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Gabon - Experience
Telecommunications – Tower Sharing
We acted for a Gulf-based telcoms provider in its investment into a tower-sharing business in Gabon. We reviewed the whole regulatory environment for investment generally in Gabon, and specifically in the sector. We have reviewed the process for licencing as well as the administrative framework within the country in general. We have begun detailed due diligence on the target, followed by incorporation of a local subsidiary and transfer of assets to NewCo.
Environmental Legislation – Magic Circle law firm
We have reviewed and analysed all the environmental legislation in Gabon, 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.
Banking Regulation - Major International Merchant Bank
We have assisted a major US Merchant Bank in determining its in-country rules for opening bank accounts and offering financial services. We also analysed regulations for foreign exchange movement in and out of the jurisdiction.
International NGO – set up and registration
We have assisted a major US-based international NGO in determining the rules and procedures for establishing in Gabon, hiring staff and opening an office. In addition we have researched the tax benefits and employment laws.
Banking Opinion – Major US Financial Institution
We were asked to provide an opinion to this major US finance house on taking and exercising security, as well as how to deal with any funds which were realised.
Security Legislation – Magic Circle law firm
We have reviewed and analysed all the legislation in Gabon relating to the taking and giving of security, especially that relevant to large scale projects and infrastructure development. In particular we looked at how best to realise security in a default situation, how to liquidate assets, and how to navigate the court procedure most effectively.
Telecommunications – US equipment provider
We advised on the regulatory environment for the rollout of new product and service lines for this US- based equipment provider in Gabon and several other OHADA jurisdictions. We reviewed the process for licencing as well as the administrative framework within the country in general.
International Outsourcing Service Provider – Gabon and other OHADA Countries
We have assisted this world-leading service provider in IT outsourcing in setting up in Gabon, Burkina Faso, Chad and Niger. 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.