Simeza Sangwa & Associates
Managing Partner: Robert .M. Simeza SC
Number of partners: 2
Number of associates: 19
Simeza, Sangwa & Associates (SSA) is a full service law firm based in Lusaka with a focus on both contentious and transactional legal services. Founded in 1994 by Robert Simeza, S.C. and John Sangwa, S.C., SSA was established primarily as a litigation boutique and has since grown into a full-service law practice.. After having gained recognition through various public law cases, the firm diversified its portfolio to include non-contentious business. As a result, SSA has found success both from international and local Zambian corporate clients in the property, energy, mining and infrastructure, insolvency, banking, and finance sectors. SSA is dedicated to providing the highest levels of client service, skill and expertise to all its clients. Whether representing clients in contentious or non-contentious business the team is focused on understanding itsclients’ needs and delivering results.
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The firm has in the recent past practiced in the following local and international areas of practice:
1 partner and 2 fee earners
SSA represented the Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc (“CEC”) in a matter where the CEC challenged the Minister of Mine’s decision to declare all its transmission and distribution lines as common carriers via Statutory Instrument No 57 of 2020. It was argued inter-alia that the Minister’s decision was illegal for being ultra vires the Electricity Act. In its judgment of On 26th February 2021, the High Court delivered its judgment and quashed the Statutory Instrument on grounds that the decision was indeed illegal.
1 partner and 2 fee earners
SSA acted as local counsel to Glencore International AG in respect of the acquisition of Sable Zinc Kabwe Limited by Jubilee Limited. Involved the reviewing of transactional documents, reviewing of documents relating to anti-trust, filing, drafting and lodging of requisite application for approval of the transaction with the Ministry of Mines, preparing and filing returns with the revenue authority and attending to prepare requisite documents to transfer shares in the mining target company.
Banking & Finance
1 partner and 3 fee earners
SSA acted as foreign counsel for a multinational company in the amendment of facilities in excess of USD126,046,000 offered by multinational commercial banks, alongside an international law firm as local counsel. SSA’s work on the assignment included reviewing various transactional documents (which included the facility documents and the security documents) and conducting due diligence exercises on the local obligor. The firm also prepared the requisite corporate documents relevant to the amendments to the facilities vis-à-vis the local obligor.
■ Zambia National Commercial Bank Plc
■ Stanbic Bank Zambia Limited
■ Atlas Mara Bank Zambia
■ Finance Bank Zambia Plc
■ Glencore International AG
■Mopani Copper Mines Plc
■ Lafarge Zambia Plc
■ Hitachi Construction and Machinery Zambia Company Limited
■ Dispute Resolution
■ Constitutional & Public
■ Alternative Dispute Resolution
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