Sousa Silva

Leaders in Law endorses Sousa Silva as our exclusively recommended Intellectual Property Law expert in Angola. If you wish to get in touch with Sousa, please use the contact information provided above.

Sousa Silva is the Founder of Sousa Saraiva da Silva- IP. He is an attorney with over 12 years of enriched experience in commercial, corporate, banking, administrative, labor, IP, immigration, family, inheritance, tax, legal audits, litigation (including extrajudicial and judicial debt collection) areas. He holds a post-graduate degree in law from Agostinho Neto University, Angola. Previously, he had worked with Coca-Cola. He is an experienced attorney with a demonstrated history of working in the legal services industry.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Corporate Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Patent Law
  • Copyright & Trademark Law
  • Labour Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Tax Law
  • Family Law

Firm Description:


We strive to be the benchmark for excellence in the field of legal services.
We provide legal assistance services in Angola, with highest professionalism and ethics, combined with national and international experience and practices.

We deliver highly efficient, effective, and innovative IP solutions to our clients with an objective to provide high-quality and responsive intellectual property rights services maintaining the highest international standards.
With our enriched experience, we cater to every aspect of intellectual property rights – patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Our integrated IP solutions enable our clients to maximize their potential and have a competitive edge in the business.


Mauro Mota Veiga

Leaders in Law endorses Mauro Mota Veiga as our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in Angola. If you wish to get in touch with Mauro please use the contact information provided above.

Practice Areas

  • Corporate & Commercial Law
  • Real Estate
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Administrative Law
  • Public Procurement
  • Environmental Law
  • Competition Law
  • Banking and Capital Markets
  • Energy & Mining
  • Private Investment of Angola
  • Tax & Customs Law
  • Employment Law & Litigation

Firm Description:

MVA is a client driven law firm based in Luanda, Angola committed to long term relationships and customer focus. Our dedication enables us to find solutions that suits specific requirements of our clients whilst taking into account timing and efficiency. Angola is a very particular market, however our experience and know-how in the country is the factor that sets us apart. Mauro Mota Veiga was the Distinguished Winner of the Legal Award “Corporate Law Attorney of the Year” 2017 for Angola, by Acquisition International.

Our vast experience includes National and International companies, including some of the biggest players in Africa and the world. We also have a network of contacts and strong relationships with other law firms and associations in Portugal, UK, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and UAE.


Manuela Cunha

Leaders in Law endorses Manuela Cunha as our exclusively recommended Telecoms Law expert in Angola. If you wish to get in touch with Manuela, please use the contact information provided above.

Bachelor of Arts in Law, Lisbon University, 1971; Post-Graduation in European Studies (Law), Portuguese Catholic University, Lisbon1987.

Counsellor & Lawyer (admitted lawyer of Ordem dos Advogados de Angola and of Ordem dos Advogados de Portugal) with more than 30 years of progressive experience in legal and management matters.

Professor at the Law School, University Agostinho Neto, Luanda (1995 to 2007).

She joined the Transitory and Provisory Government of Angola as a member of the Cabinet (Gabinete de Estudos) of the Ministério da Economia (1974 and 1975). Counsellor of the Fundo de Apoio Social, Government of Angola, for the 1st IDAS / World Bank financing.

Practice areas

  • Banking & Finance
  • Telecommunication
  • Tax
  • Corporate, M&A, Foreign Investment,
  • Privatisations
  • Public & Private tenders
  • Public Law
  • Arbitration & Litigation

Our practice also covers

  • Compliance
  • Insolvency & Corporate Rescue
  • Employment & Social Security
  • Real Estate, Planning, Construction & Lease\
  • Oil & Gas


  • Coordination, revision and translation and ajustments to the Portuguese insertions of  L’Anglais des Contrats Internationaux «GUIA da Linguagem de Contratos Internacionais (Inglês, Francês e Português) by Éric Boyé;
  • «C.E.E., Sumários de História e Geografia Política» by Gérard Moreau;
  • «Direito Europeu» by Jean-Claude Gautron;
  • Translation and comments of the Portuguese version of «Liberté, libertés (Reflexões do Comité Para uma Carta das Liberdades)» co-ordinated by Robert Badinter; and of  «O Que É A Social Democracia» by Michel Rocard and/;
  • «Constituição da República Portuguesa, a letra e o espírito de uma Lei Fundamental», Maria Manuela Morais Cunha e Viterbo do Rosário Rego.


  • Portuguese (mother language);
  • English (proficient written and spoken);
  • French (proficient written and spoken);
  • Spanish (proficient written and spoken).


Joao Bravo da Costa

Leaders in Law endorses Martín Bensadon as our exclusively recommended Intellectual Property Law expert in Argentina. If you wish to get in touch with Martín please use the contact information provided above.

João Bravo da Costa is a Professional Partner and has been at Abreu Advogados since 2021 in the Corporate and M&A and Finance areas of practice, working in several jurisdictions, with a focus on Angola, and with a strong experience in major international transactions in Africa and United Arab Emirates.

João Bravo da Costa has a professional path dedicated to the Angolan market, but also with strong legal experience in the African market and in the United Arab Emirates.

