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Coelho Ribeiro e Associados

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Managing Partner: Rui Botica Santos, Gonçalo Lestro, Duarte Simões Carneiro
Managing Senior Associates: Luís Moreira Cortez
Coordinator Senior Associates: Isabel Mira
Total number of lawyers: 10
Number of partners: 4
Languages: Portuguese, English, Tetum, Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese, Spanish, French, German, Italian

Firm Overview:
With more than ten years operating in Timor Leste, CRA Timor was the first international law firm in Timor Leste and today remains the largest firm in the country.
CRA Timor offers a wide range of high level services to a high profile clients, including the major oil and gas companies, and areas such as telecommunications, construction, insurance and banking. CRA Timor also assists embassies and public bodies.

Main Areas of Practice:

Oil & Gas:
1 partner, 6 fee earners
Recent experience includes:
■Dealing with legal matters related to JPDA and ANP
■Negotiation of PSC’s and survey/drilling agreements regarding JPDA area and exclusive Timor-Leste sea area
■Assistance on tax matters and tax disputes
Contacts: Rui Botica Santos; Luis Moreira Cortez
Emails: [email protected]; [email protected]

Corporate/Foreign Investment:
1 partner, 8 fee earners
Recent experience includes:
■Incorporation and restructure of companies and joint-ventures
■Spin off operations
■Foreign investment
■Shareholders agreements
Contact: Duarte Simões Carneiro
Email: [email protected]

1 partner, 5 fee earners
Recent experience includes:
■Advised companies on the fulfilment of tax obligations
■Assisted companies with yearly tax planning and monthly tax return submission to the authorities
Contacts: Gonçalo Neves Lestro; Mariana Batista Borges
Emails: [email protected]; [email protected]

Banking & Finance/Insurance:
1 partner, 4 fee earners
Recent experience includes:
■Advice on the incorporation and business of insurance and leasing companies
■Regular assistance to exchange money/money transfer companies
■Assistance on banking and finance activities
Contacts: Rui Botica Santos; Duarte Simões Carneiro
Emails: [email protected]; [email protected]

Public Law & In-House Counselling for Public Bodies:
1 partner, 4 fee earners
Recent experience includes:
■In-house legal counselling for public entities
■Assistance on the corporate and financial management of public companies
■Restructuring of public companies
■Assistance with preparing legislative documents
Contacts: Duarte Simões Carneiro, Isabel Mira
Emails: [email protected]; [email protected]

International Work:
CRA Timor is part of CRA Global network. This enables the firm to assist its international clients due to its advantageous locations (Portugal, Macau, Brazil).
CRA Timor has been involved in assisting an international telecommunications company with interests in Timor Leste, as well as an investment of an international cement company, and a major group obtaining an insurance license. Through its offices in Lisbon and Macau, CRA lawyers have also assisted important clients in Portugal (banking and finance; real estate, migration) and Macau (car industry; shipping; construction) Rui Botica Santos, CRA Timor’s Founding Partner, is also a renowned international arbitrator.

The first ever Timorese publication for taxation law in Timor Leste was the Timorese Tax Law Manual written by Rui Botica Santos, Hugo Pinheiro Ferreira and sponsored by CRA Timor.
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