Augustine Dominic Shio

Managing Partner


Mr. Shio is an influential legal expert with an impressive career spanning over four decades making him a notable figure in the legal practice, particularly in the realm of white-collar crimes in Tanzania. Before establishing his private practice, Mr. Shio held pivotal roles in the public sector. His notable positions include serving as a Principal State Attorney at the National Legal Bureau, Legal Advisor at the President’s Office (Committee for Enforcement of Ethical Standards), and Director of Legal Services and Grievances at the Ministry of Public Affairs. He culminated his public service as a Deputy Director of Prosecutions at the National Prosecution Office.

Mr. Shio is known for securing the best plea-bargaining deals in Tanzania, especially for individuals facing charges related to money laundering, and economic and organized crimes. He also specializes in private investigations, cybercrimes, and forensics, enhancing the firm’s capabilities in handling complex cases. His diverse background in both the public and private sectors, coupled with his accolades, speaks volumes about his expertise and commitment to providing exceptional services. Mr. Shio also advises senior management, boards of directors, and high net-worth individuals on complex investigations, plea-bargaining, compliance, and criminal issues arising from the countries’ anti-fraud, anti-terrorism, and anti-corruption laws. Mr. Shio is a recipient of the Presidential Medal for his distinctive public services and ethics of the highest order.

  • Lead counsel on a successfully negotiated plea deal of a case which involved a multinational Company. The deal successfully reduced the liability from 75 billion to 12 billion with acquittal of Executive officials.
  • Consulted and assisted several top figures and high net worth individuals in securing pre-trial and post-trial bail for serious criminal charges.
  • Provided strategic counsel to multinational corporations, navigating them through the intricacies of money laundering and tax evasion issues throughout the entire life cycle of their commercial transactions.
  • Assisted several multi-jurisdictional companies to identify and mitigate the corruption risks, potential misconduct, including matters that arise through whistleblower reports, internal controls, or due diligence processes.
  • Assisted several global brands in automotive industry and pharmaceutical sector on investigating counterfeited products, conducting raids and seizure.
  • Attended the Prosecution of Fraud And Money Laundering Cases, Arusha, Organized by British Council
  • Attended the International Cooperation On Mutual Legal Assistance, Winchester, UK.
  • The Changing Face Of International Cooperation In Criminal Matters In The 21st Century: Christ Church, In Oxford UK Organized by Commonwealth Secretariat, August 2002.
  • Legal Process – UNODC/ISS Seminar On The Ratification And Implementation Of The UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime In Mauritius.
  • Participated In Commonwealth Project On Counter – Terrorism Training Of Trainers Programme – Nikosia, Cyprus.
  • Attended Training On Issues And Policies Of International Anti-Terrorism, Public Security College, Hangzhou, People’s Republic Of China.
  • Attended The 8th Yearly International Summit On Transnational Crime And Homeland Global Security Forum, Montecarlo Monaco. October/November, 2006
  • Good Governance: Responding Effectively To Present And Future Needs. RIPA International, United Kingdom.
  • Tanganyika Law Society
  • East Africa Law Society