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A&K Tanzania

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Managing Partner: Ms Shamiza Ratansi
Number of partners/directors: 2
Number of lawyers: 8
Number of dual-qualified lawyers: 3
Languages: English, Gujarati, Kiswahili, Hindi

Firm Overview: ATZ Law Chambers (ATZ) is a top-tier full-service corporate law firm based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Its team of lawyers has significant experience in complex cross-border and landmark local transactions, as well as commercial legal advisory work, including in corporate commercial, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, infrastructure and projects, real estate, banking and project finance, insolvency and restructuring, mining, oil and gas, insurance, telecommunications, competition/anti-trust, employment and other commercial areas. ATZ has the breadth and depth to advise on niche support areas such as local-content and environmental. ATZ prides itself on its status as an innovative independent law firm which can offer a ‘one-stop shop’ approach across borders through its membership in ALN, an alliance of leading corporate law firms currently in sixteen key African jurisdictions, including the continent’s gateway economies. The firm is ranked as a leading firm in Tanzania by various international legal directories.

Main Areas of Practice:

Banking & Finance:
■ Advising Dangote Industries in connection with a USD 100 million syndicated financing facility arranged by Standard Chartered Bank and Barclays Africa Group, with participation by Standard Chartered Bank Tanzania and National Bank of Commerce Tanzania
■ Acting for Africa Export-Import Bank in connection with a USD 315 million multi-jurisdictional syndicated debt facility to the Smile Group of companies
■ Acting for African Export-Import Bank, Industrial Development Corporation and the Development Bank of Southern Africa in connection with the provision of USD 195 million multi-jurisdictional syndicated debt facility to the Smile Group of companies
■ Acting for Citibank Tanzania in connection with a USD 35 million loan to Said Salim Bakressa & Company
■ Advising Stanbic Bank Tanzania and CfC Stanbic Bank as the arrangers for the Medium Term Note Issue for TZS 32.6 billion (approx. USD 15.4 million) by Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange
■ Acting for the underwriters, IFC, CDC and AFCAP in the rights issue of CRDB Bank, raising over TZS 152 billion (approx. USD 72.3 million)
■ Acting for Standard Bank of South Africa in connection with the increase of its USD 34.5 million loan to 21st Century Food and Packaging Company

Corporate M&A, Private Equity & Capital Markets:
■ Acting as lead counsel for a consortium of investors comprising AfricInvest Capital Partners, DEG, FMO and Proparco in connection with their equity investment for a 14.3% of stake in Britam Holdings
■ Acting for Old Mutual Group in connection with its long-planned multi-phase international restructuring and managed separation, to split-off its four main business lines into separate entities and publicly list its largest divisions
■ Acting for Vivo Energy Holding in connection with the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Engen Holdings
■ Acting for Ringier Africa in connection with its acquisition of the Tanzania subsidiaries of One Africa Media
■ Acting for Deere & Company in connection with the acquisition of Wirtgen Group Holding
■ Acting for Boundary Holdco in connection with their acquisition of Off Grid Electric
■ Acting for Vivo Energy in connection with its admission of its shares to the premium listing segment of the Official List of the Financial Conduct Authority of the UK and admission of the shares to trading on the London Stock Exchange’s main market for listed securities
■ Acting for Airtel Tanzania in connection with the planned listing of its shares on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange and the offer for sale to the general public of up to 51.25 million ordinary shares equalling 25% of Airtel’s issued capital in line with the new Tanzanian local participation rules for the telecommunications industry
■ Acting for Microcred Group in connection with its proposed acquisition of a minority stake in Aiba Commercial Bank, Tanzania

Mining, Oil & Gas and Project & Infrastructure:
■ Advising several suppliers in the mining and oil and gas industry, including Capital Drilling, Orica, SGS, and Mantrac in connection with new local content rules for supply chain to this industry
■ Acting for Mota-Engil, one of the two companies that won the tender for the Standard Gauge Railway Line from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro, in connection with their set-up of operations in Tanzania, in order to mobilise for a major railway project 
■ Acting for PT Pertamina Internasional Eksplorasi dan Produksi in connection with the acquisition of a 24.53 % shareholding in Etablissements Maurel & Prom
■ Acting for Reliance Group in connection with its auction sale of the Gulf Africa Petroleum Corporation
■ Acting for one of the largest pension funds in Africa in connection with its investment in a 318MW combined cycle gas turbine electricity generation facility in Tanzania
■ Acting as lead counsel for China Road and Bridge Corporation in connection with the acquisition of land for commercial purposes 
■ Acting for China National Off-Shore Oil Corporation in connection with their production sharing agreement with the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation

Competition:
■ Acting for GardaWorld in connection with obtaining the Fair Competition Commission anti-trust merger notification on its acquisition of KK Security 
■ Acting for Vivo Energy in connection with obtaining merger clearances from the Fair Competition Commission on its acquisition of 100% of the shares of Engen Holdings
■ Advising the CDC Group in connection with its merger notifications to the Tanzania’s Fair Competition Commission in respect of its USD 140 million equity investment for 40.65% of the issued share capital in ARM Cement
■ Acting for WS Atkins International in connection with obtaining merger notification from the Fair Competition Commission on its acquisition of 100% of Howard Humphreys East Africa