A&K Tanzania > Dar es Salaam, Tanzania > Firm Profile

A&K Tanzania
77 HAILE SELASSIE ROAD
MASAKI
PO BOX 79651, DAR ES SALAAM
Tanzania

Tanzania > Leading firms Tier 2

A&K Tanzania handles work in a wide range of industries, including telecoms and mining, for both local and international clients. The M&A and private equity department assists with matters from due diligence to restructurings, while the banking and finance team advises clients on syndicated loans and general lending issues. The firm is also experienced in competition, real estate and construction matters. Practising advocate Geofrey Dimoso  is active in M&A. Shemane Amin  has extensive expertise in commercial matters and is dual qualified, having been admitted to the Bar of Massachusetts. The firm is part of the Africa Legal Network and receives support from Sonal Sejpal  and Dominic Rebelo  from its affiliate office in Nairobi, Anjarwalla & Khanna.

Practice head(s):

Geofrey Dimoso; Shemane Amin

Other key lawyers:

Sonal Sejpal; Dominic Rebelo

Testimonials

The firm is outstanding in many ways and it has the added advantage of covering a lot of countries in Africa which is ideal for multi country operations, while they also work closely with firms elsewhere. I find Partner availability a particular plus. Depth of knowledge, attention to detail, always giving the client multiple options and thorough analysis including risk management issues. They are technically excellent and pragmatic.’

‘They are well connected with regulators.

Shemane Amin is excellent in client management, easy to deal with and resourceful.

Key clients

Arise BV

Standard Bank Mauritius

Westmont Hospitality Group

Actis

SFC Finance

Clifford Chance LLP

Smile Holdings Group

Cargill Financial Services International

Millbank London

Facebook

International Finance Corporation

Orica

Primefuels Tanzania Limited

Work highlights

  • Alongside Clifford Chance LLP, advised the lenders  – including Credit Suisse AG, London Branch as an arranger and facility agent – on a $1.3bn loan to the Government of Tanzania for the financing of infrastructure projects.
  • Advised Arise BV in connection with the acquisition of Rabobank’s 35% stake in NMB Bank Plc.
  • Advising the Coordinating Committee of Bondholders in Petra Diamonds in connection with the potential restructuring of the Petra Diamonds group.

ALN Tanzania | A&K Tanzania is one of Tanzania’s pre-eminent, full service corporate and commercial law firms and a leading regional powerhouse based in Dar es Salaam.  

The firm’s consolidated and seamless cross-border offering is driven by a diverse and talented team of over 100 lawyers based in our Dar es Salaam, Dubai, Nairobi and Mombasa offices. Our lawyers have wide-ranging experience and deep knowledge of the Tanzanian market, which optimally positions them to provide pragmatic advice to clients navigating the local landscape.

The firm has extensive expertise handling sophisticated transactions across sectors, including in financial services, mining, energy, manufacturing, telecommunications and hospitality.

ALN Tanzania is recognised as a market leader by distinguished global legal guides, including Chambers Global, IFLR1000, and Legal 500 and our market-leading offering is bolstered by our pan-African reach through ALN, an integrated alliance of the leading full-service corporate law firms in 15 African countries and the UAE.

Main areas of practice
Banking and finance:

  • Acting for Credit Suisse, a leading global financial services company, in connection with a USD1.2bn financing to the Government of Tanzania through the Ministry of Finance and Planning.
  • Acting for Africa Export-Import Bank, the main lender and various co-financiers, in connection with a USD315m multi-jurisdictional syndicated debt facility to the Smile Group of companies dealing with 4G LTE broadband networks.
  • Advising Dangote Industries, a Nigerian multinational industrial conglomerate, in connection with a USD100m syndicated financing facility arranged by Standard Chartered Bank and Barclays Africa Group, with participation by Standard Chartered Bank Tanzania and National Bank of Commerce Tanzania.

