João joined VdA in 2015, and is one of the partners of the Projects – Infrastructure, Energy & Natural Resources practice group and a member of the Oil & Gas practice group. In the past 20+ years, he has been involved in all kinds of projects and transactions in various jurisdictions, such as Timor-Leste, Angola, Portugal, Mozambique, Republic of Congo, DRC, Guinea Bissau and São Tomé and Príncipe. He is mainly focused on the energy (oil and gas upstream/downstream and power projects) and mining industry.
A frequent speaker in international mining and oil and gas upstream and downstream events, João has a detailed and comprehensive understanding of all typical projects and transactions of both industries. In particular as concerns the mining industry, he has been involved in the abovementioned jurisdictions on behalf of both major and junior companies and a wide-range of service and supply companies.
He is the author or co-author of several articles on legal issues and trends in the area of energy, mining and private investment, namely, among others:
The Mining Law Review, Law Business Research, 2014.
The Mining Law Review, Law Business Research, 2013.
Why Angola is the Right Country in which to Expand your Mining Business, Africa Law Today, Issue 3 (2013).
The Mining Law Review, Law Business Research, 2012.
Minerals and Mining, Globe Law and Business, 2012.
Getting the Deal Through Mining 2011 to 2014.
The Future of the Angola Mining Sector, Jornal Sol (weekly newspaper), 2010.
The Portuguese Bar Association.
The Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.
Board member of World Initiative of Mining Lawyers (2014–2016).
Chairman of the Portuguese Law Firms Association (2014–2016).