Elia Shikongo

ELIA NDEVANJEMA SHIKONGO, holds a BA LLB Degree, and is an admitted legal practitioner and Notary Public of the High and Supreme Court of Namibia. He specialises inter alia, in commercial and corporate law, drafting of contracts and legal opinions, international arbitrations and litigation.  He has on occasions served as an Acting Judge of the High Court of Namibia, and has more than 20 years experience as a private legal practitioner. He is active in the aviation, oil and gas, mining, banking/financial, telecommunication, fishing and transport sectors. Through him, the law firm maintains a healthy relationship with several private and public entities. He is currently a Chairperson of the Minerals Ancillary Rights Commission, under the auspices of the Ministry of Mines and Energy as well as Craton Mining. He has served on numerous other boards, such as the internationally listed HRT Oil and Gas Company, being founding Chairperson Namibia Wildlife Resorts, Fishcor Board, Counselor and President of the Law Society of Namibia, Falcon Investments and Phincon Enterprises (Pty) Ltd.

Black Economic Empowerment:

Namibia has emerged from a history in which law was used for many years as an instrument for oppression and discrimination based on race, colour and gender. The consequences of such historical impacts are still existing today.

In view of the above, the Firm is committed to meaningful participation of the previously disadvantaged persons in all areas of the economy and has over the years trained many Candidate Legal Practitioners from previously disadvantaged groups, and empowered them to progress within the Firm and the profession in general.

Law Firm:

SLC was established in 1997 by its senior partner, Elia Shikongo who has been in private practice for more than 21 years. The firm operate predominantly as a commercial/corporate firm, and has over the past years built up a diverse legal consultancy practice, acting either solely or in joint ventures with other professional service providers.

Philip Ellis

Ellis and Partners is a Windhoek based legal firm with a single multi experienced legal practitioner in the form of Philip Ellis.

His experience with the areas of mining, fishing, aviation, corporate financing, energy, water and industrial projects can be seen under Experience.

Philip Ellis practiced law within Namibia for 21 years.  He established “Ellis & Partners Legal Practitioners” in 1997, which grew to one of the largest and most successful commercial and corporate legal firms in Namibia which firm is still today a leading and highly successful commercial and corporate firm in Windhoek, practicing under the name of Ellis Shilengudwa Incorporated.

In 2009 he decided to leave legal practice to act as the Managing Director of the Gecko Namibia Group of companies that grew from nothing, to a group of over 30 private companies holding no less than 17 mineral licenses in Namibia for graphite, salt, marine phosphates and a large number of industrial minerals.  The group also conducts a highly successful exploration drilling company and mineral laboratory.  Its flagship development, Vision Industrial Park, secured 700 hectares of government land on the West Coast, with the right to develop a private port.

With his vast and hands on experience in the legal, mining/industrial and fishing sectors he identified a very specific and specialized need within the Namibian commercial context for someone to facilitate the introduction of international corporates and individuals to Namibia.  It is a well known fact that Namibia, with its stable democratic government, highly developed infrastructure, mild weather conditions and abundance of minerals and other natural resources is one of the most favorable investment destinations in Africa and possibly the world.  A better hub from which to springboard essential commodities such as energy, fertilizers and the like into sub-Saharan Africa would be hard to find.

The establishment of Ellis & Partners Legal Practitioners, on 1 May 2014 is specifically aimed at facilitating the introduction of investors into Namibia by a highly experienced legal practitioner and corporate leader in offering almost all the services required to successfully establish within Namibia and the surrounding Southern African jurisdiction.

To this extent, the firm is qualified to deal with all aspects of high level mergers and acquisitions as well as complicated and high value commercial litigation that requires the dedicated , full time attention of a highly experienced practitioner.

Magano Erkana

Magano Erkana our exclusively recommended Commercial Law expert in Namibia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Magano directly using the contact details listed above.

Magano is a legal practitioner admitted to the High Court of Namibia an also admitted as an attorney in South Africa. She is a director at WKH and heads the commercial law department.

Magano’s areas of specialisation include the following:

  • Banking Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Financial Law

Magano provides legal advice, drafts and reviews all types of commercial contracts for multi-national corporations, banks, and other financial institutions and policies on business and corporate market segments for various entities nationally and internationally. She was previously legal adviser for Standard Bank Namibia (for 11 years) and gained invaluable experience during that time as she provided legal advice on a full spectrum of areas of law such as banking regulatory issues, credit law, corporate law, labour law and also advised on forensic investigations as well as drafted and reviewed various types of agreements related to lending and procurement in the different business areas of Standard Bank Namibia. During her tenure she also served on the boards of the following companies: Stanfin (Pty) Ltd, Namclear (Pty) Ltd; Liberty Life Namibia (Pty) Ltd; Stanlib Namibia (Pty) Ltd and Stanlib Namibia Unit Trust Management Company.

Firm Overview:

Dr Weder, Kauta, and Hoveka Inc. (“WKH”) was formed in 2006 (the result of a successful merger between 2 of the country’s most prominent law firms – Dr Weder, Kruger & Hartmann (established 1949) and Kauta, Basson & Kamuhanga Inc. (established 2000)). It is currently the largest law firm in Namibia, with offices in Windhoek, Ongwediva, Swakopmund, and Grootfontein. WKH specialises in litigation, commercial law, corporate law, conveyancing competition law, tax law, and labour law. The firm is widely respected and recognised for its professionalism and excellence in service provision. The combined years of experience at WKH exceeds well beyond 100.

With 24 legal practitioners in 4 offices, the legal practitioners and conveyancers at WKH value the delivery of high quality service to all of its clients. There is an expectation that every director and employee, as individuals, must show outstanding personal commitment in achieving that goal, recognising that the financial success of WKH and its personal professional development and success are based on the success of its clients.

WKH has a staff compliment of 104 employees ranging from Directors, Associates, Candidate Legal Practitioners, and Litigation and Conveyancing Secretaries.