Mr Francisco Leitão > MdME Lawyers > Macau, Macau > Lawyer Profile

MdME Lawyers

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Litigation, Arbitration & Dispute Resolution




With a strong focus on dispute resolution, civil and criminal litigation. Francisco is the head of the Litigation, Arbitration & Dispute Resolution practice at MdME Lawyers, having joined the firm following several years practising law.

Francisco is one of the most active litigation lawyers in the Macau jurisdiction. He has assisted and represented several local and international companies and individuals in their Macau-based disputes, including corporate and property litigation, high-profile commercial and construction disputes, bankruptcy proceedings and mass labour litigation, as well as in infraction proceedings, before the Macau regulators in a number of areas.

Francisco’s experience in recent years includes acting for clients such as a public transportation concessionaire in voluntary bankruptcy proceedings, a leading financial services provider in civil claims related to securities investment, several international engineering and construction companies in contractual disputes and arbitration proceedings against local gaming and hospitality operators, a multinational security company in mass labour litigation, and several overseas gaming operators in their Macau-based debt recovery proceedings in Macau.

He has also acted in many of the highest-profile cases in the Macau Courts in recent years, in such diverse roles as criminal defence, attorney against charges of corruption of public officials, racketeering or drug trafficking, or counsel for international real estate developers in administrative appeals and civil claims against the Macau Government in connection with nullified or reclaimed land concessions.

Francisco is also frequently requested to take part as Macau counsel in multi-jurisdiction teams handling complex cross-border litigation. In that capacity, he has partnered with other leading litigation practitioners from all over the world to assist clients in international arbitrations, judicial disputes based in offshore jurisdictions, discovery proceedings and confirmation of foreign judgments.


Portuguese, English, Spanish and French.


Portuguese Bar Association (admitted in 2004).
Macau Lawyers Association (admitted in 2012).


Law degree (University of Lisbon School of Law).

Lawyer Rankings

Macau > Leading firms

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.