Fikadu Asfaw and Associates Law Office

Corporate and Commercial Law Firm in Ethiopia

Fikadu Asfaw and Associates Law Office

Ambasel Building
6th Floor, Ethio-China Street

Addis Ababa 25668

Phone+251 (11) 470-0612
Fax +251 (11) 470-0657

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Law Firm Overview

Fikadu Asfaw and Associates Law Office is a multi-faceted law firm based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, providing a wide variety of legal services to clients throughout the surrounding areas of Ethiopia as well as all around the world. The firm’s attorneys and legal staff combine almost 100 years of legal experience, and include a former professor of law on staff as a consultant. The firm’s legal philosophy is one of ‘prevention is better than cure’, and they strive to anticipate the needs of their clients in advance, saving them needless hassles in the process.

The primary areas of focus at the Fikadu Asfaw and Associates are on matters of commercial law and business litigation. Within these areas, the highly experienced and knowledgeable attorneys at Fikadu Asfaw and Associates Law Office are perfectly capable of handling even the most perplexing cases. In addition to business and commercial law, the firm also handles cases in other areas of the law such as employment and labor law, intellectual property, bankruptcy, and insurance. The firm’s attorneys are also experts at dispute resolution.

No matter what your commercial law needs may be, the law firm of Fikadu Asfaw and Associates Law Office is here to help you achieve your goals. The firm’s attorneys are well aware of all intricacies and nuances involved with business law, especially the way these matters are influenced by international law. They have the knowledge and experience to handle any case and deliver results. The firm is dedicated to providing cost-effective service while still providing solutions that serve the needs of each and every client.

Year this Office was Established: 2004

Languages: Amharic, Oromifia, English

Areas of Law

Additional Areas of Law: Infrastructure and Commodities; Mining and Minerals; Extra Contractual Liability/ Tort; Legal Due Diligence.

Areas of Law Description

Thanks to our client-oriented philosophy our law office has established a system of excellent legal service and reputation in the Ethiopian legal industry. Always our law office takes genuine interest in our clients’ legal matters, understand their objectives, and achieve results that exceed their expectation through establishing a reliable legal partnership; van guarding their best interests while adding maximum value to their business growth and development.

Integrity, Professionalism and Respect are the three core pillars of our law office’s ethos, which allow us to always work towards achieving the highest quality of legal services possible; creating maximum accessibility, highest efficiency, timely responsiveness and being technologically reachable. Towards this our law office has created result-oriented legal teams through a strategy of quality and creativity, in dealing both with individuals and companies, allowing our law office to serve as a primary resource and partner in all aspects of our clients' businesses; creating a network of innovative legal solutions, excellent legal representation and dedication to quality customer service. Due to this and our holistic approach, our Law Office has managed to cultivate such strong relationships in handling the full range of legal duties for our clients.

Our law office handles wide aspects of legal relationship including Corporate and Business Organization, Intellectual Property, Immigration, Tax, Merger and Acquisitions, Labor and Employment, Insurance, Infrastructure and Commodities, Mining, Minerals, Natural Resources and Energy, Competition, Tort /Extra Contractual, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Inheritance and Family Law, Criminal Cases and Defense, Non-profit and Association (CSO / NGO) and Due Diligence.

Fikadu Asfaw and Associates Law Firm boast a portfolio of world-renowned companies who have entrusted the company with their legal duties. Our key clients include Financial Institutions, Major Industrial and Commercial Corporations, International Organizations, International Law Firms doing business in Ethiopia in the areas of Corporate and Commercial, Intellectual Property, Franchising, Employment and Labor, Immigration, Tax, Commercial Contract, Debt Recovery, Dissolution and Bankruptcy, Banking And Finance, Insurance, Aviation, Commercial, Communications, Media and Technology, Competition, Construction and Engineering, Mergers And Acquisition, etc. and related legal interests.

Our clients are from different sectors ranging from Agriculture, Agro-Processing, Manufacturing, Textiles and clothing, Food And Beverage Products, Tannery And Leather Goods, Glass And Ceramic, Chemicals And Chemical Products, Drugs And Pharmaceuticals, Paper And Paper Products, Plastic Products, Building Materials, Tourism, Mining, Hydropower, Energy, Infrastructure, Commodities, Telecom, Aviation, Health Services, Educational Services, ICT to Construction Services.

Fikadu Asfaw and Associates Law Office (FALO) differentiate itself from other Ethiopian law firms through several core concepts that combine to form its unique identity: Intensive and Extensive Coverage of Service; Commitment to Technical Quality and Service Quality; Wide Geographical Coverage; Use of Specialists; and Straightforward and Transparent Fee Structure.


Mr. Ato Fikadu Asfaw Demissie
Antitrust and Trade Regulation, Banking and Finance, Bankruptcy, Business and Industry, Civil Rights



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