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Lusophone Africa<br />

Lusophone Africa

Our Lusophone Africa practice provides legal advice across Lusophone Africa (Angola, Cabo Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique).

Our in-depth knowledge of each Lusophone Africa country's local law issues, along with our capabilities acquired in closing complex deals in the region, enables us to bridge the gap between the needs of international financiers and investors, and the demands of local law and custom, in a way that is efficient and constructive.

Our dedicated Lusophone Africa team includes lawyers who are fluent in Portuguese and are qualified in common law and civil law, which is particularly advantageous, as we are easily able to tackle issues specific to the region. Our lawyers work closely together, mobilising the firm's resources in our international offices, to provide optimum client service. By combining international best practice and deep local knowledge, we offer a unique service in Africa, considering both the "big picture" and the nuances of individual jurisdictions.

We work with the best African law firms in the region, with whom we meet on a regular basis.

Our team advises across a full range of legal services (project finance, project development, M&A, corporate/M&A, capital markets, lending, restructuring, TECH, banking and dispute resolution) and across a wide variety of industries (notably energy and natural resources, infrastructure, telecommunications).

The work and expertise of our Lusophone Africa team has been recognized by Chambers Global in the category "Recognised Practitioners" in both Angola and Mozambique for several years.


Our core areas of focus in Lusophone Africa

Projects, Energy, Infrastructure

Our recent experience includes advising:


Our recent experience includes advising:

  • Africell, an Africa-focused mobile network operator in relation to a commercial facilities arrangement arranged by Gemcorp Capital LLP to support the group's expansion into the Angolan telecommunications markets
  • on the refinancing of a US$1.6 billion term facility agreement entered into with the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Angola for the purchase of turbine generator equipment and related services
  • the lender on a US$1 billion revolving and term buyer-credit facilities agreement entered into with the Ministry of Finance for the financing of equipment, machinery and other capital goods
  • on a facility provided by a consortium of banks to the Ministry of Finance in connection with a road construction project

Dispute Resolution

The majority of our representations are confidential and not in the public domain. 


More information

Directory and client comments


  • Clifford Chance houses a robust team that is best known for its strength in the finance space, where it routinely acts for large financial institutions. The firm assists clients with credit facility agreements, debt negotiation and project finance matters. It offers further capacity to handle dispute resolution. The group capably handles matters arising in Angola from its London and Paris offices.
    "Clifford Chance has extensive experience providing international legal services relating to cross-border financing transactions in Angola."
    "The practice is technically accomplished, able to effectively structure and document complex and politically sensitive sovereign financing documents."
    Chambers Global - General Business Law: International Law Firms - Angola, 2021 - 2024
  • "Not only they are top lawyers in all aspects in respect of English law, but they also have very good knowledge of local laws and practices and are familiar with the country and its main players."
    Legal 500 - Angola (Foreign Firms), 2021
  • The firm's main strengths [are] "the high level of the lawyers, and their strategic vision oriented to results and practicality."
    Chambers Global - General Business Law – Angola (Expertise Based Abroad), 2020
  • Clifford Chance stands out for its expertise in solar power projects, and also has a solid track record in a range of other energy and infrastructure projects. The firm is also renowned for its banking and finance practice.
    Legal 500 - Angola (Foreign firms), 2020


  • Clifford Chance has an English practice group with a significant track record acting for foreign companies on high-profile banking and finance mandates in Mozambique. It is regularly mandated to act for lenders on project finance matters and it has a wealth of experience concerning renewable energy projects. In addition, the team is well positioned to assist with the sale or acquisition of significant energy and industrial assets.
    "The Clifford Chance team has exceptional technical skills and is very experienced at handling challenging transactions in Mozambique."
    "Clifford Chance is a very competent team. It was a pleasure working with various members of the team."
    Chambers Global - General Business Law: International Firms – Mozambique, 2021 - 2024
  • 'Clifford Chance’s Mozambican team have a fantastic genuine “on the ground” experience and is devoted to its clients. They have a great and true concern in solving the problems of its clients and are unbeatable in successfully closing complex deals in Mozambique.'
    'Knowledgeable, experienced and well familiar with the local legal requirements as well as international best practices.'
    Legal 500 - Mozambique (Foreign Firms), 2021
  • The respected team has established itself in the local market with its significant capabilities advising international companies on high-level project finance, oil and gas and energy matters.
    Chambers Global - General Business Law: International Firms – Mozambique, 2020
  • The 'proactive' Lusophone team'has significant experience in international transactions'. The team is particularly renowned in energy and power projects.
    Legal 500 - Mozambique (Foreign firms), 2020


  • Export Finance Deal of the Year 2024 – EUR 256m Financing of 3 Hospitals, Angola – Bonds, Loans & ESG Capital Markets Africa Awards
  • Project Finance Deal of the Year 2022 – Temane Power Project, Mozambique – IFLR Africa Awards
  • Africa Power Deal of the Year 2021 – Temane Power Project, Mozambique – IJ Global Awards
  • African Power Deal of the Year 2021 - Temane Power Project, Mozambique – PFI Awards
  • African Renewables Portfolio Deal of the Year 2020 - Financing of Seven Solar Projects, Angola  – IJ Global Awards
  • African Midstream Oil & Gas Deal of the Year 2017 - Coral South FLNG, Mozambique – IJ Global Awards



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