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  1. Leading firms
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners

Leading individuals

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    • Elijah Banda - ECB Legal Practitioners
    • Mwelwa Chibesakunda - Chibesakunda & Co
    • Arshad Dudhia - Musa Dudhia & Company
    • Charles Mkokweza - Corpus Legal Practitioners
    • Michael Mundashi - Mulenga Mundashi Kasonde (MMK) Legal Practitioners
    • Nchima Nchito - Nchito & Nchito Advocates
    • Kanti Patel - Christopher, Russell Cook & Company
    • Sharon Sakuwaha - Corpus Legal Practitioners
    • Eric Suwilanji Silwamba - Eric Silwamba, Jalasi and Linyama Legal Practitioners

Next Generation Partners

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    • Gilbert Chama - Musa Dudhia & Company
    • Abigail Chimuka - Musa Dudhia & Company
    • Jacqueline Jhala - Corpus Legal Practitioners

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Chibesakunda & Co, a member of the DLA Piper Africa alliance, has a broad service offering but is best known for its finance expertise. Lenders provide the bulk of instructions and Barclays Bank, Citibank and Standard Bank Zambia are key clients. Highlights included infrastructure head Edward Sampa advising Credit Suisse on the $58.5m financing of the Smart Zambia Phase II project. Managing partner Mwelwa Chibesakunda is a corporate finance specialist, while Chikosola Chuula is a seasoned litigator.

A ‚Äėone-stop shop for corporate and commercial law‚Äô, Corpus Legal Practitioners¬†‚Äėunderstands client needs from a business, as well as legal, perspective‚Äô. A referral favourite, it is often instructed by UK, US and Canadian firms to advise on the local aspects of energy, mining and infrastructure transactions. Agribusiness, manufacturing and financial services are also strong areas. Banking and M&A head¬†Sharon Sakuwaha¬†is highly regarded and, with Bwalya Chilufya-Musonda, advised Copperbelt Energy on CDC Group‚Äôs, ultimately terminated, $380m takeover bid. Other key names are: senior partner Charles Mkokweza; litigator and ‚Äėextremely valuable resource‚Äô¬†Mabvuto Sakala; and Jacqueline Jhala,¬†who is ‚Äėstrong on compliance matters‚Äô.

Musa Dudhia & Company‚Äôs¬†strong experience in cross-border transactions is reinforced by its membership of the 16-country strong Africa Legal Network ‚ÄĒ it also enjoys close relationships with global, particularly Magic Circle, firms. Managing partner Arshad Dudhia¬†excels in transactional work and commercial litigation; he advised Zambeef Products on the $16m disposal of its 90% stake in Zampalm to Industrial Development Corporation. Finance specialist¬†Abigail Chimuka¬†assisted Standard Chartered Bank, as agent, with the local aspects of a $200m syndicated finance facility to Kalumbila Minerals. Gilbert Chama¬†is also recommended for corporate finance matters.

At Christopher, Russell Cook & Company, senior partner Kanti Patel is 'a very strong lawyer’ and has a prominent reputation for mining, finance and project development transactions. Solly Patel is noted for real estate work. The firm also handles commercial and civil litigation, private client and IP matters.

Eric Silwamba, Jalasi and Linyama Legal Practitioners is best known for its dispute resolution prowess, with Eric Suwilanji Silwamba widely considered a heavyweight litigator. The firm handles a varied mix of administrative, constitutional, employment and tax litigation; it also has experience in corporate finance transactions and IP. Joseph Jalasi is recommended for tax matters.

Mulenga Mundashi Kasonde (MMK) Legal Practitioners, which is a member of the ALFA International legal network, shines in litigation, arbitration and commercial matters. Michael Mundashi and Linda Kasonde are the key contacts for dispute resolution, and Mutila Mulenga is recommended for corporate and commercial issues.

Kitwe-headquartered ECB Legal Practitioners utilises its base in the mineral-rich Copperbelt province to specialise in advising mining clients on commercial and contentious matters. Elijah Banda is a high-profile litigator.

Mwenye & Mwitwa - Advocates houses a robust dispute resolution practice, which spans commercial litigation, public law matters and employment disputes. Former attorney general Musa Mweny and managing partner Eddie Mwitwa are the key contacts.

At Nchito & Nchito Advocates, dispute resolution is the mainstay of the practice. State counsel Nchima Nchito has a strong record in mining matters earned during his in-house stint at Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines.

Simeza, Sangwa & Associates handles a balance of litigation, where it handles a mix of civil and criminal cases, and transactional matters. Corporate and commercial head Robert Simeza is noted for his banking expertise.

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