The Team


 

Our team of youthful and brilliant lawyers, have spent considerable time as corporate law consultants and advisers. One of our many strengths is the capacity of the group to take advantage of the firm’s wide experience and handle complex multi-faceted mandates and this continues to be key to our growth. 


 

Key Practice Areas:


 

Banking and Finance


 

We are recognised in Tanzania for our excellent knowledge of the banking and finance sector. Our broad experience combines with a passion for remaining current with the laws regulating this complex industry, and we pride ourselves on our excellent service delivery.

Our team of innovative thinkers specialise in complex finance transactions and have extensive knowledge of leveraged and acquisition finance, structured finance, capital markets, project finance, property (real estate) finance, minerals and resource finance, insolvency and restructuring, derivatives and securitisation. We are perfectly equipped to advise you on bilateral and syndicated loans, guarantee and security issues and regulatory matters. This includes the carrying on of lending and investment banking activities within Sub-Saharan Africa. Our depth of expertise enables us to provide advice across the entire capital structure of a transaction, from working capital facilities to hedging; equity financing to mezzanine debt.

Our advice is practical, detail oriented, and recognises that each situation requires a unique solution.



Capital markets and securities


We provide transaction services for equity and debt issues on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE), including public offers of securities listings, introductions, secondary offers, structured products, trading requirements, continuing listing requirements, as well as advice on secondary listings in other jurisdictions such as Uganda, and Kenya.


Competition, mergers and acquisitions


Our proven track record in the field of mergers and acquisitions allows our clients to approach potential deals with the confidence that they are backed by a first class legal team. With experience in deals valued in the billions (TZS), our team can guide you through the deal from inception through deal structuring, letters of intent, due diligence, regulatory requirements, contractual negotiations, disclosures and closings.



When it comes to the tricky arena of competition law, we are committed to understanding our clients’ businesses so that the legal advice that we provide aligns with their strategic and commercial objectives. We adopt a practical solutions orientated approach.


Corporate and Commercial


Our five (5) partners all boast in depth knowledge of corporate and commercial transactions. We are aware of the need for practical legal solutions that seamlessly interact with the way that business is transacted in modern Africa, and we aim to offer the highest level of expertise and knowledge.


We have handled major corporate transactions in the banking and finance, project finance, mining and telecoms sectors amongst others, and have clients spanning across all business sectors. We offer, with absolute confidence, experience and insight into all corporate and commercial legal work. This includes initial negotiations, joint venture structuring, corporate restructuring and reorganisations, security enforcement and recovery, company secretarial issues, performance of due diligence work, incorporation and registration of companies, and all related contractual work.



We constantly review our service standards against the benchmark of the expectations of multinational clients. At the same time, we strive to ensure that the solutions we provide are cost effective. Our excellent skill set, combined with our pan-African relationships, enable us to handle the largest and most time-critical transactions when required.


Employment Law


As Africa battles unemployment figures and the challenges and attractions of unionisation, we remain at the forefront of labour law issues. Our excellent experience encompasses the challenges facing employers in all sectors, without losing our empathy and understanding of the legal pitfalls facing employees.

Our team is capable of advising on the full spectrum of challenges that can arise in a work place, and providing practical and efficient advice at the short notice often required in this dynamic and human field. Our knowledge of tax, employee benefits and structured financing ensure that both the company and the employees are protected by the best legal advice available in this field. For multi-national companies facing the challenge of pan-African dealings, our access to the expertise of the best lawyers across Africa makes us the ideal choice.


The employment law department is headed by Mr. Juvenalis Ngowi, who is a well-seasoned advocate. Mr. Ngowi is supported by other qualified and experienced advocates in advising clients on a wide range of labour law related matters.
Members of the employment law department are regular contributors to employment law publications, publish books and articles on a wide range of employment law issues, provide training nationally, and present lectures in their fields of expertise in a variety of forums.


