Leading firms in Tanzania
ATZ Law Chambers has a deep connection to leading Kenyan firm Anjarwalla & Khanna, which is a major regional player in East Africa, and brings a number of large engagements to the firm, and is also a member of the highly reputed Africa Legal Network. The group is also able to leverage the wider firm expertise and resources of its Nairobi and Mombasa colleagues to great effect, notably in the mining and telecoms sectors. The 'very good and responsive' practice has a particular forte in mining sector matters, including issues surrounding the local content laws and has handled a series of significant compliance matters in the telecoms sector, particularly pertaining to a number of senior executive arrests. The team had a key role in advising US corporate Deere & Company on its acquisition of Wirtgen Group, which involved reviewing the operations of both companies in Tanzania and advising on competition notifications. The Dar es Salaam office also teamed up with Anjarwalla & Khanna and other firms in advising a consortium led by AfricInvest Capital Partners and others on its equity investment in Britam Holdings, the Kenyan-listed insurance and asset management group. The 'senior partners are very hands on and involved in the business' and the firm 'has specialists that handle specific niche market sectors'. Sonal Sejpal is a director of both Anjarwalla & Khanna and ATZ Law Chambers, spending time in Dar es Salaam every few weeks. Managing partner Shamiza Ratansi has an outstanding reputation as a solid all rounder in capital markets, M&A and restructurings. Senior associate Asha-Sabrina Ayub is an emerging talent, who has played a pivotal role on the firm's mining and natural resources engagements.
Bowmans has made significant progress since launching its Dar es Salaam office in 2017 and fields a team of 'commercially minded lawyers', who 'add a lot of value to a transaction' and provides 'deliverables of a high standard and keeps to transaction timelines'. Despite the tough economic climate, the South Africa headquartered firm's Tanzania team has brought in some significant engagements and developed an impressive market share. The office is tightly integrated with the firm's offices in Nairobi and Kampala. Moreover, the team is increasingly working alongside colleagues in South Africa on project development engagements in Tanzania. Building on the client base of the impressive Wilbert Kapinga, the office has earned particular recognition for its work in the telecoms and mining sectors; Kapinga is 'a good practitioner', who develops 'a good chemistry with clients'. Financial services is another growth industry for the Dar es Salaam office and the firm is particularly successful in attracting instructions from foreign investors, including South African clients and other multinationals. The firm advised South Africa's Absa Bank on its first lending foray into the Tanzanian market, when it provided a $35m loan to the Lake Oil Group. It also assisted South Africa's Nedbank with a loan facility to Afrisian Ginning, the Tanzania-based cotton ginner. Dispute resolution is another core feature of the Tanzania practice with Kapinga and Audax Kameja having strong records in the High Court and Court of Appeal; tax disputes have been especially prevalent for the team. Chris Green 'is an exceptional commercially minded lawyer that will go above and beyond to assist' and 'the quality of his work is of a high standard'; he is recognised for his work in the corporate, finance, competition and regulatory fields.
Clyde & Co LLP
Clyde & Co LLP 'runs a busy and successful practice' in Tanzania and maintains a sizeable team in Dar es Salaam that is gaining market share in projects outside of Tanzania, including solar projects in Kenya. Peter Kasanda, who 'is well known and has a good client following', is at the forefront of projects engagements in East Africa. The firm is also building its standing in M&A, thanks to the promotion of Michael Strain to the partnership. The Tanzania office further benefits from the connections and tax expertise of Kibuta Ongwamuhana. Clients include Citibank, Afrexim Bank, World Bank, Swala Oil & Gas (Tanzania), Mobisol and Peak Resources. The team advised African Development Bank on a $120m unsecured financing to CRDB Bank and assisted Peninsula Plaza with a $71m loan from IFC, DEG and Proparco.
CRB Africa Legal
CRB Africa Legal has a fine record in inbound transactions, often advising the local target. Founder and managing partner Charles Rwechungura is 'pragmatic', 'has been practising in the jurisdiction for decades' and 'knows his way around a deal from a practical perspective'; he is also noted for his standing in dispute resolution. The firm is also frequently recognised for its expertise in capital markets transactions, including both debt and equity offerings. Bank lending, M&A, competition and mining work are also key strengths. Cyril Pesha is another experienced figure in corporate and banking transactions, and in dispute resolution.
