DALDEWOLF has set up an OHADA Desk, with lawyers based in both Brussels and Kinshasa.
Our OHADA Desk has thus established a transversal practice between our Brussels and Kinshasa offices, giving us the strength to assist our clients efficiently in all cases involving OHADA law, particularly in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
OHADA law aims to harmonise business law within the OHADA zone (currently 17 African states).
On 17 October 1993, various African states concluded the OHADA Treaty. On 13 July 2012, the Democratic Republic of Congo acceded to the OHADA Treaty.
The Treaty allowed for the creation of institutions that constitute the pillars of the OHADA edifice: the Common Court of Justice and Arbitration (CCJA), based in Abidjan; the Permanent Secretariat, the Council of Ministers, as well as the training school (ERUSMA). These institutions have themselves established a uniform law covering a wide range of matters such as general commercial law, company law, securities law, debt collection law, insolvency law, arbitration law and transport law.
It should be noted that OHADA law is close to Belgian and French law, with many Belgian and French lawyers having participated in the development of OHADA law.
Global Chambers – BUSINESS LAW DEPARTMENT CONGO DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – BAND 2 – 2020
‘DALDEWOLF has significant expertise in the DRC, with significant knowledge of OHADA law. Its expertise also extends to project development and financing in the energy and natural resources and infrastructure sectors. The team also possesses experience in corporate transactional matters, drawing on resources from its Brussels office as needed. Romain Battajon is a key contact at the firm.’
Global Chambers – BUSINESS LAW DEPARTMENT CONGO DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – BAND 2 – 2019
‘The desk advises on a broad range of transactional mandates across the African continent. Sources appreciate that the team “has a good network and contacts in African markets, and an understanding of African legal matters.” Patrick DE WOLF heads the desk and is a key point of contact for clients.’