Bowmans has built a major presence in East Africa with the Dar es Salaam office having an integral role in the firm's growth in the region. The firm is especially active in banking and finance, corporate and M&A, project development, restructuring and insolvency, and dispute resolution. It has a notable record in the financial services, mining, telecoms and consumer goods sectors. It has maintained a dynamic practice in M&A, including the sale of assets, along with large-scale corporate restructurings. Tanzania managing partner Wilbert Kapinga has an outstanding record in M&A and financings, along with big-ticket disputes Audax Kameja is a leading figure in intellectual property and arbitration. Chris Green is at the forefront of cross-border transactions in East Africa, largely representing multinationals that have interests in the region. Asha-Sabrina Ayub is experienced in mining, oil and gas, and other highly regulated sectors.
Leading firms in Tanzania
Wilbert Kapinga; Chris Green
‘Excellent teamwork and coordination by various practitioners across numerous jurisdictions.’
‘Responsive, prompt, commercial and client focused. Good output and a pleasure to work with.’
‘Chris Green and Wilbert Kapinga have provided excellent, insightful, and pragmatic representation.’
AB InBev / Tanzania Breweries
AHD Maurice (Onomo)
Pyxus International / Alliance One Tobacco Tanzania Limited
Barrick Gold Corporation
Coca-Cola Beverages Africa
Godrej Consumer Products
Komatsu Europe International
Momentum Metropolitan Holdings
Nokia Solutions and Network Tanzania
Stanbic Bank Tanzania
- Advised the BASF Group in relation to the Tanzanian aspects of its global intra-group restructuring, in which the BASF Group has separated its global construction chemicals business into a distinct legal structure in preparation for sale to Lone Star Funds.
- Advised Momentum Metropolitan Holdings on its exit from the Tanzania market through a proposed sale of its 66.67% stake in Metropolitan Tanzania Insurance Company and a 66.82% share in Metropolitan Tanzania Life Assurance Tanzania to Krishna Finance and Investment Company.
- Advised MIC Tanzania on its acquisition of assets of Zanzibar Telecommunications and Telesis Tanzania.
Clyde & Co LLP
Clyde & Co LLP is the only global law firm to have an office in Tanzania. The Tanzania team has a principal focus on energy and infrastructure, and is a growing force in telecoms. It has an excellent record in corporate, M&A, projects and construction. Banking and finance, tax and dispute resolution are also strengths for the office. It continues to impress as international counsel on major cross-border M&A transactions, and big-ticket energy and infrastructure projects across East Africa. The firm represents a wide range of international corporates on their investments in and exits from Tanzania, along with ongoing operational matters. English and Tanzania qualified Peter Kasanda is an experienced figure in energy and infrastructure projects in East Africa. Michael Strain is hugely active in the M&A segment, while Tenda Msinjili, who was promoted to partner in 2019, leads the banking and finance department. Kibuta Ongwamuhana is a leader in tax matters and Gerald Nangi is building the firm's presence in dispute resolution.
Peter Kasanda; Michael Strain; Kibuta Ongwamuhana
Other key lawyers:
- Advised RIU Hotels on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of the group of companies that owns Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est Hotel, the luxury resort in Zanzibar.
FB Attorneys has an outstanding reputation in multiple practice areas. It is especially well known for mining and oil and gas sector deals, though its standing in the market earns it engagements from all key industries, including telecoms. The firm is routinely engaged in headline and big-ticket M&A transactions. Although its growth trajectory in M&A has tailed off due to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, it has achieved an even stronger pipeline of large-scale disputes, tax and compliance matters. Managing partner FAyaz Bhojani leads the corporate department and is also frequently engaged in large disputes. Gaudiosus Ishengoma is another notable litigator.
Other key lawyers:
Millicom International Group
Rea Estate Mara Group
Butterfly Hospital EA
IMMMA Advocates has extensive local and international credibility thanks to its quality teams in Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and Mwanza, along with its membership of DLA Piper Africa. The firm represents a range of local and international businesses, including major banks. The firm is especially noted for banking and finance matters, including project finance, corporate loans, and financial regulatory matters. Sadock Magai is managing partner and head of the banking and finance practice. Protase Ishengoma leads the infrastructure and energy practice, while Gaspar Nyika heads the litigation, arbitration and tax teams. Madina Chenge is another key figure for banking and finance.
