José Miguel Oliveira > VdA > Lisbon, Portugal > Lawyer Profile

Rua Dom Luis I, 28
1200-151 Lisboa
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Work Department

Oil & Gas




José Miguel Oliveira joined VdA in 2015. He is Partner of the Oil&Gas practice, where he applies over 10 years of international experience in African jurisdictions, notably in Angola and Mozambique, to offer tailored advice in such diverse areas as regulatory, corporate & commercial, M&A, FDI (Foreign Direct Investment), forex, and shipping & maritime. In addition, he has been actively involved in several transactions in those jurisdictions, advising all industry players in sectors running the gamut from energy, infrastructures, distribution/wholesale, retail services and transportation (shipping and ports).


English, French


Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association.

Admitted to the Angolan Bar Association.

Admitted to the Timor-Leste Bar Association.


Law degree, University of Coimbra Faculty of Law.

Post-graduation in Companies Law, University of Coimbra Faculty of Law.

Post-graduation in Employment Law, University of Coimbra Faculty of Law.

LL.M in Commercial and Financial Law, King’s College London Faculty of Law.

Lawyer Rankings

Portugal > Transport

(Rising stars)

José Miguel OliveiraVdA

Forming part of the infrastructure and mobility department, VdA‘s cross-practice transport offering combines expertise across the firm’s banking and finance, energy, competition, IT and public law partners. Focusing on project development and financing, regulatory issues, PPP and disputes, the team operates in the road, rail, air, urban transport and shipping sectors. Paulo de Barros Baptista heads up the team and maintains a strong sponsor-side practice. Rodrigo Esteves de Oliveira, José Miguel Oliveira and Teresa Empis Falcão also support the practice.

Portugal > Energy and natural resources

Praised by clients for its ‘strong knowledge of the energy and natural resources sector‘, VdA is seen with great regularity acting for heavyweights in these sectors throughout all stages of investment, development, finance, construction, restructuring of projects and M&A deals. The firm is a popular destination for oil and gas companies, who seek assistance with regulatory matters, transactions, projects and contractual issues. João Afonso Fialho leads on these type of mandates, receiving key support from José Miguel OliveiraAna Luís De Sousa steers the energy and natural resources team in an array of domestic and cross-border projects and regulatory issues involving hydro, wind and solar energy. She has extensive experience in the energy sector, covering project finance, development, M&A and regulatory matters in Portugal and abroad. Vanda Cascão is a name to note for sustainable investments and financings in Portugal and Portuguese-speaking African countries; Manuel Protásio is another key contact for project finance. In early 2022, the firm hired former Minister for Agriculture Assunção Cristas to head its new environment practice and its ESG platform.

Mozambique > Foreign law firms

João Afonso Fialho, Teresa Empis Falcão and Tiago Marreiros Moreira jointly lead VdA‘s Mozambique practice. In collaboration with GdA Advogados, the team focuses heavily on the energy, real estate, and banking and finance sectors. Fialho is an international oil and gas expert, with extensive upstream and downstream project experience from inception to completion. Falcão is also a project finance expert and has a strong capital markets practice. Moreira is a name to note for tax matters, while José Miguel Oliveira has an active oil and gas-focused practice. Guilherme Daniel is another key contact.