VdA is an independent Portuguese law firm with 350 plus staff and a strong experience in various industries, such as Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Competition & EU, Corporate & Governance, Employment & Benefits, Insurance, Intellectual Property, IT & Outsourcing, Life Sciences, Litigation & Arbitration, M&A, Corporate Finance, Oil &Gas, Planning, Privacy, Data Protection & Cybersecurity, Projects - Infrastructure, Energy & Natural Resources, Public Law, Real Estate & Environment, Tax and Telecoms & Media.

Over the past 40 years, VdA has been involved in a very significant number of pioneering transactions in Portugal and abroad in some cases together with the most relevant international law firms, with whom we have a strong working relationship.

The recognition of VdA’s work is shared with our team and clients, and reflected by the awards achieved, such as the "Portuguese Law Firm of the Year 2014, 2015 and 2016," by IFLR, “Financial Times 2015 Game Changing Law Firm in Continental Europe”, the "Financial Times Innovative Lawyers in Continental Europe 2013 and 2016", and the “Most Active Law Firm " by Euronext for five consecutive years, among others.

VdA is the most international Portuguese law firm, and is actively present in 10 jurisdictions that include all African members of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), Timor - Leste and some of the francophone African Countries.


VdA | Mozambique

VdA in Mozambique with GDA

“Guilherme Daniel & Associados - Sociedade de Advogados (GDA)” is the new exclusive member of VdA’s international network for Mozambique.

Led by Guilherme Daniel, a regarded lawyer with a strong focus and remarkable experience in the energy and infrastructure sector, GDA gathers a young and very dynamic team that combines international training and expertise with a deep understanding of the Mozambican market, offering a full legal service to international investors and local businesses in a wide range of industries and sectors.

Founded and developed by Vieira de Almeida & Associados, the VdA’s international network, currently covering 10 countries predominantly in Africa, continues its fast renovation and expansion, following the integration by VdA in 2015 of +30 attorneys with decades of international experience in Africa.

The Mozambican practice will be spearheaded by the Lisbon based Projects – Energy, Infrastructure & Natural Resources’ Partner Teresa Empis Falcão. Teresa is a trusted advisor to some of the major international investors operating in Mozambique.

VdA | Equatorial Guinea

VdA in Equatorial Guinea with T&E

We are delighted to inform you that Vieira de Almeida & Associados (VdA) has just formed an exclusive partnership with the renowned Equatorial Guinea (EG) law firm Gabinete y Agencia T&E (T&E). With offices in the capital city Malabo, T&E is the most recent member of VdA’s international network.

T&E is led by partners Sergio Abeso Tomo – a former President of the Equatorial Guinea Supreme Court (2004 - 2009) and Vice-Minister of Justice (2010 - 2012) – and Librada Elá Asumu. They head a young and very dynamic team of local lawyers who are thoroughly familiar with EG’s market in a wide range of sectors, including infrastructure, transportation, banking & financial services, domestic and international arbitration and energy. T&E lawyers have an international mindset and are used to working in accordance with the best international standards.

The Equatorial Guinea practice will be spearheaded by the Lisbon based Litigation & Arbitration’ Partner Rui Andrade and M&A and Corporate Finance’ Senior Associate Maria Araújo, who have been trusted advisors to some of the major international companies operating in the country in the last 10 years.

With this expansion into EG, VdA now covers a total of 10 countries outside Portugal: Angola, Cape Verde, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Principe and Timor-Leste.

VdA | Congo
With Sutter & Pearce and Mathias Essereke

VdA (Vieira de Almeida & Associados) has recently formalised two partnership agreements in the Republic of Congo with the following local firms:

  • Sutter & Pearce, a Pointe-Noire based firm highly regarded for its oil & gas and tax expertise. Sutter & Pearce was founded in 2004 by Richard Moulet, a renowned lawyer with deep roots in the Republic of Congo. Richard is also active in the Central African Republic. Sutter & Pearce and VdA will jointly assist clients principally on oil & gas and tax consulting work;
  • Cabinet Mathias Essereke, also based in Pointe-Noire. Founding partner Mathias Essereke is widely respected for his experience as a litigator. Cabinet Mathias Essereke and VdA will focus their collaboration on litigation work for commercial and labour matters.

Our Republic of Congo practice is coordinated by Lisbon-based partner Matthieu Le Roux. With over 15 years of experience in Francophone Africa, Matthieu is a trusted advisor to some of the major international investors in the Republic of Congo.

With this move, VdA expands its coverage of Central Africa, a key strategic area for the firm’s development.