Law Degree University of Lisbon Faculty of Law.
Professional experience (VdA)
Rui joined VdA in 2015. He is head partner of the Oil&Gas practice. He brings an in-depth understanding of the complex legal, regulatory and practical challenges facing the oil industry in several African plays, including Angola, Mozambique, Gabon, Congo, among others.
For close to 25 years his practice has covered a myriad of projects and transactions throughout the oil and gas value chain, including upstream developments, liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects, regasification facility projects, acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, farmins and farmouts, cross-border pipelines, etc..
He is frequently called upon to draft and negotiate a variety of oil & gas agreements, including concession contracts, production sharing agreements, participating agreements, JOAs, operating agreements, field unitization agreements, the full range of service contracts, FPSO contracts, pipeline transportation agreements, storage, gathering and interconnection agreements, engineering, construction and procurement agreements, and other documents that require wide-ranging multidisciplinary experience. His clients include oil and gas producers, operators, drilling contractors and construction companies, large utilities, refineries, financial institutions, and a host of other businesses. The breath of his experience has helped him to develop to be a seasoned and business oriented lawyer who is known for providing practical and creative advice to his clients.
Other professional background
Prior to joining Vieira de Almeida & Associados, he spent his entire legal career (1991-2015) at Lisbon-based law firm Miranda Correia Amendoeira & Associados where he was the firm-wide head of the Oil&Gas practice and spearheaded the firm’s international expansion. He served as managing partner and chairman of the board of Miranda between 2005 and 2015.
Author or co-author of several articles on legal issues and trends impacting the oil and gas industry.
Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association.
Admitted to the Angolan Bar Association.
Admitted to the Timor-Leste Bar Association (Conselho de Gestão e Disciplina).
Languages: English, French, Spanish
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