Håkon Skjerve-Nielssen

Leaders in Law endorses Håkon Skjerve-Nielssen as our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in Norway. If you wish to get in touch with Håkon  please use the contact information provided above.

Håkon Skjerve-Nielssen has great competence in handling corporate legal matters, with special experience within; contract law, transactions, compensation law, negotiations and disputes.

Håkon is mainly working in the sectors of; real estate/enterprise (property devolopment), trade/industry and bank & finance.

Håkon is known as a business minded lawyer, solution orientated and with the highest level of service. In addition to his law degree from Oslo he holds a Management degree from UK

Firm Description:

Skjerve-Nielssen & Co Law firms mission is to understand and work in the best of our clients interests, and give our legal advices in accordance with this.

We provide not just legal assessment but also strategic, in corporation between legal and business purposes.

One of the oldest Law Firms in Oslo, small and dedicated, with fulfilling expertice and a great «track  record» at court. Well-known Supreme Court sentences related to tax exemption for foundations and the non-statutory duty of loyalty in labour contracts. The biggest compensation case in Norwegian history: The Sleipner platform casualty

 

Amina Oyagbola

Leaders in Law endorses Amina Oyagbola as our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in Nigeria. If you wish to get in touch with Amina please use the contact information provided above.

Amina Oyagbola is an extremely versatile legal practitioner with significant footprints in Litigation, Corporate in-house Legal Management, Boardroom Practices and Processes and Human Resource Management. Her more than 35 years’ career spans Legal Consulting, Banking & Finance, Oil & Gas and Telecommunications.

She obtained her undergraduate law degree from Ahmadu Bello University, her masters’ in law from Trinity college, Cambridge University and her masters’ degree in business administration (MBA) from Lancaster University Management School. She was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in July 1983. Amina started her career as a legal practitioner in the Chambers of late Chief FRA Williams, the then leading litigation lawyer in Nigeria. She left advocacy in 1990 to set up the legal department in the freshly incorporated Crystal Bank. She later moved to the much older and larger United Bank for Africa Plc. as Head of the Legal Department to lead much needed reform and revival. From the Legal Department she moved on to Head the Human Capital Management Division and, subsequently, to set up the Private Banking Division as head.

Amina joined Shell Petroleum Development Company to develop a new function as Head, HR Strategy, Standards and Business Planning. In 2004, She joined MTN Nigeria Telecommunications Ltd (now Plc.), the leading telecommunications provider in Africa and the Middle East, as Corporate Services Executive and Corporate spokesperson.  During her 12-year tenure as a member of MTN Nigeria’s leadership team, she contributed notably to the company’s extraordinary growth and development. As Corporate Services Executive, she had oversight over Legal, Regulatory, Company Secretariat and Corporate Communications. She was the sole pioneer Executive Director of the MTN Foundation and ensured its growth into one of the most notable and innovative Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Institutions in Nigeria. She next became MTN’s Human Resources Executive where she led a strategic transformation in the Human Resources Function to improve business performance. Her leadership resulted in MTN becoming the first company in Nigeria to be accredited with the International Investors in People (IIP) Gold Standard in May 2015 as well as winning several other awards. She was also nominated as HR person of the year in 2015 by People Magazine. She served on the MTN Group Strategy Committee, and on the board of MTN Spacetel Benin Republic, chairing the Audit and Risk Committee of the Board.

In December 2015, during a period of regulatory crisis, she was called upon to lead the legal, Regulatory and Corporate Affairs functions, in addition to her continuing responsibility for Human Resources. She helped to work for an amicable resolution. In 2019, she was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by HR People Magazine. Although an original founder of Oyagbola Chambers, Amina took a long leave of absence and re-joined the firm in 2016. Her main areas of practice are Corporate Structuring, Transaction Advice, Corporate Regulation, Telecommunication and Master and Servant Advice and Regulations.

