A PLMJ partner and member of the firm's litigation team, Paulo Farinha Alves, has special responsibility for criminal law matters including white collar defence and he also specialises in compliance and dispute resolution. In addition, Paulo Farinha Alves has a particular vocation for sports law, having occupied board-level positions as vice-chairman of the disciplinary committee of the Lisbon Football Association and also as Professional Football Director of Sporting Clube de Portugal – Futebol SAD.
A member of the ECBA – European Criminal Bar Association, IBA – International Bar Association and UIA – Union Internationale des Avocats, Paulo Farinha Alves earned a law degree from Universidade Católica Portuguesa and a postgraduate qualification in accounting and legal support for companies from the same university. Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association in 1996, Paulo Farinha Alves focuses on white collar crime relating to the corporate sector in matters of banking and also administrative law where the has acted both to provide preventive advice and to bring legal challenges against fines imposed by the regulatory authorities in question.
Ranked in the top tier of leading lawyers in the field of criminal and administrative litigation and compliance in the directory Chambers and Partners he is highlighted as: "particularly renowned for his work in corporate crime matters. He also handles compliance and disputes in the sports sector". In The Legal 500 legal directory, he is ranked for criminal law, white collar defence and compliance and is also a recommended lawyer in the Best Lawyers directory.
Paulo Farinha Alves has advised on many of the largest and highest profile cases in Portugal and he has significant experience in enforcement, tax fraud and white-collar crimes. His work includes advising clients on internal corruption, bribery and anti-trust investigations.
His list of publications includes the PLMJ Anti-Corruption Guide 2011 as co-author. He is also coordinator and co-author of "Company Insolvency and Recovery Code Annotated (2012) and co-author of the "New Sports Law with commentary" (2010). Paulo earned his law degree from Universidade Católica Portuguesa in Lisbon in 1994 and in the same year began his work as a trainee lawyer at PLMJ. He was admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association in 1996 and has been a PLMJ partner since 2005. He is a member of PLMJ board since 2015.