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Congratulations on DSL Lawyers being ranked in the Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021 Guide

Congratulations on DSL Lawyers being ranked in the Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021 Guide Ranked as Band 1 law firm, the DSL Lawyers team is known for being regularly instructed by high-profile international clients and renowned international law firms on acquisitions and real estate and gaming matters. Also particularly well known for handling contentious and non-contentious IP...

Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

Data Protection in Macau Overview

Data Privacy Advisor – Data Protection in Macau Overview A Q&A guide to data protection in Macau. This Q&A guide gives a high-level overview of the data protection laws, regulations, and principles in Macau, including the main obligations and processing requirements for data controllers, data processors, or other third parties. It also covers data subject…

Macau Employment Law Amendments

Macau Employment Law Amendments 26May2020 Labour Relations Law amended The Labour Relations Law n.º 7/2008 was amended by Law n.º 8/2020, effective 26th May 2020. Here is a summary of some relevant amendments, for your reference: COMPENSATION FOR WORK PERFORMED ON WEEKLY REST DAYS – the employee will be able to have the work performed on a rest day…

Local economy needing solutions to regain tourism flows – Press statements of Carlos D. Simões

Local economy needing solutions to regain tourism flows – European Chamber of Commerce President By Nelson Moura   The President of the Macau European Chamber of Commerce, Carlos Duque Simões, told Macau News Agency that the financial policies announced by Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng to help the local economy recover were badly needed but…

Macao Offshore Companies to end on 1 January 2021

Macau Offshore Companies end-restructuring 2021 01 01-summary info newsletter The offshore regime in Macao was introduced with Decree-Law nº 58/99/M back in 1999 and the reasons then announced for its introduction were the natural propensity of Macao for tertiarisation, as well as the improvements seen in local infrastructures such as transports and communications and a...

Great Bay Area – Questions & Answers

Greater lengths President of the Macau European Chamber of Commerce and expert on the Greater Bay Area Carlos Simões talks about how important the GBA and its tourists are to the city in the wake of the virus outbreak. The virus outbreak has, for many, shown just how much Macao has become integrated into the…

DSL LAWYERS WINS ASIA IP OF 2019

We are honored to see our work recognized at the Asia IP Awards. The DSL team takes this opportunity to thank everyone who in any way helped us win the 2019 ASIA IP Award in Macau.

BBAM @Sheraton, Tian Shan Room – SEMINAR Tuesday 24 September 2019

BBAM @Sheraton, Tian Shan Room SEMINAR Tuesday 24 September 2019 Guest Speaker:  Rita Martins Partner at DSL Lawyers   Equality, Discrimination & Harassment in the Workplace Whereas Macau legislation may be scarce and outdated in this area, the purpose of this seminar is not only to enlighten the legal principles, rights and obligations of both employers and employees,…

Merry Christmas 2017

Christmas is the season when apprehension and fear melt away with love and hope. Let the magic of Christmas awaken your inner child during this time of joy. In the year that we celebrate our 10th anniversary, we continue our tradition of sending only digital cards and making a donation to a charity institution. We wish...

International Private Equity handled by DSL Lawyers

Bridgepoint Capital acquires Sapec Agro Busines DSL Lawyers has assisted Sapec Agro Business in Macau in the disposal of its agro-industrial units globally, which involved 456 million Euros. The transaction involved the purchase of 100% of the share capital and voting rights by Bridgepoint Capital as well as 100% of the Spanish company Trade Corporation…

Donative to Good Shepherd Centre

As it became a tradition of DSL Lawyers every year, during Christmas time, a donation is made to a charity to help those in need and help those who are tireless in their charity work. We believe in helping others and always try our best to improve social responsibility, whether by pro-bono services, by donating goods or funds. This…

Season Greetings 2016

Christmas is the season for peace, joy and fellowship with family, friends and colleagues. May the festive spirit fill your heart and home with happiness, mercy, health and harmony. May these blessings follow you throughout the New Year. Continuing our tradition of digital cards to encourage a better environment and social responsibility by donating funds…

Asia Law Profiles launched rankings for 2017

On 2nd November 2016, the 2017 Asia Law Profiles rankings compiled by the Legal Media Group (Euromoney) were released upon completion of the research and clients’ survey. As in previous editions, DSL Lawyers was ranked in this edition. Most importantly, the practice area of Banking & Finance and Corporate M&A were ranked as Outstanding. The practice areas of…

Seminar with Carlos D Simoes on “The New Land Law: A Game Changer?”

