Shakwa Nyambe is the Founder and Managing Director of the law firm. He is a specialised Energy, Natural Resources and Commercial Lawyer. He is also specialised in drafting, reviewing, and negotiations of contracts. He has advised International Corporations, State-Owned Enterprises, Governments and individuals in Energy, Natural Resources, Commercial and Dispute Resolution matters. He has provided legal and business advisory services to foreign investors in various matters ranging from mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, corporate governance, and project financing. His clients include some of the oil and gas companies, renewable energy companies, mining companies, construction and infrastructure companies, State-Owned Enterprises, Governments, and corporate entities.
Nyambe previously worked as a Legal Counsel at the National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia, as a Chief Legal Officer at the Ministry of Justice, Namibia, and as a State Advocate at the High Court of Namibia. He is the current Director for the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)’s African Chapter. He serves on the drafting committees for the AIPN JOA Committee, LNG, SPA Committee, Asset Sale and Purchase Agreement Committee, and the Drilling Contract Committee. He also serves as a Board of Director at Debmarine Namibia and NAMDEB Holdings (50-50 joint venture diamond mining between the Government of Namibia and De Beers).
Nyambe holds a Baccalaureus Juris degree and a Bachelor of Laws degree, both from the University of Namibia. In addition, he also holds a postgraduate degree of Master of Laws in Oil & Gas Law with Professional Skills (LLM) from the University of Aberdeen in the United Kingdom and a Postgraduate Diploma in Drafting and Interpretation of Contracts from the University of Johannesburg. He is an admitted legal practitioner of the High Court and Supreme Court of Namibia.
Stanley has significant experience in Mining, Environmental Law, Marine Regulation, Minerals Investment Leveraging and Commodities Brokering.
Prior to Joining Shakwa Nyambe & Co Inc, Stanley worked as a Legal Advisor and Head of the Compliance and Legal Department at Rebelon Mining Namibia (PTY) Ltd, a leading mining trading company with various copper interests and assets. He serves as a non-executive director of the company.
Stanley has been vividly involved in the mining industry, both as a legal consultant and mining entrepreneur, for more than four (4) years. He has provided advisory services to various national and international corporations in the mining industry, including on contractual, legislative and regulatory frameworks. Further, Stanley has brokered and negotiated numerous transactions ranging from sale of commodities, sale/transfer of mineral licenses and the successful setting up of mining operations.
Particularly, Stanley has amassed immense knowledge and experience of the mining industry from his hands-on approach, having worked on issues relating to small-scale mining, marine mining regulation, marine environmental protection and commodities trading. He has worked closely with organizations and individuals from the grass root level upwards, and understands the core and broad spectrum of the industry both from a legal, technical and investment leveraging perspective.
He holds a BJURIS, LLB (University of Namibia) and LLM in Oil, Gas and Mining Law from Nottingham Trent University (UK).
Esther Kiangi began her legal career by pursuing an LLB(Hons) Degree from the University of Nottingham, a leading Russel Group University. During this time, she joined mooting challenges as well as the Pro bono and Negotiating Societies to broaden her expertise. It was also during her studies that she had the opportunity to undertake internship schemes at both WKH House and Sisa Namandje & Co to gain practical and local experience to supplement her knowledge.
After successfully obtaining her LLB(Hons) degree, she went on to pursue an LLM in Oil, Gas, and Mining Law at Nottingham Trent University. At this time, she specialized in the investment and environmental aspect of the extractive industry, with regard to the international legal framework for transnational foreign investment within the petroleum and mining industry, in addition to other major energy projects.
She particularly took a keen interest in international dispute resolution, that encompassed the way in which companies and individuals deal with the conflicts of laws that arise in the context of international commercial transactions. This included the technical, legal, and procedural aspect of the resolution of these disputes.
While her primary focus is in the extractives industry and international dispute resolution, her other legal skills lie within company law and maritime law.
Additionally, her notable achievements include being appointed to the board of Pearl Water free Technologies, as well as Triumphant College.
Shafimana obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB Honours) from the University of Namibia (2017) and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Oil & Gas Law with Professional Skills at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland), due to be completed in August 2020. While at Aberdeen, Shafimana has gained immense knowledge and expertise in reviewing and negotiating contracts. Shafimana shows particular interest in downstream energy law; focusing on the regulation of Electricity and Gas Networks and the Liberalisation of Energy Markets in Developing economies.
Shafimana has previously worked as a legal consultant at Trustco Insurance and completed his articles at Henry Shimutwikeni & Co under the guidance of Amupanda Kamanja. During this period, he gained expertise in rendering legal advice, litigating in lower courts and drafting contracts & court documents. He recently completed his Justice Training and is soon to be admitted as a Legal Practitioner of the High Court of Namibia.
Shafimana strongly lives by the quote of Sophocles and believes that “Without Labour, nothing prospers
Loide Hamutumwa has broad experience in Energy Finance and Taxation. With very impressive credentials, Loide holds a diploma in Commerce, BTech: Administration (Namibia University of Science and Technology); BJuris, LLB Hons, LLM (University of Nambia); LLM: Petroleum Taxation and Finance – distinction (University of Dundee).
For her in-depth knowledge of mineral & petroleum taxation and governance, she was appointed as a member to the government Petroleum and Mining Contracts Negotiating Team.
Loide’s other notable appointments include serving as a Convener of the Tax Tribunal and she oversees notices of appeals to be heard by the Special Court. She is the present Secretary to the Namibia Double Taxation Agreements Negotiation Tax Team. Her career in Energy Finance started when she joined the Solar Revolving Fund at Ministry of Mines and Energy. She enjoys writing tax journals and uses the knowledge and experience developed over years of working at the Legal Unit, Inland Revenue Department to educate taxpayers on tax compliance and tax justice.