Candida Pinto


Industry Expertise

Aviation and Travel
Construction, Infrastructure and Real Estate
Digital Economy
Entertainment and  Events
Financial Services
Franchising, Agency and Licensing
Hospitality, Food and Beverage
Privacy and  Risk Management
Private Capital
Retail and Consumer
Technology and Media
Candida is a seasoned business adviser, results-driven and solutions oriented legal counsel with over 15 years’ considerable international experience as a trusted corporate counsel in Oil & Gas, upstream sector, gained in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia Pacific, and CIS with world-class organizations, Petroleum Geo-Services ASA (Legal Counsel, Board Director and Secretary) and Watson Farley & Williams LLP. She has over seven years legal experience in the Middle East,heading up regional in-house legal functions at SeaBird Exploration PLC (Senior Legal Counsel), Global Geophysical Services, Inc. (Regional Legal Counsel, EAME) and Frank’s International N.V. (Regional Legal Counsel).

Selected representative roles and matters:

  • Counselling executive management teams of listed multinationals on a multitude of corporate/commercial matters, including JVs, strategic alliances, enterprise risk management, corporate governance, ethics & compliance, data privacy, commercial transactions, dispute resolution, trade sanctions & export controls, real estate, shipping finance and employment.
  • Advising on, drafting, and negotiating multi-million US Dollar revenue co-operation agreements with government agencies of Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Cameroon and Angola.
  • Advising on, structuring, and negotiating the multi-party agreements with oil majors, (valued at USD 300 million).
  • Advising on joint ventures in Nigeria, Ghana, Equatorial Guinea, and Malaysia and regulatory frameworks.
  • Advising on multi-million US Dollar claims, including USD 37 million arbitration claim, and leading negotiations for the settlement of same.
  • Developing and implementing data privacy policy, notices, and associated documents, facilitating, and advising on the conduct of data protection impact assessment in compliance with GDPR and other applicable data privacy laws.
  • Advising on tenders and negotiating multi-million US Dollar commercial contracts relating to engineering, procurement, and services in the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry.
  • Restructuring the company’s employment contracts and related documentation and providing general corporate and legal advice resulting in a cost saving of USD 120K per year.
  • Handling real estate transactions, including the sale and purchase of real estate property in Singapore (value USD 8.3 million).
  • Advising on ethics and compliance, trade sanctions and export controls regulations (including conducting due diligence and training).


University College London
Blockchain Rules and Regulation
UK 2021

Hult International Business School
Executive Master of Business Administration
UAE 2017

University of Bristol, Faculty of Law
Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
UK 1998

Post Graduate Certificate in Law and Policy of the EU
UK 1997


English (Native)
Portuguese (Native)
French (Basic)

Qualifications, Admissions & Memberships

Solicitor, England & Wales, 2013

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