One of the jurisdiction’s leading law firms, C & C Advogados was founded in 1996. The full-service practice acts for both individuals and corporate clients, while particularly standing out for its expertise in litigation, corporate law, IP and notary matters. Other areas of notable strength are energy law, banking and finance, gaming, healthcare and insurance, along with TMT, real estate, hospitality and transportation. Among several highly respected lawyers, key partners to note include Zhao Lu, who heads the IP practice, which covers prosecution and litigation matters involving patents, trade marks and copyright; Nuno Sardinha da Mata, who, in addition to leading the firm’s corporate department, is a banking and finance and insurance law specialist; and Álvaro Rodrigues, who leads the sizeable litigation team.
Leading firms in Macau
Founded in 2007, full-service law firm DSL Lawyers acts for clients from a range of industries, predominantly real estate, construction, aviation, infrastructure and energy. It also fields specialists in banking and finance, insurance, high-end retail, pharmaceuticals, telecoms and gaming. Of note, the firm is the exclusive Macau member of World Services Group, a multidisciplinary professional services network of independent law, accounting and investment banking firms. Property and IP head Carlos Simões mostly acts for developers and international funds that have projects in Macau; and David Silva Lopes' broad practice includes heading the firm's corporate, M&A and tax practices. Also at partner level, pre-litigation and dispute resolution expert Julia Herold leads the litigation and arbitration practice, while banking and finance leader Rita Martins is a project finance and corporate finance specialist.
JNV – Lawyers and Notaries
One of the largest firms in Macau, the long-established JNV – Lawyers and Notaries fields an experienced team of multilingual lawyers and private notaries. The practice consistently acts on a broad range of corporate work, including joint ventures, disposals and corporate restructuring, as well as general commercial and corporate governance, acquisitions, mergers, infrastructure projects, outsourcing contracts, private equity investments and the establishment of new businesses. Clients additionally benefit from a wide range of international expertise in multiple jurisdictions through the firm's membership of the Miranda Alliance, an international association of law firms. Office founder Jorge Neto Valente's current practice is particularly focused on civil and corporate law, banking and insurance, real estate, arbitration and gaming law; Pedro Branco is a banking, corporate and gaming law, litigation and conveyancing expert; and Luís Filipe Oliveira has significant litigation and insurance-related experience.
Manuela António - Lawyers and Notaries is 'responsible, willing to answer clients' enquiries, and accommodates clients' needs within budget'. The firm has an established reputation for banking and finance and aviation-related work, along with its expertise in the gaming, financial services and real estate sectors. Recent work includes a range of finance and refinancing matters for aviation, shipping and engineering companies, among others; and the practice has substantial general business law experience, including company incorporation and domiciling services, and labour issues. The firm also enjoys a significant geographic alliance, through its joint venture with Portugal-headquartered SRS Advogados. Founding partner Manuela António's broad practice includes banking and finance, real estate and litigation, while Regina Ng is experienced in dispute resolution, real estate, construction and family law. Growth within the firm includes dispute resolution specialist Hugo Ribeiro Couto being made senior partner, and Hugo Maia Bandeira's elevation to partner. Bernardete Fan, Daniel da Silva e Melo and Tiago Assunção are the senior associates to note.
‘The team is responsible, willing to answer clients’ enquiries and accommodates clients’ needs within budget.‘
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited – Hong Kong
Citibank, N.A., (Hong Kong) Branch
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Macau) Limited
Melco Resorts Macau Limited
Aruze Gaming Limited
Crown Melbourne Limited
KSHG – Real Estate Investments, LDA
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Golden Crown Development
Transportes Urbanos de Macau
- Assisted Citibank (Hong Kong Branch) with the financing for a transaction that involved Sundart Engineering Services (Macau).
- Assisted an international bank with guaranteeing a financial lease that involved a chemicals tanker.
- Assisted an international bank with the financing of a jewellery manufacturing company.
MdME's client portfolio includes some of Macau's largest corporations from the gaming, banking, insurance, real estate and energy sectors, as well as TMT, pharmaceuticals, retail and construction clients. Managing partner Rui Pinto Proença and 'standout' IP leader João Encarnação are recommended, as are José Leitão, who heads the construction and infrastructure, regulatory and compliance, and banking and finance practices; litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution head, Francisco Leitão; and retail sector specialist Tiago Vilhena. Tirso Olazabal heads the firm's recently opened representative Hong Kong office, which marked the first Hong Kong branch to be opened by a Macau law firm. Further growth in 2020 included the recruitment of business law expert Rui Filipe Oliveira, and employment and immigration law specialist Helena Kok, from Riquito Advogados and Galaxy Entertainment Group, respectively. At senior associate level, Fátima Dermawan is a dispute resolution expert, while Carlos Eduardo Coelho is experienced in corporate matters.
