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The Mozambique desk at PLMJ works in conjunction with TTA – Sociedade de Advogados in Maputo and advises international investors - where it continues to grow its market share - and also assists Mozambican companies looking to invest outside of the country. A team led by Miguel Spínola advised Siemens Africa on corporate, employment and foreign investment matters. At the associate level, Marta Pedro and Nuno Morgado Pereira are names to note.

VDA is regularly instructed by major national and international clients in high-value corporate transactions and projects. The oil and gas, energy and banking sectors are particular sweet spots for the firm's Mozambique-focused lawyers, which include Teresa Empis Falcão and Manuel Protásio. In recent work, Pedro Cassiano Santos worked alongside associated local firm Guilherme Daniel & Associados (GdA) to advise Millennium BIM on the structuring of financing agreements funded by the European Investment Bank.

Clifford Chance is known for its ability to handle large, high-profile energy and infrastructure projects and finance deals. Its track record in Mozambique is no different, and the team of Amsterdam and London-based lawyers handle some of the most important projects in the country. Pieter van Welzen and André de Sousa Vieira co-head the firm's Lusophone practice.

A multidisciplinary team at FCB Sociedade de Advogados is 'very knowledgeable about the local market' and handles the gamut of corporate, commercial, energy and construction projects in the country. João Couceiro heads the group, which includes associate Gonçalo Mexia and counts Bureau Veritas, Turkish Airlines and Regus among its clients. AG Advogados is the local partner.

Partners from across Linklaters’ broad office network handle projects in Mozambique, where the firm has a solid track record advising on energy and infrastructure projects. Its advice to the sponsors and affiliate borrowers on the Coral South floating LNG project financing is a case in point; Daniel Tyrer led the advice. Francisco Ferraz de Carvalho heads the firm's Lusophone Africa practice.

Diogo Xavier da Cunha and Nuno Cabeçadas at Miranda & Associados have experience in acquisitions, debt and equity investments and energy projects in Mozambique.

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados partners with Henriques, Rocha & Associados in Mozambique to assist clients with an array of commercial and financing matters. Corporate and construction expert Luís Gagliardini Graça is the name to note in Portugal.

Raposo Bernardo 'understands how the market in Mozambique works and is able to find the best possible way to get the job done’. The firm stands out for the strength of its lender-side work, where it is instructed by leading multinational banks, though its client base extends beyond the financial services sector to include corporates in a range of industries. The 'smart and quickJoana Andrade Correia is ‘a great lawyer for the most complex issues’. She heads the team in Portugal, which works closely with local partners.

A leading player in the power sector, Shearman & Sterling LLP has been active on the African continent for over 50 years. John Inglis and senior associate Jean-Louis Neves Mandelli advised Central Térmica de Ressano Garcia and the sponsors of a 175MW gas engine IPP on project development and financing.

Abreu Advogados fields a sizeable team of Portuguese lawyers with notable experience in Mozambique, where they work closely with local firm JLA ADVOGADOSPedro Pais de Almeida and Ana Sofia Batista are key names.

AVM teams with HPF Advogados - AVM Legal Network Member in Mozambique to provide corporate, commercial, tax and labour assistance to its clients, many of which are longstanding. Sandro Polónio de Matos heads the team, which includes senior associate Tiago Pereira Monteiro.

At Cuatrecasas, senior associate Samantha Cyrne handles Mozambique-related matters, including foreign investment, compliance and corporate transactions, working with local firm Couto, Graça e Associados Limitada (CGA).

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo's partners have longstanding experience in Mozambique and the firm is a popular choice for financial services, construction and energy companies. In recent work, Miguel Castro Pereira advised Eaglestone on the incorporation of an asset management company.

From Brazil, Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown advises on major energy, mining and construction projects in Mozambique. Paulo Rage and Gonçalo Falcão lead the team, which acts for household name multinational companies.

Boutique emerging markets firm Trinity International LLP is based in London and has an impressive track record in Mozambique, where it specialises in power, renewable energy and infrastructure projects. Simon Norris is a key name.

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