A passionate advocate for diversity and inclusiveness, she is the Founder and Chairperson of WISCAR (Women in Successful Careers), a not-for-profit, gender empowerment and strategic mentoring and leadership initiative for professional career women. She is a Chevening Scholar. Amina is a Fellow and Chair of The Africa Leadership Initiative – West Africa, a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) and Chartered Fellow of the United Kingdom Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). She is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors (IoD), a Certified Ethics Officer, the Chair of the IoD Ethics Committee, a Member of Women Corporate Directors and Former Vice Chair of the IoD Women Directors Development Committee. She is a Director, IOD Centre for Corporate Governance, a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants and a member of International Coaching Federation. Over the course of her career, she has attended and completed several executive and management courses at INSEAD, London Business School, IMD and Harvard Business School. Her Consummate 360 degrees understanding of business from both the inside and the outside makes her a skilled adviser and trusted business partner.

Firm Description:

Dependable, innovative, proactive and ethical, Oyagbola Chambers has established a reputation for providing excellent and dedicated service to our clients. Our core focus is on resolving the legal issues and concerns of our clients with practical, sustainable and business friendly solutions. Established in 1987, Oyagbola Chambers offers a range of services dedicated to helping our clients thrive and grow their business.

Our Corporate Structuring and Investment services help both foreign and local businesses set up and enhance their products and services by advising on optimal business vehicles for the realisation of their goals. Our Securities and Regulatory team are versed in navigating the rules, regulations and practices of the securities market and can help to identify opportunities.  Our Taxation and Compliance services help our clients to proactively map and navigate the often complex Federal, State and Municipal Laws of Nigeria and all her parts as they affect business. Our Transaction Advisory offerings are there to help our clients structure their transactions and keep them free of legal and regulatory pitfalls.

We offer diverse advisory and litigation services to many of the banks in Nigeria. Intellectual Property is a growth area especially in the protection of trademarks and marketing brands. We are well steeped in the laws and practices that govern these. Oil and Gas remain the largest earners of foreign exchange for Nigeria. However, investments in these areas need to be renewed and there is great scope for fresh investments. We provide guidance on the opportunities and regulations in these fields.

Our other offerings include:

Corporate and Commercial Litigation for the proactive protection of the corporate integrity and the commercial rights and interests of our clients. Alternative Dispute Resolution for more expedited and better assured resolution of conflicts. Debt Recovery and the controlled work-out of receivables due to clients. Master and Servant Issues which have become more complex as a result of increased regulatory protection of employees as well as the assurance of diversity in the workplace.

Our clients include Government Agencies, Banks, Insurance Companies, Manufacturing and Trading Companies, Multinational Companies and individuals. Our aim is to harness our knowledge and experience to deliver ideal solutions for the business needs of clients. Ethics Assurance. 

Practice Areas

  • Banking
  • Intellectual Property
  • Business Formation and Management
  • Negligence and Tort
  • Commercial litigation
  • Real Property Investment
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Energy and Minerals
  • Bespoke Services.

 

Katsaros Vasilis

Leaders in Law endorses Katsaros Vasilis as our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in Greece. If you wish to get in touch with Katsaros please use the contact information provided above.

Katsaros Vasilis is an attorney at accountancy since 1998

He is brought up in Athens and his family originates from Peloponnese. Vasilis finished a public school of Athens, and got his Accounting diploma from Technological Educational Institute in 2001. Also he finished  Economics and Business Administration from  Greek Open University of Economics at 2004. He did his training at Romaneas accountant firm since 1998 as an assistant accountant and continued as a freelancer accountant until 2002, when he founded Taxspirit consultant company.

His moto is that limit is the sky. Vasilis is married and he has one son and one daughter.

Personal skills and competences:

Travelling, sports (football), dance, theatre

Firm Description:

Main activities and responsibilities

Taxspirit Business Consulting Company is an Athens-based law firm specializing in Business consulting, Tax advisory, Tax planning and tax representation for foreigners companies.

We are a Member of the Athens Chamber of Tradesmen, Member of the Economic Chamber of Greece and we are Certified Accountants in Greece.

