Adina Chilim-Dumitriu

Leaders in Law endorses Adina Chilim-Dumitriu as our exclusively recommended expert in Romania. If you wish to get in touch with Adina please use the contact information provided above.

Co-head of the firm’s Public Procurement and PPP practice together with Adriana Gaspar and of the Corporate/M&A practice together with Gabriela Cacerea, Ruxandra Bologa and Adriana Gaspar, and Head of the Telecommunications and Media practice, Adina Chilim-Dumitriu is particularly experienced in the sectors requiring technical knowledge and abilities – public procurement, telecommunications and energy.

With over 23 years of experience at NNDKP, she is renowned for handling large mergers and acquisitions deals; has assisted various clients in respect of their participation to public procurement procedures, borrowers and lenders in connection with complex financing transactions and has developed particular expertise in the gas field, as well as in cross-border energy projects.

Her expertise covers:

  • public procurement both in relation to consultancy in public procurement projects – from analysis of award documentation requirements to assistance in drafting the offers, as well as regards challenges in front of the National Council for Settlement of Public Procurement Contracts (CNSC) and the competent courts of appeal)
  • privatizations
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • media and telecommunications law
  • energy (with particular expertise in natural gas projects, including trans-border energy projects)
  • contract negotiations
  • business transfers and outsourcing
  • project finance

Industry Focus


  • University of Bucharest Law School, Law Degree
  • Certificate of international legal practice “Strategic Directions for International Practice”, New York City Bar Association
  • 8th School of Project Finance, Euromoney Legal Training, St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, UK

Firm Description:

NNKDP has always been committed to outstanding legal and tax services and exceptional client relationship management. Guided by these principles, we learned along the years that geographical boundaries are no longer the limits of our interactions with clients. Thus, we joined forces with peers who share the same vision and approach when it comes to offering the most suitable legal and tax support to our clients’ business interests, anywhere these may arise.

Thanks to our firm’s reputation in this profession and to our standing in the domestic legal market, NNDKP is the exclusive member firm in Romania of:

  • Lex Mundi – the world’s leading network of premier independent law firms
  • World Services Group – the world’s largest multidisciplinary network of professional services firms
  • SEE Legal – the largest provider of legal services through the Southeastern Europe region

Testimonial to our global mindset, our affiliations are an integral part of NNDKP’s constant efforts to ensure for our clients access to:

  • genuine client-centric approach
  • capabilities across jurisdictions of interest
  • expert advice from first class lawyers worldwide


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.


Thomas Willet Donovan

Thomas W. Donovan is Managing Partner and founder of the Iraq Law Alliance, PLLC. He divides his time between the firm’s offices in Basrah, Baghdad and Erbil – Kurdistan Region. His experience centers on petroleum and natural gas law and the surrounding corporate, employment, immigration and customs issues. He also has considerable amount of experience in public international law, litigation and structured project finance. Mr. Donovan has published extensively on the development of the domestic Iraqi economy and issues associated with petroleum production and exploration.

Iraq Law Alliance:

.Iraq Law Alliance, PLLC (‘ILA’) is a law firm which represents national and multinational companies. We advise on all legal matters related to corporate and reconstruction activities in Iraq. Our practice spans a broad spectrum and includes general corporate and commercial, contract, projects and finance construction, regulatory, licensing, labor, intellectual property, and tax issues.

ILA, through its attorneys and consultants, maintains privileged relationships with prominent international law firms around the world without any formal relationship with any of them.

ILA seeks to constantly solidify these relationships by participating in international seminars and forums on Iraq, and by seeking to periodically offer its members training in international law firms. Further, ILA has, among its members, lawyers who have experience working with international law firms and in the Middle East, including Iraq.

ILA maintains contacts, and cooperates with, numerous governmental and non-governmental organizations involved in the reconstruction of Iraq, and the development and growth of the legal infrastructure in Iraq.

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.

Alexander Paykin, Esq.

Leaders in Law endorses Alexander Paykin, Esq as our exclusively recommended Natural Resources Law expert in the USA – New York. If you wish to get in touch with Alexander please use the contact information provided above.

