Top Notch Zam­bian Law firm ‘Cor­pus Le­gal’ in tier-1 po­si­tion on pres­ti­gious Le­gal500

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COR­PUS Le­gal prac­tion­ers Zam­bia’s top notch law firm has main­tained its tier -1 po­si­tion on the pres­ti­gious Le­gal500 2018 rank­ings. Ac­cord­ing to Le­gal500 web­site, Cor­pus Le­gal prac­tion­ers have been dubbed re­fer­ral favourites along­side Chibesakunda & Co and Musa Dud­hia & Com­pany en­joy­ing strong links with in­ter­na­tional law firms. The ‘top-notch group’ at Cor­pus Le­gal Prac­ti­tion­ers is com­prised of ‘very re­spon­sive and pre­cise lawyers’: se­nior part­ner Charles Mkok­weza ‘com­bines deep knowl­edge of Zam­bian law with ex­cel­lent com­mer­cial abil­ity’, Bank­ing and Cor­po­rate Head Sharon Sakuwaha is ‘ex­cep­tion­ally ded­i­cated’ and Man­ag­ing Part­ner Mab­vuto Sakala is ‘very strong in dis­pute res­o­lu­tion’. Re­cent high­lights in­clude ad­vis­ing Cop­per­belt En­ergy Cor­po­ra­tion on the de­merger of its Pan African Mau­ri­tian sub­sidiary CEC Africa In­vest­ments, and as­sist­ing Nutreco Africa with the de­vel­op­ment of a ma­jor aqua­cul­ture project. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Charles and Sharon who are recog­nised as ‘Lead­ing In­di­vid­u­als’. Fi­nally, we want to thank our clients for their valu­able feed­back and the con­fi­dence they have placed in us. We will con­tinue to strive to meet their high­est ex­pec­ta­tions. Cor­pus car­ried on its LinkedIn page.

Other top law firms in Zam­bia on the Le­gal500 list. Chibesakunda & Co

Chibesakunda & Co’s mem­ber­ship of the DLA Piper Africa al­liance en­sures a sig­nif­i­cant vol­ume of mul­ti­juris­dic­tional in­struc­tions, while the firm also acts on a steady stream of high-end do­mes­tic work. Mwelwa Chibesakunda is the key con­tact for a broad prac­tice that also ben­e­fits from the ex­per­tise of prom­i­nent lit­i­ga­tor Chikosola Chu­ula. Bank­ing and fi­nance, en­ergy and nat­u­ral re­sources and project and in­fra­struc­ture mat­ters are all strong ar­eas of ex­pe­ri­ence.

Musa Dud­hia & Co

Musa Dud­hia & Com­pany im­presses with its ‘strong com­mit­ment to client needs’ and ‘broad re­gional ex­pe­ri­ence’ – the firm’s mem­ber­ship of the Africa Le­gal Net­work is a sig­nif­i­cant as­set in this re­gard. Man­ag­ing part­ner Ar­shad Dud­hia is highly sought-af­ter for com­plex trans­ac­tions and re­cently ad­vised Zam­beef Prod­ucts on its $65m sale of a 17.5% eq­uity stake to UK gov­ern­ment-backed CDC Group and in an­other head­line deal, Abi­gail Chimuka ad­vised Enel Green Power on the de­vel­op­ment of a 50MW so­lar power plant. Gil­bert Chama is rec­om­mended for cor­po­rate fi­nance ad­vice, while firm founder Ab­dulla Dud­hia is a ‘ref­er­ence in the mar­ket’.

Christo­pher, Rus­sell Cook & Co

‘Highly re­spected firm’ Christo­pher, Rus­sell Cook & Com­pany is well known for its close links with ma­jor global law firms and sources high­light its ‘solid in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence’. Kanti Pa­tel is widely revered for trans­ac­tional mat­ters, par­tic­u­larly in the bank­ing, min­ing and project fi­nance spheres, while Solly Pa­tel has a strong record in real es­tate.

Eric Sil­wamba, Jalasi and Linyama Le­gal Prac­ti­tion­ers

Eric Sil­wamba, Jalasi and Linyama Le­gal Prac­ti­tion­ers is re­garded by some as ‘the best in the coun­try for dis­pute res­o­lu­tion’, with Eric Sil­wamba sin­gled out as a ‘very ex­pe­ri­enced lit­i­ga­tor’. The firm also houses ro­bust cor­po­rate and com­mer­cial ex­per­tise and is rou­tinely in­volved in bank­ing and fi­nance, project de­vel­op­ment and min­ing mat­ters. Other key names in­clude Joseph Jalasi, who is rec­om­mended for tax is­sues, and Lu­binda Linyama.

Mwenye & Mwitwa - Ad­vo­cates

At Mwenye & Mwitwa - Ad­vo­cates, ‘top-class lit­i­ga­tor’ Ed­die Mwitwa is a well-known name in the mar­ket and his dis­pute res­o­lu­tion prow­ess en­com­passes com­mer­cial lit­i­ga­tion, em­ploy­ment mat­ters, IP, in­sur­ance and ar­bi­tra­tion. Musa Mwenye is also ac­tive in con­tentious work.

Nchito & Nchito Ad­vo­cates

Nchito & Nchito Ad­vo­cates acts for an im­pres­sive ros­ter of ma­jor do­mes­tic and multi­na­tional clients, with Aon, Bank of Zam­bia and Puma En­ergy all on the firm’s books. Se­nior part­ner Nchima Nchito, who pre­vi­ously served as le­gal coun­sel to Zam­bia Con­sol­i­dated Cop­per Mines, is a re­spected lit­i­ga­tor with strong ex­pe­ri­ence in the min­ing sec­tor.

Simeza, Sangwa & As­so­ci­ates

Simeza, Sangwa & As­so­ci­ates has a ca­pa­ble lit­i­ga­tion prac­tice, which spans both civil and crim­i­nal mat­ters, and it is also reg­u­larly in­volved in trans­ac­tions. Robert Simeza heads the cor­po­rate and com­mer­cial group, while John Sangwa is the key con­tact for dis­pute res­o­lu­tion. Source: Le­gal500

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