Leading firms in Cameroon
Etah-Nan & Co provides legal, regulatory and tax advisory services to local and international entities in the mining, oil and gas, banking and finance, telecoms, environment, tax and aviation sectors. Practice head David Etah Akoh is widely recognised for his experience in banking and finance, mining, petroleum, labour and telecoms law. Paul Nan leads the litigation department and is also active in intellectual property, environmental and competition law.
David Etah Akoh
JING & Partners
A full-service firm, JING & Partners serves clients across Cameroon and the Central African sub-region. With a skillset including commercial law, transport law, litigation and arbitration, the practice is also strong in corporate and finance law, oil and gas and intellectual property. The team is headed by founding partner Paul Jing, who is a capital markets and foreign investment expert. Laurent Dongmo often represents clients in contentious matters and further assists with corporate recovery and insolvency.
Ngassam, Fansi & Mouafo, Avocats Associés
Ngassam, Fansi & Mouafo, Avocats Associés is instructed by private companies and international organisations alike, on all areas of business law. While commercial litigation is an important practice for the firm, it also advises on insurance, banking and project finance as well as mining, oil and gas and tax. Transactions and debt recovery proceedings are the core focus of managing partner Virgile Ngassam's personal practice. Laurence Mouafo leads the strong litigation department and further advises on employment and criminal law. Hyacinthe Fansi adds to the firm's strengths in transactional work and frequently advises on competition law. In January 2019, Linda Behle joined from the Nigerian firm Yusuf Ali & Co., Ghalib Chambers to support the corporate and commercial department.
‘The team is responsive and one of the few in the country who appreciate the urgency and responsiveness that global clients demand.’
‘The firm provides a responsive service at a reasonable price.’
‘Hyacinthe Fansi is one of their partners who best reflects the need to be globally competitive.’
‘Laurence Mouafo quickly grasped the issues and provided clear and detailed advice on employees’ rights and the business’ potential exposure. She was very responsive.’
- Represented UPL in proceedings regarding its $4.2bn acquisition of Arysta LifeScience before the CEMAC competition authority.
- Advised Assala Energy from a CEMAC competition perspective on its acquisition of TOTAL’s remaining equity in the Rabi-Kounga oil field.
- Advised Microsoft on employment and data protection regulations in Cameroon.
Abeng Law Firm
Abeng Law Firm is a one-stop shop for multinational companies conducting business in Cameroon. Although corporate law is its specialism, the firm also offers legal advice on matters involving employment and construction law. Founding partner Roland Abeng and his team have specific expertise in the oil and gas sector and in telecoms, in addition to frequently assisting with compliance issues related to the UK Bribery Act and the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Both Abeng and senior associate Nicaise Ibohn Bata are well versed in OHADA (the Organisation for the Harmonisation of African Business Law) provisions.
African Merchants Capital
DHL Global Forwarding
- Intellectual property portfolio management for Interswitch in all 17 OAPI (the African Intellectual Property Organisation) countries.
Established in 2017, Chazai + Partners is a fast-growing business law boutique offering advisory services and litigation to multinationals, public and private institutions, insurance companies and financial institutions. Of the founding partners, Aurélie Chazai is in charge of the project finance, PPP, capital markets and banking and finance teams, Flora Wamba leads the insurance and transport practice as well as all matters related to litigation, and Sarada Nya is responsible for the corporate and compliance departments. In 2019, the firm opened an office in Paris and boosted its ranks in Douala, with the arrival of senior counsel and energy lead Stéphane Essaga from Mazars Cameroon and TMT expert Esther Ngom, who joined as of counsel from JING & Partners.
Aurélie Chazai; Flora Wamba; Sarada Nya
‘I am particularly impressed by the team’s responsiveness and accountability. They make the processes easy to understand and to follow up, which is not really the case for some local law firms.’
‘Good knowledge of Cameroonian specificity alongside the standard of an international law firm.’
‘Even on a long-running matter that requires input every single month, Chazai & Partners never misses a deadline, securing with every interaction a favourable impression by producing clear and thorough documentation that addresses every strand of our expansive demands.’
‘Aurélie Chazai is particularly clear about details and takes time to help me present procedures and options in relation to my case.’
‘Aurélie Chazai has tended to our requests on a long-running matter for over a year, never once missing a deadline and producing polished work product that meets the precise scope of our needs. In maintaining this standard over so long a period, Aurélie’s ability stands out, even in a market where strength is so visible among such a wide variety of individuals.’
