The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon
Work +258 21 486 438
Fax +258 21 496 802

The firm

CGA – Couto, Graça e Associados, Lda. is a leading Mozambican law firm, with specialised areas of practice and departments offering clients tailor-made advice to meet both specific needs and those of their business.

With 40 lawyers, CGA has a strong reputation in corporate, concessions, PPs, dispute resolution, labour and investment, as well as leading practices in banking, real estate and tax. The firm is also acknowledged as a prominent advisor in a number of industry sectors, including the energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors.

The firm is associated with the Iberian law firm Cuatrecasas, which integrates more than 900 lawyers and 26 offices in 12 different countries (Mozambique, Portugal, Spain, United States of America, United Kingdom, Belgium, Brazil, Angola, China, México, Colombia, Morocco).

CGA is a member of Lex Africa, a unique legal service group with a wide network of long-lasting relationships with Africa’s leading law firms; of AERIAL network, which aims to share information, expertise and resources on African aviation law; of IsFin, the world’s leading islamic finance lawyers; and is also a member of the International Bar Association.

Areas of practice

Corporate and M&A: the firm’s corporate and commercial practice advises clients on national and international corporate transactions, mainly mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, joint ventures, private equity investments, corporate restructurings, assets and business transactions, and collaboration agreements.

Banking and finance: the firm’s specialised finance practice includes counselling on all corporate and structured finance transactions, including asset, acquisition, corporate, project and structured financing; sale-and-leaseback transactions; other models of asset outsourcing; asset, mortgage and synthetic securitisations; assignments of credit; issuing of fixed-income and structured instruments, as well as other financial instruments and consumer credit.

Public law and regulatory compliance: the public law and regulatory practice includes advice on the following sub-practice areas: energy, mining, oil and gas, infrastructure and PPPs. The practice includes lawyers from different areas with extensive experience in all sorts of concession contracts, namely public infrastructure projects and other firms of public-private collaboration and private finance initiatives.

Foreign investment: the firm advises major companies on structuring of foreign investments in Mozambique regarding the specific framework for the realisation in the Mozambican territory of ventures that involve national or foreign private investments in order to assure the legal protection of goods and rights.

Litigation: the firm has an indisputable leadership position in litigation based on unique experience and knowledge of local courts, which ensures the most efficient and successful approach to each case.

Labour and employment: the firm provides clients with multiple services, including strategic planning of employment-specific treatment required by senior management, employment due diligence, as well as client representation during inspection by labour authorities, labour disputes, negotiations and litigations.

Intellectual property: the IP area provides legal advisory services in the process of registration of trademarks, patents, internet domain names, management, follow up and litigation of trademarks, patents, industrial designs as well as on the copyrights.

  • Number of lawyers: 40
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • Member
  • International Bar Association
  • Lex Africa
  • AERIAL network

Above material supplied by Couto, Graça e Associados Limitada (CGA).

Legal Developments worldwide

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to