Tawela Taona Msiska
Tawela is an Associate in the public law practice bloc of the Firm. Her main area of focus is the law of Public Private Partnerships [PPPs]. She has further experience in company, commercial, employment and family law. She has successfully managed various board meetings, secured various settlement agreements, and effectively assisted foreign companies with compliance matters. She has proven experience in reviewing, advising on and drafting legislation on behalf of the firm’s clients.
Tawela was a finalist for the Private Practice Rising Star Award at the African Legal Awards, 2021. She holds a Master of Laws degree in International Commercial Law [with Distinction] from the Robert Gordon University, Scotland United Kingdom. She further holds a Certificate in Syndicated Loan Financing Transactions, University of Cape Town, South Africa, 2021, and in Non-disclosure Agreements and Confidentiality Clauses in Transaction Agreements, University of Cape Town, South Africa, 2020
Advising and facilitating a Tripartite Cross Currency Swap Facility Agreement worth USD 30 Million amongst Ghana International Bank Plc [GHIB], Ecobank Malawi and the Reserve Bank of Malawi. GHIB is a bank owned by the consortium of major Ghanaian financial institutions, with the Central Bank of Ghana serving as majority shareholder. GHIB is a key player in trade finance, corporate lending, capital markets and correspondent banking in Africa.
Advised CIC Insurance Group Limited and performed company secretarial duties. CIC Group is an insurance and investment company that operates in Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, and Malawi.
Provided company secretarial services and assisted SITA B.V. to comply with Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) requirements. SITA B.V. is the world’s leading specialist in air transport communications and information technology, which is currently serving over 200 countries in 60 different languages.
Advised Africa Investment Group a multinational company [with offices in several countries including Switzerland, Seychelles, and Mauritius] in its farm input trade transactions with local businesses.
Evaluated the Fertilizer Bill considering the National Fertilizer Policy and presented the findings at the Fertilizer Bill National Validation Workshop Program on behalf of Fertilizer Association of Malawi [FAM]. FAM is an association of 20 member companies that represent all activities related to the production, trade, distribution of all types of fertilizer, their raw materials, and intermediates. The member companies are responsible for more than 90% of the annual fertilizer consumption in Malawi.
Provided thorough review and amendment of a Loan agreement between a company in Mauritius and Chirombo Investments Limited, a company incorporated in accordance with the laws of Malawi.
Reviewed and amended employment contracts for Let’s Build Malawi, an international organization that deals in infrastructure.
Advised UpGrad, a South Asia’s largest higher EdTech company with the latest technology, pedagogy, industry partners and world-class faculty. Tawela provided a due diligence report on corporate compliances, local filings, labor compliances, contracts, and regulatory aspects for a company UpGrad was looking to invest in.