Firm Profile > IMMMA Advocates > Dar es Salaam , Tanzania

IMMMA Advocates

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IMMMA Advocates is the Tanzania member of DLA Piper's Africa network. It has a high degree of integration with the international firm and its associated members with fairly regular secondments of team members to other parts of the network, particularly the UK offices. Projects and energy in particular has resulted in fruitful collaborations between the Tanzania office and colleagues elsewhere. Led by the immensely respected Sadock Dotto Magai, the Dar es Salaam team acted for a consortium of Ferrostaal Industrial Projects, Haldor Topsoe and Fauji Fertilizer Company, along with the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation, on a joint venture to develop and establish a $2bn ammonia/urea fertilizer plant. It also advised Bank of Africa Group and the Bank of Africa (Tanzania) on the restructuring of the bank. Protase Rwezahura Ishengoma is another recognised specialist in project finance, energy and oil and gas projects, and has received numerous engagements from the government of Tanzania. Fatma Amani Karume is recommended for disputes and competition law matters; she is 'very impressive' and 'very good at what she does'. Gaspar Nyika is noted for tax disputes.

The firm

IMMMA Advocates was established in 1997 as a full-service business law firm. From four equity partners that founded the firm in 1997, the number has grown to seven equity partners making a total of 26 lawyers qualified to practise law in the firm as of January 2018. IMMMA Advocates is a member of DLA Piper Africa, an alliance of leading independent law firms working together in association with DLA Piper, both internationally and across Africa.

Areas of practice

Banking and finance (including capital markets and insurance): this remains one of the firm’s most successful practice areas. The firm offers legal services in relation to various financial products to its local and international clients. The services cover syndicated lending, asset finance, derivative products, trade and commodity finance, insolvency and restructuring of non-performing loans, regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance, capital and money markets.

Energy, oil and gas: IMMMA Advocates’, lawyers have a deep understanding of a variety of transactional aspects involved in the energy, oil and gas sector. Their expertise ranges from advisory on exploration to development and production (including water rights and environment issues). The firm continues to advise both local and foreign investors in the acquisition of various exploration rights, licences, production sharing agreements, and various agreements in power generation. IMMMA Advocates was the lead counsel to the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania on one of the largest port and special economic zone projects in East Africa with an expected investment of US$10 bn. The firm was appointed as lead counsel to an international consortium in respect of US$2 bn project for the establishment of an ammonia/urea fertiliser plant. In 2017, the firm concluded advising the Federal Government of Somalia on the preparation of a modal production sharing agreement in oil and gas that ended with the training of officials from the federal government of Somalia.

Commercial litigation and arbitration: IMMMA Advocates’, litigation and arbitration team represents its local and international clients in a wide range of commercial disputes covering banking and finance laws, securities laws, natural resources laws, employment and immigration laws, and telecommunication laws, among others. The team comprises the leading and best litigators and arbitrators in the country.

Mining: Tanzania is well endowed in mineral resources and the firm is virtually acting for all big mining houses operating in the country. The services provided range from providing advisory services on negotiating concessions, mining venture financing, farming agreements, mining options agreements and relocation transactions.

Tax: tax consulting as well as litigation involving tax disputes are areas the firm in which is known to provide the best services. The clients range from local to international companies.

Technology and telecommunications: the firm has handled numerous transactions in this sector, including financing arrangements, interconnection agreements between different providers and regulatory affairs involving cell phone providers and regulatory authority concerning terminations rates and frequency allocations. It has handled regulation affairs involving the introduction of electronic money transfers through mobile phones to the majority of mobile phones company operators.

Corporate merger and acquisitions: this is an area of practice that is growing fast in Tanzania, and the firm has its lion share of the transactions. It has handled various mergers and acquisitions involving multinational corporations including Coca Cola, BP, Engen and Puma Energy.

Department Name Email Telephone
Financial services (including insurance and capital markets) Sadock D Magai
Financial services (including insurance and capital markets) Madina Chenge
Energy, oil and gas Protase R.G. Ishengoma
Energy, oil and gas Sadock D Magai
Technology and telecommunications Sadock D Magai
Technology and telecommunications Madina Chenge
Commercial litigation and arbitration Fatma Karume
Commercial litigation and arbitration Gaspar Nyika
Commercial litigation and arbitration Faustin Malongo
Employment and immigration Samah Salah
Employment and immigration Protase Ishengoma
Mining Faustin Malongo
Tax Gaspar Nyika
Corporate, mergers and acquisitions Fatma Karume
Corporate, mergers and acquisitions Sadock Magai
Number of lawyers : 26
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