Corpus Legal Practitioners

Zambia

Address:
Piziya Office Park, Stand No. 2374
Thabo Mbeki Road
Lusaka, 10101
Zambia

+260211372300


Key contacts:

Managing Partner: Sydney Chisenga
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Quick facts:

Number of Lawyers: 20
Network Memberships: 3
Languages: English


Corpus is a full house corporate and commercial law firm based in Lusaka, Zambia, that aims to provide legal services to the highest international standards. We offer world class legal services to local, regional and international clients, providing a crucial legal link to the growing Zambian market based on our understanding of the law, business and industry in Zambia and the region. 

Our aim is to assist our clients in achieving their objectives as smoothly and efficiently as possible while minimising the legal and regulatory risks. While reliable technical legal advice is always very important, the ability to deliver that advice in a coherent and relevant way, combined with transaction management, structuring, negotiating and drafting skills, are essential to the supply of high-quality legal services. Corpus delivers those services to the highest international standards. 

We act for corporations, NGOs, financial institutions, trusts and state-owned enterprises in providing clear, relevant and timely legal advice in order to assist clients in achieving their objectives and managing their legal risks. Corpus’ core competences lie in the expertise offered through our four operating practices, namely:

Corporate Advisory
Corporate; Commercial; Agribusiness; Restructuring & Insolvency; Tax; Employment & Benefits; Public Procurement & Outsourcing; Trusts & Charities

Banking & Finance
Capital Markets; Banking; M&A; Private Equity; Financial Regulation; Insurance; Pensions

Dispute Resolution & Public Policy
Litigation; Arbitration; Competition; Telecommunications, Media & Technology; Public Law; Franchising & Distribution

Energy, Resources & Infrastructure
Mining & Metals; Oil & Gas; Power; Natural Resources; Environment & Climate Change; Transport & Logistics; Intellectual Property; Infrastructure; Real Estate; Hotels & Leisure

Our Mission 

Our goal is to be the market leader in the provision of legal services to corporate clients with business interests in the region by offering a professional, client-centered quality service with passion and integrity. Our strong team of transactional and litigation lawyers with extensive experience handling significant complex matters sets us apart as the go-to firm in the market and earns us our reputation as the go-to firm for innovative and first-of-a-kind work.

Our Business Approach

Our business strategy is underpinned by our aspiration to be the region’s premier law practice. We aim to achieve this by applying a client centric approach and offering innovative and practical solutions. We believe good service delivery is not only about applying the law but understanding our clients’ needs and business goals. We recognize the value of knowing our client’s business and, therefore, we invest in learning about our client’s business, the industry in which the business operates, how the business fits in the marketplace and the challenges faced. This knowledge equips us with the ability to anticipate potential legal and regulatory risks and offer practical advice tied to the realities of our client’s business. 

The calibre, deep industry knowledge and reputation of our people also enables us to add real value and create opportunities for our clients by making connections between them and our extensive network of contacts and experts. We believe good service delivery is not only about applying the law but understanding our clients’ needs and business goals.

  • Banking
  • Capital markets: Debt
  • Capital markets: Derivatives
  • Capital markets: Equity
  • Capital markets: High yield
  • Competition
  • Financial services regulatory
  • Hedge funds
  • Investment funds
  • M&A
  • PPP/PFI
  • Private equity
  • Project development
  • Project finance
  • Real estate finance
  • Real estate funds
  • Restructuring and insolvency
  • Trade finance

