Miguel Spínola
Senior Counsel

Miguel Spínola

Joined PLMJ in 2009.
Senior counsel in the Corporate M&A practice.

About Miguel

Miguel is a senior counsel in the Corporate M&A pratice. He has more than 17 years’ experience, specialising in foreign investment and mergers and acquisitions, in Portugal and Mozambique.

Miguel has been involved in numerous complex transactions concluded in recent years in both countries. In this work, he has advised Portuguese and international clients from various industries and sectors, in particular, energy (renewables and oil and gas), financial services, infrastructure, construction and real estate.

In 2013, he won the prestigious award "40 under forty” award given by the magazine Iberian Lawyer.

Miguel has had several articles published in Portuguese newspapers and in specialist publications. He participates regularly as speaker in conferences and seminars on topics relating to commercial and corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and foreign investment in the Mozambican market.

Prior to his arrival at PLMJ, Miguel was a lawyer at the law firms Mullerat and Uría Menéndez, at the Lisbon Municipal Council and at the Lisbon Property Owners Association.


Portuguese, English, Spanish, French

Academic Background
  • Law degree from Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon, 1998
  • Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association, 2001
Professional Background
  • Partner at PLMJ since 2016
  • Associate lawyer at Mullerat, S.L. law firm, Lisbon, Portugal, 2005-2007
  • Associate lawyer at Uría Menéndez, 2003-2004
  • In-house lawyer at Lisbon City Council, Estate Owners Association, 1999-2003
Member of
  • Member of the Board of the Portugal-Mozambique Chamber of Commerce, 2013
The Legal 500
2021 - Miguel Spínola | Mozambique Desk
2020 - Miguel Spínola | Mozambique Desk
2019 - Miguel Spínola | Mozambique Desk
2018 - Miguel Spínola | Mozambique Desk
Best Lawyers
2021 - Miguel Spínola | Recommended Lawyers
2020 - Miguel Spínola, Lawyer of the Year | Mining Law
2020 - Miguel Spínola | Recommended Lawyers
Chambers Global
2020 - Miguel Spínola, Band 2 | Mozambique - General Business Law

"He is "very active" in the Mozambique legal market, regularly representing clients on complex tax, regulatory and corporate mandates. Interviewees say he is a "very good adviser" who "can give all-round advice."

2019 - Miguel Spínola, Expertise based abroad in Portugal | Mozambique - General Business Law

"Market observers highlight that he spends a lot of his time in Mozambique, ensuring that the client's interests are well serviced."

2019 - Miguel Spínola, Foreign expert for Mozambique | Corporate Law / M&A

"He is specialised in matters concerning Mozambique and leads the firm's Mozambique desk. He often assists Portuguese clients with a variety of corporate and foreign investment matters."

2017 - Miguel Spínola, Foreign Expert for Mozambique | Corporate Law / Merger&Acquisitions

"He continues to be actively involved in foreign investments."

2017 - Miguel Spínola | Mozambique - General Business Law

"One source noted: I found them to be very competent and, since working with them, have found that they are committed to providing an on-time, quality product."

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