Amadagana & Partners advises major clients from a wide range of sectors, especially energy, mining, infrastructure, and financial services, on high-profile matters, including renewable energy projects, money market fundraising operations, and power purchase agreements. Founder and managing partner Lynda Amadagana principally advises on energy, mining, infrastructure, and financing transactions, and assists on corporate and M&A projects in the OHADA zone. Business law expert Charly Kwahou stands out for his criminal, civil, and administrative litigation work.
Leading firms in Cameroon
Lynda Amadagana; Charly Kwahou
Other key lawyers:
Elise Ngo Nyobe; Guy Mbenda; Jean Bangwen; Victorine Epee-Vallet; Kevin Djomgoue
‘A&P is one of the only firms with real expertise in the energy sector. They are very reliable and can help solve very complex regulatory matters. We are also satisfied because we have dedicated lawyers within the firm who quickly respond to our requests under the supervision of the partners.’
‘Lynda Amadagana is our key contact; she is fully bilingual, has a strong understanding of the business environment in Cameroon, and has mastered the energy sector both from an institutional and regulatory perspective.’
‘Elise Ngo Nyobe is very reliable and organized. She is responsive and always provides a well-reasoned response.’
‘Kevin Djomgoue is a new addition to the team and he is fully bilingual and is our contact for day-to-day requests.’
‘Lynda Amadagana has a very good knowledge of the law, the country, and the sector. She is well connected and up to date with regulatory matters.’
‘Lynda Amadagana is a knowledgeable lawyer and very available. She is forward-looking and finds solutions for her clients.’
‘A&P is remarkable for its competence and knowledge, which make it one of the best legal advisers in the country in the mining sector in Cameroon. Our files are handled with great speed and diligence. Moreover, the firm uses interactive data management software, which allows us to follow the development of the case as well as the volume of work and the invoicing in a very reliable way.’
‘Elise Ngo Nyobe stands out for her extensive knowledge of the Cameroonian mining code. She has a keen eye for detail and a concern for a job well done. Victorine Epee is remarkable for her responsiveness.’
Cameroon Power Holdings
New Era Minerals
- Advised ENEO CAMEROON on the by the legal structuring of a EUR 179 million money market fundraising operation.
- Advised TOLLCAM on the financing on a transaction for the construction of 14 automatic toll gates in Cameroon.
- Advised CAMALCO on the filing of the request of exploitation permits for a bauxite Mine and the negotiations of a mining convention with the State of Cameroon.
Aurélie Chazai, Flora Wamba, and Emmanuel Massoda head Chazai Wamba, which has a strong reputation for its work in the finance sector and regularly acts on significant multijurisdictional capital markets and commercial financing transactions. The firm also increasingly advises in relation to oil and gas and mining mandates in the CEMAC region. Chazai has significant expertise in capital markets transactions, strategic commercial lending transactions, and project finance, whereas Wamba specialises in insurance and oil and gas matters. Massoda has broad litigation and dispute resolution experience.
Aurélie Chazai; Flora Wamba; Emmanuel Massoda
‘Chazal Wamba offers international standards and local knowledge to its clients. It is a solid alternative to international law firms for demanding clients used to best practices yet concerned about their legal costs. It also offers a wide range of legal expertise.’
‘The Chazai Wamba team is very responsive and delivers high-quality analysis of complex legal issues to tight deadlines.’
‘The firm is involved in all major deals in the country and recently assisted the Government of Cameroon with the last EuroBond issuance.’
Société Générale Cameroun
The Ministry of Finance of Cameroon
Group BOCOM S.A.
IFC (International Finance Corporation)
- Advised BOCOM Petroleum S.A. on a EUR 50 million financing of its development plan for its LPG distribution and storage business.
- Advised a consortium of banks on funding for a USD 244 million airport construction project.
- Advised a government on a EUR 305 million syndicated loan for the refinancing of its fiscal deficit and the financing of several infrastructure project.
D. Moukouri & Partners advises international clients in relation to a range of matters, including high-profile construction and infrastructure projects, innovative developments relating to the digital economy, and multijurisdictional counterfeiting cases. With notable fintech expertise, Danielle Moukouri heads the practice, while Aurelien Djengue stands out for his work concerning the negotiation, drafting, and performance of numerous public works contracts relating to the 2022 African Cup of Nations.
Danielle Moukouri ; Aurelien Djengue
Other key lawyers:
Alice Dikosso; Beatrice Abouna; Diane Diobe; Esther Ngo Nyobe
‘They count among the best in technology law in Cameroon, particularly Danielle Moukouri, Alice Dikosso, Diane Diobe, and Esther Ngo Nyobe. The firm has a balanced and unique young team combining local expertise and mastery of the technology law landscape with globally experienced professionals.’
