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IMMMA Advocates

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Managing Partner: Sadock D Magai
Number of partners: 7
Number of lawyers:
26
Languages:  English, French, Swahili

Firm Overview:
IMMMA Advocates is one of the leading law firms in the United Republic of Tanzania with a multi-disciplinary team of lawyers working on various areas of practice. With over 21 years extensive experience as a firm, combined with the experience of individual lawyers that spans over a period of 24 years, the firm has established a strong market knowledge not only in Tanzania, but also in the African continent and is able to of deliver legal services to a broad range of clients across numerous sectors. IMMMA Advocates is a member of DLA Piper Africa, a Swiss Verein whose members are comprise independent law firms in Africa working with DLA Piper. IMMMA Advocates is rated locally and internationally as one of the leading business law firms in Tanzania which regularly assists domestic and international clients on various legal matters. The firm provides legal services to clients in banking and finance, employment and labour, tax, arbitration and dispute resolution, insurance, private equity, energy, infrastructure, oil and gas, mining and minerals, telecommunications, hospitality and leisure, insurance, and pro bono.

Main Areas of Practice:

Banking & Finance (including Capital Markets And Insurance):

IIMMMA Advocates offers legal services in relation to various financial products to our local and international clients. Services cover syndicated lending, asset finance, derivative products, trade and commodity finance, insolvency and restructuring of non-performing loans, regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance, capital and money markets.
■ Advised a syndicated of lenders comprised of commercial banks and pension funds for the provision of syndicated loan totaling USD250m equivalent to Tanzanian shillings TZS 300bn at the ruling rate in August 30, 2007. This is so far the largest locally financed syndication
■ Advised Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) in relation to the Independent Power Tanzania Limited project financing of a 100 MW power plant
■ Advised international lenders on the Gapco receivership and enforcement of its security in Tanzania
■ Advised various international lenders on the financing of power projects in Tanzania
Contacts: Sadock D. Magai, Madina Chenge, Burure Ngocho
Emails: [email protected] , [email protected], [email protected]

Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions:
This is an area of practice that is growing fast in Tanzania, and the firm has its lion share of the transactions. It has handled various M&A involving multinational corporations.
■ Advised PUMA Energy on its acquisition of BP’s downstream business in Tanzania
Contacts: Madina Chenge, Burure Ngocho
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Commercial Litigation & Arbitration:
IMMMA Advocates has acted for both local and international clients in commercial litigation and arbitration. Disputes involve commercial disputes with the Government of Tanzania through its various executive agencies and representation of international and banking clients in domestic courts including execution proceedings. IMMMA Advocates ensures that disputes are dealt with efficiently and the firm aims to reduce the uncertainties surrounding the process. A team of experts in litigation and arbitration combine the resources from group member partners and associates to provide innovative strategies and effective case management. For over 21 years, members have represented and prosecuted hundreds of cases successfully for and on behalf of clients.
Contacts: Fatma Karume, Gaspar Nyika, Faustin Malongo
Emails: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

 Employment & Labour:
The team has experience advising employers on lawful termination procedures, the fundamental rights and protections afforded by employment and labour laws, issues concerning workman’s compensation, social security payments, severance pay and other terminal benefits, employment contracts, trade unions and collective agreements and retrenchment.
Contacts: Samah Salah, Caroline Kivuyo
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Immigration:
The immigration team comprises experienced attorneys who provide a broad range of services which include corporate immigration, private client immigration, compliance and advisory, consular and visa services, document procurement and legalisation as well as government relations. While processing the necessary permits required for foreign clients, the team acts as general counsel for corporations assisting them in the procurement of permits for their foreign employees. Contacts: Gaspar Nyika, Natasha Maria Mukangara
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Tax:
Tax consulting as well as litigation involving tax disputes are areas that the firm handles. The tax practice offers comprehensive and practical legal advice on numerous tax matters including income tax, customs and excise duty, VAT disputes, transfer pricing issues and international taxation. The clients range from local to international companies.
Contacts: Gaspar Nyika, Natasha Galabawa
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Oil & Gas:
The team supports clients in all aspects of the industry, including in relation to upstream exploration, extraction and production, mergers and acquisition and finance transactions, midstream transportation, storage facilities and trading operations. The team of experienced lawyers is supported by international partners well versed in the sector.
■ Advised the Federal Government of Somalia on the preparation of modal Production Sharing Agreement in oil and gas that ended with the training of officials from the Federal Government of Somalia
■ Appointed as lead counsel to an international consortium in respect of USD2 billion project for the establishment of an ammonia/urea fertilizer plant
■ Advised Rakgas (an investment company of the government of Ras Al Khaimah, UAE) on its JV project to construct and operate a strategic gas pipeline and infrastructure with government of Tanzania
■ Advised the operator of the Tanzanian gas field on its gas sale arrangements to the Tanzanian NOC and advising on the implications of the changing gas regulatory framework in Tanzania
Contacts: Protase R.G. Ishengoma, Sadock D. Magai, Pascal Mwanyika
Emails: [email protected], [email protected] , [email protected]

Energy:
The firm advises clients on all phases of projects, including structuring, contract negotiation, regulatory compliance, financing and post-financing matters such as restructurings, acquisitions and dispositions. Lawyers have experience negotiating, drafting and evaluating key project agreements such as concession and implementation agreements; power sales, throughout and other off taker agreements; EPC agreements; fuel supply, transportation and other long-term supply agreements; operating and maintenance contracts; and service agreements.
■ Advised an international private power sponsor on the development of a hydropower plant in Njombe District
■ Advised a contractor of a power plant engaged to construct the power plant for personal use by the sponsor
■ Currently advising an international contractor engaged to construct geothermal power plant in Southern Tanzania

Mining:
Tanzania has a rich supply of mineral resources and as a result, IMMMA Advocates acts for almost all of big mining houses operating in the country. The services provided range from providing advisory services on negotiating concessions, mining venture financing, farming agreements, mining options agreements and relocation transactions.
Contacts: Protase Ishengoma, Faustin Malongo, Burure ngocho
Emails: [email protected] [email protected], [email protected]

Telecommunications:
The firm has handled numerous transactions in this sector, including financing arrangements, interconnection agreements between different providers and regulatory affairs involving cell phone providers and regulatory authority concerning terminations rates and frequency allocations. It has handled regulation affairs involving the introduction of electronic money transfers through mobile phones to majority of mobile phones company operators.
■ Advised various telecommunication operators on the implication of the listing requirement introduced by the Finance Act 2016
■ Advised one of the leading cellular phone operators on the implications of the new electronic act and how it will affect the telecommunications business in Tanzania
■ Prepared, reviewed and finally completed advising all leading cellular phone operators in the country on the introduction of electronic money transfers through their mobile networks
Contacts: Sadock D. Magai, Madina Chenge
Emails: [email protected] , [email protected]

Contributions

Total 2 contributions

Banking & Finance 2019 Second Edition Law and Practice in Tanzania

Sadock Dotto Magai

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Alternative Energy & Power 2019 Law and Practice in Tanzania

Protase Ishengoma, Angela Mndolwa, Burure Ngocho, Pascal Mwanyika

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