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Firm Profile

ATZ Law Chambers

Firm Profile

Dar es Salaam

  • ATZ Law Chambers: Opal place,
  • 1st Floor, 77 Haile Sellasie Road,
  • Masaki, P. O. Box 79651
  • Dar es Salaam
  • Dar es Salaam
  • Tanzania

Firm profile submitted by ATZ Law Chambers

Managing Partner: Ms Shamiza Ratansi
Number of partners/directors: 2
Number of lawyers: 9
Languages: English, Kiswahili, Gujarati, Hindi

ATZ Law Chambers (ATZ) is a leading full-service corporate and commercial Tanzanian law firm with substantial experience and knowledge of the Tanzanian market. ATZ adopts a practical, tailored and commercially vigilant approach to problem solving and strives to develop long-term client relationships. ATZ is frequently praised for its approachable and attentive team of lawyers. The team has been described as ‘very well plugged in locally’, and ‘honest and straightforward’, providing ‘business-oriented legal input’.

ATZ regards efficiency, responsiveness and a commercial approach to problem solving as vital to the provision of legal advice to its sophisticated client base. The firm aims to achieve its vision to be the best firm in Tanzania and a leading regional legal powerhouse by having a specialist focus and ability to deliver timely and efficient legal services. ATZ focuses on understanding clients’ business needs and requirements so that it can augment and partner them in their growth and development.

The firm’s managing partner (Shamiza Ratansi) was part of the predecessor firm Ringo & Associates (which became known as Adept Chambers) which was one of the founding members of ALN, Africa’s widest and most integrated alliance of independent top-tier law firms. ALN is now in 16 jurisdictions, having just announced the addition of firms in Morocco, Algeria and Guinea, with additional associate members in South Africa and Dubai. ATZ works particularly closely with Anjarwalla & Khanna in Kenya (A&K) and Anjarwalla Collins Haidermota (AC&H), its regional office in Dubai.

Banking, Financing & Capital Markets:
■ Acted for Nedbank on its USD 35 million Revolving Credit Facility to a leading Mining Company
■ Advising a leading mining company on a US$ 100 million financing facility from Standard Chartered Bank and Barclays Africa Group.
■ Acting as Tanzanian counsel to Norfund on restructuring USD 40 million loans to Green Resources
■ Advising on the initial public offering (IPO) and listing of Airtel Tanzania on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange
■ Advisor to Stanbic Bank Tanzania and CfC Stanbic Bank as the arrangers for the Medium Term Note Issue for TZS 32.6 billion (apprx. USD 15.4 million) by Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange
■ Acting for the underwriters, IFC, CDC and AFCAP in the rights issue of CRDB Bank raising over TZS 152 billion (apprx. USD 72.3 million)

Corporate / M&A:
■ Acting as local counsel to CDC Group on its USD 140 million investment in ARM Cement, which produces Rhino Cement, including mining law advice
■ Acting as Tanzanian Counsel for Catalyst Principal Partners in connection with its debt and equity investment in the Kensta Group.
■ Advising Kuramo Capital on its investment of a stake of over 25% in the TransCentury Group including indirect stakes in Tanelec (East African Cables and other Tanzanian entities
■ Acting as local counsel for WS Atkins in their acquisition of Howard Humphreys in Kenya which owns Howard Humphreys Tanzania Limited
■ Acting as Tanzanian counsel to world’s largest privately owned security and cash services provider, on its acquisition of leading security firm in East Africa

Real Estate:
Advising State owned National Housing Corporation on structuring of its multipurpose real estate projects including providing advice on derivative titles.

Mining, Oil & Energy:
■ dvised Indonesian state-owned oil giant Pertamina on the acquisition of a 24.53 % shareholding in Etablissements Maurel & Prom
■ Acted as Tanzania counsel to Indian headquartered Reliance Group in relation to its auction sale of the GAPCO Group including GAPCO Tanzania 
■ Advised a private equity investor on a potential investment in a cross-Tanzania solar micro-grids business and later advised the micro-grids business on licensing
■ Advised a fund investor on acquiring a significant stake in a Tanzanian company awarded a project by the Government of Tanzania to design, build, own and operate a gas based combined-cycle gas-fired (CCGT) power plant with a contracted capacity of over 318MW in Sothern Tanzania

■ Acting as Tanzanian counsel to the sellers in relation to the acquisition of Raha Tanzania by Liquid Telecom Group
■ Advising on Millicom’s acquisition of an 85% stake in Zanzibar Telecom (Zantel) from Etisalat Group which resulted in Millicom International Cellular becoming the second largest operator in Tanzania

■Representing DFI and private equity investors in merger notifications, including CDC, Catalyst, Mkopa, Kuramo Capital, Nakumatt, Reliance, Pertamina
■ Assisting a private equity fund in responding to and negotiating a settlement agreement with the Fair Competition Commission for investigations undertaken by the FCC

Managing Partner:
Shamiza Ratansi
Email: [email protected]

Clients: In the last 12 months, ATZ’s new corporate client wins have included Kuramo Capital, Airtel Tanzania, Dangote Industries, Heineken, Daimler Group, KfW, Nedbank, Societe General, Pertamina, Microcred Group, Otto Energy, ENGIE group, Leonardo SpA, AIM Group, Village Supermarket, Nakumatt, Bollore Transport & Logistics, Prism Construction, Ison BPO Tanzania, FINNFUND, Chemi and Cotex Industries, FMO, Norfund, Sumaria Group, Unilever Tea, Interswitch, Mubadala Petroleum, Eatout Tanzania, Betin Kenya, DSM Corridor Group, Redknee Tanzania, Godrej, Mobisol Tanzania, FBW Group, Seafarers’ Rights International, EO East Africa, Lake Oil, African Trade Insurance Agency (ATIA), La Chaine De Rottisseur Tanzania, Cap and Crown, Maninder Lamba, WeRobotics, FGX International, My Bucks, Liberty, Spiros Palaslis, Acciona Ingenieria, Dry Docks Africa, Tien Phong Joint Stock Commercial Bnk (TP Bank), Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (PTA Bank), Marie Stopes International, RFID Global Solution, SICPCA Management, Mota Engil Africa and Somerset Development, among others.