Office Tower 23, 2301-2302, Macau, Macau SAR
Tel: (+853) 2856 2322
Fax: (+853) 2858 0991
Current position: Founding partner; private notary
Practice area/industry focus: Commercial and corporate, energy, real estate, banking and financial, intellectual property, labour, games of fortune and chance
Career highlights: Frederico Rato has been a lawyer in Macau since 1984, and a private notary since 1991. He was an in-house legal adviser at the Macau Electric Company (Companhia de Electricidade de Macau – CEM) from 1984 to 1986; and was a practising lawyer in Portugal from 1979 to 1984. He is a member of the Macau Lawyers’ Association and the Portuguese Bar Association. Besides his position in Macau, he is also senior partner of ZLF Law Office, which is located in China’s Hengqin free trade zone in a joint-venture with offices from the Mainland and Hong Kong, and has strong links with Portuguese speaking countries.
Other activities include: member of the Macau Consultative Council for Law Reform (Conselho Consultivo da Reforma Jurídica); member of the Macau Registry and Notary Council (Conselho de Registos e Notariado); curator of the Rui Cunha Foundation; former member of the general meeting board and the statutory audit committee of the Macau Lawyers’ Association and of the Macau Lawyers’ Superior Council; former member of the consultative committee for the Macau Commercial Code; former member of the Judiciary Council of Macau; lecturer of professional ethics and of registry and notary law at the Macau Lawyers’ Association and at the Legal and Judicial Training Centre of Macau; co-author of the Macau chapter of the work ‘Global Financial Services Regulators’, Oxford University Press, London, 2004 to 2008; co-author of "Regime do Notariado Privativo", 2014, Legal and Judicial Training Center of Macau, (Portuguese and Chinese) and contributor to numerous legal and non-legal publications.
He attained his law degree from the University of Lisbon (1974). He speaks Portuguese, English, French and Spanish.
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