Maria Inês Costa

Maria Inês Costa joined VdA in 2021. Senior Associate of the Oil&Gas practice area.  

Law degree at University of Porto Faculty of Law.

LLM in International Business Law at King’s College of London.

Post-Graduation in Companies Law at Portuguese Catholic University, Lisbon Law School.

Specialisation course in International Law and International Relations at University of Lisbon Faculty of Law.


Before joining the firm, she worked at AVM Advogados as an Associate Lawyer, with particular focus in the Portuguese, Angolan and Mozambican jurisdictions. She advised in private investment and mining projects, as well as public finance / sovereign debt issue operations. She provided ongoing assistance in matters related to the oil & gas sector, such as foreign exchange regulations or company matters.

She completed her traineeship at AVM Advogados, working also with private investment, corporate law, foreign exchange, energy and natural resources.

  • “Global Mobility – An Overview for Human Resource Professionals” – co-author of the Angolan jurisdiction chapter. Law Quest – Advocates and Solicitor (E&W). 4th Edition, 2017.
  • Collaboration in writing and updating several periodic publications:
    • Getting the Deal Through – Oil Regulation (2015 and 2016 – Angola); Mergers and Acquisitions (2016 – Angola); Electricity Regulation (2015, 2016 and 2017 – Portugal).
    • Enabling the Business of Agriculture – Water survey, World Bank (2019 – Angola).
    • Getting Credit – Legal Rights questionnaire, World Bank (2019 – Portugal).

Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association.

Founder member and secretary of the General Meeting of Associates of JALP (International Association of Young Lawyers of Portuguese Speaking Countries).

Member of the Commissions of Corporate and M&A, Banking, Finance and Capital Markets and Environmental and Energy Law at AIJA (International Association of Young Lawyers).

English, Spanish.

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