Luís Mesquita de Melo


Avenida da Praia Grande, 409
China Law Building
21/F and 23/F A-B, Macau

Tel: (853) 6648 5575
Fax: (853) 2833 3332


Luís has a wealth of over 23 years of experience during which he assumed a broad range of legal roles, extending from teaching law to advisory positions at Governments highest level, senior corporate executive positions and private practice.

Before joining MdME, Luis was Executive Vice-President, General Counsel and Joint Company Secretary for one of the Macau licensed gaming operators with a leading role in the development of its business in Macau, namely opening one of the largest integrated resort hotels and casino in Macau, successfully listing its gaming and hospitality business with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and putting in place credit facilities for the Group’s business in Macau in excess of USD 5 billion.

During his tenure as a senior Executive with a major gaming operator, Luis developed an unique set of skills and experience in virtually all matters related to Gaming & Hospitality, Corporate, Banking & Finance, Listing Rules and general Commercial and Business development matters.

Our gaming practice focuses on advising local and international gaming related corporations on the full range of gaming areas, such as the Macau gaming legal regime, junkets and gaming promotion operations, joint ventures, sports betting, online gambling, credit facilitation, licensing of casino games, slot machines manufacturers licensing and on-going compliance obligations, access to capital markets by Macau gaming related businesses.

We have been also involved in complex M&A cross-border deals, as hotel operators’ acquisitions and equity placements in Macau companies, with gaming components, including due diligence to ascertain the potential liabilities in the acquisition and to help the bankability assessment.

As we are keeping close track of the developments on the gaming legal framework in Macau, our firm also provides practical and accessible advice on the general day-to-day regulatory requirements that govern the full range of gaming operations in Macau.

We have a dedicated gaming department with a practice wide-ranging experience and focus on advising local and international gaming companies on gaming matters, such as:

  • Regulatory advice
  • Casino services agreements and profit sharing arrangements
  • Licensing of casino games and systems
  • Junket and gaming promotion operations
  • Casino software applications
  • Joint ventures
  • Sports betting
  • Online gambling
  • Credit and money facilitation
  • Slot machine rentals and IP/royalties/licensing and trial arrangements
  • Listing of gaming business interests in foreign Stock Exchanges
  • Restructuring of casino operations (retail gaming and VIP rooms)
  • Anti-Money Laundering regulations
  • Compliance and Internal controls

Our Gaming & Hospitality Department provides a gaming-orientated assistance on the core areas of your business – Regulatory, Corporate Governance, Intellectual Property, Labor, Contracts and Taxation – combining legal services with international standards with a strong industry insight.

On the Hospitality side, we have extensive experience in hotels and F&B outlets licensing, hotel management contracts, franchising agreements, operational requirements and regulatory compliance.

MdME is a leading Macau full service law firm, with a strong reputation for providing its Clients with high-quality and practical legal advice, following international standards of responsiveness and efficiency.

Since its foundation, MdME and its professionals have been involved in the largest Macau projects, developments and transactions.

Our Client portfolio includes some of the key corporations operating in Macau, in such diverse sectors as banking, insurance, finance, gaming, real estate, energy, construction, infrastructure, retail, pharmaceuticals and telecommunications.

Macau-based Luis Mesquita de Melo of MdME is well known for his gaming work and is described by peers as “an excellent lawyer.” He has over two decades of experience and has previously worked as general counsel for a gaming operator in Macau, working on its IPO and establishment of a resort in Macau.
Chambers Global, 2014