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James Pius Rushomesa

Senior Associate | Dar es Salaam

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Overview

James is a Senior Associate in our Dar es Salaam office.

James joined Bowmans in December 2022 and specialises in corporate commercial practice with a particular focus on cross-border M&A and mining matters.

Prior to joining Bowmans, James trained and worked for over 9 years in the Dar es Salaam office of an international law firm where he also briefly spent time on secondments in Dubai, London, Johannesburg and Nairobi offices. James worked on a wide range of corporate and commercial issues focusing on cross-border M&A transactions, capital markets, mining, oil and gas, energy, company formation and company secretarial services amongst others.

Experience

  • Advising Premier Solar Group, on the sale of a 50% stake in its East African operations to Starsight Energy, a West African commercial & industrial energy-as-a-service provider
  • Advised Kopa Technologies Inc. on: (i) the sale of its East Africa business operations; and (ii) the sale of its pay-as-you go LPG technology and related assets/intellectual property rights to Circle Gas. This is reported to be the largest pure-private equity investment/acquisition in the clean cooking technology sector to date
  • Advising a global energy company in relation to the acquisition of Liquid Bulk Storage Terminals in East Africa
  • Advising a global energy company in relation to the disposal of the business and assets of the Kurasini Depot
  • Advised an East Africa petroleum distribution company on an intra-group restructuring across Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania
  • Advising a major Ethiopian cement company in relation to the proposed investment by a major Chinese cement company
  • Advising Adenia Partners on its acquisition of the entire interest of a Kenyan Biosystems company (with subsidiaries in Tanzania and Uganda)
  • Advising a Kenyan insurance company in relation to the disposal of its majority interest to a Moroccan insurance company
  • Advised a Spanish hospitality chain, RIU Hotels & Resorts on its USD 56.5 million acquisition of the entire issued share capital in Renco (Zanzibar) Limited, owner of the Diamonds La Gemma Dell’Est and Star of the East luxury resort in Zanzibar
  • Advising a major telecommunications company in relation to its USD 200 million+ proposed IPO on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange
  • Advising a South-East Asian telecommunications company on its proposed USD 42 million acquisition of the entire issued share capital of a Tanzanian technology company
  • Advised a Middle Eastern Sovereign Wealth Fund on its proposed USD 100 million acquisition of a logistics group operating in Kenya, Zambia, Uganda, Tanzania and the DRC
  • Advised the company and existing shareholders of Silafrica Plastics and Packaging on an equity investment by the pan-African PE house, AfricInvest (a deal spanning Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and India)
  • Advised Loinette Capital on key agribusiness acquisition in Tanzania
  • Advised RIU on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of the group of companies that owns the luxury resort “Hideaway of Nungwi” in Zanzibar
  • Advising a major hospitality chain on its acquisition of the business and assets of another hospitality chain in Tanzania
  • Advising Kabanga Nickel Limited in relation to its framework agreement with the Government of Tanzania
  • Advising Kabanga Nickel Limited in relation to the investment by BHP
  • Advising LZ Nickel (the original group behind Kabanga Nickel) on their acquisition of the business and assets of the Kabanga Nickel Project
  • Advising Agri-Vie Fund on their equity investment in Pee Pee (Tanzania) Limited
  • Advised a large healthcare provider on its acquisition of a majority stake in the issued share capital of a Kenyan based hospital group
  • Advised a Kenyan private equity fund on its proposed acquisition of shares/investment in an education group in Tanzania
  • Advising Black Rock Mining Limited on the negotiation and finalisation of its framework agreement with the Government of Tanzania
  • Advising a major Australian company in relation to the proposed acquisition of a rare earth metals project in Tanzania and application for a mining licence
  • Acting for Gladiator Resources Limited in the acquisition of Zeus Resources (T) Limited, a Tanzanian company that holds over 1,764km2 of highly prospective exploration tenements located in Tanzania, East Africa
  • Advising Orecorp Limited in relation to their acquisition of the Nyanzaga Gold Project
  • Advised a Kenyan financial institution on its acquisition of a micro finance company in Tanzania
  • Advised a Kenyan private equity fund on its acquisition of a majority interest in a Tanzanian pharmaceutical company
  • Advised a Mauritian private equity fund on its acquisition of a majority interest in a Tanzanian hospital
  • Advised a Luxembourg company on its acquisition of a majority interest in a company that owns a luxury hotel and resort in Tanzania
  • Advised a Singaporean company on its real estate joint venture arrangements in Tanzania
  • Advising Shanta Gold Plc on various corporate and regulatory matters in Tanzania
  • Acting as company secretary for major mining companies in Tanzania such as Tembo Nickel Corporation (subsidiary of Kabanga Nickel Limited), Peak Resource (T) Limited and PR NG Minerals Ltd
  • Advising Shanta Gold Plc on various corporate and regulatory matters in Tanzania
  • Advising Peak Resources Plc on various corporate and regulatory matters in Tanzania
  • Advising Barrick Gold Tanzania on its delisting of the legacy Acacia entities from the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange
  • Advised Exim Bank on the acquisition of assets of a deposit taking financial institution based in Tanzania
  • Advised Helios Towers on various telecommunication regulatory requirements, and other Tanzanian law matters
  • Advised American Towers on various telecommunication law related matters
  • Managing the company secretarial department that provides company secretarial services to over 100 companies
  • Advising various international companies on IP related matters in Tanzania
  • Advising and assisting various companies in relation to establishment of business in Tanzania

Awards

  • James is ranked as a “Rising Star” in the Corporate, M&A practice by IFLR 1000, 2021 rankings and
  • James is recognised as a key lawyer by Legal 500 in 2022.