Intellectual property


Protection of your business includes the protection of your brand and your ideas. At EALC, we offer all aspects of intellectual property protection, from registration of trade and service marks and patents, confirmation and protection of trade and service marks, patents, copyright, consultation, negotiation and contract drafting concerning intellectual property trade, transfer, permit, protection of commercial secret, investigation and handing of unfair competition.


Our experienced lawyers are sensitive to the unique challenges that arise when the creative meets the legal, and will guide you through the pitfalls of IP protection. Our pan-African relationships ensure that you consider international and local protections, keeping your IP and your trade secrets safe from exploitation.


Legal Consultancy


We provide legal opinions in all areas of law and when there is a need the firm may call upon the expertise of other experts in rendering well-rounded advice to its clients such as tax and auditors experts. On short notice, and with assistance of other professionals, we provide opinions which cover not only legal aspects, but also other matters which are likely to affect our client’s business.

Litigation and arbitration


We represent clients in courts of law in Tanzania in all areas of law. We have specialized expertise in matters pertaining to employment, tax, tort, civil litigation, insurance, constitutional and administrative laws.

We believe that litigation is a key department in any law firm, and we aim to offer world class service to clients faced with the prospect of litigation. Our expertise ensures that clients are offered up to date advice on both the merits and process of any matter before the courts. We have specialised expertise in matters pertaining to employment, tort, civil litigation, insurance, competition, constitutional and administrative laws. Our litigation experience provides you with confident and eloquent advocates that are the key to good representation.
While offering benchmark litigation services, we are also strong believers in the need to explore other areas of dispute resolution. We help our clients identify which matters are suitable for arbitration, and guide them through the process and the challenges. Africa and the world turn increasingly to the faster, cheaper and more dynamic ways in which disputes can be settled, and EALC is your legal partner in exploring this trend.


Mining, Oil and Gas


With several major deals under our belt, and leading clients in this sector, we believe mining and energy resources to be one of the key and growing skills competencies of our firm. In Africa, this is a fundamental area of specialisation for any complete-service law firm, and we aim to offer a full service that meets a benchmark of performance excellence.


From the regulatory requirements, to the corporate structuring, through the negotiations and contracts, to the employment challenges in this sector, we have the expertise that you seek. Our in-depth knowledge of tax and finance also proves invaluable in this growing sector.


By providing our rigorous multi-faceted team approach, we ensure that we meet the needs of our mining, energy and oil & gas clients.


Real Estate/Conveyancing


Economic growth is intrinsically linked with a growth in the property market across all sectors of the economy. For the uninitiated, Tanzania’s land ownership laws are complex, making the use of experienced and knowledgeable legal support a priority. We provide specialist advice on all aspects of property transactions, from deal structure and finance through to conveyancing.


We understand the frustrations of drawn out property negotiations and transfers, and pride ourselves on delivering practical, expedient advice that will result in an efficient and faster resolution. Our services include registrations, negotiations, drafting of contracts including leases, land acquisitions, unit titles, due diligence investigations, financial structuring, tax advice, sub divisions, establishing and registering townships, advice on deceased and insolvent estates and planning and structuring of a number of property ownership options.


Taxation and Tax Law


The ever increasing complexity in dealing with taxation matters is a growing concern across all sectors of the economy. Tanzania’s tax laws are complex, making the use of experienced and knowledgeable legal support a priority. We provide specialist advice on tax law transactions, from deal structure and advisory.


Telecommunications


In the fast paced world of telecommunications, media and technology, you need legal advice that stays on the cutting edge of both legal and technical developments. We have excellent technology, media and telecommunications experience at both local and international level.


We are able to provide in depth advice on mergers and acquisitions in the communications sector, as well as general regulatory advice on telecommunications and broadcasting issues. We also advise clients on licencing, technology and outsourcing contracts and data protection and compliance. This dynamic sector has seen a rise in deal making, and our multi-faceted teams are able to advice on the competition, merger and financial structuring issues that affect the closing of a deal.


Our highly experienced lawyers are able to assist clients who need specialist advice in these areas, both in the context of particular transactions, and in the context of their general regulatory obligations.

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