Semaw Nigatu Aragaw

Semaw Negatu, the Founder of Semaw and Fekadu Law Office, is a licensed Attorney and consultant before all Federal Courts. Semaw is a senior lawyer with more than 18 years of experience in the corporate and commercial law advice and complex litigation experience on a wide range of legal practices. Semaw has expertise in corporate and commercial law, mergers and acquisition, tax and real estate.

Firm Overview:

Founded in 2003 by Semaw Negatu, Semaw and Fekadu Law Office is one of the leading Law Office in Ethiopia advising and representing clients in complex transactions and litigations. Our full-service Law Office has been providing quality legal services by solving your legal problems expeditiously, based on trust, dedication, and fairness in terms of cost.

Semaw & Fekadu Law Office is a member of MULTILAW, a global network of best independent law firms with over 8500 lawyers in more than 100 countries around the world.

Our team of lawyers is licensed to practice at all levels of courts and arbitral tribunals bringing over 50 years of combined experience dealing with an array of Ethiopian corporate law matters including Investment and Corporate/Commercial law, Merger and Acquisition, Legal Audit/Due Diligence, Competition, Regulatory Compliance, Banking & Finance, Construction and Real estate, Tax and Customs, import and export, Nonprofit, Employment and Immigration, Energy and Mining, Intellectual Property, PPP and Public procurement, Infrastructure and Project Financing, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Private Equity, Aviation, Private International Law matters, execution of Foreign Judgments and Arbitral Awards, Company Incorporation, Registration of overseas companies and commercial representatives, drafting contracts, preparation and execution of various contracts, as well as representation of companies with multiple government officials.

Semaw and Fekadu Law Office have advised various domestic and multinational corporations, international law firms and several clients from Turkey, Israel, Holland, UK , France, Italy, USA, Russia, Saudi Arabia, China, Germany, Korea and Egypt in a number of sectors ranging from agriculture, food and beverages, financial institution, manufacturing, mining, NGO’s, real estates, telecom, textile and steel.

Wossen Bokan

Based in Addis Ababa, Teshome Gabre-Mariam Bokan Metasebia provides a full range of general consultancy services in connection with business and investment in Ethiopia. All legal services provided are rendered by registered and licensed Ethiopian lawyers retained for the purpose by this Firm, in accordance with the laws of Ethiopia.

This Consultancy Firm is named after Mr. Teshome Gabre-Mariam Bokan under whom the Managing Director, Wossen Bokan, has been trained for over a decade. An impressive leading Ethiopian lawyer who also happens to be the first Attorney

General of Ethiopia under Emperor Haile-Selassie, Teshome was a prominent figure and passionate lover of Ethiopia. He is the father of the Managing Director.

Wossen Teshome Bokan Plc and its registered lawyers have built up a substantial practice in corporate matters, commercial transactions, intellectual property and employment law.

Main Areas of Practice:

The Firm is involved in various areas of practice including international finance, joint ventures, commercial transactions (including the international sale of goods), investment, arbitration and litigation.

The Firm has represented international organisations and corporate entities, with a well-developed practice that assists corporate clients.

We also work in aviation matters particularly with foreign financiers and leasing companies where various entities have leased or bought aircrafts, aircraft engines and other spare parts advising on lease, loan and security documents and assisting in the registration of aircrafts and other relevant services with the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority.

We assist companies in all facets of corporate activities, from formation of a company under local laws to advising corporate clients on labour, tax, banking and other similar issues.

Foreign Investment:

Ethiopia has become one of the fastest growing economies in Africa attracting major foreign investment. We assist companies, interested investors with registration of their companies, whether as a branch, subsidiary, a representative office, an international contractor or subcontractor.

The Firm is specialising in all aspects of intellectual property matters. We have a qualified team dealing with prosecution of trademarks, industrial designs and patents, before the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office. We also have experienced litigation lawyers, should there be any infringement of your intellectual property rights in Ethiopia. In addition to being an Intellectual Property Firm, we provide a range of services to new and existing foreign companies, or individuals, investing in any business sector in Ethiopia. We assist in forming and registering new companies but we also assist in winding-up and deregistration of those companies that wish not to operate in Ethiopia anymore. For this, we have a selected team of lawyers each specialising in particular laws of Ethiopia.

Wossen Bokan

Based in Addis Ababa, Teshome Gabre-Mariam Bokan Metasebia provides a full range of general consultancy services in connection with business and investment in Ethiopia. All legal services provided are rendered by registered and licensed Ethiopian lawyers retained for the purpose by this Firm, in accordance with the laws of Ethiopia.

This Consultancy Firm is named after Mr. Teshome Gabre-Mariam Bokan under whom the Managing Director, Wossen Bokan, has been trained for over a decade. An impressive leading Ethiopian lawyer who also happens to be the first Attorney

General of Ethiopia under Emperor Haile-Selassie, Teshome was a prominent figure and passionate lover of Ethiopia. He is the father of the Managing Director.

Wossen Teshome Bokan Plc and its registered lawyers have built up a substantial practice in corporate matters, commercial transactions, intellectual property and employment law.

