Leading firms in Tanzania

Bowmans

Bowmans' full-service practice in Dar es Salaam works closely with the firm's offices in other African jurisdictions to advise local and international clients on cross-border M&A, financings, projects and disputes. The sizeable team has expertise in advising financial institutions, corporates and public sector bodies on their operations and investments in Tanzania. In particular, the firm has an excellent record in the mining and telecoms sectors. Managing partner Wilbert Kapinga specialises in corporate and finance law, with vast experience in advising domestic and international institutions. Audax Kameja is active in intellectual property matters and arbitration, with experience as a practising advocate. Asha-Sabrina Ayub brings considerable knowledge of the mining and petroleum industries to the team.

Practice head(s):

Wilbert Kapinga

Other key lawyers:

Audax Kameja; Asha-Sabrina Ayub; Aisha Sinda

Testimonials

‘Wilbert Kapinga has consistently provided guidance that is both practical and insightful.’

‘The team stands out for its knowledge and experience of the Tanzanian legal system and court proceedings, especially in relation to oil and gas disputes in Tanzania.’

‘Audax Kameja’s approach and handling of a case is effective and efficient. His experience in litigation has been beneficial to us. Our involvement in this process is very minimal as he can do almost everything – we only need to give our directions and several principal approvals.’

‘Flexibile, responsive, competent and up to date in terms of legal issues.’

‘Wilbert Kapinga is very flexible and reliable.’

Key clients

Millicom Tanzania NV

Stanbic Bank Tanzania Limited

International Finance Corporation

African Export–Import Bank

SBA Communications Corporation

Paradigm Infrastructure Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted as Tanzanian legal counsel to both BASF Group and Lone Star Group in respect of Lone Star’s acquisition of the construction chemicals business of BASF Group.
  • Advised Allied Universal Topco LLC in respect of the proposed indirect acquisition of control in G4S Plc’s Tanzanian subsidiaries, namely G4S Secure Solutions Limited, G4S Support Services Limited and Armorgroup Tanzania Limited.
  • Assisted SBA Communications Corporation and Paradigm Infrastructure with undertaking legal due diligence exercises and reviewing and negotiating the transaction agreements for the proposed acquisition of telecoms network towers.

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP has one of the largest teams in East Africa and this strong presence allows the firm to assist clients across every African jurisdiction. The firm is active in all sectors, with particular expertise in natural resources, energy and construction, and offers a comprehensive Tanzanian and English legal service which allows the team to undertake international and local matters. The firm is well versed in litigation, and can also draw on its Arbitration Toolkit to assist in managing arbitration proceedings. Peter Kasanda heads the Africa practice and has a wealth of experience in energy and infrastructure matters. Michael Strain leads the corporate and M&A practice, Tenda Msinjili leads the banking and debt finance department, and Gerald Nangi is the head of the Tanzania litigation team.

Practice head(s):

Peter Kasanda

Other key lawyers:

Michael Strain; Tenda Msingili; Gerald Nangi; James Pius

Testimonials

‘Clyde & Co in Tanzania is one of the few law firms that has a reputation of having strong bench strength from partner through to senior associate and junior associate level. They are regarded as a premium and well-rounded team.’

‘Peter Kasanda has a strong network, judgement and reputation. Michael Strain is a partner with a great network across the region and is very commercial.’

‘My general overall impression is that the firm is very responsive and also has a team of expert litigators.’

‘I worked closely with Gerald Nangi and was very impressed by his excellent communication, persuasiveness before the court and clients, interpersonal and negotiation skills, and expert command of the law and civil court procedures.’

‘Well grounded in the reality and the challenges of doing business in Africa, with a culturally sensitive manner but also reflecting the need for transparent processes and outcomes.’

‘Michael Strain is an optimist, but is brutally honest and not afraid to give the tough advice when needed. Peter Kasanda is a consummate diplomat and has an ability to see through an issue and arrive at a consensus. James Pius is thorough and diligent.’

‘They have a combination of great integrity, client focus and knowledge of the local market context – that’s what sets them apart.’

