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    • Fátima Freitas - Fátima Freitas Advogados
    • Paulette Lopes - FBL Advogados
    • Eduardo Vera-Cruz - EVC Advogados

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ALC Advogados is a popular choice for foreign investors looking to do business in Angola. The Luanda-based team works closely with Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados, giving it access to the international firm's resources and specialised legal departments. Managing partner Catarina Levy Osório leads the team, which saw expansion at the associate level. Irina Neves Ferreira’s expertise includes insurance and real estate; Helena Prata specialises in corporate and employment law.

Full-service firm Fátima Freitas Advogados operates from multiple offices in Angola and works closely with associated Portuguese firm Miranda & Associados. With a strong international focus, the firm acts for foreign investors, with particular specialisms in the energy, oil and gas, and mining sectors; Fátima Freitas is a key contact in these fields. On the contentious side, Jayr Fernandes has an active litigation and arbitration practice.

FBL Advogados fields a sizeable team of experts in corporate and M&A, real estate and energy projects, and benefits from an association with Portuguese firm Abreu Advogados. Fernando Faria de Bastos and Paulette Lopes are key names.

Noted for its ‘care, focus and speed’, ADCA Advogados has the size and resources to handle a range of corporate, real estate and finance projects, and its cooperation with DLA Piper makes it well equipped to take on cross-border work. Luís Filipe Carvalho heads the team.

Foreign investment and oil and gas projects are mainstays at AVM, which grew its banking and finance practice through its involvement in several large-scale financing and capital markets transactions. Managing partner António Vicente Marques heads the team in Luanda, which works closely with colleagues in the firm's Lisbon office, including Sandra Teixeira da Silva.

BCSA – Advogados has an impressive track record in finance transactions and energy and infrastructure projects, where it benefits from an association with Portuguese firm PLMJ. Sandra Saraiva and João Bravo da Costa are the key contacts.

EVC Advogados maintains a close association with Portuguese firm FCB Sociedade de Advogados, which ensures a steady flow of instructions in local and international projects. Distinguished professor Eduardo Vera-Cruz is the name to note.

Under the leadership of Filipa Tavares De Lima, FTL Advogados has a broad and busy practice, with specialisms in the pharmaceutical, telecoms, and hotel and leisure sectors, among others. The team expanded with the arrival of legal consultant Miguel Carvalho Brito from an in-house position at a media company. The firm is associated with CMS.

RLA Advogados stands out in the oil and gas, mining, telecoms and financial services sectors. Working in conjunction with VDA, Luanda-based partners Joana Pacheco and Vanusa Gomes advise leading multinational companies doing business in Angola.

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  • Communiqué on Equity Crowdfunding Is Officially Published

    By way of background, in January 2019, the Capital Markets Board (“ CMB ”) had issued an announcement on its website on the Draft Communiqué on Equity Crowdfunding [1] . The CMB has now officially published the Communiqué on Crowdfunding No. III-35/A (“ Communiqué ”), on October 3, 2019. The Communiqué entered into force as of October 3, 2019.
  • Beneficial Ownership Concept new interpretation from the Russian federal tax service

    The recent interpretative letter issued by the Russian Federal Tax Services (“FTS”) on 08th August 2019, has provided further guidance as to the application of the Beneficial Ownership Concept, further to the letter initially provided on the 12th of April 2018 which adopted a strict approach of the concept. 
  • Cyprus and Netherlands Double Tax Treaty Update

    Cyprus has concluded the negotiations for the avoidance of double taxation with the Netherlands. The double tax treaty was agreed at technocratic level in Hague. It is expected to be signed by the end of 2019 or early in 2020.
  • Vacancy - Senior Corporate Lawyer

    The Senior Corporate Lawyer, who will be reporting to Partners, will be working with both the firm’s legal team as well as the financial services team. The successful candidate will be requested to show initiative, take on certain responsibilities within the firm, work in a multinational environment and will immediately be given the opportunity to further advance their career within the law firm.
  • CJEU RULED ON THE APPLICATION OF THE BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP CONCEPT

    The judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on February 26, 2019, in the “Danish Beneficial Ownership Cases”, can be perceived as a landmark on the interpretation of the Beneficial Ownership concept under the Interest and Royalties Directive (IRD) and the Parent-Subsidiary Directive (PSD).
  • Court of Justice rules on source of income for Derivative Residence applications

    On 2 October 2019, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Directive 2004/38/EC) Case C-93/18 which concerns Chen applications and the source of funds for self-sufficiency. 
  • End of the ‘centre of life test’ in Surinder Singh cases?

    In the recent case of  ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan   [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the “Regulations”). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess  Surinder Singh  cases that appear before them.
  • ITALIAN RULES ON JOINT VENTURES IN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT AND CONCESSIONS

    Italian rules on jointventures concerning public procurement and concession contracts are set out inlight of the European legal framework provided for in Directive 2014/23/EU and 2014/24/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council. The European rules aim to ensurethe best use of public money so that EU citizens benefit from strategicinvestments and services at fair prices. In this context, public procurementand concessions represent key instruments that need to be regulated and standardisedin order to ensure free movement of goods, freedom of establishment and freedomto provide services.
  • Terms of employment as a sole representative

    In this article we examine the working arrangements of sole representatives, looking at the terms and conditions of employment that the Home Office will expect a sole representative to have in order to qualify as a representative of an overseas business.  
  • Can Sole Representatives Be Shareholders?

    The Immigration Rules require that an applicant for a  sole representative visa  is not “a  majority shareholder in the overseas business”.

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