VdA is an independent Portuguese law firm with 350 plus staff and a strong experience in various industries, such as Aerospace, Distribution, Economy of the Sea, Energy, Finance, Real Estate, Industry, Infrastructure, Healthcare Sector, Public Sector, Professional Services, Information Technology, Emerging Technologies, Telecoms, Third Sector, Transports and Tourism.

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With over 40 years in the making, Vieira de Almeida (VdA) is an international leading law firm, notable for cutting-edge innovation and top-quality legal advice. A profound business know-how coupled with a highly specialised cross-sector legal practice enable the firm to effectively meet the increasingly complex challenges faced by clients, notably in the following sectors: aerospace, distribution, economy of the sea, green economy, energy, finance, real estate, industry, infrastructure, healthcare, public, professional services, information technology, emerging technologies, telecoms, third sector, transport and tourism.

VdA offers robust solutions based on consistent standards of excellence, ethics and professionalism. The recognition of VdA as a leading provider of legal services is shared with our team and clients and is frequently acknowledged by the major law publications, professional organisations and research institutions. VdA has consistently and consecutively received the industry’s most prestigious awards and nominations.

Through VdA Legal Partners clients have access to a team of lawyers across 12 jurisdictions, ensuring wide sectoral coverage, including all African members of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP), and several francophone African countries, as well as Timor-Leste.

Angola – Cabo Verde – Chad – Congo – Democratic Republic of the Congo – Equatorial Guinea –  Gabon –  Guinea-Bissau – Mozambique – Portugal – Sao Tome and Principe – Timor-Leste

João VIeira de AlmeidaPortugal

João Vieira de Almeida Managing Partner. João joined Vieira de Almeida & Associados in 1985 and is currently the managing partner of the firm and a partner in the M&A, Corporate Finance practice  In such capacity he has been involved in several transactions in Portugal and abroad, particularly in Brazil, with a focus on the structuring and negotiation of joint ventures and acquisitions in various industries. Has advised on a number of private equity transactions.
In addition to corporate work, devotes part of his time to project finance work, having been involved in many of the most significant deals in Portugal, with an emphasis on road projects, an issue on which he is a regular speaker.

Lisbon: More than 210 lawyers work at our headquarters in Lisbon, teaming up with all of VdA’s team around the country and with our international partners. lisboa@vda.pt

Porto: In Porto we join together VdA’s lawyers’ local know-how with the rest of VdA’s expertise providing a seamless service wherever we are. porto@vda.pt


João Afonso Fialho Partner. João joined Vieira de Almeida & Associados (“VdA”) in 2015. Is one of the partners of Projects – Infrastructures, Energy & Natural Resources practice group and member of the Oil&Gas practice group. In the last 20 years he has been involved in all sort of oil & gas projects and transactions in various jurisdictions, such as Timor-Leste, Angola, Portugal, Mozambique, Republic of Congo, DRC, Guinea Bissau and São Tomé and Príncipe. He is mainly focused on the energy (oil & gas upstream/downstream and power projects) and mining industries.
Frequent speaker in international oil & gas upstream and downstream events, he has a detailed and comprehensive understanding of all typical projects and transactions of the industry, from production sharing agreements, participating agreements, JOAs, operating agreements, field unitisation agreements, the full range of service contracts, FPSO contracts, pipeline transportation agreements, storage, gathering and interconnection agreements, engineering, construction and procurement agreements, and other documents, to distribution and sale and purchase agreements. In particular as concerns the oil & gas sector, he has been involved in the abovementioned jurisdictions on behalf of both operators and a wide-range of drilling and oilfield service companies.


At VdA, we rely on lawyers with vast Angolan experience, who have lead the most high-profile operations and projects of the last decades, particularly in the Oil&Gas, Mining, Banking&Finance and Telecommunications sectors.

Our local partner, Angola Counsel, is comprised of lawyers who enjoy high local recognition, are deeply familiarized with both the Angolan market and local practice, and are able to deliver the most pragmatic solutions.

Cape Verde

Paulo TrindadePaulo Trindade Costa Partner. Paulo joined Vieira de Almeida & Associados in August 2015. He is an M&A and corporate finance partner, area of practice where he has been actively involved in several transactions, in Portugal and in overseas markets, particularly in Portuguese-speaking African countries, namely in mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and corporate finance transactions. He has advised several clients in sectors such as telecommunications, industry, retail, real estate, energy, banking and construction.


At VdA, our lawyers have assisted with diversified projects and operations in Cabo Verde, particularly in the Telecommunications, Banking & Finance and Tourism sectors, further standing out for their extensive work in legislative production as part of the great legal reforms undertaken in recent years.

Our local partner, CWV, is the first Cabo Verdean law firm.  Enjoying local and international recognition, CWV couples a strong knowledge of the market and local culture with best international practice.



Matthieu Le RouxMatthieu Le Roux Partner. Matthieu joined Vieira de Almeida & Associados in 2015. Currently is partner of the Oil&Gas Practice.
He has an in-depth understanding of the complex legal, regulatory and practical challenges facing the oil industry in several Francophone African countries, including Cameroon, Gabon, the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo. For close to 15 years, his practice is focused on tax and legal services to the oil industry in Francophone Africa.


