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VdA Vieira de Almeida

AV DUARTE PACHECO, 26, 1070-110 LISBOA, PORTUGAL
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Lisbon, Oporto
VdA Vieira de Almeida, Magda Cocco, Lisbon, PORTUGAL

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Magda Cocco

Tel:
Work (+351) 21 311 3487
VdA Vieira de Almeida

Work Department

Telecoms & Media

Position

Partner

Career

Magda joined VdA in 1994. She is currently one of the partners in charge of the TMT – Telecoms, Media & IT practice and also head of Privacy, Data Protection & Cybersecurity practice group.
She holds a vast experience in the telecommunications sector in a variety of jurisdictions, with a special focus on Portuguese speaking countries, namely Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde and East Timor, where she has led multidisciplinary teams working on projects with some of the main electronic communications operators in those countries. Projects range from IPTV to Mobile Payments and networks rollout. She has advised Governments and Regulators in the definition of regulatory policies, in the drafting of legislation and several other specific projects in their areas of expertise.
Magda has been an advisor in various international public tenders for the attribution of new licenses as well as in cross border lease projects and project finance, namely undersea cable installation and negotiation of contracts such as concession contracts and other contracts regarding electronic communications operators.
She has also worked on projects in the space sector, including on the negotiation of contracts for the construction and launching of satellites and the installation of the ground stations, as well as on drafting space policies.
She has been involved in the launching of the new TV channels and in various new media projects and has developed a deep expertise in the electronic communications, media and postal regulation sectors.
In the data protection and cybersecurity sector, Magda has been involved in several public projects, providing expert advice both to private companies and public entities and coordinating several compliance programs in these areas.
She is a coordinating member of the Permanent Group for the Information Society Security of the Portuguese Association for the Development of an Information Society (Grupo Permanente de Segurança na Sociedade de Informação, da Associação Portuguesa para o Desenvolvimento da Sociedade da Informação – APDSI).

Languages

English, French, Spanish

Member

Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association.
Admitted to the Timor-Leste Bar Association (Conselho de Gestão e Disciplina).

Education

Law Degree, University of Lisbon, Faculty of Law.
Strategic Space Law Program, Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University (2014).
Compact MBA for Law Firm Leaders, Porto Business School and VdAcademia (2014).


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Magda Cocco - VdA Vieira de Almeida

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VdA Vieira de Almeida’s impressive client roster includes the Alliance for Affordable Internet, Meo and Microsoft as well as various public entities. The team advised the International Telecommunication Union on creating an intra-regional digital agenda for CPLP countries. Fernando Resina da Silva handles IT and emerging technologies; Magda Cocco acts on privacy, data protection and cybersecurity; and Margarida Couto is the name to note for telecoms matters.

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