Miguel Sousa Ferro is an academic and a lawyer with over 15 years’ experience in EU, Competition and Regulatory law. He is a leading expert in Portugal on collective redress and Antitrust law, with special focus on private enforcement and consumer protection.
Miguel’s career took him through law firms in Brussels – Cleary Gottlieb, Uría – and Lisbon – Vieira de Almeida, Sérvulo, Paz Ferreira – and through the General Court of the European Union.
Miguel filed the first ever opt-out class action in Portugal to defend consumers for an Antitrust infringement, in 2015, and is lead counsel in the first two such class actions to be filed before the Competition Court under the new Antitrust Private Enforcement Act, in 2020.
As an academic, Miguel is a Professor at the University of Lisbon Law School, where he has lectured since 2008. He has also lectured at the Universities of Toulouse, Bialystok and East Timor, at the College of Europe, and at Universidade Europeia (Portugal). He is Co-Director of the Portuguese Competition & Regulation Journal, and has published 6 monographs and over 100 papers in national and international journals. His most recent books are “The EU Antitrust Damages Directive: Transposition in the Member States” (Oxford University Press) and “Market Definition in EU Competition Law” (Edward Elgar).
He was a member of the expert working groups which assisted the Portuguese Competition Authority in preparing the draft transpositions of Directives 2014/104/EU (Antitrust Damages) and 2019/01/EU (ECN+), and has worked on various other legislative procedures in Portugal.
Miguel has authored numerous Legal Opinions on Competition Law and EU Law for courts and arbitrations, in Portugal and in the Netherlands.
Miguel is also a Judge at the European Nuclear Energy Tribunal (2020/2024).
- PhD, University of Lisbon Law School, 2014
- LL.M, College of Europe (Bruges), 2006
- Law Degree, University of Lisbon Law School, 2005
- Portuguese Bar Association
- Judge at the European Nuclear Energy Tribunal
- Co-Director of the Portuguese Competition and Regulation Journal
- Member of the Board of the Portuguese Competition Observatory
- Member of the working groups which assisted the Portuguese Competition Authority in preparing the draft transpositions of Directives 2014/104/EU (Antitrust Damages) and 2019/01/EU (ECN+)