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Kantor & Immerman

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Senior Partner: Addington Bexley Chikomborero Chinake
Managing Partner: Dr. Bernard Chidziva
Number of partners: 7
Number of lawyers: 13
Languages: English, Shona, Ndebele

Firm Overview:
Kantor & Immerman is a leading full service commercial law firm based in Harare, Zimbabwe and established over 60 years ago. The firm combines in-depth knowledge of the unique local legal environment and with a dynamic team of attorneys to provide world class legal services to the corporate sector. The firm’s primary objective remains the addition of value to all its clients’ businesses through the delivery of tailor-made solutions across the full spectrum of their activities.

Main Areas of Practice:

Corporate & Commercial Law:
The corporate and commercial law practice of the firm covers a broad range of business transactions. The practice is as varied as the clients and the industries that the firm serves. The breadth of the practice covers banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, competition law, mining, energy, insurance and taxation. The firm is a preferred advisor to many Zimbabwe Stock Exchange listed companies in respect of capital raising and mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructuring. Representative transactions include:
■ Advised Barclays PLC on all aspects of the sale of its 67% in Barclays Zimbabwe
■ Advised Old Mutual Zimbabwe Limited on the first FINSEC listing of Class B Shares on the new FINSEC Alternative Trading Platform
■ Advised NU-AERO / Fly Africa, the low cost airline, on aviation law compliance and licensing.
■ Advised the Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe on its maiden and subsequent Infrastructure Bond issues.
Contact: Mr Addington Bexley C. Chinake
Tel: +263 4 793626
Email: [email protected]

Employment Law:
Kantor & Immerman has recognised expertise in all aspects of employment law. The nature of this practice is such that it is able to provide transaction-related employment law advice. Representative matters include: Acted for Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe in the significant matter against Farai Katsande & Zimbabwe Banks & Allied Workers Union. This matter dealt with issues of direct access to the Constitutional Court, the dichotomy between Managerial Employees in terms of the Labour Act and the rights flowing therefrom
■ Acted for African Banking Corporation in the significant matter against Banking and Finance Managers Union. This matter dealt with the payment of retrenchment packages in accordance with the controversial 2015 amendment to the Labour Act and the right of employers to terminate a notice
■ Acted for the Zimbabwe Electricity Regulatory Authority (ZERA) in a matter against Godfrey Tapedza. This case establishes the principle that a Regulatory Authority is not an employer in the industry that it regulates and is therefore not bound by Collective Bargaining Agreements concluded by the employers and unions in the industry.
Contact:
Mr Agmos Moyo
Tel: +263 4 793626
Email: [email protected]

Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution:
Kantor and Immerman’s broad experience in the area of litigation allows it to efficiently and effectively handle disputes from the period before a law suit is filed until final disposition on appeal in all courts including Magistrates Court, Labour Court, Administrative Court, High Court, Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court. Representative matters include:
■ Acted for Judicial Services Commission of Zimbabwe (JSC) in its biggest constitutional case in 60 years (Zibani v Judicial Services Commission) relating to the process and constitutionality of appointment of a new Chief Justice for Zimbabwe.
■ Acted for Judicial Services Commission of Zimbabwe (JSC) in the public interest in litigation relating to removal and impeachment of prosecutor General of Zimbabwe which also included constitutional aspects.
■ Acted for Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe (IDBZ) in defending a claim based on a fraudulent guarantee. The case is important as it raised the question whether a statutory Bank is liable in a fraudulent Deed of Guarantee.
■ Acted for Zimbabwe Revenue Authority in a matter involving Packers International (Private) Limited in which the latter sought to challenge the revenue authority’s powers to garnish bank accounts.
Contact: Dr Bernard Chidziva
Tel:
+263 4 793626
Email: [email protected]

Intellectual Property:
The firm provide services relating to the registration and protection of intellectual property, particularly trademarks. The firm has experience in the drafting intellectual property licensing and protection agreement and filings in both the Zimbabwe Intellectual Property Office and the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) whose headquarters are in Harare.
Contact: Ms Precious Chakasikwa
Tel: +263 4 793626
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate & Securitisation:
The firm attends to all types of real estate conveyancing work including land transfers, subdivisions and share block schemes. The firm also provides services for transaction-related securitisation including mortgage bonds, notarial cession of book debts and trade receivables, notarial special and general covering bonds over moveable assets including plant and equipment and motor vehicles. The firm represents lenders, landlords, tenants, land developers, pension funds, trusts, investors, purchasers, sellers, real estate agents, homeowner’s associations, non-profit community development corporations and construction contractors in a wide variety of real estate transactional and litigation matters.
Contact: Mr Unity Sakhe
Tel: +263 4 793626
Email: [email protected]