João Afonso Fialho joined VdA in 2015. He is currently head of VdA’s oil and gas practice, having been involved in shipping matters since his first years in the legal profession.

With more than 20 years of practice in the transport sector, his experience in shipping includes the contract of international transport, particularly in providing advice to owners, charterers, P&I clubs and port operators, commodities traders and various industry brokers. Advice is rendered in most shipping industry legal matters, with relevance in particular to the bunkering industry, as well as assistance and salvage at sea, ship arrest, customs and maritime litigation.

João also has an extensive track record with construction contracts and ship acquisition, charter parties, bills of lading, ship finance, mortgages and insurance.

His practice is focused in particular on specific matters arising from shipping activities associated with the oil and gas cluster, including wreck removal and environmentally sensitive issues.