Aman Assefa and Associates Law Office > Addis Ababa, Ethiopia > Firm Profile

Aman Assefa and Associates Law Office
PO BOX 13166

Ethiopia > Leading firms Tier 2

Aman Assefa and Associates Law Office is able to maintain an influx of international mandates due to its alliance with South Africa-based Bowmans, leveraging the resources of its wide network. Recent highlights include providing advice to international TV broadcaster Canal + on financial structuring, regulatory and tax matters relating to launching a pay-TV service in Ethiopia. The team plays an active role in the energy, agribusiness, manufacturing and mining sectors, and has also assisted with the Ethiopian government’s recent efforts to reform the Commercial Code and insurance legislation. Firm founder Aman Assefa has experience in corporate, M&A, antitrust and banking mandates, while Bahakal Abate is a seasoned corporate lawyer who frequently advises on investment and regulatory matters and M&A. Ermias Ayalew is experienced in dispute resolution and Micael Sheul is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Aman Assefa; Bahakal Abate; Ermias Ayalew; Micael Sehul

Other key lawyers:

Mintewab Afework


‘Aman Assefa is a first-rate lawyer with exceptional, wide-ranging experience and capabilities. Bahakhal Abate is technically very sound and great with clients.’

‘We find the team responsive and forward looking in a jurisdiction where quality advisers are rare. They are committed to providing a first-class service and we have no issues with them with billing and technology.’

‘Aman Assefa is world class – he has broad knowledge and is very experienced in guiding businesses in Ethiopia. Bahakul Abate is strong on telecoms and tech matters and is very responsive. Micael Sehul is a fine lawyer and is very good with clients.’

‘The AA&A team (in particular, Aman Assefa, Micael Sehul and Mintewab Afework) are unique in the Ethiopian legal profession because they have a commitment to understanding our business so as to provide actionable advice, which gives our management team options with transparent risk profiles.’

‘Right from the day we engaged we them, we received immediate attention and comprehensive advice, within agreed timelines, with direct involvement from the senior partners, which was an extremely satisfying experience. We now consider them as our trusted business partners.’

‘The firm have an excellent understanding of Ethiopian law and are able to make concepts that are not common in other jurisdictions easy to understand and digestible. The firm have proved that they are independent thinkers and will give the difficult answers that reflect the position under Ethiopian law even if this is not the convenient answer. They always propose solutions when the position is at odds with the objectives the client wants to achieve. The members of the firm have gone above and beyond, working to very tight timelines to achieve deal closings.’

‘The main lawyer we have worked with is Bahakal Abate. He has an extremely calm and pleasant temperament that makes him a trusted adviser to engage with. He is able to explain concepts of Ethiopian law which are unfamiliar in other jurisdictions with precision and patience. He is diligent and patient in explaining concepts and fills clients with confidence in his command and understanding of the law. He has always been available and ready with solutions to assist at crunch points.’

‘The firm stands out amongst its peers in Ethiopia due to the quality of service, responsiveness, availability and value for money relating to the advice it provides.’

Key clients




Gebeya Inc.

Horra Trading




Work highlights

  • Advised Bollore, a global logistics company, on setting up and running a logistics company in Ethiopia.
  • Advised Netafim on a construction contract, particularly in relation to a force majeure event that had forced the stoppage of works, and provided strategic recommendations to ensure business continuity and protect the client’s interests.

Aman & Partners LLP is a full service law office engaged in the service of providing legal advisory and representation services in Ethiopia. It specializes in high-end corporate and transactional legal matters. It’s reputed as a pioneer in the corporate and transactional law practice in Ethiopia. At Aman & Partners LLP, we have provided commercial, investment, transaction advisory, labor relations, taxation, projects and project finance, energy, intellectual property, banking, construction, environment and related legal services for the past 20 years in Ethiopia. Our clients consist of both foreign and domestic investors and range from start-ups to prominent multi-nationals.

Our team of lawyers are well versed with completing transactions, drafting and executing partnership and joint venture agreements, and preparing fit for purpose shareholder agreements and more. They are a dedicated and enthusiastic team of lawyers who are always on guard to serve the legal needs of our clients and bring constructive change in the legal practice. We combine the expertise of lawyers from the academia, judiciary, private practice, multinational in-house counsel and public policy advisory.

Our team consists of lawyers trained in Ethiopia, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, South Africa, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Hungary.

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International Bar Association (IBA)
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