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Firm Profile

Tamrat Assefa Liban Law Offices

Firm Profile

Addis Ababa

  • Profile
  • Robel Plaza, 4th Floor, Room 405
  • Off Africa Avenue (Bole Road)
  • Opposite Beer Garden Inn
  • P.O Box 1151 code 1250
  • Addis Ababa
  • Addis Ababa
  • Ethiopia

Firm profile submitted by Tamrat Assefa Liban Law Offices

Managing Partner: Tamrat Assefa Liban
Number of partners: 3
Number of lawyers: 6
Languages:Amharic, English, French (spoken)

Tamrat Assefa Liban Law Office is generally regarded as the premier most reliable corporate, commercial law firm in Ethiopia. Founded in the year 2002, Tamrat Assefa Liban Law Office has quickly built a reputation as a law firm of choice for some of the renowned intellectual property owners, financial institutions, banks, developers in the energy and mining sectors, private equity investors and other major international companies investing in Ethiopia. The firm is committed to delivering an integrated, quick and effective service and at the same time maintaining high standards of technical quality drawn from a solid knowledge of the local business environment and an indepth understanding of Ethiopia’s intricate socio-political climate. It is continuously growing our knowledge and experience to ensure we are at the top level of competence in its areas of practice.

The firm provides a broad spectrum of commercial law advice in both contentious and non-contentious. It has experience in assisting clients in their negotiations and conclusion of contracts including but not limited to leases, joint ventures, investment agreements, manufacturing agreements, project development agreements, distribution agreements, negotiable instruments and other commercial related agreements.

Banking & Finance:

The firm helps clients structure their loan / credit transactions, to protect the clients’ best legal and commercial interests, and to negotiate and document the contractual relationship between lenders and borrowers from an Ethiopian law perspective in collaboration with other global law firms.

Mining & Energy:
Tamrat Assefa Liban Law Office practice in this regards focuses on the development, construction and financing of major natural resource (oil/gas, mining) and power projects. The firm assists clients in the preparation of extensive memorandums and due diligence reports on the regulatory environment in Ethiopia among other matters requiring professional help.

Intellectual Property:
The firm assists major international companies with the prosecution, maintenance and defense of their trademarks, patents, industrial designs and copyrights.

Mergers & Acquisitions:
Ethiopian laws are still at the formative stages insofar as M& A transactions are concerned. For instance, there is no stock exchange in Ethiopia and most of the laws in this regards have recently being formulated or yet to be revised to be in line with the worldwide progress. The firm has, however, in collaboration with international law firms, developed a niche practice with regard to investors acquiring shares in existing companies in Ethiopia and a few that consolidate as part of a restructuring exercise in ensuring, among other legal requirements, that the transactions comply with Ethiopian employment, tax and antitrust laws.

Presumably in a bid to protect its aviation industry, the laws currently in force restrict air transport to the Ethiopian government and Ethiopian nationals only. This has limited the number of transactions in this area. Tamrat Assefa Liban Law Office nevertheless has experience, on individual capacities and as a firm, in providing jurisdictional analysis for various aviation bodies and institutions, assisting manufactures lease aircrafts in Ethiopia and financiers provide financing for the purchase of aircrafts by Ethiopian airline entities.

Charities & Societies:
Tamrat Assefa Liban Law Office assists clients without shareholders and/or profit motive conduct business in Ethiopia for the benefit of the general public. We assist clients mainly with the formation and registration of local and international charitable organizations, filing of annual statements, payment of tax for those involved in profitable businesses, advice on compliance with budget allocations, formation of boards among other legal issues.

Corbetti Geothermal, Adam Smith International Ltd, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Access Power,Caterpillar Financial Services (UK) Limited, Caterpillar (China) Investment Co., Ltd, SES Société Anonyme, Syngenta Group, PROPARCO, FINNFUND, Hemera Capital Management LLP, BioTherm Energy, Drillife Group, Nathan Associates Inc., Ardan Risk & Support Services (K) Limited, Atlas Group, AECOM Infrastructure & Environment UK Limited, Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries SA/ NV – BIO , Computer Revolution Africa, Moore Attorneys, Coulson Harney Advocates, Aztec Money Ltd, Greenstone Industries Limited, Oda Gudina Gold Mining PLC, PROPARCO, Mintz Group, The Red Flag Group, Sineria Group, One Acre Fund, Silafrica,UNICAF, The Kaizen Company LLC, Indevco Limited, Terraco Group, Iris Mining PLC and Elenilto Mineral PLC, major international and well established intellectual property law firms and other multinational corporations.

Firm Contact:
Managing Partner:
Tamrat Assefa
Tel: +251 911 642169/+251 925 085597
Email: [email protected]


  • Robel Plaza, 4th Floor, Room 405 ,
  • Off Africa Avenue (Bole Road),
  • Opposite Beer Garden Inn,
  • P.O Box 1151 code 1250,
  • Addis Ababa,
  • Ethiopia
  • Tel +251 11 667 0506
  • Fax +251 11 667 0809
  • Email : [email protected]
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