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MdME Lawyers

Work Department

Capital Markets, Corporate | M&A, Gaming & Wagering, Insurance




Rui serves as Managing Partner of MdME Lawyers and is the head of the firm’s Corporate and M&A practice. 

Rui specializes in Mergers & Acquisitions, with a focus on highly regulated sectors. He often acts on private equity transactions, having a significant track record across a range of different industries. Rui also advises clients on a broad range of corporate and M&A matters, including corporate restructurings, debt issuance and strategic advice at a board level. He often advises issuers and underwriters in relation to listings of Macau interests with overseas capital markets. 

Rui also focuses on the gaming sector, where he regularly acts for gaming companies in Macau and across the Asia-Pacific region. He also assists governments in emerging markets developing their gaming policies and regulatory frameworks.

Rui is the global chair of the “Lex Mundi Gaming Solution”, a network of law firms covering over 25 gaming jurisdictions around the world and a member of the Board of Trustees of the “International Association of Gaming Advisors”.


Portuguese, English


Portuguese Bar Association (admitted in 2008).
Macau Lawyers Association (admitted in 2008).
Angola Bar Association (admitted in 2018).


Law degree (Coimbra Faculty of Law, 2005)

Lawyer Rankings

Macau > Leading firms

(Leading individuals)

Rui Pinto Proença MdME

MdME Lawyers‘ sizeable team is capable of advising prominent clients on a broad range of corporate and commercial matters, and is also highly active in dispute resolution. Gaming companies form a significant segment of the firm’s client base, and it advises them on matters ranging from insurance to financings. Financial services are another area of focus, including handling note issuings as well as compliance. The practice acts for major multinationals and provides advice on regulatory and compliance issues associated with entering the Macau market. The firm utilises its offices in Macau, Hong Kong and Lisbon to advise on cross-border matters. Managing partner Rui Pinto Proença leads the firm’s M&A and gaming teams, and is noted for his work in regulated sectors. Francisco Leitão specialises in dispute resolution and litigation, and José Leitão has a broad practice encompassing tendering for projects and regulatory issues, especially in the financial sector. Elsewhere, Tirso Olazabal leads the firm’s Hong Kong office and is highly active in financings, while senior associate Carlos Eduardo Coelho  handles M&A transactions and listings on the HK stock exchange.