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General Business Law — Tanzania


Clyde & Co Tanzania - General Business Law Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Peter Kasanda and Kibuta Ongwamuhana
- 2 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Eminent team with significant depth of expertise, working in association with Ako Law. Broad mix of locally and internationally qualified lawyers who are well positioned to connect clients to legal advice across the African continent. Clients benefit in particular from the team's notable track record in cross-border financial transactions. Offers a full service to clients and is especially highly rated for its knowledge in the infrastructure, energy and telecommunications sectors. Also known as both M&A and taxation specialists.

Strengths Clients are impressed by the firm's "high standard of work," which they describe as "top-notch." They add: "They did a first-class job to navigate us through a very complex transaction."

Another client was impressed by the "level of engagement and detail of engagement by senior partners."

Work highlights Acted as counsel to the African Development Bank on a USD120 million unsecured loan to CRDB Bank.

Significant clients Citibank, Catalyst Principal Partners, Afrexim Bank, Premfin Capital, Finnfund.

Notable practitioners

Kibuta Ongwamuhana is known as "one of the best in the country," thanks to his knowledge of legislation, technical expertise and experience of the market. His focus is on complex tax dispute resolution matters, and he has further experience in competition law, commercial arbitration and trade mark infringement disputes.

One client described Peter Kasanda as having "a very rich depth of knowledge and experience," while another praised his "business-orientated" approach. He has significant expertise in advising financial entities on infrastructure, telecommunications, mining and energy projects on the African continent. He has led on a number of significant financing mandates and is a dual-qualified English solicitor and Tanzanian advocate.

Michael Strain is a very popular associate, and clients praise his helpfulness and exceptional attention to detail. A client described him as "incredibly proactive," and "pragmatic in negotiations, and with clever and sensible solutions to our problems." He leads the corporate/M&A practice and is dual-qualified in England and Tanzania.

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ATZ Law Chambers - General Business Law Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Shamiza Ratansi and Sonal Sejpal
- 2 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Has a well-rounded service and a network of correspondent firms both regionally and internationally. Demonstrates particular expertise in M&A, capital markets and competition law, with recent notable involvement in both the energy and real estate sectors. Lauded for its ability in cross-border transactions. Other areas of focus for the team include banking and finance, telecommunications, mining and projects.

Strengths Clients have praised the team for its "remarkable expertise in international transactions and competition law," adding that the team itself is "super-responsive" and "reliable," with "great leadership skills."

Work highlights Represented Pertamina in the acquisition of a 24.53% shareholding in Etablissements Maurel & Prom, a cross-border transaction worth EUR201.2 million.

Advised CDC Group on local law matters relating to its proposed USD140 million investment in ARM Cement.

Significant clients IFC, Reliance Exploration & Production, Citibank, Airtel Tanzania, KfW.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Shamiza Ratansi is noted by clients for her "exceptional knowledge of the local market" and ability to "effectively apply that knowledge to our needs." She has significant experience in complex international cross-border transactions and has led on a diverse range of matters in areas including telecommunications, oil and gas, real estate and competition law.

Asha-Sabrina Ayub is recognised this year as an associate to watch after impressive feedback from clients. Sources comment that she has "very good legal knowledge," while others speak of her strong capability and describe her as "the true standout of the firm." She was lead associate on a recent high-profile transaction for CDC Group. She has further expertise in project financing and the oil and gas sector.

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Bowmans - General Business Law Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Recently established office formed by several senior partners from Mkono & Co Advocates. Active on a range of mandates, including M&A transactions and restructurings. Further experience includes working on regulatory matters and servicing clients from sectors such as telecommunications and mining. Also adept at litigation, including appellate and regulatory cases.

Strengths Peers note the firm's rising reputation and established team members, saying: "The people inside the firm are excellent."

Notable practitioners

Dar es Salaam managing partner Wilbert Kapinga left Mkono & Co Advocates to form the Bowmans Tanzania office. He is active on corporate, finance and competition law, as well as demonstrating substantial experience in regulatory matters and litigation. Sources rate his transactional practice highly, saying: "He is definitely a Band 1 lawyer - he's excellent." They go on to describe him as also "seriously heavyweight in litigation."

Audax Kijana Kameja, a partner in the Dar es Salaam office, was one of a number to move from Mkono & Co Advocates in January 2017. He is well known as a litigation lawyer specialising in intellectual property law and arbitration. He has significant dispute resolution experience and has advised clients in major international arbitrations.

