Emmanuel Bakilana



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Emmanuel is a Tanzanian qualified lawyer (Advocate) and a registered Arbitrator with Tanzania Institute of Arbitrators. He regularly advises international and national companies with business interests in East Africa on diverse issues relating to tax, corporate transactions, dispute resolution and regulatory matters (including local content advisory in the natural resources sectors). 

He was until recently Legal Counsel for Equinor Tanzania (seconded from an International law firm), their in-house lawyer advising on the US$ 30 Billion Tanzania LNG project. He was also legal counsel responsible for advising the company on matters pertaining to compliance with the Petroleum (Local Content) Regulations, 2017. 

Prior to Equinor, Emmanuel worked at a leading international law firm and was part of the cross-border Africa team advising on a broad range of transactional and regulatory matters across the energy, mining, infrastructure, telecommunications and agricultural sectors. Since then He regularly works with major national, regional and international corporations, international banks and DFIs providing advice on corporate, M&A and project finance matters. 

Emmanuel is admitted to the Bar as an Advocate of the High Court of Tanzania and holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) (with Honours).

Emmanuel is fluent in English, Kiswahili and a learner in French.

Some of Emmanuel’s representative experience:

    • Advised a mining company on Joint Venture arrangements for a gold mining project in Tanzania.
    • Advised Tanzanian subsidiary on employment and labour law requirements.
    • Part of the team provided corporate and regulatory counsel to an international consortium developing a major port project.∗
    • Advising multinationals in relation to tax and corporate governance on issues concerning their Tanzanian subsidiaries.∗
    • Part of the team advised Vodacom Group Limited (South Africa) on US$ 200,000,000 shares buy-back transaction and related regulatory approvals from TCRA, FCC, BOT, CMSA, DSE in relation to Vodacom Tanzania Plc.∗
    • Advised several multinational companies in relation to competition matters related to their operations in Tanzania, including representation at public hearings, making representations to the FCC through the merger filing processes.∗
    • Advised a dual-listed foreign entity and its mining subsidiary concerning coal to power project and review of the existing regulatory framework.∗
    • Advised a major telecom company on regulatory aspects of initial public offering in Tanzania.∗
    • The Government of Tanzania through the Tanzania Geothermal Development Company on the legal, institutional and regulatory framework for Tanzania’s geothermal sector.∗
    • Regulatory compliance advice for a wide range of companies operating energy, mining and infrastructure projects.∗
    • Castlelake L.P in respect of a loan note subscription agreement for a US$ 40,000,000 debt facility in favour of a parent company mining company, guaranteed among others by its subsidiaries in Tanzania.∗
    • Part of the team advised the Contractor for the Rufiji Hydropower Project (Stiegler’s gorge) on various regulatory aspects of an EPC contractual arrangement.∗

∗ Experience gained prior to start of EGB LAW