‘Mike Strain is the key person for me. I fundamentally trust his judgement and guidance which, combined with his deep experience and reliability, is an invaluable asset in an emerging market context where so much boils down to strong contextual knowledge and networks.’

Key clients

Federal Government of Somalia (FGS)

African Legal Support Facility (ALSF)

Kabanga Nickel Limited

HC Trading Malta Limited

Voltalia Portugal S.A

Leighton Offshore Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) in relation to the renegotiation and drafting of the Mogadishu Port concession agreement.
  • Assisted Kabanga Nickel Limited with drafting a binding framework agreement with the Government of Tanzania for the development of the Kabanga Nickel Project.
  • Acted for Leighton Offshore Pte Ltd in a dispute with the Tanzania Ports Authority over an alleged breach of the contract for the engineering, procurement and construction of a single point mooring (SPM) system and its respective pipelines, and the removal of the existing SPM and pipelines, at the Port of Dar es Salaam.

FB Attorneys

FB Attorneys is a leading firm in Tanzania with an excellent reputation in tax, corporate and compliance matters. It has significant expertise in the mining and oil and gas industries, although recently it has been active in other key sectors, including telecoms and agriculture. In addition, the firm recently launched a corporate criminal liability department in light of the strict compliance climate. Managing partner FAyaz Bhojani heads the corporate department and is routinely involved in the firm’s largest matters. Abel Mwiburi leads the firm’s tax advisory services.

Practice head(s):

FAyaz Bhojani

Other key lawyers:

Abel Mwiburi; Alyshah Bharwani

Testimonials

‘FB Attorneys is an excellent full-service firm. They are my go-to firm in Tanzania. They are very responsive and always deliver on time. Their legal advice is very practical and commercial.’

‘FAyaz Bhojani is outstanding. He is bright, responsive and very commercially minded. He is a standout lawyer and leads his teams well. Alyshah Bharwani is an up-and-coming associate within the team.’

Key clients

Puma Energy

Alexis Morton

Fur Exports EA

Triden Starr

Buveritan Tanzania

EcoTrading

METL

Uranium One

Amangot

Olivia Holdings

IMMMA Advocates

IMMMA AdvocatesComparative Guides promotional icon handles the full spectrum of legal matters, with experience in complex financing transactions – including asset and acquisition finance and corporate investment lending – as well as major corporate M&A deals. It also advises on related issues such as employment, competition and IP. In addition, the firm’s membership of the DLA Piper Africa network provides it with international and local reach, allowing it to handle both cross-border and regional matters. Managing partner Sadock Magai heads the banking and finance practice with Madina ChengeGaspar Nyika heads the litigation, arbitration and tax teams, Protase Ishengoma leads the infrastructure and energy practice, and Angela Mnwolwa is a key figure in the natural resources department.

Practice head(s):

Sadock Magai

Other key lawyers:

Gaspar Nyika; Protase Ishengoma; Angela Mnwolwa; Madina Chenge

Testimonials

‘The turnaround time is superb and the work produced is well researched.’

Key clients

NCBA Bank Tanzania Limited

Vodacom Tanzania Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised NIC Group PLC and Commercial Bank of Africa Limited (CBA) on the preparations for their merger.

A&K Tanzania

A&K Tanzania handles work in a wide range of industries, including telecoms and mining, for both local and international clients. The M&A and private equity department assists with matters from due diligence to restructurings, while the banking and finance team advises clients on syndicated loans and general lending issues. The firm is also experienced in competition, real estate and construction matters. Practising advocate Geofrey Dimoso  is active in M&A. Shemane Amin  has extensive expertise in commercial matters and is dual qualified, having been admitted to the Bar of Massachusetts. The firm is part of the Africa Legal Network and receives support from Sonal Sejpal  and Dominic Rebelo  from its affiliate office in Nairobi, Anjarwalla & Khanna.

