Timor-Leste, a Southeast Asia island rich in natural resources, offers vast business opportunities. Its burgeoning General Business Law sector boasts excellent legal minds who are experienced in harnessing these opportunities for their global clientele. This piece will acquaint readers with some of this tiny yet mighty nation’s leading figures in General Business Law. This selection represents a diverse array of legal professionals who are contributing significantly to the local and global business landscape.
These talented individuals represent firms engaged in essential sectors such as energy, oil, gas, mining, and foreign investment. Their clients range from governments to multinational corporations and non-profit organizations. While some lawyers are local, others work with an international mindset, equipped with the required knowledge and experience to navigate the complex business world effectively.
The lawyers discussed herein have been carefully chosen based on their expertise, charisma, and their firms’ reputation. Each profile includes the lawyer’s name, firm, a link to the firm’s website (where available), a brief description of their practice, industry focus, and location.
Ricardo Alves Silva
Ricardo Alves Silva is an accomplished lawyer at Miranda & Associados. Recognised as an indispensable asset to clients in ventures involving Timor-Leste, he specializes in advancing energy and natural resources projects.
João Leite, also a part of Miranda & Associados, excels in providing expert aid in cross-border energy transactions. His double qualification in both Timor-Leste and Portugal serves as a tremendous benefit to his clientele.
Stephen Webb, a Brisbane-based lawyer associated with DLA Piper Australia, regularly consults with the Timorese government on issues of national importance relating to oil and gas.
Rui Botica Santos
Located in Lisbon, Rui Botica Santos is a founding partner of the Timorese practice at Coelho Ribeiro e Associados. He is highly regarded by market sources for his deep connection with Timor-Leste and intimate knowledge of the local scene, especially in dealing with mining-related matters.
Elsa Freitas serves as a managing associate and senior lawyer at Wong Alliance’s Dili office. Her clients include NGOs and corporations from varying sectors like aviation, oil and gas, and global logistics and transport.
José MG Guterres
Regarded as one of Timor-Leste’s most respected litigators, José Guterres of SJG Advogados is best known for his criminal practice. Still, he also extends his skills to handle commercial and family cases.
Lukeno Alkatiri of JLA, Advogados e Consultores, Lda, has a well-rounded practice, covering public and commercial law matters, including both transactional and contentious mandates.
Elisa Pereira co-leads the Timor-Leste practice at Abreu e C&C Advogados Timor-Leste. She operates across a broad range of practice areas, including general corporate, employment, and foreign investment spheres.
Duarte Simões Carneiro
Managing associate at Coelho Ribeiro e Associados’ Dili office, Duarte Simões Carneiro, maintains a wide-ranging local practice at CRA Timor. His practice focuses on commercial and contentious issues while offering advice on tax and employment matters.
Last but not least, José Teixeira at Da Silva Teixeira & Associados serves as a government minister. His wide-ranging practice includes such areas as energy and resources, the environment, and foreign investment.
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