Corporate M&A, private equity and capital markets:

  • Acting for LeapFrog Investments Group, a private investment firm that invests in high-growth financial services and healthcare companies in emerging economies, in connection with its acquisition of 24.1% shareholding in ICEA Lion Group, a Kenyan headquartered group with subsidiaries in Uganda and Tanzania, including advising ICEA Lion General Insurance (Tanzania), ICEA Lion’s Tanzanian subsidiary and the Tanzanian target.
  • Acting for Huaxin Cement Company, one of the world’s leading companies in the building materials industry, in connection with its acquisition of 100% of the issued shares in Maweni Limestone, a Tanzanian company involved in the business of making clinker and manufacturing and distributing cement.
  • Acting for Equity Group Holdings, one of the largest commercial banks in Africa in connection with the acquisition of 100% of African Banking Corporation Tanzania from Atlas Mara, a financial services company listed on the London Stock Exchange, through a share swap, and a subsequent merger of banking entities in Rwanda and Tanzania.
  • Acting for GardaWorld in connection with their acquisition of Ultimate Tanzania, and the merging of KK Security and Ultimate Tanzania operations.

Mining, oil and gas and project and infrastructure:

  •  Advising the coordinating committee of bondholders in Petra Diamonds, holding USD 650 million in connection with bonds, on a debt to equity conversion transaction that resulted in the client acquiring a significant interest in the Petra Diamonds group, which owns the Williamons Diamond mine in Tanzania.
  • Acting for an Australian mining services company with global operations, in connection with compliance and restructuring to comply with the local content requirements in the mining sector.
  • Acting for one of the largest pension funds in Africa in connection with its investment in a 318MW combined cycle gas turbine electricity generation facility in Tanzania.
  • Acting for CDC and Norfund in connection with their acquisition of Globeleq Africa, which has interests in a number of power generating companies in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Cameroon and Côte d’Ivoire.

Competition:

  • Acting as Tanzanian counsel for Stichting DOB Equity, Microgrid Catalytic Capital Partners, Omidyar Network Fund, and Acumen Fund, in connection with obtaining merger clearances from the Fair Competition Commission in relation to their investment in Windgen Power USA, a company that has built solar and wind projects across seven countries in Africa.
  • Acting for Holcim in connection with obtaining merger clearance in relation to its acquisition of a Lafarge business unit in Tanzania.

Tax:

  • Advising Woodside Energy in connection with stamp duty and capital gains tax in relation to its acquisition of 70% of the participating interest in the Lake Tanganyika South onshore oil and gas block.
  • Advising Schneider Electric in connection with tax structuring in relation to their acquisition of three Kenyan companies with subsidiaries in Uganda and Tanzania.
  • Advising Huaxin Hongkong International Holdings Limited and Huaxin Hongkong (Tanzania) Investments Limited on the tax implications of an acquisition of shares in Maweni Limestone Limited.

Employment:

  • Advising a gold mining business operating in Tanzania in connection with the redundancy of 831 employees working for the client at the Bulyanhulu goldmine site, to determine if the process complied with local employment law on redundancy.
  • Acting for Toyota Tanzania in connection with employment and regulatory matters.
  • Advising a franchise-holder for an international food chain in Tanzania in connection with the retrenchment of its employees following the sale of its business.
DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Partner Geofrey Dimosogd@tz.africalegalnetwork.com+255 22 260 1151/2
Partner Shemane Aminsda@tz.africalegalnetwork.com+255 22 260 1151/2
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Shemane Amin photoMs Shemane AminMs Shemane Amin is a Partner in A&K Tanzania. To view full…
Geofrey Dimoso photoMr Geofrey DimosoMr. Geofrey Dimoso is a Partner at A&K Tanzania. To view full…
Aggrey Ernest photoMr Aggrey ErnestAggrey Ernest is a Senior Associate at A&K Tanzania. To view full…
Samiath  Mohamed photo Samiath MohamedSamiath Mohamed is a Principal Associate at A&K Tanzania. To view full…
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Sonal Sejpal photoMs Sonal SejpalSonal is a Director at A&K Tanzania and a Partner at Anjarwalla…
Number of lawyers : Eight
English (fluent)
Gujarati
Kiswahili
ALN
Kenya Office : : ALN Kenya | Anjarwalla & Khanna (A&K)

