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Tadesse Kiros Law Offices

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Principal Attorney: Tadesse Kiros
Number of Lawyers: 17
Languages: English, French, Afaan Oromo, Amharic,Tigrigna

Firm Overview:
Tadesse Kiros Law Office (TKLO) was founded by Tadesse Kiros, former Deputy Chief Justice of Ethiopia, in 1996. TKLO is a leading legal service provider covering several areas of practice, including mergers and acquisitions, energy and mining, projects and infrastructure, tax, banking and finance, employment, procurement, telecommunication, competition, arbitration and IP. Continuously top ranked by Chambers and Partners, TKLO serves a number of high profile multinational investors and is an independent law firm with long-standing relationship firm status in Ethiopia for more than half of the top ten global law firms including Clifford Chance, Baker McKenzie, Freshfields, Dentons and Eversheds Sutherland. This relationship has given TKLO the opportunity to share expertise and resources as well as networks. Its membership in prominent international lawyers’ networks, coupled with its relationship firm contacts with prominent global law firms, positions TKLO uniquely as a local service provider that is also capable of deploying its African and global connections. From time to time TKLO has partnered with prominent global law firms in big projects and high profile international arbitration cases. TKLO has strong relationships with firms in other African countries, particularly East Africa.

Main Areas of Practice:

Corporate/M&A:
■ Acted for Japan Tobacco International in more than half a billion USD acquisition of 40% of National Tobacco Enterprise of Ethiopia
■ Acted as local counsel in acquisition of shares by Kohlbergs Kravis Roberts (KKR) in Afri Flowers BV Holland
■ Acted for Castleford Investment Holdings Limited in acquisitions of Rorank Business SC’s shares
■ Acted for Heineken International BV in its acquisitions of two government owned breweries in Ethiopia
■ Advised 8 Miles with its various acquisitions in Ethiopia including regulatory; antitrust regulations.
■ Advises BGI in various acquisitions in the brewery sector

Banking & Finance:
■ Loan financing agreement amounting to 90 million Euros between KKR and IFC in acquisition of Sher Ethiopia
■ Advises IFC on trade financing
■ Advised Master Card on Ethiopian law matters including electronic payment and banking regulations
■ Advised Vasari Global; Meridiam; FRV; Siemens on various issues involving banking and foreign exchange regulations
■ Advised Afreximbank in financing transaction
■ Advised IATA

Energy, Financing & Construction:
■ Acted as local counsel to Agence Française de Development (AFD) on the Credit Facility Agreement entered into between AFD and the Ethiopian Electric and Power Corporation for the Ashegoda Wind Farm Project
■ Advises Siemens on various issues including construction law
■ Served as local counsel for Bear Sterns in financing transaction of the acquisition by Blackstone of the Hilton Hotels
■ Advising power companies in their bid submission for a Solar Photo Voltaic Project in Ethiopia
■ Advised ENGIE on financing, construction and operation of renewable energy project
■ Advised Meridiam SAS on energy and investment laws
■ Advised GE on lease financing and related issues
■ Advised AJJDC on various construction contracts
■ Advised Hawk International Construction Company

Litigation/Arbitration:
■ Represented companies and private individuals in multimillion suits. Among others, he has successfully represented Addis Pharmaceuticals Factory SC in a suit involving more than 25 million Birr claim against one of its directors, the largest ever claim at the time
■ Represented a leading newspaper in Addis Ababa against a defamation damages claim for over 20 million birr, the largest ever claim in the history of the media industry in Ethiopia
■ Represented a private company in a multibillion US dollars arbitration proceeding against the government of Ethiopia in an arbitration proceeding involving oil and gas before the ICC, Geneva
■ Advising as counsel for Hawk International Finance and Construction Co. Ltd

Nonprofit; Labour & Employment:
■ Advised Becton Dickson on labour law
■ The Office has a strong nonprofit practice and advises on various areas of law for various nonprofit and religious entities

Tax:
■ Heineken in acquisition of Harar; Bedele & Meta Abo Breweries
■ Hyundai Motor Company on customs and tax matters
■ Nonprofits on pension and employment tax matters
■ Many clients on matters of Ethiopian tax law issues

Telecommunications:
■ Advised Google; Microsoft; China Communications Services International Limited

Contract; Tort & Competition: ■ Advised Amec Foster; Netafim; Petro Trans Company Limited Plc.; Kingdom Holdings; Hyundai Motor Company on various Ethiopian contract and tort laws
■ Advised Meridiam and Vasari Global on antitrust laws
■ Advised Meridiam SAS on Power Purchase Agreement and Implementation Agreement in reviewing and assessing risks in light of relevant laws
■ Advised Whirlpool in a distributorship agreement

Past and Present Clients Include:
IFC; KKR; BGI; Vasari Global; JTI; 8 Miles; Organic Corporation; Amec Foster; Heineken; Siemens; Meridiam; FRV; Engie; Solare Direct; Globleq; Netafim; Hyundai; Canon; Google; Microsoft; Mastercard; General Electric; IATA; CAD Fund; Hawk International; KBR; AJJDC; Compassion International Ethiopia; Latter Day Saints; Operation Smiles; Engender Health; Heifer International, Menschen Fur Menschen; Becton Dickenson.