GGI member DALDEWOLF law firm opens a branch in Kinshasa, DR Congo
The Brussels based Law firm DALDEWOLF has established a branch in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, headed by the brand new partner Romain Battajon.
DALDEWOLF is a leading Belgian business & litigation Law firm with about 40 lawyers active in corporate law, commercial law, public law, EU law, real estate, IP/IT, arbitration, tax, OHADA and DRC law, etc.
Patrick De Wolf, Managing Partner, outlines DALDEWOLF’s global strategy as follows:
‘Our various and complementary areas of competence, the young talents we wish to promote, the in-depth experience gained by our teams through experience, academic work in universities and through positions in US law firms, as well as our valuable international background, particularly in Africa, are key assets in providing our clients with the best services.
Indeed, DALDEWOLF's lawyers studied at top-ranking Belgian and European universities. They are members of international Bars: Brussels, New York, Paris and Geneva. They are familiar with the business world, in one or more areas depending on their expertise and practical orientation. Our lawyers are multidisciplinary experts. They interact personally with our clients and work in teams.
DALDEWOLF’s global services are made available on all markets where we are active, including on the African continent which, thanks to sustained growth, is characterised by the development of a stronger competition legal framework and by the rising number of investment disputes.
Both small and major companies are part of our client base. DALDEWOLF has tailored exclusive services for their clients. Next to the traditional services, the firm offers an Italian Desk and an African Desk. The firm has also developed a specific solution for innovative start-up companies ( www.startitup.be). To satisfy the demands of our clients globally, DALDEWOLF has established a network with professionals who are experts in the fields of law and accountancy and DALDEWOLF is a member of GGI Geneva Group International (www.ggi.com)’.
Romain Battajon is a French lawyer who has been permanently based in Kinshasa for several years. A former member of the Bar of Paris (2005- 2017), Mr Battajon has been a member of the Bar of Kinshasa/Matete since 2007 and an associate member of the French Bar of Brussels. He was educated in France where he got a Master I and two Masters II Degrees (Law Schools of Rennes, Bordeaux and Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne).
Mr Battajon is also a guest professor at the Law School of the Université Libre de Kinshasa. He is a member of the French Business Club in Kinshasa. In addition, Mr Battajon chairs the ABLE Network / Club 54, a legal network and think tank that focuses on business law and investment climate in Africa, which is present in over 40 African countries.
He regularly acts as a speaker at various seminars and conferences in this field and is one of the reference contributors to the annual reports ‘Doing Business’ of the World Bank for the DRC.
He deals with a variety of cases, mainly in the DRC, regarding investment law, corporate law, contract law, PPP law, banking law, insurance law, new information technologies law, labour law, tax law, petroleum and mining law, energy law, intellectual property law, succession law, civil procedure, criminal procedure, and commercial and tax procedure. Mr Battajon has participated since 2007 in the legal and tax structuring of various investments in the DRC. He assists various multinationals and SMEs, but also directors and expats on a daily basis in the DRC. He also advises clients based in other African countries, in particular in the OHADA area.
For Mr Battajon, ‘DR Congo is extremely important for international firms taking part in mining transactions and operations. We decide to be present and merge our local knowledge together with the international expertise. Large corporations value our experience to bridge Europe and Africa based on a special historical, economic and legal relationship between Belgium and the DR Congo, but also with a more modern vision of the business and the legal profession. In this way we provide international standards of work to our client and our colleagues from several renowned law firms with the advantage to have a high-educated team and manager in Kinshasa.
For any investor or company interested in doing business in Africa, the DR Congo is now known as being one of the most important countries of Central Africa. Having borders with nine surrounding countries, it is indeed a member of several economic and legal regional communities like OHADA, SADC, CEEAC and COMESA. The DR Congo has a huge potential in extractive resources, energy, infrastructures, agri-business, forestry, transportation, import-export, FMCG, etc.’.
Patrick De Wolf (left) and Romain Battajon
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