Republic of Congo


The Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville or the Republic of the Congo, is a country in Central Africa. It is bordered by Gabon, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Angolan exclave province of Cabinda, and the Gulf of Guinea. The Congo is one of Africa's largest petroleum producers, but with declining production it will need new offshore oil finds to sustain its oil earnings over the long term.


The Congo’s economy is a mixture of subsistence farming and hunting, an industrial sector based largely on oil and support services, and government spending. Oil has supplanted forestry as the mainstay of the economy, providing a major share of government revenues and exports. Natural gas is increasingly being converted to electricity rather than being flared, greatly improving energy prospects. New mining projects, particularly iron ore, which entered production in late 2013, have also added to annual government revenue. Economic reform efforts have been undertaken with the support of international organizations, notably the World Bank and the IMF. The current administration faces difficult economic challenges of stimulating recovery and reducing poverty. The recent drop in oil prices has constrained government spending; lower oil prices forced the government to cut more than $1 billion in planned spending.

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Getting the best deal on production sharing agreements in Africa

Advised FTSE-listed company on production sharing agreement in Congo

We provided an extensive review of an FTSE main-board company's Congolese production sharing agreement, with a focus on work obligations... More

Need to terminate business arrangements with your suppliers or distributors? John W Ffooks & Co can help

Helping an international chocolatier with distribution agreements in three African countries

A chocolate-and-confectionery wholesaler needed help terminating their business relationship with a Congolese distributor and appointing... More

Changing your registered address in Congo

Advised church on regulatory implications of legal address change

We assisted a church on a formal legal address change, as well as regulatory compliance for an internal purchasing card program to... More

Investing in francophone Africa? Our team can give you the legal lay of the land

Comprehensive regulatory advice for international pharmaceutical corporation operating in OHADA region

We were pleased to provide a comprehensive overview of pharmaceutical and corporate law across the OHADA region for an international... More

Connecting IT to quality legal advice in OHADA

Provided data protection advice for IT company across OHADA region

We explained data protection laws across the OHADA region for a leading IT services company client. This involved ensuring compliance for... More

Legal compliance for your industrial business in Congo

Regulatory compliance for formal organizational chart for corporation operating in Congo

Our team advised a world-leading industrial company on making official changes to their organizational chart for its Congo... More

Helping refugee aid programs work in Congo

Retained on implementation of aid program for refugees in Congo

We assisted an American non-profit on its implementation of an aid program for refugees in the Republic of... More

Actionable advice for foreign non-profits

Card program implementation in Congo

We worked for an American non-profit on regulatory compliance for a purchasing card program the client intended to implement to facilitate... More

Find out how international law may impact your African business

Guided tobacco company regarding World Health Organization tobacco control treaty

A major tobacco company came to our team with their questions about Congo's ratification of the World Health Organization's Framework... More

Ensuring validity of education funding opportunities in Congo

Helped American non-profit with legalities of education funding program in Congo

We guided an American non-profit on legal compliance for education funding for non-national residents in the Republic of... More

Launching a large-scale industrial facility in Congo? Get in touch with our team for top-to-bottom legal advice

Counselled Chinese consortium on development of bulk material handling facility in Congo

Our lawyers advised a Chinese consortium on the development of a bulk material handling facility, sited on Congo's coast. We provided... More

Insurance growth in Congo

We provided legal opinion for wholesale financial corporation on equity purchase in Congo

We were retained by a leading wholesale provider of reinsurance and other insurance products on the potential equity purchase in a... More