Manuela António – Lawyers and Notaries

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What the team is known for Established practice, providing high-quality services to both local and foreign individuals and corporations operating in Macau. Especially noted for its work in the gaming and financial services sectors and also active in capital markets, project development, aviation finance work and other areas. Noted for a deep base of real estate experience within the team. Team members at all levels are noted for their linguistic capabilities and many also offer international experience.

Strengths Clients describe the team as "very reliable, knowledgeable and helpful," one noting: "We greatly trust their opinions and are very satisfied with the services they render."

One client's observation, "Our long-standing relationship with them is proof of our trust and confidence in the lawyers," is echoed by that of another, who couples references to the firm's "very good reputation and customer service" with the statement: "We have dealt with them since the start of our business in Macau."  

Work highlights Assisted Studio City Finance in a refinancing of project enterprise bonds.

Notable practitioners

Hugo Maia Bandeira handles matters arising in a variety of areas, including the banking, gaming, hospitality and project finance spaces. Praised by one client as an "expert in our field of business and with respect to the laws and regulations affecting it," he is summed up by another as "available, clear and concise in communication and caring."

Hugo Ribeiro Couto is a key member of the team who acts on a variety of matters including banking, litigation and corporate issues. He is widely recognised by market sources as "one of the best lawyers at the firm" and as a "solid partner and knowledgeable lawyer" with particularly noteworthy litigation skills.

Founding partner Manuela António advises across a comprehensive range of transactional and contentious issues, many of which originate in the banking and finance, construction, gaming and real estate sectors. Sources characterise her as an "experienced and knowledgeable" practitioner and "the brain of the firm," one calling her "well respected and top-notch."