Rui Andrade > VdA > Lisbon, Portugal > Lawyer Profile

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

Labour, Litigation & Arbitration


Partner and Head of Practice of Labour 


Rui Andrade joined VdA in 2015. Partner and Head of Practice of Labour. Rui has an extensive experience coordinating matters of litigation, arbitration and labour in Angola, Mozambique, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, São Tomé and Príncipe, Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde, representing and advising the most relevant national and international companies, including oil industry corporations.




Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association.
Admitted to the Timor-Leste Bar Association (Conselho de Gestão e Disciplina).
Member of the Portuguese Litigation Lawyers Circle.
Member of the Portuguese Arbitration Association.


Law Degree University of Lisbon Faculty of Law.
Post-graduation in Droit Communautaire de la Consommation – Faculté de Droit de l’Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium).

Lawyer Rankings

Angola > Foreign firms

A diverse client base that includes multinationals in a range of sectors instructs VdA on matters in Angola. Day-to-day regulatory advice to oil companies is a standout specialism of the team, which is also strong on mining, agriculture and banking. João Afonso Fialho heads the oil and gas practice group as well as focusing on mining and shipping and Paulo Trindade Costa leads on M&A, restructurings and corporate finance matters. Rui Andrade in labour law and Samuel Fernandes de Almeida in tax have also both been involved in recent highlights in the jurisdiction. In recent developments, José Miguel Oliveira was promoted to partner in 2021. Ângela Viana is a name to note at the non-partner level.

Portugal > Employment

Showcasing strength across restructuring and collective bargaining issues, VdA‘s labour practice stands out for its international experience. This focus on cross-border employment mandates stems from chairman Rui Andrade‘s strong knowledge of African jurisdictions. In addition, the team acts for an ever-expanding Portuguese client roster, comprising names from an array of sectors such as insurance, transport, energy, tourism and automotive. Américo Oliveira Fragoso and Tiago Cochofel de Azevedo are seasoned in restructuring processes involving large numbers of employees, which is also a focal point for Tiago Piló.