João Cortez Vaz

João Cortez Vaz joined VdA in 2012. He is Senior Associate at the Oil & Gas practice and has been involved in several operations in the petroleum and mineral sectors. He also regularly advises clients on private investment matters, as well as corporate law and commercial contracts. He previously worked at the firm’s M&A / Corporate Finance and Litigation & Arbitration practices.

During 2016 and 2017 he was the local head of VdA Legal Partners’ Timor-Leste office, having advised clients from the energy, financial and telecommunications sectors.

Law degree, University of Coimbra School of Law.

Master's Degree in Criminal Sciences, University of Coimbra School of Law.

V Advanced Postgraduate Studies in Corporate Law (Corporate Finance / Corporate Governance), University of Lisbon School of Law.

II Summer Course in Insolvency Law, University of Coimbra School of Law.

Author of the article "Controlo prévio de negócios entre a sociedade anónima e o accionista controlador, no Código das Sociedades Comerciais", in Revista de Direito das Sociedades, Ano XIII (2021), Número1, Almedina.

Co-author of the Angolan chapter of “The Mining Law Review” (2020).

Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association.

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

Member of JALP – International Association of Young Portuguese Speaking Lawyers.


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