Couto, Graça e Associados Limitada (CGA) has a proven track record in a wide range of matters, including concessions, PPPs, dispute resolution, foreign investment and banking transactions. Recognised for its industry-leading expertise in energy, natural resources and infrastructure, the group has recently handled a busy workload, spanning M&A, credit facilities, project financing and international arbitration proceedings. Leading the energy and natural resources team is Pedro Couto, who draws on more than 27 years of experience advising private and state-owned companies on PPPs and large-scale projects. Telmo Ferreira is a key practitioner in the corporate, tax and capital markets practices, often advising on M&A, IPOs and financings. Alvaro Pinto Basto heads the litigation group and is well versed in commercial, civil and administrative law, and Gisela Graça is a key name for energy projects, especially coal, solar and gas-fired plants.
Local law firms in Mozambique
Couto, Graça e Associados Limitada (CGA)
Other key lawyers:
Petro Couto; Telmo Ferreira; Álvaro Pinto Basto; Gisele Graça; Rita Donato
‘A great team in the areas of energy, infrastructure and M&A. Also very strong in litigation. The team is practical, efficient and responds in a timely manner. It has been a pleasure to work with CGA’s team in several matters.’
‘I have been working with partners Pedro Couto and Telmo Ferreira. And I also know Álvaro Pinto Basto. They are all very approachable, business oriented and have a deep knowledge in their respective areas of expertise.’
CFAO Motors Mozambique Lda
Access Bank Mozambique
Sasol South Africa
- Assisted a gas-fired power station with matters relating to the generation, sale and export of up to 250MW of electricity.
- Advised on the sale of participatory interests of a major shareholder in an energy company operating under a concession agreement.
- Advised on the development and implementation of a 40MWp solar power plant.
DLA Piper Africa, Mozambique (SAL & Caldeira Advogados, Lda)
Leading oil and gas and mining companies, international banks and foreign investors turn to DLA Piper Africa, Mozambique (SAL & Caldeira Advogados, Lda) for assistance in a broad range of matters, most notably tax litigation, project development, labour regulation and banking transactions. Managing partner Eduardo Alberto da Costa Calú leads the tax group and is a key contact for labour and employment matters alongside Gimina Luís Mahumana Langa. Gisela Manhiça Sitoe heads up the commercial, regulatory and public institutions practice, while José Roque Gonçalves oversees the litigation team. The banking and foreign exchange department is led by Marla Genoveva Mandlate Chade. Soraia Calú Issufo is adept in advising on immigration issues, work visas and residence permits. Samuel Levy is recommended for regulatory matters in the oil and gas, mining and infrastructure sectors, and Kaina Mussagy Arentsen manages the projects, energy and infrastructure team.
Eduardo Alberto da Costa Calú; Gisela Manhiça Sitoe; José Roque Gonçalves; Marla Genoveva Mandlate Chade; Soraia Calú Issufo; Samuel Levy; Kaina Mussagy Arentsen; Gimina Luís Mahumana Langa
Twigg Exploration and Mining
First Capital Bank
TTA – Sociedade de Advogados
Full-service law firm TTA – Sociedade de Advogados frequently handles a wide range of matters, including foreign investment, PPPs, employment issues, litigation, arbitration and corporate issues, for both domestic and international clients. Prominent in the fields of oil and gas, banking and finance, mining and infrastructure, the firm enjoys the ability to leverage its membership of the PLMJ global network to advise on cross-border matters. With a strong track record in litigation and international arbitration, Tomás Timbane leads the group. Natércia Sitoé‘s practice focuses on exports and international trade, as well as foreign investment. PPPs, regulatory matters and public procurement issues are key areas of expertise for Amina Abdala. Pascoal Bié and Alfiado Pascoal are key litigators and are well versed in corporate and employment law matters.
Other key lawyers:
Pascoal Bié; Natércia Sitoe; Amina Abdala;
‘I’m impressed by their professionalism and dedication to their clients.’
‘Dedication to the issues brought to them, offering different options to solve them.’
Bolsa de Valores de Moçambique (Maputo Stock Exchange)
CFM – Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (The Ports and Railways Company of Mozambique)
Multichoice Africa Holdings BV
BCI – Banco Comercial & de Investimentos
Power Blox Africa
FUNAE – Fundo de Energia
FNB – First National Bank
BIM – Banco Internacional de Moçambique
CTA – Confederação das Associações Económicas de Moçambique (Confederation of Economic Associations)
- Advising Multichoice Africa Holdings on corporate, investment, employment and labour, regulatory and tax matters, as well as commercial contracts.
- Acted for Siemens Africa in several matters in areas including employment and labour law, corporate and commercial law, and foreign investment.
- Assisted Auto Sueco in matters relating to the client’s operations in Mozambique, including corporate, employment, tax, foreign exchange, investment and regulatory matters.
