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Managing Partners: Vulindlela B. Sibanda, Kelvin T, Madzedze
Number of partners: 8
Number of lawyers: 16
Languages: English, Ndebele, Shona, Portuguese

Firm Overview:
Founded in 2001, MawereSibanda is a prime commercial law firm headquartered in Zimbabwe’s capital city, Harare, with regional presence in Gaborone, Botswana. Most of its partners are licensed to practice both in Zimbabwe and Botswana through its associate office Makuyana Legal Practice. The firm is recognised locally and regionally for professionalism, strict adherence to high ethical standards, innovativeness and excellence in service delivery.~
MawereSibanda professionals are members of the International Bar Association, Loan Market Association, International Trademarks Association, SADC Lawyers Association and the Law Society of Zimbabwe where its partners sit in various committees of these organizations. MawereSibanda’s membership and participation in these associations ensures that its experts stay abreast of international trends and standards.

Main Areas of Practice:

Corporate Advisory and M&A
■ Principal legal advisor for several companies listed on ZSE
■ Advise buyers and sellers on private and public mergers and acquisitions
■ Advise public entities on corporate governance requirements
■ Advise on employment, pensions and incentives
■ Provide full range of services which apply to M & A transactions from our specialist lawyers
■ Advise on FDI rules for brownfield and greenfield projects in various sectors
■ Represent private equity investors
■ Advise on capital management, buy-backs, exits and capital reductions
■ Provide counsel in relation to board composition, compliance and duties
■ Provide stock exchange rules and regulations advice

Banking & Finance
The firm advises the majority of the country’s banks and financial institutions and advises corporations on the following:
■ Project financing in the private and public sectors
■ Exchange control regulation and approval
■ Acquisition financings
■ Asset financing
■ Corporate and investment lending
■ Real estate financing
■ Financial services regulation
■ Sanctions
■ Securitisation
■ Restructuring and insolvency

Infrastructure & Energy
The firm’s experience in this area includes the following:
■ Formation of joint ventures and structuring of shareholder agreements
■ Providing counsel on investment in special economic zones
■ Environment impact assessments, feasibility studies and risk matrix
■ Power development projects including hydro-thermal, natural gas and solar
■ Off-take agreements, EPC contracts, O & M agreements
■ Advising government entities on structuring, funding and implementation of PPPs
■ Regulatory compliance matters
■ Funding and securitisation
■ Due diligence reports
■ Tendering and procurement policies

Real Estate
■ Real estate development
■ Sale and purchase agreements
■ Conveyancing
■ Mortgage financing
■ Mortgage bond registrations
■ Pension fund investments
■ Commercial property leasing
■ Real estate ownership and lease disputes
■ Property registration and securitisation
■ Advising on and drafting transaction documentation on housing scheme developments
■ Real estate tax

Intellectual Property & Technology
The firm’s work includes:
■ Drafting of R & D, software licensing, technology transfer, and IP purchase agreements
■ Drafting and review of licensing, sponsorship and franchising agreements
■ Advising on M & A, disposals and joint ventures
■ Data privacy law
■ Filing of trademark, patent, utility model, and industrial designs, renewals and prosecutions
■ Protection of plant varieties
■ IP policies, strategy and management
■ IP audits and due diligence
■ Patent, trademark and copyright litigation

Mining
Its services in this area include advice in:
■ Prospecting licences,
■ Exclusive prospecting licences,
■ Mining claims,
■ Special mining grants,
■ Mineral concessions and
■ Special mining leases.
■ Construction and operation of power plants
■ Feasibility studies
■ Applying for mining licences and special grants
■ Setting up mining ventures
■ Public procurement and joint venture projects
■ Mergers and acquisitions
■ Negotiation, drafting and restructuring of power project contracts
■ Environmental law matters including environmental impact assessment
■ Zimbabwe Investment Authority and Indigenisation issues

Dispute Resolution
The firm represent banks, corporates and regulators in complex disputes including:
■ International investment disputes
■ High stakes legal disputes including Supreme Court litigation
■ Tax litigation
■ Product liability
■ Engineering and construction litigation
■ Intellectual property litigation
■ Employment litigation
■ Government contracts
■ Shareholder and partnership disputes
■ Arbitration of commercial disputes

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Zimbabwe

General Business Law
Band 2

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Tatenda Mawere
Band 2
Vulindlela B. Sibanda
Band 4

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10th Floor, Chiedza House

Cnr Nkwame Nkurumah Ave/First Street

Harare

Harare

Zimbabwe

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