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Desai Law Group is a top ranked law firm based in Gaborone, Botswana. The Firm has experience across a wide array of practice areas. The goal of DLG is to be the best legal service providers in Botswana with an unwavering commitment to international standards.
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Founding and Managing Partner: Rizwan Desai ([email protected])

Partners: Eleng Mugabe ([email protected]) and Walter Mushi ([email protected])

Number of partners: 3

Number of lawyers: 11

Languages: English


Firm Overview:

DLG was founded in 2016 but the Firm's 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 


Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Lead legal advisor to Access Bank PLC in the approx. USD100 million transaction in which Access Bank acquired 78.15% equity stake in African Banking Corporation of Botswana Limited (now Access Bank Botswana Limited) from ABC Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of Atlas Mara Limited, including providing advice on and assisting with all required regulatory approvals.
  • Lead legal advisor to the Marubeni / Posco consortium (Lenders) in respect of an Independent Power Purchase deal in relation to the Morupule Units 5 & 6 Project (Botswana Power Corporation).
  • Lead advisor in the legal due diligence investigation conducted on African Banking Corporation of Botswana Limited on behalf of Access Bank PLC.
  • Lead legal advisor for Draganfly Investments Limited, an AIM listed entity in relation to the purchase of a controlling interest in Kalahari Metals Limited and its subsidiary Triprop Holdings Limited Acting.
  • Lead legal advisor for the selling shareholders in the sale of 50% of the share capital of BA ISAGO University (one of Botswana’s largest private universities) to Embury Botswana (Pty) Ltd as well as obtained unconditional approval from the Botswana Competition Authority regarding the transaction, 2016. Deal value: approx. BWP150, 000,000.00.
  • Botswana legal advisor 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.
  • Botswana legal advisor in the proposed acquisition of the largest property management company in Botswana in connection with the potential acquisition by a listed company of the property management company.
  • Botswana legal advisor for the target company (Joy Global) in the acquisition of all the outstanding shares in, and sole control of, Joy Global by Komatsu America Corporation and obtained unconditional approval from the Botswana Competition Authority, 2016/7.
  • Botswana legal advisor for the selling shareholders in Spark Capital (which is a diversified FMCG group holding company) in relation to various matters involving company law and restructuring issues and in respect of the sale of a potential majority stake in the company to a consortium including large South African private equity investors, 2017 (Potential deal value: approx. BWP700, 000,000.00), 2016/7.
  • Botswana legal advisor to Atlas Mara Limited, in its acquisition of 100% shares in ABC Holdings Limited, the holding entity of the BancABC banking group across Africa.
  • Lead legal advisor in relation to the due diligence of one of the largest property management companies in Botswana in connection with the potential acquisition by a listed company of the property management company, which also included cross- border aspects.
  • Botswana legal advisor to Anglo-American in its acquisition of the Oppenheimer family interests in De Beers.

Corporate Commercial 

  • Lead legal advisor in a BWP 500,000,000 syndicated loan by Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited and other Lenders.
  • Lead Legal advisor in a BWP243, 000,000 loan by Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited.
  • Lead legal advisor for Botswana Life Limited in the sale of an annuity programme to Barclays Bank Plc valued at US$17,000,000 in relation to the retired employees of Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe Limited;
  • Lead legal advisor to the Botswana Stock Exchange in respect of its proposed demutualization. Lead legal advisor for Atlas Mara Group in relation to various banking and other regulatory matters involving BancABC, 2016/7.
  • Lead legal advisor to Botswana Development Corporation in the Investigative due diligence of Botalana Ventures.
  • Lead legal advisor to the Liquidator in the liquidation of Pula Steel.
  • Co-legal advisor to Botswana Meat Commission in respect of its proposed restructuring activities.
  • Botswana legal advisor to Barclays PLC in relation to the Botswana aspects of the Barclays PLC and ABSA Africa restructuring.
  • Lead legal advisor to a Botswana consortium in respect of its sale of an investment project in Tanzania with a transaction value of approximately US$ 77 Million.

Capital Markets 

  • Lead legal advisor in the listing of CA Sales Limited on the Botswana Stock Exchange.
  • Lead legal advisor to the proposed listing of Cradle Arc Investments Plc on the Botswana Stock Exchange.
  • Lead legal advisor for the Issuer in the listing of Newgold Issuer Limited platinum debentures by way of a secondary listing on the Botswana Stock Exchange (being the first platinum exchange traded funds on the Botswana Stock Exchange).
  • Lead legal advisor for African Banking Corporation Limited in its delisting from the Botswana Stock Exchange and the Zimbabwean Stock Exchange.
  • Lead legal advisor for Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited in its P2, 000,000,000 Medium Term Note Programme.
  • Lead legal advisor to Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited as regards post listing issues. He was the lead advisor to the selling shareholder (being the Government of the Republic of Botswana) in the privatisation, restructuring and initial public offering (“IPO”) on the Botswana Stock Exchange, which was the first privatisation of a parastatal in Botswana, the country’s largest IPO and had one of the most ambitious plans in empowering citizens, 2016/7.
  • Botswana legal advisor to Choppies Enterprises in its ZAR 1.3 billion secondary, inward listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange Limited, the first of its kind for a Botswana company.
  • Lead legal advisor on the listing of Choppies Enterprises on the Botswana Stock Exchange (“BSE”), the largest Initial Public Offering to date on the BSE (inclusive of restructuring of and tax advice in relation to group subsidiary companies prior to listing).
  • Botswana legal advisor to CVCI (a division of Citibank) in its US$25 Million convertible note facility to a Botswana banking institution.
  • Botswana legal advisor to CVCI (a division of Citibank) in its US$25 Million convertible note facility to a Botswana banking institution.
  • Lead legal advisor to Stanbic Bank Botswana in its BWP 2 Billion Note Programme.
  • Lead legal advisor to BIFM Capital, in a number of commercial transactions in excess of BWP1.5 Billion.
  • Lead legal advisor to Botswana Development Corporation in its proposed BWP1 Billion Medium Term Note Programme.
  • Co-legal advisor to Barclays Bank of Botswana in its BWP 1 Billion Medium Term Note Programme.
  • Co-legal advisor to Barclays Bank of Botswana in its BWP 1 Billion and BWP 500 Million Medium Term Note Programme.
  • Co-legal advisor to Botswana Building Society in its BWP 500 Million Medium Term Note Programme.

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P O Box 640

Plot 2566, Off Nyerere Drive

Extension 9

Gaborone

South-East District

Botswana

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