Tibebe Zewdu

Date: 16 November 2018
Tags: Legal Team
Tibebe Zewdu


Legal Director


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Tibebe Zewdu is a Legal Director in MLA’s Tax Practice. Before joining MLA, Tibebe served as a tax and customs laws advisor in the Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority for 2 years and a public prosecutor at the Office of the Attorney General for 3 years. At MLA, he advises clients on corporate, commercial, tax and investment matters.


  • LL.B., Wollo University, Ethiopia, with Very Great Distinction and a Gold Medal (2012)
  • LL.M., Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, with Very Great Distinction (2017)

Selected Experience

  • Assisted a Belgian company on transferring its shares in a local company;
  • Conducted a full jurisdictional due diligence on the legal and institutional frameworks of the Ethiopian lottery sector.
  • Conducted a limited due diligence for an Italian company on a construction project in Ethiopia.
  • Represented a Belgian and a UK company in a tax dispute with the Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority.
  • Consulted an American, a Japanese and a Lebanese company on their disputes with various Ethiopian Authorities.
  • Conducted a due diligence on an Ethiopian target company, advised and assisted a South African company on the acquisition of the target company.
  • Assisted a Japanese company to acquire shares in a local company.
  • Assisted a Moroccan company on establishment and operation of a project office in Ethiopia.
  • Advised a French company on creating an effective corporate governance in its local subsidiary.
  • Advised and assisted Dutch and American companies on merger control filings in Ethiopia.