Manuel de Andrade Neves

Partner | Lisbon

Manuel de Andrade Neves is an executive member of the Board of Directors of Abreu Advogados. Partner since 2001, he joined the firm in 1993. He is also co-coordinator of the International Desk in East Timor and of the practice area of Public and Environment. 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 on public procurement in the areas of telecommunications, defence, new technologies, health, the environment, water and energy, both nationally and internationally (Mozambique, Angola and East Timor).

He was a founder and director of Euronatura – Centro para o Direito Ambiental e o Desenvolvimento Sustentado (Euronatura – Centre for Environmental Law and Sustainable Development), where he held the roles of director and coordinator of the Oceans and International Rivers Programme.

Between 2002 and 2003, he held the position of Chief of Staff, responsible 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 Law Governing Land Use, Spatial Planning and Urban Development to which he was appointed by the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning.

Energy Law, Portugal (2020-2022)

Public Law, Portugal (2020-2022)

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.””


More than 18 years providing continuous legal advice to a multinational company that is a world leader in the field of renewable energies, coordinating all the legal and regulatory advice to this Client in Portugal, including participation in public tenders, the execution of major public works and the implementation of several power plants;

Advising the national leader in the telecommunications sector on matters relating to public procurement;

Advising port authorities;

Advising major international mining group on acquisition of mining activity in Portugal, with similar experience 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 their implementation in Portugal, including the licensing and construction of several power plants (mini-hydro, solar photovoltaic, wind power and hybridizations);

Advising an important cultural institution on all 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;

Advising a multinational company on the sourcing and supply of equipment in the area of Defence;

Advising major companies in the transport sector.



Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Lisboa

Law Degree (1993)

Faculty of Sciences, Robert Schuman University, Strasbourg

Postgraduate diploma in Pollution and Harmful Substances (Diplôme Universitaire des Pollutions et Nuisances)

Faculty of Law, Robert Schuman University, Strasbourg

Master’s degree in Environmental Law and Regional Planning (D.E.S.S - Diplôme d'Études Supérieurs Spécialisés)