Firm Profile > MdME > Macau, Macau


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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.


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‘.

Since its establishment in 2006, MdME Lawyers has put its particular brand of excellence, responsiveness and innovation at the service of major local and international Clients, assisting them in some of the largest and most complex transactions, financings and disputes in Macau.

The Firm has since expanded its footprint to include presences in Hong Kong and Lisbon. This presence in key markets, together with our membership of the Lex Mundi Network, allows us to extend our reach globally.

With its team of professionals qualified to practice in multiple jurisdictions, and positioned at the heart of key initiatives of the People’s Republic of China such as the Greater Bay Area, One Belt, One Road and the Chinese investment in Portuguese-speaking countries, MdME Lawyers is uniquely poised to take a relevant role in assisting Clients in the context of both their inbound and outbound investments.

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 José Leitão +853 2833 3332
Partner; Head of Finance and Real Estate, Capital Markets Tirso Olazábal +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; Private Notary Rui Filipe Oliveira +853 2833 3332
Partner; Head of Employment and Immigration Helena Kok +853 2833 3332
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Fátima Dermawan  photo Ms Fátima Dermawan Senior Associate
Mr Carlos Eduardo Coelho  photo Mr Carlos Eduardo Coelho Senior Associate; Private Notary
Mr João Encarnação  photo Mr João Encarnação Partner; Private Notary
Mr José Espírito Santo Leitão  photo Mr José Espírito Santo Leitão Partner
Mr Rui Filipe Oliveira  photo Mr Rui Filipe Oliveira Partner; Private Notary
 Helena Kok  photo Helena Kok Partner
Mr Francisco Leitão  photo Mr Francisco Leitão Partner
Mr Tirso Olazabal  photo Mr Tirso Olazabal Partner; Head of MdME’s foreign law firm in Hong Kong
Mr Rui Pinto Proença  photo Mr Rui Pinto Proença Partner
Mr Tiago Vilhena  photo Mr Tiago Vilhena Partner
Partners : 8
Fee-earners : 25
Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin)
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