Languages

Greek and English are the languages used in the Firm, allowing us to offer services to companies over the world.

 

Timo Talvitie, M.Sc. (Econ.), LL.M.

Leaders in Law endorses Timo Talvitie as our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in Finland. If you wish to get in touch with Timo please use the contact information provided above.

Seasoned corporate governance and finance professional with exposure in multiple businesses including Corporate Services, Banking, FMCG, Bio-tech and Production industry.

In September 2017 I decided to pursue my long time dream of starting a business of my own and as the first step I decided to return back to law school for a while to finalize my law studies. I got my LL.B. in spring 2018 and my LL.M. at the end of 2018.

In Summer 2018 I started the operations of my own company Fimbul Oy, www.fimbul.fi. It is a Corporate Services provider assisting foreign companies of all sizes with all of their administrative needs in Finland. Fimbul Oy has close co-operation with the Finnish blue-chip accounting agency Rantalainen, so in addition to our own staff we have virtually unlimited resources to serve our clients in the fields of accounting, reporting and payroll.

Fimbul Oy is the natural continuation of my previous career, as I was heading the Finnish operations of multi-national corporate services providers Intertrust and CorpNordic for seven years prior returning to law school.

Before joining CorpNordic / Intertrust I was responsible for integrating the S-Bank acquired Citibank Finland consumer business into S-Bank operations and portfolio. This role was continuation to my earlier role as General Manager of Citibank Finland Consumer business. At Citi, in addition to everyday operations of the unit, I was responsible for restructuring the business and contributing to the sale of the business to S-Bank at the end of 2009.

My earlier responsibilities consist of CFO / Financial Manager roles in various companies, common nominator being the sole responsibility over finance function in these companies.

Firm Description:

We provide our clients a single point of contact through which they have access not only to our own services but also to those of our local network. Our services are fully scalable and they are always tailored to your specific needs: should you only need a registered address or a local director, we are happy to provide you just that. Alternatively, we can offer you a turnkey solution from incorporation to a full administrative package or anything inbetween, just as you wish. We want to let you concentrate on your business – let us take care of the administration.

Extensive experience and network at your service

Our founder has more than 20 years of experience of the administration of subsidiaries of multinational corporations in Finland. From 2011 to 2017, he was running the operations of a leading multinational corporate services provider in Finland, and the experiences and insights gained during that time form the foundation for Fimbul’s corporate services, which were launched in July 2018. To ensure best-in-class accounting and payroll services, we have teamed up with Finnish blue-chip accounting firm Rantalainen, which means we have access to their 40 years of experience, +40 offices and latest accounting, payroll and reporting systems. As a result, we are able to offer our clients industry-best practices and virtually unlimited resources in the fields of accounting, reporting and payroll and at the same time provide them with a single point of contact, 12-hour response time 24/7 and personalised services.

We have a vast network of legal and tax advisors, auditors and other local business service providers and are, thus, able to refer our clients to them for services that we do not provide ourselves.

 

Jeffrey D. Johnstone

Leaders in Law endorses Jeffrey D. Johnstone as our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in the Cayman Islands. If you wish to get in touch with Jeffrey please use the contact information provided above.

Jeffrey D. Johnstone is a senior attorney with expertise in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, secured lending, private equity and venture capital transactions, securities, and general corporate and commercial law. Jeffrey acts for both publicly listed and private companies in various sectors, high net worth individuals, banking institutions and other participants in the offshore and onshore markets. He is also frequently engaged in transactions involving the captive insurance industry.

Prior to joining Broadhurst LLC, Jeffrey practised at one of Toronto’s premier “Seven Sister” firms. He later co-founded a corporate finance boutique that included Fortune 500 companies in its portfolio of clients.

