Foreign law firms in Mozambique

Linklaters LLP

The highly regarded Mozambique-focused team at Linklaters LLP comprises lawyers from numerous offices, particularly London and Lisbon. In a major solar project, Francisco Ferraz de Carvalho and a team continued to advise the sponsors on the development of a 30MW solar photovoltaic plant in the Cabo Delgado province, to be project financed by Agence Française de Développement. Andrew Jones is the head of the firm's Africa group.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Jones; Francisco Ferraz de Carvalho

Testimonials

The team was thorough in its consideration of issues, understood the issues well and are well experienced in dealing with infrastructure financing.

The firm has strong relationships with local legal practitioners, which helps them provide international levels of services with sufficient local understanding.

Laura Vicente is a professional and very competent lawyer.

Francisco Carvalho is thorough and always willing to listen to alternative views.

Edgar Monterio has a good grasp of issues and ably isolated issues which needed to be dealt with.

Diogo Plantier Santos is extremely flexible and available, often at very short notice. He managed to consistently help find solutions in a complex environment.

Work highlights

  • Advising the sponsors on the development of a 30MW solar photovoltaic plant (Central Solar de Metoro) in the Cabo Delgado province.
  • Acted for the lenders (Mizuho Bank, AfDB, ECIC, JBIC and NEXI) on the largest ever successful project financing of infrastructure development in Sub-Saharan Africa: the Nacala Corridor Rail and Port project in Mozambique and Malawi.
  • Advising Eni, ExxonMobil and its co-venturers on all aspects of the development of the Rovuma LNG onshore project in Mozambique.

PLMJ

The 'very amicable and accessible' team at PLMJ maintains a full-service practice and has recently been particularly active in corporate and M&A and litigation. The Mozambique desk comprises lawyers in the Lisbon, Faro and Porto offices, and works in close cooperation with local firm TTA – Sociedade de Advogados. Miguel Spínola heads the practice, which includes banking and capital markets expert Gonçalo dos Reis Martins and managing associates Marta Pedro and Nuno Morgado Pereira.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Spínola

Testimonials

Very amicable and accessible.

Has very good experience in the sector and in the country.

Gonçalo dos Reis Martins is accessible, able and professional.

Key clients

Heineken

Multichoice

Standard Bank

Auto Sueco Moçambique

MAERSK

FNB – First National Bank

Siemens Africa

Kenya Airways

Work highlights

  • Assisting Multichoice with its public-private partnership with Televisão de Moçambique.
  • Advised Standard Bank on the issue of corporate bonds by Vodacom Mozambique.
  • Assisting Siemens Africa in several matters in areas including employment and labour law, corporate and commercial law and foreign investment.

VdA

Leading Portuguese firm VdA works in partnership with Maputo-based firm Guilherme Daniel & Associados (GdA). Sector specialisms include energy, oil and gas, infrastructure, logistics and real estate. Magda Cocco leads the firm's information, communication and technology practice and advises on data protection, cybersecurity and space-related projects; Pedro Cassiano Santos heads the banking and finance practice; and Teresa Empis Falcão is a name to note for infrastructure and projects.

Practice head(s):

Teresa Empis Falcão

Testimonials

Very good knowledge of local market, laws and regulations.

Excellent turnaround time.

Key clients

Agility

Fundinvest, S.A

Modus Digital

Modus Global | SMax

Aujan

Friburge Angola

Work highlights

  • Advised Modus Digital on a digital platform for financial and non-financial payment services under the label Wari in Mozambique.
  • Advising Agility on Mozambique law matters and on the construction of a logistics park.
  • Advised Aujan on the sale of four office floors in the Rani Tower.

Clifford Chance LLP

The 'proactive' Lusophone team at Clifford Chance LLP 'has significant experience in international transactions'. The team is particularly renowned in energy and power projects, with recent highlights including its advice to the sponsors on a proposed investment in a 400MW gas-fired power project located in Temane, in the province of Inhambane; the project will supply low-cost, reliable power to publicly owned electricity company EDM. Pieter Van Welzen in Amsterdam is the name to note.

Practice head(s):

Pieter Van Welzen

Testimonials

Clifford Chance combines resources, know-how and capacity as a global firm with direct knowledge of the market reality.

Clifford Chance is one of the most well-known legal firms and has significant experience in international transactions.

The teams are versatile and have complete dominance on the relevant matters.

They are proactive and focus on the clients’ needs.

