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, during which she was elected as a Student Representative. She was also awarded a Chevening Scholarship, which is a UK awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders.
During her time in academia, she participated in extra-curricular activities such as acting as a Professor’s Assistant in Bankruptcy Law, organising 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 which resulted in her presenting in their annual seminar.
Catarina has also been engaged in numerous 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, one of the biggest conferences to discuss Brazil in the world. In the latter, Catarina mediated the Democracy Panel which discussed the biggest challenges in the current political situation of Brazil.
Her 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, as well as in the Federal Court of Appeal of the 5th Region.