Teresa Empis Falcão > VdA > Lisbon, Portugal > Lawyer Profile

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

Infrastructure & Mobility




Teresa Empis Falcão rejoined VdA in 2014. Partner of the Infrastructure & Mobility practice. Teresa has led countless banking and project financing operations, in Portugal as in other jurisdictions, within the infrastructure, transport and energy sectors, notably in lusophone African countries. Teresa is also responsible for the coordination of the Mozambican practice.


English, Spanish


Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association, to the Law Society of England and Wales, as solicitor, and to the Brazilian Bar Association.


Law Degree, Portuguese Catholic University, Faculty of Law, Lisbon.
Post-graduate Degree in Communication Law, Legal Institute of Communication, Coimbra University, Faculty of Law, Coimbra.
LL.M in Banking and Finance Law, London School of Economics and Political Science, London.

Lawyer Rankings

Portugal > Projects and project finance

(Leading individuals)

Teresa Empis FalcãoVdA

Combining regulatory expertise with commercial strategic advice, VdA offers legal support to domestic and international clients in relation to large-scale project finance and development in the energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors. Through the VdA Legal Partners network, the team is particularly well placed to handle cross-border matters, with a special emphasis on Portuguese- and French-speaking countries in Africa. Besides registering increased demand in refinancing and M&A in the energy sector, the team has also recently been active in renegotiations of PPP-like deals in the infrastructure and transport sectors. Manuel Protásio, who specialises in project finance in the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors, coordinates the team, which also features energy and natural resources department head Ana Luís de Sousa, and João Afonso Fialho, who chairs the oil and gas group. Paulo de Barros Baptista leads on project development matters pertaining to the infrastructure and road sectors, while Teresa Empis Falcão excels in the financing and development of energy projects. Another key contact for energy projects is Vanda Cascão, who is also active in cross-border investments and financings.

Portugal > Transport

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.

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.