Firm Profile > Couto, Graça e Associados Limitada (CGA) > Maputo, Mozambique

Couto, Graça e Associados Limitada (CGA)

Mozambique > Local law firms Tier 1

Couto, Graça e Associados Limitada (CGA) has a well-established and prestigious client base in the energy sector and advises across a wide range of practice areas, excelling in particular in corporate law and litigation. The team has recently handed a number of transactions in the energy and banking sectors. Head of the firm's energy, natural resources and infrastructure group Pedro Couto has over 25 years' experience advising public and private entities in the region, while Telmo Ferreira is the key contact for corporate, tax and capital markets. Álvaro Pinto Basto is the name to note for litigation.

The firm: CGA – Couto, Graça e Associados, Lda. is a Mozambican law firm, with specialised areas of practice and departments offering clients tailor-made advice to meet both specific needs and those of their business.

With 34 lawyers, CGA has a strong reputation in corporate, concessions, PPP’s, dispute resolution, labour and investment, as well as leading practices in banking, real estate and tax. The firm is also acknowledged as a prominent advisor in a number of industry sectors, including the energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors.

CGA is a member of Lex Africa, a unique legal service group with a wide network of long-lasting relationships with Africa’s leading law firms; of AERIAL network, which aims to share information, expertise and resources on African aviation law; of IsFin, the world’s leading islamic finance lawyers; and is also a member of the International Bar Association.

CGA is  associated with the Iberian law firm Cuatrecasas.

CGA was distinguished in 2019 at the African Legal Awards in the category for ‘Environmental and Renewables.’

Areas of practice
Corporate and M&A: the firm’s corporate and commercial practice advises clients on national and international corporate transactions, mainly mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, joint ventures, private equity investments, corporate restructurings, assets and business transactions, and collaboration agreements.

Banking, finance and insurance: the firm’s specialized finance practice includes counselling on all corporate and structured finance transactions, including asset, acquisition, corporate, project and structured financing; sale-and-leaseback transactions; other models of asset outsourcing; asset, mortgage and synthetic securitizations; assignments of credit; issuing of fixed-income and structured instruments, as well as other financial instruments and consumer credit. It also includes advice on several matters regarding insurance in the country.

Public law and regulatory compliance: the public law and regulatory practice includes advice on the following sub-practice areas: energy, mining, oil and gas, infrastructure and PPPs. The practice includes lawyers from different areas with extensive experience in the oil and gas exploration activities, energy and public infrastructures.

Foreign investment: the firm advises major companies on structuring of foreign investments in Mozambique regarding the specific framework for the realization in the Mozambican territory of ventures that involve national or foreign private investments in order to assure the legal protection of goods and rights.

Litigation: the firm has an leadership position in litigation based on unique experience and knowledge of local courts, which ensures the most efficient and successful approach to each case.

Labor and employment: the firm provides clients with multiple services, including strategic planning of employment-specific treatment required by senior management, employment due diligence, as well as client representation during inspection by labor authorities, court labor disputes, negotiations and litigations (at court and arbitrations).

Intellectual property: the IP area provides legal advisory services in the process of registration of trademarks, patents, internet domain names, management, follow up and litigation of trademarks, patents, industrial designs as well as on the copyrights.

Department Name Email Telephone
General corporate and commercial Telmo Ferreira
General corporate and commercial Emilia Camacho
Mergers and acquisitions Telmo Ferreira
Banking and finance Pedro Couto
Banking and finance Célia Francisco
Public law and regulatory compliance Pedro Couto
Bankruptcy Telmo Ferreira
Intellectual property Rui Loforte
Tax Telmo Ferreira
Tax José Mula
Litigation Alvaro Pinto Basto
Insurance Pedro Couto
Insurance Célia Francisco
Capital markets Telmo Ferreira
Labour and employment Rui Loforte
Aviation and maritime Pedro Couto
Information technology Rui Loforte
Foreign investment Faizal Jusob
Photo Name Position Profile
 Emília Fernanda Camacho  photo Emília Fernanda Camacho Partner and Head of Corporate
Mr Pedro Pombo Gamboa Couto  photo Mr Pedro Pombo Gamboa Couto Chairman of Couto, Graça e Associados
Mr Jorge Manuel Ferreira Da Graça photo Mr Jorge Manuel Ferreira Da Graça Senior Partner and Legal Consultant in the Law Firm CGA – Couto,…
Mr Telmo Ferreira  photo Mr Telmo Ferreira Managing Partner and Leader of Corporate, Capital Markets and Tax Department
 Célia Francisco  photo Célia Francisco Head of Banking, Finance and Insurance
Mr Faizal Jusob  photo Mr Faizal Jusob Partner and Head of Investments and Business Development department
Mr Rui Miguel Assara Loforte  photo Mr Rui Miguel Assara Loforte Partner and Head of Labor and Industrial Property DepartmentCOO- Chief Operational Officer
 Álvaro Telles da Sylva Pinto Basto  photo Álvaro Telles da Sylva Pinto Basto Partner and Head of the Litigation Department of Couto, Graça e Associados
Number of lawyers : 34
Lex Africa
International Bar Association
AERIAL network

We have a team of 73 in which 55% are women, 44% men and 1% disabled. Working in a multicultural country with a representative number of different religions, CGA has a cultural diversity environment that is very positive in many different ways, by having different approaches, sensibility with client’s culture, language and ways of doing business.

CGA keep our own in-house training program and internship that for development of our lawyers, not only technical skills, but also focused on empowering leadership and management skills.