Hawaz Merawi


Hawaz Merawi, a Partner at HSP, has extensive experience in tax and commercial law matters. He has worked at Tadesse Kiros Law Office and served as a Senior Legal Counsel at BGI Ethiopia and Meta Abo Brewery, the subsidiaries of the renowned French brewery multinational, Castel Group. Hawaz has advised a number of domestic and foreign companies in various legal matters including tax, commercial law, M&A, and project finance transactions.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised a multinational automotive manufacturer on tax and customs matters related to the setting-up of an assembly plant in Ethiopia.
  • Advised a multinational brewery company in its acquisition of three domestic breweries in Ethiopia at different points in time.
  • Advised a global digital infrastructure company on investment entry, company formation and land related matters in connection with its potential investment in telecom infrastructure sector.
  • Advised a multinational home appliances manufacturer on its agency and distribution agreements in Ethiopia.
  • Advised a foreign company during its acquisition of a local winery, including tax regulations and due diligence reports.
  • Advised one of the leading German banks on legal matters relating to its financing projects in Ethiopia.
  • Advised a leading payment gateway company in Africa regarding the regulatory aspects of operating a payment system in Ethiopia
  • Successfully represented a Chinese state-owned corporation in its 300 million Birr tax dispute with the Ethiopian tax authorities.
  • Assisted a consortium of energy companies in their bid for two 125 MW solar power projects in the first round of Ethiopia's PPP program.