Local law firms in Mozambique

Couto, Graça e Associados Limitada (CGA)

Couto, Graça e Associados Limitada (CGA) offers a standout energy practice, with recent instructions focusing on renewable and traditional power regeneration projects for both public and private entities. Praised by clients for its knowledge across corporate law, tax and litigation, the firm also has a strong banking practice, advising on related M&A and restructurings. Pedro Pombo Gamboa Couto leads the firm's energy, natural resources and infrastructure department and is adept in advising on PPP and large-scale projects. Telmo Ferreira heads up the firm's corporate, tax and capital markets department and has over 23 years' experience in M&A, listings and IPOs. Álvaro Pinto Basto heads the litigation practice and draws on two decades of experience in national and foreign arbitration and judicial proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Pombo Gamboa Couto; Telmo Ferreira; Álvaro Pinto Basto

Other key lawyers:

Gisela Graça; Sandro Jorge

Testimonials

‘The practice is organized in such a way that it has dedicated people for specific matters which helps the resolution of issues (speed, attention, etc).’

‘The dedication and attention to deal with matters that are presented to them. I can mention Sandro Jorge who is very influential in the relationship with my company.’

‘It is my view that the firm encompasses all of the required areas on which a corporate company may need assistance and advice, including litigation, tax and labour. It is a benefit to find all of these skills in one place.’

‘I believe that they are some of the best lawyers in the Mozambican market for their respective areas of expertise.’

DLA Piper Africa, Mozambique (SAL & Caldeira Advogados, Lda)

DLA Piper Africa, Mozambique (SAL & Caldeira Advogados, Lda) specialises in regulatory and legal matters in Mozambique across a wide range of disciplines, namely tax, banking and projects. Tax expert and managing partner Eduardo Alberto da Costa Calú is a key name for labour and oil and gas-related matters. Jose Manuel Caldeira regularly acts as lead counsel in acquisitions in the banking, construction and hydropower industries, as does Samuel Levy. Marla Genoveva Mandlate Chade is a key name in the firm for banking and foreign exchange matters for private sector clients. The firm’s international practice is supported by a dedicated immigration group, led by Soraia Calú Issufo. José Roque Gonçalves heads the firm’s litigation practice, and employment law expert Gimina Luís Mahumana Langa leads the firm’s labour practice.

Other key lawyers:

Jose Manuel Caldeira; Soraia Calú Issufo; Samuel Levy; Gimina Luís Mahumana Langa; Vanessa Chiponde

Testimonials

‘The team is highly qualified and very attentive to details.’

‘Vanessa Chiponde is an outstanding professional.’

Key clients

Kenmare

Unilever

Twigg Resources and Trading DMCC

First Capital Bank

ABSA Bank

Speed +

Work highlights

  • Advised an international financial services holding company on the revision of term sheet for a Purchase and Sale Agreement and other matters.
  • Acting as an international coal mining company’s lead counsel in a range of matters related to the implementation of their its in Mozambique.

TTA – Sociedade de Advogados

The practitioners at TTA – Sociedade de Advogados provide a strong oil and gas, food and beverage, banking and infrastructure offering. Part of the PLMJ global network, the team is headed by Tomás Timbane, who is praised by clients as ‘one of the best’ arbitration specialists in Mozambique. Alfiado Pascoal is a key litigation senior associate in the team, and is regularly instructed by banking sector clients in criminal, employment and civil matters. Amina Abdala maintains a focus on PPP and public procurement, real estate and construction. Natércia Sitoé is the go-to in the team for export, international trade and foreign investment in the oil and gas and mining sectors. Pascoal Bié also bolsters the team's litigation expertise, and is building a strong practice in employment and labour-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Tomás Timbane

Other key lawyers:

Natércia Sitoé; Pascoal Bié; Amina Abdala; Alfiado Pascoal

Testimonials

‘I’d highlight the professionalism of the lawyer working with us, who presents good quality work, in time.’

‘This practice is centred on Tomas Timbane who is a well-regarded and influential senior legal practitioner in Mozambique. He is also very well connected generally. He is a capable lobbyist on sensitive matters.’

Pascaol Bie assists Tomas Timbane and is a capable associate.

‘TTA has managed to differentiate itself in the market by being part of the larger PLMJ platform.’

‘Tomás Timbane is a great lawyer and one of the best and well known arbitration specialists in Mozambique.’

Key clients

Heineken Moçambique

Siemens Africa

Bolsa de Valores de Moçambique (Maputo Stock Exchange)

CFM – Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (The Ports and Railways Company of Mozambique)

Multichoice Africa Holdings B.V.

BCI – Banco Comercial & de Investimentos

FUNAE – Fundo de Energia

FNB – First National Bank

BIM – Banco Internacional de Moçambique

CTA – Confederação das Associações Económicas de Moçambique (Confederation of Economic Associations)

Work highlights

  • Advising BCI on several matters, including business expansion, corporate matters, foreign investment and others.
  • Advising Multichoice Africa Holdings on corporate, investment, commercial contracts, employment and labour, regulatory and tax matters.
  • Advising Siemens Africa in several matters in areas including employment and labour law, corporate and commercial law and foreign investment.

