Duarte Marques da Cruz


Lisbon | Luanda | Maputo

Duarte Marques da Cruz is partner of the Portuguese law firm MC&A, specialized in international business advisory, with a special focus in Lusophone markets. With extensive experience in the Energy sector (Renewables and Oil & Gas) and in International Taxation, he has supported international companies in major upstream, midstream transactions and projects, including in implementing, exploration and development programs.

Duarte has also supported international clients in other areas of practice, namely, Mining, Transport & Logistics, Regulatory Compliance and Mergers & Acquisitions in Mozambique, Angola and Portugal.

Practice Areas 

Energy, Mining, Transport & Logistics, International Taxation, Regulatory Compliance and Mergers & Acquisitions.

Experience Highlights

Advised a Middle East public company in the acquisition of Oil & Gas concessions in Mozambique and in the incorporation of a company;

— Assisted to the Mozambican Government in the negotiations with the Concessionaires and draft of all the legal framework related with the implementation of the LNG project in Mozambique;

— Advised a Multinational company in the mining sector in regulatory compliance related with several mining concessions in Mozambique;

— Advised a multinational Energy and Mining company on its incorporation in Mozambique;

— Advised a Multinational Company in the oil and gas sector, based in the United Kingdom, in the setup of facilities in Angola for the production of LNG and NGL;

— Advised to a business group in the maritime sector in the restructuring of their corporate and maritime affairs in Mozambique, as well as in their current day-to-day operations;

— Advised a Chinese Oil Company in an operation for the acquisition of a concession agreement in Angola;

— Legal advisory to an Oil & Gas Company in the incorporation and negotiation of a business in Mozambique;

— Assistance to one of the largest multinational oil and natural gas service provider in several matters in Mozambique and Angola;

— Advised an Indian Transportation company in the incorporation of a company in Mozambique and with cabotage transactions and regulatory compliance;

— Advise an electricity company of Mozambique on its business strategy for the structuring of equity participation in power generation and transmission projects in Mozambique.


Published numerous articles on the Portuguese, Angolan and Mozambican legal framework, namely:

— Legal pointers for Mozambique SMEs, The Exchange (https://theexchange.africa/africa/legal-pointers-for-mozambique-smes/)

— How to open a company in Mozambique, Further Africa (https://furtherafrica.com/2020/03/23/understanding-how-to-open-a-company-in-mozambique/)

— Insight: Local content law in Mozambique, Further Africa (https://furtherafrica.com/2020/01/15/insight-local-content-law-in mozambique/)

— Expat – Mozambique improves Oil & Gas immigration regime, Further Africa (https://furtherafrica.com/2020/02/03/expat-mozambique-improves-oil-gas-immigration-regime/)

— Indaba 2020 – digitalising mining economy and connecting millennial investors, Further Africa (https://furtherafrica.com/2020/02/03/indaba-2020-digitalising-mining-economy-and-connecting-millennial-investors/)

Professional Associations

— Registered Lawyer with the Portuguese Bar Association

— Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs’ member


— Master’s Degree in Tax Law by the School of Law of the University of Lisbon (2018);

— Law degree by the School of Law of the University of Lisbon (2016).


Portuguese, English, Spanish.


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