Joseph Alexander Jalasi

Joseph Alexander Jalasi is our exclusively recommended Mining Law expert in Zambia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Joseph directly using the contact details listed above.

“Joseph is noted for his work on banking and finance, and environmental litigation. He has a strong reputation and is considered by commentators to have had “considerable success in commercial litigation and constitutional law matters.”

Joseph Alexander Jalasi is the Head of Tax, Mining, Corporate, Banking and Finance Department. He has several years in public litigation and has held various public offices. He is a founding partner of the firm. The many reported cases to his credit in the Zambian Law Reports and the Revenue Appeals Tribunals Reports are sufficient testimony.

Firm Overview:

Eric Silwamba, Jalasi & Linyama is a Zambian Law Firm. The firm has been in existence for over thirty years as Eric Silwamba and Company. In 2013 it was rebranded to Eric Silwamba, Jalasi & Linyama following the admission to partnership of Joseph Jalasi and Lubinda Linyama. It has over the years developed to the level of being among the top law firms in Zambia. The firm offers boutique style legal services to its Clients. The firm unlike its competitors is able to offer a wide range of services from Criminal to Civil Litigation to Corporate and to Mergers and Acquisitions.

In the fourth quarter of 2019 the partners of Dentons the world’s largest firm by headcount voted to admit the ESJL to become part of the Dentons network of firms.

Mwelwa Chibesakunda

Mwelwa Chibesakunda is our exclusively recommended Mergers & Acquisitions Law expert in Zambia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Mwelwa directly using the contact details listed above.

Mwelwa is the founding partner and current managing partner of Chibesakunda & Company. He has been instrumental in establishing Chibesakunda & Company as one of Zambia’s leading corporate and commercial law firms.

Mwelwa has over twenty five years of experience advising local and international clients in a wide range of commercial law matters. Mwelwa is a recognised market leader in M&A, complex banking and finance transactions and energy advisory.

Firm Overview:

DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, positioning us to help clients with their legal needs around the world.

We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality and value to our clients.

We achieve this through practical and innovative legal solutions that help our clients succeed. We deliver consistent services across our platform of practices and sectors in all matters we undertake.

Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies. They include more than half of the Fortune 250 and nearly half of the FTSE 350 or their subsidiaries. We also advise governments and public sector bodies.

Nchima Nchito

The Firm’s Principal is Nchima Nchito, State Counsel, who is buttressed by a team of four qualified and experienced Associates and fifteen support staff four of whom possess Law Degrees from various Universities.

Nchima Nchito is a senior legal practitioner enjoying the rank and dignity of State Counsel. He was admitted to the bar in 1987 and is an experienced Advocate who holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Zambia. He has extensive experience in litigation and perfecting of bank securities. Nchima has specialised in all aspects of Corporate Law. He is an active member of the Institute of Directors and has been involved in the promotion of integrity among the professionals in the private and public sector.

Nchima previously served as Legal Counsel and Deputy Company Secretary in Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines (ZCCM)-the former mining conglomerate. He has extensive experience in dealing with local and international contract negotiations and agreements involving among other international financial and trading institutions and was the lead lawyer in the listing of ZCCM shares on the Lusaka Stock Exchange.

Current Clients:

– AON
– Bank of Zambia
– Deloitte and Touche
– Department for International Development (DFID)
– Engen Petroleum (Z) Limited
– Hotel and Tourism Training Institute
– Investrust Bank (Z) Plc Ltd
– Jes Mining Limited
– Kawambwa Tea (1996) Company Limited
– KDG Auto Link
– Konkola Copper Mines PLC (KCM)
– Lafarge Cement PLC
– Libyan Africa Investment Company Limited (LAICO)
– NATSAVE
– National Milling Corporation Limited
– Norwegian Church Aid
– Oxfam
– Peace Corp
– Post Newspapers Limited
– Puma Energy PLC
– Road Development Agency (RDA)
– Royal Danish Embassy
– Southern African Media Development Fund (SAMDEF)
– Southern Cross Motors Limited
– Southern Sun – Ridgeway
– Stanbic Bank Zambia Limited
– St John Medical Centre
– TAP Zambia Limited
– Total Zambia Limited
– World Vision International
– ZESCO Limited

Law Firm Overview:

Nchito & Nchito is a full service law firm based in Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia. The Firm aims to deliver superior legal solutions to its clients. It was formerly part of MNB Legal Practitioners (a Firm formed in 1999 through an amalgamation of three Law Firms that existed previously) and acquired its current name on 1st October, 2011 when MNB restructured and the Lusaka and Kitwe offices became separate Firms.