‘João Encarnação is a standout IP leader.‘
Bank of China Limited, Macau Branch
The Ministry of Finance of the People’s Republic of China
MMC Treasury Holdings (UK) Limited
Emperor International Holdings Limited
- Acted for Bank of China (Macau Branch) on its issuance of bonds.
- Acted for The Ministry of Finance of the People’s Republic of China, as issuer, on the first-ever issuance of sovereign bonds in Macau.
- Acted for Bank of China (Macau Branch) on its guaranteeing of Amipeace’s senior unsecured notes.
Rato, Ling, Lei & Cortés - Advogados
Rato, Ling, Lei & Cortés - Advogados 'has deep knowledge of the legal framework in both Macau and Portugal, as well as the cultural differences that require mediating in order to achieve the required results'. The firm fields a team of both Chinese and Portuguese partners, who advise both foreign investors that have operations in Macau (including international gaming sector operators) and the local subsidiaries of foreign companies. The broad practice covers the acquisition and sale of businesses, M&A, divestments and syndicated loans. Frederico Rato stands out for his involvement in major lending, financing and acquisition transactions, as well as Hong Kong Stock Exchange listings; Pedro Cortés is additionally qualified to work as a lawyer in East Timor; and Chang San Chi is an expert in criminal, civil, commercial and administrative law, and real estate and arbitration. Paula Ling and Lei Wun Kong are also experienced partners, while Helena Nazaré Valente and Óscar Alberto Madureira are the senior associates to note.
‘The team has deep knowledge of the legal framework in both Macau and Portugal, as well as the cultural differences that require mediating in order to achieve the required results.‘
‘It has the availability and capacity to find solutions and resolve conflicts.‘
‘A very professional and informative team that always puts clients’ interests first.‘
‘The team not only gives professional advice, but also cares about the wellbeing of its clients.‘
Forward Fashion (International) Holdings Limited
Huarchi Global Group Holdings Limited
Bank of China Hong Kong
Sport Lisboa e Benfica
Yangtze Capital Management Limited
Portugália Restauração, S.A.
The Bank of New York Mellon
BNU – Banco Nacional Ultramarino
Wynn Macau Limited
Alibaba Fliggy Buy
KNJ Holdings Limited
Kirin Brewery (Zhuhai) Co., Ltd.
Analogue Holdings Ltd.
Tai Hing Group Holdings Limited
Mi Ming Mart Holdings Limited
- Acted, as Macau counsel, on an IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, which also involved a corporate reorganisation.
- Advised, as Macau counsel, on an IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
- Acted for Huarchi Global Holdings, as Macau legal adviser, on a successful listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Practicing in both Macau and Portugal, Riquito Advogados 'has extensive legal expertise, as well as in-depth knowledge of clients' companies, which means it comes up with the right legal advice'. The full-service law firm has a significant track record in corporate and contract law, M&A, real estate, IP, gaming, foreign investment, civil and commercial litigation, aviation, and labour law. Its client base includes both overseas companies investing in Macau, as well as Macau companies that invest overseas. Founder and managing partner, João Nuno Riquito, regularly advises national and international companies on major projects and transactions, including cross-border operations; he is also often retained as a Macau law expert in foreign arbitrations and court cases. Providing notable support at the senior associate level is Bruno Almeida, whose broad practice includes advising national and international companies on major real estate projects and transactions, and infrastructure-related public procurement procedures. Former partner Rui Filipe Oliveira left for MdME in late 2019.
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‘The team has extensive legal expertise, as well as in-depth knowledge of clients’ companies, which means it comes up with the right legal advice. It is also very responsive.‘
‘João Nuno Riquito and senior associate Bruno Almeida are both excellent lawyers, who have both legal expertise and commercial sense.‘
‘João Nuno Riquito is well known for his understanding of both Macau and international law. He also has a unique memory, which complements his litigation skills.‘
‘Bruno Almeida is good at explaining issues and gets the job done swiftly – a very competent lawyer.‘
- Advised on a dividend distribution to different equity holders, which was part of an overall restructuring of a holding company.
- Assisting with the renegotiation and possible extension of the concession of a gaming franchise in Portugal.
- Advising a real estate group holding on various transactions, which related to the sale and development of land plots in Portugal.