João Velez de Lima

João Velez de Lima

Joined PLMJ in 2016.
Partner in the Tax practice.

About João

João is a partner in the Tax practice.

With over 17 years’ experience in the area of tax law, João has been responsible for tax coordination and support in a number of internationalisation processes of corporate groups, M&A operations and company reorganisations. He has also dealt with tax due diligence and compliance processes. João has extensive experience in providing day-to-day legal advice to Portuguese and foreign companies and individuals, including in the area of tax litigation.

Between 2001 and 2004, João was a tax consultant at Arthur Andersen / Deloitte & Touche. He subsequently joined the tax practice of the law firm Cuatrecasas (2004-2006) and then the tax practice of Garrigues (2006-2012). Subsequently, he was a senior tax manager at KPMG (2013-2015) and head of the tax law practice at the Porto office of Cuatrecasas until 2016, when he joined PLMJ.

João graduated in law in 2001 from Universidade Católica Portuguesa in Porto. He has attended courses on international taxation and has been a guest speaker/trainer at conferences, seminars, training courses and postgraduate courses on tax matters. He has also regularly published articles on tax matters and is frequently recognised in the leading international directories.


English, Spanish, French

Academic Background
  • Law degree from Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Oporto, 2001
  • Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association, 2006
  • Course in international taxation “Interpretation and Application of Tax Treaties and Principles of Transfer Pricing”, at the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation, 2008
  • “Brazilian Tax Law Overview” course at the São Paulo School of Law of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation - Universidade Católica Portuguesa, 2012
Professional Background
  • Partner at PLMJ since 2018
  • Tax consultant at Arthur Andersen / Deloitte & Touche, 2001-2004
  • Associate at the law firm Gonçalves Pereira, Castelo Branco e Associados, 2004-2006
  • Senior associate at the law firm Garrigues , 2006-2012
  • Tax Senior Manager at KPMG, 2013-2015
  • Head of the tax department (Oporto) at the law firm Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira, RL, 2015-2016
Best Lawyers
2021 - João Velez de Lima |
2020 - João Velez de Lima |
2019 - João Velez de Lima | Recognised lawyer
2018 - João Velez de Lima |
2017 - João Velez de Lima | Other Recommended Lawyer
Chambers Europe
2020 - João Velez de Lima, Tax - Up and Coming | Porto

"Noted for his tax capabilities, clear know-how and empathy."

The Legal 500
2020 - João Velez de Lima, Next generation partner | Tax
2020 - João Velez de Lima, Next generation partners | Oporto Market
2019 - João Velez de Lima | Oporto Market
Who's Who Legal
2019 - João Velez de Lima, Global Leader | Corporate Tax
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