Rui Mendes Clara


Rui has a Law Degree from the Faculty of Law of the Catholic University, in Lisbon, and a postgraduate degree in Commercial Law and Securities Law, from the Law Schools of the Catholic University and the University of Lisbon.

He is currently in the final phase of his doctorate in private law at the Faculty of Law of Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

Lawyer since 2009, his activity is mainly focused on the Oil & Gas area, commercial company law, labor law and contract law.

He started as a trainee lawyer in Lisbon, at Carlos Aguiar, Ferreira de Lima & Associados, where he practiced law until 2013.

Since then, he has developed his professional activity in Angola and Portugal, having been Senior Contracts Compliance Specialist at the natural gas exploration company ANGOLA LNG until the end of 2015, and Legal Advisor at several European and African companies, with particular emphasis on for companies linked to the oil sector.

He has extensive experience advising in the areas of Contract Law, Commercial Company Law and Labor Law, having led several corporate restructuring, M&A and commercial contract operations.

He is a member of the Portuguese Bar Association.

Speaks Portuguese, English and Spanish.