Sousa Silva

Leaders in Law endorses Sousa Silva as our exclusively recommended Intellectual Property Law expert in Angola. If you wish to get in touch with Sousa, please use the contact information provided above.

Sousa Silva is the Founder of Sousa Saraiva da Silva- IP. He is an attorney with over 12 years of enriched experience in commercial, corporate, banking, administrative, labor, IP, immigration, family, inheritance, tax, legal audits, litigation (including extrajudicial and judicial debt collection) areas. He holds a post-graduate degree in law from Agostinho Neto University, Angola. Previously, he had worked with Coca-Cola. He is an experienced attorney with a demonstrated history of working in the legal services industry.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Corporate Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Patent Law
  • Copyright & Trademark Law
  • Labour Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Tax Law
  • Family Law

Firm Description:


We strive to be the benchmark for excellence in the field of legal services.
We provide legal assistance services in Angola, with highest professionalism and ethics, combined with national and international experience and practices.

We deliver highly efficient, effective, and innovative IP solutions to our clients with an objective to provide high-quality and responsive intellectual property rights services maintaining the highest international standards.
With our enriched experience, we cater to every aspect of intellectual property rights – patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Our integrated IP solutions enable our clients to maximize their potential and have a competitive edge in the business.


Huw Moses

Leaders in Law endorses Huw Moses as our exclusively recommended Intellectual Property Law expert in the Cayman Islands. If you wish to get in touch with Huw, please use the contact information provided above.

Huw Moses is the Managing Partner of HSM IP. He advises on all aspects of Intellectual Property protection, enforcement and dispute resolution specialising in the Caribbean. Huw is a member of various Cayman Islands Government Committees on IP reform. From 1984 until 1993 Huw was a solicitor in the UK practicing with Lovells (now Hogan Lovells). In 1993 he moved to the Cayman Islands where he joined a local firm which in due course became part of one of the largest offshore law firms in the world. In 2003 Huw became the Managing Partner of the Cayman office until he left to form the HSM Group in 2012. The firm’s memberships include INTA, CITMA, AIPLA and IPCA. Huw has attended the annual INTA meeting every year for over 15 years along with several other members of HSM IP. Huw has also played a key role in setting up the Intellectual Property Caribbean Association (IPCA).

Huw was appointed and is an active member of the Intellectual Property Steering Committee (IPSC) in the Cayman Islands.

Areas of Expertise

  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Litigation
  • Insolvency and Restructuring
  • Employment Law


  • University of Birmingham

Bar Admissions

  • (1984) England and Wales (not practicing)
  • (1993) Cayman Islands
  • (2005) British Virgin Islands

Firm Description:

The HSM Group is comprised of HSM Chambers, HSM Corporate Services Ltd. and HSM IP Ltd. As a full-service law firm in the Cayman Islands, we specialise in Immigration, Employment, Corporate and Commercial, Family, Property, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Restructuring, Insolvency, Private Client and Debt Solutions.

HSM IP Ltd. provides worldwide intellectual property services, but specialises in the Caribbean. Based in the Cayman Islands our experienced team of attorneys and paralegals deliver first class service to a broad client base which includes major Fortune Global 500 brand owners, international law firms and other specialist IP practices.

Our interactive database enables us to proactively manage each client’s portfolio efficiently and cost-effectively in an environmentally friendly and substantially paperless workplace. It also enables us to fulfil our clients’ specific reporting and invoicing requirements, including multi-currency invoicing and e-billing.

The growth of our firm has enabled us to establish a specialist Caribbean IP department whose members regularly contribute to leading IP publications.

We have substantial experience in taking action to address the infringement of trade marks and patents and in the conduct of passing-off actions. We are also able to offer investigative services to identify the source of, and distributors of, infringing goods, working closely with police and customs officials as necessary.

We have over 50 country guides for patents and trade marks across the Caribbean, which can be viewed on our website. Click here to download our regularly updated client guides for further information.


HSM Chambers acts on a wide-range of matters both transactional and contentious and non-contentious litigation. We regularly advise and act for the Attorney General of the Cayman Islands and our attorneys currently are appointed members of or chair various Cayman Islands’ Tribunals and are appointed as Law Reform Commissioners and Grand Court Taxing Officers. In addition our attorneys are regularly appointed by the court to take depositions for use in foreign proceedings. As a result of our broad reach, we are able to apply an immense range of technical experience and local knowledge to our client matters that is unsurpassed in this jurisdiction.

