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BCSA – Advogados

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Number of partners: 2
Number of lawyers: 10
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish

Firm Overview:
BCSA Advogados (former GLA - Gabinete Legal de Angola), a member of PLMJ Network, brings together a team of Angolan lawyers from various practice areas who have extensive academic and professional experience in a wide range of matters in Angola and internationally. They provide a high quality response to the clients’ needs, while always respecting the most stringent professional and ethical standards. The firm is consistently recognised by international directories and awards as a reference in the Angolan market. BCSA is a full-service firm with a particularly strong track record in M&A, foreign investment, tax, employment and arbitration. The firm works with clients from all sectors and has unmatched experience in the energy industrial, TMT, sport, construction and real estate sectors. While basing their professional activity in Angola, the lawyers of BCSA work in close cooperation with PLMJ and with the other members of its international network to provide a seamless service to clients regardless of where they are.

PLMJ Network is a legal network of local independent firms across Portuguese-speaking countries including Portugal, Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé and Principe, Macau, East Timor and Cape Verde. The network is also present in key markets for outbound and inbound investment in Portuguese-speaking countries such as the United Kingdom, Switzerland and China.

Main Areas of Practice:

Banking, Finance & Insurance:
BCSA’s banking and finance practice handles all aspects including corporate finance, real estate financing, project finance, and mortgage lending. BCSA has been involved in several financing operations involving both foreign banks and Angolan entities.

M&A, Corporate & Commercial Law:
The team boasts an extensive portfolio of achievements and know how in providing legal advice on a full range of legal models for the acquisition of companies and assets. BCSA provides both day-to-day assistance to companies or assistance in connection with specific operations, including due diligence processes.

Employment:
This is a very relevant area of BCSA’s practice. BCSA’s lawyers have been either advising foreign companies on how to prepare their local structures to comply with the requirements of the Angolan law or assisting clients within disputes with their workforce.
Energy & Natural Resources/Oil & Gas:
BCSA and PLMJ International Legal Network are prepared and well-equipped to provide specialised advice on these fields, including providing advice to companies that want to render services to the oil industry. Litigation & Arbitration: BCSA has been active in the dispute resolution field and represents several clients, both in pre-litigation or in actual litigation (or arbitration).

Private Foreign Investment & Foreign Exchange Laws:
The core activity of BCSA has been providing assistance to foreign clients that want to invest in Angola and to ensure that the profits of that activity can be repatriated. BCSA has extensive experience in those fields and in dealing with the authorities responsible for licensing such operations.

Projects & Infrastructures:
BCSA and PLMJ International Legal Network have been involved in some large projects, including some multijurisdiction deals with both Angolan investors and foreign investors.

Public Law & Public-Private Partnerships:
Angola is expected to make in the near future very substantial investments through the public-private partnerships model. Taking advantage of the experience and track record of PLMJ International Legal Network, BCSA has been investing in the field of expertise.

Real Estate & Construction:
In view of the specific characteristics of the land property regime in Angola, advice on land law is an important part of BCSA’s activity, which also covers structuring and negotiating a full range of real estate transactions.

Tax:
Angolan tax regime is under an extensive revision process and consequently the amount of work in the area has substantially increased over the last year, covering both operation structuring and tax litigation matters.