Legal Services

International Trade & Taxation

Business Setup and Licensing

Shikana advises clients on the appropriate ownership structure for the business they want to set up, including corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and joint ventures. We provide an analysis of the benefits, costs and risks associated with the choice of a particular business entity based on our extensive experience assisting foreign investors coming into the African marketplace. We also provide a full range of services related to immigration and labor Law as required including liaising with relevant Government authorities for work permits, investor permits and related matters.


Shikana also advises and draws up strategy to ensure that the company obtains the required licenses it needs to operate in a given sector in Africa. We have extensive experience dealing with licensing applications in the tourism, gaming, mining, financial services, oil and gas, telecommunication sectors.


We also assist in protecting your ideas, logo, company name and goodwill, for example by registering your trademarks and other intellectual property, drafting Confidentiality Agreements so that potential business ideas or deals are not poached by the competition. We also prevent others from using your logo or company name.

Contract Negotiation

Contracts are fundamental to any business. In few circumstances, a simple handshake suffices, while in most situations, contract negotiation is more complex and takes longer particularly where large sums of money are involved. There is no such thing as a standard contract when it comes to securing investments in Africa and every aspect of the arrangement is subject to negotiation. Our legal team understands how vital it is to you and your business to successfully navigate complex contract negotiations. We take the time to understand your company’s unique needs and represent your best interests by negotiating favorable terms and ensuring your rights are protected.

In order to ensure that your interests are protected, our attorneys will identify the potential risks that may arise after the transaction in order to draw up a contract that will negate any future issues. We will also make sure that you are involved in the process at every step, making sure that you understand the deal and keeping you informed of its progress until its successful conclusion.

We have experience in drafting and negotiation a range of commercial documents and negotiating and drafting franchise agreements, joint venture project agreements, sponsorship and association contracts.

COmmercial and business law services

Sales and Purchase of Shares or the Business


  • Conducting due diligence on target companies
  • Advising companies taking on investment, including drafting subscription agreements, shareholder agreements and dealing with disclosure;
  • Business and share sales and acquisitions;
  • Buying, renewing or assigning a franchise


Business Procedures and Cashflow

In particular, we provide advice on:

  • Tax and regulatory requirements
  • Efficient in-country legal and operating structures
  • Ongoing tax and regulatory compliance requirements
  • Assistance with queries from tax authorities and other regulatory bodies

Employment Law and Labour Relations Support

Employment and Labour matters are crucial for any business. Shikana ensures that your Company has the set of contracts that comply with the laws as well as

Business Dissolution

  • Advise on the best route to follow when dissolving or restructuring a company


With an eye toward improving day-to-day operations, and helping clients achieve long-term business goals, we partner with clients to proactively tackle complex legal questions. We focus on compliance in the following areas: employment, mining, oil and gas, technology, gaming, corporate, and investment management.  We keep clients up to speed with existing laws as well as anticipated statutory and regulatory changes. In addition, we provide support with audits and investigations as well as training to our client’s compliance issues.

Dispute resolution

Shikana provides private corporations and investors, a sophisticated international dispute resolution, and arbitration service capable of resolving disputes that straddle borders,

corporate structures, jurisdictions, cultures, political systems, and treaties.

Our particular focus is on:

  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
  • Regional & International Tribunals


Shikana provides legal advice at all stages of a private equity (PE) or venture capital (VC) transaction, from legal review of the target to the design of the most suitable structure and drafting of the documents to reflect the commercial objectives of the business and execute the transaction and advising on legal negotiating strategies.

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