Leading firms in Zambia
Chibesakunda & Co combines an international-facing transactional practice with strong skill sets in regulatory and contentious matters. Finance is a sweet spot and the firm is a popular choice for multinational lenders, with recent mandates for Barclays Bank and IFC, among others. As a member of the DLA Africa alliance, the firm also differentiates itself through its ability to marshal local support in multi-jurisdictional matters. Managing partner Mwelwa Chibesakunda is recognised as a market leader, while banking and finance head Mutale Kasonde is a rising star.
Zambia Breweries Plc
Western Power Company Limited
Fedex Express Zambia Limited
Gemfields Mining Limited
Lubambe Copper Mine Limited
SilverStreet Capital LLP
BIA Zambia Limited
Madison Finance Limited
Bayport Financial Services Limited
- Advised Graduare Property Development Limited on the financing of a $10m mall project.
- Acted for IFC on a financing to support the construction of a hotel and conference centre by Protea Hotels Zambia.
- Advised Commonwealth Development Corporation on its proposed $50m acquisition of a stake in an independent power producer.
Corpus Legal Practitioners
Corpus Legal Practitioners strikes a balance between transactional and contentious work, with robust offerings in power, finance, manufacturing and agribusiness. Renewable energy is a particular strong suit and the firm shines in project development, through to financing and project implementation. Senior partner Charles Mkokweza oversees a sophisticated and diverse practice, which has notably achieved 50/50 gender parity within its ranks. Other key names are banking and M&A head Sharon Sakuwaha, who is sought after for corporate finance work; Jacqueline Jhala, who heads the corporate advisory department; and ‘responsive’ managing partner Mabvuto Sakala.
‘Mabvuto Sakala is responsive, good to work with and a valued co-counsel.’
Heineken Brouwerijen B.V.
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH
Moroccan Agency for Sustainable
ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd
International Finance Corporation
First Quantum Minerals (UK) Ltd
Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc
European Investment Bank
- Advised Copperbelt Energy Corporation on the $35m disposal of its 50% stake in CEC Liquid Telecommunication Limited to Liquid Telecommunications Holdings Limited.
- Acted for the Industrial Development Corporation of Zambia Limited on the establishment of the National Airline of the Republic of Zambia, through a joint venture with Ethiopian Airlines.
- Advised Enel Green Power RSA on the tax aspects of its 34MW solar photovoltaic project in Zambia, the Ngonye Project.
Musa Dudhia & Company
Among the longest established firms in Zambia, Musa Dudhia & Company houses a broad practice that consistently advises on capital markets, banking and finance, M&A, and dispute resolution. The firm’s membership of the increasingly prominent ALN legal alliance, a network of corporate law firms across 15 African jurisdictions, also provides significant cross-border firepower. High-profile managing partner Arshad Dudhia is well versed in both transactional work and commercial litigation. Corporate and commercial specialist Abigail Chimuka and senior associate Gilbert Chama are also noted.
Liquid Telecommunications Holdings Limited
CDC Group PLC
Silverlands Seed Limited
Grit Real Estate Income Group
Stanbic Bank Zambia Limited
Kashikoto Conservancy Limited
Africa Opportunity Fund
- Advised Liquid Holdings on the negotiation of a new security package to be provided by its Zambian subsidiary as acceding guarantor to Liquid’s facility agreement with Standard Bank of South Africa.
- Advised CDC group on its $180m investment in Liquid Telecommunications Holdings Limited.
- Advised Grit Real Estate Income Group on the local aspects of its $120m capital raising exercise.
Christopher, Russell Cook & Company
Best known for its strength in project finance and mining, Christopher, Russell Cook & Company also has significant experience in commercial litigation. Senior partner Kanti Patel is highly regarded for his specialist projects expertise, while Solly Patel has a solid record in real estate matters.
In 2019, Eric Silwamba, Jalasi and Linyama Legal Practitioners boosted its cross-border capability through its combination with global heavyweight Dentons. The firm sets out its stall as being full service and it provides comprehensive coverage of transactional, regulatory and contentious matters. The wide-ranging practice is particularly dominant in the M&A, infrastructure and tax areas. Eric Suwilanji Silwamba, who is widely recognised as a market-leading litigator, and Joseph Jalasi are noted.
ECB Legal Practitioners
One of the few firms to be based in Kitwe, the hub of the mineral-rich Copperbelt province, ECB Legal Practitioners specialises in advising mining clients on transactional and contentious matters. Senior partner Elijah Banda is a respected litigator, with experience in alternative dispute resolution; notably, he is an accredited court mediator.
Mulenga Mundashi Kasonde (MMK) Legal Practitioners
At Mulenga Mundashi Kasonde (MMK) Legal Practitioners, tax, M&A and litigation are all key pillars of the practice. In a boost to its cross-border credentials, the firm recently signed a collaboration agreement with legal and tax network, Andersen Global. Managing partner Michael Mundashi, formerly the head of legal for the Zambia Revenue Authority, is noted for tax and commercial litigation.
Mwenye & Mwitwa - Advocates
Mwenye & Mwitwa - Advocates is recognised for its strength in commercial and civil litigation. Managing partner Eddie Mwitwa has a broad practice, which encompasses dispute resolution, employment, insurance and IP.
Nchito & Nchito Advocates
Full-service firm Nchito & Nchito Advocates has a prominent reputation for mining, under the leadership of senior partner Nchima Nchito, who was formerly legal counsel at Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines. Corporate, securities and litigation are all significant sources of work.
Simeza, Sangwa & Associates
Best known for its record in contentious cases, Simeza, Sangwa & Associates also handles a significant volume of transactional matters, particularly for multinational clients in the banking and mining spheres. Managing partner Robert Simeza and senior partner John Sangwa are the key contacts.