Celina Ling Lee (李湘漪)

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

Celina worked as a staff of the Notary Office, assisting in drafting all types of notarised documents and accompany the registration procedures on real estate transactions, financing and mortgages, alterations of company’s shareholding and articles of association; and completed the trainee-ship of Lawyer in August 2014. She is a registered lawyer in Macau and Legal Adviser for various public institutions and  private companies in Macao SAR, especially involving in aviation, medicine, telecommunications, real-estate development, finance, innovative technology and other industries.

Celina Ling Lee speaks fluent Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Portuguese and English.

Firm Overview:

Rato, Ling, Lei & Cortés – Advogados (Lektou) is a Macau SAR based law firm with more than 30 years’ experience of legal practice in Macau. Services regularly provided by the firm include issuing legal opinions and advising on Macau Law, helping international companies to start their businesses in Macau and assisting in the reorganisation of economic groups with connections to Macau. As a general business law firm, all partners are involved in different areas of practice, Commercial, Corporate and M&A, Banking and Insurance, Real Estate and Construction Law, Litigation and Arbitration, Administrative and Gaming, Labour, Tax, Intellectual Property.

In 2016, Lektou partnered with Zhong Yin Law Firm, in the People’s Republic of China, and Fongs, in Hong Kong, to establish a new office in Hengqin Island, Zhuhai, PRC – ZLF Law Firm.  This is the first law office that unites firms from the two Special Administrative Regions and Mainland China.  In 2017, Lektou established an office in Lisbon, Portugal, as a part of its internationalisation strategy to position itself as a legal player in the platform between the PRC and Portuguese-speaking countries.

The permanent update and specialisation of our Lawyers, combined with the proven professional practice in the different areas of Law, allow us to offer a prompt, effective and efficient response to our Clients, from the intervention in negotiations, disputes and alternative dispute resolutions hearings to regular and continuous legal advice in the various aspects of Law. With more than 30 years of legal practice in Macau, the strong academic and professional background, the update and specialisation, together with the experience of the lawyers of Lektou, are the key to answering the increasing demands of the firm’s worldwide Clients and the guarantee of our services quality.

Paula Hsião Yun Ling (林笑雲)

Paula Hsião Yun Ling is our exclusively recommended Notary Public Services expert in Macau on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Paula directly using the contact details listed above.

Paula Ling is a Senior Partner of Rato, Ling, Lei & Cortés – Advogados (Lektou), where she has been since 1993, holding the same position for ZLF Law Office, a first partnership-like joint law firm in Hengqin, Guangdong Province, formed by law firms from Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China. She is also a Private Notary and China Attesting Officer and a cross-border Macau Lawyer recognised by the Justice Department of Guangdong.

Paula is an appointed member of the National People’s Congress of People’s Republic of China since 2008. She is also a Member of the Committee for the Basic Law of the Macau S.A.R. since 1999, under the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress. Paula is an Arbitrator for the Zhuhai Arbitration Committee, the Commission on International Commercial Arbitration of the South of China and of the Arbitration Center of the Macau World Trade Center.

Other activities include being a member of the Selection Committee of the Chief Executive of the Macau S.A.R., Vice-president of the Advisory Council on Legal Reform and a member of the Monitoring Committee on Discipline of the Macau Commission against Corruption.

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 (acting for a tenderer) 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 (presently, Monetary Authority of Macao) by the Macau Government.

Before that, besides practicing as lawyer (having joined the Portuguese Bar in 1975) 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 (by the Government and private individuals), 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, USA, 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, M&A, 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.

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.