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Dentons LEAD
Edifício Dália Plaza, Avenida de Portugal, 31-35, 2º Andar

Angola > Local firms Tier 1

Dentons LEAD's ‘strong local background’ paired with the partners’ 'extensive international experience’ allows it to provide a full-service commercial offering for both domestic and foreign clients. 2021 saw the team building its finance and corporate practice, particularly in the telecoms and mining sectors, and in tandem, its arbitration practice. Djamila Pinto de Andrade heads the corporate, M&A and banking practice; Emanuela Vunge leads the tax, public law, compliance and competition practices. António Caxito is in charge of the litigation and arbitration practice, with Itweva Nogueira leading the energy and natural resource areas. Raquel Lourenço heads up the real estate practice, whilst João Manuel Lourenço is a key figure in the employment department.

Practice head(s):

Djamila Pinto de Andrade; Emanuela Vunge; Itweva Nogueira; Raquel Lourenço; António Caxito; João Manuel Lourenço


‘DENTONS LEAD´s partners are young, innovative, but also experienced. They have a very strong local background along with an extensive international practice, not only working with foreign clients but also with worldwide recognised top tier international firms with whom they relate as peers. The team benefited a lot also from their incorporation with DENTONS as this really strengthened their international approach. DENTONS LEAD has a remarkable team covering all relevant areas of Angolan business law. They are reliable, proactive, fast and business oriented.’

‘As stand out-partners, one has to distinguish Djamila Pinto de Andrade, managing partner and a renowned corporate, m&a and finance attorney. She is also one of the best local lawyers dealing with foreign investment. Tax partner Emanuela Vunge and litigation partners António Caxito Marques and João Manuel Lourenço are beyond any doubt the go to attorneys in these fields of law. They are not only excellent praticioners but they also stand in client’s shoes to assess their needs and provide them with fast, clear and effective responses.’

‘My experience with Itweva Nogueira has been outstanding. She is an exceptional lawyer who gives practical advice and is very client friendly.’

‘Itweva Nogueira is very bright and knows the market well. Her advice is commercial and she is a good strategic thinker.’

‘The team is motivated and tireless, they are always available with a strong sense of commitment and dedication.’

They are 100% available to overcome problems and propose creative solutions for problem solving.’

‘Individuals that are dedicated, committed, respectable, engaged, trustworthy and reliable. Djamila Pinto de Andrade and Raquel Mateus are some of those individuals.’

Key clients


Hemera Capital Partners

Fresenius Medical Care

Standard Chartered Bank



Elevo Engenharia


HBA Offshore

BP Exploration (Angola) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Antin Infrastrucure Partner as local counsel, on legal matters related to the acquisition of Miya water and the related Angolan affiliate of Miya Water – Vista Water.
  • Assisting Standard Chartered Bank in respect of a €149,720,169.92 term loan facility agreement relating to the financing and completion of the Burns Hospital in the Republic of Angola.
  • Assisting ODDO BHF Aktiengesellschaft in respect of two Hermes Covered Facility Agreements relating to the construction/equipping of two general hospitals.

Dentons LEAD (formerly Lead Advogados) is a full-service law firm, based in Angola, with a strong international focus. Already considered among the strongest players in the Angolan market, Dentons LEAD assists top clients from all over the world.

Less than four years after the firm was created, its unique approach in the Angolan Legal market led the firm to join Dentons, in this way sharing the vision of creating a truly pan-African law firm.

A deep knowledge of the Angolan legal market, its specificities and challenges, enabled the firm to assist its clients in an efficient, cost-effective and responsible manner.

Dentons LEAD prides ourselves on providing clients with both global reach and local expertise. The team advises clients in a wide range of legal areas, including corporate and M&A, finance, litigation and alternative dispute resolution, employment, natural resources, tax and public law.

More recently, while strengthening its Finance and Corporate practice, it has developed relevant experience in the telecommunications and mining sectors. The firm’s Arbitration practice has been in increasing demand, with its lawyers involved as either lawyers or as arbitrators.

The firm’s team are trusted advisors to international companies, the Angolan government and parastatals. Clients benefit from its excellent relationships and regular interaction with all stakeholders in the economy, including industry participants, industry bodies, the labour movement and regulators. Dentons LEAD partners and senior lawyers are currently involved in the legislative drafting of impactful laws and regulations, and are opinion makers in their respective fields of expertise.

Main industry sectors: Financial Institutions, Energy and Natural Resources, Construction, Government, Infrastructure and PPP, Mining, Technology, Manufacturing (Food & Beverage and consumer products), Public Sector, Media, Real Estate and Retail.


Managing Partner António Caxito
Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Investment Djamila Pinto de
Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Investment Raquel Lourenç
Banking & Finance Djamila Pinto de
Tax Law Emanuela
Litigation & Arbitration António Caxito
Employment Law João Manuel Lourenç
Real Estate Raquel Lourenç
Public Law, Competition & Law-Making Emanuela
Energy & Natural Ressources Itweva
António Caxito Marques  photo António Caxito Marques António is Dentons LEAD’s managing partner and one of the Founding Partners…
João Manuel Lourenço  photo João Manuel Lourenço João is a partner at Dentons LEAD and heads the Employment and…
Raquel Lourenço  photo Raquel Lourenço Partner, Co-heads the Corporate and M&A Practice area.Heads the Real Estate Practice Area
Itweva Nogueira  photo Itweva Nogueira Itweva joined the firm in January 2021 as a Partner. Itweva has…
Djamila Pinto de Andrade photo Djamila Pinto de AndradeDjamila heads the Corporate, M&A and Private investment practice. She also has…
Emanuela Vunge  photo Emanuela Vunge Emanuela is one of the Founding Partners of Dentons LEAD and heads…
Partners : 6
Lawyers : 14
IBA (International Bar Association)
Interlaw (the only Israeli representative)