Leading firms in Zambia

Chibesakunda & Co

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.

Key clients

Zambia Breweries Plc

Yalelo Limited

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

Work highlights

  • 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.

Testimonials

Mabvuto Sakala is responsive, good to work with and a valued co-counsel.’

Key clients

Heineken Brouwerijen B.V.

Bloomberg L.P

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH

Africa GreenCo

Moroccan Agency for Sustainable

Energy

ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd

International Finance Corporation

First Quantum Minerals (UK) Ltd

Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc

European Investment Bank

Work highlights

  • 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.

Key clients

Liquid Telecommunications Holdings Limited

CDC Group  PLC

Silverlands Seed Limited

Grit Real Estate Income Group

Stanbic Bank Zambia Limited

FMO

Kashikoto Conservancy Limited

Africa Opportunity Fund

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):

Kanti Patel

Eric Silwamba, Jalasi and Linyama Legal Practitioners

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.

Practice head(s):

Eric Suwilanji Silwamba

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.

Practice head(s):

Elijah Banda

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.

Practice head(s):

Michael Mundashi

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.

Practice head(s):

Eddie Mwitwa

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.

Practice head(s):

Nchima Nchito

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.

Practice head(s):

Robert Simeza; John Sangwa