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BLC Robert & Associates
2ND FLOOR, THE AXIS
26 BANK STREET, CYBERCITY
EBENE 72201, MAURITIUS
Mauritius

Mauritius > Barristers: Commercial disputes Tier 1

BLC Robert & Associates has extensive experience in arbitration and litigation across all Mauritian courts, specialising in high-value commercial disputes across a range of industry sectors including banking and finance. Members of the firm’s team have resisted challenges, before the Supreme Court and Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, to an arbitration award following a failure to pay exit monies pursuant to a shareholders’ agreement in Peepul Capital Fund II LLC v VSoft Holdings LLC. Iqbal Rajahbalee SC defended a commercial bank in an employment dispute concerning wrongful termination in Beeharry v Maubank Ltd, while also appearing in administrative law proceedings, Sandeep Khapre v The Commission of Enquiry, for an application for leave to apply for the judicial review of a report concerning the disposal of shares of a major conglomerate. Also of note is Mushtaq Namdarkhan  and the team’s recent work in Heeralall (as receiver of Best Flour & Co Ltd) v Mauritius Revenue Authority, an appeal to the Supreme Court concerning tax and the financial services sector.

Leading Silks

Iqbal Rajahbalee SCBLC Robert & Associates ‘Has an excellent reputation as a senior litigator in the courts. He is highly respected, user friendly, thinks commercially and is the go-to lawyer for high profile matters.’

Leading Juniors

Mushtaq Namdarkhan  – BLC Robert & Associates 'A clever and pragmatic lawyer with experience and good client skills. He is highly respected in Mauritius.’

Testimonials

‘BLC Robert & Associates is without question the No.1 and leading firm on the island.’

‘Iqbal Rajahbalee has an excellent reputation as a senior litigator in the courts. He is highly respected, user friendly, thinks commercially and is the go-to lawyer for high profile matters.’

‘Mushtaq Namdarkhan is a clever and pragmatic lawyer with experience and good client skills. He is highly respected in Mauritius.’

Mauritius > Leading firms Tier 1

BLC Robert & Associates, a member of the Africa Legal Network, is a leading firm offering comprehensive legal services, particularly in the banking and finance space, to private clients, global corporates and financial institutions. Managing partner Iqbal Rajahbalee SC leads in litigation matters alongside partner André Robert and Mushtaq Namdarkhan, who acts in shareholder, banking and construction disputes as well as restructuring and insolvency matters. Co-founding partner Jason Harel is ‘outstanding in corporate law’ including acquisitions, sale of shares and investments. Jean-Eric Sauzier is noted for his experience in advising financial institutions across a range of sectors. Fayaz Hajee Abdoula is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Iqbal Rajahbalee; Jason Harel; Jean-Eric Sauzier; André Robert

Testimonials

‘BLC have the depth in skills and resources for company, financing and securities laws. They also up to date with the relevant practical knowledge. Core strengths of the team include reputation, reliability and cross-border multi-disciplinary expertise.’

‘Jean Vincent da Cruz, Yashna Munbauhal and Valerie Bisasur are knowledgeable, accessible and approachable. Andre Robert is reliable and produces top-notch quality work. He is a fully trusted specialist in advisory and litigation work. Jason Harel is a powerful leader and respected. He is outstanding in corporate law matters, is a lateral thinker and offers fresh insights from a business and tax perspective.’

‘Fayaz Abdoula is a top performer in M&A matters and excellent in the delivery of work.’

‘The team are professional, responsive, have a good understanding of the business needs of clients and provide clear and reliable guidance.’

‘The partners have significant knowledge and skills in vast areas. I have worked with Mushtaq Namdarkhan, Jason Harel and Iqbal Rajahbalee. The particular attention to details is very appreciated. Mushtaq Namdarkhan is impressive and communicates in a concise manner. Jason Harel has good knowledge of various industries and strategies. Iqbal Rajahbalee is able to summarise comprehensive matters well.’

‘This is by far the top firm in Mauritius. The members of the firm complement each other well and have great client facing skills. They have excellent communication skills, are commercially driven and offer pragmatic solutions. This is my go-to firm in Mauritius.’

‘Jason Harel is a brilliant business minded lawyer that is well connected and a team player. Iqbal Rajahbalee is a highly respected litigator. Mushtaq Namdharkan is bright and client oriented. Bhavna Ramsuran displays excellent energy and drive. Andre Robert is a brilliant litigation lawyer, has an incisive mind and is focussed on achieving the goal. Up and coming partner Fayaz Hajee Abdoula has great client skills, experience and enthusiasm.’

‘There are a number of key individuals that we work with closely, Shane Mungur and Valerie Bissau in particular. They are both very responsive, display excellent market knowledge and have a good grasp of all relevant legal issues. We recommend this firm to other clients for their legal matters.’

Key clients

MUA Ltd.

LOLC Holdings PLC

The United Basalt Products Ltd

Endeavour Mining Plc

Happy World Ltd|Happy World Property Ltd

J.P. Morgan Securities plc, Société Générale and The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited

Norsad Finance Limited

Lendable Asset Management LLC

ALCB Fund /FEI-OGEF

Ascencia

Mauritius Port Authority

Airports of Mauritius Ltd

Lightspeed India Partners IV, LLC (the ‘Fund’)

Work highlights

  • Acted as Mauritian counsel to the banks (J.P. Morgan Securities, Société Générale and The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited) investing and financing Mauritian based entity Axian Telecom through its first debut bond supported by anchor orders from development finance institutions CDC, DEG, EAIF and IFC and related revolving credit facilities.
  • Advised Happy World and Happy World Property on the acquisition of two business centres operating in Port Louis and Ebene in Mauritius, under the Regus trademark, a world-wide leader in business centres, offering serviced office facilities to customers.
  • Acted as the Mauritian counsel to Lightspeed India Partners in setting up a private equity fund in Mauritius in the form of a company.