He has advised several multinationals, in restructuring and M&A operations, in international trade transactions and in foreign exchange issues, involving various sectors such as Finance, Mining and Oil & Gas, Infrastructure and Distribution. On his track record, he has several international and multi-jurisdictional investment contracts.

João Bravo da Costa is a Lawyer admitted in the Angolan and Portuguese Bar Association and is also a candidate for the New York State Bar Association.

His academic record include an LL.M. from the Fordham University School of Law in Banking Corporate and Finance Law and a postgraduate degree in Management and Corporate Law from the Faculty of Economics of Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

He was nominated a 2021 Rising Star, by the Expert Guide, for her exemplar work in Corporate/M&A/Private Equity.

Practice Areas



  • English
  • French


  • Faculdade de Direito da Universidade Católica Portuguesa – Law Degree (2005)
  • Faculdade de Economia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa – Postgraduate Degree in Management and Corporate Law (2007)
  • Fordham University School of Law – LL.M. Banking Corporate and Finance Law (2011)

Firm Description:

From offices to practices, talents and capabilities, we create an ecosystem that brings each project to life.

At Abreu there is a team that matches every client.

Through a close and clear relationship, we translate legalese to the language you want to speak.

At Abreu we speak everything from Latin to JavaScript so nothing is left up to interpretation.

Through a culture of transparency, we are pioneers of gender equality and diversity.

Abreu has an open door policy, because ideas have no hierarchy and debate crosses all areas and generations.

Through constant monitoring, we anticipate global changes in minds and markets.

At Abreu we have specialists focused on innovation and new technologies.


Todd Moyo

Leaders in Law endorses Todd Moyo as our exclusively recommended Real Estate Law expert in Angola. If you wish to get in touch with Todd please use the contact information provided above.

Todd Moyo, has over 50 years of legal experience. He makes a concerted effort to deliver personal, prompt and expert attention to his client’s needs. He has developed specialties in the fields of Wills, Trusts and Probate & Real Estate Law.

The Firm maintains up-to-date print and Web-based research materials in order to track the latest developments in the Firm’s specialty areas of legal practice. Attorney Moyo attends at numerous legal education courses and seminars each year, maintaining a preeminent position among his peers within the legal community. Attorney Moyo enjoys the highest rating for competency and integrity by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.

He is a well known practitioner in the drafting of Wills and Trusts, and the Probate of Estates, having founded the South Middlesex Estate Planning Group (an organization of local estate planning lawyers), and serving as its chairman from 1989-1997. He strives to provide his clients with personalized service and suggests estate plans that are specially tailored to meet their unique needs.

Bar Admissions

Lyon France, 1964

Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning
  • Real Estate Law
  • Probate & Estate Administration


  • Université Lyon School of Law, Pasteur, Lyon, France, 1964 – Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • Lyon College, Pasteur, France, 1961 – Bachelor of Arts

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Lyon Rotary; Member (President, 1986-1987)
  • Exeter Alumni Association of New England; Past President
    Big Brother/Big Sister, South Middlesex; Past Board Member and President (1980-1982)
  • Algonquin Council Boy Scouts of America; Past Board Member and President (1969-1970)
  • South Middlesex Estate Planning Group; Founder and Member (1989-1997), Past Chairman
  • Lyon History Center; Past Treasurer
  • Parakou Bar Association; Member
  • Real Estate Bar Association, Lyon.; Member


Irina Neves Ferreira

Leaders in Law endorses Irina Neves Ferreira as our exclusively recommended Tax Law expert in Angola. If you wish to get in touch with Irina please use the contact information provided above.

Irina Neves Ferreira joined the firm in 2013. She is a lawyer with considerable international experience, especially in the Angolan jurisdiction. In this market she has been involved in operations concerning private investment, insurance law, real estate (including the support to the negotiation of lease contracts for petrol companies), tax law, foreign exchange law and customs. She is also highly experienced in corporate compliance attained throughout her experience as counsel for the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region in the international compliance team of a multinational company in the IT area.

In the area of corporate and commercial law she has acted as legal advisor in several mergers, acquisitions and disposals of companies, including the acquisition and disposal of companies with head offices in Portugal and Angola, on behalf of domestic and foreign clients in various sectors, such as the oil sector, construction, information technologies and communications Irina provides general legal advice to numerous national and foreign companies in the areas of commercial and corporate law and assists in the negotiation of investment contracts and advises several clients on mining law.


  • Portuguese
  • English
  • French


  • Angola Bar Association (admitted in 2013). Portuguese Bar Association (admitted in 2006).


  • Law Degree (Law Faculty of Nova University of Lisbon, 2003).
  • Postgraduate Studies in Information Society Law (Law Faculty of the University of Lisbon, 2007).
  • Specialization course: “Introduction to the common law” (ISCTE and Law Faculty of Nova University of Lisbon, 2008).

Firm Description:

We are a leading company in the Angolan market, as we believe in a truly independent advocacy focused on the client.

We have a strong and multidisciplinary team of lawyers and combine solid local knowledge with vast international experience, thus enabling us to provide excellent legal services in the Angolan market.