  • Representative matters include:
  • Represented the lenders in connection with a multijurisdictional $365,000,000 secured lending transaction.
  • Represented the purchaser in connection with the $90,000,000 sale of a controlling interest in a telecommunications company to a NASDAQ-listed company.
  • Represented the purchaser in connection with the $80,000,000 million public-private acquisition of a Cayman Islands television broadcasting and cable group.
  • Represented NASDAQ-listed software development company as the purchaser in $35,000,000 public-private acquisition of an industry-related target.
  • Represented the limited partners to the general partner in the structuring of a $100,000,000 private investment fund focused on “brownfield” assets.
  • Represented a biomedical fund in numerous equity offerings as part of its Series-B and Series-C rounds of investment.
  • Represented emerging technology fund in numerous equity offerings as part of the fund’s Series-A rounds of investment.
  • Represented an issuer in the telecommunications industry in connection with numerous convertible debt offerings as part of the issuer’s Series-A and Series-B rounds of financing.
  • Represented various offshore participants in multiple joint ventures related to the monetization of ICANN regulated gTLD assets.
  • Represented a mining and resource company migrating from its US domicile to the Cayman Islands in connection with the company’s IPO and public listing.
  • Represented an NYSE-listed “Fortune 100” company in numerous all-cash acquisitions of private company targets related to its growth strategy.
  • Represented a heavy machinery manufacturer, tool-and-die manufacturer and other “brick-and-mortar” industry participants in various cross-border enterprise sales and acquisitions.

Education; Professional Achievements and Community Activities Jeffrey holds his B.A. (Victoria College at the University of Toronto, 1994), M.A. (University of Guelph, 1996) and LL.B (University of Windsor, 1999). Jeffrey was called as a Barrister and Solicitor in Ontario,
Canada in 2001 and as an Attorney-at-Law in the Cayman Islands in 2011. Jeffrey is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada (non-practising) and the Cayman Islands Law Society. Outside of the office, Jeffrey enjoys traditional and sport rock climbing, alpine skiing and adventure travel.

Firm Description:

Broadhurst LLC is a boutique offshore law firm specialising in Cayman Islands litigation and corporate law, advising both local and international clients. Our areas of expertise include: litigation & dispute resolution; corporate & commercial; insolvency & restructuring; trusts; compliance & regulatory; private client; personal injury; family & children; insurance; and conveyancing. As a client focused law firm, we work closely with our clients to identify and resolve their legal issues with practical and creative solutions.

We are frequently engaged in local and international disputes and transactions by multinational institutions, high-net-worth individuals, creditors, debtors, directors, officers, shareholders, liquidators, receivers and other professionals. We frequently handle Cayman litigation and transactions on behalf of non-Cayman law firms and in-house counsel. As a client first law firm, we apply our extensive knowledge and experience to vigorously represent the interests of our clients while at the same time providing them with the highest standard of professionalism through our exceptional responsiveness, service, and approachability.

 

Sereyrath Kiri

Leaders in Law endorses Sereyrath Kiri as our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in Cambodia. If you wish to get in touch with Sereyrath please use the contact information provided above.

Sereyrath Kiri (纪国平) has legal experience in Cambodia and the USA. He was a member of the first Cambodian team to join the Willem C. Vis Moot International Commercial Arbitration in Austria in 2010. A member of Cambodian Bar Association and New York State Bar, Mr. Sereyrath holds a master degree of laws (LL.M) from University of Washington, Seattle. Also, Sereyrath is a commercial arbitrator registered with the National Commercial Arbitration of Cambodia (NCAC).

Currently he teaches corporate, security, and contract laws at Royal University of Law and Economics. He speaks Khmer, English, Mandarin, and basic Thai.