‘Danielle Moukouri is a highly admired legal professional in Cameroon for her involvement in the development of technologies and legal support for startups. She is a major player who has supported us at the legal and regulatory level on various programs aiming at the reduction of the gender digital divide that we have organized with the government of Cameroon and other community development projects.’
‘Organised, speedy, and available.’
‘Danielle Moukouri and her team possess a great degree of knowledge in the various aspects of legal analysis, whether corporate, company, tax, or other. I do not know of any other law firm in that country that provides a service with the quality and commitment that characterises Danielle’s service.’
‘Danielle Moukouri has a great support team behind her. They focus on the client’s problem and provide solutions on time. Our confidence in her legal analysis is total. Top marks, therefore.’
‘Danielle Moukouri and her firm were quick and unambiguous in their responses to our queries. Despite some mistakes on our side of the business relationship that led to payments for the rendered services being slow, the firm never showed anything but the utmost professionalism.’
‘Danielle Moukouri’s team supports me in copyright, industrial property, communication and all business law. The firm is widely recognized for its performance in West African business law, its top working conditions, excellent response level, etc. They are always at the forefront of innovation, and at ease with blockchain as well as with cryptocurrencies. They provide excellent service and great support, are efficient, and all for clear and fair fees.’
‘Danielle Moukouri is determined, has a strategic mind, communicates well, and is knowledgeable. She is very popular, is an excellent jurist, a fine analyst, and explains and presents very clearly. We are proud to be represented by them. I recommend her to my best clients.’
RAZEL Cameroun S. A
CIMENCAM FIGUIL S.A
Orange Cameroun S. A
Colgate Palmolive Company
Multichoice Africa Holdings
Amazon Prime Video UK
Africa Port Development
Schneider Electric Cameroun S.A
- Advised RAZEL CAMEROUN throughout the negotiation, drafting, and performance of 35 subcontracts with The Ministry of Public Works in Cameroon.
- Advised CIMENCAM S.A, the country’s leading cement producer in getting a EUR 72 million syndicated loan for the construction of a new cement and clinker production plant in Figuil (Garoua).
- Advised Colgate Palmolive Company in 32 successful infringement seizure proceedings in Cameroon and the Republic of Congo to recover damages for infringement of the COLGATE MAXIMUM CAVITY PROTECTION toothpaste and DOUBLE ACTION toothbrush trademarks, for a total of 6,345,618 infringing products.
Ngassam, Fansi & Mouafo, Avocats Associés
Ngassam, Fansi & Mouafo, Avocats Associés has established a reputation as a strong commercial law firm. Firm founder and managing partner, Virgile Ngassam, has a broad practice but specialises in banking and finance, oil and gas, and litigation and arbitration. Head of litigation Laurence Mouafo has considerable private law experience, particularly in employment law counselling and related disputes, criminal law, and debt collection. Hyacinthe Fansi focuses on M&A, corporate and commercial, energy, and project finance matters, and heads the firm’s tax and legal department. Associates Michel-Antoine Mben and Linda Bian also stand out for their contributions, particularly in corporate and commercial, and IP, IT, and data protection matters respectively. The firm has benefited from multiple partnerships with international law firms.
Hyacinthe Fansi; Virgile Ngassam
Other key lawyers:
Laurence Mouafo; Linda Bian; Michel-Antoine Mben
‘This is the most responsive firm that I know in Cameroon. They have also geared their firm to be aligned with international standards in terms of junior: partner ratios.’
‘I understand the firm has invested in infrastructure and systems to keep them modern and ahead of the curve. The firm also monitors all new laws in-country and have systems in place to monitor and analyse new laws proactively.’
‘The lawyers are genuine, relatable and very easy to interact with – there appears to be no hesitation to communicate in English. Hyacinthe Fansi is an exceptional partner – one genuinely feels like you are part of his team when instructing him.’
Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)
United Bank for Africa
Willis Towers Watson
- Advised PPG on the sale of its local affiliate to OCEINDE.
- Advised Perenco on a CEMAC merger control filing with regards to the acquisition of CLIFFS LIMITED.
- Advised MSC on a CEMAC merger control filing with regards to acquisition of Bolloré Africa Logistics.
Cabinet Nyemb’s multidisciplinary team advises clients in relation to a wide range of matters, including corporate, banking and finance, projects, and regulatory, as well as litigation and arbitration proceedings. With banking, finance, and insurance experience, Jacques Jonathan Nyemb leads the projects and transactions advisory practice. Christine Ewande Moutome advises local and international investors and companies in relation to corporate transactions and infrastructure and mining projects and, serving as head of the firm’s corporate and project development department.
Jacques Jonathan Nyemb
Other key lawyers:
Christine Ewande Moutome
‘This is one the few law firms in Cameroon which is able to provide legal analysis that satisfies international investors.’
‘A young and dynamic team that focuses on areas where other firms lack knowledge (FX control regulation, capital markets and stock exchange). Their billing practice is more reasonable than other firms and they provide one of the highest quality services in the market.’
