Rúben Brigolas > PLMJ > Lisbon, Portugal > Lawyer Profile

Av. Fontes Pereira de Melo, 43
1050-119 Lisboa
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Work Department

Angola Desk


Managing associate


Rúben is a managing associate who works at the firm’s Angola Desk. He has over 10 years’ experience in the Angolan jurisdiction in M&A transactions, structuring joint ventures, financing, projects and investments, commercial contracts, regulatory and employment.
Rúben has advised international groups in relation to projects and transactions in Angola and has provided ongoing advice to Portuguese and international companies operating in this country. His regular legal work focuses on sectors such as oil and gas, mining, finance and retail. Rúben also works regularly with promoters, finance providers/syndicates and banking and non-banking financial institutions.
He has an LL.M. in international business law from King’s College London and completed a postgraduate course in environmental law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon.
Rúben is a member of the AIPN – Association of International Petroleum Negotiators and writes regularly for Angolan newspapers on a variety of topics.


Portuguese and English


American Arbitration Association. ICDR Young & International
Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)
Portuguese Bar Association


Law degree from the University of Lisbon, 2006
Postgraduate in environmental law from the University of Lisbon, 2007
LL.M – International Business Law, King’s College London, 2010
Course on International Oil & Gas Law, Contracts and Negotiations, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and Institute for Energy Law of the Center for American and International Law, Houston, 2013

Lawyer Rankings

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.