Ethiopia

IFLR1000 Reviews

Financial and corporate
Aman Assefa & Associates Law Office

Aman Assefa & Associatesis a law firm in Ethiopia which was founded in 2003 and is led by managing partner Aman Assefa. The firm is based in Addis Ababa and is an alliance member of Bowmans. 

 

Focuses / specialisms 

The firm has specializations in financial and corporate matters. It represents companies and shareholders in banking and M&A related transactions. In banking, the firm has knowledge in transactional and regulatory financing matters and in the M&A practice, the firm regularly works on acquisitions and restructurings. 

 

Key clients 

Key clients for the firm includeSafaricom, Diageo, C+, Bollore, Vasari, Pioneer Hi-Bred Seeds,Ethio-Chicken, TAL, VISA and DBL Industries. 

 

Research period review: 32nd edition (2021/2022) 

During the research period, the firm was active in financial and corporate matters. 

In banking the firm worked on loans for borrowers in the manufacturing and consumer goods sectors. 

In M&A the firm worked on acquisitions and joint ventures for clients in the manufacturing sector.  

In project development the firm worked on projects for developers in the infrastructure sector. 

In restructuring and insolvency, the firm worked on deals for shareholders in the consumer goods sector.  

 

Client Feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022) 

Banking and finance 

"They provide practical and relevant advice on local law and jurisdictional issues that may impact drafting and implementation of transactions." 

 

M&A 

"The law firm provides relevant and accurate services, the lawyers know how to deal with difficult situations, in particular with the administration, which is essential for the foreign investors." 

 

Restructuring 

"The firm is highly engaged, take ownership and acts as a trusted business partner."  

 

Micael Sehul 

"Knowledgeable and commercial." 

"Micael Sehul is an excellent lawyer who has a deep knowledge of Ethiopian Law, knows the various regulation very well and how it works, and gives accurate advice to solve problems." 

"He is an excellent lawyer who has a deep knowledge of Ethiopian law, knows very well the different administration and how it works, and gives accurate advice to solve problems." 

 

Redeat Stiphanos 

"Very client friendly, gives practical advice and follows through with actions." 

Mehrteab Leul & Associates

Mehrteab Leul & Associates is an Ethiopian law firm located in Addis Ababa. The firm, founded over 20 years ago is led by managing partner Mehrteab Leul, is a member of DLA Piper Africa. 

 

Focusses / specialisms 

The firm’s specialization in financial and corporate is largely focused on M&A work, where the team has acted for both buyers and sellers. It also has experience working on financial matters, specifically sovereign debt issuances and project financing matters. 

 

Key clients 

Key clients of the firm include Eagle Hills, MasterCard Foundation, Millenniums Challenges Corporation, Japanese Tobacco International and OCP Group. 

 

Research period review: 32nd edition (2021/2022) 

During the research period, the firm was active in financial and corporate matters. 

In banking the firm worked on loans for lenders in banking and financial services. 

In equity capital markets the firm worked on issuances for clients connected with the infrastructure sector. 

In M&A the firm worked on acquisitions for acquirers and investors in the technology and consumer goods sectors. 

 

Client Feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022) 

Capital markets : Equity 

"Good knowledge of process and requirements. Thorough and efficient." 

 

M&A 

"They provide professional and practical advice with good responsiveness and supported us immensely as the counsel of the deal." 

Mesfin Tafesse Law Office

Mesfin Tafesse & Associates is led by Mesfin Tafesse and is based in Addis Adaba.

 

Focusses/specialisms

The firm has a particular focus on renewables projects, loans and acquisitions.

 

Key clients

Key clients include Mastercard Foundation, World Bank Group, Fortescue Future Industries, MTN Group, Deloitte, Citi Bank, Zoscales Partners, Veris Investments and Financial Sector Deepening Africa.

 

Client feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

Private equity

“Mesfin is very thorough and responsive. Super-professional. Stands out as the best law firm in Ethiopia.”

Tameru Wondm Agegnehu

Tameru Wondm Agegnehu has one office in Addis Adaba. Since 2017 it has worked in cooperation with international law firm BonelliErede.

 

Focusses/specialisms

The firm has a particular focus on M&A and project-related work.