Magda Cocco

Magda Cocco joined VdA in 1994. Head of Practice of Information, Communication & Technology, Magda has in-depth knowledge and experience in the e-communications industry across several jurisdictions, particularly Portugal and the Portuguese-speaking countries.

Having led multidisciplinary teams in different projects, and assisted Governments and Regulatory Entities in connection with the definition of regulatory policies and legislative drafting, she has also advised various International Telecommunications Union and other international entities’ surveys.

Magda has provided expert advice to companies and public entities across different industries on Data Protection & Cybersecurity, assisted several entities in connection with governance matters and data-related strategies, coordinated compliance programs and assisted public and private entities in connection with Cybersecurity threat situations. Magda has also been involved in innovative technological projects with implications in these areas, and in the definition of legal policies and legislative drafting in various countries.

Magda has been involved in various Space sector projects, including the negotiation of contracts for satellite construction and launch and for the installation of ground stations, and assisted Governments in connection with the definition and drafting of Space-related strategies and legislation.

She is VdA’s representative at the International Astronautic Federation (IAF).

She is responsible for liaising with The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI).

She participates in several Space sector-related forums, namely the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA).

Magda has participated as speaker in several conferences and seminars related to her area of practice.

Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers - Technology Law (Lisbon) - 2020

Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers - Media Law (Lisbon) - 2019

Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers - Technology Law – 2017

Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers – 2015

“40 Under Forty”, Iberian Lawyer - 2007

In 2016, Magda was nominated for the Financial Times’ Legal Innovator of the Year award, along with the top ten most innovative European lawyers.


Law Degree - Lisbon University Law School.

Lecturer - Space Law Course jointly organized by the ELSA (“European Law Students’ Association”) of the Portuguese Catholic University, Vieira de Almeida & Associados and VdAcademia.

Lecturer - Telecommunications Law and Regulation and Data Protection and Privacy Post-Graduate course at the Lisbon Catholic University.

Lecturer - Telecommunications Law course as part of the LLM in Public Law of the Lisbon Administration School.

Lecturer - e-communications course, Lisbon New University Law School.

Assistant Professor at the University of Lisbon Law School.

She has penned or co-authored several articles published in national and international specialized publications, notably:

  • Estudo sobre o Serviço Universal de Telecomunicações na Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa e em Macau, China, União Internacional das Comunicações Electrónicas (2017)
  • "International Laws Regulating Satellite Communications" - Annals of Air and Space Law - Institute of Air and Space, McGill University Law School (2016)
  • “O impacto da decisão ‘safe harbour’ do Tribunal de Justiça Europeu sobre a Comissão Nacional de Proteção de Dados”, Iberian Lawyer (Jan. 2016)
  • “Laws running after outer space: legal changes lie ahead”, blog Space Innovation Congress (2016)
  • “The Privacy, Data Protection and Cybersecurity”, The Law Review (2015)
  • “Global Privacy and Security Law Book ” (Portugal Chapter), Aspen Publishers (updated in 2014)
  • PLC Cross - Border Handbooks (Data Protection, updated in 2014)

Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association.

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

English, French, Spanish.

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