‘Aurélie is distinguished in her tirelessness, comprehensiveness and persistent attentiveness to our needs; she is a stalwart navigator through the laws of Cameroon.’
SOLEVO CAMEROUN SA
BEETLE HERITAGE HOLDING / AFRICA FOOD DISTRIBUTION SA
TAGIDOR PREMIUM INVESTMENTS INTERNATIONAL SA
AIRBITS LLC, AIRBITS CAMEROUN SA
ROYAL ONYX INSURANCE
GLOBALE SERVICE CAMEROUN SARL
XPAND HOLDING SAS
AIR LIQUIDE SA
LES MUTUELLES REUNIES
LES LABORATOIRES BIOPHARMA
EDC INVESTMENT CORPORATION
SOCIETE GENERALE CAMEROUN
SEICA INTERNATIONAL SARL
MILLENIUM IMMOBILIER SA
TSP SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL TRADING
OBT SHIPPING CAMEROON
AFRICAN INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT MANAGERS (AIIM)
MANAGEMENT SCIENCES FOR HEALTH INC (MSH)
AFRICA COFFEE TRADING LTD
- Legal assistance to a consortium of lenders regarding a XAF150bn bond issuance by the Republic of Cameroon that closed at XAF206bn.
- Represented Société Générale Cameroun in the financing of the building and operation of two Carrefour-branded malls.
- Represents Africa Food Distribution in a case against former distributors Pierson Export and Hoogwegt International before the Commercial Court of Paris.
D. Moukouri & Partners
D. Moukouri & Partners is a corporate and commercial firm offering legal services in English, French and Spanish. As well as handling all aspects of business law, the firm's pioneering technology department advises local start-ups and telecoms multinationals on innovative projects. Thanks to the firm's membership of Lex Africa, the corporate team is also well equipped to handle cross-border transactions. Areas of expertise further include mining law, public-private partnerships, public procurement, EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contracts and company restructuring. Managing partner Danielle Moukouri regularly advises on M&A and Aurelien Djengue represents clients in litigation before local courts and the OHADA Common Court of Justice and Arbitration. Epanty Mbanda, who was made partner in December 2019, assists the corporate department with his knowledge in emerging technologies such as blockchain, cryptocurrencies and artificial intelligence.
‘They understand the requirements of corporate clients.’
‘The individuals were professional and diligent. They paid attention to details and even thought of matters we had not previously considered.’
‘The team at D. Moukouri & Partners have expertise in TMT within Cameroon and other Francophone African countries.’
‘The individuals in the practice are good communicators, ethical and focused. They bring their individual talents and areas of expertise to bear in preparing opinions and other legal projects.’
‘Danielle Moukouri understands the requirements of corporate clients.’
‘Danielle is professional and combines very sound legal knowledge with a practical approach. Very responsive, excellent service delivery, fluent in English and French.’
MTN GROUP LIMITED and ORANGE S.A
CARGILL HOLDINGS B.V
SPEA ENGINEERING S.p.A
- Advised MTN Group and Orange on a merger project to form a jointly owned and controlled company in Central and West Africa.
- Advised SPEA Engineering on a $302m African Development Bank-financed engineering procurement and construction (EPC) contract in Cameroon.
- Handled the liquidation of Cargill Cameroon.
Kouengoua & Mbattang Law Firm is especially strong in corporate law, increasingly acting on corporate restructuring, M&A and company formation. The firm acts as local counsel to numerous global market players acting as local counsel, as well as advising international blue-chip companies directly. Managing partner Kouengoua's practice centres around banking and finance, in addition to regulatory advice and compliance. The firm also receives a steady flow of immigration work; corporate expert Tommy Nkongho Agbor assists clients with obtaining work permits and visa upon arrival, as well as handling healthcare-, mining- and energy-sector instructions. Both aforementioned lawyers co-head the practice with Minou Sterling.
Kouengoua; Tommy Nkongho Agbor; Minou Sterling
‘The team is very focused on providing efficient and timely service. They offer practical solutions and know their way around.’
‘They are among the most responsive firms we have worked with in Cameroon.’
‘Very reactive and professional team.’
‘Tommy Agbor is very bright, speaks excellent English and is always available, even on short notice. He has significant experience in corporate matters with international aspects.’
‘Tommy Agbor is smart, reactive and attentive to details, as well as being a pleasure to work with.’
EMC Group Casino
Vodacom Business Africa
- Advising Facebook on issues relating to data privacy, electoral law, cyber security and criminality, local regulations and compliance with media law.