The Firm advises on and services clients in all aspects of Corporate and Commercial Law and has a large local, regional and international client base.

The Firm is engaged in providing services in diverse areas of the law covering commercial transactions, civil litigation – including debt collection and enforcement of securities, insolvency, company secretarial work, arbitration, perfection of banking securities, corporate finance and related work and Conveyancing. The major focus of the Firm’s litigation is Commercial and Employment related litigation.

The Firm also has experience in corporate restructuring having been involved in assignments involving corporate restructuring of former parastatals.

The Firm acted for a mobile phone service provider in the setting up of its mobile money business.

The Firm has acted as lead Counsel for the Floatation by Zambia Privatisation Trust Fund of their 25% holding in one of the largest oil marketing companies in the country.

The Firm also acted as lead counsel in the mandatory offer by Puma Energy to acquire shares from the minority shareholders of BP Zambia Plc.

The Firm has developed competence in the area of corporate governance and was represented on the Task Force which prepared the Zambian Corporate Governance guidelines.

The Firm also provided expertise on a project to harmonise Zambian corporate and commercial legislation with good corporate governance principles.

The Firm has over the years been retained in huge commercial litigation and arbitrations on behalf of its clients some of whom are listed below. In resolving disputes, the Firm ensures that its clients receive advice that is relevant to their needs in a timely fashion.

The Firm has a growing reputation as a provider of outstanding legal services in competition law. This includes rendering opinions on mergers, compliance and regulatory advice.

Nchito & Nchito has also contributed to the following publications:

– World Bank Investing Across Borders 2010
– The International Comparative Legal Guide to Lending & Secured Finance 2014
– World Bank, Doing Business 2014: Understanding Regulations for Small and Medium Size Enterprises
– Chambers Legal Practice Guide; Litigation 2014

With its vast experience outlined above, the Firm aims to deliver world class legal services through innovative thinking and relevant solutions.

Charles Mkokweza

Charles Mkokweza is our exclusively recommended Commercial Law expert in Zambia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Charles directly using the contact details above.

Charles is currently managing partner of Corpus Legal Practitioners, the leading full service corporate commercial law firm in Zambia. In addition he focuses his practice in energy resources and infrastructure leading a group of 11 lawyers specialising in this practice area among other groups at his firm. Throughout the 16 years of his experience, Charles has been responsible for unlocking the understanding of complex legal issues particularly in relation to the interface between different domestic sector laws and international laws that might affect multinational companies as well as extensive range of risk areas including sovereign risk, counter party risk etc. He is a master of science graduate in finance and financial law from the University of London and also holds a LLB degree from the University of Zambia. Charles has done numerous courses relevant to his area of practice including special skills training in public private partnership projects and privatisation of state owned enterprises.

Firm Overview:

Corpus is one of the leading law firms in Zambia. Our 30-member team of lawyers and professionals provides strong, consistent, client-focused, high-quality legal services designed to meet clients’ commercial and business needs. The firm, located in Lusaka, offers a unique insight into the legal and technical landscape of the Zambian market. Whether you’re seeking advice regarding banking and finance, corporate advisory, dispute resolution, real estate and construction, energy, mining and infrastructure, or other matters, Corpus can offer you specialised advice unrivalled by any law firm in Zambia.

Our partner, the global law firm Dentons, has acted on most of the jurisdiction’s major transactions in recent years, including privatisations and major mining projects. The practice focuses on four main areas: corporate advisory, banking and finance, dispute resolution, and property and conveyancing. Corpus has unmatched experience in the mining and energy sectors, and we have become the first port of call for foreign and multinational corporations investing in Zambia.

Known for our pioneering work in the Zambian commercial legal world, Corpus was one of the first legal firms to offer comprehensive corporate legal services in Zambia.