HSM IP with its team of attorneys and experienced paralegals have unrivalled experience in protecting their client’s IP rights and managing IP assets.


Meti Ketner

Leaders in Law endorses Meti Ketner as our exclusively recommended Intellectual Property Law expert in Slovenia. If you require any asistance in this area, please use the contact details provided by Meti’s profile below;

KETNER, Legal Consultancy, Representation and Protection, Ltd.
Tržaška cesta 134, 1000 Ljubljana, SLOVENIJA
T: +386 (0) 51 344 655
F: +386 (0) 599 42 142

or contact us at & we will put you in touch.

Meti Ketner is a passionate and innovative lawyer and a businesswoman, European Trademark and Design Attorney, the CEO and the founder of KETNER® Ltd. which is constantly progressing and expanding and following the key trends of Intellectual Property Protection to which clients can rely on.

Meti Ketner is aware that the Intellectual Property Protection sector is constantly evolving. Ideas of the future are already changing the present moment. She is very proud to show the world the intellectual capacity of Slovenia – the rising star of this world.

KETNER® founded by Meti Ketner in 2008 focuses on industrial property protection (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, etc.) and offers a comprehensive and strategic approach to the Intellectual Property Challenges of modern times, both for corporations as well as individuals. To maintain strong market position KETNER® company represent their clients in Intellectual Property Proceedings at the national, European, and international levels.

KETNER®’s professional field extends from the personal touch of in-depth analysis of the idea itself focused on problem-solving inventions and related patent technical documentation, supported by legal advice, expert reports, IP searches, and monitoring, valuating, to the other specialist support in the field of industrial property rights and beyond. Operating with vision and optimism, KETNER®’s protected Intellectual Property is manifesting through brilliant industrial property rights reflecting the originality of its owners. The KETNER®’s coverage ranges from representation in the process of acquisition, registration, maintenance, to enforcement of industrial property rights in Slovenia and worldwide.

Prior to practicing law in her own company, Meti Ketner was working for the larger Slovenian professional legal offices and also for institutions of public importance and in the frame of international projects of great importance for Slovenia. Meti Ketner strives for success working together with the team of highly-qualified experts by doing the best for their clients. To maintain its strong market position KETNER® is reflecting its strength.

Areas of Expertise

  • Corporate & Commercial
  • Intellectual Property

Work Experience

Before practicing law in her own company, Meti Ketner was working for larger Slovenian professional legal offices and also for institutions of public importance in the frame of international projects of great importance for Slovenia.

  • 2008 onwards: KETNER, Ltd. – Founder, Director of the company, Trade Mark and Design Attorney, Expert for Patents
  • 2006-2009: AGENCIJA VEBO, družba za invencije, pravno svetovanje in nove medije, d.o.o. – Director
  • 2005-2006: HIGHER COURT IN MARIBOR – Judicial intern
  • 2004-2005: INSTITUTE OF SHAREHOLDERSHIP – Legal consultant and project manager
  • 2003: MIRO SENICA – ODVETNIK – Attorney, lawyer intern
  • 2001-2002: SCHOENHERR, d.o.o. – Head of Legal Department
  • During her studies, Meti Ketner worked as an Assistant in the framework of two international PHARE projects; “Further Alignment of Slovene Statistical Methodology with EC Requirements and Reinforcement of the Institutional Capacity of Slovene Statistical Office in View of Accession to the EU” (SORS) and “Approximation of Legislation and Enforcement Programme” (Government Office of the Republic of Slovenia for legislation).
  • CEIPI (Center for International Intellectual Property Studies), University of Strasbourg,Strasbourg, France – Basic Training in European Patent Law (2015/2016-2016/2017)
  • Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia, CBE -Training Programme for professional training of candidates for detectives (2015) – specialization in the field of intellectual property
  • WIPO, World Intellectual Property Organization, Innovation Division and The Republic of Slovenia, Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, Slovenian Intellectual Property Office (2012) – Intellectual property valuation training
  • WIPO, World Intellectual Property Organization and The Republic of Slovenia, Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, Slovenian Intellectual Property Office and The Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (2010) – Franchising and Licensing Agreement
  • European Patent Office, European Patent Academy (2009) – European Patent Academy Summer School AU47-2009 “IPR for researches”
  • The Republic of Slovenia, Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, Slovenian Intellectual Property Office (2003) – Master examination for Trade Mark and Design Attorney
  • The Republic of Slovenia, Ministry of the Interior, Directorate for the Organization and Development of Administration, Administration Academy (2002) – Master examination for employees in the public administration and justice system
  • University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Law – International law/university degree in law (2000)

