Over the last few years all of Portugal’s largest firms have been focusing on diversifying their practices into the lusophone countries of Africa, principally Angola and Mozambique but also other developing jurisdictions.
The pioneer was Miranda Correia Amendoeira & Associados, whose Miranda Alliance now spans 11 African jurisdictions and is widely seen as one of the most successful in the market. But earlier this year Miranda’s chairman Rui Amendoeira announced he was leaving the firm with five other partners.
Amendoeira and his colleagues, along with a large team of associates, have now resurfaced at rival Vieira de Almeida (VdA). Although VdA has a similar alliance model to Miranda’s it is less-developed and managing partner João Vieira de Almeida thinks the hires are pushing the firm’s international strategy along some five years.
The Miranda team also bring significant experience in oil and gas, something which VdA lacked, making the firm more competitive as Portugal’s lawyers continue to target African work.
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