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Since its emergence as an offshore jurisdiction 30 years ago, Mauritius has established itself as a flourishing financial centre, with its links into India proving particularly lucrative. Although the recent elimination of the capital gains tax exemption between Mauritius and India may impact upon that particular relationship, Mauritius’ growing focus on China and Africa-related investment should plug the shortfall.

In addition, the island nation continues to assert its credentials as a dispute resolution hub for Africa; the partnership between Mauritius International Arbitration Centre (MIAC) and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) was cemented in 2011 with the creation of the LCIA-MIAC centre – Mauritius also houses the first representative office of the Permanent Court of Arbitration outside of The Hague.

Mauritius maintains a hybrid legal system, which draws inspiration from both civil and common law practices. Similar to the British system, the legal market is served by both barristers and attorneys. However, barristers outnumber lawyers in Mauritius and often advise on non-contentious matters as well as litigation.

With ten offices worldwide, offshore giant Appleby distinguishes itself through its extensive international network, which ensures a steady stream of multijurisdictional transactions. In a recent example, corporate head Malcolm Moller advised the Bank of New York Mellon, as trustee, on Greenko’s $500m senior notes offering. Gilbert Noel is the key contact for contentious matters.

BLC Robert & Associates impresses with ‘rapid response times’, ‘excellent client relationship management’ and packs a particular punch in assisting with transactional matters. In a recent highlight, managing partner Iqbal Rajahbalee successfully represented a group of six defendants, which included investment funds and a financial advisor, in a financial services dispute. Other senior partners include ‘stand out lawyerJason Harel) and Fazil Hossenkhan who has ‘great knowledge and practical experience’.

First-rateBenoit Chambers handles a broad mix of company law, financial services and commercial litigation. It enjoys a strong profile due to the ‘eminent reputation’ of head of chambers Clarel Benoit, who recently advised Nereide on the €40m sale and leaseback of the Tamassa Resort and Spa. The practice also benefits from the expertise of ‘excellent litigator’ Rishi Pursem, telecoms expert Parwez Jugoo and Nadeem Lallmamode. The practice maintains an association with Dentons.

ENSafrica’s chief attributes include its ‘invaluable regional network’ and ‘excellent strength-in-depth. Thierry Koenig is a ‘market leader’ and represented First Global Fund and Weston International Asset Recovery Company in pursuing claims worth $829m as part of a major fraud case. In addition to litigation, the firm also shines in corporate M&A, project finance and banking. Martine de Fleuriot de la Colinière and Sébastien Thouvenot are also recommended.

At Basset ChambersDésiré Basset is highly rated for complex disputes. The practice also handles non-contentious work, particularly in the banking and tourism sectors. Clients include the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority and Air Mauritius.

Conyers Dill & Pearman’s practice, led by Stephen Scali, has a strong focus on transactional matters. Highlights included advising HT Global IT Solutions Holdings on a $300m notes issuance.

In 2017, Eversheds (Mauritius) Ltd (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) was strengthened by the arrival of Jean-François Boisvenu, formerly head of legal at AfrAsia Bank Mauritius. In recent highlight work, corporate finance specialist Michael Hough paired up with Yannick Fok to advise SGG Group on the acquisition of the Global Business arm of Cim Financial Services.

The ‘knowledgeableJuristconsult Chambers is ‘near the top for corporate finance’. Nicolas Richard has ‘excellent analytical skills’ and advised Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, as trustee, on an aircraft financing. Johanne Hague and chairman Marc Hein are also noted.

Uteem Chambers’ robust record in banking and corporate law is a big draw for clients, while the team is well versed in both transactional and contentious matters. Muhammad Uteem advised Nedbank on a $36.7m aircraft refinancing.

Erriah Chambers’ client roster is dominated by multinational names including corporations, financial institutions and law firms. Dev Erriah handles corporate finance, M&A and dispute resolution.

Solid performerMardemootoo Solicitors strikes a balance between transactional and litigious matters, with finance being a field of particular expertise. Robin Mardemootoo advised SBM Bank (Mauritius) on its €130m upgrade of IT infrastructure.

YKJ Legal is a spin-off from Bedell Cristin, following the latter’s decision to leave Mauritius in 2016. Managing partner Yuvraj Juwaheer, who has ‘great market knowledge’, Vikram Seesunkur and Varsha Boodhoo jointly advised Greenko on two notes offerings totalling $1bn.

At 5 St James CourtRavindra Chetty is an ‘effective advocate’ and Avinash Sunassee has ‘in-depth knowledge of financial regulation’. Banking, corporate and M&A, tax and trusts are all areas of note. Clients include Bank of Mauritius and the Financial Services Commission.

CreativeBalgobin Chambers has a ‘strong business mindset’ and handles a wide spread of corporate, banking, IP and contentious matters. Managing partner Priscilla Balgobin-Bhoyrul ‘thinks outside the box’ and Nilen Vencadasmy is a ‘strong leader’. Arthveda Global Investment LLC and India Affordable Housing LLC are clients.

In 2017, Banymandhub Boolell Chambers handled several finance-related disputes, but is also active in transactions. Urmila Boolell is a ‘very capable practitioner’.

Corporate finance work is a central pillar of C&A Law’s practice, which also includes strong litigation experience. Gilles Athaw is the name to note.

At Afralaw Chambers, Anne-Sophie Jullienne successfully represented Decocity in a $2m land expropriation case. Ashveen Gopee is also recommended.

Chambers of A.R.M.A. Peeroo SC GOSK bolstered its dispute resolution capability with the hire of former Supreme Court judge Shaheda Peeroo as consultant. Head of chambers Razack Peeroo and arbitration head Jamsheed Peeroo are highly regarded. In addition to its signature strength in contentious matters, the practice regularly advises on transactional matters, particularly in the banking, insurance and energy areas.

IP specialist IPvocate Africa Law Firm Cabinet d’Avocats Ltd is an ‘excellent service provider’, with Marius Schneider commended as ‘highly knowledgeable and solution-oriented’. Cowbell International and Katzarov are key clients.

MC Law Offices advises private clients and corporations on corporate, commercial and contentious matters. Yousuf Mohamed is ‘very experienced’.

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  • Recent Legislative Developments in Mauritius

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