Firm Description:

  • We are Slovene legal office specialising in intellectual property, focusing on industrial property (trademarksindustrial designspatents, etc.).We provide legal advice, prepare expert reports, and perform searches and monitoring and other specialist support in the field of industrial property rights and beyond.
  • We provide representation in the processes of acquisition, registration, maintenance, and enforcement of industrial property rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs…). We are official Patent Attorney entered in the Register of Patent Attorneys at the Slovenian Intellectual Property Office (No. 258) and the Office of Harmonization for the Internal Market (EU) (No. 46191).
  • We provide representation in domain names disputes.
  • We encourage the development of copyright, intellectual property and other rights deriving from the creative activities of human being.
  • We are the owners of ZASCITA.SI, PROTECTION.SI and KLIK TV trademarks, and the company founder, Meti Ketner, is the co-owner of VODA.SI trademark.
  • We are ambitiously tackling everyday tasks. Our goal is to raise awareness about the importance of intellectual property and intellectual property protection.


Humphrey Schurman

Leaders in Law endorses Humphrey Schurman as our exclusively recommended Intellectual Property Law expert in Suriname. If you wish to get in touch with Humphrey please use the contact information provided above.

Areas of Expertise

  • Immigration law (visa, labor permit), nationality issues
  • Corporate law, setting up N.V. or branche office, legal opinion, mediation in merger issues
  • Due diligence reports
  • Labor law, hiring and firing, mediation in employer/employee issues
  • Collection procedures national and international
  • Intellectual property, trademark registration, brand abuse issues
  • Real estate, brokerage, mediation in sales issues, inheritance issues
  • Family law

Furthermore Schurman Advocaten has a network of national and international reliable experts for any other legal field such as insurance of cars, homes, business premises, international transports, etc. etc.


Anthony B. Peralta

Leaders in Law endorses Anthony B. Peralta as our exclusively recommended Intellectual Law expert in Philippines. If you wish to get in touch with Anthony, please use the contact information provided above.

Anthony B. Peralta is a Senior Partner and the head of the Firm’s Corporate Law and Intellectual Property Departments. His practice involves a broad range of areas such as: banking and finance, business process outsourcing, capital markets, commercial litigation, government contracts and procurement law, data privacy and protection, mergers and acquisitions, project finance, securities, energy law, environmental law, taxation, and transportation law.

Atty. Peralta also has experience in commercial and criminal litigation, having appeared in various cases involving insolvency, corporate rehabilitation, disputed tax assessments, unfair competition, and trademark and patent infringement. He notably served as a private prosecutor in the impeachment case of former President Joseph Estrada and in his plunder case before the Sandiganbayan. He previously argued before the Supreme Court in a case involving the foreign ownership issue involving the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company.

Atty. Peralta has been recognized by Who’s Who Legal, a London-based publication, as a global leader in Information Technology law. As part of his practice, he has assisted in the structuring of settlement agreements for technology, intellectual property, and privacy cases. He has represented various global companies in negotiating and drafting software, hardware, internet, cloud, cyber security, and other information technology transactions.

Atty. Peralta is a member of several local and international organizations, such as the Asian Patent Attorneys Association, Intellectual Property Association of the Philippines, International Trademark Association, Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Rizal Chapter, and the Intellectual Property Professors Association. He is the current country representative of the Information Technology Law Association (ITECH Law) and is a Director and past President of the Licensing Executives Society Philippines. He was also the previous president of the Intellectual Property Alumni Association. He has been a faculty member of the De La Salle University College of Law since 2011. He served as Associate dean from 2017-2022. He teaches Corporation Law, Mergers & Acquisditions, Credit Transactions, Cyber Law, Intellectual Property, Land Titles & Deeds and Legal Forms.

