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Mesfin Tafesse & Associates Law Office (MTA)

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Mesfin Tafesse & Associates Law Office (MTA) is a prominent firm in the local market and is also a member of the Africa Legal Network, an alliance of leading independent firms in Africa. The team advises on a range of matters, from banking and finance to employment and immigration. Recently, it has developed its expertise in the power and energy sector to accompany Ethiopia’s development targets and provides assistance to both public and private institutions. Founder and principal attorney Mesfin Tafesse has significant experience in advising multinational investors in Ethiopia. Associate Haymanot Belay is well versed in handling regulatory matters, while associate Deborah Haddis focuses on M&A issues.

Practice head(s):

Mesfin Tafesse

Other key lawyers:




Key clients


Wilmar International Limited

Miya Waters

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

DHL Express

Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB)

Dexis Consulting Group

Zoscales Partners

MTN Group

China Electrical Engineering and Technology (CET)

Elite Agro LLC

Enel Green Power

Capital 54

Veris Investments B.V

IHS Towers

Dummen Orange

Work highlights

  • Advised Zoscales Partners on a potential investment in a company in Ethiopia.
  • Advised MTN Group in connection with its bid to obtain a telecoms service licence in Ethiopia.

The firm: Mesfin Tafesse and Associates (MTA) is a leading law office in Ethiopia providing high-quality legal advisory services in the areas of commercial and investment laws. MTA provides a full package of legal services to its corporate clients in the areas of M&A, banking and finance, power and energy, mining, construction and manufacturing, taxation, intellectual property, hospitality, IT, telecoms and civil society. MTA provides specialised corporate services to help clients make legally sound decisions. It is a member of the African Legal Network, a premier alliance of top-tier independent law firms in Africa.

MTA’s values are integrity, teamwork and excellence. It strictly adheres to what is permissible under the law as well as the accepted rules of the legal profession. It is committed to pool together and make available the best expertise from each of the professionals in MTA to provide a high quality of work that is aimed at exceeding clients’ expectations.

Areas of practice: Mesfin Tafesse & Associates is a corporate law office that provides a one-stop shop legal service including legal advisory services, representation, drafting legal documents, assisting in business negotiations, facilitation of local presence, facilitation of liquidation and legal research. Over the years, the office has acted for and assisted numerous clients in carrying out due diligence studies on mergers and acquisitions in Ethiopia.

In particular, the office has a well advanced expertise in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, mining, investment, power and energy. In recent years, the firm’s practice in power and energy has expanded through its work on advising clients seeking to enter the energy market in Ethiopia, its support for international finance co-operation and its role in advising the government on drafting the public-private partnership legislation.

The office also has substantial experience advising on in-bound investment in the country through advice for international clients entering the Ethiopian markets.

In addition to the above mentioned services, the office provides up-to-date legal information by publishing monthly ‘Legal Updates’, an analysis of new laws and developments in the legal system. A full list of previous legal updates is available on the office’s website.

The firm’s principal attorney, Mr Mesfin Tafesse, was the lead local advisor to the Ethiopian Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation (MOFEC) in relation to the development of draft legislation on Public Private Partnership (PPP).

Mining Mesfin
Investment/commercial law Mesfin
Mergers and acquisitions Deborah
Investment/commercial law Deborah
Tax Haymanot
Banking and finance Haymanot
ICT and Telecoms Wossenyeleh
Power and Energy Atkilit
Intellectual property Atikilt
Labour Wossenyeleh
Construction and real estate Wossenyeleh
Arbitration Wossenyeleh
Atkilit Bekel photo Atkilit BekelAssociate
Haymanot Belay photo Haymanot BelayAssociate
Deborah Haddis photo Deborah HaddisAssociate
Mesfin Tafesse photo Mesfin TafessePrincipal Attorney
Wossenyeleh Tigu photo Wossenyeleh TiguConsultant and Attorney at Law
Number of lawyers : 12
African Legal Network
Employment Law Alliance

Mesfin Tafesse and Associates (MTA) is a leading corporate law office in Ethiopia.  

The Clients  

MTA has assisted various clients from different countries, including; 

  • The world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners based in USA 
  • One of the biggest banks in India 
  • The biggest global brewery based in Netherlands  
  • Various international non-profit organizations and charities  
  • Asia’s leading agribusiness group  
  • International financial institutions 
  • One of the world’s leading logistics company 


The Network 

MTA is a member of African Legal Network, a premier alliance of top-tier independent law firms in Africa. This network has a presence in Madagascar, Mauritius, Nigeria, UAE, Kenya, Morocco, Algeria, Tanzania,  Guinea, Mozambique, Malawi, Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda and Zambia. 

MTA is also a member of Employment Law Alliance, an international network of law firms operating in the sector of employment and immigration laws. 



Mesfin Tafesse and Associates (MTA) is an inclusive workplace, welcoming to people of all backgrounds. MTA believes diversity drives innovation. Hence, it is building a culture where difference is valued. MTA’s 40% of staff member are women and MTA’s attorney composition ranges from recent graduate junior associates to 20-30 years experienced attorneys.

MTA staff consists of persons having different cultural, religious, social and political outlook. All staff members of MTA are valued and treated equally regardless of their age, sex, religion, ethnicity, and outlook. No discrimination is acceptable at MTA based on such grounds.

MTA is determined and strives to further ensure inclusion and diversification of its staff members. MTA values the contribution of each and every staff member.

Pro Bono and Corporate Social Responsibility

MTA believes pro bono service is a way of giving back to the community. MTA emphasizes that pro bono service is not a favour to the community rather an opportunity and ethical responsibility of attorneys to serve the community. While this is the primary motivation, for MTA, to provide pro bono service, MTA also identifies pro bono service as a way of recognition and building its brand as well as image which thereby leads to more business opportunities.

MTA has been providing pro bono services to date. MTA has assisted various clients on pro bono basis on different sectors including education, child right and environmental protection.

MTA is determined to discharge its corporate social responsibilities and so far has been contributing financially to health institutions in Ethiopia in relation to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Further, MTA has also been engaged in providing trainings and donation of books to a law school at one of the universities in Ethiopia.