Local firms in Angola

ALC Advogados

ALC Advogados, a member of Morais Leitão Legal Circle, is often engaged in mining operations, international infrastructure projects, and M&A ventures in the oil and gas sector. The firm is steered by managing partner Catarina Levy Osório, whose legal expertise lies in corporate, M&A, banking and finance, capital markets, and private investment. Irina Neves Ferreira co-heads the corporate and M&A department, providing counsel on foreign exchange law, while Helena Prata is proficient in corporate and asset financing, SPV establishment, restructuring, and labour law.

Practice head(s):

Catarina Levy Osório

Other key lawyers:

Irina Neves Ferreira; Helena Prata; Bruno Xavier de Pina


‘The team was very skilled and extremely well-articulated, with years of experience from other backgrounds and a friendly approach.’

‘Responsive and accurate information and guidance provided.’

Work highlights


Renowned for its strength in foreign investment, AVM often handles energy and natural resources matters in the oil and gas sector. The practice, which is also noted for its banking and finance capabilities is a key contact for multinational corporations, investment banks, both local and international financial institutions, and government agencies. Founding partner António Vicente Marques leads the firm and is adept at handling an array of energy projects, with his comprehensive expertise also extending to tax issues, litigation, and arbitration matters.



Practice head(s):

António Vicente Marques

Work highlights

Dentons LEAD

A key port of call for public sector entities, Dentons LEAD‘s broad caseload encompasses corporate and M&A, litigation, alternative dispute resolution, as well as employment matters. Managing partner António Caxito Marques leads the firm’s litigation and arbitration practice, while Djamila Pinto de Andrade and Raquel Lourenço jointly steer the corporate, M&A, and private investment departments. Emanuela Vunge often handles tax law, public law, competition, energy, and natural resources matters, and João Manuel Lourenço is well-versed in employment litigation.

Practice head(s):

António Caxito Marques; Djamila Pinto de Andrade; Emanuela Vunge; João Manuel Lourenço; Raquel Lourenço


‘All of the partners are well-known for their expertise in the local market and are also involved in institutional fora, such as the Angolan Bar Association.’

‘Djamila Pinto de Andrade stands out for her knowledge, expertise and recognition, and for always being available and enthusiastic about new challenges.’

‘Emanuela Vunge handles public and tax law, and always has a sensible view of questions. She doesn’t give up until the matters are sorted out successfully.’

‘António Caxito Marques is one of the most prestigious litigators and also a pleasant colleague, he is fierce in the representation of the client’s interests, but always polite and with high ethics standards.’

‘João Manuel Lourenço is an expert in criminal and labour law and is a workhorse, devoting his time to the firm and its clients with everyday renewed energy.’

Key clients

Sonangol Group

Ministério das Finanças de Angola


Somoil – Sociedade Petrolífera Angolana S.A.

Standard Charterd Bank

Azule Energy

Fresenius Medical Services


Banco Económico


Hemera Capital Partners

Paratus Angola

Ramos Ferreira Engenharia

Work highlights

  • Assisting HSBC Bank on a term loan facility agreement for upgrading, modernizing, and improving access to the potable water distribution network of Luanda province, in Angola.
  • Representing Petrofund before the regulator Capital Markets Commission for both the application for authorisation to create the first ever Venture Capital Company in Angola.
  • Assisting Banco Económico on the enforcement of several unpaid loan agreements against defaulting borrowers.

FTL Advogados

A key contact for national and multinational technology, telecoms, oil and gas, construction, and private security sector clients, FTL Advogados’ broad caseload encompasses corporate and M&A, employment, commercial, real estate, and public procurement matters. Filipa Tavares De Lima, the firm’s managing partner, is qualified in both Angola and Portugal, and is praised as 'proactive and is on top of all issues.'

Practice head(s):

Filipa Tavares de Lima


‘FTL, and especially Filipa Tavares de Lima, are the most creative, fair, attentive, and caring lawyers I have worked with in my 20 years in Angola. I truly mean each word.’

‘Any FTL team member I worked with delivered as expected.’

‘Filipa Tavares de Lima is proactive and is on top of all issues. We are very happy with the timings and quality of the answers given.’

Key clients

ZTE Corporation

Jembas Assistência Técnica

Air France


JICA – Japan International Cooperation Agency

YBE / Crown Energy



Greentech – Angola Environment Technology

Sumitomo Corporation


Appy People

Work highlights

  • Advised Greentech on the negotiation of the concession agreement and power purchase agreement for the Quilemba Solar power plant.
  • Advised Multiparques throughout the tender procedures to operate logistic bases in Angola.

ASP Advogados

ASP Advogados specialises in the oil and gas, mining, agriculture, banking, and telecommunications sectors, and is led by António Sousa Penelas. Sousa Penelas has notable expertise in corporate, commercial and labour matters across the energy, mining, and shipping sectors. José Miguel Oliveira is experienced in corporate, M&A, energy, and transportation, notably in restructuring assignments.

Practice head(s):

António Sousa Penelas

Other key lawyers:

José Miguel Oliveira

Key clients


KT – Kinetics Technology, SPA

Trafigura Group Pte Ltd. and Puma Energy (Angola)


Odebrecht Angola

ANGOFLEX Industrial Lda.

Halliburton Overseas Limited

Work highlights

LBR Advogados

LBR Advogados, in association with CMS Portugal, offers comprehensive legal support to Angolan and global companies who are active across the energy, oil and gas, insurance, and TMT sectors. The practice is jointly led by Luis Borba Rodrigues and Silvino Domingos, Borba Rodrigues specialises in energy matters and assists international clients in foreign investments, including establishing joint ventures and companies. Domingos concentrates on the insurance sector, with additional proficiency in corporate law, intellectual property, tax, and compliance.

Practice head(s):

Luís Borba Rodrigues; Silvino Domingos

Work highlights

PLMJ Colab Angola - RVA Advogados

A key contact for clients in the banking, finance, energy, and TMT sectors, PLMJ Colab Angola - RVA Advogados is knowledgeable of commercial law. Renata Valenti leads the Luanda branch and handles corporate, M&A, employment, real estate, and regulatory law matters, while Emmanuel da Silva is proficient in corporate, commercial, and employment law. Barros Gaspar Simão specialises in employment and civil litigation.

Practice head(s):

Renata Valenti

Other key lawyers:

Emmanuel da Silva; Barros Gaspar Simão


‘The PLMJ/RVA TMT team is very experienced and has solid knowledge in the Angolan telecommunications sector.’

‘Strengths include geographical presence, immediate response, deep knowledge and experience in market concepts and themes.’

‘They designate a project manager to manage the objectives set, establish specific monitoring rules, define the challenge schedule, communicate with the project audience and analyse performance.

‘They invite the audience to participate in the project, segment the plan as desired, and tailor submitted ideas to emphasize what’s crucial. This approach enables the team to formulate tasks and allocate resources, ensuring the effective implementation of ideas both at the project level and within the organizational structure of the firm.’

Key clients

Galp Energia

Recherche Exploitation Produits (REP)

Afentra PLC

OLEA Insurance Solutions Africa

Be Water




Sociedade Mineira do Kaixepa

Angola LNG

Samsung Electronics

SUEZ Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Galp Energia on the sale of the group’s (i) 9% non-operated stake in Block 14, (ii) 4.5% non-operated stake in Block 14K and (iii) 5% non-operated stake in Block 32.
  • Advising Afentra PLC on the acquisition of four non-operated stakes from: Sonangol P&P and INA d.d.
  • Assisting Be Water in the Angolan province of Lunda Norte to rehabilitate a water supply chain.