Work highlights

  • Advising the sponsors in relation to a proposed investment in a 400MW gas-fired power project.
  • Advising the sponsors on the development and financing of a 100MW gas-fired plant in Chokwé district in Gaza province.

FCB Advogados

FCB Sociedade de Advogados has a sizeable team of lawyers in Portugal, which work in partnership with colleagues in associated local firm AG Advogados. The firm is active in the energy industry, and also works with clients in the aviation, tech and financial services sectors, among others. João Couceiro coordinates the Mozambique desk and specialises in banking, capital markets and private equity.

Practice head(s):

João Couceiro

Testimonials

A very good commercial team with good understanding of Mozambique law.

João Couceiro provides an excellent service.

Key clients

Bureau Veritas Moçambique

Capital Star Steel

Regus Group

Turkish Airlines

Hewlett Packard

Europcar

Grupo Entreposto

Eaglestone

Indra

Nokia

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados

The multidisciplinary Africa team at Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados works in close cooperation with associated firm Henriques, Rocha & Associados in Maputo. Managing partner Nuno Galvão Teles heads the energy team, of which Catarina Brito Ferreira  is a key member. Rita Ferreira Vicente specialises in real estate. The team was further strengthened by the arrival of André de Sousa Vieira from Clifford Chance LLP in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Verde Pinho; Luís Gagliardini Graça

Work highlights

  • Advised Trans African Concessions on a model contract to be used in Mozambique for the construction and operation of petrol filling stations.
  • Advising potential buyers and mining investors in respect of prospection and research licenses.
  • Advised Africa Agricultural Development Company on corporate group restructuring, investments in Mozambique and various shareholder loans.

Raposo Bernardo

The busy, Mozambique-focused practice at Raposo Bernardo is led by the highly regarded Joana Andrade Correia. It is noted for its 'high legal and ethical standards' and 'almost unrivalled expertise in the country’s key sectors'. Its recent work spans the aviation, energy, real estate and logistics industries, among others, and clients include a number of major banks and financial institutions.

Practice head(s):

Joana Andrade Correia

Testimonials

There is no other law firm like Raposo Bernardo. Its local expertise and longstanding representation of international clients and investors is undeniable, and allows it to provide confident and value-adding advice.

Raposo Bernardo always maintains a strong focus on the client communication and we feel that every day. The firm should be proud of its high legal and ethical standards of excellence.

Raposo Bernardo’s Mozambique team has almost unrivalled expertise in the country’s key sectors, including the oil and gas, natural resources and metals industries.

Joana Andrade Correia is one of the best lawyers I know. There is no other like her.

Work highlights

  • Provides legal advice to a prominent fund for Africa development.
  • Advises a bank on finance operations regarding large public equipment and energy projects in Mozambique.
  • Assisting a bank with public procurement operations at Mozambique.

Abreu Advogados

Abreu Advogados is a popular choice for banks and financial institutions doing business in Mozambique; outside of the financial services space, the team advises clients in the shipping, aviation, infrastructure and natural resources sectors. José Maria Corrêa de Sampaio specialises in M&A and projects, while Pedro Pais de Almeida advises on corporate, M&A and tax.

Practice head(s):

José Maria Corrêa de Sampaio; Pedro Pais de Almeida

Key clients

Limak Group

Turkish Airlines

Chinese Development Bank

AFDB – African Development Bank

IDC – Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa

Painhas Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Limak Group on the establishment and development of a cement plant in Mozambique and ongoing matters related with corporate, regulatory, labour, contract law, and real estate law.
  • Advised Turkish Airlines on employment, emigration and corporate matters related with the daily activity of the Mozambican subsidiary.
  • Advised Chinese Development Bank on the financing of a banking institution in Mozambique.

AVM

At AVM, Lisbon-based partner Sandro Polónio de Matos maintains a broad practice that spans banking, insurance, insolvency, employment and litigation, among other areas. Senior associate Tiago Pereira Monteiro is another key contact for Mozambique-related work. HPF Advogados - AVM Legal Network Member is the local partner.

Practice head(s):

Sandro Polónio de Matos

Testimonials

The team is very professional, responsive, efficient and knowledgeable.

We have full confidence in the advice given; the way it is presented is always of the highest level and clear.

Key clients

Aecom Africa Mozambique, Limitada and Aecom Moçambique, limitada

CICOTI, Lda. (Imperial Group)

CPAD Brasil | CPAD Miami

Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs Inc. – CB&I and CCS Mozambique

Gebomsa Moçambique- Serviços de Bombagem, Lda.

