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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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  • Communiqu√© on Equity Crowdfunding Is Officially Published

    By way of background, in January 2019, the Capital Markets Board (‚Äú CMB ‚ÄĚ) had issued an announcement on its website on the Draft Communiqu√© on Equity Crowdfunding [1] . The CMB has now officially published the Communiqu√© on Crowdfunding No. III-35/A (‚Äú Communiqu√© ‚ÄĚ), on October 3, 2019. The Communiqu√© entered into force as of October 3, 2019.
  • Beneficial Ownership Concept new interpretation from the Russian federal tax service

    The recent interpretative letter issued by the Russian Federal Tax Services (‚ÄúFTS‚ÄĚ) on 08th August 2019, has provided further guidance as to the application of the Beneficial Ownership Concept, further to the letter initially provided on the 12th of April 2018 which adopted a strict approach of the concept.¬†
  • Cyprus and Netherlands Double Tax Treaty Update

    Cyprus has concluded the negotiations for the avoidance of double taxation with the Netherlands. The double tax treaty was agreed at technocratic level in Hague. It is expected to be signed by the end of 2019 or early in 2020.
  • Vacancy - Senior Corporate Lawyer

    The Senior Corporate Lawyer, who will be reporting to Partners, will be working with both the firm’s legal team as well as the financial services team. The successful candidate will be requested to show initiative, take on certain responsibilities within the firm, work in a multinational environment and will immediately be given the opportunity to further advance their career within the law firm.

    The judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on February 26, 2019, in the ‚ÄúDanish Beneficial Ownership Cases‚ÄĚ, can be perceived as a landmark on the interpretation of the Beneficial Ownership concept under the Interest and Royalties Directive (IRD) and the Parent-Subsidiary Directive (PSD).
  • Court of Justice rules on source of income for Derivative Residence applications

    On 2 October 2019, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Directive 2004/38/EC) Case C-93/18 which concerns Chen applications and the source of funds for self-sufficiency. 
  • End of the ‚Äėcentre of life test‚Äô in Surinder Singh cases?

    In the recent case of¬† ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan ¬† [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the ‚ÄúRegulations‚ÄĚ). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess ¬†Surinder Singh ¬†cases that appear before them.

    Italian rules on jointventures concerning public procurement and concession contracts are set out inlight of the European legal framework provided for in Directive 2014/23/EU and 2014/24/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council. The European rules aim to ensurethe best use of public money so that EU citizens benefit from strategicinvestments and services at fair prices. In this context, public procurementand concessions represent key instruments that need to be regulated and standardisedin order to ensure free movement of goods, freedom of establishment and freedomto provide services.
  • Terms of employment as a sole representative

    In this article we examine the working arrangements of sole representatives, looking at the terms and conditions of employment that the Home Office will expect a sole representative to have in order to qualify as a representative of an overseas business.  
  • Can Sole Representatives Be Shareholders?

    The Immigration Rules require that an applicant for a¬† sole representative visa ¬†is not ‚Äúa¬† majority shareholder in the overseas business‚ÄĚ.

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