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Firm Overview


Corpus remains a premier commercial law firm in Zambia, focused on guiding local and international clients through complex financial transactions, government and regulatory matters, corporate compliance, dispute resolution, and other legal issues.  Clients seek out Corpus because of its depth of experience in handling complex matters of Zambian law, its practical approach to solving legal problems, and its commitment to upholding international standards of excellence in our work.

Many of the issues Corpus addresses are first-of-their-kind in Zambia, where the legal and regulatory regime is still developing. In recent years, Corpus has advised on numerous novel matters including financial derivatives, repurchases transactions, securities offerings and regulation, to large-scale debt restructuring, solar energy regulation, international arbitration.  Corpus’ international orientation and experience informs the solutions it provides, and the size of its team (the largest of any firm in Zambia) allows for the degree of specialization necessary to handle complex and novel matters.



The following are the partners in the firm:

Charles Mkokweza

  • MSc Finance and Financial Law,
  • SOAS University of London
  • LLB University of Zambia

Charles is the senior partner of the firm with 18 years experience in energy, mining, and infrastructure, as well as corporate, banking and finance law.  He also has extensive experience in project finance (including rail, power and infrastructure projects), as well as banking and financing matters. He is widely regarded as a national expert on mining law in Zambia. Charles is ranked in Chambers and Partners as an “Up and Coming Lawyer", and by the IFLR1000 as a “Leading Lawyer".


Mabvuto Sakala

  • LLM University of Nottingham
  • PG Diploma in Law, Lund University
  • LLB, University of Zambia

Mabvuto is a partner in the dispute resolution and corporate advisory practices in the firm, with 14 years of experience, with a focus on complex commercial litigation, international commercial arbitration and intellectual property law. He draws praise from market observers for his dispute resolution practice, and has additional expertise in employment law. In addition, Mabvuto is a Lecturer in employment Law and corporate law at the University of Zambia. Mabvuto is ranked in Chambers and Partners as an “Up and Coming Lawyer", and by the IFLR1000 as a “Leading Lawyer".


Sharon Sakuwaha

  • LLM Corporate Finance Law, University of Westminster
  • LLB University of Zambia

Sharon is a partner in the Banking and Finance Group. Her practice includes mergers and acquisitions, and banking and finance. Sharon has 12 years of experience, in many banking and finance, capital market, mergers and acquisitions transactions. Sharon is ranked in Chambers and Partners as an “Up and Coming Lawyer", and by the IFLR1000 as a “Leading Lawyer".

Sydney Chisenga

  • LLM Commercial Law, University of South Africa
  • LLB, University of Zambia

Sydney leads the Dispute Resolution and Competition practices at Corpus. He has over 11 years of experience and he handles merger approvals and other matters before the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) and frequently speaks on competition law to a variety of audiences and forums such as the Africa Competition Conference and Global Competition Review.  Sydney is an expert in Zambian and African competition law, and handles high-profile tax disputes and other major regulatory litigation. Sydney also contributes articles on Merger Control in the “Getting the Deal Through” publication, and is a contributor to “Doing Business” annual publication by the World Bank.

Jacqueline Jhala

  • LLB, University of Zambia

Jacqueline leads the firm’s Corporate Advisory Department and focuses her practice on corporate matters, restructuring and insolvency, tax, employment and benefits, agribusiness, public procurement and outsourcing, and trusts and charities. Jacqueline has over 10 years of experience and advises on some of the most significant and complex corporate advisory matters in Zambia.

Namakuzu Shandavu

  • LLB, University of Zambia

Namakuzu specializes in the mining, real estate and construction sectors and plays a central role in Corpus’ large portfolio of mining and real estate matters. Namakuzu has over 10 years of experience and advises local and international clients on mining and energy transactions, land conveyances, lease agreements, construction and infrastructure contracts, access agreements and registering of securities for financing in the real estate sector.