We are a general litigation practice, focusing on the everyday needs of New York residents and small business owners.  While we would like to be able to assist you with all of your legal matters, we will only take on what we know.  However, if we are not able to represent you with the utmost confidence, we will help you find the correct attorney for your needs, and will charge you nothing for the search.

Real Estate Practice:

Real estate refers to any property consisting of the land and the buildings on it, along with its natural resources, such as rivers, trees, crop fields, etc.  Whether you are buying, selling, renting, or refinancing your house, our experienced legal team will strongly advocate for you at each and every step of the process.  Our attorneys will defend you against foreclosures, acquire loan modifications, negotiate short sales, challenge zoning, town and county


Juan Pablo Carrasco de Groote

Juan Pablo Carrasco de Groote is head of the Foreign Investment Department of the firm.

Advised clients and lead the local strategy to invest in multiple mining and energy projects which include Nickel, Silver, Gold, Antimony and Petroleum in Guatemala and Central America.

Advised and lead as local counsel international arbitrations including the first ever DR-CAFTA Investor vs State dispute in Washington DC., which was ruled on behalf of the investor.

Team leader in multiple strategic and large real estate transactions, involving natural resources companies, government, and multinationals.

Team leader in multiple complex commercial transactions between multinationals and national entities and individuals.

  • Foreign Investment
  • Natural Resources (Mining and Energy)
  • Acquisition of strategic Real Estate Assets
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Corporate Law
  • International Arbitration and Mediation
  • Bachelors of Law (LL.B.), (Guatemala, 1998) – Universidad Francisco Marroquin.
  • Specialization in Arbitration Law and Alternate Dispute Resolutions (U.S.A., 1998) – Loyola University.
  • Certificate if Digital Economy and E-Business (Guatemala, 2002) – Central American Institute of Public Administration -ICAP / Ministry of Economy.
  • Specialization in International Mergers & Acquisitions (England, 2003) – College of Law of England & Wales.
  • Executive Program in Legal Issues of International Business Law, (2003) – Georgetown University Law Center/ INCAE.
  • Specialization in Advanced Negotiation, Deal Design & Implementation (U.S.A., 2005) – Harvard Law School.
  • Magister Science (LL.M), Mercantile Law & Competitiveness (Guatemala, 2008) – CIG /USAC.
  • Attorney at Law – Public Notary (Guatemala, 1998)
  • Central Law Guatemala
  • AMCHAM Guatemala
  • Guatemalan Bar Association
  • Mexican Chamber of Commerce
  • German Chamber of Commerce
  • Guatemalan Chamber of Industry
  • American Bar Association – ABA
  • Chambers & Partners, Latin America.
Natural Resources Law Practice:

CENTRAL LAW has established a solid reputation thanks to its counseling services in the regulatory scope and due diligences on the main hydrocarbon and electricity industries.

Investment in these fields is considered of high-growth in the CAFTA-DR region. Our firm has been providing counsel to the principal investment projects in Central America, Panama and Dominican Republic.

At CENTRAL LAW we promote Renewable Energy Projects and Infrastructure, caring for the environmental management of all the operations involved.

Our firm offers a comprehensive service that covers all necessary stages to ensure the success of the whole project from prefeasibility, feasibility and Implementation, setting out the critical routes within the legal, technical and financial frameworks and supported by a team of experts in the matter.


CENTRAL LAW is the leading regional law firm advising clients on corporate law and in Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure in Central America, Panama and the Caribbean.

With 11 offices in the countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and the Dominican Republic, CENTRAL LAW has advised domestic and foreign corporations as well as individuals and international organizations in different projects in their business development in the countries where the firm’s offices are located.

International directories such as Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 and IFLR 1000 have recognized CENTRAL LAW´s lawyers as prominent professionals in the fields of Corporate Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Corporate Finance, Corporate M&A, Energy & Infrastructure, Energy & Natural Resources, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Labour & Employment, Real Estate & Tourism, Shipping and Tax.