"He has a robust knowledge of the local law. He always does his best to comply with our often impressively short deadlines."
Chambers Global

Overview

Gonçalo Falcão is a partner in the Rio de Janeiro office of Tauil & Chequer Advogados´ International Tax Matters and Corporate & Securities practices. He represents clients around the globe and particularly throughout Africa, including Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, and São Tomé & Príncipe. Much of his work in these countries involves representing oil and gas exploration and production companies and service providers. Gonçalo also has substantial experience in oil and gas, corporate, foreign investment, labor and immigration, and foreign exchange matters. He is licensed to practice law in both Brazil and Portugal.

Before joining that firm, he practiced law for five years at offices in Portugal and Brazil as a member of the Miranda Law Firm. He also practiced in Portugal from 1998 to 2004 with several other firms, including KPMG (as Tax Manager), Castro Silva & Associados and Arthur Andersen. Gonçalo is fluent in English and Spanish as well as Portuguese.

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese

Experience

  • Represented numerous international oil companies and their subsidiaries (including both operators and non-operators) in tax disputes in Angola regarding Petroleum Income Tax assessments for various Blocks
  • Represented two international oil and gas companies at the Angolan Petroleum Income Tax taxable income Fixation and Reviewing Committees
  • Provided tax assistance to various oil and gas E&P operators in Angola, Mozambique, São Tomé e Príncipe and Equatorial Guinea
  • Provided tax assistance to various oil and gas industry service providers operating in Angola, Mozambique, São Tomé & Príncipe and Equatorial Guinea
  • Represented Angola LNG Project sponsor companies in the drafting of the Angola LNG Project Decree Law, including the development and drafting of the Angola LNG Project tax regime
  • Provided tax assistance to major Brazilian construction companies in Angola and Mozambique
  • Assisted various companies in Europe on the application of International Double Taxation Treaties (OECD Model) involving Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Germany, and the United States 
  • Negotiating several petroleum E&P concessions in existence in Angola on behalf of foreign oil companies; This included the drafting of concession statutes, Production Sharing Agreements or Association Contracts, Joint Operating Agreements, carry or financing agreements, and other documents typical of an Angolan E&P concession
  • Advising several oil companies in concluding farm-ins and farm-outs of the working interests in Angolan concessions
  • Advising a company in an $800 million farm-out of interest in oil concession in Angola
  • Advising a company in a $5 billion LNG project
  • Assisted several companies in negotiations of joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions in Angola and Portugal
  • Assisted several companies with the drafting of by-laws and shareholder agreements in Angola and Portugal
  • Assisted several companies on compliance with foreign investment procedures in Angola and Mozambique
  • Assisted several companies in setting up their business structures in Angola and Mozambique in compliance with the labor law, immigration requirements and foreign exchange control requirements

Education

Portuguese Catholic University , Graduate of Law (JD equivalent)

Admissions

Bar

  • Brazil
  • Portugal

Memberships

  • Member, Brazilian Bar Association (OAB)
  • Member, Portuguese Bar Association (OAP)
  • "Gonçalo Falcão is highlighted for his active practice in the oil and gas sector and strong presence in Angola. Impressed clients note that "he undertakes cases with a results-driven perspective." - Chambers Global, 2018
  • "I was particularly impressed with him. He's accessible at any time, has very quick response times and is very clued in to what is going on in Angola." - Chambers Global, 2015
  • "Also worthy of note are Gonçalo Falcão, Leonardo Costa and Victor Galante [in the Oil & Gas practice]" Latin Lawyer 250 2016 - Energy
  • "Gonçalo Falcão has a strong record advising clients from the upstream oil sector. He also assists clients with a range of corporate matters, including foreign investments, labour and immigration matters. " Chambers Global 2016 - General Business Law - Angola