Bruno Melo Alves

Bruno Melo Alves joined VdA in 2015. He is managing associate at the Investigations & White Collar area of practice where he is actively involved in several transactions. 

He has a vast experience as counsel and is in frequent contact with clients across several jurisdictions, notably in Angola, advising, Oil & Gas, energy, distribution/wholesale, logistics, transport and mining clients. 

Bruno is an experienced criminal litigation lawyer and has been advising clients in connection with the anti-corruption, criminal and labor laws of several Portuguese-speaking countries. Bruno has assisted major companies in criminal matters and in internal audits regarding suspected criminal activities committed by employees at work, in the development, implementation and auditing of compliance & ethics programs.  

Bruno also focus his practice on the labor area of several Portuguese-speaking countries, being actively involved in major HR restructuring projects,  preparing internal regulations and policies, drafting and managing disciplinary and redundancy procedures, handling all types of unfair dismissal or illegal redundancy cases, drafting, negotiating and implementing agreements for the provision of manpower services in all sectors, assisting clients in labor audits by inspection bodies, labor due diligences and risk assessment reports, managing collective labor conflicts and strikes and drafting, negotiating and implementing collective bargaining agreements. 


Law degree, Lisbon Lusíada University Law School.

Attended a Post-graduation in Criminology by the Lisbon Lusíada University.

Before joining the Firm he was a senior associate at Miranda Correia Amendoeira & Associados.

Prior to Miranda, he also worked in a small law firm, where his practice was focused on criminal law.

Authored or co-authored several articles on legal issues and trends impacting the area of labour and criminal law, namely: 

  • Angola’s Labour Law (compendium of legislation) – Plural editores 

  • Angola’s Criminal Law (compendium of legislation) – Plural editores 

  • Article on Angolan labour law - Global Legal Insights to Employment & Labour Law 4th and 5th Ed - Angola chapter 

Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association.

Admitted to the Timor-Leste Bar Association (Conselho de Gestão e Disciplina).

Portuguese Criminal Forum (comprises the best renowned Portuguese lawyers whose practice focus in criminal litigation).


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