Firm Profile > TTA – Sociedade de Advogados > Maputo, Mozambique

TTA – Sociedade de Advogados

Foreign law firms Tier 1

'Detail oriented' with a 'good grasp of the local laws and regulations', PLMJ provides a multi-disciplinary service to a diverse client base of international and domestic companies in Mozambique. Corporate and M&A expert Miguel Spínola heads the Mozambique desk, for which banking and finance has been a recent focus, Gonçalo dos Reis Martins being the key contact in that discipline for clients including BCI, ABSA and Standard Bank Moçambique. Managing associate Marta Pedro has strong experience in the country's corporate, real estate and construction markets, and associate Neylla Gulamhussen also receives praise.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Spínola

Other key lawyers:

Gonçalo dos Reis Martins; Marta Pedro; Neylla Gulamhussen


Their responsiveness, courteous professionalism, attention to detail and the confidence they exude on the subject-matters they are required to advise on.

Miguel Spinola is exceptional. He anticipates all aspects of an enquiry, consequently his legal advice is very detailed and of immense practical value.

The firm is detailed oriented in the legal advice, the quality of their work is outstanding, they are quick to act, available on short notice, well versed and have a good grasp of the local laws and regulations in Mozambique. We can always count on them to do thorough job on any legal issues that we instruct them on. PLMJ is a reliable firm to work with.

‘Neylla Gulamhussen is reliable, with good grasp of the laws and the regulations, quick turnaround on legal matters, she is always available. The legal advice she gives is clear, concise and well researched. The quality of her work is outstanding. We can always count on her when we have a legal issue in Mozambique.

PLMJ team has demonstrated their capability to advice our company as well as our subsidiary on various legal matters. PLMJ Team response has been so far timely and with clarity of legal understanding.

Individuals of PLMJ I have interacted with in Mozambique were always cooperative, willing to listen to other perspectives and adopted positive problem solving attitude for the job.

Key clients


Multichoice Africa Holdings B.V.

Standard Bank

Auto Sueco Moçambique


FNB – First National Bank

Siemens Africa

Kenya Airways


BCI – Banco Comercial e de Investimentos, S.A.

International Capital Markets (ICM)

China Machinery Engineering Coporation

Mybucks Bank Mozambique, S.A.

Standard Bank Moçambique

Sumol + Compal Moçambique, SA

Local law firms Tier 1

The team at TTA – Sociedade de Advogados continues to advise on significant deals in the food and oil and gas sectors, among others. Dispute resolution and public law are strengths of managing partner Tomás Timbane and, from a deep pool of non-partner lawyers, Natércia Sitoé and Pascoal Bié stand out for their respective expertise in commercial law and disputes. Leading Portuguese firm PLMJ often adds support from its Mozambique desk.

Practice head(s):

Tomás Timbane  

Other key lawyers:

Natércia Sitoé; Pascoal Bié


Very good team. Motivated and inspired.

They work professionally, focused on the client needs. They work closely with the client, until the intended result is reached.

1. Professionalism; 2. Commitment; 3. High level service; 4. Results oriented team; 5. Profound knowledge and skills; 6. Customer care and relationship.

Listening and paying attention to the client needs.

It is a multidisciplinary team dealing with complexity of issues from corporate matters to land user rights.

The team are usually available to assist even during the weekend, which makes a difference with the competitors I know.

Key clients

Multichoice Africa Holdings B.V.

Auto Sueco Moçambique

BCI – Banco Comercial de Investimentos S.A.

FNB – First National Bank

BIM – Banco Internacional de Moçambique

Port Consultants Rotterdam

Heineken Moçambique

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

Instituto Nacional de Investigação Pesqueira (National Institute of Fishery Research)

Chikweti of Niassa, SARL

The firm: TTA – Sociedade de Advogados, a member of PLMJ Colab, brings together some of the most reputable Mozambican lawyers from various practice areas, all of whom have extensive academic and professional experience. They boast unmatched know-how when it comes to the local market and combine this with a keen awareness of the international legal world. The firm is consistently recognised by international directories and awards as a reference in the Mozambican market. TTA is a full service firm with a particularly strong track record in energy, infrastructure, M&A transactions and tax.

While basing their professional activity in Mozambique, the lawyers of TTA work in close cooperation with PLMJ and with the other members of its international network to provide a seamless service to clients regardless of where they are. TTA provides legal services in compliance with the highest professional and ethical standards, while also supporting a number of social responsibility projects in Mozambique.

PLMJ Colab is a collaborative network of law firms spread across Portugal and other countries with which it has cultural and strategic ties. International collaboration is ensured through firms specialising in the legal systems and local cultures of Angola, China/Macao, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe and Timor-Leste.

Areas of practice
Arbitration, conciliation and mediation: TTA provides legal advice to both private individuals and companies as well as state bodies and companies, in domestic and international arbitration, and litigation in Mozambican courts in commercial, civil, administrative, tax, customs and employment matters.

Public and government institutions: Legal advice on major international procurement operations and provision of support at every stage, representing both bidders and awarding authorities.

Tax: Legal advice, representing both private individuals and companies and state bodies and companies, on a wide variety of issues of tax law.

Employment: Legal advice, representing both private individuals and companies and state bodies and companies, on issues of employment.

Corporate and commercial: Legal advice on the structuring of corporate finance operations. The team boast an extensive portfolio of achievements and know-how in providing legal advice on a full range of legal models for the acquisition of companies and assets.

Public and government institutions: Legal advice in the preparations and negotiations of public contracts (goods and services, works, concessions), representing both private individuals and companies, and awarding authorities.

Mining and natural resources: Drafting of various contracts in the mining area (drilling, demining, mining contracts with the government, supply of services from geologists). Negotiation of allocation of mining concessions/licences. Due diligence work in the area of mining compliance, including land and environment, for various entities, including the London and Sydney stock exchanges.

Public-private partnerships, projects and infrastructures: TTA lawyers are involved in the major public-private partnership projects, having specific knowledge in diverse fields. TTA also gives legal advice on financing operations for companies and projects, on the structuring of financial projects specifically under the project finance model, and on guarantees and lending in general among others.

Banking, finance and insurance: Advising clients on matters involving every aspect of the banking, finance and insurance industry.

Telecommunications and IT: Ongoing legal assistance to telecommunications companies.

Litigation: TTA has been active in the dispute resolution field and represents several clients.

Public law: The team handle administrative litigation cases on a daily basis including a range of matters related to the day-to-day activities of local authorities.

Real estate and construction: Legal advice on structuring real estate operations, preparation of the respective contracts and agreements.

General legal assistance: TTA has provided ongoing legal assistance to some of the main companies operating in Mozambique.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Tomás Timbane +258 823 018 695
Photo Name Position Profile
 Pascoal Bié  photo Pascoal Bié Associate
 Natércia Sitoé  photo Natércia Sitoé Senior Associate
 Tomás Timbane  photo Tomás Timbane Partner
Number of partners : 1
Number of lawyers : 9

PLMJ creates team to deal with ‘Legal Finance’ services

In the current economic circumstances of an increase in cases (and risks) of breaches of contract and violation of rights, and in the resulting litigation, companies have to be increasingly creative in allocating resources. To assist them, PLMJ has set up a team specialising in the area of Legal Finance.