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Bowmans operates across Africa through its offices in Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. Unlike other law firm’s alliances and networks, Bowmans delivers a truly integrated one-firm offering. Clients benefit from a single point of contact, regardless of the geographic location of their particular transaction, as well as a consistent quality of work. In addition to its own offices, Bowmans works closely with leading independent law firms in many other African jurisdictions (notably Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe).

While Bowmans Tanzania provides a full-service offering, it is particularly experienced in advising clients in the following sectors:

  • consumer goods and retail
  • financial services
  • hospitality and leisure
  • industrials and manufacturing
  • infrastructure
  • mining
  • oil and gas
  • technology, media and telecommunications

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CRB Africa Legal - General Business Law Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice known for its strength in banking, finance and capital markets. The team has notable experience in project financing and cross-border lending and remains active in sectors ranging from energy, healthcare and mining to real estate and TMT. Clients include a number of major banks and financial institutions in Tanzania.

Strengths Peers mention that this firm has a "good and very strong team."

Notable practitioners

Charles Rwechungura, founder and co-managing partner, is "well known in the market" and "a good lawyer" according to his peers. He is recognised for his corporate work, with expertise in M&A, capital markets, mining, and banking and finance. He is also well respected for his prowess in litigation and arbitration.

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ENSafrica - General Business Law Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Mwanaidi Sinare Maajar
- 4 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Benefits from its presence across the African continent to provide a broad and enhanced regional service. Frequently acts for banks and investment funds on domestic and regional mandates and is particularly active on lending and project finance matters. Sector expertise spans telecommunications, banking and mining. Peers also recommend the firm for its litigation work.

Strengths Clients praise the team for its excellent service and quality advice. Its regional strength is also welcomed, for "enriching the firm's capacity to draw expertise widely and enhance its services."

Another client commented: "The team is also very attentive to our needs as a client, and very customer-orientated."

Work highlights Lead adviser to Vodacom Tanzania on its public listing of shares, worth USD200 million.

Assisted DEG and FMO with their USD21 million financing made available to Prime Fuels Tanzania and Prime Fuels Kenya.

Significant clients Wärtsilä Netherlands, Ashanti Goldfields, Acacia Mining, Millicom International Cellular, Barclays Bank Tanzania.

Notable practitioners

Alex Nguluma is described as "a very good, responsive and reliable lawyer" by clients. He is noted for his expertise in tax, arbitration and corporate issues. He was the lead partner on Vodacom Tanzania's USD200 million IPO and has additional experience in legislative and regulatory review proceedings.

Mwanaidi Sinare Maajar has a "wealth of experience" according to peers. She is known for her work in M&A, project finance and corporate law. She has particular expertise in the corporate, energy, mining and banking sectors. Recently, she has also led matters in the area of telecommunications.

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ENSafrica is a recognised market leader that has built up an impressive practice in Tanzania based on goodwill. The firm is regularly sought out for its significant expertise.

Through its office in Dar es Salaam, ENSafrica offers clients the full suite of legal services. The firm is often sought out by African and international investors, who require the firm’s expertise in their large and complex mandates in Tanzania and the rest of Africa. In particular, ENSafrica advises all clients, in all industries, who are expanding into the country and who require assistance with, among other things, registering an entity, opening a business, and advice on the country-specific tax and regulatory requirements.

In addition, ENSafrica provides a full-service offering covering a wide range of business areas, such as mining, oil and gas, energy, banking and financial services, competition, employment, IP, telecommunications, insolvency, legislative and regulatory regime review, and commercial litigation and arbitration.

ENSafrica’s loyal clients include major banks, such as the Bank of Tanzania, and, as a recognised leader in the field of mining in Tanzania, its practitioners have provided legal services to all of the country’s major mining companies.

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FB Attorneys - General Business Law Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Fayaz Bhojani
- 3 partners
- 33 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Noted for its work in the energy, oil and gas, and mining sectors, with clients emphasising its expertise in large M&A transactions. Also recommended for tax, antitrust law, litigation, and general corporate and commercial work. Has developed strategic relationships with international law firms to bolster its regional strength.

Strengths According to clients, "this is a firm that delivers quality and at reasonable cost." Another client highlighted its ability to provide "legal advice that is tailored to my business needs."

