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Chazai & Partners

Douala Office

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Managing Partner: Aurélie CHAZAI
Number of partners: 4
Number of lawyers: 15
Languages: French, English

Firm Overview:
CHAZAI & PARTNERS is a business law firm dedicated to Africa, that offers innovative and accessible legal and tax advice and services to local and multinational companies, banks, financial institutions, governments and other public sector entities, as well as individual investors, in accordance with best international standards and practices. The firm was founded in 2017 by partners Aurélie Chazai, Flora Wamba and Sarada Nya, lawyers admitted to the Cameroon and Paris Bars. They practiced for several years in top international law firms in Europe (Cleary Gottlieb, Linklaters, DWF or Herbert Smith Freehills, Herald, Gide Loyrette Nouel) before they decided to settle in Africa to offer directly on the continent a full range of services adapted to the specific needs of local transactions and projects. In 2019, the firm welcomed its fourth partner, Emmanuel Massoda, who is one of the most renowned litigation specialists in Cameroon. The firm is based in Douala (Cameroon). It also has an office in Paris (France) and a presence in the cities of Port-Gentil and Libreville (Gabon). With lawyers admitted to three Bars (Cameroon, Paris and Nigeria), Chazai & Partners is active in all areas of business law (especially OHADA law). The firm intervenes in a broad range of advisory and litigation matters. From its inception, the firm has adopted a strong digital culture that allows flexibility and reactivity. In addition to this, the firm is organised into specialised departments (bank and finance, corporate and M&A, insurance and transportation, energy and mining, IP & IT, litigation and arbitration) in order to effectively address its clients’ specific needs. The firm maintains a strong international network through strategic collaborations with top American, European and African law firms, and is a member of several referral networks. In this respect, the firm often acts as local counsel or focal point in international transactions relating to its jurisdictions and others in Central Africa. Finally, the firm participates in sharing legal information by regularly publishing doctrinal articles, news briefs and a quarterly Newsletter.

Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance:

1 Partner based in Douala
■ Representation of Société Générale Cameroun in its CFAF 6.4 billion financing and refinancing of the construction of two “Carrefour” malls in Douala and Yaoundé
Partner: Aurélie Chazai
■ Representation of Solevo Cameroun in the context of a EUR 150 million facility agreement to refinance several Solevo Group subsidiaries, notably in Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Senegal
Partner: Aurélie Chazai
Key Clients: Société Générale Cameroun, BGFIBank Cameroun
Contact: Aurélie Chazai  Tel: +237 697 02 62 43/+237 233 432 617
Email: [email protected]

Capital Markets:
1 Partner based in Douala
■ Representation of a consortium of banks on a USD 171 million treasury bonds issue by the Republic of Congo to refinance the outstanding debt of the EOCG 6.5% net 2016-2021 bond issue
Partner: Aurélie Chazai
■ Representation of the State of Cameroon in a CFAF 200 million bonds issue operation
Partner: Aurélie Chazai
Key Clients: State of Cameroon, EDC Investment Corporation
Contact: Aurélie Chazai   Tel: +237 697 02 62 43 / +237 233 432 617
Email: [email protected]

Private Equity:
2 Partners based in Douala
■ Representation of a Cameroonian company in a EUR 300,000 capital raising through a securities issuance
Partner: Sarada Nya
■ Representation of French company in a EUR 250,000 capital raising through a securities issuance
Partner: Sarada Nya
Key Clients: MTN Cameroon,
Contact: Sarada Nya Tel: +237 233 432 617
Email: [email protected]

Corporate/M&A:
2 Partners based in Douala
■ Representation of Mobile Money Corporation (MMC), a subsidiary of MTN Cameroon, in a CFAF 800 million increase of capital to comply with COBAC regulations on payment services
Partners: Sarada Nya, Flora Wamba
■ Representation of several clients in M&A deals
Key Clients: MTN Cameroon
Contact: Sarada Nya   Tel: +237 233 432 617
Email: [email protected]

Oil & Gas:
1 Partner, 1 fee earner based in Douala and Port-Gentil
■ Representation of New Age Cameroon Offshore Petroleum in a bid to secure land rights and administrative titles for the construction of a gas processing plant
Partner: Flora Wamba
Key Clients: New Age Cameroon Offshore Petroleum
Contact: Flora Wamba   Tel: +237 233 432 617
Email: [email protected]

Litigation & Arbitration:
2 Partners based in Douala and Port-Gentil
■ Representation of a client in arbitration proceedings in London with a stake of about USD 90 million
Partners: Sarada Nya, Flora Wamba
■ Representation a client in litigation proceedings before the Paris Court of Appeal for a stake of about EUR 3,2 million
Partner: Flora Wamba
■ Representation of a Cameroonian insurer in a broad range of litigation and commercial matters for a global stake of EUR 5 million
Partner: Flora Wamba
■ Representation of an industrial company in a broad range of labour and commercial matters for a global stake of EUR 1 million
Partner: Flora Wamba
■ Representation of the Government in several disputes for a global stake of CFAF 1 billion
Partners: Aurélie Chazai, Emmanuel Massoda
■ Representation LDC in a debt collection procedure for a stake of about CFAF 9 billion
Partners: Aurélie Chazai, Emmanuel Massoda
■ Representation of BIA in various debt collection procedures for a global stake of about CFAF 250 million
Partners: Aurélie Chazai, Emmanuel Massoda
Key Clients: Beetle Heritage Holding, BIA Cameroun, Louis Dreyfus Commodities
Contact: Emmanuel Massoda  Tel: +237 233 432 617
Email: [email protected]