Areas of Expertise

  • Banking and Finance
  • Business Process Outsourcing
  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Data Privacy and Protection
  • Environmental Law
  • Energy
  • Estate Planning
  • Foreign Investments
  • Government Contracts and Procurement
  • Labor Law, Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Project Finance
  • Securities Law
  • Technology Media and Telecommunications
  • Taxation and Transportation.

Firm Description

Calleja Law Office offers a strong team of high-calibre lawyers from various backgrounds and specializations, bringing with them wealth of experience and triumphs, bound by the same passion for commitment, excellence and integrity.

Founded in 2008 by Atty. Howard M. Calleja, CALLEJA PERALTA JIMENEZ SAN LUIS UY & ULIBAS (CALLEJA LAW OFFICE) has evolved into one of the fastest growing full-service law firms in the Philippines. It attributes its rapid growth to continued adherence to its core principles of Commitment, Excellence and Integrity. The extremely volatile business environment prevailing in the Philippines has presented new challenges and opportunities for its clients in the energy, financial services, medical services, real estate, tourism, technology, media, telecommunications sectors.  Now more than ever, clients require and demand individualized representation of the highest quality from their legal counsel.

Our goal is for each of our clients to meet their business objectives by providing the highest quality legal services, which is timely, responsive and cost effective.  The strength of our client list and endurance of our client relationships attest to our success in meeting that goal. We treat each and every one of our clients as business partners and we combine top rate professional skills and solid business judgment in order to play an active role in ensuring our clients’ success.

After building its reputation by successfully representing clients in significant landmark cases, the firm has metamorphosed into a full service firm with a diverse range of practice areas: Arbitration, Banking and Finance, Dispute Resolution and Litigation, Business Process Outsourcing, Capital Markets, Corporate  Law, Data Privacy and Protection, Election Law, Estate Planning, Family Law, Foreign Investments, Government Contracts, Immigration Law, Intellectual Property, Labor and Employment Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Project Finance, Technology Media and Telecommunications, Taxation and Transportation.


Karine Disdier-Mikus

Leaders in Law endorses Karine Disdier-Mikus as our exclusively recommended Intellectual Property Law expert in France. If you wish to get in touch with Karine, please use the contact information provided above.

Karine Disdier-Mikus is a partner at Fiducial Legal by Lamy and heads the firm’s IP practice. She holds a master’s from a French University and an LLM from McGill University, Canada. She is a former European trademark and design attorney and has more than 20 years’ experience in trademark prosecution and IP litigation, brand protection, anti-counterfeiting, brand enforcement and transactional intellectual property.

Ms Disdier-Mikus has also developed significant expertise concerning domain names, UDRP proceedings and new gTLD domains. She is an active member of INTA and other related association, such as the Association of Trademark and Design Law Practitioners and the Pharmaceutical Trademarks Group.


  • Intellectual property
  • Global Intellectual Property Portfolio Management
  • Anti-counterfeiting
  • Internet, domain names and new gTLDs
  • Licensing/R&D

Professional Activities

  • Lecturer in intellectual property law at the University of Paris-Saclay and at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
  • Member of INTA, ECTA, APRAM, LES and PTMG
  • Regular publications: Dalloz IP/IT, World Trademark Review,…


  • Date of admission to the bar: 2010
  • DESS Intellectual property law, new technologies law (University of Grenoble)
  • LL.M Comparative Law (McGill University, Montreal, Canada)
  • Former Industrial Property Attorney

Firm Description:


Above all, Fiducial Legal By Lamy is a specialist Business Law firm made up of men and women providing complementary areas of expertise, highly dedicated to team building and meeting the needs of companies and company Directors. Founded in 1965, with offices in both Lyon and Paris, Fiducial Legal By Lamy  ranks in the top tier of France’s leading Business Law firms and is a firm with international reach and expertise. Since its inception, the firm has strived to provide high quality services in the fields of advice, litigation and ADR within the ecosystem framework.


Because both you and your company have to face issues in areas where the mere application of legal texts does not suffice, Fiducial Legal By Lamy can take you much further. The firm’s lawyers provide bespoke counseling and assistance to claimants and defendants on the implementation of negotiation strategies and action plans spanning a very broad spectrum of core practice areas.


Ours is a Law Firm sensitive to movements in the economic world, ready to embrace the ever-changing needs of businesses. Be it for startups or fully fledged enterprises, Fiducial Legal By Lamy devises hallmark solutions for their clients.

