Gratian B. Mali

Gratian B. Mali is a long-serving legal practitioner and academician with experience dating back to 2002. Before he established Ardean Law Chambers in 2011, Mr. Mali has, at different times, worked for a number of reputable offices including the Attorney General’s Office (2002), Mauggo & Co. Advocate (2003) and TGG Legal Consultants and Attorneys (2006-2008). Mr. Mali has also served as Legal Advisor and Company Secretary in various Firms including Roots General Agency Ltd., JCDecaux Tanzania Limited; Avanti Industries Limited; Golden Agricultural Commodities Pty, Doshi Hardware (TZ) Ltd, Agiribal International Limited; Kastipharm Limited, Yemensoft Solutions Ltd, IDV Technologies Africa Limited. He is also the legal advisor of an international organizations namely “Mission Africa-Tanzania” and Youth Challenge International (Canada Word Youth -Tanzania). Mr. Mali has also worked with government institutions such as the Institute of Accountancy Arusha and Tanzania Electrical, Mechanical and Electronics Services Agency (TEMESA) where he served as a Senior Corporate Counsel and Head of Legal Unit.

Mr. Mali is experienced in corporate management, public procurement, taxation, insurance, banking, employment and labour relations, real estate and intellectual property. He also has proven experience in debt recovery management and strategies, litigation, mediation and arbitration. Mr. Mali is a member of Tanzania Institute of Arbitrators, Tanganyika Law Society and the East African Law Society. In the academic arena, Mr. Mali is serving as a Lecturer in law at Tumaini University Dar es Salaam College and Kampala International University-Dar es Salaam. Mali a seasoned publisher and has published in areas of Corporate Law, Intellectual Property Law, Sale of Goods, Insurance and Tax Law.

Mr. Mali possess a Degree of Master of Laws (LL.M) of the University of Dar es Salaam majoring in Intellectual Property, Insurance and Tax law. He a Managing Partner at ARDEAN Law Chambers. Mr. Mali is an exclusive representative of Atradius Collection and Credilex Global Recovery SLP in Tanzania.

Judith Chonde

Judith is a “vicious” litigator as described her peers. She has worked for two prominent firms before she joined Abc Attorneys.  She is very conversant with the technicalities down to the nitty grits of drafting. She is very good at what she does and is a true asset to the firm when it comes to Trademarks. Her practice also includes trademark clearance, enforcement and maintenance of both foreign and domestic registrations and opposition as well as licensing and coexistence agreements.

Professional Qualifications:

Advocate of The High Court of Tanzania and Courts Subordinate thereto.

Academic Qualifications:

– Bachelor of Laws (LL.B), Tumaini University, Iringa Campus , 2012
– Masters in Business Administration in International Business, 2015
– Post Graduate Diploma in Law, The Law School of Tanzania, 2016

Memberships:

– Tanganyika Law Society
– East African Law Society
– Tanzania Institute of Arbitrators
– Young International Arbitrators Group

Law Firm Overview:

We are proud to brand ourselves as the first law firm to specialize in Trademarks and Patents registrations in Tanzania. The firm was created to offer specific services and to be able do them well, register trademarks and Patents at a fraction of the cost offered by full service law firms. We are by so far a big player in the Intellectual Property registrations in Tanzania. ABC Attorney’s combination of trademark, patent and design attorneys with specialist Intellectual Property lawyers is highly successful in the Tanzania legal services market, and presents our clients with a significant advantages.

Our office in the Dar-es-salaam, the business hub of Tanzania, and other offices soon to be opened in Dodoma, Arusha and Mwanza helps us provide a comprehensive range of IP services to our clients. Our registration of Intellectual Property in Tanzania cover all areas of patent, trade mark and design law and are structured to ensure full national and international protection. We also register in other countries in Africa from South Africa to East Africa and the North through a number of associates.

We also undertake works on behalf of overseas attorneys and in-house lawyers representing their clients’ Intellectual Property interests in Tanzania and Africa at large.

The ABC Attorneys clients range from Small Scale Enterprises, Individuals, multinational corporations and newly formed companies in Tanzania, where by we incorporate and help protect their brands.

We have devised a system that is very effective in ensuring that we deliver to clients impeccable services from responding to a query in less that 1 hour to reacting on a matter in less that a day so as to make sure that a client is not only satisfied but also relaxed. For new clients who have happened to visit our website we offer new clients a free 30 (Thirty) minutes initial consultation.

Charles Rwechungura

Charles is the founder and Managing Partner of CRB AFRICA LEGAL. He is an experienced consultant in the fields of mining, corporate, banking and financial law and is held in high regard by clients and peers. Chambers Global Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers describes market observers as “praising Charles Rwechungura’s ‘hands-on approach’ to an array of work, including mining, banking and finance activities.”

Charles regularly advises mining exploration and extraction companies on corporate and commercial issues such as joint venture agreements, transfers or assignments of mineral rights, applications for mining and prospecting licenses and has conducted multiple large-scale due diligence exercises for foreign investors looking to invest in the Tanzanian mining sector.

In addition, Charles acts for many of the national and foreign banks operating in Tanzania, advising them on the full range of financial and banking law issues. He has advised on over six equity IPOs and bonds listing at the Dar es salaam Stock Exchange and two cross listings of bond issues for the East African Development Bank (EADB) as well as the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (PTA Bank). In recognition of his industry knowledge and legal expertise he is often appointed to act as arbitrator on complex commercial disputes.

