João Valadas Coriel co-founded VCA – Valadas Coriel & Associados in 2001.
Currently managing partner, João coordinates across all VCA departments. João’s expertise and decisiveness are sought to break deadlocks, close deals and generally get things to the next level. He comes across as a solution-minded savvy lawyer. He has worked on many transactions and is a trusted adviser to many private clients, family offices, foundations, and corporations.
João excels in leading teams and participates frequently as a speaker at workshops, seminars, and conferences in his practice areas. João is also qualified as an International Arbitrator by the CIArb of London and as a tax expert by ISEG-Lisbon School of Economics and Management. João writes for national newspapers and international organisations about developments in the law, its impact on the economy and society at large and the future of the law profession. João is currently the Vice Chair of the IBA’s Senior Lawyers’ Committee, and also a member of the Steering Committee of the ABA International Law Section International Private Client Committee.

Practice Areas

Dispute Resolution, Private Wealth, Tax, Real Estate, and Immigration


Degree in Law – Faculty of Law, Universidade de Lisboa (1992)
Master in Public Health – Faculty of Medicine, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (1998)
International Trade and Shipping Law Course – London Guildhall University/Lloyds (1999)
Postgraduate in Management and Tax Law – ISEG (2007)
Law Management Program – IE, Madrid/London (2012)

Professional Associations

Portuguese Bar Association – Portuguese Tax Association – International Bar Association (IBA) – International Fiscal Association (IFA) – Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) – Amercian Bar Association (ABA)


Portuguese, English, French, Spanish and Italian.