Manuel de Andrade Neves

Partner | Lisbon

Manuel de Andrade Neves is a Partner and has been at Abreu Advogados since 1993. He is jointly responsible for the International Desk in East Timor for matters relating to public and environmental law. He is a pioneer in the area of environmental law, working primarily on matters related to energy and natural resources.

He has extensive experience in these matters, having focused in the areas of the environment, water and energy (renewables), both nationally and internationally (Mozambique, Angola and East Timor).

He was a founder and director of Euronatura – Centre for Environmental Law and Sustainable Development, where he directed and coordinated the Oceans and International Rivers Programme. Between 2002 and 2003 he held the position of chief of staff for Spatial Planning and Nature Conservation. He was also a member of the European Council on Environmental Law, and member of the Portuguese Consulting Committee on the Decree-Law Governing Land Use, Spatial Planning and Urban Development to which he was appointed by the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning.

Manuel de Andrade Neves wins praise from interviewees who describe him as “very experienced, knowledgeable and client-focused.” He displays expertise in dam, LNG and coal power plant projects, assisting with regulatory and construction aspects.

Manuel de Andrade Neves acted for Alsa and National Express on a dispute concerning the revocation of a concession contract for the provision of transport in Porto. He also advises on public procurement for health services and energy projects.

“Manuel de Andrade Neves leads public procurement operations and damages actions in the energy, telecommunications and transport sectors. He receives acclaim from one interviewee for being “very experienced, with a great legal and commercial mindset.””

Energy Law, 2020

Public Law, 2020


For more than fifteen years, he has provided ongoing legal advice to a leading renewable energies multinational company, coordinating all legal matters on behalf of this client in Portugal, including participation in public tenders, the execution of major public works, as well as on the implementation of various power generating plants, especially hydro power projects.

Advising the Mozambican Water Authority in relation with crossborder river basins and sharing of international watercourses.

Advising in public tenders for the awarding of capacity for PV and Wind projects.

Advising port authorities on defining a business model for a cruise ship terminal.

Advising a major international mining group on the acquisition of mining operations in Portugal and in Mozambique.

Advising a public authority on the drafting of the legal framework for the use of, and licensing of activities in the maritime space.

Advising several companies in the renewable energy sector on implementing their activities in Portugal, including the licensing and construction of several power generating plants (using mini-hydro, solar photovoltaic and wind technologies).

Advising a leading cultural institution on matters related to public tenders.

Advising a multinational company in the liquefied gas sector on all matters relating to public procurement, particularly in the area of healthcare.



University of Lisbon

Law degree from the University of Lisbon Faculty of Law (1993)

Robert Schuman University

D.E.S.S. - Diplôme d'Études Supérieurs Spécialisés on Environmental Law and Urban Planning, from the Faculty of Law, Robert Schuman University, Strasbourg, with a thesis respecting the "Change of International Watercourses and the Environment" under the direction of Prof. Alexandre Kiss.

Robert Schuman University

Postgraduate degree in Pollution and Harmful Substances (Diplôme Universitaire des Pollutions et Nuisances) from the Faculty of Sciences, Robert Schuman University, Strasbourg.

International Petroleum Transactions

Intensive course on International Petroleum Transactions, Lisbon (2014)