Chazai Wamba is a business law firm dedicated to Africa, providing customized, innovative and accessible legal and tax services to local and international companies, banks, financial institutions, governments and other public sector entities, as well as individual investors and start-ups.
Divided into specialized departments and entirely oriented towards new technologies and the most modern working methods, we guarantee our clients a quick, clear and complete assistance, in accordance with the best international practices and standards, and meeting the specific needs of projects and transactions in Africa.
With lawyers who are members of three bars (Cameroon, Nigeria and Paris) and experienced jurists, the firm is active in all areas of business law, and provides both advisory and litigation services.
We also regularly work with external experts, investigators and consultants (in strategy, finance, project management, accounting or investment services).
Founded in 2017, the firm has three partners: Aurélie Chazai and Flora Wamba, both barristers at the Cameroon and Paris Bars and having worked at the largest international law firms, and Emmanuel Massoda, barrister at the Cameroon Bar and recognized expert in litigation and arbitration.
The firm is based in Douala (Cameroon). It also has an office in Paris (France) and a presence in the cities of Port-Gentil and Libreville (Gabon).
Our firm rests on values that define us and our practice:
We are professional and thorough. We also provide services in English and French.
We aim to build trustworthy and strong relationships with our clients and ensure that they are fully satisfied throughout the relationship. Our ethical standards are uncompromising.
We provide bespoke services and always tailor our advice to the applicable socio-economic, environmental and political climate.
We are all qualified lawyers with experience working together, always in the best interest of our clients.
We assist our clients in our main areas of expertise :
Companies Law & Mergers and Acquisitions
Our practice focuses on corporate transactions for public and private companies. Our services range from company registration to day-to-day corporate activities (organizing board meetings, shareholder meetings, approval of financial statements, appointment of directors, etc.) and any equity-related transactions. We accompany our clients for restructuring, administration and receivership, as well as privatization. We also provide corporate governance advice to our clients.
Chazai Wamba provides services in the area of mergers and acquisitions (increase in shareholding, asset sales, due diligence reviews, etc.) and legal advisory in the context of guarantees on liabilities, litigations, conflict of interest and shareholder disputes, penal code and business ethics in Cameroon and abroad.
The firm advises all private equity stakeholders in the transactions they carry out in Cameroon and abroad, and in particular in the drafting and negotiation of shareholders’ agreements and investment protocols, as well as in the implementation of incentive plans for managers and employees.
We assist venture capital funds in their investments in young and innovative start-ups, particularly in the new technology sectors (telecommunications, fintech, clean energy).
Banking & Finance
We assist our clients in project financing, asset financing and import-export transactions. The firm assists all stakeholders in financing operations (banks and development finance institutions in their capacity as agents, arrangers or lenders) as well as public entities and governments of African States in the implementation of projects in the infrastructure, commodities, mining and energy sectors, both in Cameroon and in the sub-region. We are particularly involved in the drafting and negotiation of project contracts and financing documentation.
We have a strong expertise in insurance law and advise insurance and reinsurance companies on all the issues of the sector, both as counsel and in litigation (particularly before civil, commercial, criminal or arbitration courts).
Our team regularly writes articles published in specialized insurance law journals and provides training to professionals in the sector.
The firm offers its clients high value-added expertise through the implementation of innovative solutions to the problems they face, but also thanks to its deep knowledge of its clients' main sectors of activity.