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Welcome

To seize commercial opportunities in Africa, local know-how and reliable partners on the ground are essential.
Liedekerke’s newly established office in Kinshasa, DRC, helps clients to navigate and overcome the challenges and seize opportunities of this rapidly developing market.
Get in touch and see how we can help with your project.

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What we offer

General commercial and business law

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 arbitration, which uniformly apply in 17 African countries. Liedekerke has also assisted leading African players from the fields of private sector development and state debt management. We have provided legal training to lawyers and civil servants in several African countries (DRC, Burkina Faso, Burundi, and Benin) and have set up an exchange program with Congolese law students.

Mining and natural resources

We have vast experience in advising on legal aspects of the African mining industry, specifically mining and corporate laws. Our practice covers the whole mining process, from prospection and extraction to transformation and distribution. Our expertise encompasses notably assisting our clients in obtaining research and exploitation permits, acquiring shares or assets of mining companies, and drafting and negotiating joint ventures and tolling agreements. Through close contacts with clients and regulators, we have developed a thorough understanding of the legal, industrial, and financial aspects of the whole value chain of both ferrous and non-ferrous metals and minerals industries.

International dispute resolution

We have acted as counsel in a large number of high-profile ICSID and UNCITRAL arbitral and judicial proceedings regarding African
businesses.

Transport and Aviation

Over the years, we’ve worked with local African airlines. Through this, we have developed in-depth experience in handling regulatory, commercial, and contractual issues, and claims concerning the African market, including the DRC, Rwanda, Cameroon, Liberia, and Ivory Coast.

Experience

Recognition

 

Liedekerke was shortlisted for the “Litigation & Dispute Resolution Team of the Year” at the African Legal Awards 2013.

 

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Aimery de Schoutheete has particular expertise in relation to Congolese law and is described by one client as "very proactive and able to provide very accurate advice.“
 
Damien Conem has extensive experience of cross-border M&A and investment involving the Democratic Republic of Congo. Clients enthuse that "he is tireless, responsive and has very good client focus"
 
Thibault Hollanders is nominated as « Leader in their Field ». “He assists local and international clients with their DRC operations. He is frequently sought out to act on investment matters and the structuring of joint venture agreements, as well as M&A and asset transactions in the mining, agricultural and real estate sectors”.
 
Liedekerke Africa is the most active of all the foreign firms in the country (DRC).
Chambers and Partners Global 2018

 

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« Liedekerke has become our number-one firm for DRC Matters ».
Chambers and Partners Global 2017

“Aimery de Schoutheete is well versed in Congolese law and regularly acts on disputes concerning that jurisdiction. Sources admire his client care skills.

Damien Conem has extensive experience of cross-border M&A and investment involving the Democratic Republic of Congo. Clients enthuse that"he is tireless, responsive and has very good client focus"
Chambers and Partners - DRC

 

Corporate Social Responsibility

Many of our lawyers use their experience and legal acumen to actively support non-profit organisations promoting the greater good. Not only do they give free legal advice but many of them invest their personal time, funds and efforts. Liedekerke Africa is actively involved in a variety of socio-cultural projects.


Our knowledge of the African market and the sensitivities of its stakeholders results also from our strong commitment to the corporate social responsibility programs of our clients and our own efforts to contribute to the development of the region.


Liedekerke and Liedekerke Africa are proud to support:

 

Development Media International (DMI)

DMI runs radio and TV campaigns to change behaviours and save lives in developing countries. DMI uses scientific modelling to save the greatest number of lives in the most cost-effective way.
More info: www.developmentmedia.net


Entrepreneurs pour Entrepreneurs

The mission of Entrepreneurs pour Entrepreneurs is to promote sustainable economic growth in developing countries, either by supporting local entrepreneurship directly, or by enabling the conditions required for the emergence of this entrepreneurship.
More info: www.ondernemersvoorondernemers.be


Exchange

Exchange’s starting point is clear: creating more prosperity and well-being in the South thanks to durable and inclusive growth. Exchange contributes to this growth in a direct, focused, efficient and smart way. Exchange focuses on economies that offer more dignified work, with attention to social and ecological cohesion. In doing so, Exchange helps to offer people from the South the development opportunities they deserve.
More info: www.exchangevzw.be


En Avant les Enfants

A Belgian association active in North Kivu, eastern Congo. Its aim is to help vulnerable people and victims of war to build a life for themselves. Each year, thousands of people are supported by the various projects supported by “En avant les enfants”.
More info: www.enavantlesenfants.com

 

Chirpa - ONG Chaîne de l'Espoir RDC

NGO bringing together doctors (cardiopediatricians, peditricians, surgeons) and pediatric nurses. Most of them work either on the Ngaliema clinic site or at the University Clinics of Kinshasa (CUK).
More info: www.chirpa.org/qui/chaine-de-l-espoir-rdc

 

Kin Accueil

Nonprofit organization created to help the foreign ladies who settle in Kinshasa to integrate

 

The Dutch Red Cross

A part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

 

 

 

 

 

 

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