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Mkono & Co

Work +255 22 211 8789 91
Bombay, Dar es Salaam

Over the years the firm has been awarded a number of internationally recognized awards for its client service approach and quality of work, including the International Gold Star for Quality in May 2001, the Platinum Award for Excellence and Business Prestige in July 2002, the Century International Diamond Quality Era Award in May 2003 and the Arch of Europe Award in the Diamond category, April 2004 for business and brand name Prestige, Technology, Innovation and Expansion.

Mkono & Co has ranked in the Chambers and Partners: The worlds Leading Lawyers for four consecutive years since 2000.

Mkono & Co was founded 27 years ago by the Honorable Nimrod E. Mkono as an international commercial and financial practice. The firm has grown steadily over the past decade and has established a first-class reputation in the corporate field and intellectual property law. It is, without doubt, the premier Tanzanian law firm as it has had significantly more privatization, telecommunications, intellectual property and banking experience than any other Tanzanian law firm.

Over the years, the firm has formed a number of alliances with law firms and lawyers practicing in other jurisdictions. A formal alliance would result in exposure to the current trends in law, which are sweeping the world and would also result in facilitating proper training for the young lawyers. On 1st May 2001, Mkono & Co set up an alliance with Denton Wilde Sapte, a major London-based international law firm, with over 180 partners, 620 other legal staff, and over 1,500 staff in their offices around the world.

The association stops short of a merger but the expectation is that in due course the relations would come even closer. The move will build on the two law firms' existing strengths in corporate and trade finance. As a result, Mkono & Co provides a range of legal services to major commercial clients from within and outside Tanzania. Mkono & Co recognizes that clients want commercial solutions to help them achieve their business objectives, and only by really understanding their businesses can the Firm be able to deliver.

In order to serve each area of commercial law, the Firm is organized into groups of lawyers and paralegals headed by individual partners. Where a client needs assistance in more than one area of practice, partners and associates work in teams to provide comprehensive service The following are, but not limited to, the various legal fields practice at Mkono & Co:

Commercial & Corporate Law
Intellectual Property Law
Company Formation and Management
Banking and Capital Markets
Real Property
International Finance
Insolvency – Receivership and Liquidation
Merchant Shipping and Aviation Law
Probate and Estate Administration
Tax and Pensions
Employment and Industrial Relations
International Services
Departmental Profiles

Litigation Department
Capt. Audax K. Kameja
Dr. Wilbert B. Kapinga
Jacktone O. Koyugi
Saul Mwamwala
Waziri J. Mchome
August N. Mrema
Francis Kamuzora
Elizabeth S.Karua

The firm handles a wide variety of domestic and international commercial disputes relating to construction, defamation, employment, financial and corporate matters, insolvency, insurance, and has a long reputation in the field of patent and trademark disputes.

Our Litigation Department has substantial experience in a wide variety of business and commercial litigation including antitrust, creditors' rights, banking and financial institutions, construction, communications, general business, insurance, professional liability defense and regulatory compliance.

Intellectual Property & Real Property:
Capt. Audax K. Kameja
August N. Mrema
Francis Kamuzora
Hellen Ngelime
Lea Mkono
Elizabeth S. Karua

Mkono & Co is a leading firm in the protection of intellectual property rights. The firm is actively involved in handling applications for trademarks and patents, including contentious and non-contentious work, such as licensing and franchising, trademark infringement, passing off and opposition proceedings, copyright and design right, confidential information disputes and protection.

Since its inception, the Firm has provided services to commercial and private clients in a wide variety of transactions involving real property. The services include:

Mortgages of Land
Title Opinions and Title Actions

Hon. Nimrod E. Mkono
Dr. Wilbert B. Kapinga
Dr. Kennedy Gastorn
Rehema A. Khalid
Elizabeth S. Karua
Jacqueline Tarimo
Kamanga W. Kapinga

This department has a longstanding reputation for its representation of banks and advises, amongst others, major public companies and institutions on all aspects of commercial activity, including corporate finance, public company take-overs and floatations, mergers and acquisitions, joint venture capital, management buy-outs, information technology, international agreements and franchise and distribution networks and agreements as well as providing specialist support in areas such as pensions and employee benefits.

The Banking and Capital Markets division advises borrowers, lenders, issuers, lead managers and trustees on corporate debt, syndicated lending, capital market issues and structured asset and project finance. The firm is active in serving the Tanzanian banking industry and strives to provide the highest quality legal services at a reasonable cost to the client. The services include:

Advice on requirements to carry on banking business in Tanzania
Incorporation of banks and applications for banking and trust licenses
Advice on all aspects of commercial banking business
Advice on and preparation of security documents

Private Finance Initiative/Projects
Hon. Nimrod E. Mkono
Dr. Wilbert Kapinga
Capt. Audax Kameja
Ofotsu A. Tetteh-Kujorjie
Swantje Scheunemann
Dr. Gastorn Kennedy
Bijal Tushar Mehta
Rehema A. Khalid
Kamanga W. Kapinga

Mkono & Co covers a diverse spread of sectors and clients, and has led PFI work funded by banks and other financial institutions both in Tanzania and internationally. Our banking and projects experience, combined with strengths in areas such as outsourcing, construction, property development, facilities management and utilities, has put us firmly at the forefront of this field.

Client Service Standards

Fundamental Principles:
The consistent provision of prompt, effective, efficient and high quality legal service to clients is the paramount objective of the Firm and of each advocate.

Every Client is an important client, and must be treated as such.

The firm expects all employees to maintain at all times, the reputation of the Firm for the delivery of the highest quality legal services to our Clients.

We make every effort to:
Understand the business of the client and the competitive environment in which it operates from a practical perspective.

Understands the Client's business considerations underlying the particular legal matter, in order that our legal services in the matter advance those business considerations and not hinder them.

Provide legal services that are practical and appropriate to the Client's business and particular objectives in the matter.

Deal with the Client's problem in a practical manner and attempt to solve it with the legal expertise and experience appropriate to the nature and complexity of the matter.

Keep the Client fully informed of all significant developments in the legal matter as it progresses.

If out of the office, telephone our secretaries at least once a day for urgent Client messages.

Never forget that there are competing providers of legal services available to Clients, if our legal services do not measure up in every respect.

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