Welcome to Semaw Law Office

Semaw Nigatu & Associates Law Office is a full time, full service law office based in Addis Ababa, the Capital City of Ethiopia and the seat of the African Union. We provide qualified and professional legal services to international and local clients with respect to all legal related matters. Our Office has been established and managed by Semaw Nigatu Aragaw who has been in the legal profession since 2001. For the last 14 years Mr. Semaw has accumulated enormous experiences in range of legal areas advising Multi-national Companies in various Industries from Telecom to Manufacturing Textile, Electric Home Appliances, Beverages, Steel, Agriculture and Services covering jurisdictions from Turkey, Israel, Holland ,UK , France, Italy, USA, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Korea and Egypt.

Our exposure to different business environment and client needs has made us mature enough to have the insight into our clients’ needs and manage to deliver to their best interest. We provide to our clients the whole range of services from setting up their businesses to advisory and representation as their need may require. We also help our foreign clients in their efforts to work in joint venture with local business and follow-up on their business and proprietary interests in Ethiopia. Our clients from across the world approach our office for legal information service on topics that matter to their business interest in Ethiopia, which we provide based on research and continues follow-up on developments that matter to all our clients.

Our law office has advised a number of clients in major commercial and business law areas, tax, acquisitions, joint ventures. We help our clients set up and structure independent companies, subsidiaries, branch offices, representative offices both local and foreign owned. We are one of the leading law offices in investment and corporate legal services in Ethiopia.

Semaw Nigatu Aragaw (Principal and Founder).

Mr. Semaw Nigatu is a graduate of Law of Addis Ababa University, School of Law with LLB Degree in 2001 and a Masters of Laws Degree from the Central European University, Department of Legal Studies in the year 2007. Mr. Semaw was the best student of the semester from his class in the year 2001. He served in his profession both at the Public and Private sector with Commercial and Business related fields. Semaw has also ample experiences in academics, teaching at the prestigious Addis Ababa University and the Ethiopian Civil Service University in commercial law areas for several years along with practicing law. The academic background has provided depth insight into details of issues in practical legal application. Moreover, the experience as Head of Legal Services Department of the Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations ,Director of Share Company, Legal Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Directors together with diligent performance demonstrated in the Advocacy and Consultancy Jobs for Multinational Companies and Business Associations won him reputation in the Ethiopian legal market.

About Associates and other Staffs

Our Law Office is staffed by professionals who are qualified, committed to and passionate about their Jobs.


We represent our clients and apply our knowledge, expertise and experience to the best advantage of them through innovative solutions. We appreciate our clients particular interests and believe each client has own unique desires to achieve. We stretch ourselves to reach out our clients and provide tailored legal services specifically designed to the desires and needs of each client. One does not fit for all. We also believe in pro-active legal services and our approach is geared towards that end.



02Corporate and Commercial Laws

03Contracts and Transactions

04Franchising and Transfer of technology


06Intellectual Property

07Employment and Immigration

08Energy, Mining, Oil and gas

09Construction and Real Estate

10Hotel and Tourism

11Private Equity and Mezzanine Financing

12Charitable Societies and NGOs

13Mergers and Acquisitions

14Arbitration and Litigation

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