Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

25 January 2013

Tanzania: International Law Firm Opens Tanzania Office

AN International law firm, Clyde and Company, believed to be among the largest in the World, has opened an office in Dar es Salaam to provide its contribution in the country's legal sector on corporate and natural resources litigations, among key areas.

"The Dar es Salaam Office is the first to be opened in Sub-Sahara countries," the firm's senior partner Michael Payton said on Wednesday evening during the launching ceremony of the office. According to records, Tanzania has about 2,600 lawyers only.

He added, "Clyde and Co is a truly international law firm, which has grown steadily and now has 30 offices on six continents and over 1,400 lawyers. Clyde and Company has recently opened a second office in Tripoli, Libya. Our commitment to Africa is strong and for the long term."

According to Mr Payton, the firm would operate in Tanzania in partnership of Tanzanian based Ako Law Company to offer what he called a top quality full range commercial Tanzanian and English legal services. He said 12 lawyers for the firm would be working with the Tanzanian office, with particular expertise in the energy, mining and natural resources, banking and financial services sector, among others.

Ako Law partner and Clyde and Co. Tanzania Managing Director, Kibuta Ongwamuhana said during the occasion that the law firm has the most credible international law firm strategy for Africa. "I look forward to many more years of successful practice together," he said.

Clyde and Co. has strong reputation for its work on complex cross-jurisdictional disputes and global matters. It is also renowned for its work in emerging markets, being the largest international firm in the Middle East and with a rapidly expanding network across Asia, Latin America and Africa.

The company has offices in Abu Dhabi, Caracas, Doha, Dubai, Guildford, Hong Kong, London, Manchester, Montreal, Moscow, Mumbai, Nantes, New Delhi, New Jersey, New York, Oxford, Paris, Perth, Piraeus, Rio de Janeiro, Riyadh, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, among others.

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