Vieira de Almeida finds new Mozambican ally

Portuguese firm Vieira de Almeida (VdA) has forged a new alliance in Mozambique, teaming up with local firm SCAN – Advogados e Consultores.

The new alliance replaces a previous relationship with Silva Garcia Advogados.

Foreign firms are not allowed to practise in Mozambique, forcing international players to forge local alliances to gain a foothold in the African country.

SCAN was founded in 2009 and has five partners and 10 other lawyers, and covers all areas of law.

The founding team all previously worked at MGA Advogados, which once had an association with VdA’s rival PLMJ, before merging with several other firms to form Couto Graça & Associados in 2011 (11 July 2011). Couto Graça is now the Mozambican ally of Iberian giant Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira.

The alliance is part of VdA’s efforts to increase its international profile. The firm launched in Angola in 2011 in association with local outfit Paulo Antunes Advogados (16 February 2011) and more recently opened an office in East Timor (10 March 2014). It also has a relationship with Brazil’s Pinheiro Neto Advogados.