Bernardo Ayala

Partner since 2008 ––– Lisbon
Member no. 12161L of the Portuguese Bar Association
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Bernardo Ayala became a partner of Uría Menéndez in 2008. Prior to that, he was a partner at Sérvulo & Associados. He is currently the managing partner of Uría Menéndez-Proença de Carvalho’s Lisbon office.

He provides legal advice in the areas of public law, project finance and energy and natural resources.

In these areas, Bernardo focuses particularly on (i) public contracts (especially project finance contracts), (ii) administrative litigation and public law related arbitration, (iii) civil liability of public authorities, (iv) public M&A (regulated sectors), (v) privatisations, (vi) regulatory in general, (vii) financial products contracted by public entities, and (viii) environmental, energy and natural resources matters.

Bernardo Ayala has been consistently considered a “Leading Individual” in public law and project finance by Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and International Financial Law Review.

In 2009, Bernardo was one of the lawyers awarded the “40 under Forty” award by Iberian Lawyer. In the same year, Bernardo was considered the Best Public Lawyer in Portugal by Diário Económico.

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  • Law Degree, Universidade de Lisboa, 1993

Professional associations

  • Portuguese Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • European Group of Public Law
  • Public Contracts in Legal Globalization network

Teaching activity

He lectured on several public law subjects at the Faculty of Law of the Universidade de Lisboa between 1992 and 1998 (constitutional law, administrative law, fundamental rights and urban planning law), and at the Faculty of Law of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa between 2003 and 2015 (public procurement, public-private partnerships, the state-owned corporate sector and fundamental rights).

Recent publications

  • Fernando Aguilar de Carvalho, Bernardo Ayala, Nair Cordas. Investment Arbitration Outlook Uría Menéndez, n.º 6, 2020

  • Bernardo Ayala. In Escritos de Direito público. Volume III. Contencioso administrativo e arbitragem. José Duarte Coimbra (Organizador), Tiago Fidalgo de Freitas (Organizador), Francisco Paes Marques (Organizador). Coimbra: Almedina, 2019

  • Bernardo Ayala. In Estudos em Homenagem a Rui Pena. José de Matos Correia (Organizador), Rui Chancerelle de Machete (Organizador), Pedro Melo (Organizador), Agostinho Pereira de Miranda (Organizador), Nuno Pena (Organizador). Coimbra: Almedina, 2019

  • Um Direito mais social e acessível? A importância da linguagem

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    Bernardo Ayala, Maria Estela Lopes. Actualidad Jurídica Uría Menéndez, n.º 50, 2018

  • Bernardo Ayala, Mariana Barreira, Tomás Cabral d’Anunciação. In Uber & Taxis. Comparative Law Studies. Rozen Noguellou (Editor), David Renders (Editor). Bruxelles: Bruylant, 2018