axis law office



Corporate and Commercial law Practice

Your vision to create and run a successful business can have a significant boost with a forward-looking legal counsel on the steps you should be taking, the laws you should be abiding by, and most importantly the opportunities you should grab.

Axis Law Office provides efficient legal solutions on matters of formation and registrations of businesses; Operating agreements; commercial and employee agreements; assignment and licensing of trademarks; and liquidation of businesses with in-depth understanding and knowledge of national and international commercial law.   

Axis corporate and Business law attorneys specialize on commercial laws working for and advising many national and international businesses on preparation of bylaws and agreements; share transactions, corporate governance, and board compositions, as well as representing businesses and organizations before the courts of law on commercial disputes.

Trade and investment 

Investment and trade are key drivers of any economy. The way trade and investment can be carried out, the requirements for foreign and domestic investors, the protections to investment and trade, the incentives and investment promotion packages, remittances and administration of expatriate employees all require a diligent legal mind. Let us into your visions on investment and trade whether on embarking on a new project or handling an existing one, let us be part and share your vision to make sure your company mitigates the challenges and does not miss out on opportunities. 

Whether you choose to be a sole proprietor, or form a partnership or a company, we have your back when it comes to the legal and regulatory navigations that guard your business from the risk of non-compliance and set it up for success.

Whether you are an investor looking to invest in a new venture or acquire an ownership stake in an existing business, or a visionary aiming to organize a company, you can count on the expertise of our experienced investment lawyers who are ready to walk you through to the full attainment of your plans.

Consult us on the choice of investment areas and sectors, financing arrangement needs, preferred investment entry modes, establishment of appropriate entity or extension of an entity operating abroad, acquisition of investment land, investment incentives and protections. 

Hospitality and leisure

The travel, hospitality and leisure practice area is a juncture for various areas of law and business. Whether you’re an investor, a hotel owner, lender or owner/operator, you can count on the expertise of axis advocates for the value-added guidance and counsel you need most. Contact our Lawyers and find out more on the practical and efficient solutions regarding acquisitions and dispositions, financing, management agreements, mixed-use projects and much more.

We offer you the legal mind with business solutions for your asset and portfolio acquisitions and dispositions, hospitality company corporate structuring and M&A transactions, investments by tax-exempt entities, formation of investment funds targeting hotels, development and operational joint ventures project development, including acquisitions, joint ventures, design and construction, hotel management and franchise agreements, retail leasing, food and beverage operations agreements, privacy and cybersecurity, and employment, including union matters.

Intellectual Property

The 21st century businesses are immensely tied to their intangible values and ability to innovate and utilize intellectual property.

It is then increasingly important for businesses to protect their Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) through registration and effective commercialization through licensing, merchandising, distributorship agreements, and so on. Our firm provides a wide range of IPR and ICT services, including trademark, patent, utility model, industrial design, and copyright registration, renewal and recording of IPR assignments and licenses, drafting license agreements and deeds of assignment, film, television, and music production agreements, IP audits and due diligence, and brand equity management. We also prosecute and litigate IP matters and help our clients protect their intellectual property rights from infringement, counterfeiting, misappropriation, and unfair competition. Our team is experienced in the markets in which our clients operate, allowing us to maintain a commercial strategy that maximizes profitability.

Our Intellectual Property team delivers solutions that protect and drive innovation. We provide innovative solutions geared towards increasing innovation and creativity by providing a full range of IP Law services.

Family and Succession

Family is a fundamental base of the society, and such has been its treatment in the law. However, such noble conception towards marriage and family will not by itself regulate the matrimonial and pecuniary aspects.

Contact our lawyers to get a precise counsel on the personal and financial matters surrounding marriage and its dissolution, adoption, ascertainment of paternity or maternity, obligation of maintenance, tutor and guardianship, emancipation, and similar matters.

Our lawyers in the stream will also be on standby to assist you on matters of succession and inheritance. Whether testate or intestate, we can help you throughout the liquidation process unto partitions.

Media and Communication

In this era of information, the impact and influence of media cannot be overlooked. Media is often referred to as the fourth wing of government for a reason. The contents it brings, the stakeholders it connects, and the amount of trust put on it from the public warrants a detailed regulation of its activities. Connect with our lawyers and task us with any matters that require our attention. From knowledge of the right substantive laws to understanding the institutional framework and capability, axis advocates has so much to offer your organization in the space of media and communication. Issues of advertisement and promotion, access to information and freedom of mass media, protection of individual human and patrimonial rights and intellectual property among others need you can rely on us.

Criminal Defense

It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer as the saying goes. This demonstrates a commitment to higher degree of accuracy on criminal responsibility. However, for this to come to fruition a strong work of criminal defense is required and that’s what we offer to help you with. From absolute irresponsibility to limited responsibility, and affirmative defense, our expert defense lawyers are determined to stand by the side of your truth on various types of allegations ranging from petty offences to complex white collar crimes including corruption and money laundering allegations.

We know the ins and outs of the criminal justice system in the country with an established record of standing for the rights of clients in various high-profile cases including political detainees. Conducting interviews with the client as well as any witnesses; pre-trial petitions; bail review; Gathering witness to testify in court as well as Supporting the client throughout the whole of the legal process, including any pre-trial petitions, bail reviews, or appeals as appropriate, we commit to landing the best possible outcomes for our clients.

Banking and Finance

Borrowers and lenders prefer their advisers to be innovative in their thoughts as well as practical in their approach. Our lawyers have extensive experience advising clients on how to adapt to new banking methods in order to achieve their business objectives. We provide advice on all aspects of cross-border and domestic financing in a variety of industries. Our team has knowledge of both domestic and international banking and finance laws, regulations, and customs.

