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Amadagana & Partners

The team at Amadagana & Partners specialises in advising energy, mining, and infrastructure corporates on M&A, government advisory, litigation and arbitration matters. Recent work includes providing assistance on renewable energy projects, including a solar power plant and a private hydroelectric project. It also has niche expertise advising on infrastructure projects and PPPs involving public roads and railroads. Founder and managing partner Lynda Amadagana focuses on corporate transactions and projects and financing, particularly in the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors in the OHADA zone. Charly Kwahou focuses on business law and corporate litigation, while Guy Mbenda handles international tax transactions, corporate transactions, and project financing in both Europe and Africa.

Practice head(s):

Lynda Amadagana; Charly Kwahou

Other key lawyers:

Elise Ngo Nyobe; Guy Mbenda; Maître Lynda Amadagana

Testimonials

‘A&P team is responsive and concerned with the quality of the services offered to the client. It is a multidisciplinary and competent team, capable of managing the different aspects related to the energy industry value chain and its regulation. We are also very satisfied with their internal organization which allows having several key contacts for each request.

In terms of energy law the firm is strong, agile and specialized and applies international standards in its local environment. We are happy to have this level of professionalism and expertise in Cameroon.

‘Lynda Amadagana has strong expertise in energy law, and particularly her knowledge of the various regulations in force in this constantly evolving field.’

‘Elise Ngo Nyobe is rigorous and organized, very responsive and attentive to the needs of the client.

‘The firm’s expertise is invaluable to us, particularly in our discussions with the Cameroonian government and other stakeholders. The rigor, flexibility and discipline of the team have particularly impressed us.’

Lynda Amadagana has impressed us with her in-depth knowledge of the legal and regulatory framework of the energy sector in Cameroon. She masters the entire energy value chain, from the project design phase to operation.

Guy Mbenda, who is an expert in taxation, has been invaluable to us thanks to his knowledge in the field of project structuring and tax optimisation.

Key clients

Actis

Acwa Power

Afrigroup Holding

Cameroon Power Holdings

Caminex

Campost

Caysti

CCA Bank

Chec

CIMENCAM

Duval

Egis Group

Eneo Cameroon

Eramet Cameroun

Fayat

Karpowership

KPMG Suisse

SCI AFG

Solidaridad

Sonamines

Work highlights

  • Advised Eneo Cameroon on a syndicated loan of €152m with eight banks of Central Africa.
  • Advised Fayat EGIS group on the financing for the PPP contract for the construction of 14 toll bridges in Cameroon.
  • Advised CIMENCAM, the country’s leading cement manufacturer, on the drafting and negotiation of two mining conventions with the Government of Cameroon for the exploitation of marble mines.

Ngassam, Fansi & Mouafo, Avocats Associés

Ngassam, Fansi & Mouafo, Avocats Associés is frequently instructed as local firm of choice for international law firms on all matters relating to commercial law. Founder and managing partner Virgile Ngassam specialises in banking and finance, arbitration matters, and oil and gas; Laurence Mouafo leads in litigation and has specialisms in both employment law and criminal law. Head of the tax and legal department Hyacinthe Fansi focuses on project finance, M&A, and general corporate and commercial law, while advocate Linda Behle focuses on data protection and IT. Associate Manuella Kouagnang joined from Abeng Law Firm in January 2021.

Testimonials

‘Very serious and structured firm’

‘Virgile Ngassam is humble knowledgeable and very focussed on the work quality’

‘The team is responsive and client oriented. They have competence in various sectors of laws, I work mainly with them regarding employment, commercial and corporate laws advice.’

‘I work mainly with one of the partners, Hyacinthe Fansi and he is very responsive, available, client and solution oriented, and has extensive knowledge of Cameroon laws and practical issues.’

‘Good understanding of the need, efficient and efficient and highly responsive.’

‘Hyacinthe Fansi is a very reliable professional who assist us with regard to corporate law matters in Cameroon.’

‘My company has the chance to work with that Law firm on various legal related matters. It is a law firm with high legal professional. Their approach of legal is unique since they go deep with their legal opinion. Their billing is competitive and they have a very good of technology since we use legal tracker in our interactions with external counsels.’

‘They are very responsive and this is key when providing legal services. And they respect their deadlines.’