ENSafrica has earned market prominence through a combination of its highly-reputed Africa-wide brand and the experience and standing of its partners in Dar es Salaam. Clients include Airtel Tanzania, AngloGold Ashanti, Bank of Tanzania and Exim Bank Tanzania. It advised Vodacom Tanzania on its $200m IPO on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange; this was the largest ever in Tanzania's history. It also assisted AngloGold Ashanti with its possible mandatory listing on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange. In another key engagement, it advised CRDB Bank on a loan facility to Dangote Industries Tanzania and Dangote Group, Nigeria. Mwanaidi Maajar continues to be recognised for her expertise in banking and finance, energy and natural resources, while Alex Ngluma is an experienced name in corporate, tax and disputes. Sinare Zaharan is another key figure in the team.
FB Attorneys has 'one of the most responsive teams in Tanzania', which is 'incredibly hardworking and has a great approach to servicing clients'. The group stands out for its 'good depth across a range of experience and ability to handle complex and sensitive tasks' and is 'extremely approachable, helpful and willingly available at all times'. The firm has a mix of leading contentious and non-contentious expertise. It is a key name for infrastructure and oil and gas projects and is also especially active in the mining sector, including in compliance and tax advisory work. Disputes are a growth segment for the team, especially mining-sector disputes, banking, and oil and gas cases, and tax litigation. The firm is also at the forefront of arbitrations involving Tanzanian entities. Clients include Millicom, Amangot Tanzania and East Coast Oils. It advised Total on the EACOP oil pipeline project, a pipeline that runs from Uganda to Tanzania and is the first trans-border pipeline of its kind in the region. The group also assisted Yapi Merkezi with the standard gauge railway project from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma. FAyaz Bhojani and Gaudiosus Ishengoma have outstanding reputations in the market and are 'very strategic and understand client objectives and needs'.
IMMMA Advocates is the Tanzania member of DLA Piper's Africa network. It has a high degree of integration with the international firm and its associated members with fairly regular secondments of team members to other parts of the network, particularly the UK offices. Projects and energy in particular has resulted in fruitful collaborations between the Tanzania office and colleagues elsewhere. Led by the immensely respected Sadock Dotto Magai, the Dar es Salaam team acted for a consortium of Ferrostaal Industrial Projects, Haldor Topsoe and Fauji Fertilizer Company, along with the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation, on a joint venture to develop and establish a $2bn ammonia/urea fertilizer plant. It also advised Bank of Africa Group and the Bank of Africa (Tanzania) on the restructuring of the bank. Protase Rwezahura Ishengoma is another recognised specialist in project finance, energy and oil and gas projects, and has received numerous engagements from the government of Tanzania. Fatma Amani Karume is recommended for disputes and competition law matters; she is 'very impressive' and 'very good at what she does'. Gaspar Nyika is noted for tax disputes.
East African Law Chambers (EALC) has a breadth of expertise across its partnership ranks. For example, Brian Kangetta is a recognised authority in tax compliance, advisory and disputes matters, George Fernandes is a leader in the telecoms sector and Thomas Sipemba heads the energy and natural resources practice. The firm has built an illustrious client list that includes Barclays Bank Tanzania, Commercial Bank of Africa Tanzania, Engen Petroleum Tanzania, ExxonMobil, Multichoice East Africa, Nokia, Overseas Private Investments Corporation, Uber and Vodacom Tanzania. It advised a consortium including Ferrostaal Industrial Projects and Haldor Topsoe on the development of a fertilizer project in southern Tanzania, which includes a 2,200MTPD ammonia plant, as part of a joint venture arrangement with Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation. Stella Ndikimi is another prominent partner; she assisted Mitsui & Co with the proposed acquisition of a minority equity interest in M-Kopa, the solar home systems business that has operations in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Juvenalis Ngowi is a name to note for litigation and arbitration.
FK Law Chambers
FK Law Chambers is a well-established firm in Dar es Salaam with recognised expertise in tax, corporate transactions, financing and dispute resolution. Angelo Mapunda is 'a good practitioner, has done well and knows his stuff'; he is a senior figure in corporate transactions and big-ticket disputes. Mkombozi Vincent Mhina is a leader in employment law, along with IP and dispute resolution.
VELMA LAW continues to be recognised for project development and project finance, along with commercial transactions. The firm's strong profile is founded on the presence of founder and international lawyer Nicholas Zervos. The firm is particularly known for renewable energy and infrastructure projects.
Yakubu & Associates Chamber
Yakubu & Associates Chamber remains noted for its work in the financial services sector, including financing and restructuring engagements. IP and oil and gas matters are also important features of the firm's practice. Saidi Othman Yakubu is a recognised authority on regulatory matters and Timothy Kyepa is another name to note.