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Mehrteab Leul & Associates has a full-service offering and acts for a rich client portfolio of foreign multinational businesses. A high proportion of its practice is dedicated to foreign investment and acquisitions with it acting for the likes of China Development Bank and Distell. It advised JT International on the acquisition of government shares in Ethiopia's National Tobacco Enterprise; this was the second largest (by value) acquisition of shares in a state-owned enterprise. The group also assisted American Capital Energy with electricity market regulations, a power purchase agreement and implementation agreement concerning an IPP project. Beyond foreign investment and acquisitions, the firm has thriving tax, employment, IP, mining and energy practices. Trade mark registration is a particular growth area for the practice. Founder and principal of the firm Mehrteab Leul has an outstanding reputation for foreign investment, M&A and tax work. Taddesse Lencho provides further corporate and tax expertise, while Benyam Tafesse leads on IP issues, employment and immigration. Zelalem Yibrah is experienced in mining and energy work.

Mesfin Tafesse & Associates Law Office (MTA) continues to impress in power and PPP projects, and in cross-border foreign direct investment and M&A. Agribusiness is another strong sector for the firm, which advises private and public sector clients including Wilmar International, Schulze Global Investment, Capital 54, DHL and Heineken. It has seen growth in private equity investments, advising on a series of private equity deals in Ethiopia recently. The team also assisted Deutsche Post International with its joint investment with the Ethiopian Airlines Group for developing freight forwarding by air, land and sea, customs clearance and warehousing and other activities in Ethiopia. It also represented Consta Joint Venture in an appeal against an award made by the Permanent Court of Arbitration under the rules of the European Development Fund. Mesfin Tafesse is a seasoned professional and highly regarded practitioner. Consultants Mekdes Mezgebu and Wossenyeleh Tigu are also key members of the practice.

Tadesse Kiros Law Office's 'core competence is in the corporate sphere' with Tadesse Kiros having 'extensive experience in legal matters'. He was previously a leader of the judiciary as Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ethiopia. The firm has focused on developing its presence in Ethiopia's power sector and boosted its international credentials by joining the global legal network Meritas. The firm is also recognised for its expertise in IP, employment, mining and finance.

Fikadu Asfaw and Associates Law Office is an emerging name in the Ethiopian legal market. The firm is gaining recognition among international clients and foreign law firms, including in corporate, finance, projects and real estate work. Ato Fikadu Asfaw Demissie is a respected member of the profession.

Tamrat Assefa Liban Law Office  is making a further impression across a range of sectors, including inbound investment, finance, IP, natural resources and mining, and energy projects. Tamrat Assefa Liban is a prominent figure in the market, having gained recognition for his work in renewable energy projects (notably geothermal projects). Marina Bwile is 'very well regarded' and is recognised for her work with a number of major foreign investors, including development finance institutions.

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