Avillez, Bacar, Duarte & Centeio - Sociedade de Advogados (ABCC)
Housing ‘a very strong team with a lot of knowledge and experience in the Mozambican market’, Avillez, Bacar, Duarte & Centeio - Sociedade de Advogados (ABCC) offers domestic and international clients a full-service offering. The group is especially sought after for its strong expertise in banking and finance, infrastructure, energy and mining. Managing partner Francisco Avillez is a key contact for foreign investors and financial institutions seeking assistance with large investment projects. Oldivanda Bacar leads the finance, investment and energy department and is particularly active in the mining and natural resources sectors. Alvaro Duarte co-heads the banking and finance practice and is recommended for M&A, exchange controls and corporate finance. The commercial, corporate, labour and tax teams are led by of counsel Paulo Centeio.
Francisco Avillez; Oldivanda Bacar; Álvaro Duarte; Paulo Centeio
‘At the forefront of the developing competition and antitrust field in Mozambique.’
‘Solid and well-known team in the Mozambican market.’
‘Francisco Avillez brings experience, knowledge, and a street savvy to all projects, particularly on corporate and employment matters.’
City Lodge Hotel Group
World Education International
Companhia do Sena
BT PLC Mozambique
- Advised AgDevCo on a wide range of matters, including financing contracts, securities and other structures.
- Acted for DHL in corporate, labour and contentious matters.
- Assisted GBS Africa BP Southern Africa in regulatory matters.
As the exclusive member of VdA Legal Partners in Mozambique, GdA Advogados offers international investors and local companies expertise in a wide range of sectors and access to practitioners in several jurisdictions, including Portugal, Cabo Verde and Angola. Prominent in the oil and gas, infrastructure and energy sectors, the firm covers a broad spectrum of banking and finance, foreign investment, M&A and tax matters. Founding partner Guilherme Daniel oversees the group and is especially sought after to advise on corporate, energy, natural resources and infrastructure matters. He is supported by a team of associates, including Lorna Guilande, who is recommended for energy projects and transactions in the banking and TMT sectors, and corporate and finance expert Mónica Levy.
Other key lawyers:
Lorna Guilande; Mónica Levy
Lloyds Register Mozambique
Mota – Engil, Engenharia e Construção África, SA (Mota-Engil África)
- Advised Mota-Engil África on the public tender for the concession, under a PPP regime, of the design, construction, finance, operation and maintenance of motorway tolls in Mozambique.
- Assisted Exor Petroleum in its downstream operations and a fuel supply agreement in relation to a new service station to be built in partnership with the client’s partners.
- Acted for ProUrbe in the development of a significant real estate project in Maputo, the Sommerschiel Business Park.
Lei & Associados
Acting for both domestic and international companies, Lei & Associados is particularly active in the energy, mining, financial services, real estate and infrastructure sectors. Lei Yang is especially sought after to advise foreign clients on private investment, corporate and mining matters. Alberto Nkutumula is a key practitioner for cross-border criminal investigations, fraud cases, civil litigation and regulatory matters. Public law and labour litigation are areas of expertise for Zaida Sultanegy, while Alcides Nobela is recommended for tax, customs law and commercial matters.
Alberto Nkutumula; Zaida Sultanegy; Lei Yang; Alcides Nobela
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is cohesive, efficient and responsible.’
‘A very diverse team. We are satisfied with its flexibility to answer and to take actions. The team is very committed to solving our company’s problems.’
‘A lovely team to work with. It is dedicated and keen to help. A young team.’
‘Happy with its advice.’
‘The team shows initiative and helps me to solve problems.’
‘The firm seems to open many doors to young and new lawyers. I recommend Eunice Henrique for her smart ability to cooperate and fast responses. She is very self-driven, which makes the process always smooth.’
China Construction Corporation
China Machinery Engineering Corporation
Sociedade Água Vumba, SA
Refrigerantes SPAR, Limitada
- Advised FABEROL, a major oil raw material importer, on insolvency matters as a result of the currency devaluation which took place in Mozambique in 2014.
- Assisted a client in negotiating and structuring three mineral licences for the mining of heavy mineral sand.
- Successfully represented Mar-Norte in a civil liability action against one of the biggest banking institutions in Mozambique for losses suffered from a breach of contract.
Led by managing partner Tiago Arouca Mendes and founding partner Paula Duarte Rocha, MDR Advogados advises public sector clients, financial institutions, multinationals and domestic companies. The firm is prominent in the banking, oil and gas, energy and mining segments, and has been actively investing in its sectorial expertise in telecoms, media and shipping. Notable for his expertise in foreign investment projects, Arouca Mendes often assists international clients in M&A and financings related to their operations in Mozambique. Duarte Rocha is noted for her track record in project finance transactions and energy and infrastructure projects.