Fiducial Legal By Lamy also have a second office located in Paris: 13 boulevard Bourdon 75004 Paris.

Our Background

Because Fiducial Legal By Lamy has been present in the legal arena for over 50 years, devising solutions and creating added value for businesses, its entrepreneurial momentum has ensured it withstands the test of time.

When the firm’s founding member, Bruno Lamy, set up practice in 1965 following graduation, his immediate goal was to give impetus to the firm’s development by preempting the reform of the legal profession and merging the professional expertise of legal advisors and attorneys. The dual expertise provided by these practitioners has been the mainstay of Fiducial Legal By Lamy reputation and renown throughout the years.

Fiducial Legal By Lamy has always been geared to the future. In the mid-1980s the firm hired a new generation of partners with an international outlook, which led the firm to join the international legal network of TERRALEX and act as the network’s primary representative in France.

Backed by this experience, today’s third generation of partners continues to innovate and provide bespoke solutions to companies seeking to optimize their flexibility in a business environment marked by the digital revolution.


To meet your needs, act in the digital environment and provide high quality service, Fiducial Legal By Lamy draws on the relevant expertise of its various support teams, comprising more than 30 people.

Fiducial Legal By Lamy is at the cutting edge of the law and legal innovation is its driving force. It has made significant investment in a documentations service resourcing the full set of legal works cited, more than 130 specialist or non-specialist reviews within all core practice areas and avails of practically the full set of legal databases available online.

They also have a second office located in Paris: 13 boulevard Bourdon 75004 Paris.

Dogukan Berk Aksoy

Leaders in Law endorses Dogukan Berk Aksoy as our exclusively recommended Intellectual Property Law expert in Turkey. If you wish to get in touch with Dogukan Aksoy please use the contact information provided above.

Dogukan Berk Aksoy, LL.M., a registered attorney-at-law, trademark and patent attorney and court expert in IP matters in Turkey, is the founder of Aksoy IP.

Prior to founding Aksoy IP in Ankara, Dogukan had worked at the Istanbul office of an international law firm with respect to the filing and prosecuting of intellectual property rights.

At Aksoy IP, Dogukan now advises his local and international clients from various sectors on a wide range of intellectual property matters, files their registration applications and oppositions against third party applications before the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office and negotiates assignment and license agreements with counter-parties on behalf of his clients.

Apart from the services mentioned above, with his extensive experience in litigation, Dogukan regularly represents his clients before the Turkish Courts in all kinds of disputes related to trademarks, patents and designs. He also carries out seizure proceedings and customs measure applications against counterfeit goods.

Firm Description:

Aksoy IP is a boutique and dynamic intellectual property firm in Turkey.

With our team composed of trademark and patent attorneys and lawyers, we are a one-stop-shop when it comes to the protection of intellectual property rights in Turkey.

We represent our local and international clients before the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office in registration and opposition procedures and before the Turkish courts in lawsuits and advise them in their intellectual property-related contractual relationships.

We are committed to offering to our clients high-quality work with our local expertise and always being very responsive.

Aksoy IP is located in Ankara, where the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office is established, and lawsuits against the decisions of the Office shall be exclusively settled.


Dr Nikolaos Lyberis

Leaders in Law endorses Nikolaos Lyberisas our exclusively recommended Intellectual Property Law expert in Greece. If you wish to get in touch with Nikolaos please use the contact information provided above.

Dr Nikolaos Lyberis is an attorney admitted at the Athens Bar Association (1984). He is the Managing Partner of VAYANOS KOSTOPOULOS Law Firm, specializing in Intellectual Property Law in Greece, Cyprus and worldwide. He is a litigator before the Supreme Courts for civil and administrative matters, representing prestigious clients in trademark, patent and other IP rights conflicts from all branches of industry and commerce.

Nikolaos is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Law School of the European University Cyprus (EUC), lecturing Greek and Cypriot Intellectual Property Law and Trust Law. He holds a PhD in European economic and banking law from the Law School of Hamburg University and has served as legal advisor (Referent) at the Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign and Private International Law in Hamburg for 11 years, delivering legal advices to inquiring German courts.

