Samuel Fernandes de Almeida > VdA > Lisbon, Portugal > Lawyer Profile

Rua Dom Luis I, 28
1200-151 Lisboa
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Samuel Fernandes de Almeida joined VdA in 2015. Partner of the Tax practice. Samuel has an extensive experience in tax litigation, representing a significant number of domestic and foreign companies before judicial, arbitral tribunals, the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Samuel is a tax arbitrator at the Administrative Arbitration Centre since the entry into operation of the CAAD.
Samuel has also advised relevant Portuguese and international business groups in terms of restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, tax audits, transfer pricing, securities and real estate funds, and tax issues related to regulated industries, such as telecommunications and insurance.
Alongside, Samuel has broad experience in tax consulting and international tax planning, particularly in Angola, Mozambique and Cape Verde, having actively advised Oil & Gas sector companies, particularly on LNG projects, submission foreign investment projects, multijurisdictional tax structuring investments, elimination of double taxation and structuring remuneration packages for expatriates.
Samuel has also been a tax lecturer in several tax courses and conferences.


English, French, Spanish


Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association.


Law degree University of Lisbon Faculty of Law.
Post-graduation in Tax by Instituto Superior de Gestão (1999/2000).

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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 > Tax

The sizeable tax team at VdA provides advice on the tax aspects of cross-border transactions in a wide range of sectors, particularly energy, finance, real estate, infrastructure, healthcare and life sciences. Tiago Marreiros Moreira is the practice head and focuses on international tax structuring of major transactions and investments in Portugal and other Portuguese speaking countries. The key name for tax litigation is Joaquim Pedro Lampreia, while Samuel Fernandes de Almeida and Matthieu Le Roux have expertise in tax in African jurisdictions. In 2019 the team integrated a group of accountancy and tax financial consultants to expand the scope of its services. Francisco Cabral Matos and Conceição Gamito are notable non-partner contacts.

Mozambique > Foreign law firms

Portuguese-based VdA works in tandem with local firm GdA Advogados to serve a range of clients across the key industries in Mozambique, including oil and gas, energy, banking, real estate and infrastructure. Its Mozambique offering is spearheaded by a trio of lawyers: João Afonso Fialho has experience in oil and gas projects across Portuguese and French-speaking Africa; Teresa Empis Falcão specialises in national and international project finance and capital markets; and Tiago Marreiros Moreira is a key contact for tax and corporate advisory matters. Samuel Fernandes de Almeida and Vanda Cascão are also active members of the team, as is José Miguel Oliveira, who was promoted to partner in 2021.