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Eric Silwamba, Jalasi & Linyama Legal Practitioners

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Managing Partners: Eric Suwilanji Silwamba, SC, Joseph Alexander Jalasi and Lubinda Linyama
Number of partners: 3
Number of lawyers: 13
Languages: English

Firm Overview:
ERIC SILWAMBA, JALASI AND LINYAMA Legal Practitioners (ESJL) is a Zambian law firm thathas been in existence for over thirty years as Eric Silwamba and Company. In 2013 it was rebranded to ESJL following the admission to partnership of Joseph Jalasi and Lubinda Linyama. It has over the years developed to the level of being among the top law firms in Zambia. The firm offers boutique style legal services to its Clients. The firm unlike its competitors is able to offer a wide range of services with respect to dispute resolution, banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate, competition, tax, energy and mining. In the fourth quarter of 2019, Dentons the world’s largest firm by head count announced that its partners had voted ESJL to be a member of Dentons network of firms. The firm has in collaboration with Chambers Global, Legal 500, International Comparative Legal Guide and Global Legal Insights published guides on Energy Law (2015) in Zambia, International Arbitration with respect to Zambia (2020), Litigation and Dispute Resolution (2019), Mining Law in Zambia (2020) and Corporate Tax (2020). The firm is a member of Trust law, a probono service operated by Thomas Reuters.

Main Areas of Practice:
Tax Law
Criminal Litigation
Civil Litigation
Corporate & Commercial Law
Banking & Finance
Real Estate
Mining Law
Employment, Labour Law & Industrial Relations
Intellectual Property Law
Constitutional & Administrative Law
Legislative Drafting
Debt Collection

iStrategic Adviser on a Private Placement The firm is a strategic Adviser on a private placement transaction valued at Millions of dollars with respect to a leading telecom provider in Zambia. Mr. Joseph Jalasi and Mr. Linyama were the partners involved
Acquisition of a Business and Asset Sale The firm is representing an international logistics company in conducting a due diligence and an acquisition of a business and asset sale
Acquisition of a local Fintech Company The firm is currently advising on the acquisition of a local fintech entity
■ The firm is currently advising an international real estate developer and company on a transaction relating to retail development estimated to cost 9Million United States Dollars
■ The firm assisted international power company with the internal group reorganization with respect to property transfer tax
■ The firm advised a telecom company with regard to their group restructuring which resulted in the setting up of a new UK based holding Company
■ The firm advised a leading sugar producer in a group reorganization by Illovo
■ Financing of a Telecom company by Standard Bank of South Africa. The firm collaborated with Latham and Watkins LLP, where we acted as local advisors to under a Senior Facilities Agreement
■ The firm collaborated with Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in advising Vendata Resources Plc in an environmental claim on pollution before the London Courts and this has resulted into a leading authority of Dominic Liswaniso Lungowe & Others V. Vendata Resources Plc and Konkola Copper Mines Plc [2016] EWHC 975 (TCC)
■ The firm collaborated with Simmons and Simmons LLP in advising a Petroleum company on a pollution matter with potential to be adjudicated upon by the English Courts
■ The firm has provided legal advise and representation to leading Telecom company before the Zambia Revenue Authority with regard to disputed tax assessments in as far as they relate to Value Added Tax Act and the firm successfully resolved a US$10 Million VAT assessment
■ The firm represents another leading telecom company. The firm recently provided legal advice and representation before the Zambia Revenue Authority with regard to disputed tax assessments in as far as they relate to Customs and Excise. The assessment size is the sum of US$48, 793,516.13
■ The firm advised a leading copper mines company on disputes regarding the imposition of tax under the Customs and Excise Act and the assessment size is the sum of US$68, 954,395.37
■ The firm advised a trailer assembly/logistics company on the application of the SADC rules of origin with respect to the payment of duty for trailers manufactured in South Africa but imported into Zambia
■ The firm is currently advising a broadcasting company on a potential dispute regarding an application of the double tax treaty between Zambia and Mauritius
■ ESJL successfully argued an appeal before the Tax Appeal Tribunal (‘TAT’) with respect to the tax treatment of mandatory training for bank staff to be treated as expenditure spent wholly and exclusively for the business and not as allowances to be taxed by way of Pay As You Earn in the hands of the employee.
■ The firm had the opportunity to advise on a Nuclear Power/ Plant development under the Engineering Procurement Construction (‘EPC’) Contract
■ The represented Trading company in a ground breaking decision of the Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal which set the law on whether an acquisition of an asset amounts to a merger

Key Clients:
■ Bank of China
■ Standard Chartered Bank Zambia
■ Stanbic Bank Zambia Limited
■ First National Bank Zambia Limited
 ■Business Partners International (SME Fund) Zambia Limited
■ Konkola Copper Mines PLC
■ Mopani Copper Mine PLC
■ First Quantum Mining and Operations Limited
■ Ross Breeders Zambia Limited
■ Henred Fruehauf Zambia Limited
■ China Jiangxi Corporation for International Economic and Technical Corporation Zambia Limited
■ Industrial Development Corporation
■ BP Limited
■ Puma Energy Zambia PLC
■ SN Power ACA Zambia Limited
■ Lunsemfwa Hydro Power Company Limited
■ Grindrod Zambia Limited
■ Zambia Sugar Plc
■ Illovo Sugar Ireland
■ Omnia Group (Pty) Limited
■ Deloitte and Touché
■ Heriot Properties (Pty) Limited
■ Prime Time Projects Limited
■ Sanlam Limited
■ MTN (Zambia) Limited
■ Airtel Networks Zambia Plc
■ Choppies Supermarkets Limited


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