Firm Profile > PLCJ Ltd. > MAURITIUS, Mauritius

PLCJ Ltd.
NAUTICA
1ST FLOOR
BLACK RIVER
MAURITIUS
Mauritius

Leading firms Tier 4

PLCJ Ltd. has a significant track record on matters of both Mauritian and international law, especially French and European, and expertise in the legal systems of countries that surround the Indian Ocean. The team specialises in corporate and M&A, IP and competition law. Founding partner Mathilde Parent Lagesse is qualified in both France and Mauritius.

Practice head(s):

Mathilde Parent Lagesse

Other key lawyers:

Ornella Bisquay

Key clients

Phoenix Beverages

Compass Venture Capital (ENL)

Forges Tardieu

Inside Capital Partners

Scott Investments

Phoenix Réunion

Dimomix

Omnicane Management and Consultancy

Avila

Edena

Business lawyers in Europe and in the Indian Ocean
PLCJ was founded in 2007 by Mathilde Parent Lagesse, a member of the Paris and Mauritius Bars, and is an international business law firm based in Mauritius and now composed of French and Mauritian lawyers and jurists. Ornella Bisquay was coopted partner in 2019.

Our firm’s philosophy is to build a bridge between Europe and the Indian Ocean in terms of business, the latter region being on the doorstep of Africa and Asia. Our highly professional, competent, multilingual and multicultural team is the first of its kind and still almost unique in Mauritius (French and Mauritian lawyers, having studied and worked in both countries) and handles each case with competence and open-mindedness. Our deep knowledge of French and Mauritian law enables us to offer personalized services tailored to the needs of both individuals and companies.  PLCJ Ltd represents Bird & Bird in the Indian Ocean.

Our areas of expertise
Our deep knowledge of French and Mauritian law enables us to offer personalized assistance and advice tailored to your needs for both individuals and companies.

Antitrust and distribution: drafting and negotiating of  distribution and franchise agreements,set up and restructuration of networks, restrictive competition practices (abrupt termination of established business relations, significant imbalance between the rights and obligations of the contractual parties, invoicing rules), commercial relations, and unfair commercial practices. Merger notifications to French, European, Mauritian or COMESA’s competition authorities and assistance regarding cartels, vertical restraints or abuse of a dominant position.

Arbitration and litigation:

  • Disputes relating to transfer of shares and disagreements between shareholders (implementation of the liability guarantee, disputes between shareholders, directors’ liability, dispute involving an employee who is also a minority shareholder…)
  • Intellectual property disputes (trademarks or copyrights’ infringement litigation, action for forfeiture of trademarks, trademarks’ claim or invalidity claim)
  • Antitrust disputes (before French or Mauritian authorities, or the COMESA Competition Authority)
  • Commercial disputes in general (abrupt termination of business relationships, unfair business practices, action “en comblement de passif”, wrongful termination of negotiations …)

Banking law: drafting and review of guarantees to banking loans (guarantee contract, bank guarantee payable on first demand, corporate guarantee…) namely in an international context (loan granted in a country and guarantee granted by the parent company of the borrower in another country). Examination of the parties’ capacity to borrow and drafting of a legal opinion confirming the operation, its validity and legal enforceability.

Commercial law: drafting and negotiation of commercial agreements (general terms and conditions of sale, agency agreement, commission contract,  supply agreement, services agreement, research and development agreement, license agreement, partnership agreements, non-disclosure agreement, distribution agreement, …). Products’ labelling rules, advertisement regulations, legal warranties and commercial guarantees as well as terms and conditions for online sale for e-commerce websites.

Corporate law:  mergers and acquisitions, restructuring exercises, legal due dilligence, drafting and negotiating of contracts (Constitution, deeds, shareholders’ agreements, share transfer agreements, securities acquisition agreements, liability guarantees, joint-venture agreement, MOUs, term sheets, letters of intent, confidentiality undertaking, exclusivity undertakings, …). As a firm equally qualified in French and Mauritian laws, PLCJ Ltd is able to warn its clients of the significant differences between the two regimes. PLCJ Ltd also constitutes French and Mauritian legal entities (partnerships, companies and others), manages them by holding general meetings and by proceeding with the necessary corresponding formalities.

IP/IT:  trademark filings and monitoring in France and Mauritius, drafting of integration software contracts, license agreements, and software general terms of service, cryptocurrency and the related applicable regulations in Mauritius.

Labour law:  drafting, negotiation and termination of employment contracts in France and in Mauritius.