At VdA we have a team of French-speaking lawyers who have supported major investors in Congo-B, particularly in the Oil&Gas sector and in connection with tax matters.

We work with an association of two local partners in this jurisdiction, who enjoy high local recognition:

  • Sutter & Pearce, a law firm based in Pointe-Noire, particularly known and distinguished for its expertise in Oil& gas and Tax; and
  • Cabinet Mathias Esserek, recognized for its ample experience in litigation and representation in court.


Democratic Republic of Congo

Matthieu Le Roux Partner


At VdA, we rely on lawyers highly experienced in the DRC, notably in the mining and oil&gas sectors, tax, environment and corporate law.   We also have significant experience in the public works sector (direct negotiations, and road and railroad concessions).


Matthieu Le Roux Partner


At VdA we have a team of French-speaking lawyers who have supported major investors in Gabon, particularly in the Oil&Gas and Mining sectors and in connection with litigation.

Our local partner, Cabinet JOB, is a reference law firm in the Gabonese market, enjoying local and international recognition, with a solid team capable of providing the best possible local support.



Fernando Resina da SilvaFernando Resina da Silva Partner. Fernando returned to Vieira de Almeida & Associados in 2001. Currently he is one of the partners in charge of the Telecommunications, Media & Technology (TMT) practice group. In such capacity he has been involved in several transactions, in Portugal and abroad, mainly focused on information technologies, electronic communications, outsourcing, cloud computing, emerging technologies, intellectual property, advertising and media issues namely outsourcing transactions (ITO and BPO) in the banking sector.
He has also been developing his activity in the fields of Intellectual Property, Corporate and Commercial Law.


VdA lawyers have assisted a number of clients in Guinea-Bissau, particularly in the Infrastructure, Telecommunications, Banking&Finance and Distribution Sectors.

Our local partner, TSK Legal, is the largest law firm in Guinea-Bissau with highly-reputed partners and an in-depth knowledge of the local situation.


Guinea Equatorial

Rui Andrade Partner. Rui joined Vieira de Almeida & Associados in 2015. He is partner of Litigation & Arbitration practice. Has an extensive experience coordinating matters of litigation, arbitration and labour in Angola, Mozambique, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, São Tomé and Príncipe, Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde, representing and advising the most relevant national and international companies, including oil industry corporations.


At VdA, we rely on lawyers with an in-depth knowledge of the Equato-Guinean market, who have assisted major investors in-country, chiefly in the Oil&Gas sector and with litigation.

Our local partner, T&E, is a leading law firm in Equatorial Guinea, boasting highly-reputed lawyers fully familiarized with the Equato-Guinean market across such diverse sectors as infrastructure, transport, Banking&Finance, national and international arbitration and energy.



Teresa Empis FalcãoTeresa Empis Falcão Partner. Teresa rejoined Vieira de Almeida & Associados, in May 2014. Currently is partner of the Projects – Infrastructure, Energy & Natural Resources practice group.


At VdA, we rely on diversified experience in Mozambique, notably in the energy and natural resources, infrastructure, Banking&Finance and telecommunications sectors.

Our local partner, Guilherme Daniel, is a Mozambican law firm with a young, dynamic and highly reputed team, offering a practical take on complex issues.


Sao Tome and Principe

Raul Mota CerveiraRaul Mota Cerveira Partner


VdA, we rely on lawyers with vast experience in Sao Tome and Principe who have consistently supported major international investors in recent years, notably in the Oil&Gas, Banking&Finance and Tourism sectors.

Our local partner, SoLima, is a highly reputed law firm with a young, dynamic team with in-depth knowledge of the local situation, offering specialized, close and practical assistance to our clients.


Rui Amendoeira Partner


At VdA, our lawyers have assisted several projects and clients in Timor-Leste, particularly in the Telecommunications, Banking&Finance and Oil&Gas sectors, further standing out for their extensive work in legislative production as part of the legal reforms undertaken in the most recent years.



Av. Duarte Pacheco, 26

1070-110 Lisboa


Telephone: (+351) 21 311 3400

Fax: (+351) 21 311 3406

E-mail: lisboa@vda.pt


Av. da Boavista 3433 – 8º piso

4100-138 Porto


Telephone: (+351) 22 616 5400

Fax: (+351) 22 610 7951

E-mail: porto@vda.pt


Timor Leste

Timor Plaza

Rua Presidente Nicolau Lobato

Unidade 433

Comoro, Dili


Telephone: (+670) 3311418

Fax: (+670) 3311317

E-mail: timorleste@vdalegalpartners.com


VdA Legal Partners


Angola | angola@vdalegalpartners.com

Cape Vert |caboverde@vdalegalpartners.com

Congo | congo@vdalegalpartners.com

Democratic Republic of the Congo | drc@vdalegalpartners.com

Equatorial Guinea | equatorialguinea@vdalegalpartners.com

Gabon | gabon@vdalegalpartners.com

Guinea-Bissau | guineabissau@vdalegalpartners.com

Mozambique | mozambique@vdalegalpartners.com

Sao Tome and Principe | stp@vdalegalpartners.com