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Mwelwa Chibesakunda

Mwelwa Chibesakunda

Managing Partner, Chibesakunda & Company

Mwelwa is the founding partner and current managing partner of Chibesakunda & Companty. He has been instrumental in establishing Chibesakunda & Company as one of Zambia’s leading corporate and commercial law firms. 

Mwelwa has over twenty five years of experience advising local and international clients in a wide range of commercial law matters. Mwelwa is a recognized market leader in M&A, complex banking and finance transactions and energy advisory.

Experience has included advising:

  • A local bank on the establishment and operationalization of Zambia’s first block-chain banking solution
  • Advising local shareholders on the USD30 million disposal of their entire interest in an integrated cropping and herding farming business 
  • Western Power on the establishment of a 50 MW hydro power plant
  • Barclays Bank Plc on Zambia’s inaugural USD750 million Sovereign Bond
  • Syngenta on the acquisition of MRI Seed – one of Zambia’s leading seed producing companies
  • Altima Partners LLP on the acquisition and disposal of USD30 million of a 3000 acre integrated farming operation
  • The Government of Zambia on the drafting of new Building Society legislation
  • The Government of Zambia and Universal Leaf Limited on resettling, establishing back into farming business and assisting with the legal work on financing of displaced Zimbabwean farmers
  • A syndicate of local and international banks lead by Citibank and Standard Bank in relation to the USD165 million financing of Zambia Sugar’s plant expansion.

Professional Qualifications

  • Advocate admitted to the Supreme Court of Zambia (1994)
  • Advocate admitted to the High Court of Zambia (1991)

Education

  • University of Bristol (UK) LL.M. (1994)
  • Zambia Institute of Advance Legal Education (ZIALE) (1991)
  • University of Zambia, LL.B. (1989)

Recognition

  • Ranked as leading lawyer in Chambers & Partners Global from 2004-18

Prior Experience 

  • 2006 to date, Partner, Chibesakunda & Co, DLA Piper Africa member firm in Zambia
  • 1996 to 2006, Partner, Lusaka based law firm
  • 1995 to 1996, Principal State Advocate, International Law and Agreements Department
  • 1993 to 1995, Senior State Advocate, International Law and Agreements Department
  • 1992 to 1993, State Advocate, Attorney-General’s Chambers, Lusaka
  • 1991 to 1992, State Advocate, Director of Public Prosecutions, Lusaka
  • 1990 to 1991, Learner Legal Practitioner, Lusaka based law firm

Memberships

  • Member of the Law Association of Zambia