Protection of personal data:  set up of a compliance programs in respect with the French Data Protection Regulations (RGPD) and the Data Protection Act in Mauritius.

Real estate law and relocation to Mauritius:  investment in real estate projects in Mauritius (PDS and Ground +2 programs), which includes the negotiations of the reservation contracts to the sale agreements and all ancillary agreements. PLCJ can also carries out an analysis to determine the most suitable entity to implement your project (domestic company, SCI, foundations, ….), and suggest a mandate in order to avoid unnecessary trips to Mauritius for the signing of the deed and completion of all required formalities in relation to the obtention of a residence permit. PLCJ Ltd also provides support to the clients wishing to carry real estate transactions by becoming a property developer for estates under the PDS project.

Department Name Email Telephone
Ornella Bisquay o.bisquay@plcj.net +230 483 4971
Partners : 2
Legal Advisors : 4
Administration : 2
French
English
Spanish
German

CLIENT: MJ DEVELOPPEMENT
COMPANY/FIRM: PLCJ
TESTIMONIAL: “We have been working for a number of years with PLCJ which supports us in our real estate activity and in our hotel management activity in Mauritius.
Mathilde and Ornella, as well as their entire team, always demonstrate great responsiveness and availability to our requests, and are always ready to support us with all their expertise in our various issues (contract drafting, legal advice commercial, taxation, litigation, …)
It was important for us to find advice in Mauritius who had a perfect knowledge of the Mauritian legal fabric but also French because the heart of our clientele is French. However, it was also necessary for us to be able to communicate and support our English-speaking clients, which is what PLCJ allows us with great ease.
Their support and expertise is a guarantee of high quality, allowing us to further structure our activity in Mauritius.
We therefore do not hesitate to recommend PLCJ to anyone who needs advice and legal support in their area of expertise.”


CLIENT: Scott Investments Ltd
COMPANY/FIRM: PLCJ
TESTIMONIAL: “We started to partner with the law firm PLCJ Ltd in 2016 during the acquisition of two French companies in the French Departments of La Reunion and Mayotte. Since then, Mathilde and her Team have given us the appropriate support and follow up demonstrating strong commitment while handling our requests on time and in a very professional manner.
We have worked with PLCJ Ltd on several projects including company acquisition and due diligence, drafting of commercial agreements and shareholders agreements, restructuring projects and labor issues.
One of the strengths of PLCJ Ltd is the knowledge of both Mauritian and French laws which ensures a smooth project execution and strong compliance in both jurisdictions.”


CLIENT: Inside Capital Partners, Inside Equity Fund, Golem, Leeway
COMPANY/FIRM: PLCJ
TESTIMONIAL: “PLCJ is a highly dynamic and adaptative team, with the ability to understand quickly the sometimes sophisticated commercial needs of the client and to find the most efficient – and if need be innovative – legal solution to address these needs. This high adaptiveness and responsiveness, together with the ability to work under pressure on complex deals, is especially appreciable in the international Private Equity deals environment where we operate.”


CLIENT: Novengi Ltd
COMPANY/FIRM: PLCJ
TESTIMONIAL: “Our company has been working with PLCJ Law firm for a M&A project involving 2 regional subsidiaries of a French company. The complexity was in the alignment of French, British and Mauritian commercial laws to perform this M&A.
Beyond the professionalism and strong knowledge of both French and Mauritian commercial laws, Mathilde Parent Lagesse and her team beneficiate from a thorough cultural understanding of both French and Mauritian business environment.
We have taken advantage of the wide range of competencies of PJLC team on different legal aspects facilitating our decision making process. The customer service and support we received throughout the project was really at 5 star level.”


CLIENT: Omnicane Group
COMPANY/FIRM: PLCJ
TESTIMONIAL: “PLCJ team gives full-fledged and high level legal assistance on all business aspects.
The team is fully dedicated and client focused and shows passion in doing the work.
They are able to accompany both individuals/small businesses/start-ups on practical matters as well as large multinationals on strategic moves.”


CLIENT: Phoenix Beverages Ltd
COMPANY/FIRM: PLCJ
TESTIMONIAL: “PLCJ is, in our opinion, the most professional business law firm in Mauritius to date.
It is composed of a multidisciplinary and professional team, which is very reactive to any identified need.
Phoenix beverages Ltd has been working with PLCJ in Mauritius for more than 10 years now on a wide range of business law matters, in geographical areas covering the entire Indian Ocean, Europe, USA and Asia.
We strongly recommend them to any company wishing to take advice in Mauritius.”