AREA OF EXPERTISE

Qualifications

  • Member of the Tanganyika Law Society and the East Africa Law Society.
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law School of Tanzania.
  • LLB (Hons) from the University of Dar es Salaam.
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Overview

James is a Senior Associate in our Dar es Salaam office.

James joined Bowmans in December 2022 and specialises in corporate commercial practice with a particular focus on cross-border M&A and mining matters.

Prior to joining Bowmans, James trained and worked for over 9 years in the Dar es Salaam office of an international law firm where he also briefly spent time on secondments in Dubai, London, Johannesburg and Nairobi offices. James worked on a wide range of corporate and commercial issues focusing on cross-border M&A transactions, capital markets, mining, oil and gas, energy, company formation and company secretarial services amongst others.

Experience

  • Advising Premier Solar Group, on the sale of a 50% stake in its East African operations to Starsight Energy, a West African commercial & industrial energy-as-a-service provider
  • Advised Kopa Technologies Inc. on: (i) the sale of its East Africa business operations; and (ii) the sale of its pay-as-you go LPG technology and related assets/intellectual property rights to Circle Gas. This is reported to be the largest pure-private equity investment/acquisition in the clean cooking technology sector to date
  • Advising a global energy company in relation to the acquisition of Liquid Bulk Storage Terminals in East Africa
  • Advising a global energy company in relation to the disposal of the business and assets of the Kurasini Depot
  • Advised an East Africa petroleum distribution company on an intra-group restructuring across Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania
  • Advising a major Ethiopian cement company in relation to the proposed investment by a major Chinese cement company
  • Advising Adenia Partners on its acquisition of the entire interest of a Kenyan Biosystems company (with subsidiaries in Tanzania and Uganda)
  • Advising a Kenyan insurance company in relation to the disposal of its majority interest to a Moroccan insurance company
  • Advised a Spanish hospitality chain, RIU Hotels & Resorts on its USD 56.5 million acquisition of the entire issued share capital in Renco (Zanzibar) Limited, owner of the Diamonds La Gemma Dell’Est and Star of the East luxury resort in Zanzibar
  • Advising a major telecommunications company in relation to its USD 200 million+ proposed IPO on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange
  • Advising a South-East Asian telecommunications company on its proposed USD 42 million acquisition of the entire issued share capital of a Tanzanian technology company
  • Advised a Middle Eastern Sovereign Wealth Fund on its proposed USD 100 million acquisition of a logistics group operating in Kenya, Zambia, Uganda, Tanzania and the DRC
  • Advised the company and existing shareholders of Silafrica Plastics and Packaging on an equity investment by the pan-African PE house, AfricInvest (a deal spanning Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and India)
  • Advised Loinette Capital on key agribusiness acquisition in Tanzania
  • Advised RIU on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of the group of companies that owns the luxury resort “Hideaway of Nungwi” in Zanzibar
  • Advising a major hospitality chain on its acquisition of the business and assets of another hospitality chain in Tanzania
  • Advising Kabanga Nickel Limited in relation to its framework agreement with the Government of Tanzania
  • Advising Kabanga Nickel Limited in relation to the investment by BHP
  • Advising LZ Nickel (the original group behind Kabanga Nickel) on their acquisition of the business and assets of the Kabanga Nickel Project
  • Advising Agri-Vie Fund on their equity investment in Pee Pee (Tanzania) Limited
  • Advised a large healthcare provider on its acquisition of a majority stake in the issued share capital of a Kenyan based hospital group
  • Advised a Kenyan private equity fund on its proposed acquisition of shares/investment in an education group in Tanzania
  • Advising Black Rock Mining Limited on the negotiation and finalisation of its framework agreement with the Government of Tanzania
  • Advising a major Australian company in relation to the proposed acquisition of a rare earth metals project in Tanzania and application for a mining licence
  • Acting for Gladiator Resources Limited in the acquisition of Zeus Resources (T) Limited, a Tanzanian company that holds over 1,764km2 of highly prospective exploration tenements located in Tanzania, East Africa
  • Advising Orecorp Limited in relation to their acquisition of the Nyanzaga Gold Project
  • Advised a Kenyan financial institution on its acquisition of a micro finance company in Tanzania
  • Advised a Kenyan private equity fund on its acquisition of a majority interest in a Tanzanian pharmaceutical company
  • Advised a Mauritian private equity fund on its acquisition of a majority interest in a Tanzanian hospital
  • Advised a Luxembourg company on its acquisition of a majority interest in a company that owns a luxury hotel and resort in Tanzania
  • Advised a Singaporean company on its real estate joint venture arrangements in Tanzania
  • Advising Shanta Gold Plc on various corporate and regulatory matters in Tanzania
  • Acting as company secretary for major mining companies in Tanzania such as Tembo Nickel Corporation (subsidiary of Kabanga Nickel Limited), Peak Resource (T) Limited and PR NG Minerals Ltd
  • Advising Shanta Gold Plc on various corporate and regulatory matters in Tanzania
  • Advising Peak Resources Plc on various corporate and regulatory matters in Tanzania
  • Advising Barrick Gold Tanzania on its delisting of the legacy Acacia entities from the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange
  • Advised Exim Bank on the acquisition of assets of a deposit taking financial institution based in Tanzania
  • Advised Helios Towers on various telecommunication regulatory requirements, and other Tanzanian law matters
  • Advised American Towers on various telecommunication law related matters
  • Managing the company secretarial department that provides company secretarial services to over 100 companies
  • Advising various international companies on IP related matters in Tanzania
  • Advising and assisting various companies in relation to establishment of business in Tanzania

Awards

  • James is ranked as a “Rising Star” in the Corporate, M&A practice by IFLR 1000, 2021 rankings and
  • James is recognised as a key lawyer by Legal 500 in 2022.

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