Prior to founding the firm, he worked as a legal advisor at a leading regional law office in Phnom Penh providing legal advice and assistance to local and foreign investors across multiple practice areas including:

  • Real estate and construction: drafting various real estate documents such as lease, sale and purchase, mortgage, and construction agreement. Advising on property transfer process, land due diligence, title conversion and consolidation. Preparing applications on long term lease registration, hypothec registration, and construction permit.
  • Corporate and commercial: assisting in corporate matters such as doing company registration and dissolution, share transfer, and corporate compliance with Ministry of Commerce, General Department of Taxation, and the Council for the Development of Cambodia. Applying for specific business license from some ministries and authorities. Drafting memorandum of advice and legal opinion on various corporate matters.
  • Banking and finance : drafting financial documents such as loan, guarantee, escrow, and other security agreements. Advising on banking and microfinance license applications.
  • Mining and Energy: applying for various mining and energy licenses for clients. Advising on merger and acquisition of local mining companies. Drafting and reviewing various agreements in this sectors such as supply agreement, construction agreement, and joint venture agreement.
  • Taxes: advising on tax compliance and on specific business transactions.
  • Citizenship and immigration: advising and assisting clients on their Cambodian and US immigration law matters such as citizenship and other immigration applications.
  • Family Law: advising and assisting clients on their family law issues such as marriage, divorce, child custody, adoption, and will.
  • Dispute resolution: advising on litigation and arbitration cases. Drafting legal memorandum and other necessary documents for submission to the judges and arbitrators.

Firm Description:

Husky and Partners Law Firm is a professional advisory firm established by experienced lawyers with a unique depth of experience of law and its application in the Cambodian context.  Our team is capable of providing legal assistance to new foreign investors entering the market as well as already established operating businesses in Khmer, English, and Chinese.  We take pride in our strong work ethic and our goal to cooperate closely with our clients to help them achieve success in Cambodia.

 

Jasmine Amaria

Leaders in Law endorses Jasmine Amaria as our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in British Virgin Islands. If you wish to get in touch with Jasmine please use the contact information provided above.

Jasmine is a partner in Carey Olsen’s corporate and finance practice, based in London.

Jasmine advises on both BVI and Cayman Islands corporate law and has significant experience in investment funds and corporate and finance matters, including fund formation, fund financing, general corporate and finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and shareholder arrangements as well as group reorganisations and restructurings. She also advises investment and private equity funds on distressed situations.

Jasmine regularly advises Indian companies and clients, as well as those looking to make foreign investments into India.

Jasmine also recently advised Stride Gaming plc on the BVI corporate aspects of its takeover by Rank Group plc which won Carey Olsen the Middle Market Deal of the Year at the Deal Awards Europe 2019.

Jasmine is recognised as a ‘Leading Individual’ by Legal 500, by Chambers UK for her corporate and finance expertise and by Who’s Who Legal (2021) for her private funds work.

Career

Jasmine trained and qualified at Slaughter and May, where she spent 9 years, prior to working for another offshore law firm.

Whilst at Slaughter and May, she advised investment banks and corporate clients in relation to capital markets and structured finance transactions, securitisations, IPOs, investment fund, private equity and banking structures as well as providing general commercial and corporate advice to clients.

In her last role, Jasmine focused on both alternative investment funds and private equity funds, and regularly advised on their establishment, on-going corporate transactions and financing activities. She has also advised clients on their fund restructurings and distressed situations.

Advises on

Firm Description:

Carey Olsen is a leading offshore law firm. We advise on Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey law across a global network of nine international offices.

We are a full service law firm working across banking and finance, corporate and M&A, investment funds and private equity, trusts and private wealth, dispute resolution, insolvency and property law.

Our clients include global financial institutions, investment funds, private equity houses, multi-national corporations, public organisations, sovereign wealth funds, ultra high net worth individuals, family offices, directors, trustees and private clients.

We work alongside all of the major onshore law firms, accountancy firms and insolvency practitioners on corporate transactions and matters involving our jurisdictions.

Our advice is delivered by an approachable and experienced team of globally-minded lawyers who work in partnership with our clients to help them achieve their objectives. We have the expertise and resources to handle the most complex international transactions combined with a personal approach to business.

In the face of opportunities or challenges, our clients know that the advice and guidance they receive from us will be based on a complete understanding of their goals and objectives combined with outstanding client service, technical excellence and commercial insight.

Whether playing a lead or a supporting role, we always look at the bigger picture.

