B. Juris & LLB (Namibia),
LLM (Oil & Gas Law with Professional Skills) (United Kingdom)
PGDip (Drafting & Interpretation of Contracts) (South Africa)
Shakwa is the Founder and Managing Partner 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 Directors 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.
LLB (Honours) (Namibia)
LLM (Oil & Gas with Professional Skills) (United Kingdom)
Shafimana joined the team as an Associate and has brought with him extensive knowledge and expertise. Shafimana was most recently seconded to the Ministry of Mines and Energy, the Directorate dealing with Regulation, Compliance and Economics for Petroleum Affairs to gain further exposure.
The scope of his work ranges over the various facets of the law with a specialization in oil & gas, administrative law, drafting of commercial agreements and the negotiations thereof as well as drafting pleadings. Shafimana also focuses on litigating as a defence lawyer on behalf of our clients.
Having been exposed to the legal fraternity at an international level, Shafimana has gained insight into how the various legal frameworks operate at a global level, which has made him versatile and well versed for our clients both at a local and global level. Shafimana has further developed an interest in downstream energy law, focusing on the regulation of Electricity & Gas Networks and the liberalisation of energy markets in developing economies.
Shafimana holds an LLB (Honours) from the University of Namibia. In addition, he also holds a Master of Laws in Oil and Gas Law with Professional Skills from the prestigious University of Aberdeen in the United Kingdom. He is an Admitted legal practitioner of the High Court of Namibia and is a member of the Association of Petroleum Negotiators (AIP).
He previously worked as a legal consultant at Trustco Insurance and completed his articles at Henry Shimutwikeni & Co under the guidance of Mr Amupunda Eino Kamanja.
Shafimana strongly lives by the quote of Sophocles and believes that “Without Labour, nothing prospers”.
LLB (Honours) (UK)
LLM (Oil Gas and Mining Law) (United Kingdom)
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 (Honours) qualification, she went on to pursue an LLM in Oil, Gas, and Mining Law at Nottingham Trent University. 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 Waterfree Technologies, as well as Triumphant College.
B. JURIS& LLB Hon, LLM (Namibia)
LLM (Petroleum Taxation and Finance) (United Kingdom)
Dipl. Commerce (Namibia)
BTech in Administration (Namibia)
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); B Juris, LLB (Honours), LLM (University of Namibia); LLM: Petroleum Taxation and Finance – distinction (University of Dundee).
For her in-depth knowledge in mineral & petroleum taxation and governance, she was appointed as a member of the government Petroleum and Mining Contracts Negotiating Team.
Loide’s other notable appointments include serving as a Convener of the Tax Tribunal. She is the present Secretary to the Namibia Double Taxation Agreements Negotiation Tax Team and a member of various SADC Working Groups on tax matters. Her career in Energy Finance started at the Solar Revolving Fund at Kongalend Financial Services (Pty) Ltd, prior to joining the UNDP funded project Namibia Renewable Energy Programme (NAMREP), and later, joining the 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.
LLB (Honours) (Namibia)
Beatrice Sibalatani holds a Bachelor of Laws Honours Degree (LLB) (Honours), from the University of Namibia, and she is currently enrolled with Justice Training Centre of Namibia, in pursuance of an Admission as Legal Practitioner of the High Court of Namibia.
Beatrice is an experienced compliance officer, who also acted as company secretary for a period of more than three years with a mining company. During this period, she gained expertise in rendering legal advice by liaising with External Legal Counsels, Drafting Contracts and Board Resolutions, as well as drafting Board Meeting Minutes.
Beatrice has a keen interest in Energy, Mining and Natural Resources, and she aspires to be one of the best energy and natural resources lawyers in Namibia and the African continent at large.
Dipl. (Arbitration and Dispute Resolution), LLB (Honours) (Namibia)
Mercy Nasilele joined SNC Incorporated as a legal intern in 2021. She holds a Diploma in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, and Bachelor of Laws Honours Degree (LLB) (Honours) from the University of Namibia. She is presently enrolled with the Justice Training Centre of Namibia, in pursuit to become an Admitted Legal Practitioner of the High Court of Namibia. Her favourite verse is Hebrews 11:1 ‘’Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
COMMERCIAL AND CORPORATE CONSULTANT
BL(Honours), LLB (Zimbabwe)
Simba Nduna is the holder of a Bachelor of Law (BL)(Honours) and Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Zimbabwe. He practised as a Legal Practitioner in Zimbabwe for sixteen (16) years during the period in which he dealt with corporate, commercial and litigation matters. This was after a three (3) year stint as a Magistrate in Zimbabwe.
In 2006, Simba joined the Office of the Prosecutor-General in Namibia as a State Advocate until 2020. In that capacity, he prosecuted criminal cases in the Lower Courts and High Courts of Namibia provided legal advice on matters involving corporates and state-owned enterprises. Simba is also specialised in the handling of Money Laundering, Bribery, Compliance, Anti-Corruption as well as Extradition matters.
SPECIALIST MINERALS ADVISOR
B. Juris, LLB (Honours), LLM (United Kingdom)
Stanley has significant experience in Mining (both large and small scale), Environmental Law, Marine Regulation, Minerals Investment Leveraging and Commodities Brokering. He has been vividly involved in the mining industry, both as a legal mind and mining entrepreneur, for more than Seven (7) years.
Stanley not only understands the Namibian mining sector through the lens of legal and policy framework but has also grasped the technical operating components of a mining system along the value chain. Through such an in depth technical, theoretical and investment leveraging understanding, Stanley provides clients with expert advice and solutions (both legal and business) to complex aspects of the minerals sector.
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 mineral commodities, sale/transfer of mineral licenses and the successful setting up of mining operations.
He holds a B. Juris, LLB (Honours) from the University of Namibia and LLM in Oil, Gas and Mining from Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom
B. OMT (Namibia)
Shiwomeho is an experienced administrative professional, with top-notch organizational skills and a solid background in the management function. Her professional career spans over a decade of providing high-level, confidential, executive secretarial support to senior management teams in private sector Namibia. She started her career at the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2011 before joining the executive office of the United Africa Group. Prior to joining SNC Incorporated, she served as an Office Manager for an international development bank. She has an excellent reputation for driving operational improvements and inspiring organisational excellence.
Shiwomeho holds a Bachelor of Office Management and Technology qualification from the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) and is presently studying towards obtaining a Higher Certificate in Paralegal Studies through Stadio Higher Education, South Africa.
BBA (Honours) (Namibia)
Claassens Chombo is a Bachelor of Business Administration Honours Degree graduate from the University of Namibia and is presently employed as an Office Assistant. He describes himself as highly motivated, and lives by a quote by Marie Forleo which states, “Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally, it comes from what you do consistently”.