- Assisted Vodacom Business Africa with obtaining a telecoms licence in Cameroon.
- Advised on the incorporation of subsidiaries in nine different African countries for Tetratech USA.
Thanks to offices in economic hub Douala and political capital Yaoundé, LPA-CGR is well equipped to assist public and private sector clients with all issues involving business law in Cameroon. Areas of expertise include contract drafting and negotiations, due diligence and project finance. The team has a particular focus on the fast-developing natural resources, energy and transport sectors, in which practice head Yves Moukory Eyoum is very experienced. Ghislaine Lovet is especially active in tax law and advises on a wide range of public and private law. The team often works alongside the firm's international offering, such as the well-regarded construction department based in Morocco. Litigation and intellectual property are practices the group is currently developing.
Yves Moukory Eyoum; Ghislaine Lovet
Berkeley Energy (ex-KABONI)
ONU (Commission économique des Nations Unies pour l’Afrique)
CAISSE NATIONALE DE PREVOYANCE SOCIALE (CNPS)
ATTIJARIWAFA Securities Central Africa (ASCA)
ATTIJARIWAFA Securities Central Africa Asset Management (ASCA AM)
ATTIJARIWAFA Asset Management (AAM) – West Africa
CAMEROON RADIO TELEVISION (CRTV)
- Advising STECY in its discussions with the Société Nationale des Hydrocarbures (SNH) for the establishment of a fleet of buses running on Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs).
- Advising the Cameroonian subsidiary of Berkeley Energy on the construction of mini hydroelectric power plants for rural electrification and a 60MW hydropower plant.
CT-AVOCATS specialises in commercial and corporate law with a focus on M&A, dispute resolution, intellectual property and corporate compliance. Jointly managed by William Che and founder Charles Tchuente, the firm also displays specific expertise in transactions and investment law. Tchuente enhances his practice with knowledge in banking, agribusiness, transport and energy sectors; Che, who is also qualified in Nigeria, shines in civil and criminal litigation.
Charles Tchuente; William Che
AFRICA FOOD MANUFACTURER
SHELTER AFRIQUE KENYA
AFRICA FOOD DISTRIBUTION
CREDIMUNDI – GROUP CREDENDO
GROUP OMAIS KASSIM
Arab Construction Company
- Assisted Sodinaf with its acquisition of shares in the Rougier Group, a French company specialized in logging in Africa.
- Assisted CCPC Finance with the augmentation of its capital in Cameroon.
- Accompanied Prometal with the extension of subsidiaries Prometal 3 and 4 to set up the largest steelwork company in West Africa.
Henri Job Law Firm
Henri Job Law Firm is a specialist corporate law firm covering a wide variety of matters, such as joint ventures, M&A, private equity and banking law. In addition, founder and managing partner Henri Job advises on foreign investments, commercial law and intellectual property. Contentious matters are often handled by Félix Ngoh, who counts mining and insurance law among his areas of expertise.
Cabinet Nyemb is predominantly active in corporate, banking and finance law, with additional skills in projects, regulatory, litigation and arbitration. Founding partner Jacques Nyemb, an insolvency and corporate restructuring expert, and of counsel Jacques Jonathan Nyemb are jointly in charge of the firm. The latter specialises in financial transactions and project investments. Counsel Christine Ewande Moutome was promoted to head of the corporate and project development unit in 2019.
Jacques Nyemb; Jacques Jonathan Nyemb
Société de Distribution Africaine (SDA)
Africa Merchant Capital
AZALAI Hotels Group
Douala International Terminal
Emerging Capital Partners
AMT S.A. Advanced Maritime Transports
- Counsel and assistance to Mauritius-based Financia Capital, a company with extensive experience in the infrastructure and real estate sectors, in the context of the renovation and transformation into a hotel of a building owned by a public corporate entity through a PPP contract.
- Advice and assistance to African Merchant Capital in the context of trade finance facilities for agribusiness companies.
- Assisting Société de Distribution Africaine (SDA) with a retail project in the utility transportation sector for the procurement of equipment and devices and training centres in Cameroon.
Zangue & Partners
Zangue & Partners assists domestic and international clients with contentious and non-contentious matters including banking and business law to labour, tax, insurance and competition law. Managing partner Serges Martin Zangue fields industry expertise in oil and gas, mining, maritime and aviation. Roger Liboho has a strong track record in litigation and also advises on copyright and neighbouring rights law.
Serges Martin Zangue