DSL Lawyers in association with British Business Association of Macau (BBAM) presented, on September 27, 2016, a seminar on the New Land Law (Law 10/2013). The seminar, focused on the requirements of the New Land Law and its implications on new leasehold concessions, as well as on leasehold concessions on which the developers failed to…

Invitation to join DSL and Eversheds Seminar: Employment in Macau & Hong Kong

DSL Lawyers has the pleasure of inviting you to join the Employment Seminar in Hong Kong lead by Rita Martins and Jennifer Van Dale, partner of Eversheds.

Julia Brockman’s expertise on Telecommunications for Lawyer Monthly Magazine

Partner Julia Brockman shared her expertise on the telecommunications current legal and regulatory environment in Macau. Interviewed by Lawyer Monthly Magazine in March 2016, Julia provided some insights on legal and regulatory requirements of the Macau telecoms market as well as licensing, litigation issues and dispute resolution in the legal and technical context of telecoms. ”…

Latest News on Employment Related Matters – May 2016

The Macau Labour Affairs Bureau (DSAL) has been restructured and its competences enlarged, as per revised structure and attributions approved by the Administrative Regulation no. 12/2016, effective as of 28 May 2016. From this date onwards it will be DSAL, through its Non-resident Workers Employment Department, to further process all work permit applications, integrating the…

DSL Lawyers ranked in Band 1 on Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific 2016

The Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific 2016 guide is out and DSL Lawyers was once again acknowledged as a Band 1 law firm in Macau. In its review, Chambers and Partners mentioned that “the team is known for Pre-eminent practice, with strong bench and broad advisory capabilities. Acknowledged for assisting multinationals in acquisitions, disposals and public listings. Impressive roster of clients from the retail, real estate and gaming sectors. Additionally well versed in…

2016 Macau Law Tax Exemptions

2016 Macau SAR Special Annual Budget Law Tax Exemptions: Corporate Tax, Professional Tax and Property Tax Besides other exemptions contemplated under the law that approved the 2016 budget for Macau SAR  (Law No. 15/2015, of 28 December 2015), the core special exemptions applicable cover Corporate Tax, Professional Tax and Property Tax. Corporate Tax The taxable profits accrued in…

Employment and Tax News – Macau 2016

Latest Legislative News on Employment Related Matters   Law 15/2015 became effective on 1st January 2016 – the official budget law sets annual exemptions, deductions and tax withholding minimum thresholds for 2016. Regarding professional tax the following applies in Macau for 2016: 1.   Tax rates (professional tax rates) are progressive up to 12% with the top tax rates applying…

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We wish you a Merry Christmas and much success in the New Year. We hope you and your family, and all your coworkers have a lovely holiday season filled with joy and meaning.

BBAM Seminar presented by Julia Brockman, “Employers: Compliance and Work Permits for Non-Residents”

Doing business in Macao brings challenges in hiring and retaining human resources essential to the success of each and every business. To help companies be aware of these challenges and possible outcomes of hiring locals and non-locals in Macau, the British Business Association of Macao (BBAM) asked Julia Brockman, Partner at DSL Lawyers, to share her insights…

DSL Lawyers & ICC Lunch Seminar: “Hiring in Macao: Challenges and Solutions”

On November 13th, DSL Lawyers’ Partner Rita Martins shared her Macau employment insights at a Lunch Seminar entitled “Hiring in Macao: Challenges and Solutions”, organized by The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and Macao. The lunch seminar was hosted at Compass Offices, 20/F, Infinitus Plaza Building, in Hong Kong. More than 30 companies’ representatives with interest…

DSL Lawyers attended APAA 2015 Council Meeting in Japan

The Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA) was founded back in 1969 and became the leading forum, in Asia, for IP matters and IP practitioners. Nowadays the association has approximately 2,315 members from 17 Recognised Groups in Australia, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam…

CCILC 36th Anniversary

The Portuguese–Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCILC) has been boosting the economic and commercial bilateral relations between Portugal and China since 1978. As China continues to represent an increasingly major source of foreign investment to Portugal, the Chamber represents a vital bridge between the two countries and to its extension across all Portuguese-speaking Countries….

