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Provided by Mehrteab and Getu Advocates LLP (MLA)
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Principal Lawyer: Mehrteab Leul Kokeb

Number of lawyers: 18

Languages: Afan Oromo, Amharic, English, French, German, Tigrign

Firm Overview: MLA, founded in 1997, is a leading full service law office in Ethiopia, and offers a broad range of legal services. Among these are: advising and assisting clients on company formation, corporate and tax, charities and societies, investment, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, employment, immigration, aviation, energy, mining, energy, hospitality and leisure, sovereign debt and sovereign debt guarantee, security devices, conducting legal due diligence, and other related matters.

The Firm's clientele ranges from start-ups to government entities and multinational corporations. The team has been advising and representing numerous notable international companies such as Coca Cola, General Electric (GE), and Israeli Chemicals Limited and so on.

In addition to its non-exclusive membership with DLA Piper Africa, MLA has built close relationships with a number of top international law firms, such as King & Wood Mallesons, Simmons and Simmons, Freshfields, Bruckhaus Derringer LLP, Clifford Chance, Baker McKenzie, Bowmans, Hogan Lovells, Hunton and Slaughter & May. This allows the group to provide clients with seamless service and the best combination of global and local legal advice, whenever necessary.

Furthermore, MLA is a member of the International Bar Association, the Ethiopian Lawyers’ Association; the International Trademark Association; American Chamber Commerce (AmCham) and European Business Forum in Ethiopia (EUBFE). MLA is a founding member of the African Business Law Firms Association.

Currently, MLA has the following major practice areas:

1) Corporate & Tax

2) Charities & Societies (NGOs)

3) Employment & Immigration

4) Intellectual Property

5) Mining & Energy

6) Real Estate & Conveyancing

7) Aviation

8) Arbitration

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, reorganized 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 recognized 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.

Rankings and Recognitions by Chambers & Partners

MLA has received a number of accolades and market recognitions by Chambers & Partners Global for its excellent legal services for example, MLA is ranked as Band 1 General Business Law Office in Ethiopia - Chambers & Partners Global (2015 – 2021); Mehrteab Leul Kokeb –Principal of MLA is ranked as Band 1 Lawyer in Ethiopia- Chambers & Partners Global (2019-2021)

Greenfield Investment & Corporate Legal Requirements

Contact: Getu Shiferaw (LLB, LLM)

Tel: +251 115 159 798

Email: [email protected]

Tax

Contact: Mehrteab Leul (LLB, LLM)

Tel: +251 115 159 798

Email: [email protected]

Energy, Mining, Real Estate & NGOs

Contact: Mehrteab Leul (LLB, LLM.)

Tel: +251 115 159 798

Email: [email protected]

Intellectual Property, Employment & Immigration

Contact: Selamawit Alemayehu (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]

Arbitration & Litigation

Contact: Mehrteab Leul Kokeb (LLB, LLM)

Tel: +251 115 159 798

Mobile: +251 911 209 155

Email: [email protected]

Project Finance, M&A & General Business Law

Contact: Mehrteab Leul Kokeb (LLB, LLM)

Tel: +251 115 159 798

Mobile: +251 911 209 155

Email: [email protected]

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