João Afonso Fialho joined Vieira de Almeida in 2015 and is the head of the firm’s oil and gas and mining practice group. In the past 20 years, João has been involved in all sorts of oil and gas and mining projects and transactions in various jurisdictions, such as Timor-Leste, Angola, Portugal, Mozambique, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea Bissau and São Tomé and Príncipe. His practice is mainly focused on the energy (oil and gas upstream and downstream and power projects) and mining industries.

João has assisted in the negotiation, structuring and implementation of several mining projects in Angola, Mozambique, Timor-Leste, Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

A frequent guest speaker in international mining and oil and gas upstream and downstream events, João has a detailed and comprehensive understanding of all typical projects and transactions of both industries.

He is a member of the Portuguese Bar Association, the Timorese Bar Association, the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, and the board of the World Initiative of Mining Lawyers (2014–2018) and is chairman of the Portuguese Law Firms Association (2014–2018).