Leading firms in Macau
DSL Lawyers advises on acquisitions, real estate and gaming matters. Carlos Simões is recommended for IP and real estate matters, and David Silva Lopes handles financing and capital markets transactions.
JNV – Lawyers and Notaries
JNV – Lawyers and Notaries is a key name to note in the market, representing gaming sector clients in a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, including IP, tax and litigation. Jorge Neto Valente advises on corporate, real estate and gaming transactions and handles disputes, and Pedro Branco is active in capital markets, M&A and financing transactions.
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Firm founder Jorge Neto Valente is ‘a senior statesman‘.
Manuela António - Lawyers and Notaries advises a large number of major players in the market, including local and foreign individuals and corporations in the gaming, infrastructure development and financial services sectors. The team recently handled a steady flow of financing transactions. Founding partner Manuela António is a highly recognised lawyer and private notary in Macau, and is particularly recommended for financing, real estate and commercial litigation matters, and Hugo Ribeiro Couto is experienced in advising clients on disputes related to corporate and real estate issues. The 'very responsive' Hugo Maia Bandeira is also a name to note.
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‘The team has excellent knowledge on Macau law‘.
‘Hugo Maia Bandeira provides excellent service by acting almost immediately to client’s specific concerns, provides updates and important timelines, and produces results in line with the companies objectives‘.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Golden Crown Development
Transportes Urbanos de Macau
Aruze Gaming America
China Construction Bank
- Advised Studio City Finance on a refinancing of project enterprise bonds.
MdME is 'street ahead of other lawyers in Macau' and it 'operates in true international legal standards'. The team 'carries itself well in great elegance coupled with its fast response to queries and helps which earns the confidence of clients and the market'. Its clients spans a broad range of sectors which it advises on banking and insurance, corporate and commercial, real estate and construction and contentious matters. Managing partner Rui Pinto Proença is particularly recommended for private equity transactions and for representing gaming sector clients in the region; João Encarnação advises on both contentions and transactional IP matters; José Leitão and Francisco Leitão are recommended for real estate and construction, and disputes respectively; and the new partner Rui Filipe Oliveira who recently joined from Riquito Advogados focuses on corporate transactions and commercial disputes. The firm established an office in Hong Kong in 2018.
‘The team always responds promptly to inquiries‘.
‘It is a pleasant firm to deal with and has brought a new standard of professionalism to the Macau legal profession‘.
‘The team is energetic and capable in most commercial sectors in particular the financial and corporate services area‘.
‘Tirso Olazabal is a highly professional lawyer who has a unique ability to guide the client through complex situations in an easy-to-understand manner‘.
- Advised a gaming operator in restructuring of its marketing and business model in the region.
- Represented a manufacturing company in appealing Macau IP office’s decision to refuse registration of a well-known trademark.
Rato, Ling, Lei & Cortés - Advogados
Rato, Ling, Lei & Cortés - Advogados 'delivers work in a prompt and timely fashion'. The team is regularly instructed on multi-jurisdictional mandates which it advises on the Macau-aspects, and it also handles domestic transactions and contentious matters. The 'flexible and responsive' Pedro Cortés advised WAC Holdings and KOS International Holdings on the Macau-aspects of their listings on the Growth Enterprise Market of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, and acted for GCA Macau in its licensing application for a gaming manufacturer with the Macau Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau. Frederico Rato is recommended for real estate deals, litigation and arbitration. Senior associate Helena Nazaré Valente is also recommended.
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Clients particularly praise its ‘flexible and responsive‘ approach.
‘Delivers excellent service in a prompt and timely fashion‘.
Shell Hong Kong
Macau Gaming Consultants
WAC Holdings Limited
Legislative Assembly of Macau
Empresa Hoteleira de Macau
Chong Hing Bank
Bank of China Singapore Branch
- Acted as Macau legal adviser on the successful listing of Koufu Group in the Singapore Exchange’s main board.
- Assisting Banco BIC Macau with its bank license application with the Macau Monetary Authority.
- Advised Amazon on the regulatory aspects of its investment in Macau.
Riquito Advogados advises both overseas companies and Macau companies in domestic, inbound and outbound transactions. The team is singled out for its strong patent litigation involving gaming companies. João Nuno Riquito is 'an extraordinary lawyer who has deep knowledge not only of Macau law, but also of Portuguese and Hong Kong law'. Senior associate Bruno Almeida is 'young, driven and extremely intelligent with an incredible sensitivity for business law'. The team lost Rui Filipe Oliveira who joined MdME in January 2020.
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‘João Nuno Riquito has exceptional capability to identify problems and legal risks, as well as to propose or create uncommon solutions‘.
‘Apart from being a unique team of skilled lawyers, it also has a unique touch and sensibility for corporate law‘.
- Assisted an international gaming supplier with the opposition to a patent for a blackjack e-table system.
- Defending a gaming sector client in a patent infringement proceeding relating the import and sale of certain products in Macau.
- Advised a Macau company in the setup of a partnership with a French listed company for the development of a multi-purpose unit in Lisbon.