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

Attorney Getnet Yawkal Mebratu 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.

Participation:

– Drafting team member of the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office on the Ethiopian Trademark Registration and Protection Council of Ministers Regulation No.273/2012 and various internal Directives of the office.
– Management Reform Team of the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office.

Employment Record:

– Trademark and Industrial Design Protection and Administration Expert, Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office
– Trademark and Industrial Design Examiner, Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office
– Instructor of Law, Alpha University Collage
– Instructor of Law, Admas University Collage
– Associate, Tadesse Kiros Law Office
– Associate, Mesfin Tafesse & Associates Law Office

Trainings:

– Trademark Classification Standards for Trademark Examiners organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization “WIPO” in cooperation with Government of Republic of Kenya and Japan Patent Office “JPO”, Nairobi (Kenya).
– TISK workshop on Patent Search Strategies and Techniques organized by WIPO and Ministry of Science and Technology of Ethiopia in cooperation with the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
– General Course on Intellectual Property organized by WIPO, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia).

Education:

– Bachelor of Laws (LL.B)
– Bahir Dar University
– Faculty of Law

Memberships:

– Ethiopian Lawyers’ Association
– iBNex International Lawyers Network

Law Firm:

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 USA.

Memberships:

– Ethiopian Bar Association
– International Bar Association

Practice Areas:

We provide legal consultancy and litigation services on the following area.

– Company Law
– Tax Law
– Mining Law
– Investment Law
– International Sales
– Private International Law

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.

Ato Fikadu Asfaw Demissie

Ato Fikadu Asfaw Demissie is the founder and senior partner of the firm. He has been practicing law since 2000. He has got considerable experience and expertise in various areas of the law.

Education:

– Addis Ababa University, Faculty of Law, Bachelor of Laws (LLB), in 2000;
– Addis Ababa University, Faculty of Law, master’s degree in Private International Law and the Law of Business Organizations (LLM), in 2008.

Past Employment Positions:

– Assistant Judge at the Federal First Instance Court;
– Legal Counselor and Attorney & Head of the Legal Research and Advisory Division (Legal Service Department) at the Construction and Business Bank (CBB);
– Legal Counselor and Attorney at the Debt Recovery and Legal Claims Division (Legal Service Department) of the Ethiopian Insurance Corporation (EIC);
– Instructor for the course of Law of Business Law (a law course designed for business practitioners including bankers, entrepreneurs, and managers) at the National College.

Since he started practicing law independently, Fikadu Asfaw has been rendering his legal services for various individuals and corporate entities.

Professional Associations and Memberships:

– Ethiopian Lawyers Association,
– Ethiopian Law Graduates Alumni Association,
– Ethiopian Economic Professionals Association, and
– African Child Policy Forum

Law Firm:

Fikadu Asfaw and Associates Law Office (FALO) is an Ethiopian Law firm Founded in 2003. Thanks to our client-oriented philosophy our law office has established a system of excellent legal service and reputation in the Ethiopian legal industry. Always our law office takes genuine interest in our clients’ legal matters, understand their objectives, and achieve results that exceed their expectation through establishing a reliable legal partnership; van guarding their best interests while adding maximum value to their business growth and development. Integrity, Professionalism and Respect are the three core pillars of our law office’s ethos, which allow us to always work towards achieving the highest quality of legal services possible; creating maximum accessibility, highest efficiency, timely responsiveness and being technologically reachable. Towards this our law office has created result-oriented legal teams through a strategy of quality and creativity, in dealing both with individuals and companies, allowing our law office to serve as a primary resource and partner in all aspects of our clients’ businesses; creating a network of innovative legal solutions, excellent legal representation and dedication to quality customer service. Due to this and our holistic approach, our Law Office has managed to cultivate such strong relationships in handling the full range of legal duties for our clients.