DSL Lawyers highly recommended in Asialaw Profiles 2016

“Speaking of IP in Macau, they are the first name to consider.” On an individual basis research, all DSL Lawyers’ Partners have been ranked as Leading Lawyers in Macau.   DSL Lawyers has been the only firm in Macau ranked as outstanding  for its Intellectual Property practice. DSL has also been highly recommended on the following practice areas: Corporate/M&A Banking & Finance Project Finance Capital Markets Construction & Real…

DSL Lawyers ranked on IFLR1000 2016 edition

“DSL provides an efficient and trustworthy service in relation to Macau law” IFLR1000 (2016 edition) is out and DSL Lawyers has been once again acknowledged as a recommended firm in the financial and corporate areas of practice. IFLR1000 has been proving financial and corporate law firm rankings and analysis in over 120 jurisdictions around the world...

Magistrates and Public Defenders from East Timor visit DSL Lawyers

On October 26, DSL Lawyers had the honor of hosting a Delegation of ten Magistrates and Public Defenders from East Timor in a visit organized by CFJJ – RAEM David Silva Lopes, Partner of DSL, conducted the presentation where diverse matters of law and judicial organization were discussed.

DSL Lawyers’ association with the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and Macao

DSL Lawyers has joined the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and Macao (ICC) network as sole legal member in Macau. Incorporated in 1997, the ICC is a private organization, recognized by the Italian Government, whose mission is to promote and strengthen trade among Italy, Hong Kong and Macau. In the past few years,…

PLMJ congratulates DSL Lawyers for its 8th anniversary

DSL Lawyers, the PLMJ International Legal Network member in Macau, marks its 8th anniversary 2015-09-18   DSL Lawyers, a member of PLMJ International Legal Network, celebrated its 8th anniversary on 19 September, and five of those eight years have been spent working in a successful partnership with PLMJ. In Chinese culture, the number eight represents the feeling…

DSL Lawyers celebrates its 8th Anniversary

Lawyers Carlos Duque Simões, David Silva Lopes, Julia Brockman and Rita Martins, respective associates and support team, celebrated the 8th anniversary of DSL Lawyers office this Friday, September 18. The celebration took place at MGM Hotel, The Vista Room, with the attendance of clients and friends. The team of the founding members, which remains unchanged, has been…

Portugal New Legal Framework for Online Gaming and Betting

The publication of Decree-Law 66/2015 of 29 April finally approved the New Legal Framework for Online Gaming and Betting (Novo Regime Jurídico dos Jogos e Apostas Online – “RJO”). This new legislation regulates the operation of online gaming and betting – games of chance, odds-based sports betting and totalisator and odds-based betting in horse racing. With…

Jornal I – “Macau, um paraíso para os investidores”

By Rita Martins and Diana Alfafar Em parceria com a PLMJ Macau, um paraíso para investidores Macau, a “Las Vegas do Oriente”, tornou-se num popular destino turístico, tendo sido uma das cidades mais visitadas do mundo em 2014, com cerca de 29,3 milhões de visitantes. Para além das famosas salas de jogo, as infraestruturas dos…

Chambers and Partners – Macau Country Overview

Macau Overview Contributed by Mr. Carlos D. Simões (Partner), and Ms. Diana Alfafar (Associate), DSL Lawyers Introduction Macau is by far the world’s biggest gaming market. Seven times the size of its most direct competitor, Las Vegas, its gross gaming revenue expanded 19% to USD45.2 billion in 2013. Casinos are continually breaking revenue records due to…

IFLR – The Secret to Foreign Direct Investment in Macau

By Rita Martins and Pedro Manero Lemos Rita Martins and Pedro Manero Lemos of DSL Lawyers look at how Macau has cultivated, and continues to build on, its success as a global investment hub. Despite the uncertainty that surrounds every investment decision, there are places in the world where continuous development offers positive opportunities for investors to…

Norton Rose Fullbright Guide ‐ Business Ethics and Anti­‐Corruption Asia Pacific Laws

By Carlos D. Simões and Pedro Manero Lemos The purpose of this Guide is to provide legal, governance, risk and compliance practitioners who are interested in the region with an overview of anti-­‐corruption regimes and related laws in the Asia Pacific context. The sheer diversity within the Asia Pacific presents those who have regional responsibility…

