Coelho Ribeiro e Associados

General Business Law Department

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What the team is known for Highly commended full-service practice with an excellent track record in oil and gas, telecoms, banking and tax matters. Additionally well equipped to handle high-profile disputes. Offers substantial international reach through the support of its offices in Portugal, Spain, Mozambique and São Tomé e Príncipe.

Strengths One interviewee reports that "the firm is doing well, it has a good set of commercial clients."

Another source emphasises that "they have been on the ground for a long time."

Work highlights Advised Sichuan Petroleum & Gas Construction Engineering regarding negotiations with Timor Gap for the construction of a petroleum pipeline in the Sunrise field.

Notable practitioners

Dili-based managing associate Duarte Simões Carneiro supports the team's work in a range of areas including labour, dispute resolution and foreign investment. He is well known in the local market, with sources confirming that he is "active in the market" and that "his clients love him."

Rui Botica Santos acts as managing partner from the Lisbon office spending time in both Timor-Leste and Macau. He regularly advises clients in the mining, infrastructure and energy sectors on both front-end and contentious issues. Market commentators note: "He knows the Timor market very well and has a great professional attitude along with knowledge on all aspects of law."