Mesfin Tafesse & Associates Law Office (MTA) was established in 2007 by Mr. Mesfin Tafesse, who has over 25 years of experience in areas of public and private law. Over the years, the office has steadily expanded its client base, number of attorneys and areas of expertise. With ten attorneys and three management assistants, its operational modalities have evolved from being a single attorney based service to a team based approach offering specialised expertise in diversified areas of Ethiopian law.

The firm advises on general corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, banking, finance, mining, tax and telecommunications.


Established in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Mesfin Tafesse and Associates is a leading law office providing high quality legal advisory services in the areas of commercial and investment law, M&A, banking and finance, taxation, mining and energy, construction and manufacturing industry, intellectual property, hospitality, IT and Telecom, Environment, and civil society law.

The firm is made up of a team of attorneys with substantial experience in diversified areas of Ethiopian law, offering a range of services, including preparation of legal due diligence opinion relating to various transactions, conducting business negotiations on behalf of clients, drafting of investment agreements, facilitating local presence in various legal forms, representation, research and consultancy. The team is committed to excellence providing the firm’s clients with world-class services.

In 2016, Chambers and Partners ranked the Founder and Principal attorney, Mr. Mesfin Tafesse, as a Band 1 legal adviser in Ethiopia, with remarkable expertise especially in the energy sector.

Client Base

The firm acts for national and multinational corporations and investors from Europe, America and Asia. MTA’ vision is to be a legal service provider of first choice in Ethiopia, capable of providing world-class legal services, upheld by values of integrity, teamwork and excellence.