Main Areas of Practice:

The Firm is involved in various areas of practice including international finance, joint ventures, commercial transactions (including the international sale of goods), investment, arbitration and litigation.

The Firm has represented international organisations and corporate entities, with a well-developed practice that assists corporate clients.

We also work in aviation matters particularly with foreign financiers and leasing companies where various entities have leased or bought aircrafts, aircraft engines and other spare parts advising on lease, loan and security documents and assisting in the registration of aircrafts and other relevant services with the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority.

We assist companies in all facets of corporate activities, from formation of a company under local laws to advising corporate clients on labour, tax, banking and other similar issues.

Foreign Investment:

Ethiopia has become one of the fastest growing economies in Africa attracting major foreign investment. We assist companies, interested investors with registration of their companies, whether as a branch, subsidiary, a representative office, an international contractor or subcontractor.

The Firm is specialising in all aspects of intellectual property matters. We have a qualified team dealing with prosecution of trademarks, industrial designs and patents, before the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office. We also have experienced litigation lawyers, should there be any infringement of your intellectual property rights in Ethiopia. In addition to being an Intellectual Property Firm, we provide a range of services to new and existing foreign companies, or individuals, investing in any business sector in Ethiopia. We assist in forming and registering new companies but we also assist in winding-up and deregistration of those companies that wish not to operate in Ethiopia anymore. For this, we have a selected team of lawyers each specialising in particular laws of Ethiopia.

Getnet Yawkal Mebratu

Getnet Yawkal Mebratu is our exclusively recommended Copyright Law expert in Ethiopia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Getnet Yawkal directly using the contact details above.

Getnet Yawkal is one of the top rated lawyers in Ethiopia. As a Professional Lawyer, he has dealt with an array of very complicated cases often involving very high profile international and national clients, and these have paved the way for him to establish himself as a key contact to develop, prepare and review legal documents in accordance with clients’ commercial strategies.

Throughout his career, Mr. Getnet has consistently exemplified integrity while maintaining quality and professionalism to provide first-rate legal services in Ethiopia, and his record is one of great responsibility, dedication, and solid achievements.

Attorney Getnet Yawkal is a very personable, goal-focused and versatile person accustomed to a fast-paced environment where deadlines are a priority and handling multiple jobs simultaneously is a requirement.

Firm Overview:

Getnet Yawkal Law Office, a leading law office in Ethiopia, takes Integrity, accountability and timely delivery of its quality legal services as the core value of its establishment.

Our mission is to provide practical, strategically sound and result oriented first rate legal service in Ethiopia.

With extensive experience in intellectual property, employment, corporate and commercial laws of Ethiopia, Getnet Yawkal Law office offers a strong, sound and cost effective legal guidance in resolving your case professionally and looks forward to being your principal legal adviser in Ethiopia.

Taffesse Yirga

My name is Taffesse Yirga: – I’ve served in judicial capacity including as Supreme Court Justice for over 15 years. My legal career began as a prosecutor and served for 5 years.  I’ve extensive experience in different areas of laws. In private practice, served for over 5 years providing legal consultancy  service on a wide range of legal issues notably, on company law, tax law, mining law, investment law, international sales, intellectual property and real estate operation.  I’m also providing litigation service, representing national and multinational companies before a court of law and arbitration tribunals in a high profile cases with a combination of excellent analytical and advocacy skills.

My experience extends also representing foreign investors and multinationals, in setting up subsidiary companies in different investment opportunities.

Received postgraduate degrees, from the University of Rostov, and from the University of London, and short term training in the United States.

Mehrteab Leul

Founder and Principal of MLA, Mehreteab earned his law degree from Addis Ababa University. He worked as a judge in the High Court of Ethiopia prior to founding MLA. With over 20 years of legal experience, he has advised national and multinational companies on corporate and investment issues. He represents clients in arbitration and court cases.

Law Firm Overview:

Founded by Mehrteab Leul Kokeb, Mehrteab Leul and Associates (“MLA”) is a leading full-service law office in Ethiopia, and has over 20 years experience advising and representing clients on wide range of legal issues concerning business and investment in the country.

MLA’s clients range from start-up companies, to government entities and multinational corporations, such as, Coca Cola and General Electric (GE).

Committed to providing the highest quality of legal services, MLA offers its clients a personalized environment to build mutual trust as well as understand their objectives and cost concerns. The clients of MLA are guaranteed to receive legal services which are underpinned by the basic pillars of professionalism and excellence. MLA maintains a staff of highly trained legal professionals who work round the clock to meet clients’ needs and expectations.

MLA’s primary focus is to optimize clients’ investment based on compliance driven legal strategies, and creative options. MLA lawyers work very closely with their clients to proactively structure deals in the best interest of the clients drawing from the rich experience the office has developed over the many years.

We advise businesses on numerous operational and ownership issues, and assist them in anticipating issues that may arise in pursuing their business and corporate strategies. Whether it is drafting or negotiating contracts, advising on structuring deals, or handling mergers and acquisitions, our lawyers possess the required expertise and experience to help our clients achieve their goals.