General de Bombeo de Hormigón, S.L.U.

Mountgarden

Nokia Solutions and Networks Branch Operations Mozambique

Puma Energy Mozambique

Riverland Holdings Ltd.

ZTE Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advises Aecom Africa Mozambique on a range of corporate, licensing and employment matters.
  • Advising CICOTI (Imperial Group) on all legal requirements in the restructuring of its shareholding structure.
  • Advising CPAD Brasil on the local incorporation of the company.

Cuatrecasas

Cuatrecasas advises Iberian and international companies on their establishment, incorporation and operations in Africa, including Mozambique. Its experience in the country spans M&A, litigation, banking and finance, energy projects and real estate projects. Senior associate Samantha Cyrne is the name to note.

Practice head(s):

Samantha Cyrne

Key clients

Keymore Engineering and Consulting, BV

Strongeagle Mozambique Fund

Veolia Africa

ThirdWay Africa Capital Limited

Petrogal Moçambique, Limitada

Gorongosa Restoration Inc.

Merec Industries, SA

International Finance Corporation

BIM – Banco Internacional de Moçambique, S.A. (International Bank of Mozambique)

Work highlights

  • Advising ThirdWay Africa Capital on projects carried out in Mozambique, mainly regarding the development of a stone quarry and logistics projects.
  • Advised Veolia on its implementation in Mozambique and on its hazardous and non-hazardous waste treatment activities.
  • Advising International Finance Corporation and the OPEC Fund for International Development on the financing of an aluminium project in Mozambique.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Miguel Castro Pereira heads the multidisciplinary Mozambique-focused team at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo, which includes lawyers focused on foreign investment, M&A, public law, projects, tax and arbitration. Of counsel Paulo Nogueira da Rocha specialises in public law and dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Castro Pereira

Testimonials

This office combines the legal arguments with the technical details of each situation.

I’ve really enjoyed worked with Paulo Nogueira da Rocha. He is a very organised and focused person, often bringing new contributions and pointing ways to move forward.

Key clients

OPEX

Eaglestone

AD Investments

Elevo Group Mozambique

Maecas ACE

Elevolution Mozambique

Work highlights

  • Advised OPEX on the presentation of a programme for the development of the local securities market.
  • Advised Eaglestone on the incorporation of a securities broker and an asset-management company.
  • Advising Maecas on a dispute with the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown fields a team of Rio de Janeiro, London and Houston-based lawyers to advise on deals and projects in Mozambique. The team is particularly active in highly regulated sectors, including power, oil and gas and infrastructure. Corporate and M&A and tax experts Paulo Rage and Gonçalo Falcão are names to note.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Rage; Gonçalo Falcão

Miranda & Associados

At Miranda & Associados, managing partner Diogo Xavier da Cunha and partner Nuno Cabeçadas  are equipped to advise on Mozambique-related M&A, investments and energy projects.

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP stands out for its extensive expertise in the power sector and has an impressive track record advising on major power projects in Mozambique and elsewhere on the African continent. Iain Elder heads the Africa strategy group from London, and Anthony Patten heads the firm's global oil and gas group from Singapore.

Practice head(s):

Iain Elder

Work highlights

  • Advised Mozambique LNG as the marketer of long term LNG to several customers ahead of its final investment decision in June 2019 on the Anadarko-led Area 1 Mozambique LNG project.

Trinity International LLP

Noted for its 'incredible track record in the energy sector', Trinity International LLP operates in a number of African countries, including Mozambique, from its London office. Founding partner Simon Norris draws on over 20 years of experience advising on power projects in Africa. Senior partner Paul Biggs and energy and infrastructure expert Jennifer Gladstone are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Paul Biggs

Testimonials

Trinity International has an extremely competent and great team to work with, and they have established an incredible track record in the energy sector.

I have been particularly impressed with the knowledge, ethics and work-rate of Simon Norris, Lucy Johnson and Nicolas Boittin.

Key clients

CESOM Central Solar de Mocuba S.A.

Standard Bank of South Africa

Work highlights

  • Advised the project company CESOM Central Solar de Mocuba in respect of the development and financing of a 40.5MW Solar photovoltaic project in Mocuba, Mozambique.
  • Acted for Standard Bank of South Africa as lenders in the financing of the 100MW Gigawatt Gas IPP.