Nuno is an upstream and downstream lawyer with international trade & projects’ expertise and a particular focus in hard commodities trading, mining/metals projects in Africa. He is triple qualified, combining civil and common law and African and European jurisdiction expertise. Over more than a decade Nuno worked mostly with emerging markets in the MEA in crude oil and mining & metals, specialising in cross-border M&A, complex foreign direct investments, offtakes, international trade and trade finance.
Prior to joining Clyde & Co in London, Nuno was Lead transactional partner for Africa at a leading Mid-Tier Law firm in London. He spent over 10 years in private practice in Europe and Africa having been seconded in 2011 to Sinopec Sonangol International Limited (SSI), a major Sino-Angolan E&P IOC. He was involved with advisory work related to Production Sharing Agreements, Joint Operating Agreements and Supplemental arrangements.
Until 2016, Nuno was senior legal counsel for Africa with major trading Co. Trafigura and its affiliated companies. He worked in transactions in Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Tanzania, Ivory Coast and Benin. His experience includes advising on particular FIDIC projects and cross border transactions in the SADC (Southern African Development Community) and OHADA (Organisation pour l'harmonisation en Afrique du droit des affaires) regions..
Nuno is a member of the AIPN and the representative officer of the Industrial Association of Angola (AIA) in England and Northern Ireland. He was appointed Arbitrator of Arbitration chamber of the AIA in Luanda in 2019 and his currently an active Honorary Member of the Chamber of Commerce of the DRC in Great Britain. (CCCGB). He is fluent in Portuguese and French holding a Baccalauréat général littéraire (L) from the Académie de Toulouse.
"[…] his upstream contractual expertise proved to be a must, great insights on O&G offshore business. “Always available and dedicated lawyer”. (Sinopec Sonangol Limited Tax leader, 2011)
"I worked with Nuno on a number of projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, including in Mozambique,[…]. Nuno has not only demonstrated an intimate knowledge of these jurisdictions and astrong execution capability, he has also shown great energy and proactiveness in solving issues anddriving processes forward with counterparties, local counsels and local stakeholders." (Puma Energy former Global Head of M&A, 2016)
"It was a pleasure to have worked with Nuno […]. We have worked together on multiple business projects in Africa and his legal expertise and advice has improved the company business efficiency in a challenging working environment.He is an asset to any company that he’s with." (Trafigura Affiliates, Singapore, Former Group Financial Controller, 2015)
Nuno is a commodities focused transactional lawyer with particular expertise in crude oil, metals and minerals sourced from African countries, in particular from Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique.