Leading firms in Zambia

Chibesakunda & Co

As one of the largest firms in Zambia, DLA Piper member firm Chibesakunda & Co is capable of advising on the largest transactions in the Zambian market. The firm has extensive M&A experience, having advised companies in the financial, energy, and mining sectors. Additionally, the firm is well-versed in the full range of matters relating to mining and energy, with experience of acting on bidding procedures, the due diligence of major projects, regulatory compliance, and project financing. Managing partner Mwelwa Chibesakunda focuses on commercial transactions, with Chikosola Chuula leading on litigation. Chi Chileshe and Edward Sampa handle mining and projects, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Mwelwa Chibesakunda

Other key lawyers:

Chikosola Chuula; Chi Chileshe; Edward Sampa; Mutale Kasonde; Eustace Ngoma

Key clients

Stanbic Bank Zambia Limited

ABSA Bank Zambia Plc

Cavmont Bank Zambia Limited

Novare Properties Limited

Western Power Company Limited

Stock Brokers Zambia Limited

Citi Bank Zambia Limited

Sanlam Life Insurance Zambia Limited

Lubambe Copper Mine Limited

Yalelo Zambia Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Yalelo Zambia on an equity investment provided by Finnfund, which boosts the expansion of aquaculture in Zambia.
  • Advising Stockbrokers Zambia on the acquisition of Zambia Industrial Commercial Bank by Napsa.
  • Advising on a financing transaction for a US term loan facility provided by China Export-Import Bank to the Republic of Zambia to fund the civil works for the Chalala Military Camp in Zambia.

Corpus Legal Practitioners

Corpus Legal Practitioners has considerable experience advising on energy projects, both fossil fuels, and, particularly, renewable energy. As well as advising on project execution and development (typically led by senior partner Charles Mkokweza), the firm handles financing arrangements and loan facilities, tax, and regulatory compliance. Synder Chisenga leads the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution practice, while Jacqueline Jhala heads up the firm’s corporate advisory department, which assists clients operating in a wide range of industries and economic sectors. Mining is another core strength of the firm.

Practice head(s):

Charles Mkokweza; Sydney Chisenga; Jaqueline Jhala; Namakuzu Shandavu; Lupiya Simusokwe

Key clients

Econet global

CEC Africa Investments Limited

Scatec Solar ASA

Kenya Airways

Norton Rose Fubright LLP – Paris

Vedanta Resources Limited

CAA Trading and Export Limited

Nestle Zambia Trading Limited

Kansanshi Mining Plc

Access Zambia Wind One Limited

Sable group

Rio Tinto

UK Export Finance

Israel Discount Finance

Musa Dudhia & Company

Africa Legal Network member Musa Dudhia & Company advises on the full spectrum of corporate and commercial work, including M&A transactions, acquisitions, restructurings, and structuring complex and high-value loan facilities. The firm assists with capital markets work and has an active litigation practice, having handled disputes for clients in the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors. Competition law and intellectual property law are also among the firm’s strengths. Managing partner Arshad Dudhia is active in commercial litigation, while Chanda Musonda-Chiluba and Harriet Mdala-Botha advise on competition law and corporate governance respectively.

Practice head(s):

Arshad Dudhia; Farid Patel; Chanda Musonda-Chiluba; Yosa Yosa; Mulopa Ndalameta; Harriet Mdala-Botha

Testimonials

‘Ash Dudhia: hands on and responsive. Yosa Yosa – personable.’

‘Musa Dudhia is our one and only legal representative. We found them very efficient in every possible way. They are dealing with literally every legal issue which we have.’

‘Our main legal representative is Yosa Yosa. According to our experience what makes them better than others is they really try to understand issues and to approach it in a proper way. They are always guiding us in a legal way, even without asking them they are informing us about new legal acts amended. We found them very professional, punctual, engaged and dedicated to client.’

‘The team is very responsive and understands urgency – they are good with deadlines.’

‘Chanda Musonda and Yosa Yosa are excellent to work with. They find ways to make themselves available on short notice and to attend to urgent matters on such short notice. Both are exceptionally skilled in their fields.’

‘Very organised with thorough updates.’

‘They are always available to discuss and quick turn around time on communication.’

‘What makes this practice unique is the range and depth of the team. The team is diverse in skill levels and in addition they have the capacity to provide cover. Key strength – client engagement and communication – accessibility – clear articulation of issues – thorough and organized in their work. Never missed a court date or submission.’

Key clients

Equity Group Holdings Plc

Cavmont Bank Limited

Power Construction Corporation of China Limited

Zambia Forestry and Forest Industries Corporation PLC (“ZAFFICO”)

FirstRand Bank Limited and First National Bank Limited

Graduare Property Development Limited

Grit Real Estate Income Group

Zambeef Products PLC

Norsad Finance Limited

Bola Bet Company

Work highlights

  • Advised ZAFFICO on listing on the Lusaka Securities Exchange.
  • Advised Power China on public procurement laws and drafting a regulatory universe setting out material laws and requirements to undertake a power project from a Zambian law perspective.
  • Conducted a due diligence and reviewed transactional documents from a Zambian legal perspective covering the framework agreement, share purchase agreements, and transitional service agreements.

AB & David Africa

AB & David Africa based in Ghana and Zambia, is active in mining, energy, and public private partnerships, with strong capabilities in regulatory compliance and due diligence. While the firm chiefly focuses on projects, it has also advised on several complex financial matters, including drafting loan agreements, and in the capital markets spaces. Dumisani Tembo, the firm’s managing partner, leads on most of the firm’s projects work, with an emphasis on their taxation aspects.

Practice head(s):

Dumisani Tembo

Key clients

China Non-Ferous Metals Corporation [CNMC]

Council of the University of Zambia

Lusaka Stock Exchange/ZAMACE

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC

FSG Finland

ATS Agrochemicals Ltd/ Amiran Zambia Ltd

Turkish Airlines

First Capital Zambia Ltd /First Capital Botswana

SoftPawa UK

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Eswatini government with strengthening its competition commission with a focus on cartel detection, mergers and acquisitions and abuse of monopoly/dominance investigations and analysis.
  • Assisting the government of Botswana with the setting up and operation of the Competition Authority of Botswana.
  • Assisting China Nonferrous Metals Corporation with the competition law and M&A aspects of due diligence concerning its possible acquisition of the Konkola Copper Mines, Zambia’s largest Copper Mine.

Christopher, Russell Cook & Company

Senior partner Kanti K Patel is the key name at Christopher, Russell Cook & Company, which has recognised expertise in mining and project finance. Commercial litigation is another strength.

Eric Silwamba Jalasi & Linyama Legal Practitioners

Eric Silwamba, Jalasi and Linyama Legal Practitioners' combination with global powerhouse Dentons has enhanced the firm's cross-border capabilities.  Key areas include dispute resolution, banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, competition, tax, energy and mining. Litigators Eric Suwilanji SilwambaLubinda Linyama and Joseph Jalasi are the key contacts.

Abigail & Chama Advocates

Abigail & Chama Advocates was established in May 2020 by Abigail Chimuka and Gilbert Chama. It acts for clients drawn from the agriculture, financial services, transport, retail, energy, oil and mining sectors, among others on corporate and financing matters. The team has also handled a number of employment mandates stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic, including assistance to companies with alternative contractual arrangements.

Mulenga Mundashi Kasonde (MMK) Legal Practitioners

At Mulenga Mundashi Kasonde (MMK) Legal PractitionersMutila Mulenga leads on many of the firm’s banking and finance mandates, with extensive experience in corporate financing and project financing, particularly with regard to mining and energy projects. Michael Mundashi, the other founder, handles the firm’s contentious work, with particular expertise in commercial litigation and tax disputes. In general, the firm provides full corporate advisory services in addition to its litigation and ADR offering, and has acted for multinational clients in a range of sectors on a number of complex and cross-border matters.

Mwenye & Mwitwa - Advocates

A key name for commercial and civil litigation, Mwenye & Mwitwa - Advocates is led by managing partner Eddie Mwitwa, whose practice covers dispute resolution and IP.

Nchito & Nchito Advocates

Specialised in mining, Nchito & Nchito Advocates covers the full range of relevant work including corporate, litigation and securities matters. The team is led by senior partner Nchima Nchito.

Simeza, Sangwa & Associates

Simeza, Sangwa & Associates acts for individuals as well as corporate clients, offering a range of services including advice on matters pertaining to banking and finance, regulatory compliance, company formation, and conveyancing. Energy and mining are a key part of the firm’s corporate practice, while private clients turn to the firm for advice on immigration and employment. The firm also engages in commercial litigation. Robert Simeza focuses on corporate advisory work, with John Sangwa handling the bulk of the firm’s commercial litigation mandates.