Praised for its connections to international law firms, clients also comment that the firm is "well versed in both international and local law" and that it produces "professional work to the highest international standards."

Work highlights Lead legal adviser to Total on Tanzanian law issues concerning its USD4 billion pipeline from Uganda to Tanzania.

Advised Mantra Tanzania as lead co-ordinator of its mandatory IPO, whereby 30% of its shares were sold to the public.

Significant clients ETG Group, Acacia Mining, Shell, Cannes Africa Resources, Eco Trading East Africa.

Notable practitioners

Fayaz Bhojani is regarded by clients as "world class" and a "great negotiator and brilliant lawyer." He is an expert in natural resources work and is praised for his legal knowledge and specialisation in commercial matters. He advises a number of leading oil and gas, energy and real estate clients.

Gaudiosus Ishengoma is well regarded by peers, while clients describe him as "a sharp lawyer with great skill sets." He primarily focuses on litigation and leads this team. He is noted for his expertise in the mining, energy and land sectors.

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IMMMA Advocates - General Business Law Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Sadock Magai and Protase Ishengoma
- 7 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A member of the DLA Piper Group known for its broad offering across legal disciplines. Particularly active in the infrastructure, energy and financial services sectors, with notable experience in PPPs and oil and gas contracts. Acts for public and private clients, including banks, insurance companies and mining conglomerates, who recommend its work in transactions, employment law and corporate litigation.

Strengths Clients praise the firm for its business-minded approach: "We got the feeling that they truly understood our business and our needs as a company."

The firm is also recommended for its "multidisciplinary assistance" with "experts in different areas who can advise on all elements of the transaction."

Notable practitioners

Fatma Karume is regarded as "one of the best litigation lawyers in the country." Her expertise focuses on tax, intellectual property and media law, where she acts as both on arbitration and litigation.

Protase Ishengoma, an "experienced practitioner" according to peers, is noted by clients for the manner in which he both understands their concerns and responds effectively. His particular expertise is in the infrastructure, banking and finance, and energy sectors.

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Norton Rose Fulbright - General Business Law Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Adam Lovett
- 3 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for International law firm notable for its cross-border transactional expertise. Enjoys a strong financing practice through its representation of development finance institutions, banks and investment funds, as well as being routinely instructed by sponsors and developers of energy projects, notably in the renewables sector. Also known for its work in general corporate law, regulatory issues and diverse project financing, in sectors such as oil and gas, mining, telecommunications, commodities and agriculture. Clients equally appreciate its regional support network.

Strengths Clients commend its "very sound knowledge of the legal market and its practical application."

Peers are impressed by its high-profile transactions and comment that the team is "doing very well - no doubt about it."

Work highlights Advised Kilwa Energy on its development of a gas power plant in Tanzania, including cross-border aspects, worth USD350 million.

Local counsel to Standard Chartered Bank on its USD300 million syndicated loan to Dangote Cement Tanzania for the expansion of its manufacturing plant and construction of a gas-fired power plant.

Significant clients IFC, Tanzania Geothermal Development Corporation, Kibo Mining, Alten Renewable Energy, OPIC.

Notable practitioners

Adam Lovett is praised by peers, notably for his banking and finance expertise. Clients call him a "solid lawyer" who is also "sensible, responsive and very efficient." He is equally noted for his experience in complex cross-border transactions, as evidenced by his work on the USD350 million Kilwa Energy gas power project.

Angela Mndolwa is very active in this practice, particularly in advising financial institutions on regulatory and transactional matters. Clients value her practical approach, saying that her advice is "straightforward but well backed" and that she "doesn't get bogged down in needless details."

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Abenry & Company, Advocates - General Business Law Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well regarded by peers for its particularly strong practice in intellectual property law. Also active in projects, capital markets and the energy sector. Involved in a number of large M&A transactions both locally and regionally.

Notable practitioners

Lucy Henry Sondo is recommended by peers for her "significant capital markets experience," where she has a "practical approach" and demonstrates "very good technical skill and legal knowledge." She also has particular expertise in intellectual property law.

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Asyla Attorneys - General Business Law Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected practice with expertise in both contentious and non-contentious work. Routinely handles corporate, commercial, banking and employment matters, as well as displaying extensive experience in family law. Clients include charitable organisations and financial institutions.