Avillez, Bacar, Duarte & Centeio - Sociedade de Advogados (ABCC)

Avillez, Bacar, Duarte & Centeio - Sociedade de Advogados (ABCC) is a go-to name for utility companies and international financial institutions looking for expertise in the oil and gas, energy and mining sectors for the domestic market. Founding partner Francisco Avillez, who currently advises the lenders on the Nacala Corridor Project, is a key contact for anything investment related. Oldivanda Bacar co-leads the finance, investment and energy practice, and has a broad practice in these areas, with a focus on mining and natural resources. Gil Cambule heads up the litigation and ADR arm of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Avillez; Oldivanda Bacar; Gil Cambule

Testimonials

‘First rate. Both their work product and responsiveness are unparalleled which unsurprisingly results in a high level of client satisfaction.’

‘Francisco Avillez and Oldivanda Bacar stood out as attentive and technically accurate.’

‘We have worked with ABCC for many years and have been very happy with the levels of care and service of Francisco and his team.’

‘They are responsive and competent. They are proactive in looking for solutions.’

Francisco Avillez uses his many years of experience to gain a significant advantage for his clients.  He is well known and respected in the local legal community which only adds to his effectiveness.’

‘Oldivanda Bacar is a skilled advocate who takes the time to thoroughly understand the underlying business nuances associated with the matter, no matter how complex.’

‘I really appreciate the effort made by firm members to respond to our questions in a very timely way. I have received messages which were sent late in the evening and even early in the mornings. We find that there seems to be a strong attitude of service to clients.’

‘We have worked extensively with Francisco Avillez, Paulo Centeio, Oldivanda Bacar, and Sonia Come. Each has provided clear responses to our questions and issues. They have assisted us with transactions, with interaction with government agencies and with general operational advice. We find them to be knowledgeable, well connected and easy to deal with. In addition, we are appreciative that each is fluent in both English and Portuguese, making it easy for us to work with them.’

Key clients

JBIC/IFC

Unilever

ABC Bank

Millennium Bim

Africa50

AgDevCo Limited

City Lodge Hotel Group

CTRG

Control Risks

Distell

BXR Agro

BP

Textáfrica

University of California (Global Programs)

Howard University

World Education International

DHL

Dietsmann

BCI

Banco Terra

Safests

Zoona

IPL (former Instar Logistics)

Sky Net

Mascsteel

Lenmed

Crookes Brothers

Startimes

Sirius Energy Solutions

Companhia do Sena

Headsquare

BT PLC Mozambique

Rank Enterprises

ZTE Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advising JBIC, IFC, and others as the lender on negotiations with the Mozambique government regarding rail and port concessions to Vale and international investment on the Nacala Project.
  • Facilitating between CEXIM and the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Mozambique on a mobile network expansion and modernisation project.
  • Advising AdDevCo Limited on several projects in the agricultural sector.

GdA Advogados

GdA Advogados maintains a practice focused oil and gas, energy and infrastructure for international investors and local businesses. Founding partner Guilherme Daniel leads the firm and has expertise in the telecoms, infrastructure and financial services sectors, and is particularly active in litigation involving companies in these industries. The team is currently advising on some of the country’s most important LNG projects. The firm is also integrated with Portuguese firm VdA, which collaborates in cross-border matters. Gonçalo Barros Cardoso is notable for his finance and commercial law expertise.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Daniel

Other key lawyers:

Gonçalo Barros Cardoso

Key clients

Total E&P Mozambique Area 1, Limitada

Saycr Somague

Agility

ProUrbe

CJ ICM Logistics

MozQuarries, Lda (MQL)

Friburge Angola

Lloyds Register Mozambique

Exor

The Diplomat Group

MDR Advogados

MDR Advogados is a trusted advisor to international firms and multinational companies looking to work in or expand into Mozambique. The firm leverages its technical and local knowledge with its international experience to assist clients in structural and other business projects in the energy and natural resources sectors. Founding partner Paula Duarte Rocha is highly experienced in Mozambican banking, energy and infrastructure project finance transactions. Newly appointed managing partner Tiago Arouca Mendes specialises in M&A. Since research concluded, Fabrícia De Almeida Henriques left the firm, in 2022, to take up an in-house position.

Practice head(s):

Paula Duarte Rocha; Tiago Arouca Mendes

Work highlights

  • Advising the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy Mozambique in connection with the selection of a partner from the private sector for the development of the Mphanda Nkuwa Hydro Power Plant.
  • Advising the Ministry of Land and Environment and the French Development Agency in relation to a NAMA Facility proposal for the implementation of sustainable waste management in Mozambique.
  • Assisting ARD, Inc., as a subcontractor for the execution of the ‘Mozambique Small Towns Water Infrastructure Fund Feasibility Study’ Project, under the USAID’s Water and Sanitation Hygiene Finance Programme.

