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Emery Mukendi Wafwana & Associés

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Chairman: Emery Mukendi Wafwana
Managing Partners: Emery Mukendi Wafwana, Edmond Cibamba Diata, Eugenie Elanga Monkango, Jose Ilunga Kapanda
Number of partners: 4
Number of lawyers: 38
Languages: Africaans, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, local languages from the Republic of Congo and local languages from South Africa

Firm Overview:
Headquartered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (“DRC”), Emery Mukendi Wafwana & Associates (EMWA) is an international African law firm with world-class standards of work and ethics and resources providing legal services in Africa. The firm has been providing a wide range of legal services to companies and foreign investors in Africa for over 17 years.
EMWA is present across Africa, with three offices in key cities of the DRC (Kinshasa, Lubumbashi and Matadi) and offices in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo and Johannesburg, South Africa. In other African countries, it has established exclusive partnerships with renowned lawyers and law firms. On the global stage, EMWA has an office in Manhattan, New York.
EMWA’s practice is strongly focused on the natural resources sectors, including mining, oil and gas, electrical energy, telecommunications, infrastructure and corporate and business law in general.
The firm also has a strong regulatory practice as EMWA has contributed to the adoption and improvement of mining and natural resources and related regulations in Africa. The firm has recently been selected to review the DRC mining code, which it has already drafted in 2002. EMWA’s lawyers and/or partners and mining consultants have also had the opportunity to work on mining legislations and policies in countries such as Burkina Faso, Mali, Chad and Cote d’Ivoire. EMWA has been selected on several occasions as Law Firm of the Year and has received several certificates of appreciation, awards and prizes for its work.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Natural Resources
- Mining
- Hydrocarbon
- Electrical Power
Litigation & Disputes

Business & Tax:
■Incorporation of security companies in South Africa
■Incorporation and business formation in Africa
■Shares acquisition
■Due Diligence
Contacts: Eugenie Elanga Monkango, Edmond Cibamba, José Ilunga
Emails: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Natural Resources:
■Advised and assisted a Canadian company in the conversion of its Exploration Permit into an Exploitation Permit for the Kamoa project representing an investment of US$930 million
■Advised and assisted in the acquisition of shareholders’ rights, mining rights and titles (exploration and exploitation permits) for the motogold mining projects.
Contact: Emery Mukendi Wafwana
Email: [email protected]
■Advised and assisted a South African Oil and Gas Company to negotiate and conclude a Production Sharing Agreement for a total investment value of US$900 million with the Government of the DRC at the Albertine Garben in the DRC
■Advised and assisted a South African Oil and Gas Company in the acquisition of hydrocarbon rights in the DRC and drafted the agreement for the sale and transfer of hydrocarbons rights
Contact: Emery Mukendi Wafwana
Email: [email protected]
Electrical Power:
■Advised and assisted for engineering, drafting and conclusion of sales power contracts in the DRC
■Project Snel/Southern African Power Market Project (Financing Agreement; second additional financing agreement for the phase I of the power project market for Southern Africa between DRC and International Development Association)
Contacts: Emery Mukendi and Edmond Cibamba
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

■Acted as lead counsel and assisted a US Financial institution in connection with US$5 million loan made to a foreign investor for the purchase of Manganese mines in Burkina Faso and Mali
■Performed due diligence on a Congo Brazzaville mining company in relation to its listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange valued at US$12 million
Contacts: Emery Mukendi Wafwana, Edmond Cibamba, Nady Mayifuila
Emails: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Litigation, Arbitration & Disputes Resolution:
■Representation of a private company before the High Court of Kinshasa Gombe
■Representation of foreign sovereigns before several jurisdictions and arbitration courts in the United States of America, in Hong Kong, Jersey and France
Contacts: Emery Mukendi Wafwana, José Ilunga, Nady Mayifuila, Jonathan van Kempen, Rigobert Nzundu
Emails: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] [email protected] [email protected]

■Advised an Egyptian bank in connection to a loan made to an international telecommunications’ company
Contact: Fulgence Kalema Bwatunda
Email: [email protected]