Joao Bravo da Costa

Practice Areas

  • Corporate / M&A
  • Banking & Finance
  • Energy and Natural Resources

Academic Background

  • Law degree from the law faculty of Universidade Católica de Lisboa, 2005
  • Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association in 2008
  • Admitted to the Angolan Bar Association in 2009
  • Candidate to the New York State Bar Association
  • Postgraduate course in business management law from the law faculty of Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 2007
  • LLM in banking, corporate and financial law from Fordham Law School, New York, May 2011

Professional Background

  • Miranda, Correia, Amendoeira & Associados law firm, Lisbon and Luanda offices, 2007


  • Participant at the Workshop “Training for Panel of International Finance Corporation (IFC) Local Transaction Counsel – World Bank Group”, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2009
  • Lecturer at the Seminar “Legal Aspects of Procurement of Services by Oil Companies” in the Angolan Liquefied Natural Gas Project, Soyo, Angola, 2009
  • Lecturer at the Seminar “Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)”, Luanda, Angola, 2009
  • Lecturer at the Seminar “Angolanization: Laws and Compliance”, Luanda, Angola, 2014

Awards and Rankings

  • 2016 IFLR recognised João Bravo da Costa as Rising Star for the areas of Infrastructure and Oil & Gas
  • 2017 Legal 500 Recommended João Bravo da Costa
  • 2018 IFLR recognised João Bravo da Costa as Rising Star for the areas of Financial and Corporate; Project Development; Energy and Infrastructure and Corporate / M&A
  • 2019 IFLR recognised João Bravo da Costa as Rising Star for the areas of Project Finance; Energy and Infrastructure; Corporate / M&A and Banking

Firm Description

BCSA is a Law Firm that brings together leading Angolan professionals who share a strong interest and satisfaction in practicing law in Angola and for Angola in strict compliance with the professional and ethical rules of the Angolan Bar Association.

BCSA’s professional team is made up of a number of lawyers with different areas of practice and levels of seniority. These lawyers have gained professional and academic experience in Angola and abroad thereby giving them an international perspective on their legal work.

BCSA’s lawyers have an unparalleled ability to provide legal support across all areas of the law and economic sectors through which they aim to provide a skilled response to their clients’ needs in accordance with the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and precision.


Todd Moyo

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

Areas of Practice:

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

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 also provides general legal advice to numerous national and foreign companies in the areas of commercial and corporate law.

EducationLaw 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, Macau and Hong Kong. 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)