Nikolaos was selected in 2020 as an ordinary member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Industrial Property Academy, an institution operating in the frame of the Greek Patent Office, responsible for education and training of IP counsels, thus fostering innovation and patent protection in Greece. In 2014-2015 he was appointed as an ordinary member of the Board of Directors of the Greek Patent Office (OBI). In the years 2005-2010 Nikolaos worked as an active member of the Legislative Committee of the Ministry of Development and Investments for drafting the Greek Trademarks Law 4072/2012, resp. Law 4155/2013, for the implementation of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Directive EC 48/2004 in the Greek legal order.

Nikolaos is a member of numerous Greek and international associations focusing on IP law and related legal fields. He is the author of various contributions, inter alia on aspects of European Trademarks Law, Unfair Competition, Patent and Design Law. He has conducted IP seminars for the post-graduate program of the Medical School of Athens University, educational programs for Examiners of the Greek Trademarks Office and other entities.

Firm Description:

Why Choose Us

In an intensively globalized economy, creation, protection and enforcement of innovation is based on key factors, such as applied expertise, profound analysis of client’s business interests, state of the art knowledge of domestic, European and international legal and procedural framework and support by customized IT tools. If you need an expert to advise and implement the appropriate IP strategy for your business, you are in the right law firm.

Our Firm

With more than 120 years of IP focused legal experience, VAYANOS KOSTOPOULOS is the oldest and one of the leading IP law firms in Greece. Our philosophy is dedication and commitment to client-tailored needs of businesses coming from all branches of industry and services. Our clients and foreign associates enjoy state-of-the-art legal advice services in a timely and precise manner. Our clientele encompasses enterprises from multi-nationals to local businesses, including individual inventors, creators, designers, authors and other IP holders.

As from 1993 VAYANOS KOSTOPOULOS is headed by Dr Nikolaos Lyberis, Managing Partner, Attorney, as well as Patent and Trademark Attorney. He belongs to the fourth generation of lawyers in the same family running the Firm. Soon after becoming the Managing Director, he introduced the name VAYANOS & KOSTOPOULOS, which later changed to VAYANOS KOSTOPOULOS, thus maintaining the surnames of the previous two Office Heads. This decision symbolizes continuity with dynamic development as well as respect of long lasting professional principles.

Modernizing the organizational model of our offices and their three (3) departments (trademarks, patents, litigation), VAYANOS KOSTOPOULOS was transformed to a Law Firm in 2010.


Nico Halle

Leaders in Law endorses Nico Halle as our exclusively recommended Maritime Law and Intellectual Property Law expert in Cameroon. If you wish to get in touch with Nico please use the contact information provided above.

Senior Managing Partner | Attorney

Nico, the founder and Senior Managing Partner, was admitted to the Cameroon Bar in 1986. He provides legal and advisory services on Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Commercial Contracts, Investments, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Private equity, Project finance,  Public-Private Partnerships, and Restructuring.

His experience also includes Business Law, Corporate and commercial practice, Corporate Finance, Global mobility & Corporate Immigration, Intellectual Property & Innovation, Labour & Employment, Investment, Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Tax.

Nico advises clients on a wide range of corporate/commercial matters and transactions in Africa, especially member countries of the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law (OHADA).

He advises clients in relation to the management and enforcement of their IP portfolios and manages several large trade mark portfolios in the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) as well as other African countries. His experience includes the registration, maintenance, commercialization, and enforcement of trade marks, industrial designs, domain names, patents and copyrights.

Practice Areas

  • Financial Institutions
  • Natural Resources (Oil & Gas, Power, Energy, Mining & metals)
  • Transport (Shipping & Maritime, Aviation, Roads)
  • Real Estate & Property
  • Telecommunications

Bar Admission

  • Cameroon

Industry Associations

  • Cameroon Bar Association | Member
  • International Trademark Association | Member
  • International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI)|Member


  • Former President of the Cameroon Bar Association
  • Former Vice President of AMOAPI i.e. The Association of Accredited Attorneys at the African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI)
  • Former Member of the Scientific Committee of the Denis Ekani Intellectual Property Training Centre at OAPI


  • English
  • French

Firm Description:

Founded in 1986, we have  earned a reputation of  excellence pursuant to our track record of successfully managing large and complex multi-jurisdictional transactions, disputes and projects. Achieving your business objectives is important to us – thus we develop a deeper understanding of your business and deliver practical, commercially astute,  creative, and innovative solutions designed to help you achieve your legal and business objectives in the most efficient way.

