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

Aman Assefa and Associates Law Office
PO BOX 13166

Leading firms Tier 2

Aman Assefa and Associates Law Office represents a range of local and international business, leveraging the Africa-wide credibility that comes from its alliance with South Africa-based BowmansAman Assefa Adhana established his Ethiopia practice in 2003 and has built an impressive record in cross-border investments and M&A, financings and projects. He and the firm have also built a reputation in the regulatory, compliance and corporate governance spheres, including the liberalisation of the telecoms sector. Bahakal Abate Yimer is also highly rated.

Practice head(s):

Aman Assefa Adhana

Other key lawyers:

Bahakal Abate Yimer; Micael Sehul Micael 


‘They have excellent commercial prowess. They really know the market and the business environment and are able to explain it to their clients in a way which is accessible and useful.’

‘Their responses are prompt, on point and practical. I have worked with several local counsel throughout Africa, and AACLO is in the top percentile if not the best that I have worked with.’

‘One of the very few genuine legal partnerships available in Ethiopia with depth of skills and experience. Head and shoulders above most other legal practices in Ethiopia.’

‘Aman Assefa always takes time to accommodate sudden needs. He and his team are extremely responsive and go out their way to enable our business in Ethiopia.’

‘Bahakal Abate is one of the most responsive and switched on lawyers I have worked with across our African markets. He gives sound advice in a timely manner and is receptive to feedback.’

‘Bahakal Abate is available, responsive, knowledgeable and practical in his advice. I have no reservations in recommending Bahakal to any colleagues looking to do work in Ethiopia.’

‘Micael Sehul is our lead relationship partner. In addition to his own experience and knowledge of the complex Ethiopian legal system, he has an excellent ability to bring in other partners to provide practical solutions.’

Key clients


Bollore Transport and Logistics – Ethiopia


Catalyst Principal Partners



Helios Towers

Marriot Hotels

Standard Bank

TAL Apparel

Vasari Global



Aman Assefa and Associates Law Office (“AAA”) 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 AAA, we are in the service of providing commercial, investment, transaction advisory, labor relations, taxation, projects and project finance, energy, intellectual property, banking, construction, environment and related legal services for the past 18 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 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Aman Assefa +251911505659
Bahakal Abate +251911874741
Ermias Ayalew +251911975810
Micael Sehul +251930470262
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Bahakal Abate  photo Mr Bahakal Abate Partner
Mr Aman Assefa  photo Mr Aman Assefa Managing Partner
Mr Ermias Ayalew photo Mr Ermias Ayalew Partner
Mr Micael Sheul photo Mr Micael Sheul Partner
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International Bar Association (IBA)
AmCham American Chamber of Commerce