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Mehrteab Leul & Associates

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Principal Lawyer: Mehrteab Leul Kokeb
Number of lawyers: 18
English, French, Amharic, Afan Oromo, Tigrigna

Firm Overview:
Mehrteab Leul and Associates (MLA), a leading full service law office in Ethiopia, was founded by Mehrteab Leul Kokeb in 1997. MLA advises and represents international and local clients in Ethiopia and offers a broad range of legal advisory services on company formation, investment, intellectual property, employment, tax, energy, mining, oil and gas, charities and societies, hospitality and leisure, real estate, banking and finance, aviation, international arbitration, and other related matters.

MLA has once again garnered top ranking in the 2018 edition of Chambers and Partners. MLA is a member of the International Bar Association, Ethiopian Lawyers’ Association, and the International Trademark Association. In addition, MLA works closely with a number of leading international law firms.

Practice Areas:
■ Arbitration & Litigation
■ Aviation
■ Banking & Finance
■ Construction
■ Contracts Negotiation & Drafting
■ Employment & Immigration
■ Hospitality & Leisure
■ Intellectual Property & Technology Transfer
■ Investment Permits & Licences
■ Legal Due Diligences
■ Mergers & Acquisitions
■ Mining, Oil & Gas
■ Non-Profit Sector & NGO
■ Power & Energy
■ Real Estate & Conveyancing
■ Private Equity
■  Sovereign Debt & Guarantees
■ Tax

Main Areas of Practice:
Main areas of practice at Mehrteab Leul & Associates Law Office include advising and obtaining investment permits and licenses, registering entities in the form of trade representative offices, branches and limited liability companies for foreign investors, drafting and reviewing contracts, drafting and reviewing investment and share purchase agreements, negotiating acquisition and merger of existing companies, advising clients on a range of investment related issues, such as employment, work and residence permits for foreign expatriates, taxation, intellectual property and negotiating, drafting and reviewing power purchase agreements (PPAs).

MLA’s services also include advising and reviewing sovereign debt and guarantee agreements on behalf of independent power producers (IPPs), negotiating, drafting and reviewing technology transfer agreements (TTAs) and technical service agreements, advising and negotiating on behalf of hospitality and leisure companies on a range of legal issues, including hotel management agreements, technical service agreements and intellectual property and taxation, advising mining companies on licenses, incentive regimes and taxation, arbitration and litigation on banking, insurance, taxation, employment and advising and registering charities and societies (NGOs).

MLA’s lawyers have successfully completed a whole raft of legal services in connection with the acquisition of major local companies by foreign investors, reorganised companies owned by a well-known multinational corporation, and provided legal opinions on major financing schemes accompanied by sovereign guarantees.

MLA has a reliable intellectual property practice marked by profound understanding of the client’s needs. MLA has been involved in representation of a major international brand and successfully defended a multinational company against suits for invalidation of legally registered trade mark before the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office and up to the highest tier of court.

MLA is also consistently recognised for its reliable legal advice to multinationals on air-craft and engine leasing and provides excellent legal services on optimal contract structuring in terms of issues like taxation in Ethiopia.

Arbitration & Litigation:
Mehrteab Leul Kokeb (LLB)
Tel: +251 115 159 798
Mobile: +251 911 209 155
Email: [email protected]

Corporate & Tax:
Taddese Lencho (LLB, LLM, PhD)
Tel: +251 115 159 798
Email: [email protected]

Energy, Mining, Real Estate & NGOs:
Contact: Zelalem Yibrah (LLB, M.Sc.)
Tel: +251 115 159 798
Email: [email protected]

Intellectual Property, Employment & Immigration:
Benyam Tafesse (LLB, LLM)
Tel: +251 115 159 798
Email: [email protected]

Investment, Company Registration & Capital Goods Leases:
Contact: Getu Shiferaw (LLB, LLM)
Tel: +251 115 159 798
Email: [email protected]

International Arbitration:
Contact: Yared Getachew (BA, JD)
Tel: +251 115 159 798
Email: [email protected]

MLA’s clients range from start-up companies, to government entities and multinational corporations, such as, Coca Cola and General Electric (GE).