Rato Ling Lei & Cortés


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Financial and corporate

Rato Ling Lei & Cortés is a Macau-based law firm with roots in the 1980s under legacy Gonçalves Pereira & Rato.  The firm has further offices in Hengqin and Portugal. 

The firm has a strong reputation in the equity capital markets, particularly with regard to Hong Kong listings and is also active in regulatory and gaming matters.

Key clients of the firm include Forward Fashion, Mi Ming Mart Holdings, Huarchi Global Holdings, Vietnam Airlines, Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Yangtze Capital Management, Portugalia Restauração and Bank of New York Mellon.

Recently, the firm has acted in a number of Hong Kong IPOs alongside corporate restructuring mandates, investments in real estate and food & beverage, derivatives matters and regulatory matters in the aviation and sports sectors. 

During the research period, the firm brought in Petrel Ng from Jorge Neto Valente Advogados and also added lawyers Tou Wai Fong, Carla Veiga and Marta Mourão. 

In 2016, the firm opened an office in Hengqin Island in partnership with Chinese firm Zhong Yin Law Firm and Fongs of Hong Kong. In 2019, its Lisbon office continued to grow with a focus on real estate and M&A for its Asian clients. 

Rato Ling Lei & Cortés is considering opening an office in Brazil in anticipation of the country’s legalisation of gaming and expanding its operations to Oporto and Shenzhen. 

Deal highlights

-Forward Fashion Holdings HKSE IPO

-Huarchi Global Holdings HKSE IPO

-Mi Ming Mart Holdings HKSE IPO

Client feedback

Capital markets: Equity

“Thanks to the joint efforts by the law firm and all other parties, the IPO was a success. The law firm put senior professional lawyers on the team. They are really nice and they have ensured the quality and timeliness of the work.”

Real estate

“Deep knowledge of law, quickness in responding and impeccable work ethic.”


 “Highly responsive and efficient.

Helena da Nazaré Valente

“Helena has a solid academic and professional profile. She has a great personality which made the work process easier. She works hard and responds quickly to enquiries.”

Pedro Cortés

“Deep knowledge of law, quickness in responding and impeccable work ethic.”

 “Highly skilled and responsive in his work.”