Sadock Magai; Madina Chenge
Other key lawyers:
Protase Ishengoma; Gaspar Nyika
‘Very well established, with an excellent team comprising senior and younger partners and associates. Determined and unflinching representation of clients’ interests in a challenging legal environment, combined with excellent technical skills and understanding of the national regulatory and cultural issues.’
‘Great technical skills combined with business acumen and a real determination to fully represent and support clients in a challenging political and commercial environment.’
GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS)
NCBA Bank Tanzania Limited (NCBA)
Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB)
Standard Chartered Bank
Tanzania Tobacco Processors
Tanzania Leaf Tobacco Company
A&K Tanzania has further established itself in Tanzania following a series of changes in its senior ranks. Its transformation has coincided with a tighter connection to Anjarwalla & Khanna in Nairobi, which is the founder of the highly-rated Africa Legal Network. The Tanzania and Kenya teams frequently work alongside each other on major cross-border and regional engagements. This includes notable M&A and private equity matters, along with banking, finance and fintech issues. Telecoms, mining and oil and gas are also fortes for the teams on both sides of the border. Geofrey Dimoso is an established name in M&A and private equity, while Shemane Amin has extensive experience of corporate, commercial and M&A matters; both partners joined the firm in 2019 from in-house legal department positions. Nairobi partner Sonal Sejpal is closely involved with the Dar es Salaam office.
Shemane Amin; Geofrey Dimoso; Sonal Sejpal
‘Great technical skills, local network and intel, plus the advantages of being a multi-jurisdictional firm, which is ideal for regional/continental advice/deals.’
‘Partner availability is certainly exceptional – top notch teams.’
‘What makes A&K Tanzania unique in this market is their knowledge and professionalism. They have on every occasion surpassed our expectations in in terms of legal and corporate guidance and done so with a level of professionalism that is rarely experienced in our market.’
‘I worked closely with Shemane Amin, who was a joy to work with. She is extremely professional, responsive, efficient, and has a deep understanding of Tanzania’s mining sector and local laws.’
‘Shemane Amin is very easy to deal with, pragmatic and well connected. Her advice is clear and commercially focused.’
Huaxin Cement Company
Equity Group Holdings
Stichting DOB Equity
- Acted for Huaxin Cement Company in connection with its acquisition of 100% of the issued shares in Maweni Limestone, a Tanzanian company involved in the business of making clinker and manufacturing and distributing cement.
- Acted for Equity Group Holdings in connection with the acquisition of 100% of African Banking Corporation Tanzania from Atlas Mara, a financial services company listed on the London Stock Exchange, and a subsequent merger of banking entities in Rwanda and Tanzania.
- Acted as Tanzanian counsel for Stichting DOB Equity, Microgrid Catalytic Capital Partners, Omidyar Network Fund, and Acumen Fund, in their investment in Windgen Power USA, a company that has built solar and wind projects across seven countries in Africa.
Asyla Attorneys is an emerging firm with notable strengths in corporate, finance, dispute resolution and employment matters. Led by three partners, the senior team includes managing partner Daniel Welwel, an experienced figure in corporate and finance transactions. Senen Mponda is a senior litigator and Brooke Montgomery is noted for insolvency and employment matters.
CRB Africa Legal
CRB Africa Legal maintains a strong profile in the market thanks to the presence of founder and managing partner Charles Rwechungura, who has a tremendous record in the mining and natural resources sector. He is also experienced in financings and capital markets fund raisings. Cyril Pesha is a leading litigator.
East African Law Chambers (EALC) became part of Dentons' international network in September 2020, providing it with additional international credibility and resources. It also adds to the firm's already strong standing in oil and gas, mining and TMT. Managing partner Stella Ndikimi is a notable figure in M&A and FDI. Thomas Sipemba leads the energy and natural resources department and George Fernandes is an expert in TMT. Juvenalis Ngowi is an experienced dispute resolution specialist.
Rex Attorneys features some of the most experienced and well-connected practitioners in the market. The firm cut ties with South Africa-headquartered ENSafrica in August 2019, but remains highly rated across Africa and internationally. Mwanaidi Sinare Maajar is a former Tanzania Ambassador to the United States and has an extensive record in M&A and natural resources transactions. Alex Nguluma is a leading figure in tax and dispute resolution.