Samrawit Behailu


  • Corporate M&A
  • Labour
  • Experience in providing legal advice to foreign companies in setting up entities in Ethiopia
  • Foreign languages: English, Amharic


  • Member of the Africa Team
  • Joined the firm in 2018
  • Assistant Human Rights Law Researcher on the topic of Universal Periodic Review and different reports regarding Ethiopia
  • Intern at the Ethiopia House of Federation, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
  • Research Intern at Phanicey Foundation, Kakamega County (Kenya)
  • Country Ambassador for Ethiopia- The Center for Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Business Management Development (CELBMD) Africa, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)


  • Master: International Trade Law from University of Turin School of Development (2019-2020)
  • LLB of Law from Adama Science and Technology University, Nazerate (Ethiopia)
  • Teaching Assistant at YALA peace institute in honor of Nelson Mandela, Tel Aviv (Israel)
  • Member of Model United Nations club of Adama University

Knowledge Sharing

Personal Data Protection Proclamation 1321/2024

Ethiopia’s data protection landscape has undergone a significant overhaul with the enactment of Personal Data Protection Proclamation 1321/2024. Previously, privacy laws were set out piecemeal through different pieces of legislation, resulting in fragmented regulation. The new proclamation …

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Directive 935/2022 for Commercial Registration, Licensing and Post-licensing Inspection

The Ethiopian Commercial Code was recently supplemented by Directive 935/2022 to implement changes regarding commercial registration, business licensing and post-licensing inspection. Some of the major points addressed include registration of a one-person PLC, transition from a sole propriet …

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Spotlight on IP | Trademark protection in Ethiopia

Recent liberalisation initiatives by the Ethiopian government have attracted interest from local and foreign businesses: the consequent growth of Ethiopia’s market underlines how important it is to protect intangible assets as much as others. Since the introduction of the Commercial Code i …

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Ethiopian Parliament approves new Commercial Code

The FDRE House of People’s Representative’s session on March 25th, 2021 has approved a draft bill to amend the 1960 Commercial Code. The new Code, which replaces the old Commercial Code in force for over 62 years, has been anticipated by practitioners and the business community for a v …

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Investment opportunities for the Ethiopian diaspora community

Foreign nationals of Ethiopian origin can contribute to the development and prosperity of their country of origin. Consequently, restrictions on foreign nationals regarding the use of economic, social and administrative services do not apply to foreign nationals of Ethiopian origin who hold an …

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