Investment Law

We advise the best ways to do investment in Ethiopia from legal, regulatory and practical stand points. The Investment law and regulations are one of the legislations frequently updated in terms of scope of open business for foreigners as well as available incentives and institutional frameworks. We advise our clients how they can maximize on their usage of investment incentives and keep constantly updated on what is relevant to our clients’ interests and protection by the day. We are experts in Ethiopian Investment law and regulations

Corporate and Commercial Law

We offer multitude of legal reviews and advisory in the area of company law. We provide, among others, formation & setting up of new companies of all legal forms, subsidiaries of foreign companies, branch and representative offices. We also consult clients how best their Ethiopia business can be structured for ultimate success in their Ethiopia plan; advise on mergers and acquisitions of local undertakings and companies, competition & commercial aspects of consumer protection laws in Ethiopia.

Contracts and Transactions

We have the experience of drafting and reviewing wide range of contract types from construction to hotel management services, consulting services, franchising, and transfer of technology agreements, mergers and acquisitions of assets. Our approach in contracts drafting and review is aimed at ensuring protection of our clients in the best way and we thoroughly deal with contracts from private international law as well as dispute settlement angles. Our motto in drafting and reviewing of contracts is ensuring the deal, keep the client safe. We do not advise for being paid. We advise to ensure the deal is really secure to the client.

Investment Law

We advise the best ways to do investment in Ethiopia from legal, regulatory and practical stand points. The Investment law and regulations are one of the legislations frequently updated in terms of scope of open business for foreigners as well as available incentives and institutional frameworks. We advise our clients how they can maximize on their usage of investment incentives and keep constantly updated on what is relevant to our clients’ interests and protection by the day. We are experts in Ethiopian Investment law and regulations

Taxation

We provide a wide range of advice on corporate taxation, fiscal incentives, tax credit as well as taxation related representation. One of the major areas of law businesses need to be vigilante is tax law and regulations thereof. There are a number of taxes payable by businesses and from transactions undertaken. In addition to payment of direct and indirect taxes collected by businesses, there are other tax related areas businesses are required to comply under pain of sanctioned penalties.

Intellectual Property Law

Patent, Trademark, and industrial designs registration are important parts of our legal service. We provide registration services for all industrial properties protection is accorded through registration. In addition to the registration we offer advocacy service including to copyright and neighbouring rights. We offer representation of foreign clients in all areas of intellectual property legal services to ultimately protect our client’s legitimate interests against piracy, counterfeiting and adulterations from local and foreign suppliers.

Labour & Employment

We offer wide range of labour law and employment related advisory and representation as part of corporate legal service we provide to clients. We understand that labour and employment relations are at the heart of corporate efficiency and ultimate success of businesses. Also it is one of the most challenging areas for many companies in Ethiopia for a number of reasons. Retaining necessary labour/talent and manage at a reasonably acceptable cost is crucial. If not managed meticulously hiring and firing of employees could be a costly exercise. Our approach of labour and employment advisory service is one of proactive and in a way designed to avoid friction between labour and management and deal from the source of the problem. We also help our clients in their dealing with immigration affairs of their expat employees.

Mining, Oil & Gas

The Mining sector in general and the oil and gaz sector in particular is one of the specially treated under Ethiopian Law. Apart from the investment laws of the country, there are special and detailed regulatory and administrative rules clients need to know in their Ethiopia business and investment plans.

Construction Law and Real Estate

Import Export is one of the major growing national economic sectors gaining momentum along the fast growing national economy of the country. Commodities constitute major export items with industrial outputs and machineries being heavily imported. We provide consulting in areas of import of vast industrial outputs and commodities sourced in Ethiopia from legal and regulatory stand points.

Hotel & Tourism

This sector is one of the fastest growing in Ethiopia. With Addis Ababa as the seat of the African Union, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UN-ECA) and more than 120 diplomatic missions and delegations, the demand for the hotel and tourism in the Country has continue to rise and no sign of demand and supply meeting in the short term

Private Equity and Mezzanine Financing

With thieving middle incomers and boast in foreign and local investment, the demand for private equity and Mezzanine finance has significantly increased in recent years. Foreign Private Equity Fund (PEF) firms are opening their representative offices. We are helping PEFs as our clients or our clients on the recipient of financing side close deals. We offer PEFs do due diligence in their proposed investments, draft partnership agreements, term sheet, and other agreements relevant for their investment.

Mergers and Acquisitions

With growing foreign investment and developing local market mergers and acquisitions have become more common and trending in the economy. Hence, government has shown its intention to regulate them more closely. To that effect, the Federal Government enacted the Trade Competition and Consumer Protection Proclamation and established the Trade Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (TCCPC). In light of these developments, it has become necessary our clients seek appropriate advice in their execution of mergers and acquisitions in Ethiopia. We do provide range of assistance to our clients in this area.

Arbitration and Litigation

As a full service legal services firm, we extend to our clients’ legal services in the commercial law and investment areas from A to Z. Our most focus is to help you avoid, to the extent possible, potential disputes in your dealings and all round relationship. We understand disputes in business relationship are not 100% avoidable. But, we can help you settle any dispute you may have either through litigation or out of court settlements such as arbitration. We represent you in all dispute settlement avenues of your choice.

Charities and not-for-profit Societies

We provide services relating to establishment of charities and charitable societies and associations, including businesses associations. The Laws and regulations of charity organization and not-for-profit are one of the major legal areas that require utmost care from planning establishments to conducting their business and dissolution. There are risks associated with their formation and operation founders, directors and management need to be aware of when dealing with not-for-profit organizations of all sort.

Due Diligence

One of the things careful investors would require before their decision to invest is to require us to conducted due diligence. Doing due diligence requires to have the knowledge of the methodology, have the experience and professionalism. We have all them and do it in a way that shows our clients the real picture and the decision would not be regrettable.

Private International Law Matters and Execution of Foreign Judgments

The area of Private International Law (a.k.a Conflict of Laws) is little known and the practice is only growing. It is a matter that has gained momentum with growing foreign investment in the country. We understand matters falling in the realm of Private International Law would affect our clients’ interests as much as the substantive and procedural laws. We are well versed with this area of law and we are capable and ready to help you to advice in Private International Law matters, execution of foreign judgments and arbitral awards (or defending executions of same as the case may be).

PRACTICE AREAS

01Investment

02Corporate and Commercial Laws

03Contracts and Transactions

04Franchising and Transfer of technology

05Taxation

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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