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Managing Partner: Gonçalo Mendes da Maia
Partners: Gonçalo Mendes da Maia, João Encarnação, Rui Pinto Proença, José Leitão, Francisco Leitão, Tirso Olazábal
Senior Lawyers: Tiago Vilhena, João Benazra Faria, Carlos Eduardo Coelho, Duarte Santana Lopes, Lai Kim Hong, Fátima Dermawan
Number of partners: 6
Number of fee earners: 25
Languages: Chinese, English, Portuguese

Firm Overview:
MdME Lawyers is a leading Macau full service law firm, with a strong reputation in Asia for providing high-quality and innovative legal insight to its clients. Since its foundation in 2006, MdME Lawyers and its professionals have been involved in the largest Macau transactions, projects and developments.

Main Areas of Practice:

Banking & Finance:
■ Debt Financing – secured by Macau securities
■ Regulatory & Compliance 
■ Insurance Matters
■ Real Estate Financing
■ Derivatives
■ Banking & Investment Products
■ Corporate Finance
Partner: José Leitão, Head of Banking & Finance
Tel: +853 6632 7935
Email: [email protected]

Construction & Infrastructures:
The firm advises owners, contractors, subcontractors and consultants in connection to the full range of construction and infrastructure advisory work, including tendering and advising in most of the major projects in Macau.
Partner: José Leitão, Head of Construction & Infrastructure
Tel: +853 6632 7935
Email: [email protected]

Corporate/M&A:
■ Foreign Investment
■ Commercial
■ Corporate Governance
■ Regulatory & Compliance
■ Capital Management
■ Restructuring & Insolvency
■ Corporate Litigation
Partner: Rui Pinto Proença, Head of Corporate/M&A
Tel: +853 6232 9658
Email: [email protected]

Employment & Immigration:
The rapid expansion of the local gaming industry has left Macau close to full-employment and facing a severe labour shortage. Recruiting and retaining local and foreign talent alike has never been more crucial and challenging. The firm’s practice advises clients on the full range of contentious and non-contentious employment and immigration issues.
Senior Associate: Tiago Vilhena, Head of Employment & Immigration
Tel: +853 6696 6133
Email: [email protected]

Gaming Law:
The firm’s practice advises local and international sector clients in all legal needs of their gaming businesses.

MdME Lawyers is also the exclusive member firm in Macau for Lex Mundi — the world’s leading network of independent law firms, with in-depth experience in 100+ countries worldwide.
Partner: Rui Pinto Proença, Head of Corporate/M&A
Tel: +853 6232 9658
Email: [email protected]

Intellectual Property & IT:
■ IP Prosecution & Litigation
■ Trademark
■ Designs
■ Domain Names
■ Patents
■ Utility Models
Partner: João Encarnacão, Head of IP
Tel: +853 6668 1880
Email: [email protected]

Litigation, Arbitration & Dispute Resolution:
The firm’s litigation lawyers have represented clients in all instances of the Macau courts and have advised on international arbitrations in Macau and Hong Kong. The firm has also assisted clients in investigations and prosecutions conducted by the Macau regulatory authorities.
Partner: Francisco Leitão, Head of Litigation, Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
Tel: +853 6336 8322
Email: [email protected]

Notary:
The practice focuses on handling property transfer and lease needs:
■ Purchase and Sale Deeds
■ Mortgage Deeds
■ Registration and Taxation
■ Commercial lease issues
■ Conveyancing and Notary
Partner: João Encarnação, Notary
Tel: +853 6668 1880
Email:
[email protected]

Real Estate:
■ Commercial, hospitality, and residential acquisitions and disposals
■ Real estate financing
■ Property development
■ Commercial lease issues
■ Land grant negotiations, acquisitions, change of usage of land and renegotiations
■ Joint ventures and partnerships
■ Enforcing securities over real estate assets
■ Real estate funds
■ Environmental and urban planning
Partner: Tirso Olazábal, Co-Head of Real Estate
Tel: +853 6668 1880
Email: [email protected]