‘They are remarkably responsive and always think ahead. They can effectively solve complex legal issues.’

Key clients

Mercer

Turkish Airlines

Rosebay Gaming Sarl

New Fortress Energey

United Bank for Africa

Coface

SITA

G4S

Qatar Airways

VWR International FZ-LLC

Abu Dhabi Aviation

American Express

IATA

Work highlights

  • Advised New Fortress Energy (NFE) on competition law in view of the authorisation of its acquisition of Golar LNG Partners by the CEMAC competition authority.
  • Advised PPG on the proposed sale of its Cameroon entity.
  • Advised Marriott International on due diligence issues in respect of two hotel projects in Douala and Yaoundé.

Chazai Wamba

Chazai Wamba is a key resource for international corporates seeking investment into Cameroon, covering areas such as structured financing, advice on all relevant oil, gas, and mining matters, IP/IT, and corporate alternative dispute resolution. Managing partner and firm co-founder Aurélie Chazai primarily focuses on M&A, project and bank financing, and capital markets. She was local legal counsel to the state of Cameroon on an international eurobond issue. Co-founder Flora Wamba is an expert in arbitration, insurance, and transportation law. In April 2021 Sarada Nya left the firm.

Other key lawyers:

Stéphane Essaga; Aude Du Crest

Testimonials

The team is young, dynamic, professional and efficient. They are able to work on international business and various sectors.’

Meticulous, available, successful.

Flora Wamba: very talented and always available.

‘Chazai & partners is a team of young professionals. They are really connected to their clients. We are not just a file, they really care about our environment to give the best advice. They are connected to day to day life, so they give an advice in the way you can implement it.

They have been very effective in analysing, contextualizing and proposing appropriate and relevant solutions to all my concerns and challenges.

They have a balanced and unique young team combining local expertise and understanding of the Cameroonian terrain with global experienced professionals.

They are using innovative tools and were able to accommodate clients by being fully operational with less contact and more fee flexibility.

Key clients

MFS Africa

Saham Assurances

Vitol

SMT Cameroun

Mobilitas Group

Harvest Asset Management

Commercial Bank of Cameroon

Lemarc Agromond Group

DEM Group

New Age Cameroon Offshore Petroleum

BIA Cameroun

The Ministry of Finance of Cameroon

Société Générale Cameroun

Citibank Gabon

BGFIBANK Cameroon

CANAL PLUS Group

Vivendi Group

Impuma Group

Parlym Group

Newrest Group

Louis Dreyfus Company Suisse

EDC Investment Corporation

Area Assurances

Air Liquide Cameroun

Solevo Cameroun

Work highlights

  • Advised MFS Africa on a $3m equity investment in Maviance, a Cameroon-based tech company.
  • Advised a consortium of banks on a $163m treasury bonds issued by the Republic of Congo.
  • Advised the State of Cameroon on its international bond issue of €675m (Eurobond 2021).

D. Moukouri & Partners

D. Moukouri & Partners has niche specialisms in corporate financing, cross-border transactions, PPPs, and major engineering and construction projects. In recent years it has extended its expertise to cover IT law, including experience in fintech, blockchain, cryptocurrency, and data privacy. Of particular interest in 2020, it advised a subsidiary of a Johnson & Johnson Company, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, on marketing the Johnson and Johnson vaccine in Cameroon. Managing partner Danielle Moukouri is a member of the Cameroon Bar Association, the Nigerian Bar Association, and the American Bar Association and specialises in OHADA corporate law. Aurelien Djengue and associate Alice Dikosso both focus on commercial litigation and arbitration.

Other key lawyers:

Alice Dikosso

Testimonials

‘Good service.’

Key clients

Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a Johnson and Johnson Company)

Augentic PassCam S.A

GiftedMom Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Janssen Pharmaceuticals throughout the negotiations and the formalities for marketing the Johnson and Johnson vaccine against Covid-19 in Cameroon for a deal value of $456m.
  • Advised the Cameroon subsidiary of the leading German biometric technology company on the data privacy aspects of the performance of its agreement to supply the biometric passport to the State of Cameroon.
  • Advised GiftedMom Ltd on $2.3m fundraising to boost the Healthlane programme, which has more than 60,000 customers in Cameroon and Nigeria.