Practice head(s):

Geofrey Dimoso; Shemane Amin

Other key lawyers:

Sonal Sejpal; Dominic Rebelo

Testimonials

The firm is outstanding in many ways and it has the added advantage of covering a lot of countries in Africa which is ideal for multi country operations, while they also work closely with firms elsewhere. I find Partner availability a particular plus. Depth of knowledge, attention to detail, always giving the client multiple options and thorough analysis including risk management issues. They are technically excellent and pragmatic.’

‘They are well connected with regulators.

Shemane Amin is excellent in client management, easy to deal with and resourceful.

Key clients

Arise BV

Standard Bank Mauritius

Westmont Hospitality Group

Actis

SFC Finance

Clifford Chance LLP

Smile Holdings Group

Cargill Financial Services International

Millbank London

Facebook

International Finance Corporation

Orica

Primefuels Tanzania Limited

Work highlights

  • Alongside Clifford Chance LLP, advised the lenders  – including Credit Suisse AG, London Branch as an arranger and facility agent – on a $1.3bn loan to the Government of Tanzania for the financing of infrastructure projects.
  • Advised Arise BV in connection with the acquisition of Rabobank’s 35% stake in NMB Bank Plc.
  • Advising the Coordinating Committee of Bondholders in Petra Diamonds in connection with the potential restructuring of the Petra Diamonds group.

ARS LAW & Advisories

ARS LAW & Advisories is able to handle a range of complex matters in the Tanzanian market, such as cross-border M&A, insolvency proceedings, and banking and finance matters. The practice has expertise across key investment sectors, including mining, telecoms, oil and gas, and infrastructure. Among its high-profile clients are private equity firms, international organisations and financial institutions. Shamiza Ratansi focuses on corporate and commercial matters, including significant regional M&A deals, and Amish Shah has particular expertise in highly regulated sectors.

Practice head(s):

Shamiza Ratansi; Amish Shah

Testimonials

‘Robust, principled and pragmatic advice and support.’

‘What stands out about the firm is the collaboration between the client and the partners and associates, the flexibility of their billing structure, and the immediate availability, professionalism and knowledge of the team.’

‘Amish Shah is very patient and understands the client’s business needs.’

‘A strong, proactive and diverse team which has managed to use technology during this pandemic to deliver a quality service. Amish Shah and Shamiza Ratansi are both practical and have a business-minded approach to legal matters.’

‘A dedicated team which pays attention to even the most minute details, gives well-researched advice and is up to date with legal developments in Tanzania. They listen to and understand the issues and come up with impeccable solutions.’

‘They stand out for their personal attention to clients and tailored solutions to legal problems. The team are very competent, pleasant and professional – a real pleasure to work with.’

‘Shamiza Ratansi is the outstanding individual in the team. She has a wide breadth of experience and knowledge in law and the business environment and is well known and well regarded in Tanzania.’

‘Shamiza Ratansi gives very practical advice. She is well connected with developments on the ground in Tanzania and is pragmatic. Amish Shah also provides clear-cut, practical and user-friendly advice. The lawyers at ARS are highly responsive and able to advise on complex matters under time pressure.’

Key clients

Africure Pharmaceuticals Limited (Mauritius)

Imaan Finance Limited

WCL Engineering and Construction Limited

M-kopa Kenya Limited

Leisure Tours Holidays Limited

Rocket Technologies Limited

Boart Longyear Tanzania Limited

ODDO BHF Aktiengesellschaft

Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Coral Beach Limited

Citybank Tanzania Limited

Allen & Overy (Germany) LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Volvo Group Middle East

Selcom Paytech Limited

International School of Tanganyika (IST)

Toyota Tanzania Limited

R.D Fabrica Tanzania Limited

Mifuko Limited

Herbert Smith Freehills South Africa LLP

Allen & Overy (South Africa) LLP

Karimjee Jivanjee Limited

Herbert Smith Freehills (Paris)

Allen & Overy (Belgium) LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised Krishna Finance & Investment Limited on the acquisition of two leading insurance companies, Metropolitan Tanzania Insurance Company Limited and Metropolitan Tanzania Life Assurance Company Limited.
  • Assisted BLY Tanzania Limited with its corporate restructuring.
  • Advised Imaan Finance Company Limited in connection with the issuance of Sukuk to investors of up to TZS1bn.