We work with national and international clients, offering highly relevant assistance in strategic sectors such as banking and insurance, energy and natural resources, real estate, construction, industry and services. The high quality of our work, combined with effective availability, allows us to be fully committed to our clients in the most challenging transactions in their sectors of activity.

We are exclusive members in Angola of the Morais Leitão Legal Circle network, which also includes Portugal, Mozambique and Cape Verde. Our participation in international networks represents an outstanding advantage to our clients as we are prepared to follow them to different markets and jurisdictions.


Lourdes Caposso Fernandes

Lourdes Caposso Fernandes is the founder and President of the LCF-Legal Counsel Firm Group. This Group is comprised of three units: a law firm she founded in 2008 called LCF- Legal Counsel Firm, a nonprofit unit called Associação Lei com Força and on the 1st October 2013 she founded a consultancy in the United States of America called Local Content Focus LLC.

She founded the units of the LCF Group on a patriotic premise with a mission to contribute towards the sustainable development of our country by valuing Angolan human resources. Dr. Lourdes wrote a book entitled ` Valuing Human Capital, Angolanization for Petroleum´.

Lourdes is an international speaker, having spoken at various international forums and roundtable discussions. She is a qualified lawyer, has a law degree from the University of Lisbon, a masters degree in International Commercial Law and an LLM from the University of Lisbon. She is a registered attorney at the bar association of Angola and Portugal.

Her areas of specialization include Oil & Gas law, Foreign Investment law, Labour law, Banking, Finance, Contracts, Ethics and Compliance. She is also a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) and a founding member of the Ethics institute of Angola. She and her firm are the exclusive representatives of FRAUDNET in Angola.

Natural Resources Law Practice:

The complexities of oil and gas law are magnified when crossing international borders. It can be critical to put together a team that is well-versed in international energy and business law to ensure that overseas operations are not only profitable, but compliant with the laws of the countries involved. At LCF Group, we have developed extensive skills in helping our clients navigate the differing challenges of various international markets.

From our law offices in Luanda, Angola, and Houston, Texas, we represent U.S. oil and gas companies operating in African countries like Angola and Nigeria, and South American countries like Brazil, as well as in other oil-producing countries around the globe. We also assist European, Asian and other worldwide interests in their international oil and gas endeavors.

Our lawyers provide representation in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors of the oil and gas industry. We have served leading oil and gas corporations, oil rig manufacturers, telecommunications providers for oil and gas corporations, and a full array of other services ancillary to but dependent upon oil and gas. From resolving conflicts for multinational corporations that have found themselves in violation of international ethics and anti-corruption laws to providing guidance to pipe-fitting businesses and other businesses interested in getting contracts for work in African or other international petroleum drilling operations, we have proven that our experience and knowledge are invaluable resources.

LCF Group:

The international LCF Group is centered in Luanda, Angola, and Houston, Texas. Currently one of the largest law firms in sub-Saharan Africa, we are an international leader in the transnational energy law, and oil and gas law sectors.

Our commitment to client-centered service is embodied by our motto, “Working Together Works,” and we have centered our full range of practice areas around timely and effective attention to meeting our clients’ needs and expectations.

LCF Group was founded by Lourdes Caposso Fernandes after a successful career representing an international oil and gas corporation. She earned her J.D. and LL.M. from the University of Lisbon, where she also received a master’s degree in international commercial law. Attorney Fernandes has since become an author as well as an internationally sought-after speaker on ethical practices and compliance.

With lawyers hailing from Africa, the far east, Europe and the United States, our law firm has continued to build an internationally recognized team, including many selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers list.

Luís Filipe Carvalho

Literary abilities
– Graduate of the Faculty of Law, University of Lisbon (1990)
Professional qualifications
– Lawyer registered at the Bar Association of Portugal, with No. 10000L
– Lawyer registered at the Bar Association of Angola, in 1127
– Member of the Direction of Penal Forum – Association of criminalists Lawyers (2012-2014)
– Member of the Leonino Council Sporting Clube de Portugal (2011-13)
– Vice-President of the Foundation Sporting Clube de Portugal (2011)
– CJLP – Jurists of the Community of Portuguese Language (founding member, 2010)
– Member of the Board of ASSOFT – Portuguese Software Association (2007-2012)
– General Council of the Portuguese Bar Association (2005-2007)
– Lisbon District Council of the Portuguese Bar Association (2002-2004)
– Permanent Representative in UALP – Union of Lawyers of Portuguese Language (2005-2007)
Professional experience
– Partner at “ABBC & Associados, RL Law Firm” (since March 2007)
– Partner of “Azevedo Neves Benjamim Mendes & Associados, RL Law Firm” (1995-2007)
– Professor at the School of Real Estate Activities (ESAI)
– Guest lecturer course graduate of ISLA (2006-2012)
– Guest speaker on postgraduate courses at the Law School of the University of Lisbon in the Lease Law and Real Estate (2004-2007)
– Assistant at the Law Faculty of Lisbon University (1989-1997)
– Trainer in post-graduate course in the Court of Auditors (1994)
– He participated as a representative of the Bar Association in the work on the reform of the Urban Lease in September 2004 (the XV Government) and May to July 2005 (XVI Government)