Although known for corporate and commercial work, the DLA Piper Africa Group member for Tanzania, IMMMA Advocates, has an active energy department and is particularly strong in oil and gas work. The firm has been appointed as local council to the panels of both Statoil and Gazprom in recent times.
Until January 2016, DLA Piper’s projects head for East Africa, Alex Sarac, was based the firm’s Tanzania outpost where he had been working on midstream oil and gas and other energy projects. Sarac left DLA in January to join Berwin Leighton Paisner’s energy team in Dubai.
Much of the team’s work is confidential, but an interesting matter saw the firm represent the Government of Somalia in connection with a production sharing tool kit regarding the much publicised Mbegani-Bagamoyo port project. Another interesting mandate saw the firm act as local counsel alongside DLA Piper advising the sponsors in of a 100MW power project.
IMMMA Advocates suffered a setback last year when prominent Tanzanian businessman, politician, and founding and managing partner Lawrence Masha left the firm; shortly after he formed a new law practice. Thomas Sipemba, mining and corporate commercial partner, also left to join East African Law Chambers.
Further to this, DLA Piper’s projects head for East Africa, Alex Sarac, was based at the firm, which is the Tanzanian member of the DLA Piper group, where he worked on midstream oil and gas and other energy projects. Sarac left DLA in January to join Berwin Leighton Paisner’s energy team in Dubai.
The firm is active in all aspects of financial and corporate law, but is particularly focussed on project development and finance in the energy, infrastructure, mining and natural resources sectors.
The firm’s work over the last 12 months is largely confidential. It worked on all aspects, including the project development and financing, of a 100MW wind power project in the country, a privately funded large industrial green field project – the first of its kind in Tanzania, a major public–private partnership (PPP) project spanning multiple constructions and a biomass project.