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AREAS OF EXPERTISE

 

 

 

We have longstanding knowledge of OHADA law: the uniform acts of the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa cover a range of issues including general commercial law, commercial companies, securities, recovery proceedings and arbi-tration, which apply uniformly in 17 countries. Liedekerke assists leading African players from the field of private sector development and state debt management. We have the necessary resources to respond optimally to clients’ complex issues.
We advise local and international clients in relation to multi-jurisdictional, cross-border transactions in the areas of M&A (including private equity) and corporate (re)structuring and in con-nection with setting up of operations there and negotiating joint-venture agreements. We assist them in struc-turing their investments in Sub-Saharan Africa and the related contracts, especially in the mining, agriculture, energy, real estate, transport and in-dustrial sectors. We also advise on corporate governance.

Our experts advise international and local clients in all matters related to banking and finance, and more specifically with respect to asset financing, loans or convertible debt instruments, credit transactions, securities offerings, private placements, secured transactions, and capital markets.
We advise our clients throughout the entire journey of a transaction, from structuring to drafting and reviewing the documentation, through the implementation of ancillary agreements; we assist them with the satisfaction of conditions precedent, and ensure smooth completion of the transaction.
We act on behalf of corporations, fi-nancial institutions and governments on many issues in both Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa.

We have extensive experience in advising the extractive industry in central Africa. Our practice covers the extractive process as a whole, from prospecting and extraction to processing and distribution.
Our expertise includes in particular assisting our clients in obtaining research / exploration and exploitation permits, acquiring shares or assets of extractive companies, and drafting and negotiating joint ventures. Through close contact with clients, regulators, geologists and specialized auditors, we have developed in-depth knowledge and a thorough understanding of the legal, industrial and financial framework of the ferrous and non-ferrous metals industries.

Our DRC and Rwanda offices handle energy deals in cooperation with our Brussels-based energy team. We have a broad knowledge and capabilities in the energy sector and we have advised numerous clients in the past years, mainly in the hydropower sector. Our expertise covers pure regulatory issues (in power and gas), procurement in the energy sector, power project development and acquisitions, pipeline issues (including permitting, building, relocation, expropriation, safety and liability issues), amongst others.

Our range of services is global and our widely recognised expertise covers our legal advice, negotiating and direct communication with regulatory authorities. We assist public and governmental entities, non-profit organizations, executives and self-employed service providers. We cover all aspects of labour and employment law, including recruitment and individual or collective dismissals, collective actions, compensation and benefits issues, social security and pension plans. In case of litigation before local courts, we can provide assistance in respect of strategy and argumentation as well as for the selection of local counsel.

Our lawyers have significant experience in relation to African matters, representing both private and public companies and governments before several international bodies.
We have acted as counsel in a large number of high-profile ICSID and UNCITRAL arbitral proceedings as well as judicial proceedings in Europe regarding African businesses.