Juristconsult Chambers

Port Louis Office

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Chairman: Marc Hein SC, G.O.S.K.
Managing Partner: Nicolas Richard
Number of partners: 5
Number of lawyers: 7
Languages: Creole, English, French, Hindi

Firm Overview:
Juristconsult Chambers is one of the leading business law firms in Mauritius. Nicolas Richard is the managing partner of the firm. With 12 full-time lawyers, Juristconsult Chambers provides practical and innovative legal services in the field of consultancy, litigation and arbitration. The law firm has a strong reputation in the Mauritian business community and retains a focus on Africa, and in so doing, advises clients local or foreign, wherever they may choose to do business on the continent.
Members of the practice are trained according to international standards, and are, at the same time, equipped with valuable local expertise and know-how. Members of the firm have contributed in the drafting of legislations whilst others lecture at tertiary institutions in their respective specialist areas. Juristconsult Chambers is continually involved in many of the largest and significant transactions occurring in Mauritius. Marc Hein SC, G.O.S.K, the Chairman of Juristconsult Chambers, was the former Chairperson of the Financial Services Commission of Mauritius, the regulator for non-banking financial services. The firm services local and international companies, high net worth individuals and financial institutions including banks, funds and trusts which seek assistance for their legal challenges pertaining to the firm’s areas of practice. Juristconsult Chambers helps foreign investors to settle in Mauritius and maintains a close relationship with all Mauritian governmental authorities. Juristconsult Chambers is a member of DLA Piper Africa but also works with a large number of international law firms. The close working relationship with a network of lawyers in the neighbouring islands of Seychelles, Madagascar, Reunion and Comoros enables the law firm to better handle cross border transactions in the Indian Ocean.

Main Areas of Practice:
Members of the practice have a wide range of expertise, enabling them to provide timely legal advice as regards the following:

Corporate & Commercial:
■ Acting for a company providing mobile commerce solution for rural Africa. The company, headquartered in Kenya, is currently doing a seed funding. Advising on the structuring and legal documentation and assisting in negotiations with potential series seed shareholders
■ Advising an international private equity fund investing in Africa with its restructuring in Mauritius
■ Advising, on a regular basis, clients such as IBL Ltd, Omnicane Limited on the structuring of their investments in Africa
■ Advising Fortis Healthcare International, a major hospital chain in India and manager of two private hospitals in Mauritius, in respect of the sale of its shares on the stock exchange of Mauritius to CIEL Healthcare Ltd

Banking & Finance:
■ Advising the financiers (including Crédit Agricole) of Air Mauritius in connection with the first Mauritius JOLCOs for the acquisition of 2 A350s subleased to SAA
■ Advising a Mauritian bank in relation to a facility of USD 7 million to Grit Real Estate Income Group Limited, a Mauritius based company which is listed on the Mauritius Stock Exchange, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange
■ Advising MCB Capital Markets, as transaction adviser in respect of a mezzanine type investment by Vantage into the Cap Tamarin smart city project in Mauritius
■ Advising Agence Française de Développement (“AFD”) in connection with an issue of shares and share exchange involving the African Guarantee Fund Ltd - for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, a fund incorporated in Mauritius and the Fonds de Garantie des Investissements Privés en Afrique de l’Ouest

Tax & Trust:
■ The firm acted as tax adviser to European Investment Bank in its investment in Catalyst Fund LP II, a private equity fund focused on investment in small and mid-sized companies in Easter Africa
■ Advising management companies and financial institutions on the implications of CRS and FATCA in Mauritius
■ Advising a multinational enterprise on a tax dispute with the Mauritius Revenue Authority concerning the presence of a permanent establishment in Mauritius

Energy & Mining:
■ Drafting of all documentation for the financing, construction, supply and commissioning of a number of solar and wind electricity generation projects in Mauritius including the first wind farm being set up on the island
■ Acting as special counsel to the China Development Bank (CDB) as to matters of Mauritius law in connection with an UEP wind power project in South Asian region
■ Acting for Consortium Suzlon-Padgreen Co. Ltd in connection with the company’s wind farm project at Plaine Sophie

Infrastructure & Procurement:
■ Riviere des Anguilles Dam Project: Assisted the unsuccessful bidder before the Independent Review Panel in a bid for consultancy engineering services for the design review and construction supervision of the Rivière des Anguilles Dam which was evaluated to EUR€3,334,000
■ Appeared on behalf of a foreign architectural firm in a dispute regarding a project by a local authority in Mauritius valued at MUR 12 million
■ Assisting Terra in connection with the development of the Beau Plan retail business park. Advice includes drafting of master lease agreement and related structuring documents.

IP, Data Protection & Telecommunication:
■ Representing a subsidiary of the Libyan Investment Authority in an arbitration dispute as regards telecom licenses before the ICCI in Paris
■ Advising several companies and public institutions with regard to data protection in Mauritius and the requirement to amend their contracts to comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
■ Registration of trademarks of international brands in the fields of football, pharmaceuticals, beverages and clothing

Insurance:
■ Advising Mauritian Eagle Company Limited in connection with the acquisition by Metropolitan International Holdings Proprietary Limited of shares in Mauritian Eagle Life Company Limited

Hospitality & Tourism:
■ Acting for IBL Ltd in connection with the take overs of Lux Island Resorts Ltd and of Blue Life Ltd
■ Acting for Der Touristik in connection with the acquisition of minority stake in Mautourco Holdings
■ Conducting legal due diligence exercise for a foreign client with respect to the purchase of a boutique hotel and boat house and providing advice in relation thereof, verifying licences, permits, employment contract and transfer of leasehold rights

Aviation & Shipping:
■ The firm acted as Mauritian counsels for AerCap Ireland Limited in relation to the lease of a new Airbus aircraft to Air Mauritius, Mauritius national airline. The transaction involved several jurisdictions and also the interpretation of the validity of mortgages under Mauritius laws following amendments made to the firm’s Code de Commerce as well as issues regarding change in secured crediters
■ Acting for bunker suppliers in connection with ship arrest litigation before the Supreme Court of Mauritius

Clients:
L’Agence Française de Développement, Coca Cola Group, Sanofi, Standard Bank South Africa,REWE Group, Metropolitan Health/MMI holdings, Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Limited, Consortium Suzlon Pad Green Co. Ltd, Alteo Ltd, Credit Agricole Corporate, Forcepoint International Technology Limited (FITL), The Mauritius Commercial Bank Ltd, IBL, Ciel, Omnicane, Terra.

Firm Contact:
Contact: Nicolas Richard, Managing Partner
Tel: +230 465 0020
Email: [email protected]