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Abreu Advogados has established itself as a key player in the Angola market, having been active in the country for over a decade in association with local firm FBL Advogados. It is particularly notable for its banking and finance and energy practices, where clients include financial institutions and corporate clients both within and outside of Angola. The firm also provides services to Asian investors and entrepreneurs through its dedicated Asia desk. Lisbon-based partners Fernando Veiga Gomes, Guilherme Santos Silva and José Eduardo Martins are key names.

FCB Sociedade de Advogados is noted for its 'professionalism, responsiveness and efficiency'. The team had another busy year in 2018, with a particular uptick in litigation and employment matters. Banking and finance is another buoyant practice at the firm, which regularly acts on the lender side of large financing deals. João Robles’ expertise spans corporate, M&A and real estate; he oversees the firm's Angola Desk from Lisbon. He recently worked alongside Pedro Guimarães and partners at associated local firm EVC Advogados to advise Diamond Offshore Drilling on a joint venture for drilling services.

From Lisbon, Miranda & Associados has been active in Angola in excess of 30 years, working closely with associated local firm Fátima Freitas Advogados. The busy and buoyant practice is active in projects, M&A, real estate, tax and litigation, regularly receiving instructions from major international companies. Rita Correia heads the team, which includes Mafalda Oliveira Monteiro, Nuno Marques Antunes and Alberto Galhardo Simões.

The multidisciplinary team at PLMJ works in conjunction with Luanda-based firm BCSA – Advogados. The firm has secured a position as a leading firm working in Angola through its involvement in significant public projects and financing deals, and it continues to grow its diverse client base of oil and gas, financial services and retail companies. Practice head Bruno Xavier de Pina heads the sizeable team, which includes Inês Pinto da Costa, who has extensive experience in project financing for major energy and infrastructure developments.

Well-regarded energy law firm Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown operates in Angola from its offices in Brazil. Outside of the energy space, it has a solid track record in infrastructure and construction projects, and also maintains an active corporate and M&A practice. Chevron is a key client; Gonçalo Falcão recently assisted the company with the implementation of an employment benefit policy. Oil and gas expert Alexandre R. Chequer advises on upstream, midstream and downstream projects, M&A and joint ventures.

The Angola-focused lawyers at Portuguese firm VDA have 'deep knowledge in a variety of matters', including high-profile oil and gas, mining and finance transactions, and work in conjunction with Luanda-based firm RLA Advogados. The team's litigation practice has also grown. In internal developments, Rui Amendoeira stepped down as partner and is now an of counsel with the firm. João Afonso Fialho heads the oil and gas department, and Hugo Moredo Santos is a key contact for banking and capital markets.

The ‘engaged and proactive’ team at Clifford Chance acts for lenders, sponsors and developers on high-value inbound and outbound transactions. Pieter van Welzen is noted for his ‘good knowledge of the Angolan legal market’; André de Sousa Vieira for his ‘wide experience and knowledge of financial markets’. Emerging markets finance expert Leonard Cleland advises on commodities and trade financing, margin lending and commercial loans, and took a lead role on several of the team's recent mandates.

Portuguese powerhouse Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados partners with ALC Advogados in Angola to provide a broad offering to local and international clients. Areas of expertise include international arbitration, litigation, banking and construction. Luís Gagliardini Graça is a key contact.

'Very dynamic’ and 'experienced’ firm Raposo Bernardo has a strong Angola-focused practice, regularly receiving instructions from leading public and private companies and international law firms. From among a range of recent highlights was Ana Cláudia Rangel’s advice to Deutsche Bank on a bank financing agreement for the acquisition of commercial aircraft. In contentious matters, Rangel is ‘stupendous in court and arbitrations’. 'Brilliant lawyerNelson Raposo Bernardo is ‘smart, sharp and reputable’, and Joana Andrade Correia also receives strong praise.

Patrick Dewerbe and senior associate Tiago Machado Graça are names to note at CMS, which partners with Angolan firm FTL Advogados. International finance, project finance, real estate and corporate M&A are particular areas of strength.

Linklaters is instructed in high-value, multi-jurisdictional transactions, where its clients include leading international banks and corporations. Andrew Jones is the global head of the Africa practice, and Francisco Ferraz de Carvalho leads the Lusophone Africa practice.

Banking and finance is a key strength at MC&A, which has experience on the borrower and lender side of transactions. Corporate and real estate projects are also mainstays. Vitor Marques da Cruz, Andreia Gonçalves da Costa and Ricardo Nery are names to note.

Henrique Nogueira Nunes is the name to note at Albuquerque & Associados, which advises clients on tax, labour, private investment and oil and gas matters.

Cuatrecasas cooperates with local firm Elsa Sousa Rodrigues Advogados.  Luís Soares de Sousa and Duarte Abecasis are the main contacts in Lisbon following the departure of Rui Mayer to an in-house position in Budapest.

The Lisbon-based lawyers at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo advise on a broad spread of transactions in Angola, spanning corporate and M&A, real estate, energy and natural resources projects. Miguel Castro Pereira leads the firm's African group, which includes corporate and commercial specialist Miguel de Avillez Pereira; the pair receive praise for their ‘proactive’ approach.

Partners from across Shearman & Sterling LLP’s office network handle work in Angola, with a particular focus on project finance and development. In recent work, Sean Wang in Hong Kong and Jean-Louis Neves Mandelli in Singapore advised a major Chinese real estate company on an investment in Angola.

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