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OUR PRACTICES

Mkono & Co. Advocates offers a full range of corporate and commercial services. Our advice meets the practical and commercial needs of our clients and our legal expertise is supported by many years experience working in the relevant fields of each of our practice areas. We offer our clients a truly full service that no other firm in Tanzania can match.

* Banking and Finance Practice

Our Banking and Finance Practice advises on all aspects of commercial banking and lending business. The department supports borrowers, lenders, issuers, lead managers and trustees on debt, syndicated lending, trade finance, and structured asset and Assignment finance. The banking and finance practice has led Private Finance Initiative work funded by banks and other financial institutions both in Tanzania and internationally. Our banking and Assignments experience, combined with strengths in areas such as outsourcing, construction, property development, facilities management and utilities, has put us firmly at the forefront of this field.

* Commercial Practice

This department assists clients in negotiating and drafting all types of commercial contracts. The members of this department are comfortable and conversant with all kind of contractual arrangements such as non-disclosure and secrecy, licensing, distribution, outsourcing, agency and franchising, leasing and factoring, sales and commercial leases. This department is uniquely qualified to negotiate and prepare highly specialized contractual documents.

* Corporate Practice

The firm's corporate practice has a longstanding reputation for its representation of major public and private companies and institutions on all aspects of corporate activity, including mergers and acquisition, joint ventures, management buy-outs, etc. as well as providing specialist support in areas such as pensions and employee benefits. This department also advises on securities offerings, on disclosure and corporate governance matters, on corporate and securities regulatory issues and transactional structuring. This practice is actively involved in creating and developing sophisticated corporate structures and financial instruments.

* Securities and Capital Markets Practice

Our firm has a strong securities and capital markets practice, representing both issuers and underwriters in a wide variety of securities offerings. This department advises on disclosure and corporate governance matters, on corporate and securities regulatory issues and transactional structuring. This practice is actively involved in creating and developing sophisticated financial instruments, collaborates intensively with our finance practice for the development of financing techniques and structures and is headed by an international corporate finance and securities expert.

* Intellectual and Real Property Practice

Mkono & Co. Advocates is a leading firm in the protection of intellectual property rights. The firm is actively involved in handling applications for trademarks and patents, including contentious and non-contentious work, such as licensing and franchising, trademark infringement, passing off and opposition proceedings, copyright and design right, confidential information disputes and protection. In addition, the Firm has, since its inception, provided services to commercial and private clients in a wide variety of transactions involving real property. The services include conveyance, mortgages of land, leases and title opinions and title actions.

* Dispute Resolution Practice

Mkono & Co. Advocates handles a wide variety of domestic and international commercial disputes relating to construction, defamation, employment, financial and corporate matters, insolvency, insurance, etc. Our litigation department has substantial experience in a wide variety of business and commercial litigation and arbitration including in sectors such as infrastructure, banking and financial institutions, construction, communications and insurance.

* Institutional and Public Law Reform Practice

Counsel in this practice provide advice and support on legal issues and policy support to governmental and regulatory authorities and have been instrumental in most of the privatisations and institutional reforms in Tanzania. This practice gathers experts in laws governing the structure and operations of government. This department further supports public law reform in such areas as administrative law and procedure and private international law. This department counts specialist in legislative drafting and supports governments in East Africa in examining new regulations and statutory instruments for form, validity and compliance with existing legal frameworks.

Although the firm is structured in the above-mentioned practice areas, we are used to assemble multi-disciplinary teams with experienced corporate, commercial, finance and dispute resolution lawyers from across the firm, all with extensive experience in a dedicated client’s sector. These lawyers then act as a team, able to provide services such as contract drafting, negotiation and review, compliance advice and representation in litigious matters and arbitration proceedings. The advantage of such team approach to the clientele is the highest calibre of legal advice and unique in-depth industry knowledge.

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