Patent Law in Greater China: Introduction to the Patent System in Macau SAR

By Carlos D. Simões | Published by Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd DSL: The employment law in Macau Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (MSAR) has been undergoing great attention and development lately. It may, however, be said that the journey towards an integrated and mature legal system…

China Law & Practice ­‐ New property laws offer investors security

By Carlos D. Simões and Pedro Manero Lemos Macau’s booming property market has prompted the government to issue a series of laws to provide further security to both buyers and sellers. The most important changes are to the laws on stamp duty and promissory and pre-­‐sale agreements… New Property Laws offer investors security

China Law & Practice ­‐ Understanding Local Practices

By Julia Brockman and André Marques Accessing the lucrative market of Macau is on every foreign investor’s radar. Though challenges regarding corporate structure and registration, real estate, employment, litigation and licensing appear intimidating, a good understanding of local practice ensures a smooth and solid transaction… Understanding local practices

Asia IP Law ­‐ One Country, Three Systems: The Interplay of IP Practice in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau

Despite the fact the Macau lawyers work closely with Hong Kong law firms to set up IP portfolios for international companiesand to help them to enforce IP rights in Macau, the cooperation with mainland China is mostly directed to Beijing offices, says Carlos D Simões, a partner at DSL Lawyers… Understanding local practices

Asian Legal Business -­ Macau: Beyond Junkets

By Julia Brockman When junket operator Suncity opened its first high roller baccarat table at Steve Wynn’s Macau casino in 2007 to lure China’s wealthiest punters, the firm had fewer than 30 employees and no computers or equipment other than pen and paper. Five years later, Suncity has emerged as the dominant junket in the…

Obtaining a Residence Permit by Investing in Portugal

DSL Lawyers On 28 January 2013 the «Diário da República» (official gazette) published a set of measures – that came into force the following day – to improve and streamline the special scheme2 for granting a Portuguese ‘investment residence permit’ (“IRP”) to foreign nationals to enable them to make certain investments in the country… Obtaining…

Deposit Guarantee Fund – Scheme Summary

The Bank Deposit Guarantee Scheme Law was approved by Law No. 9/2012, dated 9 July, with the purpose of guaranteeing repayment of deposits with Macau Special Administrative Region banks and branches of overseas banks, members of the Deposit Guarantee Fund (DGF), a list of which shall be published by DGF in January of every year….

PLMJ International Legal Network — International Insight (April 2012)

À semelhança de Macau, que tem acordo com a República Portuguesa (“Portugal”) desde 1999, Portugal e a Região Administrativa Especial de Hong Kong (“Hong Kong”) (as “Partes Contratantes”), assinaram a 22 de Março…

Amendments to the Commercial Register Code (Law No. 6/2012)

Entering into force on the 22nd July 2012, Law No. 6/2012, published on the 23rd April 2012, includes a relevant number of amendments that contribute to the modernization of the commercial register in the Special Administrative Region of Macau. Amendments to the Commercial Register Code

DSL Lawyers and PLMJ Partnership Agreement Ceremony

DSL LAWYERS AND PLMJ PARTNERSHIP SIGNING CEREMONY  DSL Lawyers hosted the signing ceremony and cocktail reception to celebrate the establishment of a Partnership Agreement with Portugal’s largest law firm PLMJ. The Partnership Agreement marked the beginning of a new stage in the relations between the two firms, who have been working together to establish a...

Double Tax Treaty between Macau and Mozambique

Double Tax Treaty between Macau and Mozambique Newsletter

Revised Macau Social Security System

The new Law 4/2010 that restructures the Macau Social Security System (“SSF”) will become effective on 1st January 2011. The main highlights of the revised system are the following Revised Macau Social Security System

Non-Resident Employees – Conditions for Employment

Administrative Regulation no. 13/2010 Non-Resident-Employees.Conditions-for-Employment

Non-Resident Employees – New Regulations

Law no. 21/2009 – Non-Resident Employees Law - we recall the obligation to pay the salary by deposit on the Macau bank account of the employee. Non-Resident Employees. New Regulations

Pinsent Masons – Macau law – why so different?

By Julia Brockman Julia Brockman explains why Macau law is fundamentally different to that found in common law jurisdictions such as Hong Kong, England & Wales and Australia. Macau Law, why so different