Notable practitioners

Brooke Montgomery is known for dealing with donor-funded partners, who describe her as "very passionate" about such issues. Her practice is broad and includes general corporate legal work, as well as family law. She has particular expertise in employment and labour relations disputes.

Senen Mponda is a well-respected litigator, praised by peers for his activity in the market. He has been involved with a number of Tanzanian government parastatals in the telecommunications, energy and financial sectors.

Daniel Welwel is singled out by market commentators as someone to keep an eye on. Peers comment on his strengths in both corporate matters and corporate litigation. Clients commend his work in the banking sector: "We have always found him to be a pleasure to work with, responsive and extremely professional."

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East African Law Chambers - General Business Law Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Recognised firm notable for its all-round service offering. Clients highlight its compliance work, due diligence, corporate work, tax and litigation. Involved in a number of cross-border matters, with particular expertise in the banking and finance, real estate, mining and energy sectors.

Strengths Clients appreciate its "excellent services and prompt and high-quality work."

Peers comment that this is a practice of "really strong lawyers."

Work highlights Advising the National Microfinance Bank on a USD30 million loan transaction advanced to Camel Oil.

Assisted Uranex Tanzania with the land acquisition for a graphite mine, as well as the compensation and resettlement of affected communities.

Significant clients Vodacom Tanzania, BancABC, Tanzania Portland Cement, Multichoice East Africa, Stanbic Bank.

Notable practitioners

Stella Ndikimi is praised by clients for her "hands-on approach" and availability "to assist with complex and multifaceted matters." Meanwhile, peers single out the strength of her competition law knowledge. Her practice focuses on banking and finance.

Juvenalis Ngowi, a founding partner at the firm, is recognised by peers for his experience in litigation. He heads the commercial dispute resolution and employment law practices. He is also active in the banking and finance, commercial and corporate practice areas.

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FK Law Chambers - General Business Law Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Acknowledged for its strength in tax advice and disputes, as well as handling transactional and regulatory mandates in areas such as energy, oil and gas, and mining. Also equipped to handle insurance, employment and telecommunications work.

Strengths Peers commend its experience in general corporate matters and highlight its strength in tax work, describing it as a "very good tax practice."

Notable practitioners

Angelo Mtitu Mapunda is the main contact, since Florens Luoga became chairman of the Tanzania Revenue Authority Board of Directors and, subsequently, governor of the Bank of Tanzania.

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VELMA Law - General Business Law Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Involved in cross-border M&A transactions, as well as project finance. Offers a broad complement of commercial legal services to clients. Active in the energy, financing, agriculture and oil and gas sectors.

Strengths Market commentators refer to the team's abilities and "obvious competence" in transactional work.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Nicholas Zervos is known for his expertise in project financing and commercial transactions. Peers unanimously recommend his practice, describing him as a "good lawyer."

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Senior Statesperson

REX Consulting Limited

From the Chambers Global guide

"With significant and valuable experience," Eve Hawa Sinare of REX Consulting Limited remains a well-respected corporate lawyer and is considered "one of the biggest references in the market." Her expertise includes project finance and legal reform.

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Band 1

FB Attorneys

From the Chambers Global guide

Fayaz Bhojani is regarded by clients as "world class" and a "great negotiator and brilliant lawyer." He is an expert in natural resources work and is praised for his legal knowledge and specialisation in commercial matters. He advises a number of leading oil and gas, energy and real estate clients.

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Band 1

Wilbert B Kapinga

Bowmans

From the Chambers Global guide

Dar es Salaam managing partner Wilbert Kapinga left Mkono & Co Advocates to form the Bowmans Tanzania office. He is active on corporate, finance and competition law, as well as demonstrating substantial experience in regulatory matters and litigation. Sources rate his transactional practice highly, saying: "He is definitely a Band 1 lawyer - he's excellent." They go on to describe him as also "seriously heavyweight in litigation."

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Band 1

Kibuta Ongwamuhana

Clyde & Co Tanzania

From the Chambers Global guide

Kibuta Ongwamuhana is known as "one of the best in the country," thanks to his knowledge of legislation, technical expertise and experience of the market. His focus is on complex tax dispute resolution matters, and he has further experience in competition law, commercial arbitration and trade mark infringement disputes.