 

Kwabena Adu-Kusi

Leaders in Law endorses Kwabena Adu-Kusi as our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in Ghana. If you wish to get in touch with Kwabena, please use the contact information provided above.

The firm is currently headed and managed by Kwabena Adu-Kusi. Kwabena has considerable experience across the whole range of corporate and commercial transactions. Kwabena also has wide ranging experience in corporate disputes.

Kwabena has actively worked in the financial sector of Ghana in various capacities. He helped set up the Legal Department of Intercontinental Bank Ghana Limited (now known as Access Bank) and was the Head of the Legal Department.  He provided legal services to BSIC Bank (Ghana) Limited at the early stages of its formation.

He was also the Legal and Compliance Officer of CAL Bank Limited.

Prior to founding the firm, Kwabena was the Legal Advisor of the CFAO Group in Ghana (Comprising CFAO Ghana Limited, Pens and Plastics Ghana Limited, CFAO Equipment Ghana Limited and Puma Ghana Limited)

In the early years of his legal career, Kwabena was a Senior Associate responsible for litigation at Ntrakwah & Company; a corporate and commercial law firm, and its subsidiary Corporate Profile Limited; a company engaged in company secretarial practice, where he provided legal services to several  individuals,  National and International firms and organizations including Insurance and Re-Insurance Companies, Banking and Non-banking Financial Institutions, Investment, Manufacturing and Mining Companies. He has also advised on the divestiture of public companies and public listings on the Ghana Stock Exchange.

Kwabena has taught Company Law, Partnerships and Business Law in institutions including the Central Bank of Ghana Training School, Association of Certified Entrepreneurs and Institute of Professional Studies in Ghana.

Kwabena serves on several boards and is a court member of the International Court of Arbitration of ICC (International Chamber of Commerce).

Firm Description:

We are an immensely vibrant and diverse full-service corporate and commercial law firm located in the heart of Accra. Following our genesis in 2008, Adu-Kusi, formerly Law Bureau, has grown to become an exceptional law firm with excellent specialization across a wide spectrum of practice areas including Corporate and commercial, Mergers and acquisition, Banking, Finance, Dispute resolution, Intellectual property, Oil and gas, Energy and renewable resources, Pensions and employment and Trade and investment.

We are committed to providing a progressive and innovative approach to the delivery of our legal services, ensuring that our clients are furnished with cutting-edge services in respect of the work we do as well as the advice we offer.

We have more than a decade of experience in representing and advising both local and international business entities, corporations and think tanks in Ghana and across Africa, in groundbreaking deals and transactions. These include:

  • representing the foremost and largest local service provider in the oil industry in Ghana in a joint venture with two multinational oil corporations and advising the joint venture on all aspects of a contract to drill and maintain oil wells worth over USD 800m;
  • representing and advising an international bank relating to the setting up of the Bank in Ghana;
  • representing and advising a Ghanaian public entity on the acquisition of all of the equity interest of Aluminum Corporation of America (ALCOA) in one the best reputed aluminum smelting plants in the world (originally owned by Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation (KACC) and ALOCA;
  • representing RigWorld Services Limited in a joint venture and all aspects of a contract with Damco worth over USD100m for the provision of logistical services to Mearsk JV;
  • representing a key quasi-public institution on all aspect of joint venture to develop a 450MW gas fired Combined Cycle Power Plant (225MW x 2) (the Project) in Ghana, among others.

Our strength rests in our ability to harness new and pragmatic strategies to assist our clients conquer the competitive world we find ourselves in.

We are creative, competent, forward-thinking and painstaking in the delivery of our legal services, always striving for the attainment of the goals of our clients.

 

José Mario Valdivieso Berdugo

Leaders in Law endorses José Mario as our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in El Salvador. If you wish to get in touch with José, please use the contact information provided above.

