Antonio Lobo Vilela

Gaming legal expert António Lobo Vilela to leave Gov’t advisor role

Gaming legal expert, António Lobo Vilela, will leave his functions as senior legal advisor to the Macau SAR Secretary for Economy and Finance starting from January 1, 2021, Macau News Agency has learned.

The service termination was requested by Vilela himself, who has decided to leave the public sector after serving as legal advisor to the Secretary for Economy and Finance since 2016.

“I have been presented with a number of opportunities which are very interesting to me and which I would like to pursue,” Vilela told MNA.

The veteran legal expert was also directly involved a senior legal advisor in the commission for the first public tender to grant casino concessions and the think-tank in charge of co-drafting the new gaming law that liberalised the local gaming market following the founding of the Macau SAR.

Vilela recently published the ‘Macau Gaming Law: Annotated with Comments’, a four-volume work detailing the two-decades-long development of the local gaming law.