The coming into effect and promulgation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) has ushered in a new and exciting era for the continent. AfCFTA aims to enhance intra-African trade by providing a complete and mutually beneficial trade agreement among Member States. It covers goods and services, investment, intellectual property rights and competition policy. On December 5, 2020, the African Union Assembly approved the start of trading under AfCFTA as of January 1, 2021.
The Corporate team works with many of Burundi’s leading and emerging companies, a large number of international businesses, as well as private investors, financial institutions and private equity groups across a wide range of industries.
From mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and venture capital to private and public equity and debt offerings, we assist clients through all stages of their transactions to ensure successful deal outcomes.
Our clients benefit from a valuable combination of local insight and international knowledge that allows us to handle all aspects of complex domestic and cross-border corporate transactions. Understanding the industry and the day-to-day issues faced by our clients is critical to our success.
Experience has included advising:
- A private company in the negotiation and drafting of purchase contract with the purpose to build a large convention center worth more than USD100 million.
- The International Finance Corporation in various transactions worth USD5 million.
- A major telecom operator in Burundi in drafting a legal opinion on a shares transfer to shareholder
- A real estate company in drafting and negotiating a loan agreement worth EUR50 million
- In drafting a legal opinion on the international expansion of a company, a cross-jurisdictional survey for a major international IT company.
- A multinational commodity trading company in registration of a mortgage as collateral in connection to a prepayment transaction in Burundi.
- An international bank in a loan agreement in respect of a refinancing for a regional aircraft company.
- Ranked Tier 1 (IFLR1000 2019)
- Ranked Tier 1 (The Legal 500 EMEA 2019)
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