Inês Pinto da Costa > PLMJ > Lisbon, Portugal > Lawyer Profile

Av. Fontes Pereira de Melo, 43
1050-119 Lisboa
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Inês is a partner in the Corporate M&A and Private Equity practices, but she also works in projects and infrastructures. She has almost 20 years’ experience in project finance, M&A and private equity operations.
Her work includes projects in the areas of infrastructure, energy, PPPs, and the development of projects for industrial plants in Portugal and in Portuguese-speaking African countries.
Inês also has extensive experience in international corporate/M&A operations and in advising some of Portugal’s most important private equity firms.
In recent years, she has been very active in the Angolan market, dealing not only with questions of financing, but also in construction contracts and private investment.
Inês completed postgraduate courses in securities law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon and in international trade law at the same faculty. She also has an executive master’s in management for lawyers from Universidade Católica Portuguesa.


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Law degree from Universidade Católica Portuguesa of Lisbon, 2000
Postgraduate in Securities Law, the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon, 2001
Postgraduate in International Commercial Law, the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon, 2003
Executive Master’s in Management for Lawyers at Universidade Católica Portuguesa / the Portuguese Bar Association, 2010

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Portugal > Projects and project finance

(Next Generation Partners)

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Major transport infrastructure projects, both in Portugal and abroad, are a key strength of Inês Pinto da Costa‘s projects team at PLMJ. The practice handles project development, financing and related M&A on many of the country’s major railway and motorway projects, as well as the construction of airports and harbours. Recent instructions have also come from the energy and shipping industries, and the firm’s international coverage has been demonstrated by work covering China and Lusophone African jurisdictions, with practice head Pinto da Costa particularly active in the Angolan market in recent years. Diogo Perestrelo is an experienced projects lawyer, Diogo Duarte Campos is the name to note for construction law and Gonçalo dos Reis Martins has experience on the finance side. João Marques Mendes joined in July 2020.

Portugal > Energy and natural resources

PLMJ offers support to major Portuguese and international companies on the full spectrum of energy and natural resources law. Clients not only seek advice in relation to regulatory issues and significant M&A transactions, but also engage the team in relation to energy infrastructure projects (covering upstream and downstream activities) and litigation. With broad capabilities across mining, oil and gas and renewable energy, the practitioners combine local and cross-border expertise and are proficient in energy and natural resources mandates involving African jurisdictions, notably Angola and Mozambique. Inês Pinto da Costa regularly handles cross-border matters in the areas of energy and PPP projects. The team was recently strengthened with the arrival of João Marques Mendes, who has in-depth knowledge of the renewable energy sector in Portugal.

Angola > Foreign firms

PLMJ‘s Angola desk focuses on foreign investment and has a diverse client base, which expanded further in 2019 with additional clients in the steel, agriculture, LNG and telecoms industries. Inês Pinto da Costa has experience in the infrastructure sector and Ruben Brigolas, promoted to managing associate in January 2020, is active in Angola-related matters, specialising in energy and mineral resources. BCSA – Advogados is the firm’s local partner. Bruno Xavier de Pina left the firm in May 2021.