Deborah Haddis

Deborah Haddis

Associate | Mesfin Tafesse & Associates

Physical Address:

Bole Road, Cape-Verde Street, near the European Union Delegation to Ethiopia, Tensae Building, 2nd Floor, Office No. 001

Telephone:

+251 11 6 672341 or +251 11 6 672271

Email Address:

  1. Background

    Deborah is an Associate at Mesfin Tafesse & Associates (MTA). She mainly focuses on corporate and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions. Deborah has conducted due diligence investigations, provided regulatory opinions and transactional structuring advice in the manufacturing, mining, shipping and logistics, and banking sectors. She has also advised on acquisition deals involving private equity firms, corporate structuring and company incorporation. In addition to this, Deborah handles various institutional publications such as MTA Legal Updates as well as contributions to journals and publications. She works on MTA’s business development and on MTA’s collaboration with ALN. Deborah has been recognized as a Rising Star by Legal 500.

  2. Professional Qualifications

    2017-2021: LLM Candidate in International Economic Law, University of South Africa

    2010 -2015: Bachelor of Laws [LLB] from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

     

  3. Professional Membership
    • Ethiopian Christian Lawyers Fellowship
    • Ethiopian Young Lawyers Association

     

  4. Career Summary

    2017 – date: Associate, Mesfin Tafesse & Associates Law Office, Addis Ababa

    2018: Secondee, Hogan Lovells, London

    2017: Secondee, Webber Wentzel, Johannesburg

    2015 – 2017: Junior Associate, Mesfin Tafesse & Associates, Addis Ababa

    2011- 2015: Head of Oasis Legume Publication and Research Committee, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa

    2013: Project Assistant, Ethiopian Legal Research Institute, Addis Ababa

    2012 – 2015: Project Assistant, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation, Addis Ababa

    2011: Project Assistant, Association for women’s Sanctuary and Development

    2011: Project Assistant, African Child Policy Forum

  5. Top Matters
    • Acting form Veris Investment in connection with the acquisition of Holland Dairy, including drafting the legal due diligence report, providing transaction structuring advice, drafting transaction documents and facilitating the acquisition of Holland Dairy.
    • Acting for Zoscales Partners in connection with its investments CGF, a cork manufacturing company and an acquisition of Pioneer Diagnostics Center, including drafting due diligence reports, providing transaction structuring advice and drafting transaction documents.
    • Acting for Multichoice Holding in connection with its proposed joint venture with a business in Ethiopia, including drafting due diligence report, providing transaction structuring advice and drafting transaction document.
    • Acting for Incluvest in connection with its proposed acquisition of an Ethiopian entity involved in poultry business, including drafting a due diligence report and providing regulatory advice.
    • Acting for Amaranthe Investment in connection with its proposed acquisition of an Ethiopian entity and an arrangement via an international franchising agreement of the target company, including drafting a due diligence report.
    • Acting for AgFlow Ventures in connection with its investments in Ethiopia, including drafting a vendor due diligence report with regards to Ethiochicken.
    • Acting for Red Sky Holdings in connection with its proposed acquisition of two Ethiopian retail entities, including drafting the due diligence report.
    • Advising a foreign investor in connection with its proposed acquisition of shares in Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Enterprise, including conducting legal due diligence.
    • Acting for Pheonix in connection with its proposed acquisition of an Ethiopian entity, including drafting a due diligence report, providing transaction structuring advice and drafting the transaction documents.
    • Acting for Cerberus Frontier in connection with its investments in Ethiopia, including drafting the transaction documents and providing transaction structuring advice with regards to a proposed transfer of shares.
    • Acting for Poten Environmental Group in connection with its potential acquisition of Israeli drip irrigation company – Netafim, having its largest irrigation project in Ethiopia including drafting the due diligence report.
    • Acting for AI Foods in connection with a proposed acquisition of a food manufacturing company in Ethiopia, including drafting of a due diligence report.
    • Acting for SunOpta in connection with the sale of its global ingredients segment, including drafting a due diligence report with regards to its subsidiaries in Ethiopia.
    • Assisting Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft and European Investment Bank in connection with their potential investment in an Ethiopian technology company, including conducting legal due diligence.
    • Advising DHL, Ethiopia Education Initiative Ethiopia Branch, Senselset Food Processing, Holland Dairy, Selet Hulling and Global One Health project by Ohio State University including providing legal advice on investment and general business law advice.
    • Advising Oiko Credit, Fintier Payment, Agence France de Development, Standard Charter Bank and ASGB Partners in connection with the banking and finance sector regulation in Ethiopia and financial products.
    • Advising OKROS Mining, Ethiopia Education Initiative Ethiopia Branch, Gebeya Media Production, Senselset Food Processing, Creative Associates International and Global One Health project by Ohio State University in connection with the establishment of foreign and local companies.
    • Advising Consol Holding Property in connection with the registration of technology transfer agreement.
    • Advising World Bank, LexisNexis, Clyde& Co, and AVCA in connection with their questionnaires on Ethiopian investment sector, including carrying out a legal research and conducting interviews with the relevant Ethiopian Ministries.

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