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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, Godwin Nyengedza, Roger Chadwick, Thakor Kewad
Number of partners: 11
Number of lawyers: 21
Languages: English, Shona, Afrikaans, Zulu

Firm Overview:
Scanlen & Holderness is a premier law firm which in 2014 celebrated 120 years of continued professional legal service to Zimbabwean corporates, statutory bodies, individuals and the international community. 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 work under one roof, making it a one stop shop offering a full circle of legal services to local, regional and international clients. During the last twelve months Sternford Moyo advised on twelve important acquisition transactions, five mining assignments, seven important finance matters, five infrastructure funding transactions, two telecommunication transactions and the setting up of a thermal and solar power station. George Gapu advised on five important finance transactions, four important general commercial law transactions, one of the largest property disposal transactions to take place after dollarisation and one mining restructuring project. Nellie Tiyago advised on seven general commercial law transactions, one telecommunications transaction and the setting up of two solar generation plants. Byron Symeonoglou continued to be a leader in the country in conveyancing and property registration transactions.

Main Areas of Practice:

Corporate & Commercial:
Scanlen’s corporate law team has the capacity and experience to attend to the following: trusts; mergers and acquisitions; transactional advisory services; corporate due diligence; banking and finance; exchange control; project finance; infrastructure development and public private partnerships; private equity structuring; indigenisation/ empowerment advice and compliance; competition law; company registrations. In the recent past, the team has tailored niche sound indigenisation advice for international corporates and stands as a national leader in understanding and advising on such transactions. Sternford Moyo who heads this department has advised on most of the large infrastructure projects which took place in post-independent Zimbabwe including projects in energy, telecommunications, forestry, water supply, airport construction and construction of a large processing plant.
Contact: Sternford Moyo
Email: [email protected]

Zimbabwe has an abundance of mineral resources. Investors from all over the world and within the country are eager to contribute to the development of this sector of the Zimbabwean economy. Where multi-jurisdictional mining transactions are involved, team Scanlen is sought after by various global firms as the local expert of choice as it equips its clients with the relevant knowledge and assists in the facilitation of compliance with mandatory legislation generally (indigenisation, exchange control, investment licenses, competition laws and others) and advises and assists with the protection of the client’s mining rights. Its expertise is world renowned for being solid and reliable. Team Scanlen offers a one stop shop for mining law needs. Team Scanlen’s mining law department is credited with having navigated many local and foreign corporations through the legal and regulatory aspects of this extractive industry and understands the changes that the industry has gone through as well as the challenges it faces. Team Scanlen offers clients innovative legal solutions and market firsts which help clients stay competitive during the good times as well as the more challenging. The depth of the firm’s experience in all areas of law allows its practitioners to draw upon other internal specialists where necessary, such as those who devote their practices to environmental or regulatory law or those experienced in dispute resolution. Team Scanlen makes it its business to keep abreast of developments in the law and participate in industry seminars on an on-going basis. It advises and assists in obtaining and protecting the following: prospecting licenses; exclusive prospecting licenses; mining claims; mining leases; mining grants; mineral concessions and special mining leases. The team also advises on the following: all aspects of acquisition or disposal of mineral rights including transfers of interests; all aspects of mine safety and occupational health; structuring of indigenisation transactions; due diligence investigations; structuring of community involvements in mining projects; corporate commercial advice such as mergers and acquisitions, project finance, joint ventures and alliances; construction and engineering law; legal aspects of environmental and waste management; employment and immigration law; taxes and royalties; dispute resolution.
Contact: Sternford Moyo
Email: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution & Litigation:
This highly respected and fearless department produces work of a high quality and standard. It boasts of a combination of experience, commitment, skill and sheer enthusiasm. The team has traditionally enjoyed and continues to rake in a high number of successes and is well respected within the legal fraternity. The team handles litigation in the Constitutional Court, Supreme Court, High Court, Labour Court, Administrative Court and Magistrates Court using both trial and motion proceedings. Team Scanlen also has competent alternative dispute resolution practitioners with experience in arbitration, mediation and conciliation. Litigation practice areas include: corporate and commercial litigation, personal injury litigation, general law litigation, debt recovery.
Contact: George Gapu
Email: [email protected]

Team Scanlen’s labour law department is capable of handling all employment related issues and has vast experience in smoothing and resolving disputes in employment relationships. The department handles litigious and non-litigious matters. It has the capability and resources to handle any of the following and more: labour litigation; employment contracts; advice on establishing employee share ownership schemes including those which are for indigenisation compliance purposes; advice on the generic/sector employment codes of conduct and grievance procedures; development of policy, procedure and employee handbook; advice on labour issues relating to business transfers; chairing a hearing, representing a party or general pre and post-hearing guidance on disciplinary proceedings; collective bargaining; confidentiality and trade secrets, non-solicitation of employees, restraint of trade, data privacy advice; employment health and safety compliance; employee benefits and compensation; executive severance; employee privacy; independent contractors, outsourcing; regulatory advice; restructuring, reorganisation, reduction and retrenchment; strikes; training and compliance; unfair competition; unfair labour practice litigation.
Contact: George Gapu
[email protected]

Conveyancing & Property, Estate Planning & Administration:
The conveyancing and property department has a wealth of expertise in: acquisitions and disposals of immovable property, township developments, zoning, subdivisions and change of land use, mortgage and notarial bond registrations/cancellations, notarial deeds of cession, removal and placement of restrictions, removal and placement of caveats, town planning issues, neighbour disputes, evictions and collections, registration of notarial documents. The estate planning and administration department assists in: drafting, interpreting and registering of wills; estate planning including formation, registration and administration of trusts; deceased estate administration; litigation surrounding succession and other legal issues arising out of a person’s death; all dealings with the Master of the High Court; obtaining valuations of assets and liabilities, the winding up of the deceased estate; the resolution of disputes and claims of all creditors and heirs; the payment of liabilities and the distribution of the net assets to beneficiaries; safe custody services.
Contact: Byron J Symeonoglou
Email: [email protected]


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