Jose Mario has been a partner of Valdivieso & Associates (LEGIC El Salvador) since 1992. He currently directs the firm’s corporate and investment departments; assisting clients to identify and pursue business opportunities in Central America, the United States and Europe, as well as the coordination of international transactions in Central and South America, Mexico, the United States and Europe. He has been an advisor to several multinational companies such as Toni & Guy U.S.A. in California and Texas.

Jose Mario served as Dean of the Faculty of Legal and Social Sciences of the New San Salvador University (UNSSA); He has been a Professor of Business Law at American College of El Salvador and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the German / Salvadoran Chamber of Commerce and an active member in the main bi-national chambers of commerce.

Firm Description:

LEGIC El Salvador (Valdivieso & Asociados) was founded in 1974 and provides consulting services to both public and private entities, specializing in corporate legal services to private sector companies. The firm’s principal focus is on advising international businesses and it is currently an active member of the binational chambers of commerce of Germany, Mexico, the UK, and the USA.

Our practice areas are multidisciplinary, with an emphasis on Corporate Law, including Conflict Resolution and the support of investment in Central and South America, Mexico, the US and Europe.

LEGIC, an alliance of Central American Law Firms, was formed as a result of our customers’ growing desire to be able to access integrated legal solutions at a regional level while being able to retain local-level attention. Legic is made up of 5 Central America-based law firms each committed to the same guiding principles and client-centric approach.

With over 50 years of joint experience, we have helped drive growth for our clients, from multinational companies to small and medium-sized enterprises.

With Legic, our clients can access integrated legal services across Central America. Through the alliance, we have offices in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, on the back of rising investor interest in the region from Asian clients we have established operations in Hong Kong. LEGIC’s geographical reach also extends to Mexico and the US, including the State of New York where we are licensed to practice.

Meet our partners in Central America: Legic Partners in Central America / Brochure

 

Harlene Ngalula

Leaders in Law endorses Harlene Ngalula as our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in the Congo. If you wish to get in touch with Harlene, please use the contact information provided above.

Harlene NGALULA holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Law from the Protestant University in Congo. She joined KALAMBA & ASSOCIES since 2014 where she serves as coordinator. She is a lawyer registered at the Kinshasa / Matete Bar. She has proven experience in business law.

Areas of expertise:

  • Negotiation of loan agreements
  • Preparation and presentation of pleadings before the Courts and Tribunals
  • Preparation of general meetings of companies and drafting of minutes
  • Representation, assistance and legal advice
  • Verification of statutory standards and drafting of companies Articles of Association
  • Negotiation and settlement of contentious cases
  • Realization of mortgages in favor of the customers
  • Participate in the drafting and revision of various social acts
  • Obtaining for foreign employees establishment and work visas
  • Recovery of debts according to OHADA law procedures
  • Manage upstream and downstream labor litigations
  • Management of judicial cases in different jurisdictions
  • Transcription and modification of legal documents
  • Investigate for the search of untraceable debtors
  • Thorough knowledge of Labor Law
  • In-depth knowledge of civil law

She is also very active in non-governmental organizations working for the promotion and development of women such as:

CETRAC GHK and WOMEN OF GOOD HEART

Firm Description:

KALAMBA & ASSOCIES expertise is mainly recognized as a general business law firm, with special focus in the mining sector. We also have an extensive experience on projects financing, we provide services on permanent basis to the World Bank, through its affiliate the IFC.

It is important to note that KALAMBA & ASSOCIES has been classified in Band 1, in the Democratic Republic of Congo on General Business category, by the Chambers & Partners magazine for 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, and as the best law firm in the mining sector by Who’s Who Legal.

KALAMBA & ASSOCIES is considered as one of the leading business law firm in DRC. Indeed we are working as local counsel to firms such as SIMMONS & SIMMONS, CLIFFORD CHANCE (Paris, London, Washington), NORTON ROSE, LINKLATERS, WERKSMANS, WHITE & CASE, STIKEMAN LLP, EDWARD NATHAN, ALLEN & OVERY (Beijin), ENS AFRICA, FASKEN MARTINEAU, McDermott Will & Emery.

