of companies and institutions and financial and banking products.


Paulino Brilhante Santos
  • 8 de July, 2020
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