Lei & Associados

Lei & Associados is a popular firm for China-based investors and companies looking to expand their operations into Mozambique. The firm is particularly strong in the banking, insurance, mining and construction sectors, advising on PPP and other development projects, and tax requirements. Founding partner Lei Yang is a key contact for the region, specialising in commercial, investment and mining law. Co-head Alcides Nobela is also notable in the team, with a particular focus on banking and finance.

Practice head(s):

Lei Yang; Alcides Nobela

Testimonials

‘This law firm is very professional, provides humanized service, and provides timely updates on the progress of our case. Their service is considerate.’

‘Very helpful employees who are knowledgeable about the work they do, they are dedicated, and know the technologies. The costs are also very competitive.’

‘The team at Lei & Associados is very professional. They can use their rich knowledge to resolve legal problems for our company. In addition, they offer flexibility to our fees.’

‘Alicides Nobela and the team are very accommodating.’

‘Lei Yang stands out for his magnificent level of understanding. He provides the client with attention needed, and always aware of the little details, and never misses a thing.’

‘They have on the ground knowledge between knowing what is required by Mozambican law and company requirements.’

Key clients

Solux

Cheng Dong Moz Co,Limitada

Albano Jacques Afonso Massingue

Hotel Kassuende

Sinohydro Corporation – China State Owned Corporation

Joyo

New Sub Industrials

Longrich

7day Security

Katandaudwe

HPF Advogados - AVM Legal Network Member

HPF Advogados – AVM Legal Network Member focuses on foreign investment into Mozambique, advising corporations and multinationals on projects in the region. Hélder Paulo Frechaut leads the team, which advises on regulatory requirements, licensing, tax structuring and cross-border funding matters. The firm is part of the AVM legal network, strengthening the cross-border capabilities of the firm.

Practice head(s):

Hélder Paulo Frechaut

Testimonials

‘Very good client care.’

‘Hélder Paulo Frechaut always responds in time and is willing to sacrifice extra hours for the client satisfaction.’

Key clients

Nokia Solutions Network Branch Operations

CPAD Brasil

CPAD Miami

Fircroft

Imperial Logistics

JCDecaux

MBC Finance

Petroserve Shipping Mozambique

Elements Global Service

Qatar Airways

ZTE Mozambique

Cicoti, Lda. (Imperial Group)

Work highlights

  • Providing corporate and day-to-day assistance to Nokia Solutions.
  • Advising and assisting CPAD Brasil/CPAD Miami with labour and immigration advice, as well as advice on the winding up of the previous structure.
  • Providing corporate and day-to-day assistance to Fircroft.

JLA ADVOGADOS

Managing partner Zara Jamal works both as the leader of JLA ADVOGADOS and within the Mozambique desk of Abreu Advogados. This close relationship offers clients a specialised cross-border practice that is adept at advising international financial institutions and local companies in the energy, aviation and environment sectors.

Practice head(s):

Zara Jamal

Key clients

Absa Bank Limited

AFDB

Banco BIG | Banco BIG Mozambique

Chinese Development Bank

IDC – Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa

Limak Group

Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB)

Karpower

Painhas Group

Portucel Mozambique

TOTAL

Turkish Airlines

Work highlights

  • Advising the senior creditors – Export Credit Agencies and Africa Development Bank/AfDB on the financing and development of the Area 1 LNG project in Mozambique – the Rovuma Basin.
  • Advising Portucel Mozambique regarding the establishment of forestry plantations for industrial and commercial use.
  • Advised MCB in the refinancing of an LNG project in Mozambique.

MRA Advogados

MRA Advogados' offering brings clients a strong corporate and regulatory practice. The team, which is co-led by Tiago Monteiro Mascarenhas and Salvador Tivane, has a strong focus on the mining, construction and healthcare sectors in the region. Founding partner Mascarenhas advises national and foreign clients operating in Mozambique, while Tivane is focused on the litigation side of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Tiago Monteiro Mascarenhas; Salvador Tivane

Key clients

Future Proman SA

ICOR (Instituto do Coração)

Construções Gabriel Couto Moçambique

Asset Developers Moçambique

Catholic Relief Fund 4 Children

IEM Lda.

Matilda Minerals

Nestlé Moçambique

World Bank / Ministry of Industry and Commerce

Work highlights

  • Assisting a client in the review of Mozambican investment law.

Pimenta e Associados

Pimenta e Associados works closely with Miranda & Associados, offering oil and gas, renewable energy and mining expertise for international investors looking to fund projects in Mozambique. Managing partner Paulo Pimenta is a specialist in tax law and corporate matters, and is supported by banking and finance expert Daniela Carvalho and litigation specialist António Veloso.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Pimenta

Other key lawyers:

António Veloso; Daniela Carvalho

Key clients

Total Exploration and Production Moçambique Area 1, Lda

Gemrock Company Limited

LAM

C2 Capital Partners

Maputo Port Development Company

Grindrod Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Vale Mocambique and its sponsors for a multi-jurisdictional transaction involving a mining, railroad and port concession.
  • Advised JAP/Grupo Entreposto on restructuring its operation in Mozambique.