Mozambique

IFLR1000 Reviews

Financial and corporate
Couto Graça & Associados

Couto Graça & Associados is a Mozambican law firm and a member of Lex Africa. The firm was founded in 2011.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is particularly strong in project development work and is active serving clients in the energy and industrial sector.

 

Research period review:31st edition (2020/2021)

During the research period, the firm was active in project development work.

In M&A, the firm advised clients in the banking space on mergers.

In project development, the firm focused on regulatory risks in the energy and power sector.

 

Deal highlights:31st edition (2020/2021)

Cuamba photovoltaic power project

 

Client feedback:31st edition (2020/2021)

 

Project development : Energy

"Very efficient in spotting the most significant bankability issues for the structuring of IPP projects, problem-solving orientation, good connections with public institutions, very good reactivity."

"They are Mozambican and know very well the country, its laws and its habits. They have a long history in Mozambique and this helps a lot for your integration in the country. They give you a personalised service."

 

Pedro Couto

"They know the law, the country and the habits. They make a very good mixture of the three components to bring you a solution."

"Excellent knowledge of the power sector in Mozambique and long track record in the structuring of IPP projects."

GDA Advogados

GDA Advogados is a Mozambican firm and the exclusive member of VdA Legal Partners in Mozambique.

VdA Legal Partners stands for all lawyers and independent law firms associated with Vieira de Almeida for the provision of integrated legal services in both Portuguese-speaking and French-speaking Africa, and Timor-Leste. VdA Legal Partners, clients have access to a team of 300 lawyers across 12 jurisdictions.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a focus on project development and financial & corporate work.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include Total E&P Mozambique Area 1, Agility, ProUrbe, CJ ICM Logistics, MozQuarries, Lda (MQL), Friburge Angola, Lloyds Register Mozambique and The Diplomat Group.

 

Client Feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)

M&A

"Very reliable."

 

Project development

"They deliver results, they are flexible and pragmatic."

 

Project development: Infrastructure

"Diligent, professional, punctual, knowledgeable (legislative and local/political), experienced, excellent government contacts."

SAL & Caldeira

SAL & Caldeira was founded in 2011and is based in Maputo. The firm is a member of DLA Piper Africa.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is strong in banking and finance, M&A and project development work. The firm is also focused on work in the oil and gas, and mining sectors.

 

Key clients

 

Research period review:31st edition (2020/2021)

During the research period, the firm was active in banking and finance deals.

In banking and finance, the firm advised both borrowers and lenders on financial acquisitions. The firm also advised on debt restructuring matters.

In corporate and M&A, the firm advised on the acquisition of shareholding for a company in the oil and gas sector.

ABCC - Avillez Bacar Centeio & Cambule

ABCC - Avillez Bacar Centeio & Cambule is a Mozambican law firm established in 2009. The firm is led by managing partner Francisco Avillez and is based in Maputo.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a focus on financial and corporate work but is also very active in project development.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include JBIC, IFC, Unilever, ABC Bank, Millennium Bim, Africa50, AgDevCo, City Lodge Hotel Group, CTRG and Motraco.

 

Client Feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)

Bank lending: Lender side

"The ABCC team, in this instance led by senior associate Alvaro Duarte, were extremely prompt and provided sound advice to tight deadlines throughout the transaction. He is, together with the wider ABCC team, cheerful and competent."

 

Project development

"The firm is responsive and timely, and they have solid relationships with applicable regulators."

 

Restructuring: Corporate

"Timely and well-researched legal advice."

Henriques Rocha & Associados

HRA Advogados is a Mozambican law firm and member of the Morais Leitão Legal Circle. The firm is led by managing partner Fabrícia de Almeida Henriques and is based in Maputo.

Morais Leitão Legal Circle is an international alliance of law firms created by Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados (Morais Leitão), a Portuguese law firm, to address the growing needs of its clients throughout the world, particularly in Portuguese-speaking countries.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a focus on M&A work. The firm is also very active in project development.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy of Mozambique, Higest, Tekfen, Nama, USAID and ARD Inc.

JLA Advogados

JLA Advogados is a Mozambican law firm which is in a partnership with Portuguese law firm Abreu Advogados. JLA is led by managing partner Zara Jamal and is based in Maputo.

Abreu Advogados is an international law firm from Portugal with a focus on business law. The firm was established in 1993 and has grown from a staff of six to more than 300 in the last 27 years.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a focus on financial and corporate work but is also very active in project development.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include BCI, Standard Bank, ABSA, Citibank, China Development Bank, IDC and Banco de Moçambique.

 

Client Feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)

Banking

"Since the law firm was onboarded to the Bank Legal Panel, it has been providing best results, and it has helped the bank to mitigate its own legal risk. It is one of the best in the Mozambican jurisdiction which is driven by result expected. I would say it achieves customer satisfaction."

 

Project finance

"They are very proactive, very diligent, helpful, went out of their way to find solutions and cater to any difficulties which came up while we were doing business."

Lei & Associados

Lei & Associados is a Mozambican law firm established in 2017. The firm is led by founder and general director Lei Yang and is based in Maputo.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is active in financial & corporate and project development.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include Joyo Comércio e Industrial, Sino-Hydro Henan Mz Trading, Africa Great Wall Mining Company, Aris Corretores de Seguros, Fábrica de Cimentos de Cabo Delgado, Sino-Moz Parque Industrial, AL State and Joyo Glass.

Taciana Peão Lopes e Advogados Associados

Taciana Peão Lopes e Advogados Associados is a Mozambican law firm established in 2014. The firm is led by managing partner Taciana Peão Lopes and is based in Maputo.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is active in financial & corporate and project development work.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include Scatec Solar, Hidroelétrica De Cahora Bassa, Proler, Brilho, Globeleq, Source Energy, Wentworth Resources, World Bank, Exxon Mobil and Fenix – Engie.

 

Client Feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)

Project development: Energy

"Well established. Know the territory and the relevant officials and procedures. Know the commercial landscape and regulations. Very responsive. Highly ethical."

"1. From development phase - they are able to guide and lead the investors/company on the right path to go when it comes to paperwork, project development footprints to take, as well as the setting up of the project in country vs requisites as per the energy law/legislation in country. 2. Construction phase - they were still able to assist with human resources management and guidelines to effectively comply with labour law and procedures to bringing in expatriates/specialists across the world to build up our first solar power plant in country. 3. Operational phase - still using them, they are still helping us with the advising, implementation and compliance of the financial agreements we entered into with IFC (World Bank funders) for our project in Mozambique. Above all - TPLA have been our lawyers from the setting up of the project until its operation now and we feel very comfortable and happy that in the field of energy they know their work and are already part of drawings and assisting the government of Mozambique in designing the law that will adapt with the new business of renewable energy in country."

TTA - Tomás Timbane & Associados Advogados

TTA - Tomás Timbane & Associados Advogados is a Mozambican law firm. The firm is led by PLMJ International Partner and Head of TTA Tomas Timbane and the firm is based in Maputo. TTA is a member of PLMJ International Legal Network.

PLMJ Legal Network is a cooperation agreement between Portuguese law firm PLMJ and several firms in Lusophone countries.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a focus on M&A, financing and is also very active in projects work.

 

Key clients

Key clients of the firm include Multichoice Africa Holdings, Heineken Moçambique, Compagnie D´Operations Petroliers Schlumberger, Petrogas / Onstream, Indian State Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), Bharat Petroleum and Oil India, Gemfields, MAERSK, Port Consultants Rotterdam, Auto Sueco Moçambique, FNB – First National Bank and BCI - Banco Comercial de Investimentos.