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Desai Law Group

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Founding and Managing Partner: Rizwan Desai
Partners: Akheel Jinabhai, Andre Bell, Angelica Bojosi, Obrien Bvindi
Number of partners: 5
Number of lawyers: 20
Languages: English

Firm Overview:
DLG is Botswana’s largest and fastest law group founded in 2016. Although the firm itself is new, its principals are well known in the Botswana corporate circles and have decades of collective experience. The firm has specialist expertise in several practice areas including corporate and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, banking and finance, competition law, corporate governance and compliance, property, telecommunications, mining, energy, employment law and dispute resolution.

Main Areas of Practice:

Corporate & Commercial Law:
■ Legal advisors to the Marubeni / Posco consortium in respect of an Independent Power Purchase deal in relation to the Morupule Units 5 & 6 Project (Botswana Power Corporation) (BWP 10 billion)
■ Legal advisers to Investec and Air Botswana in an acquisition of two Embraer E170 MSN aircrafts
■ Botswana legal advisors for the selling shareholders in Spark Capital in respect of the sale of a potential majority stake in the company to a consortium including large South African private equity investors (Potential deal value: approx. BWP700 million)
■ Acting for the Phakalane Group of Companies (Botswana’s largest private residential real-estate developers and town planners) in its group restructuring
■ Advisors to Liquid Telecom for the provision of various telecommunications and regulatory advice
■ Advisors to Mascom Wireless for the provision of various telecommunications and regulatory advise
Key Clients: Wilderness Holdings Limited, Choppies Enterprises Limited, Marubeni Corporation, Mascom Wireless Botswana, Turnstar Holdings Limited and Bank of Botswana
Contacts: Rizwan Desai; Andre Bell; Angelica Bojosi
Email: [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]

Mergers & Acquisitions:
■ Botswana legal advisors in the proposed acquisition by Glencore of Chevron’s assets in Botswana, in connection with the downstream sale by Chevron of its Southern Africa oil assets valued at approximately US$1 billion
■ Local counsel to TPG and FSI Investors in relation to the acquisition by TPG and by an affiliate of FS Investors of the shares held in Wilderness Holdings (off market)
■ Legal advisors to an international property investment company in relation to a proposed acquisition of shares in a local property company listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange
Key Clients: Wilderness Holdings Limited and Grit Real Estate Income Group Limited
Contacts: Rizwan Desai; Andre Bell; Angelica Bojosi
Email: [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]

Capital Markets:
■ Legal advisors in the listing of CA Sales Limited on the Botswana Stock Exchange 
■ Legal advisors to Draganfly Investments Limited, an AIM listed entity in relation to the purchase of a controlling interest in Kalahari Metals Limited
■ Lead legal advisors to the Botswana Stock Exchange in relation to its demutalisation
■ Lead legal advisors to Cradle Arc Plc in its proposed listing on the Botswana Stock Exchange and listing on AIM (GBP 2 million)
Key Clients: Botswana Stock Exchange, PSG Capital and Cradle Arc Plc.
Contacts: Rizwan Desai; Andre Bell; Angelica Bojosi
Email: [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]group.co.bw

Banking & Finance:
■ Legal advisors to Barclays Bank of Botswana in a BWP 500 million syndicated loan by Barclays Bank of Botswana and other Lenders
■ Legal advisors in a BWP 243 million loan by Barclays Bank of Botswana
■ Advising Norsad in respect of a USD 30 million funding Facility with Barclays Bank Botswana
■ Advising Norsad in respect of the restructuring of a USD10 million facility extended to Trustco Group Holdings
■ Advising Norsad in respect of a ZAR 100 million mezzanine facility extended to Swaziland Development Finance Corporation Limited
Key Clients: Barclays Bank of Botswana, Norsad Finance and Choppies Enterprises.
Contacts: Rizwan Desai; Andre Bell; Angelica Bojosi
Email: [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]

Competition Law:
■ Botswana legal advisor for Joy Global in the acquisition of all the outstanding shares in, and sole control of, Joy Global by Komatsu America Corporation
■ Legal advisors to the Competition Authority on amendments to the Competition Act
Key Clients: Joy Global, Competition Authority
Contacts: Rizwan Desai; Andre Bell; Angelica Bojosi
Email: [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]

Property & Real Estate:
■ Legal advisors to Michelangelo and Kgori Capital, in structuring agreements for funding required by Michelangelo, including the registration of Two First Covering Mortgage Bond’s over property in Gaborone (BWP 85 million)
■ Advising Stanbic Bank (Botswana) and RDC Properties, in the securitisation of loan facilities for funding required by RDC Properties, including the registration of a First Covering Mortgage Bond’s over Property in Gaborone.(BWP 30 million)
■ Advising Bank Gaborone Limited, in the securitisation of loan facilities for funding required by Paratus Telecommunication based in Zambia, for the acquisition of immovable property in Zambia (BWP 20 million)
Key Clients: Phakalane Properties, Banc ABC, Standard Chartered (Botswana), Bank Gaborone, Capital Bank, and Time Projects.
Contact: Akheel Jinabhai
Email: [email protected]

Employment Law & Dispute Resolution:
■ Acted for Motor Centre Botswana (the largest Toyota dealer and distributer in Botswana) in a successful tax appeal against the Botswana Unified Revenue Services before the Court of Appeal of Botswana.
■ Lead council in a ground breaking matter which set the law in relation to whether value added tax can be levied on sales in execution of immovable property.
■ Acting for the liquidators in the liquidation of Lobtrans (BWP 250millon)
■ Acting for Soren Lindstrom Safaris and Natural Selection Safaris in a contractual dispute with the Khwai Community Trust on the interpretation and effect of a review clause in a lease agreement Key Clients: Soren Lindstrom, Natural Selection, Mascom Wireless Botswana, Water Utilities Corporation
Contact: Obrien Bvindi
Email: [email protected]