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Bowmans Tanzania expands

19 June 2019

Leading African law firm, Bowmans, has appointed one of East Africa’s most experienced corporate, M&A and natural resources lawyers, Asha-Sabrina Ayub (known as Sabrina), as a partner in its Dar es Salaam office.

Qualified as a lawyer in Mainland Tanzania, Zanzibar and England and Wales, Ms Ayub has worked on some of East Africa’s biggest transactions and is a recognised expert in Tanzanian business law, being ranked as a leading lawyer in Tanzania by all major international legal directories.

‘We are delighted to have Ms Ayub on board and look forward to harnessing her excellent skills for the benefit of our clients,’ says Dr Wilbert Kapinga, managing partner of Bowmans Tanzania.

During her career, Ms Ayub has advised on mining, petroleum, energy and infrastructure projects, insolvency and restructuring matters, complex M&A and joint ventures, competition clearances, debt financings and employment matters, among other areas. She is also recognised as a market leader on Tanzanian local content laws. Her clients have included private equity funds and development finance institutions, multinational mining and oil and gas companies, financial services groups, banks, telecommunications groups, manufacturers and international law firms, among others.

In addition to her considerable transactional experience, Ms Ayub is credited with contributing to the development of Tanzanian law, including on the streamlining of business licensing and registration requirements as part of the Tanzania Development Vision 2025 ‘Big Results Now!’ (BRN) initiative, where she consulted to the Tanzanian President’s Delivery Bureau and the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation.

Ms Ayub is regularly invited to be an expert presenter to lawyers and businesses across Africa, including for African national bar associations, the East African Law Society and International Bar Association. She is also secretary of the British Business Group in Tanzania, a Board member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Tanzania and a registered arbitrator with the Tanzania Institute of Arbitrators.

She has advised on major deals for companies operating in and across Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. These include acting as lead English law counsel to a telecommunications group on a USD 362 million financing transaction in Burundi and Zimbabwe, and advising a development finance institution on the Tanzanian law aspects of its proposed USD 140 million investment in a company listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange.

In addition, Ms Ayub broke new ground when she acted for two airlines on the first ever application to the Fair Competition Commission of Tanzania for exemption of a code-sharing agreement under the Tanzanian Fair Competition Act.

Ms Ayub has an LLB (Hons) from the University of Southampton and a Post Graduate Diploma in Law from the College of Law in London, and has completed various specialist short courses. These include professional courses on oil and gas law at the prestigious Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) in Scotland, on project finance and PPPs with the International Project Finance Association (IPFA) and sections 1 to 3 of the Certified Public Secretary qualification in Kenya.

Dr Kapinga concludes, ‘With her versatility and depth of knowledge, Sabrina is an asset to our firm. I have no doubt that our clients in Tanzania and the broader East African region will derive great value from her understanding of the legal and business landscape.’

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