Expertise Industries

Consistent with Macau’s trend of steady growth, construction has taken an increasingly prominent role in the country. From new private casino resort developments to major public infrastructure tenders, contractors in Macau face a diverse set of legal provisions, regulating key aspects such as tendering, contract execution, claims, extensions of time and additional works, which are frequently cause for disputes between owners and contractors and require a unique combination of legal expertise and practical understanding of the industry.

We advise owners, contractors, subcontractors and consultants regarding the full range of construction and infrastructure advisory work, including tendering and advising in most of the major projects in Macau, such as:

  • Light rail project (consultancy, design, rolling stock and civil works);
  • Hong Kong – Zhuhai – Macau bridge;
  • Operation & maintenance and refurbishment of Macau plants and equipment;
  • Macau International Airport related contracts;
  • Public housing;
  • Integrated casino resorts;
  • Luxury residential developments;
  • Roads, telecom, electricity, water, waste and industrial projects.

MdME Lawyers has taken part in developing the standard documentation of large scale construction in Macau and of the construction legal framework. Consequently, our firm provides innovative, practical and accessible legal advice based on standard practice, on the one hand and in view of regulatory issues that govern construction and infrastructures in Macau on the other hand. We provide custom-made contract drafting, based on the industry standard forms and taking into account dispute avoidance techniques.

We have experience dealing with claims arising out of termination, suspension of works, alleged defective design, contractual work matters, joint ventures, internal incompliance, increase of overhead costs, but also claims arising from delay, extra-works, variations, termination and certification. This expertise has been recognized industry-wise, wherein our professionals act as official counsels to the Macau Construction Association, the largest and most representative trade association of contractors in Macau. We are regularly invited to speak at construction forums and events.

Plus, we have assisted several clients in pre-litigious and complex construction related proceedings.

On several occasions we have represented public contractors, service providers and concessionaires in dispute resolutions and litigation in relation to contracts with the Macau government, in which our team has secured a number of landmark decisions from upper courts regarding public projects, including the annulment of a number of tender awards.   

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