Attorney at law



Sebastien Codeço

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Background and experience




Full range of services



Sebastien Codeço successfully graduated from Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne with a masters in business and private law and also holds a professional arbitration and international business law masters’ degree from Université Paris V Descartes.

Sebastien Codeço began his legal career in business law by within the legal department of a public industrial company followed by further experience in the corporate department of an American law firm. Sebastien Codeço then joined a renowned criminal law practice, where he was able to develop his litigation skills and criminal law experience.

As a multilingual lawyer with extensive training in international law, Maître Sebastien Codeço works in French, English, Portuguese and Spanish. He frequently advises foreign companies with a view to develop their activities in France, as well as individuals and corporations looking to establish themselves in Portugal.

Sebastien Codeço provides both legal counsel and litigation services in all respects related to commercial and business law, corporate law, commercial litigation, criminal law and white collar litigation, whether as litigator

Commercial law

Creation of commercial activities, legal advice on the preparation of standard terms of sale, purchase and use, commercial leases (lessor or lessee), services agreements, fonds de commerce (going concerns), GDPR

Criminal law

Defendants and claimants, crimes and misdemeanors suffered by property and individuals, financial and economic criminal law, assistance with all stages of legal proceedings, criminal liability of legal entities and corporate officers

Company law

Incorporation and legal monitoring of companies, legal advice on the preparation of all deeds, contracts and formalities, shareholders’ agreements, sale and purchase of securities, corporate reorganizations, capital operations


Acquisition of the non-habitual resident status (NHR), acquisition and sale of real property, incorporation of companies, tax advice, matrimonial regimes


General commercial litigation, corporate officers, shareholders and companies’ liability, debt revocery, urgent and summary proceedings, unfair competition

Portuguese nationality

Acquisition of the Portuguese nationality by descendants of Portuguese jews


Areas of practice



Partnership ZLP/SC

Paris / Porto

A single point of contact between France and Portugal

Since 2018, Sebastien Codeço is partnered with Portuguese law firm ZLP, Zélia Leal Pinto Advogaga, admitted to the bar of Porto, Portugal.


From France to Portugal, Zélia Leal Pinto and Sebastien Codeço provide complementary assistance to both French investors willing to establish themselves in Portugal and Portuguese investors wishing to conduct business in France.


The purpose of this partnership is to offer a single point of contact to individuals and companies in respect of all transactions involving France and Portugal (acquisition of the non-habitual resident statuts (NHR), acquisition and sale of real property, incorporation of companies and related legal assistance, tax matters, matrimonial regimes, etc.).


This alliance is fully integrated and offers a wide range of skills in diverse areas of practice to provide clients with professional and responsive service whether in France or in Portugal.

Zélia  Leal Pinto 

Lawyer and legal partner / Porto

Areas of practice

Tax law

 Company law

 Employment law

 Criminal law


 Insolvency proceedings

Working languages




Legal fees are governed by Article 11 of the Paris Bar Internal Rules (Règlement Intérieur du Barreau de Paris).


Such fees are determined “based on the time allocated to the relevant case, the financial situation of the client, the complexity of the case, costs incurred by the lawyer, the lawyer’s recognition and his/her diligence.”


Legal fees may either consist of fees invoiced on a time-spent basis or a flat fee. Success fees may also be invoiced in certain cases.


Sebastien Codeço mainly invoices legal fees on a time-spent basis. A flat fee may be agreed for certain cases (incorporation of companies, single-hearing misdemeanor cases, etc.).


A mandatory fee agreement is signed at the beginning of the proceedings, providing for the applicable rate as well as invoicing and payment modalities. For the sake of transparency, clients are regularly informed of the evolution of the fees invoiced.


Sebastien Codeço’s policy is to manage and mitigate costs for the client to the maximum extent possible.




Cost control




Legal aid


Sebastien Codeço

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Attorney-at-law admitted to the Paris Bar


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