Tito Arantes Fontes

Partner since 2004 ––– Lisbon
Member no. 8301L of the Portuguese Bar Association
Main practice areas
  • Litigation

  • International Arbitration

  • Corporate Crime and Internal Investigations

  • Spanish

  • English

  • French



Tito Arantes Fontes is a partner based in the Lisbon office of Uría Menéndez-Proença de Carvalho. He joined the firm in 2004 when his previous firm, Vasconcelos, F. Sa Carneiro, Fontes & Associados - one of the most prestigious Portuguese law firms, founded in 1993 - integrated with Uría Menéndez.

He has been a lawyer since 1982 and became a partner at Vasconcelos, F. Sa Carneiro, Fontes & Associados in 1994, where he headed up the Litigation Department and focused his practice on litigation, arbitration and labour law.

From 1983 to 1987, Tito was a legal adviser at the Caixa Geral de Depósitos (Personnel Department), legal adviser to the Secretary of State for Higher Education from 1987 to 1991, legal adviser to the Secretary of State for Local Government and Regional Planning from 1991 to 1992, a lawyer at the Caixa Geral de Depósitos (the Litigation Department) from 1991 to 1992, Secretary General of the Union of Traders' Associations of the Lisbon district from 1992 to 1993, and a member of the Management Committee of the Law Firms Institute (Bar Association) from 2002 until 2004.

Tito is the head of the Litigation Practice Area covering all the practice areas (both contentious and non-contentious). He represents clients in civil, criminal and commercial procedures, at all instances including the higher courts and the Constitutional Court. He also acts in arbitration hearings either as an arbitrator or as lawyer representing parties in insolvency procedures and in particular before the Commercial Court (Tribunal de Comércio). Tito represents Portuguese and foreign companies before the Portuguese courts and arbitration tribunals and also actively participates in the negotiation, drafting and enforcement of complex agreements, often after years of litigation.

Chambers Global, 2007 says "Department head Tito Arantes Fontes climbs to the first tier following widespread recommendations from peers: 'He is a truly excellent lawyer; bright, resilient and detail-oriented.' Clients also eagerly sing his praises: 'He is impressive in court, knowing exactly when to ask the questions, and is more than willing to work through the weekend for us.'"

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  • Business Management Course, Instituto de Novas Profissões (Lisbon), 1979
  • Law Degree, Universidade de Coimbra, 1982
  • Post-graduate Degree in Pharmaceutical and Medical Law, Universidade de Coimbra, 2002
  • Post-graduate Degree in White Collar Crime and European Law, Universidade de Coimbra, 2004

Professional associations

  • Portuguese Bar Association

Teaching activity

Between 1985 and 1987, Tito was a lecturer on various law courses at the Training Centre of the Caixa Geral de Depósitos.

Recent publications

  • Tito Arantes Fontes, Inês Dias Lopes, Sara Rebordão Topa. In Arbitragem Comercial. Estudos comemorativos dos 30 anos do Centro de Arbitragem Comercial da Câmara de Comércio e Indústria Portuguesa. A. Barreto Menezes Cordeiro (Coordenador). Coimbra: Almedina, 2019

  • Tito Arantes Fontes, Constança Borges Sacoto, Sofia Martins. In Estudos em homenagem a Agostinho Pereira de Miranda. Jan H. Dalhuisen (Organizador), Diogo Xavier da Cunha (Organizador), Joana Vasconcelos (Organizador). Coimbra: Almedina, 2019

  • Tito Arantes Fontes, Sofia Martins. In IBA Arbitration Guide. Arbitration Committee. 2018. AA. VV (Autor). London: International Bar Association, 2018

  • Tito Arantes Fontes, Constança Borges Sacoto. In Investment Arbitration Outlook Uría Menéndez, n.º 2, 2018

  • O reconhecimento e execução de decisões arbitrais estrangeiras - uma perspectiva comparada entre a realidade portuguesa e as de Angola, Cabo Verde e Moçambique

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    Tito Arantes Fontes, Constança Borges Sacoto. In Actualidad Jurídica Uría Menéndez, n.º 44, 2016