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The firm

Formed by members, some of whom have been admitted since 1996, the firm Tshibangu Ilunga & Partners is a full-service law firm established in the DR Congo since 2011 by Mr Benoit Tshibangu Ilunga, the founder. The main practice area of the firm is: business law which comprises investments, mainly in the sectors of corporate law, mining law, mergers and acquisitions, tort law, commodities, tax law, energy, maritime, banking, insurance, intellectual property, insolvency, corporate law, gas and oil, sureties, commercial, employment, criminal and administrative laws.

Since its formation, the policy of the firm is not to grow in numbers, but to enhance its skills and specialise in providing legal services in the sector where expertise is the prime quality for the investment, instead of a large amount of attorneys with no shaped expertise.

The moto of the firm is an excellence in service for the safety of the clientele, insofar as the clients retaining the firm’s services are either major companies in the commodities sector or financing institutions looking for upfront advice prior to support or finding extraction companies.

The founder of the firm has cumulated huge experience in business law. He advises many companies locally and abroad. M&A are handled with special care for the ease of the clients because where money goes is always sensitive.

Similarly to the KYC, the firm offers clients knowledge of the environment, as a result clients are also familiar with the legal framework of the DR Congo where they are going to invest.

Areas of practice

Tshibangu Ilunga & Partners focuses on business law and provides services in line with the following matters:

M&A: the firm has assisted bankers and stock exchange companies in carrying out due diligences on local companies targeted for mergers and acquisitions or local part of stock exchange vehicles for raising monies. In that framework, corporate documentation is analysed and close checking of the bylaws and articles is done in order to make sure the target complies with relevant laws and administrations. No court orders are not respected and mandatory provisions of the laws are accurately respected.

Such due diligences have been provided to many companies from abroad eg in the course of the acquisition of a majority interest in Kamoa by Zijin (reported in Bloomberg financial magazine on 27 May 2015), the firm cross-checked the articles of the holding company prior to Zijin interring the shareholding. Furthermore, the firm provided the compliance of the mining licence held by the target. For the purposes of such work, the firm was retained on behalf of a major Chinese Bank by selection of the international law firm’s Hong Kong branch.

Similar due diligence was provided to the Canadian and Australian mining company that operates mines in Malaysia, in line with its mergers and acquisitons project in the eastern part of the DR Congo for gold mining.

The same services were offered to a South African company listed in the London Stock Exchange for its listing. It raised more than $220m. Corporate documentation was reviewed for a proper and safe listing. The mining licences were checked with the upmost care for the ease of the listing.

Insurance: the firm has provided services to a major indian insurance company planning to enter a central African reinsurance market. A global overview of the CIMA insurance legislation was reported to the client. The mechanisms of the insurance and the governing body of the insurance was analysed properly for the safety of the client prior to it entering the market.

Languages English
African languages

Other offices Paris (in association with Simon Associés)
Lubumbashi (in association with Shesha & Associés)

Number of lawyers at this office11

in this country22

Above material supplied by TI&A SCA, LAWYERS.

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