Zangue & Partners

Zangue & Partners advises investors in Cameroon and in wider Central Africa on general commercial and corporate law, as well as banking and finance, M&A and project finance. It has also developed expertise in sovereign loans and the mining, energy, and telecoms sectors. It is particularly noted for its experience in corporate litigation. Practice lead and founder Serges Martin Zangue focuses on matters concerning oil and gas, mining, project finance, and arbitration, and also has niche specialism in maritime law.

Practice head(s):

Serges Martin Zangue

Testimonials

‘We appreciate the quality of the answers to our various concerns demonstrated by Zangue & Partners.

They are very proactive, well known in Cameroon and really able to deal with international matters. The team is very reactive and offer us in-time information on all our files.

Key clients

Amadeus Central & West African Development

Bicec

Bank of Central African States (BEAC)

Bollore Transports & Logistics

Camrail

CANAL + AFRIQUE

Douala International Terminal

Douala Retail and C convention Centre (Actis Subsidiary)

Ecobank Cameroon S.A.

First Trust Savings & Loan S.A.

Golar Cameroon SASU (subsidiary of the Golar LNG)

Geofor Cameroon S.A. (Group FURGO)

Tractafric Equipment (subsidiary of the Group OPTORG)

Tractafric Motors (subsidiary of the Group OPTORG)

Kenya Airways

Rwandair

ECP Central Africa Management

Maersk Line Agency Cameroon S.A.

OCP Cameroun S.A. (Group OCP)

OMOA Cameroun S.A. (Group SYRSE)

Pullman Hotels

Cameroon Railways (CAMRAIL)

Union Bank of Cameroun plc

SAAR Insurance S.A.

SCB Cameroun (Group ATTIJARIWAFA)

CIMENCAM (Group LAFARGE)

YARA Cameroun S.A. (Group YARA INTERNATIONAL)

SIKA Cameroon SARL (Group SIKA)

Work highlights

  • Advised Actis Fund on the financing of the development of Douala Mall in Douala Cameroon.
  • Advised a pool of banks represented by Cameroonian bank SCB, as agent in the restructuring of a syndicated medium-term loan and revolving credit facility granted to Mobile Telephone Network Cameroon SA (MTN Cameroon).
  • Advised Deutsche Bank on the financing the State of Cameroon for the rehabilitation and extension of the capacity of the drinking water treatment and distribution system in Buea, Tiko and Mutenguene, Cameroon, including the preliminary technical design and engineering feasibility studies, alongside associated environmental and social assessments.

CT-AVOCATS

CT-AVOCATS is regarded for its work in commercial and corporate transactions, with a specialism in business and investment law in Africa. It also represents clients in criminal procedures, insurance and transport law, and facilitating corporate arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. Members of the team can also provide assistance with corporate finance and banking and finance. Founding partner Charles Tchuente focuses on tax law.

Practice head(s):

Charles Tchuente; Irene Nana; William Che

Testimonials

‘The lawyers at CT Avocats act according to the field of specialization. The team is very collaborative, and they interact well with the clients.’

‘The individuals are always listening, I value the interactive qualities and their availability.’

Work highlights

  • Represented Soletanche Bachy International (France) in an exaggerated taxation dispute against the State of Cameroon worth over £3m representing penalties meted out on it in the course of carrying out its commercial activities in Cameroon.
  • Defended the interest of CAMRAIL (Groupe Bolloré) against SITRAFER and others in a claim of £26m as financial, commercial and moral damages.
  • Represented Société Le Grand Moulin Du Cameroun (SGMC-SOMDIAA France) S.A. in a procedure involving the extension of the deadline within which to pay dividends worth £1.5m to its shareholders.

Epena Law

Epena Law specialises in venture capital and corporate law. Co-founder Johanna Monthé is qualified in France, New York, and Cameroon and is an expert in private equity and advising international clients seeking to invest in Africa. She also advises on acquisitions or financing of Africa-based companies, as well as advising on private M&A and securing venture capital. Associate Tatiana Nkoungou specialises in private equity, and is a tax and corporate law specialist. In the first half of 2021 the team expanded at associate, adding a number of individuals with expertise in private equity, corporate law, M&A and venture capital.

