Partner Bruno Melo Alves

Partner at Melo Alves and coordinator of the Angola Desk. He focuses his practice in the areas of criminal and regulatory litigation, compliance and internal investigations.

Bruno is an international lawyer based in Lisbon who spent the last 16 years of his career building expertise in top international driven law firms based in Portugal, providing legal advice to major multinational companies in various sectors of activity such as oil and gas, banking, mining, information and technology, healthcare and insurance.

Qualified in Portugal and East Timor, Bruno has significant experience in several Portuguese speaking countries and provides effective advice and frequent client contact in several jurisdictions. He has extensive experience in advising clients on anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, criminal, regulatory and employment law in Portugal and other Portuguese speaking countries.

  • Criminal Litigation
  • Regulatory Litigation
  • Compliance and Internal Investigations
Professional Experience
  • Joined Melo Alves in 2023 as a partner
  • Before joining the firm, he worked at VdA - Vieira de Almeida e Associados (2015 to 2023) in the Investigations &  White Collar practice area and at Miranda & Associados (2007 to 2015) in the Litigation and Labour Practice Group
  • Previously he worked in a small firm, where his practice focused on criminal law
Academic Background
  • Law Degree from Lusíada University
  • Attended a postgraduate course in Criminology at Lusíada University
Academic Positions
  • Guest Lecturer at Nova Law School in the subject of Interdisciplinary Legal Practice (criminal law), between 2021 and 2023
  • Guest Lecturer on the Advanced Human Resources Management Programme course, on Angolan Labour Law, at the Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics (2015)
Published Works

Author of several collective works and articles in specialised journals, including:

  • Angolan Labour Legislation (Compendium of Legislation) - Plural Editores
  • Angolan Criminal Law (Compendium of Legislation) - Plural Editores
  • Article on Angolan labour law - Global Legal Insights to Employment & Labour Law 4th Ed - Angola chapter
Professional Associations 
  • Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association in 2005
  • Member of the Management and Disciplinary Board of the East Timor Bar Association
  • Member of the Board of Fórum Penal - Association of Criminal Lawyers


2021 - Legal 500Portugal | Fraud and white-collar crime - Tier 1 - Recommended Lawyers

2020 - Legal 500Portugal | Employment - Tier 2 - "A very consistent, competent and efficient lawyer."


Languages: Portuguese, English and Spanish

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