‘I principally work with Jacques Jonathan Nyemb, who is one of the best business lawyers in the country, and he is sometimes seconded by his associate Christine Moutome. Both are very talented with recognized expertise in financial markets.’
Cameroon Civil Aviation
SEW Eurodrive GmbH
Core Africa Lawyers
Core Africa Lawyers, led by Constant Koum, Esther Massoua, and François Lecompte, is best known for its tax and non-contentious work in the oil and gas sector, though also regularly advises in relation to employment matters and corporate litigation and insolvency proceedings. The firm is increasingly active in the energy, infrastructure, food and beverages, and insurance sectors.
François Lecompte; Esther Massoua; Constant Koum
Other key lawyers:
‘A very collaborative team with strong analytical skills and a very business-oriented approach to deals.’
‘They have a business-oriented approach to deals, strong analytical skills, and strong knowledge and expertise in their fields. They are available and anticipate their client’s needs. Overall, they are very pleasant to work with.’
‘We were in charge of the tax matters relating to an investment in Cameroon to be made by one of our clients operating in the renewable energy market. My law firm handled the French tax aspects, and we asked Core Africa Lawyers to address the tax and legal issues in Cameroon since we knew that Core Africa Lawyers has a good practice for foreign investments in Cameroon.’
CT-Avocats, led by Charles Tchuente, Irene Nana, and William Che, has established a reputation as a specialist business and investment law firm, and regularly acts on multi-jurisdictional commercial and corporate transactions, including major construction projects. In addition, the firm has a wide service offering on many other fronts, boasting environmental and employment law specialists, and is notably present in the banking and finance, insurance, and telecommunications sectors.
Charles Tchuente; Irene Nana; William Che
Other key lawyers:
W. Yuh Acho
‘They possess technical know-how (i.e., they know the law well and have conceptual clarity), they are ready to make the extra effort, they are keen to learn more and take up new challenge, and their attention to detail is indispensable.’
‘I have worked with Charles Tchuente and W. Yuh Acho; they both possess good analytical skills, good communication skills, they listen well, have good research skills, and have always obtained good results within a limited time.’
‘They are responsive, produce quality work delivered on time, and are able to advise in a wide range of areas.’
La Société SEEF CAMEROUN S.A.
SOLETANCHE BACHY INTERNATIONAL (France)
METAFRIQUE STEEL S.A.
OLA Energy Cameroon S.A.
SCI H & Co
AMABO CAMEROON LTD.
CAMRAIL (Group Bolloré)
SGMC (Groupe SOMDIAA)
AIR LIQUIDE France
CAMDA – Carrefour (Groupe CFAO France)
IHS Cameroon S.A.
TRANSPORT OMAIS KASSIM SARL
- Acting for SEEF CAMEROUN in a commercial transaction to purchase assets of Société Africaine des Bois du MBAM and in relation to the complete acquisition of PANAGIOTIS MARELIS (PM) SARL. Both transactions are worth 3 billion FCFA.
- Represented SOLETANCHE BACHY INTERNATIONAL (France) in an exaggerated taxation dispute against the State of Cameroon worth over 2 billion XAF (the sum of penalties meted out on them in the course of carrying out their commercial activities in Cameroon). This matter is currently pending in court.
- Advised METAFRIQUE STEEL S.A. in relation to a negotiation and purchase transaction of Imperial Food Company in the Douala industrial zone.
Epena Law is a financial and corporate law firm which advises clients on private equity, M&A, venture capital, fund formation and structuring, various financing arrangements, and financial regulation. With international experience advising development finance institutions on African investments, as well as expertise in M&A and venture capital, Johanna Monthé heads the firm.
- Advised on the establishment of an Africa focused venture capital fund (Greenhouse Capital – 20,000,000 USD) and drafted the necessary documents and gave advice on the tax implications of the fund formation.
- Carried on a due diligence on a target and assisted the client (Orange Ventures) with drafting investment documentations, and in negotiations with the other parties.
- Conducted a due diligence, advised on the best investment instrument, and drafted the investment instruments as well as securities and negotiated investment documentation.
LPA-CGR has established its reputation in Africa for its work on large-scale energy and construction projects, though also advises in relation to real estate, corporate, financing, tax, and public law matters. With broad experience, including in the structuring and optimisation of public-private partnerships and special enterprise agreements, Ghislaine Lovet heads the business tax office in Douala.
GBN (Groupement du Barrage de Nachtigal)
- Advising an oil group in Chad in the context of monitoring its tax and customs exemptions.
- Advising a group in relation to the structuring of the land tenure system for the construction program in Cameroon of shopping centers.
- Supporting the energy company EnBW GmbH in the context of a divestment and sale of a research activity in Cameroon, particularly with regard to the Jatro Plant.