Rui Botica Santos

Rui Botica Santos has been the senior partner at Coelho Ribeiro & Associados since 1998. He is also the founding partner of CRA Timor, a law firm that has operated in East Timor since 2006.

Rui is admitted to the Bar in four jurisdictions: Portugal; Brazil; East Timor; and Macau. He has a law degree and a postgraduate degree in community studies, both from the University of Lisbon. He also has a certificate in a mining law short course – domestic and international issues – issued by the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (US, May 2009). Rui is also a master honoris causa of the ISDE – Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economia (Spain), where he is also a guest lecturer at the masters LL.M. Rui has been primarily involved in negotiating international acquisitions and public offerings in the mining sector and has also advised junior and senior mining companies with regard to applications and negotiations for exploration licences and exploitation concessions. Rui has also been legal advisor to the major copper mining project in Portugal (Somincor – Sociedade Mineira de Neves Corvo, SA) and to the major gold project conducted by Petaquilla Minerals. He is currently a member of the board of Belo Sun Mining Corp. Rui also has extensive experience in international arbitration.
Rui Botica Santos

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