Joana Gomes dos Santos joined the firm in 2004. She integrates the commercial and corporate law, capital markets, European Community law, competition, and pharmaceutical law teams. She has been assisting both national and foreign clients in mergers and acquisition matters and in negotiating international commercial contracts. Her work focuses mainly on business and corporate activity, advising companies in dealing with their daily issues, but being as well involved in more sophisticated operations which cross several legal areas. She often deals with securities, including initial public offerings of distribution and acquisition and, in general, in transactions regarding securities investment funds. She represents clients in the banking and financial services, insurance, real estate and construction, media and advertising, health and pharmaceutical, and transportation areas, as well as private clients. Joana Gomes dos Santos has been considered by Chambers and Partners "leader in the field" in the area of commercial law, corporate, and mergers and acquisitions.