ALN Tanzania|Anjarwalla & Khanna Tanzania (A&K Tanzania) handles sophisticated cross-border and multi- transactions and is entrusted by a raft of international clients to assist them in optimally navigating the intricacies of the Tanzanian market. The firm combines international best practices with on-the-ground experience and local knowledge.

The firm has worked with a diverse range of clients across various sectors, including financial services, technology, media & telecommunications, mining, energy and oil & gas, private equity, real estate and construction, and projects and infrastructure.

Together with its affiliate offices in Kenya (ALN Kenya | Anjarwalla & Khanna) and the UAE (ALN UAE | Anjarwalla Collins & Haidermota), we provide clients with access to over 100 lawyers with diverse expertise and significant experience across the region. Our lawyers are local and dual-qualified, trained in top local and international institutions, client focused, agile and are committed to helping unlock value for clients so that they can constantly work to build trust and deliver sustained commercial objectives.

A&K Tanzania has a pan-African footprint and handles deals in several countries across Africa, both in its capacity and collaboratively with ALN, an integrated alliance of the pre-eminent full-service corporate law firms in fifteen African countries. ALN has a presence in Francophone, Anglophone and Arabic speaking Africa: Algeria, Cote d’ Ivoire Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. ALN has a regional office in Dubai, UAE serving as a gateway to the Gulf region and beyond and has OHADA expertise and a comprehensive database of best friend firms enabling us to represent clients across Africa and all practice areas.

ALN has evolved and responds to the fundamental needs that clients are grappling with now and the forces shaping the world for the future. ALN is rooted at a local level and does business at an international level, with the reach, expertise, and collaborative spirit to connect clients so they can succeed.

A&K Tanzania clients benefit from a diverse knowledge pool from its affiliate offices not to mention the value accrued from the 15 ALN firms across Africa.


Diversity

ALN Tanzania|Anjarwalla & Khanna Tanzania (A&K Tanzania) has built a diverse team, which now services a large and varied client base. As a firm, we have realised that being a diverse and inclusive workplace enables us to offer our clients a variety of mindsets when approaching complex legal issues. The firm’s inclusive nature is evident in its recruitment, promotion, and client engagement decisions and applies to gender, race, tribe, religion, socio-economic background, and political affiliation. A&K Tanzania’s gender ration is currently at 58% for female staff and 42% for male staff, cutting across various nationalities.

In supporting holistic growth for employees, the firm has introduced the ‘He Matters’ and ‘She Matters’ programmes as an employee engagement initiative that involves a series of talks for supporting female and male employees in navigating the unique challenges they face in the workplace.

Pro Bono

A&K Tanzania provides pro bono legal services focusing on charitable, religious, civic, community, non-profit and educational matters affecting institutions with limited resources. Our pro bono efforts are strategic, targeted and collaborative, allowing our lawyers to be part of a positive social change as they assist causes that provide the maximum benefit to society. Our Pro Bono policy encourages our professional staff to each spend at least 25 hours a year providing pro bono services.

We believe knowledge through education is key to developing the rule of law in Africa and globally. Through the ALN Academy, we are commitment to drive and increase the flow of legal knowledge and the rule of law circulating within the continent and enhancing the rule of law and the establishment of best practice across the continent of Africa.

CSR

Our commitment as a firm is to drive long-term profits and maximize positive impact for our own stakeholders being our staff and clients. Working collaboratively within our firm, within our communities and society, and with our clients we use the law to build a better world for all. By focusing on specific projects and initiatives in the environment, on social matters and on governance, we aim to achieve ambitious targets for our business and to collaborate externally to achieve a positive and long last impact.