Our work includes drafting and execution of lending and securities documents; local banking compliance rules and regulations; bank-customer relations; registration of securities at respective registries; and recovery and litigation proceedings at every level of courts in Ethiopia.

Furthermore, our legal team is at the forefront of the ever-changing financial regulatory framework. We advise on major foreign financing, foreign bank share acquisition in domestic banks, foreign bank incorporation in domestic banking business, and other financial and banking issues.

Insurance Law

Insurance law and regulation can raise difficult issues for insurers and policyholders to resolve. Both parties require specialized legal assistance from insurance lawyers who can analysis complex legal and regulatory issues from all perspectives. 

Our insurance lawyers combine insurance law and regulatory expertise with a comprehensive understanding of the insurance industry. Policyholders, insurers, re-insurers, brokers, and other intermediaries are all represented by us.

Policyholders in industries such as construction, transportation, energy, and financial services rely on us for our unique blend of industry knowledge and insurance law skill. We work with policyholders to maximize their recovery by getting claims paid as quickly as possible and obtaining the best representation at an affordable price. 

Employment and Industrial relations

Employment and Labor laws are significant part of legal practice area. Employment relationships are basically contractual by nature. Taking the parties involved in the contract, the governing laws of those employment relationships varies. The Governing labor and employment laws provides minimum working conditions that requires party’s adherence. Our team of lawyers are well equipped and experienced employment lawyers who have practiced on the area for a decade and more across giant international organizations and companies.

The major practice areas in employment and labor law include:

  • Provision of advisory service on the best way of engaging in employment relationships.
  • Preparation of employment contract for high level senior managers and other employees.
  • Representing the client in collective bargaining process.
  • Provision of trainings for the clients on the use and implementation of the labor laws, Collective agreements, or Company policies.
  • Preparation and revision of industrial relation policies.
  • Advisory service on the disciplinary actions and termination of employment contracts.
  • Representing Clients on all tiers of federal and regional Courts, Labor tribunals or any other arbitrators on issues related to labor and Employment.


Fintech legal practice is the area of law that deals with the legal issues arising from the development and use of financial technology. Fintech companies use technology to provide financial services in new and innovative ways. This can raise various legal issues, such as:

Regulatory compliance: Fintech companies must comply with a variety of financial regulations, both in Ethiopia and in other countries they operate. This can be a complex and challenging process, as the regulatory landscape is constantly changing.

Intellectual property: Fintech companies need to protect their intellectual property, such as their software, algorithms, and trademarks. This can be important for preventing competitors from copying their products and services.

Data privacy: Fintech companies collect and store a lot of personal data about their customers. They need to ensure that they are compliant with data privacy laws.

Consumer protection: Fintech companies need to protect their customers from fraud and other abuses. They need to have clear and transparent terms and conditions, and they need to be responsive to customer complaints.

Fintech legal practice is a rapidly growing area of law. As Fintech continues to evolve, so too will the legal issues that it raises. Our Partners have a deep understanding of financial regulations, intellectual property law, data privacy law, and consumer protection law. They are also able to think creatively and strategically to help their clients navigate the complex legal landscape of Fintech.

Aviation Liability

Aviation liability law is a complex and specialized area of law that governs the liability of those involved in the aviation industry. This includes aircraft manufacturers, airlines, airports, pilots, and others.

Our Firm has unique advantage of having those specific and special practical knowledge in the aviation law practise in Ethiopia. As an Aviation liability lawyers, we represent clients in a variety of cases, including:

Product liability claims: These claims are brought against aircraft manufacturers for defects in their products that cause accidents.

Air carrier liability claims: These claims are brought against airlines for accidents that occur during the course of carriage.

Airport liability claims: These claims are brought against airports for accidents that occur on airport property.

Further to the above we also represent clients in a variety of other cases, such as claims involving aviation insurance, aviation finance, and aviation regulation.

Customs and Tax

Customs law is the body of law that governs the importation and exportation of goods across national borders. It regulates the collection of duties and taxes on imported goods, as well as the enforcement of import and export restrictions. Tax law on the other hand governs the assessment and collection of taxes by governments. It covers a wide range of taxes, including income tax, sales tax, property tax, and excise tax.

Customs and tax law legal practice involves the application of these two bodies of law to a variety of commercial transactions. Customs and tax law legal practice requires a deep understanding of both customs law and tax law, as well as the ability to apply these laws to specific commercial transactions. Our Partners will play an important role in helping businesses comply with the law and avoid costly penalties.

As Customs and tax lawyers, we typically advise clients on the following matters:

  • Import and export compliance.
  • Duty and tax planning
  • Tax audits and investigations
  • Tax litigation

Construction and Real-estate

Construction law is a specialized area of law that deals with the legal aspects of the construction industry. It encompasses a wide range of topics, including contract law, tort law, property law, and environmental law.

We represent clients in a variety of matters, including:

  • Drafting and negotiating construction contracts whether in FIDIC terms or PPA based.
  • Resolving construction disputes
  • Obtaining and enforcing payment bonds
  • Handling construction defects claims
  • Obtaining necessary permits and zoning approvals
  • Advising clients on land use and environmental laws

Our lawyers have a deep understanding of the construction industry and the legal issues that can arise during the course of a project.



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Mobile: +251 913 375015
Address: Golagul Building 7th Floor, Office No. 709
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Mobile: +251 913 375015
Address: Golagul Building 7th Floor, Office No. 709
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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