Vitor Marques da Cruz

Vitor Marques da Cruz is the founding partner of the Portuguese law firm MC&A, specialized in international business advisory, with a special focus in Lusophone markets. He has extensive experience in business Law, including large-scale M&A and corporate transactions and is specialized in Financial and Banking Law. He focuses his practice in advising government departments and international companies in Portugal, Angola and Mozambique, being referred to in several Handbooks and Global Law guides as one of the top Portuguese business lawyers working in the African market.

He graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon in 1982, where he was also an Assistant of Public Financial Law. He holds a post-graduate degree in European Law from the Faculty of Law of the Portuguese Catholic University. Vítor Marques da Cruz is a regular speaker at events on investment in the African market, having participated in numerous international conferences and seminars to raise awareness about business specificities and opportunities in countries such as Angola, Mozambique, Guinea, Cape Verde, Sao Tome and Principe, among others. He also collaborates with several international law guides, through articles published on the legal systems and investment conditions of these markets. His main areas of intervention include legal advisory in the sectors of banking, construction, real estate and energy.

Professional Associations:

– Member of the Portuguese Bar Association.
– Member of the APA (Portuguese Association of Arbitration).

Education:

– Post-graduation in European Law by the School of Law of the Portuguese Catholic University (1983).
– Law degree by the School of Law of the University of Lisbon (1982).

Team – Angola:

Established in Luanda in 2011, in partnership with MC&A, MVA was created based on years of experience of its founding partner Mauro Mota Veiga, and with the know-how and support of MC&A’s team.

Currently, MVA an Angolan law firm with international recognition and wide experience in legal advice for towards investment operations in Angola.

MVA offers a wide range of legal services in several areas of law, with particular focus on the Banking, Energy, Corporate, M&A, Labor and Tax sectors.

Fátima Freitas

Fátima Freitas is the Managing Partner of the Firm.

After obtaining her law degree she has been providing legal and tax advice to various national and international companies doing business in Angola in the areas of mining, oil and gas, banking, construction, insurance, etc. She has acted as a consultant to The World Bank and other international organisations.

She is a member of the Angolan tax experts association.

Fatima is a regular contributor to several newspapers, reviews and other publications.

Education:

– Graduate of the Agostinho Neto University Law School

Areas of Practice:

– Oil & Gas
– Corporate
– Mining

Languages:

– English
– Portuguese

About Us:

We are a full-service Angolan law office. We have offices in the major business and commercial centres of Angola: Luanda (2 offices), Cabinda and Lobito.

Over the past two decades we have built a reputation not only as the pre-eminent law office in the market but also as the most internationally-oriented. Each of our lawyers is fluent in English and collectively we are regarded as leaders in all the major legal and industry sectors.

Our clients include many of the country’s largest international investors and we have played a lead role in each of the most significant projects undertaken in Angola. We have particular expertise in the energy, oil and gas sectors and in which regard we advise the major operators and subcontractors.

Regardless of your industry, our primary goal is however to provide an exceptional legal service, on a cost-effective and responsible basis, and in accordance with the highest ethical standards of the legal profession.

Our business is to make a success of your business.

Luís Filipe Carvalho

Luis Filipe Carvalho is the managing partner of ADCA Advogados.

“Technically excellent and strong in negotiations.” ~ Chambers and Partners

Academic Qualifications:

– Lisbon University School of Law, Law Degree, 1990

Professional Qualifications:

– Lawyer admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association
– Admitted to the Angolan Bar Association
– Member of the Criminal Forum Direction – Association of Criminal Lawyers, 2012-2014
– Member of the Leonino Council, Sporting Clube de Portugal, 2011-2013
– Vice President of the Sporting Clube de Portugal Foundation, 2011-2013
– CJLP – Community of Portuguese language Lawyers – Founding Member, 2010
– Member of the Board of ASSOFT – Portuguese Software Association, 2007-2012
– Member of the General Council of the Portuguese Bar Association, 2005-2007
– Member of the Lisbon Council of the Bar Association, 2002-2004
– Permanent Representative in UALP – Union of Lawyers of Portuguese Language, 2005-2007

Professional Experience:

– Partner of DLA Piper ABBC
– Lecturer in ESA
– Lecturer of Post Graduation Courses in ISLA, 2006-2012
– Regular speaker in Post Graduation Courses in Real Estate at the Lisbon Faculty of Law, University of Lisbon, 2004-2007
– Assistant Professor at the Lisbon University Law Faculty, 1990-1997
– Lecturer of Post Graduation Course in Court of Auditors, 1994
– Participated as Portuguese Bar Association representative regarding revision of legislation regarding Real Estate Leases in September of 2004 (in XV Government) and in May and July of 2005 (XVI Government)

Languages:

– Portuguese
– English
– Spanish

About Us:

ADCA is a law firm based in Angola with strong links across the globe, ensuring we are well-positioned to respond to the most sophisticated client needs. We work closely with our clients and pride ourselves on a deep understanding of their business, allowing us to work together in partnership with them.

ADCA is a member of DLA Piper Africa, whose members are comprised of independent African law firms which work in conjunction with DLA Piper, one of the world’s largest law firms.

We provide legal services across a wide range of specialist fields in which we have gathered experience, with a focus on deal-making and corporate advisory services. We tailor our legal practice to the changing face and vitality of the Angolan economy and to our clients international standing and aspirations. Everything we do reflects our complete dedication and strict compliance with professional standards.

ADCA works closely with DLA Piper ABBC in Portugal, allowing us to respond effectively to the growing importance of the Angolan market for foreign corporations and investors.