João Benazra Faria

Senior Associate

Transactional and dispute resolution lawyer in Macau since 2007, joined MdME Lawyers in 2016.

João is one of the core members the construction & infrastructure practice, where he has been advising and representing firm’s clients at all stages of major public tenders, as well as in the context of public and private construction-related litigation proceedings, involving, inter alia, the rejection of works, materials and time extensions, and other industry-specific complex disputes.

João also specializes in data privacy matters, assisting retailers, service providers, software developers, car manufacturers and fintech firms, among others, to ensure compliance of their practices, products and procedures with applicable laws and regulations, and supporting and coordinating the submission of notifications and authorization applications to the regulator on their behalf. Advises frequently on payment processing solutions licensing requirements, AML / CFT compliance, consumer protection, product warranty and liability, and import requirements.

João amassed substantial knowledge and experience related with the operation of aviation infrastructures, having been engaged in matters involving virtually all stakeholders in the industry.


Law degree (Católica Lisbon School of Law). Law (Faculty of Law of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan - Italy). Master's degree in Business Administration, Major in Finance (Faculty of Administration and Leadership, University of Saint Joseph - Macau). Specialisation degree in Tax (ISCTE Business School).


Portuguese, English, Spanish and Italian.


Macau Lawyers Association (admitted in 2007). Portuguese Bar Association (admitted in 2005).

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