General Business Law Department

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What the team is known for Fast-expanding firm with a full-service offering across litigation, M&A, capital markets, financing and gaming, among other areas. Also noted for its skills in advising on major construction disputes. Represents a portfolio of large domestic and international corporations, as well as banks and private equity investors. Has lately extended its regional footprint through the opening of an office in Hong Kong.

Strengths A number of good reasons for engaging this firm are identified by one client, who says: "They are young, dynamic and commercially focused, their service is excellent. They have an excellent sense of the business and political environment in Macau, which is crucial to doing business, and they are big enough to have critical mass without being so big that you lose the personal touch."

Another client's report of having been "really impressed" with the firm's "in-depth, specialist knowledge of the gaming industry" is echoed by several other commentators.

Work highlights Acted as underwriter's counsel to ICBC with regard to Macau-related corporate and regulatory aspects of a HKD1.67 billion issuance of non-convertible, Tier 1 capital supplement bonds.

Notable practitioners

Litigation practice head Francisco Leitão acts prominently on matters arising from the gambling and real estate sectors as well as on general corporate disputes. Sources respect him as a "calm, solid lawyer" who is also "very responsive, highly efficient and accurate."

Rui Filipe Oliveira handles both contentious and non-contentious matters and is particularly active on issues arising in the gaming and intellectual property spheres. Sources report that he is "good and easy to deal with," one noting that he is also "thoughtful, takes time to understand the issues and gives you solutions you can use."

Rui Pinto Proença heads the corporate/M&A practice and advises clients on a variety of transactional matters, notably including those relating to acquisitions. He also possesses expertise concerning gaming issues. Clients speak of him as a "very focused lawyer with international exposure" who "understands a deal fast and comes up with solutions" and is further noted for "always acting in the best interests of his client and taking a long-term view."