The Nico Halle & Co. Law Firm provides tailored services, shaped around your needs. We combine specialist legal skills, industry experience and regional know-how, which enables us to consistently provide diligent, professional legal advice,  support, creative, and strategic solutions in an effective and efficient manner.  Every successful venture needs to grow, strengthen and defend its business; the transactional, regulatory, and risk assessment services we provide ensures this. In today’s competitive global market, we understand the importance of cost effective solutions, limiting risk, fast turn-around times, and compliance.

We deliver consistent services across our platform of practices and sectors in all matters we undertake. To enable us meet your expectations, we recruit the best people and develop them to perform to the highest level. Our lawyers are qualified to practice Common Law, Civil Law, OHADA law, and are fluent in both French and English.

We have extensive experience managing IP portfolios, advising and representing clients in strategic areas such as brand development and implementation, exploitation, protection / registration, maintenance and acquisition of Intellectual Property, due diligence, pre-litigation, and litigation processes. We also specialize in transactional IP matters such as franchising, licensing and transfers. Our experience covers Patents, Trademarks, Utility Models, Domain names, Copyrights & other related rights, Designs, Plant Variety, Geographical Indication, etc.

Our litigation & dispute resolution experience in the country is unparalleled and includes oppositions, infringement seizures / hearings, passing-off and unfair competition matters, domain name disputes, and franchising and licensing disputes. We also represents clients in the Media, Sports, and Entertainment industry in varied aspects such as advertising, corporate transactions, dispute resolution, Regulatory & Compliances.

We provide legal and advisory services on Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Commercial Contracts, Corporate and commercial practice, Corporate Finance, Global Mobility & Corporate Immigration, Insurance, Intellectual Property & Innovation, Investments, Labour & Employment, Litigation  & Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures,  Private equity, Project finance,  Public-Private Partnerships, Restructuring, and Tax.

We advise clients on a wide range of corporate/commercial matters and transactions in Africa, especially member countries of the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law (OHADA).

Our clients are leading companies in the following industries – Agribusiness,  Consumer Goods & Retail; Financial Institutions, Fintech, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Hospitality, gaming & Leisure, Luxury, Fashion & Beauty, Media, Sports & Entertainment, Natural Resources, Real Estate & Property, Small & Medium Sized Enterprises, Technology & Innovation, Telecommunications, and Transport.


Claudine Mukerabirori

Leaders in Law endorses Claudine Mukerabirori as our exclusively recommended Intellectual Property Law expert in Burundi. If you wish to get in touch with Claudine, please use the contact information provided above.

Claudine Mukerabirori is an associate at Rubeya & Co-Advocates. Claudine joined the firm in 2008 and advises on intellectual property, litigation, transport and insurance law.

She is well versed in (public) administrative procedures through her involvement in matters of international adoption and has proven expertise in immigration law.

Claudine is the able to advise clients who speak Italian.


  • LLB, Université Lumière de Bujumbura


  • Burundi Bar Association
  • East African Law Society


  • Advising clients in obtaining visas and work permits.
  • Brand registration for various Kenyan, German, Swiss and Chinese clients.
  • Advising a nonprofit organisation on summary dismissal procedures.
  • Advising an NGO with over 300 staff members on the management of its medical insurance policies.


  • La particularité de la conception africaine des Droits de l’Homme: cas de la Charte Africaine des Droits de l’Homme et des Peuples, 2008.

Training Attended

  • Formation on cross border legal practice in the EAC region.


  • French
  • English
  • Italian
  • Kirundi

Firm Overview:

Rubeya & Co-Advocates is a Burundian law firm with an overriding goal to work alongside our clients as a trusted adviser, providing the support they need to thrive in this dynamic economic environment throughout Burundi since November 2001.

Rubeya & Co-Advocates is a member of DLA Piper Africa, an alliance of independent law firms in Africa, a network that benefits from the expertise of DLA Piper Global by sharing knowledge, learning and training leading to the development of the legal profession in Africa.

Rubeya & Co-Advocates includes ten lawyers: five partners, five associates, and eight support staff members. The team works together in a highly integrated manner to leverage expertise and experience for clients’ benefit.

As a result, our lawyers are involved in many of the most influential commercial ventures and are known for providing clients with pioneering solutions to the toughest legal challenges.