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A country accustomed to rapid economic growth, Mozambique’s economy has suffered from a decline in commodity prices. Following the discovery of undisclosed debt worth $1.4bn in April 2016, the country is facing a debt crisis, next to a returning low-level insurgency and a range of development challenges. However, extensive undeveloped coal and natural gas resources have brought the country much attention from international investors.

While foreign lawyers are not allowed to practice Mozambican law, they do co-operate closely with local lawyers who receive training and qualifications abroad. Many local firms have a longstanding relationship with foreign law firms, which is why the Legal 500 has introduced a separate ranking for those firms in the 2018 edition. It is headed by Portuguese firms PLMJ Lawyers and VdA Vieira de Almeida and predominantly features firms from the country on account of the shared history, language and legal system. International firms with a strong presence in the market include Clifford Chance and Shearman & Sterling LLP.

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