Manuela António

Manuela António is our exclusively recommended Capital Markets Law expert in Macau on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Manuela directly using the contact details listed above.

Highly regarded for her consistent legal knowledge as well as pragmatic approach, Manuela has been involved in the major legal challenges that have been taking place in Macau, such as the public tender for the gaming concessions in 2002 and the listing abroad of several companies with subsidiaries operating in Macau.

Having a comprehensive insight of the law in Macau, Manuela is also particularly praised for her legal knowledge on Real Estate and Construction, Banking & Finance and Public and Administrative Law. She is also a very able litigator and supervises directly all cases related to dispute resolution, being often commended for her practical and balanced solutions.

More than benefiting from Manuela’s legal skills, clients also tend to compliment her business savvy and unique perspective of the Region and its culture. In fact, her experience in Macau dates back to 1982, after being invited to act as legal advisor at the Macau Finance Department and later as Chief of the Taxation and Excise Services of Macau. Around that time she was also appointed Magistrate of the Tax Enforcement Court and member of the Supervisory Board of the Monetary Institute of Macau by the Macau Government.

Before that, besides practicing as lawyer and acting as arbitrator in several arbitrations, Manuela’s experience is centred at the Ministry of Finance of Portugal, as legal advisor, assistant, and later chief of staff for the Minister. She also represented the Portuguese Government in several international negotiations for external financing arrangements for the public sector. Manuela also gained exposure to the private sector by being appointed member of the Supervisory Board of TAP Air Portugal and legal consultant of major Portuguese jointly-owned companies, such as the largest highway concessionaire in Portugal and banks. She was also Assistant Professor at the University of Lisbon.

Firm Overview:

Large enough to handle complex cases, yet being able to maintain a close personal relationship with its clients, the firm is well suited to provide legal services of any kind as well as to represent both local and foreign individuals and corporations.

A large portion of our clients are companies based in other jurisdictions. We work on a day-to-day basis with companies and individuals based in the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, the U.S.A., Great Britain, Australia, Japan, South Korea and Singapore, among many others.

Our goal is to provide legal services of the highest quality in a timely and efficient manner, always keeping in mind the actual needs of our clients. The firm is known for adopting an efficient and pragmatic approach, in order to give a technically accurate and swift response to its clients.

Julia Herold

Julia Herold is our exclusively recommended Arbitration expert in Macau on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Julia directly using the contact details listed above.

Founded in 2007, DSL has grown consistently to become one of the top Macau reference law firms, acknowledged for professional excellence and problem solving in a practical and efficient manner.

As a full service law firm, DSL clientele spreads through all industries, chiefly real estate, construction, infrastructures, energy, banking, finance, insurance, high end retail, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and gaming, originating mostly from Hong Kong, Macau, United States, China, Australia, Japan and Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Brazil.

DSL is the Macau exclusive member of World Services Group and of the Portuguese speaking countries partnership lead by PLMJ, a top leading Portuguese law firm, reflecting DSL’s wide exposure to tier international firms.

Practice areas include: Banking, Finance, Intellectual Property, Construction, Infrastructure, Gaming, Hospitality, Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions, Real Estate, Litigation, Arbitration, Employment, Tax, Telecommunication, IT, Media and China Investment Desk.

DSL Lawyers has been featured in The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners directories.

Arbitration is the most formal alternative to litigation. In this process, the disputing parties present their case to a neutral third party, who renders a decision. Arbitration is widely used to resolve disputes in both the private and public sector.

Dr. Jorge A. F. Godinho

Jorge Godinho is our exclusively recommended Gaming Law expert in Macau on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Jorge directly using the contact details listed above.

Jorge is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the master’s program in International Business Law, Faculty of Law, University of Macau. He first arrived in Macau in 1991. He holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence with a thesis on patrimonial strategies of crime control (financing of terrorism, money laundering, confiscation, asset freezing, and detection mechanisms) and a master’s in Law from the University of Macau, with a thesis on the crime of money laundering.

He is a law graduate of the University of Lisbon (1989). Previously, he was a lawyer (currently non-practicing), was in government, and is now an Associate Professor at the University of Macau. Current academic interests include gaming law (casino games of chance), civil and commercial law, and criminal law. Jorge has published a number of books and academic publications in Portuguese, English, and French. He translated the Macau Commercial Code into English.

He has been published by publishing houses and in journals based in Macau, Portugal, Hong Kong, Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Jorge has spoken at conferences in Macau, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, Lake Tahoe, Maputo, Taipei, Barcelona, Nouméa, and Brussels. He speaks Portuguese, English, Spanish, French, and Italian.