Catarina graduated from the Federal University of Pernambuco with a degree in Law. She also holds an LLM in Commercial Law from Queen Mary University. She was awarded a Chevening Scholarship, which is a UK Government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders. In the LL.M, she was also selected as student representative for the Commercial Law course.
During her academic life, she participated in extracurricular activities, such as acting as a Professor’s Assistant in Bankruptcy Law, organizing international legal tournaments and participating in mock trials. She was also involved in legal research projects, one of them being sponsored by the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and presented in their annual seminar.
Aside from legal activities, Catarina was engaged in volunteer projects. She taught History for high school students from the public system in Brazil, in a project called Vestibular Cidadão and acted as the Content Coordinator of Brazil Forum UK 2019, which is one of the biggest conferences to discuss Brazil in the world. In this same event, Catarina mediated the Democracy Panel, that discussed the biggest challenges in the current political situation of Brazil.
Catarina’s professional experience includes participation in general business law matters, such as bankruptcy, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, negotiating international contracts, setting up new companies and dealing with government bodies on company related issues. Additionally, she worked in the World Cup Organization Office in Brazil, assisting with administrative contracts and brand protection issues, and in the Federal Court of Appeal of the 5th Region (TRF-5, Brazil).