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.  


Focusses / specialisms  

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  

Key clients of the firm include Kirin Brewery Company, Bank of Communications, The Viet Thai Group, Marriot, Synopsys, Marsh & McLean, Boardware Information System, and China Telecom.  


Research period review: 31st edition (2020/2021)  

Recently, the firm has acted in a number of Hong Kong IPOs alongside corporate restructuring mandates, acquisitions, investments in outbound real estate and derivatives matters and regulatory matters in the retail, hotels and telecommunications sectors.  

During the research period, the firm brought in Petrel Ng from Jorge Neto Valente Advogados but lost Alexandre Bastos to SCPT Lawyers & Notaries Macau.  

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 in the process of expanding its operations to Shenzhen.


Deal highlights: 31st edition (2020/2021)  

Boardware Information System HKSE IPO 

Kirin Brewery Company restructuring 

Marsh & McLean acquisition of JLT 

Melkweg Holdings HKSE GEM IPO 


Client feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)  

Financial services regulatory

“Good communication and judgement skills. Accountability.”



“Provides professional local law advice including structuring of deals; responsive and practical in their advice.” 


Calvin Chui 

“Friendly, good in communication.” 

Pedro Cortés 

“Very practical and responsive; grasps issues quickly and makes good judgement calls.”