- Development of the Firm
Due to the monopolistic market the firm was initially involved mainly in criminal litigation, but also did some civil litigation against structures of the colonial administration. Most of these cases were funded by the Legal Aid Department of the Council of Churches in Namibia. Since Independence in 1990 and despite fierce competition and discriminatory practices the firm has attracted a wide spectrum of corporate clients and its volume of civil work grew by ten-fold. The civil and commercial practice of the firm now accounts for the most substantial part of its fee-income. The firm operates from out of its own premises and boast of a fully fletched library both in hard and electronic form.
During 1992/1993 the firm acted as the Namibian consultants and local counsel for the promoters of the Southern African Fund Incorporated which was launched on the New York Stock Exchange with an underwritten capitalization of US$ 100 mil. The sole purpose of the Fund being to invest all the money raised on the New York Stock Exchange in listed and selected unlisted securities in the Southern African Region. The Fund is managed, amongst others, by Merrill Lynch. The firm acted together with its associates Mallinicks for the promoters involved with the launching and establishment of the City Savings and Investment Bank, the first bank established by indigenous Namibians.
During 1994 - 1995 and subsequent to a successful tender award, the firm was engaged by SADC, together with Tanzanian and American law firms, as part of a team of three consultants to develop and draft an Energy Protocol for SADC. This mission was completed successfully and the protocol was adopted by the Energy Ministers of SADC in Angola.
This firm has also drafted legislation, Bye Laws and Regulations for Namibian Ministries and Parastatals.
The firm was retained by NAMPOWER as local Counsel to Le Beouf, Lamb & Mcrae, an American firm on the Kudu Gas Project.
The firm has also acted as local Counsel for the African Development Bank.
During April 1988, Karuaihe & Conradie was founded as the first black law firm in the country. In 1998 the firm changed its name to Conradie & Damaseb.
- From the outset the firm had as its immediate objectives the training of black lawyers and making possible better access to justice by the historically disadvantaged black majority.
- Conradie & Damaseb can boast to be a truly multi-racial practice, a unique phenomenon in Namibia.
- Conradie & Damaseb was associated with Mallinicks, Attorneys, Cape Town for a period of 5 years.
- On the 1st of March 2006 Conradie & Damaseb opened a regional office in Swakopmund.
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