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Band 1

Charles Rwechungura

CRB Africa Legal

From the Chambers Global guide

Charles Rwechungura, founder and co-managing partner, is "well known in the market" and "a good lawyer" according to his peers. He is recognised for his corporate work, with expertise in M&A, capital markets, mining, and banking and finance. He is also well respected for his prowess in litigation and arbitration.

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Band 2

Protase RG Ishengoma

IMMMA Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Protase Ishengoma, an "experienced practitioner" according to peers, is noted by clients for the manner in which he both understands their concerns and responds effectively. His particular expertise is in the infrastructure, banking and finance, and energy sectors.

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Band 2

Clyde & Co Tanzania

From the Chambers Global guide

One client described Peter Kasanda as having "a very rich depth of knowledge and experience," while another praised his "business-orientated" approach. He has significant expertise in advising financial entities on infrastructure, telecommunications, mining and energy projects on the African continent. He has led on a number of significant financing mandates and is a dual-qualified English solicitor and Tanzanian advocate.

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Band 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Global guide

Adam Lovett is praised by peers, notably for his banking and finance expertise. Clients call him a "solid lawyer" who is also "sensible, responsive and very efficient." He is equally noted for his experience in complex cross-border transactions, as evidenced by his work on the USD350 million Kilwa Energy gas power project.

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Band 2

Mwanaidi Sinare Maajar

ENSafrica

From the Chambers Global guide

Mwanaidi Sinare Maajar has a "wealth of experience" according to peers. She is known for her work in M&A, project finance and corporate law. She has particular expertise in the corporate, energy, mining and banking sectors. Recently, she has also led matters in the area of telecommunications.

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Band 2

Abenry & Company, Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Lucy Henry Sondo is recommended by peers for her "significant capital markets experience," where she has a "practical approach" and demonstrates "very good technical skill and legal knowledge." She also has particular expertise in intellectual property law.

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Band 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Global guide

Angela Mndolwa is very active in this practice, particularly in advising financial institutions on regulatory and transactional matters. Clients value her practical approach, saying that her advice is "straightforward but well backed" and that she "doesn't get bogged down in needless details."

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Band 3

East African Law Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Stella Ndikimi is praised by clients for her "hands-on approach" and availability "to assist with complex and multifaceted matters." Meanwhile, peers single out the strength of her competition law knowledge. Her practice focuses on banking and finance.

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Band 3

ENSafrica

From the Chambers Global guide

Alex Nguluma is described as "a very good, responsive and reliable lawyer" by clients. He is noted for his expertise in tax, arbitration and corporate issues. He was the lead partner on Vodacom Tanzania's USD200 million IPO and has additional experience in legislative and regulatory review proceedings.

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Band 3

ATZ Law Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Shamiza Ratansi is noted by clients for her "exceptional knowledge of the local market" and ability to "effectively apply that knowledge to our needs." She has significant experience in complex international cross-border transactions and has led on a diverse range of matters in areas including telecommunications, oil and gas, real estate and competition law.

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Band 3

VELMA Law

From the Chambers Global guide

Founding partner Nicholas Zervos is known for his expertise in project financing and commercial transactions. Peers unanimously recommend his practice, describing him as a "good lawyer."

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Up and Coming

Novita Law

From the Chambers Global guide

Joy Alliy of Novita Law is highlighted as "definitely someone to watch." Peers praise her new firm and comment that she is "someone who understands what the client wants." She has experience in a range of transactions within the finance, oil and gas, and energy sectors.

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Up and Coming

Asyla Attorneys

From the Chambers Global guide

Daniel Welwel is singled out by market commentators as someone to keep an eye on. Peers comment on his strengths in both corporate matters and corporate litigation. Clients commend his work in the banking sector: "We have always found him to be a pleasure to work with, responsive and extremely professional."

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Associates to watch

Asha-Sabrina Ayub

ATZ Law Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Asha-Sabrina Ayub is recognised this year as an associate to watch after impressive feedback from clients. Sources comment that she has "very good legal knowledge," while others speak of her strong capability and describe her as "the true standout of the firm." She was lead associate on a recent high-profile transaction for CDC Group. She has further expertise in project financing and the oil and gas sector.

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Associates to watch

Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Michael Strain is a very popular associate, and clients praise his helpfulness and exceptional attention to detail. A client described him as "incredibly proactive," and "pragmatic in negotiations, and with clever and sensible solutions to our problems." He leads the corporate/M&A practice and is dual-qualified in England and Tanzania.

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