Sousa Ferro & Associados

Speaker Bio

Miguel Sousa Ferro is an academic and lawyer with more than 15 years of experience in European Union Law, Competition Law and Regulatory Law. He is a leader in Portugal in popular actions and competition law, with a special focus on private enforcement and consumer protection.

Miguel's career spanned several law firms in Brussels ““ Cleary Gottlieb, Uría ““ and Lisbon ““ Vieira de Almeida, Sérvulo, Paz Ferreira ““ and the General Court of the European Union.

Miguel represents the author of the first popular action initiated in Portugal to defend consumers for a violation of Competition Law, in 2015, and is the lead counsel in the first two actions of this type brought before the Competition, Regulation and Supervision Court under the new Private Enforcement of Competition Law, in 2020.

As an academic, Miguel is Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon, where he has been teaching since 2008. He has also taught at the Universities of Toulouse, Byalystok and Timor-Leste, at the College of Europe and at the European University (Portugal). He is co-Director of the Journal of Competition and Regulation, and has published 6 books and over 100 articles in national and international journals. His most recent books are “œThe EU Antitrust Damages Directive: Transposition in the Member States” (Oxford University Press) and “œMarket Definition in EU Competition Law” (Edward Elgar).

He was a member of the expert working groups that assisted the Competition Authority in the preparation of draft transposition of Directives 2014/104/EU ( Private Enforcement of Competition) and 2019/01/EU (ECN+), and worked on several other legislative processes in Portugal.

Miguel authored multiple Legal Opinions on Competition and European Union Law for courts and arbitrations in Portugal and the Netherlands.

Miguel is also a Judge of the European Nuclear Energy Court (2020/2024).