Joseph Alexander Jalasi

Joseph Alexander Jalasi is the Head of the Tax, Mining, Corporate, Banking and Finance Department. He has several years in public litigation as Principal State Advocate in the Attorney General’s Chambers. He is a former Registrar of the Tax Appeals Tribunal. He has several reported cases to his credit in the Zambian Law Reports. Mr. Jalasi served as Chief Policy Analyst Legal Affairs at State House under the late President Levy Mwanawasa and he served as legal advisor to former President Rupiah Banda. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators of the United Kingdom and also a qualified legal drafts person.

Significant Clients:

  • China Non Ferrous Metals Company
  • Vendata Resources PLC
  • Gemfields Resources PLC
  • Konkola Copper Mines PLC
  • Dentorex
  • Hagura Mining Limited
  • Luiri Gold Mining Limited
  • Red Jacket Zambia Limited
  • Sino Metals Leach Limited
  • JD Commodities (Israel)

Mwelwa Chibesakunda

Mwelwa Chibesakunda is a partner with Chibesakunda & Co based in Lusaka with more than 20 years of experience in mergers, acquisitions, banking and commercial law transactions in Zambia. Whilst with the Attorney Generals Chambers he advised both Government and governmental agencies on various national and international commercial transactions. He has whilst in private practice also advised Government and governmental agencies as well as private enterprises (local and abroad) on financing, agriculture, mining and privatisations covering a wide scope of industrial sectors. Mwelwa is an Advocate of the High Court and Supreme Court for Zambia.

Law Firm Overview:

Chibesakunda & Co is a member of DLA Piper Africa, an alliance of leading independent law firms working together across Africa.

Education:

LLB, University of Zambia LLM (International Commercial Law), University of Bristol Qualification to the Zambian Bar, Law Practice Institute.

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 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.

Law Firm:

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 specialized advice unrivaled 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 privatizations 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. In 2011, Chambers Global said of us: “This remains a leading firm for some of the country’s biggest and most high profile transactions.”