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Congo Republic - Overview

We now cover Congo Republic (Brazzavile)

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Congo - Republic - Experience

Offshore PSC Review

We advised this US upstream company in a detailed review of its PSC with the Government of
Congo-Brazzaville. We reviewed pre-emption rights, change of control provisions and specific clauses setting out the definition of a “production well”. We gave the client concise advice enabling him to protect his position with local authorities.

Telecom Towers Acquisition – 6 Jurisdictions

We are currently acting for a Gulf-based telcoms provider in its investment into a tower-sharing business in six jurisdictions across the OHADA region including the Republic of Congo. We reviewed the whole regulatory environment for investment generally in each of the six countries, and specifically in the telecommunications sector. We have reviewed the process for licencing as well as the administrative framework within each country in detail. We produced a detailed due diligence on the target and its in-country operations, followed by incorporation of local subsidiaries and transfer of assets to NewCo, jurisdiction by jurisdiction.

International Outsourcing Service Provider

We have assisted this world-leading service provider of consulting services to the IT industry in setting up in the Republic of Congo. We have advised on company incorporation, outsourcing procedure and detailed employment and employee tax advice. We are assisting with employee notifications and transfers as well as all the relevant registrations and procedures.

Branch Establishment - International IT Consulting Firm

Acting for one of the world’s largest IT consulting firms, we advised on procedure for establishing a branch in Togo, applicable tax rules, rules on repatriation of funds, foreign control and ownership, employment law and land ownership.

Environmental Legislation – Magic Circle law firm

We have reviewed and analysed all the environmental legislation in Congo-Brazzaville, especially that relevant to large scale projects and infrastructure development. In particular we studied sponsor liability, transfer and assignment of liability, indemnities and end of project-life cleanup obligations.

Employee Benefits – Share Schemes Plan

Acting for this international sector consultant, we advised on the in-country rules for setting up and running an international share scheme from the client’s home country of incorporation. We also advised on the practicalities of registering each individual interest with local regulators.

Employment Law – Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

We advised RBG Kew, on its employment law obligations for local staff. Advice included tax rates, employer contributions and repatriation of salary overseas, together with an analysis of the difference between employee and self-employed status.

Banking Regulation - Major International Bank

We have assisted a major international bank in determining its in-country rules for opening bank accounts and offering financial services. This involved a review of the regulatory environment, legislation and industry rules, as well as speaking to industry players in-country to determine established practice.

International NGO – set up and registration

We have assisted a major US-based international NGO in determining the rules and procedures for establishing in Niger, hiring staff and opening an office. In addition we have researched the tax benefits and employment laws.

Employee Benefits – Share Schemes Plan

Acting for a client active within several countries in the OHADA region, we completed the client’s initial country questionnaire/checklist and subsequently helped the client navigate the in-country rules for setting up and running an international share scheme across several jurisdictions from the client’s home country of incorporation, including dealing with foreign exchange issues.

M&A Mergers + Security Legislation – Magic Circle law firm

We have reviewed and analysed all the legislation in Congo-Brazzaville concerning host-country control over international mergers and acquisitions, as well as studying the ease (or otherwise) of taking security. In particular we studied merger approvals, transfer of undertakings, registration procedures and ease of realisation of security.