Firm Profile > MdME > Macau , Macau


Leading firms Tier 1

MdME is 'street ahead of other lawyers in Macau' and it 'operates in true international legal standards'. The team 'carries itself well in great elegance coupled with its fast response to queries and helps which earns the confidence of clients and the market'. Its clients spans a broad range of sectors which it advises on banking and insurance, corporate and commercial, real estate and construction and contentious matters. Managing partner Rui Pinto Proença is particularly recommended for private equity transactions and for representing gaming sector clients in the region; João Encarnação advises on both contentions and transactional IP matters; José Leitão and Francisco Leitão are recommended for real estate and construction, and disputes respectively; and the new partner Rui Filipe Oliveira  who recently joined from Riquito Advogados focuses on corporate transactions and commercial disputes. The firm established an office in Hong Kong in 2018.

Next Generation Partners


The team always responds promptly to inquiries‘.

It is a pleasant firm to deal with and has brought a new standard of professionalism to the Macau legal profession‘.

The team is energetic and capable in most commercial sectors in particular the financial and corporate services area‘.

‘Tirso Olazabal is a highly professional lawyer who has a unique ability to guide the client through complex situations in an easy-to-understand manner‘.

MdME Lawyers is a leading Macau full service law firm, with a strong reputation in Asia for providing high-quality and innovative legal insight to its clients.

Since its foundation in 2006, MdME Lawyers has been involved in most of the key projects, transactions and investments that have reshaped the local economic landscape over the past decade.

With offices in Macau and Hong Kong, our team of 25+ fee-earners represent some of the largest corporations investing and operating in Macau, in such diverse sectors as banking, insurance, finance, gaming, real estate, energy, construction, infrastructure, retail and telecom.

MdME Lawyers is a member of Morais Leitão Legal Circle, an international alliance of law firms created by Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados, with associated offices in Portugal, Angola and Mozambique.

We are also part of Lex Mundi, the leading worldwide network of independent law firms, as their exclusive Macau member firm.

Other offices: Hong Kong
Associated offices: Portugal, Angola, Mozambique

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner; Head of Corporate | M&A, Gaming and Insurance Rui Pinto Proença +853 2833 3332
Partner; Head of Construction & Infrastructures, Data Privacy, Regulatory & Compliance; Co-head of Banking & Finance José Leitão +853 2833 3332
Partner; Head of Finance and Real Estate; Co-head of Banking & Finance Tirso Olazabal +853 2833 3332
Partner; Head of Litigation, Arbitration & Dispute Resolution Francisco Leitão +853 2833 3332
Partner; Private Notary; Head of Intellectual Property João Encarnação +853 2833 3332
Partner; Head of Corporate Services, Employment and Retail Tiago Vilhena +853 2833 3332
Partner Rui Filipe Oliveira +853 2833 3332
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr João Benazra Faria  photo Mr João Benazra Faria
Ms Fátima Dermawan  photo Ms Fátima Dermawan
Mr Carlos Eduardo Coelho  photo Mr Carlos Eduardo Coelho
Mr João Encarnação  photo Mr João Encarnação
Mr José Espírito Santo Leitão  photo Mr José Espírito Santo Leitão
Mr Rui Filipe Oliveira  photo Mr Rui Filipe Oliveira
Mr Francisco Leitão  photo Mr Francisco Leitão
Mr Tirso Olazabal  photo Mr Tirso Olazabal
Mr Rui Pinto Proença  photo Mr Rui Pinto Proença
Mr Duarte Santana Lopes  photo Mr Duarte Santana Lopes
Mr Tiago Vilhena  photo Mr Tiago Vilhena
Partners : 7
Fee-earners : 25+
Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin)
Morais Leitão Legal Circle
Lex Mundi
Employment Law Alliance (ELA)