The firm: BLC Robert is the leading independent full-service business law firm in Mauritius. The firm has seven partners and over thirty locally and internationally trained fee-earners serving a diverse client base including regional and multinational companies, global financial institutions and funds, public sector bodies amongst others. We are a member of ALN, the leading integrated network of Law Firms in Africa. Our main areas of practice are corporate and commercial, banking and finance and dispute resolution.

Areas of practice
Financial services and regulations: Our financial services group advises a vast number of funds, PE houses, managers, insurance companies, fiduciary businesses and financial advisers involved in the sector. We have been the adviser to over 200 funds set up in Mauritius. Iqbal Rajahbalee, the managing partner, is held in high regard having lead a number of legislative drafting teams on the subject and having been the first Chief Executive Officer the Financial Services Commission (the “FSC”) . He is the founder of the offshore industry in Mauritius and served as the first Executive Director of the Mauritius Offshore Business Activities Authority (“MOBAA”), the predecessor of the FSC.

Corporate and commercial: We service a variety of clients ranging from multinational companies, banks, financial institutions and high net worth individuals on all aspects of the corporate sphere ranging from company formation, advisory work, legal opinions, due diligence exercises, transaction closings and assisting our clients in common matters that turn around a company’s daily life. Of note in this practice area is the co-founder partner, Jason Harel, who delivers commercially sound legal advice, by virtue of his accounting, legal and entrepeneurial backgrounds.

Banking and finance: Our lawyers advise and provide support on both domestic and cross-border transactions in numerous areas ranging from acquisition finance, project finance (including infrastructure) to structured or trade finance. Our team is also involved in providing regulatory and compliance advice to banks and financial institutions, helping them from formation to operations and dealings. We regularly intervene on behalf of a wide spectrum of transaction parties which includes local and international banks, DFIs and other financial institutions, corporate lenders, investment funds, project sponsors, operators, borrowers, guarantors, governmental and international organisations. Jean-Eric Sauzier  heads this practice is also well versed with real estate developments, hospitality and information technology. Jean-Eric has also been involved in the drafting of various pieces of legislation which served either as the foundation for or improvements to the Mauritian information technology, intellectual property and data protection legal and regulatory frameworks.

Dispute resolution: Our lawyers are actively involved in various forms of dispute resolution. We are regularly called upon at the early stages of dispute situations where we give robust advice to the clients’ legal position, the strengths and weaknesses of their cases and the most effective avenues to settle the dispute, whether by mediation, narrowing down of issues in view of expert determination or arbitration of remaining issues, or the service formal legal notices. Again worthy of mention is our managing partner Iqbal who is a Senior Counsel with over 30 years of practice at the Bar of Mauritius with considerable experience in handling all forms of disputes before the Mauritian Courts, statutory tribunals, expert determinations and arbitration (both domestic and international). In addition, Iqbal served for more than ten years at the Attorney General’s Office under the Ministry of Justice rising to the position of Assistant Solicitor General.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and Commercial, Mergers and Acquisitions, Taxation, Insolvency, Real Estate and Hospitality Jason Harel Jason.Harel@blc.mu +230 403 2400
Corporate and Commercial, Mergers and Acquisitions, Employment,Real Estate and Hospitality Fayaz Hajee Abdoula Fayaz.Abdoula@blc.mu +230 403 2400
Banking and Finance, Insolvency Jean-Eric Sauzier Jean-Eric.Sauzier@blc.mu +230 403 2400
Banking and Finance Valerie Bisasur Valerie.Bisasur@blc.mu +230 403 2400
Financial Services and Regulatory, Dispute Resolution, Capital markets Iqbal Rajahbalee Iqbal.R@blc.mu +230 403 2400
Dispute Resolution Mushtaq Namdarkhan Mushtaq.Namdarkhan@blc.mu +230 403 2400
Financial Services and Regulatory, Capital Markets Bhavna Ramsurun Bhavna.Ramsurun@blc.mu +230 403 2400
TMT and Intellectual Property, Dispute Resolution André Robert Andre.Robert@blc.mu +230 403 2400
TMT and Intellectual Property Ammar Oozeer Ammar.Oozeer@blc.mu +230 403 2400
Photo Name Position Profile
Valerie Bisasur photo Ms Valerie Bisasur Partner
Fayaz Hajee Abdoula photo Mr Fayaz Hajee Abdoula Partner
Jason Harel photo Mr Jason Harel Partner
Mushtaq Namdarkhan photo Mr Mushtaq Namdarkhan Partner
Iqbal Rajahbalee photo Mr Iqbal Rajahbalee Senior CounselManaging Partner
André Robert photo Mr André Robert Senior AttorneyPartner
Number of lawyers : 30
English
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African Legal Network (ALN) Website: www.africalegalnetwork.com
Other Offices : Port Louis

Diversity and Inclusion

BLC Robert & Associates’ commitment to diversity is exemplified by its very workforce which mirrors the melting pot of cultures that make up Mauritian society. In order to remain the premier provider of legal services in the country BLCR has recognised the need to create a nurturing environment for young legal minds of all socio-economic backgrounds.