Tiago Arouca Mendes; Paula Duarte Rocha
HPF Advogados - AVM Legal Network Member
Under the leadership of Hélder Paulo Frechaut, HPF Advogados - AVM Legal Network Member is especially sought after to advise multinational companies on foreign investment projects in Mozambique. The firm’s expertise spans a wide range of matters, most notably forex licensing, cross-border capital flow issues, tax planning and regulatory compliance. Frechaut manages a broad practice, which covers IP, labour and immigration, banking and finance, and corporate matters. He is supported by key senior associate Gisela Teresa Chunguane.
Helder Paulo Frechaut
CICOTI, Lda (Imperial Group)
Nokia Solutions and Networks Branch Operations Mozambique
Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
Aecom África Mozambique
- Advised a subsidiary of Imperial Group on a wide range of matters, including tax litigation, labour disputes, criminal investigations and trade mark registration.
- Acted for Access Bank in credit recovery matters involving its private and corporate clients.
- Assisted Kennedys Law with legal opinions in the context of public debts and a potential insurance dispute.
Often collaborating with the Mozambique desk of Portuguese law firm Abreu Advogados, JLA ADVOGADOS is especially focused on assisting foreign clients with investment projects across a wide range of industries, including energy, aviation, infrastructure, financial services and energy. Recently, the firm has been particularly busy handling project finance transactions, concessions, debt collection matters and litigation. The group is led by Zara Jamal, who is a popular choice for multilateral financial institutions and is well versed in large projects in the oil and gas, mining and real estate sectors.
Absa Bank Limited
The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund
Rand Merchant Bank
Standard Bank Group
AFDB – African Development Bank
Banco BIG Mozambique
Banco de Moçambique (Central Bank of Mozambique)
BCI – Banco Comercial e de Investimentos
Chinese Development Bank
IDC – Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa
Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB)
Mediterranean Shipping Company
- Advised the senior creditors, ECAs and the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) on the financing and development of the Area 1 LNG project in Mozambique.
- Assisted Portucel Mozambique in all matters in connection with tow permissions granted by the Mozambique State to use and exploit lands.
- Acted for MCB in the refinancing of an LNG project in Mozambique carried out by Karpower International.
Covering a wide spectrum of labour, banking, environment and tax matters as well as litigation, MRA Advogados maintains a broad practice and also stands out in the corporate and regulatory law spaces. In addition, the firm is noted for its expertise in mining projects and corporate restructurings. Founding partner Tiago Monteiro Mascarenhas oversees the corporate, investment and regulatory departments and is especially sought after to advise on the registration and negotiation of foreign investment projects with regulatory bodies. Monteiro Mascarenhas manages the firm alongside tax, debt collection and corporate expert Salvador Tivane.
Tiago Monteiro Mascarenhas; Salvador Tivane
Other key lawyers:
‘The MRA team has strong and consolidated expertise across several areas at both national and international levels.’
‘The members of MRA’s team are always available to answer our queries and questions. They are tireless and, when we talk with them, we feel that they know what we are talking about, they know the problems and the way to resolve them.’
‘You deal directly with the management of the firm and the partners. We like that the management are directly involved in all the work.’
‘Salvador Tivane is very efficient. Tiago Monteiro Mascarenhas is always available and solutions driven.’
‘MRA is a client focussed and solution driven law firm. Its teams are reliable, well informed and professional. I would not be interested in using any other law firm.’
‘Monteiro Suege is informed, reliable and focussed on outcomes.’
‘Tiago Monteiro Mascarenhas is multilingual, thoughtful and client oriented.’
Future Proman SA
ICOR (Instituto do Coração)
Construções Gabriel Couto Moçambique
Asset Developers Moçambique
COGEF Trading Lda
MEGA Distribuição Moçambique
Mitrelli Odoyen Lda
Nestlé Moçambique Lda
Ministry of Industry and Commerce
- Acted for Construções AS Couto on the review of construction contracts and related disputes over the interpretation of service level agreements entered between the client and its service providers.
- Advised Nestlé Moçambique on day-to-day legal matters pertaining to its corporate affairs, litigation and immigration issues.
Pimenta e Associados
Working in close conjunction with Miranda & Associados, Pimenta e Associados is regularly retained by international investors to advise on investment projects in Mozambique. The firm is active in the mining, infrastructure, aviation and logistics industries and has been increasingly engaged in oil and gas and renewable power projects. Managing partner Paulo Pimenta is a key contact for tax and corporate matters; he manages the firm alongside Daniela Carvalho, who heads up the banking, corporate and energy teams.
Paulo Pimenta; Daniela Carvalho
LAM – Mozambique Airlines
MPDC – Maputo Port Concession