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Scanlen & Holderness

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Chairman & Senior Partner: Sternford Moyo
Partners: Byron Symeonoglou, George Gapu, Nellie Tiyago-Jinjika, Archford Rutanhira, Riana Moss, Evans Moyo, Memory Mafo, Rudo Magundani, Brighton Mahuni and Thakor Kewada
Number of partners: 11
Number of lawyers:
21
Languages: English, Shona, Afrikaans, Zulu

Firm Overview:
Scanlen & Holderness is a leading and premier law firm established 126 years ago. Although it has a rich heritage, its thinking is progressive. The quality of expertise consistently earns the firm and its lawyers a top ranking in both local and international legal surveys. Throughout history, team Scanlen has proudly influenced jurisprudential development in Zimbabwe through its continued involvement in landmark cases which have set precedent in many areas of law. Team Scanlen has a track record of innovative transactions and market-firsts. It has its hand on the pulse of the law in Zimbabwe and over the years a number of its lawyers have been elevated to the bench of the High Court and Supreme Court. Although team Scanlen is mainly a corporate, commercial and mining firm, its diverse and talented lawyers offer a full circle of legal services to local, regional and international clients. During the last twelve months, in the mergers and acquisitions space, Sternford Moyo advised on a number of matters the most important being finalizing disinvestment of the largest cotton company in Zimbabwe, introduction of an additional shareholder into the largest media group in the country as part of its recapitalization, advising on the disposal of claims by one of the largest platinum companies and acquisition of same by another significant platinum mining company, advising on the competition and filing matters in respect acquisition of one of the largest transport sector entities by new investors. He is currently advising on the formation of a joint venture between the largest packaging company and the largest cement manufacturing company which are setting up a new packaging business as part of their cash preservation and import substitution strategies. In mining, he advised the leading mining companies on the impact of currency changes on pricing, corporate reporting, statutory obligations including tax liability, the computation of royalties and the currency in which same were to be paid, the currency in which marketing commissions had to be paid under the new currency dispensation, advice on resolution of mining disputes arising from over pegging and encroachments. The disputes spiked in granite and gold mining claims. In financial services, he continued to act as trustee in respect of four infrastructure development bonds issued by the Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe. Two of them were listed. He is probably the only lawyer in this market who has acted as trustee in respect of such large bonds. The choice of a trustee is part of the confidence enhancing mechanisms for a bond issue. He also acted as correspondent to many of the large international law firms giving advice on Zimbabwean law aspects of transactions in which they were involved. He has very active networks in the international legal community and is probably one of the most active lawyers in the country in international commercial law matters. Byron Symeonoglou continued to be a leader in the country in conveyancing and property registration transactions. George Gapu advised a local listed company on a cross border acquisition of a company in a neighbouring country and also advised on the finance raising arrangements for the transaction. He advised on the setting up of joint ventures between State enterprises and private companies, including the setting up of a diamond mining joint venture arrangement involving a State owned company, a community owned company and a company listed in the United Kingdom. He is involved in an international arbitration arising from a commercial dispute with a value of over R100 million. Apart from that, he has presided over some local commercial arbitration matters, including one in the petroleum industry. Major projects in which Nellie Tiyago was involved in 2019 include advising on the acquisition of aircrafts on lease, ensuring in the process compliance with South African, United States of American and Zimbabwean requirements, advising on a project involving investment in a cannabis business and advising on the financing of a large fertilizer company in a complicated arrangement involving intercompany guarantees. Scanlen and Holderness is a member of Lex Africa, the first and largest network of leading commercial lawyers. Members of Lex Africa are invited because they are recognized as leaders in their markets. It is also a member of Meritas, a worldwide network of leading lawyers which carries out regular audits of its members to ensure that they remain the leaders in their markets.

Main Areas of Practice:

Corporate & Commercial:
Contact:
Sternford Moyo
Email: [email protected]

Mining:
Contact:
Sternford Moyo
Email: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution & Litigation:
Contact:
George Gapu
Email: [email protected]

Employment:
Contact:
George Gapu
Email: [email protected]

Conveyancing & Property, Estate Planning & Administration:
Contact:
Byron J Symeonoglou
Email: [email protected]

Contributions

Total 3 contributions

Project Finance 2019 Second Edition Law and Practice in Zimbabwe

Sternford Moyo

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Doing Business In... 2019 Law and Practice in Zimbabwe

Sternford Moyo, Fidelis Manyuchi, Charisma Ncube

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Doing Business In... 2019 Trends and Developments in Zimbabwe

Sternford Moyo

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Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

Total 2 Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

PROPOSED CHANGES TO MINING LEGISLATION IN ZIMBABWE

Sternford Moyo

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NEW BANKING LEGISLATION IN ZIMBABWE

Sternford Moyo

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