Firm Highlights


Significant matters the firm has participated in include:

  • Advisor to Barloworld in relation to the acquisition of a 50 per cent stake in a Zambian joint venture with Baywa for the distribution and support of AGCO’s Challenger and Massey Ferguson brands of farm machinery in Zambia;
  • Advisor to the International Finance Corporation who is advising the Industrial Development Corporation in the development of the two grid-connected solar photovoltaic electricity generation plants with a capacity of approximately 50 MW each;
  • Advisor to Prudential PLC in relation to the acquisition of Professional Life Assurance Zambia, making the entry of the global insurance giant into Zambia;
  • Advisor to Credit Suisse in relation to its provision of two USD 85 Million facilities to the Government of the Republic of Zambia;
  • Advisor to ZCCM-IH on the restructuring of ZCCM-IH’s balance sheet by converting the historic debt owed to the Government of Zambia following the privatisation programme, to equity and a raising of up to ZMW2.5 billion (approximately USD $409 million) additional capital by way of a claw back rights issue underwritten by NAPSA;
  • Currently legal advisor on the establishment, development and operation of a 750 MW Kafue Gorge Hydro Electric Power Project in Kafue District in Lusaka Province of Zambia;
  • Advisor to Cargill Holdings B.V. in respect of the USD25,700,000 acquisition of Zamanita Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Zambeef Products Plc, a company listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchange and the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange;
  • Advisor to Godrej Consumer Products Limited in relation to the acquisition of the assets of Stripes Zambia Limited by Hair Credentials Zambia Limited, the Zambian subsidiary of the Company;
  • Advisor to Grindrod Limited in relation to an acquisition of 89.5 per cent interest in Northwest Rail Limited, the entity awarded the concession by the Government of Zambia for the construction of the USD 1 billion Northwest Railway line that will link the country’s copper mines such as Barrick Gold Lumwana mine and First Quantum’s Kansanshi and Kalumbila mine to Chingola to facilitate the transportation of copper;
  • Advisors to Walmart on the acquisition of 51 per cent interest in a South African incorporated company with chain stores in most of the Sub Saharan countries including Zambia;
  • Advisor to Equinox Minerals Limited in relation to the Zambian law aspects on the US$7 billion takeover of Equinox



Rankings and Awards


Chambers Global

Chambers has over the years consistently ranked Corpus in Band 1 of Leading firms in Zambia with respect to General Business Law

  • Chambers Global 2016 – Corpus is ranked in Band 1 of leading firms in Zambia with respect to General Business Law
  • Chambers Global 2016 – Charles Mkokweza is ranked in Band 1 of Leading lawyers with respect to General Business Law
  • Chambers Global 2016 – Sharon Sakuwaha is ranked as an Up and Coming Lawyer with respect to General Business law

“Exceptional work” (Chambers Global 2014)

“I can definitely recommend them – great service” (Chambers Global 2013)

“This remains a leading firm for some of the country’s biggest and most high-profile transactions” (Chambers (Global 2012)

“The attorneys are impressive operators and demonstrate good legal knowledge. They understand client requirements, and provide timely and commercial advice” (Chambers (Global 2012)




IFLR1000 consistently ranks Corpus in tier 1 for financial and corporate

  • IFLR1000 2016 – Corpus is ranked in Tier 1 of leading firms in Zambia with respect to financial and corporate
  • IFLR1000 2016 – Charles Mkokweza as a Leading Lawyer with respect to Banking and Finance, Energy & Infrastructure, Project Development and Project Finance.
  • IFLR1000 2016 – Sharon Sakuwaha is ranked as a Leading Lawyer with respect to Mergers and Acquisitions



Practice Areas


Banking & Finance           

  • Capital Markets
  • Banking
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Financial Regulation
  • Insurance
  • Pensions


Corporate Advisory         

  • Corporate
  • Commercial
  • Agribusiness
  • Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Tax
  • Employment and Benefits
  • Public Procurement and Outsourcing
  • Trusts and Charities


Energy, Resources and Infrastructure       

  • Mining and Metals
  • Oil and Gas
  • Power
  • Natural Resource
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Transport and Logistics
  • Infrastructure
  • Real Estate
  • Hotels & Leisure


Dispute Resolution and Public Policy         

  • Litigation
  • Arbitration
  • Competition
  • Telecommunications, Media and Technology
  • Public Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Franchising and Distribution



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