Our team of lawyers and legal consultants in the New York office provides advice and legal assistance to firms and investors on their investment projects in Africa, particularly in French-speaking Africa and countries members of the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa (OHADA). In concert with our teams in the Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, Matadi, and Johannesburg offices, and in partnership with leading law firms established in every African country targeted for financial and investment projects, the lawyers in our New York office offer, through legal opinions and various due diligence endeavours, high quality legal advice to interested corporations and investors, enabling them to make informed decisions with regard to their business projects and goals.
Emery MUKENDI WAFWANA
New York – Kinshasa – Johannesburg
T: (+1) 212 922 0040 (New York)
T: (+243) 1 512 4738 (Kinshasa)
Admitted to the Bar of Kinshasa/ Gombe (1995) and Lubumbashi (2011), Certified mining and quarries agent (2003), Certified intellectual property agent (2011) and Legal consultant in New York (2010).Mr. Emery Mukendi Wafwana is the founding partner of the law firm Emery Mukendi Wafwana & Associés created in 1995. His areas of practice include mining and hydrocarbon law, electrical power law, energy law, investment law, corporate law, aviation law, OHADA law, intellectual property law, legal evaluation of projects and litigation. Mr. Emery Mukendi Wafwana was awarded by the International “WHO’SWHOLEGAL OF MINING LAWYERS 2012” as a legal expert in mining law. He is also founder and Chief Editor of Juricongo, legal website and portal of Congolese Law (www.juricongo.com). Mr. Emery Mukendi Wafwana holds his law degree in economic and social law from the University of Kinshasa since 1993. He speaks French, English, Lingala and Tshiluba.
T: (+1) 212 257 4834
Paul Fortin is a Mining Consultant with Emery Mukendi Wafwana & Associates and a member of the Bar of Quebec in Canada (non-active membership). Prior to joining Emery Mukendi Wafwana & Associates, Paul Fortin served as Chief Executive Officer of La Générale des Carrières et des Mines (“Gecamines”), the DRC state owned mining and metal producing enterprise located in the Katanga Province; General Counsel of Gold Fields Limited in South Africa; Member of the Board of Directors of Tiomin Resources Ltd and managing director of the company in Kenya; Vice-President of Kahama Mining Ltd in Tanzania and General Counsel of Barrick Gold. Mr. Paul has tremendous experience as international mining jurist in advising investors, mine operators and governments from all around the world on policy and regulatory framework and carrying out resulting implementation programs in project development, mining, fiscal reform, privatization and public sector reform. In his professional practice, he has been advising in the development and implementation of mining legislations and regulations in Africa and Middle East (Guinea Conakry, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Chad, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Yemen, Jordan, Benin, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Mali), in Latin America and Antilles (Brazil, Bolivia, Haiti, Guyana) and in Asia (Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Mongolia, Chine, Malaysia). He holds a law degree from Laval University and completed his fourth year for the admission to the Bar of Quebec at the McGill University of Montreal. He subsequently took courses in economic and political sciences at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences in London. He is fluent in English and French.
T: (+1) 212 922 0040
Admitted to the New York Bar (2010). She is an associate and office manager of the New York branch of Emery Mukendi Wafwana & Associates since September 2010. Her practice includes business law (USA, DRC & OHADA), mining, energy laws and natural resources (DRC & OHADA), corporate law (USA, DRC & OHADA), Foreign Direct Investment in French-speaking Africa as well as US federal and state litigation. She holds a JD in private law and civil procedure (DRC) and a JD in business law (France). She also holds a Master Degree in European business law (France) and a LL.M. degree in banking, corporate and finance laws from Fordham University, School of Law (New York). She speaks French, English, Italian and Lingala.
Jonathan VAN KEMPEN
T: (+1) 212 922 0040
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Admitted to the New York Bar (2012) and Bar of Brussels (2005). Mr. Jonathan van Kempen is an associate and joined the law firm Emery Mukendi Wafwana & Associates in 2012. His areas of practice include corporate law, mining and hydrocarbon law, international mergers and acquisitions, OHADA law, international contracts and project finance in natural resources, energy and infrastructures in Africa, particularly in Francophone Africa. Mr. Jonathan van Kempen holds his law degree from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium) since 2002. He holds a master degree in German and international law from the Georg-August University of Göttingen (Germany) and a post-graduate in business management from the HUB of Brussels (Belgium). He also holds a LL.M. in international business and trade law from Fordham University, School of Law (New York). He speaks French, English, German and Dutch.
Allan J. BERLOWITZ
T: (+1) 212 922 0040
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Admitted to the Bar of New York (1968). Mr. Allan J. Berlowitz is Of counsel to the law firm Emery Mukendi Wafwana & Associates and assists the firm in international litigation. Mr. Allan J. Berlowitz has been involved in many commercial cases before the Federal Courts and the State Courts, not only in New York but also in other jurisdictions. Among its clients are governments, banks, foreign law firms, Fortune 500 companies, and local unions. He is the founding member of the firm Berlowitz & Delamater (1981-2004) and started his legal career as legal adviser to the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs of the Government of Liberia. He holds his law degree from Columbia University (New York) and his Bachelor degree from the University of Princeton. He speaks English and French.
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Admitted to the New York Bar (2005). Mr. Shang Dai is Of Counsel to the law firm Emery Mukendi Wafwana & Associates and assists the firm in matters related to securities law, finance law, mergers and acquisitions and corporate law. He is the founder of the firm Dai & Associates, PC, in New York. He has worked on many cases, local and international equity investments, debts, private placements, acquisitions and mergers of Chinese entities and operations of private investments (PIPE transactions). He also has experience in providing assistance to local and international companies, in respect of transactions relating to issuance of shares investors, investment banks, in respect of their obligations relating to U.S. securities laws. Mr. Dai Shang holds his law degree from Nankai University (China) and holds a LL.M. from the University College of Williams & Mary in Virginia (USA). He speaks English and Chinese.
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