East African Law Chambers (EALC)

East African Law Chambers (EALC) provides legal and tax services in Tanzania, with a focus on corporate and commercial issues. The firm is active in cross-border transactions and has expanded its international reach through its membership of the Dentons network. Stella Ndikimi is the managing partner and heads the advisory practice, with particular experience in commercial matters. Juvenalis Ngowi leads the dispute resolution practice while George Fernandes is an expert in the telecoms, media and technology sectors. Thomas Sipemba heads the energy and natural resources team and Joseph Thogo leads the tax practice.

Practice head(s):

Stella Ndikimi

Other key lawyers:

Juvenalis Ngowi; George Fernandes; Thomas Sipemba; Joseph Thogo

Key clients

Furaha Trading Co. Limited

Construzione General Giulardi S. p. A

CSI Electrical Limited

Tanzanice Agrofoods Company Limited

DSM Corridor Group Company Limited

DSV Air & Sea Limited

PricewaterhouseCoopers Limited

Miya Luxembourg Holdings, S.à r.l.

UAP Insurance Tanzania Ltd

Bolt Technology

Nokia

Safari Plus Tanzania

The Henry Jackson Foundation for Medical Research International (HJFMRI)

Geita Gold Mining Limited

CRDB Bank Tanzania PLC

Vodacom Tanzania PLC

Serengeti Breweries Tanzania Limited

JCDecaux SA

NCBA Bank Tanzania Ltd

Dangote Industries Tanzania Ltd

Stanbic Bank Tanzania Ltd

African Banking Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented JCDecaux SA and JCDecaux Tanzania Limited in a landmark trade mark infringement matter in the Commercial Court.
  • Advised PwC, as joint administrators of a major limestone mining and cement manufacturing firm, on the sale of assets to China-based Huaxin Cement.
  • Acted for Safari Plus Limited in a case before the Tax Revenue Appeals Board relating to the criteria differentiating charter services from an aircraft lease for the purposes of withholding tax.

KKB Attorneys at Law

KKB Attorneys at Law stands out for its expertise in litigation, including tax, corporate, intellectual property and labour disputes, and also advises on real estate, mining, criminal law, matrimonial law and probate matters. Recently, the firm has expanded its practice into the emerging area of cyber and cryptocurrency law, assisting clients with related compliance. Frank Kifunda is one of the founding partners and an experienced litigator. Njile Bwana has a vast range of experience in insolvency, corporate tax and banking matters and senior associate Victoria Ngowi is noted for her expertise in M&A, IP and IT law.

Practice head(s):

Frank Kifunda; Njile Bwana; Victoria Ngowi

Other key lawyers:

Esther Peter

Testimonials

‘Very informed lawyers with superb response times. They make themselves available to their clients through every means of communication. I remember being in a meeting and I needed an answer right away, so I texted them with the inquiry on WhatsApp only to receive an instant response with very detailed information.’

‘Njile Bwana is a partner of outstanding capability. Besides being a formidable lawyer, she is always available to her clients. It’s not a question of money with this firm; it’s the satisfaction of the clients that matters.’

‘Motivated team. Problem-solving abilities. Great network.’

‘The best thing about KKB is their great communication with clients.’

‘The lawyers are time conscious and detail oriented, and stand out for their discipline, knowledge and people skills.’

Key clients

Elsewedy Electric East Africa Limited

Knauf Gypsum Tanzania Limited

Mwalimu Commercial Bank

Ruvuma Coal Limited

San LG Worldwide

Starlinge & Co Gesellschaft m.b.H

Ju Ye Concrete Company Limited

Ceva Logistics

Alios Finance

Kikuu

ZTE Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented Mwalimu Commercial Bank in a trade mark case regarding exclusivity in colour marks and passing off.
  • Represented SAN LG Worldwide in a trade mark infringement and counterfeiting case.
  • Represented Xiamen Fine Chemical Import and Export Company Ltd in a case relating to customs fraud.