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Angola > Local firms Tier 1

AVM is especially focused on assisting multinational companies with inbound investment matters, advising on tax structures, regulatory compliance, cross-border financing transactions and forex licensing. The firm is prominent in the oil and gas, energy and natural resources sectors, where it is often sought after to advise on concessions, privatisations, large infrastructure projects and supply agreements. Banking and finance is another key pillar of the group, which is geared to handle syndicated lending and project financing for domestic and international financial institutions, as well as government entities. Founding and managing partner António Vicente Marques is a key contact for energy projects, general corporate matters and tax issues. Splitting her time between Lisbon and Luanda, Sandra Teixeira da Silva excels in litigation and arbitration, employment and immigration matters and capital markets. Another key practitioner in the group is senior associate Hélder Fernandes Carrazedo.

Practice head(s):

António Vicente Marques

Other key lawyers:

Sandra Teixeira Silva; Hélder Fernandes Carrazedo

Key clients

Afreximbank (African Export – Import Bank)

Algoa Cabinda Fabrication Services – Serviços Petrolíferos Lda

Services ALGOA International Angola, Anstalt

CEGELEC GROUP entities (Group Vinci Energies)

Cegelec Oil & Gas Services, Limitada

Cegelec Angola SA

Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch

Citigroup Global Markets Limited

Distell Angola, Limitada

Mundo Startel, Telecomunicações, SA

Olympia Rig Angola, Lda

SNC-Lavalin Angola

Ponticelli Angola

Vida Fresh – Comércio Geral e Prestaçao de Serviços

Blue Line Investment Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted Afreximbank, a trade finance bank, with a senior financing arrangement for the acquisition of Angola Block 14 shares by Somoil Block 14 BV from Total Energies and Inpex.
  • Acted for Deutsche Bank and Citigroup Global on various matters, including a global medium-term note programme (GMTN) for the issuance of public debt under the form of Eurobonds.
  • Advised Olympia Rig Angola on employment and social security issues and its institutional relations with the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, the Ministry of Employment and the Angola Maritime Port Institute.

The firm: AVM Advogados was founded by António Vicente Marques in 2003. The firm originally began assisting clients as a full-service law firm operating through its various offices in Africa and Europe with an integrated team. Today, AVM has expanded and become one of the most modern and internationally respected law offices operating in Angola, Portugal and Mozambique. The firm delivers corporate and business services to international and local clients in all of these Portuguese speaking countries. AVM Advogados is a full-service law firm with market-leading strengths in the energy, financial services, real estate, immigration and technology sectors.

Areas of practice
Corporate and commercial: AVM offers clients specialised advice on all aspects of corporate and commercial transactions frequently with a cross-border perspective. Further, its corporate lawyers are involved in several industry sectors including technology, media and telecoms, energy, mining, chemicals, retail and transport. AVM provides to its corporate clients advice in areas including corporate restructuring (including involvement in detailed due diligence processes), company law, corporate governance and other legal and regulatory requirements. Thus, the corporate practice has particular experience in company and group holding incorporation, management buyouts, takeovers, security issues, shareholders agreements, joint venture agreements, outsourcing and all related corporate and tax aspects.

Foreign investment: AVM is experienced in advising all types of investors in respect of the structuring, global planning and implementation of foreign investment projects in markets in which it has offices, in order to minimise the impact of the legal and regulatory requirements applicable in different jurisdictions, optimising resources and related costs and building solid compliance programmes. AVM also offers its clients expert advice on all aspects related to international trade and customs. Its international trade team has experience in a wide number of areas connected with international business transactions and litigation.

Oil and gas: AVM has represented governments’ sponsors and investors in complex projects including privatisation of oil and gas enterprises, the construction of cross-border pipelines, and the negotiation of gas and oil production agreements. Its lawyers have considerable experience regarding all aspects of oil and gas matters/projects, from production, processing, refining, trading, storage, transmission, and distribution to the point of sale. Its team has experience in advising on compliance, including explaining what in practical terms is required to comply with the existing legislative framework, including environment law.

Banking and finance: AVM banking and finance practice specialises in the areas of syndicated lending and leveraged and acquisition finance, asset finance, project finance, financial regulatory, insolvency and restructuring, debt capital markets, equity capital markets, structured debt and structured finance. It also provides legal services to leading investment banks, insurance companies, other financial institutions, private entities and government agencies. AVM lawyers have broad experience in working on all banking and finance matters, such as loan agreements, drafting related security documents, real estate contracts, private equity contracts, and structuring joint-venture vehicles.

Construction and infrastructure: AVM offers clients specialist advice on all aspects of construction and infrastructure projects. In particular, AVM has advised several construction companies and consortiums on the development and construction of the most significant infrastructure projects. AVM also has experience in advising on procurement strategy and contract structures as well as handling the negotiation and drafting of construction contracts, professional appointments, development/funding agreements and related documentation.

Telecommunications: AVM lawyers have participated in projects over several areas, such as: national and international investment transactions in the area of telecommunications; consortium agreements for collective licensing; legal structuring of telecommunications companies in the various countries where AVM is based.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking, finance and insurance
Construction and infrastructure
Litigation and arbitration
International commercial contracts
Energy and natural resources
Public and customs
Real estate and planning
Insolvency and restructuring
Foreign investment
Employment and immigration
Capital markets
Intellectual property
Data protection
Health and pharmaceutical industry
Number of lawyers : 28
at this office : 8
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