The firm has accumulated thirty years’ experience on international business law. We provide clients with recognized expertise in both common law and civil law (the Congolese system), and in both English and French. Our clients include Congolese and foreign corporations, governments and private individuals.

  • The Firm has a commanding experience in telecommunication.

We have assisted the following companies:

  • TELECEL CONGO SPRL, which was the first cellular company in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC);
  • VODACOM SOUTH AFRICA, during their establishment phase in DRC;
  • MTN, in its attempt to buy CCT SARL, a local cellular company controlled by Chinese;
  • FRANCE TELECOM, in its attempt to buy ZAIN SPRL (currently AIRTEL);
  • THE INTERNATIONAL FINANCE CORPORATION, for 150 million US Dollars loan to OASIS SPRL (MILLICOM’s subsidiary);
  • HELIOS TOWERS, which has launched a subsidiary and which will manage the telecommunication towers, for the telecommunication companies;
  • Google Inc, in the creation of its local entity.
  • The firm is fully experience in inbound investment:

We provide a comprehensive discussion of the laws generally affecting business operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, including D.R. Congo’s foreign investment laws. We are fully experienced in assisting foreign invested enterprises in D.R. Congo, co-operative joint ventures as well as wholly foreign owned enterprise. Our experience and capabilities include:

  • Participating foreign investment projects overall structure design, advising on various issues such as investment form, contribution methods, land use right, technology licensing, custom procedure, employment contract, government approval, environment and tax preferential treatment, etc.;
  • Assisting clients on whole process of establishing a representative office in D.R. Congo, including MOU negotiation, due diligence, legal documentation, contract negotiation, government approval as well as business registration;
  • Assisting on tax planning for foreign investments and residences in D.R. Congo and applying tax preferential treatment when applicable;
  • Acting as external legal advisor after foreign investment enterprise’s establishment in D.R. Congo, advising on daily operational related legal issues, such as taxes, imports, labour management, etc.;
  • Providing high quality legal document translation and other value-added services as required.
  • KALAMBA & ASSOCIES has leading experience in natural resources:

We regularly advise on all matters relating to mining assets and the conversion, acquisition and disposal of mining rights and titles. Typical transactions in which KALAMBA & ASSOCIES members would be involved include due diligence on local mining companies or titles, joint ventures and shareholder agreements, acquisitions and dispositions, royalties and mine construction and mine operating agreements.

We have provided legal services to ANGLO AMERICAN, MMGI MINERALS, MWANA AFRICA PLC, ADASTRA, LAZARE KAPLAN INC, FIRST QUANTUM Ltd, TULLOW OIL PLC, KATANGA MINING, VALE, WANBAO, JINCHUAN, RIO TINTO, MMG LIMITED, etc.

  • Our firm provides services on international financing matters:

International mining projects demand our skills in such complex areas as structuring transactions to promote tax efficiencies, reduce exposure to political and regulatory risk and facilitate financing.

Mining finance is an important dimension of our firm and includes private placements, assistance in public offerings, project debt financing, forward sales and other hedging transactions.

The firm represents CITIGROUP, INTERNATIONAL FINANCE CORPORATION (IFC) and INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION OF SOUTH AFRICA (IDC), on permanent basis. We have provided services to a bank’s syndicate for the financing structure and package for KMT (Adastra Project in Kolwezi) which involved an investment of350 millions USD and to RAND MERCHANT BANK INTERNATIONAL for loans of $10 million to ANVILL MINING, and to FORTIS S.A. for $30 million to ANVILL MINING, to a consortium of Banks led by OPIC for 650 Million to TENKE FUNGURUME, to STANDARD BANK OF SOUTH AFRICA for 160 million, to RUASHI MINING SPRL, to GMP Securities LP for 150 million facility agreement to BANRO

KALAMBA & ASSOCIES was also recently retained by the World Bank, with an American financial institution STERLING MERCHANT BANK, to provide legal services to the DRC Government regarding the negotiation of its internal debt.