Testimonials

From top to bottom they are highly qualified, have complementary skillset and it seems like they have created a fearless office culture where people are free to challenge one another. They always deliver on their commitments.

Johanna and Tatiana really stand out.

They proactively advised us on pitfalls as well as incompatibilities of the different aspects of the transactions to certain jurisdictions. They were able to bring on board experts to advise on specific matters as needed during the transaction.

Their pricing was very fair on two main counts: i. Understanding that the nature of the transaction and eventual complexity, they provided a full-service pricing to cover the transaction from start to finish. ii. This price was very affordable.

The team as a whole is dynamic and very committed, with expertise in different and complementing areas of work.

They were was able to commit to a budget for the entire transaction and stick to it till the end for the core piece of work. Their fee structure was very accommodating and respected during the transaction.

Johanna Monthe: In my experience working with her, she is extremely knowledgeable and competent. More importantly, she stayed very calm during the multiple negotiation sessions as emotions and egos ran high. She exhibited a good sense of meeting management to ensure that we could burn down the very long issue list. I was personally very impressed by her proactiveness in identifying potential burning issues early that we had completely missed.

Epena Law is a pan-African law-firm with global outreach, which is able to navigate across jurisdictions in very demanding and fast paced international transactions.

LPA-CGR

LPA-CGR specialises in natural resources, energy, and transportation throughout West Africa. Ghislaine Lovet is experienced in PPPs and outsourcing, special enterprise agreements, agro zones, transport and international business taxation. Yves Moukory Eyoum is a key resource regarding PPPs and project financing, energy, and mining law in the OHADA region.

Practice head(s):

Ghislaine Lovet

Other key lawyers:

Yves Moukory Eyoum

Testimonials

‘The team is focused and always provides one point of contact to the client for all matters irrespective of the matter that has come up.’

‘We always received highly professional responses and advice reflecting also the practical issues. Important to note that communication in times like these in 2021 we felt perfectly comfortable in all matters without the chance to meet once.’

The process of remote transactions creates specific hurdles which require pragmatic solutions – it went smoothly to our fullest satisfaction.

‘The team has a desk and a presence in Middle East, and provides an excellent level of service.’

Key clients

KGAL

UPOWA

WWF

IRC

Plan International

Société De Construction Du Barrage De Nachtigal

Cabinet Nyemb

Cabinet Nyemb focuses on corporate law involving cross-border transactions, as well as banking and finance, projects, and regulatory matters. It is also experienced in corporate litigation and arbitration. Founding partner Jacques Nyemb specialises in transactions; of counsel Jacques Jonathan Nyemb heads both the projects and transactions practice and the banking, finance, and insurance team; and counsel Christine Ewande Moutome heads the corporate and project development department.

Practice head(s):

Jacques Nyemb; Jacques Jonathan Nyemb

Other key lawyers:

Christine Ewande Moutome

Testimonials

‘The team, led by Jacques Nyemb, is very responsive, up to speed on the nuances of the legal framework governing the transactions on which they advise and commercially attuned.’

‘Jacques Nyemb defends his client’s interests and has a very strong sense of the commercial drivers of the deal. He is technically very strong and adept at translating that into commercial advice.’

‘The law firm is specialized in financial transactions (international, regional and local) and has a good knowledge of the banking regulations and exchange control regulation. Perfectly bilingual with a team of young and well trained lawyers.’

‘I work with Johnathan Nyemb, very smart and knowledgeable of the financial sector. Has been very instrumental during the last Euro Bond transaction in Cameroon. Johnathan works with Moutome Christine and the duo are remarkable. Their availability and rigor in assisting clients is highly appreciated compared to the competition’

‘The team of this company are available, competent and professional.’

‘They are attentive and responsive !’

Key clients

Groupe BOLLORE

Douala International Terminals

Citibank Cameroon

Groupe Arno

FINANCIA Capital

OLEA Cameroun

Cameroon Civil Aviation

SEW Eurodrive GmbH

Groupe Castel

Société Générale

Work highlights

  • Advised JP Morgan, Citi Group and Société Générale on the refinancing of the Cameroonian Eurobond.
  • Advised Banque Centrale Populaire on the acquisition by Atlantic Finance Group of Banque Centrale Populaire’s shares in BICIM.
  • Advised GARDA World Security Corporation on the acquisition of a security company.