Charles cut his teeth in project finance during the early 1980s while working for six years as an in-house corporate counsel in the National Textile Corporation (TEXCO), a large corporation that sourced funds from international financiers for the construction and management of over 16 textile manufacturing projects. He moved to work for another six years as Head Counsel at the Tanzania Investment Bank (TIB), a foreign funded project financier through long term secured lending. He ventured into private practice in 1993 as founder partner in the firm Maajar & Rwechungura Law Office that eventually merged with another law firm to become REX ATTORNEYS from where he retired to found CRB AFRICA LEGAL.

Charles obtained an LLB (Hons) from the University of Dar es Salaam in 1977.

He has held professional leadership positions at local and international.

He is the current President of the Tanganyika Law Society, the Bar Association of Tanzania Mainland, and an ex official member of the Council of the International Bar Association (IBA) and the East African Law Society (EALS).

Other previous positions held by Charles are:

– President of the Tanganyika Law Society from 2006 to 2007
– 2nd Deputy Treasurer for the East African Law Society from 2005 to 2007
– Vice President of East African Law Society 2010
– Member of the Executive Committee of the SADC Law Society
– Member of the Council of the Pan African Lawyers’ Association.

Mr. Rwechungura is a member of several professional bodies, amongst which are:

– The Tanganyika Law Society;
– The Commonwealth Law Society
– The East African Law Society
– The SADC Law Association
– The International Bar Association

Law Firm Overview:

CRB AFRICA LEGAL is a corporate/commercial law firm based in Dar es salaam, Tanzania.

CRB AFRICA LEGAL is “making its mark” in Tanzania. The firm has carved out a sizeable market share of headline debt and equity capital markets transactions, primarily acting for issuers, and has also experienced an uptick in M&A and competition law mandates, advising on several major cross-border transactions. The firm has a broad experience in advising international clients which puts it in a vantage position to identify and address usual areas of concern and expectations.

The firm is on the panel of major banks in Tanzania including Barclays, Stanbic, and Bank M, and also has a strong telecoms sector focus. Key figures include founder and managing partner Charles Rwechungura, who is a big name for capital markets transactions, leading banking lawyer and dispute resolution specialist Cyril Pesha, and Pendo Shamte, who has an impressive record in the mining sector.

Teamwork is the hallmark of the firm and its vision is to become and remain a provider of a broad spectrum of high quality services to the satisfaction of clients.

The firm is duly registered as a partnership under the laws of Tanzania.

Sadock Magai

Managing Partner & Head of Corporate Matters

Admitted to the Bar, 1994.

Practise Areas: Banking; Corporate Finance; Securities; Corporate Law; Litigation.

Brief biography: Born in Bunda , Tanzania , May 25, 1962. Education: University of Dar Es Salaam (LL.B., Hons., 1989); Strathclyde University (Post Graduate Diploma in Finance, 1998).

Work experience: Mr. Sadock D. Magai ranked as among the best banking and finance lawyer in the country by IFLR 1000, the Guide to the World’s Leading Financial law firms, he is well known for handling complex banking and financial transactions in the country including USD 250 million and restructuring of the Syndication loan following default by the borrower. He is regular contributor to “Getting the Deal Through” a Project Finance Jornal that covers 38 jurisdictions worldwide and published by the International Bar Association.

Chief Legal Examiner, Tanzania Institute of Bankers, 1997-. State Attorney, 1989-1990. Legal Counsel, Bank of Tanzania , 1990-1997. Member: Tanganyika Law Society, East African Law Society. Languages: English and Swahili.

Banking & Finance Law Practice:

Our Banking & Finance Practice represents lenders, underwriters, arrangers, borrowers and other clients in their various roles in financing transactions, and provides reasoned and timely advice concerning:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Leveraged buyouts
  • Tender offer financings
  • Bank/bond bridge financings
  • Joint ventures
  • Syndicated loans

Debtor-in-possession and exit financings and other credit transactions.

IMMMA Advocates:

IMMMA Advocates is part of DLA Piper Group, an alliance of legal practices, with offices in Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and Mwanza.

IMMMA is a medium sized corporate law firm providing a wide range of legal services, including banking and finance, project finance, securities, natural resources law, privatization and acquisition of parastatal corporations, infrastructure development, telecommunication and transport divestiture, privatization, mergers and acquisitions, security documentation, insurance and social security matters, employment as well as admiralty law, taxation matters and energy and gas.

The firm has one of the leading litigation departments in Tanzania and actively supports its corporate clients in their legal needs.

IMMMA has a wide range of corporate clients, from big banking and insurance corporations to well known mining conglomerates in Tanzania . IMMMA has also played a key role in the privatization of a number of key parastatals, both as Counsel for Government and on behalf of investors and have participated in a number of merger and acquisition transactions.

Market Recognition

IMMMA’s work has not gone unnoticed and the Firm has received several international recognitions as a leading business law firm.

Chambers Global (2017) Market Perception says “The team is Well-known practice with noted strength in energy, infrastructure, banking and finance, and commercial litigation and arbitration. Has particular experience advising clients on PPP and port and energy plant projects, among others. Retained by public bodies as well as private clients in the aforementioned industries.”

IMMMA is ranked in

• Band 2 in the General Business law by the Chambers Global (2017).
• Tier 1 in Project development and Tier 2 in Financial and corporate by the IFLR 1000 (2018).
• First Tier in Legal market overview by the Legal 500 (2017).

The Firm’s commitment to client’s service and delivery is paramount and IMMMA is selective in it’s acceptance of new corporate clients to maintain this excellent reputation.