Manuel Santos Vítor
Partner

Manuel Santos Vítor

Joined PLMJ in 1989.
Partner in charge of developing the international practice of PLMJ.

About Manuel

Manuel is a partner with 30 years’ experience. His areas of practice include corporate and M&A, energy and natural resources. Manuel also dedicates a considerable amount of his time to insurance and aviation law.

Manuel is currently in charge of developing the international practice of PLMJ. An AIPN and IBA member, Manuel Santos Vitor has been closely involved in the internationalization of PLMJ.

Manuel was PLMJ’s co-managing partner and then managing partner between 2008-2015.

Graduated from the law school of the Universidade de Lisboa, he has an LLM in EU law from the College of Europe in Bruges.

Contacts

Languages:
English, French

Academic Background
  • Law degree from the University of Lisbon, 1988
  • Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association, 1991
  • Postgraduate in EU law from the College of Europe, 1989
  • Program on negotiation for lawyers, Harvard Law School, 2006
  • Leading Professional Services Firms Program, Harvard Business School 2009
Professional Background
  • Managing Partner and Co-Managing Partner at PLMJ, 2008-2015
  • Partner at PLMJ since 1998
Member of
  • IBA - International Bar Association
  • AIPN – Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
  • Chamber of Commerce Portugal - Angola
  • Chamber of Commerce Portugal - Côte d'Ivoire
Chambers Europe
2019 - Manuel Santos Vítor, Band 3 | Corporate Law / M&A

"He holds notable expertise in highly regulated sectors, such as energy and healthcare, and he is regularly appointed on cross-border transactions."

2018 - Manuel Santos Vítor | Corporate Law / Merger&Acquisitions

"Sources says that he is pragmatic in his approach to clients."

2019 - Manuel Santos Vítor, Band 2 | Energy and Natural Resources law

"According to one appreciative client he is always available and thinking outside of the box."

2019 - Manuel Santos Vítor, Band 2 | Energy and Natural Resources law (International)

"He regularly advises on the regulatory, contentious and M&A aspects of mining, solar and biofuel projects."

2018 - Manuel Santos Vítor, Band 2 | Energy and Natural Resources law

"Sources additionally appreciate that he is efficient and prioritises clients' interests."

2018 - Manuel Santos Vítor, Band 2 | Energy and Natural Resources law (International)

"Clients praise his pragmatic approach to complex matters." He regularly handles matters concerning lusophone Africa."

2019 - Manuel Santos Vítor, Band 3 | Transportation and Aviation

"He focuses on cross-border work, particularly involving African jurisdictions."

2018 - Manuel Santos Vítor, Band 3 | Transportation and Aviation

"He is recognised for his experience in aircraft financing transactions and for his involvement in operations linked to M&A and corporate law."

2017 - Manuel Santos Vítor | Corporate Law / Merger&Acquisitions

"He's very experienced, always available and has demonstrated very good legal skills and outstanding negotiation capability."

2017 - Manuel Santos Vítor, Band 2 | Energy & Natural Resources (International)

"He brings corporate expertise to matters in the energy sector and is recognized for his international practice, often working on operations in Africa."

2017 - Manuel Santos Vítor, Band 2 | Transportation and Aviation

"He has the ability to take a commercial approach to any issues in order to find solutions that work from both a legal and commercial perspectives."

Chambers Global
2019 - Manuel Santos Vítor, Band 3 | Corporate Law / M&A

"He holds notable expertise in highly regulated sectors, such as energy and healthcare, and he is regularly appointed on cross-border transactions."

2018 - Manuel Santos Vítor | Corporate Law / M&A

"He is active in multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions."

2017 - Manuel Santos Vítor | Corporate Law / Merger&Acquisitions

"He is skilled in M&A and corporate finance work, and recognised for his expertise in the energy sector. One source notes: "He's very experienced, always available and has demonstrated very good legal skills and outstanding negotiation capability. He is"

The Legal 500
2019 - Manuel Santos Vítor | Shipping & Transportation
2019 - Manuel Santos Vítor | Energy and Natural Resources
2018 - Manuel Santos Vítor | Corporate / M&A
2018 - Manuel Santos Vítor | Energy and Natural Resources
2017 - Manuel Santos Vítor | Corporate / M&A
2017 - Manuel Santos Vítor | Energy and Natural Resources
IFLR 1000
2019 - Manuel Santos Vítor | Corporate / M&A
2019 - Manuel Santos Vítor | Corporate / M&A (Energy and Infrastructure)
2019 - Manuel Santos Vítor | Corporate / M&A (Project Development)
2019 - Manuel Santos Vítor | Angola - Corporate / M&A
2019 - Manuel Santos Vítor | Angola - Energy and Infrastructure
2019 - Manuel Santos Vítor | angola - Project Development
2018 - Manuel Santos Vítor | Corporate / M&A
2018 - Manuel Santos Vítor | Corporate / M&A (Energy and Infrastructure)
2018 - Manuel Santos Vítor | Corporate / M&A (Project Development)
2018 - Manuel Santos Vítor | Angola - Corporate / M&A
2018 - Manuel Santos Vítor | Angola - Energy and Infrastructure
2018 - Manuel Santos Vítor | angola - Project Development
2018 - Manuel Santos Vítor | Mozambique - Corporate / M&A
2018 - Manuel Santos Vítor | Moçambique - Energy and Infrastructure
2018 - Manuel Santos Vítor | Mozambique - Project Development
Best Lawyers
2018 - Manuel Santos Vítor | Energy and natural resources
2019 - Manuel Santos Vítor | Recognised Lawyers
2017 - Manuel Santos Vítor | Natural Resources Law
2017 - Manuel Santos Vítor | Other Recommended Lawyer
2018 - Manuel Santos Vítor | Other Recommended Lawyer
2016 - Manuel Santos Vítor | Other Recommended Lawyer
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