  • Advised the UK Export Finance agency (UKEF) in connection with the USD291,297,340.85 financing to the Government of the Republic of Zambia for the design, construction, equipping, and operation of 108 rural healthcare clinics and three hospitals. 
  • Advised MTN International (Mauritius) on the acquisition by Zambia’s main public pension fund, National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA), of 8% stake in MTN Zambia. The acquisition has enabled the Zambian public (through NAPSA) to own a stake in MTN Zambia. 
  • Advised First Quantum Minerals Ltd. and its Zambian subsidiary in connection with the USD1.5 Billion offering of Senior Notes due in 2027. First Quantum Minerals Ltd. is a leading international mining and metals company engaged primarily in exploration, mine development and the production of copper, gold, zinc and nickel. As of 15 September 2020, the company had a market capitalization of approximately USD6.84 Billion.
  • Advised the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank in connection with the USD442,500,000 syndicated restructured term loan provided to the Government of the Republic of Zambia to fund certain public obligations of the Government.
  • Advised the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China in connection with a USD195,766,479.52 loan to Kafue Gorge Lower Power Development Corporation Limited for purposes of constructing transmissions lines for the 750MW hydro power project.
  • Advised Zhejiang International Engineering Construction Company Zambia Limited in partnership with Avic International Project Engineering Company Limited in relation to the construction of a road from Kolwezi to Sakabinda in the Democratic Republic of Congo and from Sakabinda to Lumwana in Zambia as well as the construction of a border post at Sakabinda on a Build Operate and Transfer (BOT)/ PPP approach. 
  • Advised a syndicate of lenders including the African Development Bank, Development Bank of Southern Africa, and Proparco in relation to the US$ 142 million project financing of the proposed construction, operation, and maintenance of the 120 MW Build Own Operate and Transfer (BOOT) ITezhi-Tezhi Hydro Power and Transmission Line Project.
  • Advised BayWar.e. Solar Projects GmbH (BayWa) on the review of the EPC Contract for the construction and commission of a 1MW solar plant in Zambia. 
  • Advised Wuhuan Engineering Company Limited an international engineering consulting, design and contracting enterprise of chemical petro-chemical and medical industries, with respect to the proposed 51 percent acquisition of EMCO Mining Company and EMCO Energy Zambia Limited.
  • Advisor to the Atlas Copco Group, Sweden’s biggest industrial group by market capitalisation, in relation to the corporate and tax consequences arising from the split of the group into two separate listed companies, Atlas and Epiroc.
  • Advisor to Enel Green Power RSA (Proprietary) Limited on tax matters relating to its 34-megawatt solar PV project in Zambia. This project is ground-breaking and important because it is one of two of the first utility scale solar projects in Zambia and in 2016 at 7.84c/kWh it yielded (and still is) one of the lowest electricity tariffs on the continent, through the World Banks scaling solar program
  • Advisor on corporate and tax matters to Heineken Zambia on the establishment of a new brewery plant in Lusaka.
  • Advisor to Bank ABC on employment matters relating to the new Employment Code Act, 2019. This included advising senior management on the implications of the new changes introduced in the Act and recommending actions to be taken based on the changes. 
  • Advisor to WBHO Construction (PTY) Limited – Zambia, in relation to the USD1.2 billion North West Rail Line Project (Development, construction and operation of a 580-kilometre 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 movement of copper and copper-related cargo).
  • Advised the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited in relation to a USD 104,009,785.90 Buyer Credit Agreement granted to the Government of the Republic of Zambia for the construction of Mfuwe International Airport.
  • Advised EMR Capital Bidco Limited (“EMR”),  in relation to disposal of their 80 percent indirect joint venture stake in Zambia’s Lubambe Copper Mine to a specialist resources private equity management firm, for USD97.1 million in cash.
  • Advised International Finance Corporation, of the World Bank Group, in relation to a loan facility for an amount of USD 49.9 million. The loan facility is intended to finance the development and operation of a solar PV power plant with a generating capacity of at least 47.5MW (AC) in the Lusaka South Multi-Facility Economic Zone and the development of the interconnection facilities
  • Advisors and representatives of to Lap Green in relation to a USD480 million compensation claim against the Government of the Republic of Zambia
  • Acted for First Quantum against ZESCO, the power utility firm, in an arbitration dispute seated in London under the auspices of the London Court of Arbitration under which ZESCO was claiming over USD50 million for breach of a power supply agreement
  • Advised and defended African Alliance Pioneer Master Fund as respondent in a highly complex arbitration claim, brought by Vehicle Finance Limited. Vehicle Finance Limited sought more than USD32 million in damages. The claim arose from alleged breaches of contract by the respondent. 
  • Advised First Quantum Minerals Ltd and its Zambian subsidiary in connection with the USD1.5 Billion offering of Senior Notes due in 2027.
  • Advised and represented Action Auto Limited and General Motors South Africa before the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission in relation to allegations of anti-competitive conduct and abuse of dominance owing to an exclusivity clause in its after sales contracts, for Chevrolet and Isuzu pick-ups and trucks and for the maintenance and repairs of Hummer and Opel Motor Vehicles, which required customers to service and maintain their vehicles with Action Auto in order for customers to retain the warranty on their vehicles.

  • Agriculture
  • Aviation
  • Banking
  • Energy
  • Financial services
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Forestry
  • Gaming
  • Government and public policy
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance
  • Mining
  • Natural resources
  • Real estate
  • Tech and telecoms
  • Tourism
  • Transport