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Law firm in Zambia

LEX Africa member firm Corpus Legal Practitioners is a top performing corporate and commercial law firm in Zambia

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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.

Lawyers

 

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

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

·         Chambers Global 2018 – Corpus is ranked in Band 1 of leading firms in Zambia with respect to General Business Law.

·         Chambers Global 2018 – Charles Mkokweza is ranked in Band 1 of Leading lawyers with respect to General Business Law

·         Chambers Global 2018 – Sharon Sakuwaha is ranked in Band 3 of Leading lawyers with respect to General Business Law

·         Chambers Global 2018 – Mabvuto Sakala is ranked in Band 3 of Leading lawyers with respect to General Business Law: Dispute Resolution

·         Chambers Global 2018 – Lupiya Simusokwe is ranked as Up and Coming with respect to General Business Law

"For our market, it is definitely the front runner in banking and finance legal services. Very professional in approach and delivery - they get the job done and done well." (Chambers Global 2018)

"The lawyers are thorough in their advice, well resourced and able to meet tight deadlines." (Chambers Global 2017)

“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 and Project development

·     IFLR1000 2018 – Corpus is ranked in Tier 1 of leading firms in Zambia with respect to financial and corporate law.

·     IFLR1000 2018 – Charles Mkokweza as Highly Regarded with respect to Energy & Infrastructure, Banking, Project Development and Project Finance.

·     IFLR1000 2018 – Sharon Sakuwaha as Highly Regarded with respect to Mergers and Acquisitions.

·     IFLR1000 2018 –  Jacqueline Jhala is ranked as a Rising Star with respect to Restructuring and insolvency, Mergers and Acquisitions

·     IFLR1000 2018 –  Namakuzu Shandavu is ranked as a Rising Star with respect to Energy & Infrastructure, Mergers and Acquisitions

·     IFLR1000 2018 –  Kate Munuka is ranked as a Notable Practitioner

“Quite knowledgeable in the field, competent in delivery and with promptness. Very professional.”

"The company was very instrumental. Their fees are also reasonable compared to the quality of services they provide. The staff are very professional in how they deal with their clients and they make every effort to deliver client expectations and satisfaction which they have done for our case. They are prompt in response and in action." – Corporate

 

The Legal500 consistently ranks Corpus in Tier 1 of leading firms in Zambia

  • Legal500 2018 – Charles Mkokweza is recognized as ‘Leading Individual’.

Legal500 2018– Sharon Sakuwaha is recognized as ‘Leading Individual’.

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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