Legal Market Overview
As Mozambique continued to recover from the fallout of the 2016 debt scandal, voters went to the polls in October 2019. The outcome was the re-election of the incumbent Frelimo party, with president Filipe Nyusi winning almost 75% of the vote. The election was marred by outbreaks of violence – including the murder of an election observer allegedly by police officers – and claims of irregularities by the opposition. Frelimo has ruled the country since its independence from Portugal in 1975.
After a period of economic and political turbulence, there are some positive signs for Mozambique’s economy. There is movement in the country’s promising energy sector, as foreign investors eye investments for new LNG projects. Mozambique is targeting universal electricity access for its population by 2030.
Meanwhile, the country continues to feel the aftermath of devastating cyclones which hit in March and April 2019, killing hundreds of people and leaving scores more in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. Armed violence in Cabo Delgado, in the north of the country, is exacerbating the problems faced by the local population, which is still recovering from Cyclone Kenneth.
Mozambique’s legal market counts a number of local firms, many of which are associated with leading Iberian firms. Leading domestic firms include Couto, Graça e Associados Limitada (CGA) and SAL & Caldeira Advogados, Lda., while key international players include Linklaters LLP and Clifford Chance LLP.