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 > Energy and natural resources

Notable for its ‘highly competent lawyers and broad experience’, VdA is a port of call for large oil and gas, mining and energy companies as well as major financial institutions. In addition to its strong track record in M&A, joint ventures, project finance, refinancings and bond issuances, the group also excels in regulatory matters, concession issues, bidding procedures and project development. A particular area of strength for the practice is cross-border deals, especially those with ties to African countries such as Angola, Cabo Verde, Mozambique and Timor-Leste. Ana Luís de Sousa focuses on greenfield projects, acquisition financing and project finance transactions. She oversees the department alongside João Afonso Fialho, whose practice covers construction and procurement contracts, mining projects and cross-border deals. Vanda Cascão is sought after for her extensive experience handling projects in the energy, water and sewage and infrastructure sectors. Other key names include financing expert Manuel Protásio and José Miguel Oliveira, who is noted for oil and gas matters.

Portugal > Transport

(Next Generation Partners)

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At VdA, the transport team is a part of the firm’s wider infrastructure and mobility department and features multidisciplinary expertise across banking and finance, public law, competition law, IT and energy. Prominent in financings, PPPs, public tenders and disputes in the shipping, aviation, rail and road segments, the practice is led by Paulo de Barros Baptista, who is a go-to adviser for transport infrastructure companies. Other key lawyers in the team include public law expert Catarina Pinto Correia​; Pedro Simões Coelho, who leads on finance and lease operations; and José Miguel Oliveira, who is seasoned in regulatory matters.

Angola > Foreign firms

(Next Generation Partners)

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VdA is recognised for its significant experience and know-how in handling matters in Angola’. The group often advises on high-profile transactions across key sectors of the economy, with a focus on oil and gas, mining, energy, telecoms and banking. João Afonso Fialho heads the oil and gas practice and is recommended for projects in Portuguese-speaking countries and Francophone Africa. José Miguel Oliveira covers corporate and M&A as well as shipping and energy matters. Paulo Trindade Costa is frequently retained to handle M&A, restructurings and corporate finance transactions, while Hugo Moredo Santos is a key practitioner in the banking and finance team, often acting for financial intermediaries, issuers and investors. Another key name is Magda Cocco, who leads the information, communication and tech practice.

Angola > Local firms

Led by António Penelas, ASP Advogados is often engaged in transactions across key areas of the Angolan economy, including mining, oil and gas, banking, energy and construction. Notable for his experience advising on corporate, commercial and labour law matters, Penelas is a key practitioner in the litigation and arbitration team. José Miguel Oliveira is recommended for regulatory law, foreign investment and shipping matters, with a focus on the Angolan, Mozambique and Portuguese markets. Other key names are senior associate Marcelo Mendes and consultants Ângela Viana and Joana Pacheco. On the international front, the firm is the exclusive member of VdA Legal Partners in Angola.

Mozambique > Foreign law firms

VdA‘s ‘very experienced’ Mozambique group is noted for its wealth of experience in the oil and gas, energy, banking and construction sectors, where it handles a broad spectrum of tax, finance, licensing and corporate matters. Teresa Empis Falcão, who draws on more than 25 years of experience advising on project finance, acquisitions and structured finance transactions, leads the practice alongside José Miguel Oliveira, who is often engaged in transactions in Angola, Mozambique and Portugal and is a key contact for oil and gas, energy and transportation clients. E-commerce, data protection and privacy matters are areas of expertise for Magda Cocco. Oil and gas expert João Afonso Fialho is another key practitioner. Samuel Fernandes de Almeida left the firm in November 2023.