Aurélie Chazai is a member of the Cameroon and Paris Bars and is the Managing Partner of the Firm.
Banking and financial regulation
Investment funds and UCITS
Mergers and acquisitions
Public law and PPP
Restructuring and companies in difficulty
Banking and financial services
Construction and public works
Energy and renewable energies
Technology and telecommunications
Luxury and hotels
Government and public sector
Aurélie Chazai was an associate in the Paris office of the English law firm Ashurst LLP before joining the Paris office of the American law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen& Hamilton LLP in 2014. During her experience, she had the opportunity to work on the corporate and financial aspects of numerous transactions in Europe and Africa (particularly in OHADA member countries).
Aurélie Chazai has also worked at the law firms Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Linklaters LLP, CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre and Ernst & Young in Paris, as well as in the stock market and financial law department of the asset management company AXA Investment Managers. She was a lecturer in banking law at the University of Cergy Pontoise (France) from 2012 to 2013.
She is fluent in French and English.
Aurélie Chazai holds:
a Master’s degree in Financial Law from the University of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne,
a Master’s degree in Business and Tax Law from the University of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne/HEC Paris,
as well as a Master’s degree in Tax Law and a Bachelor’s degree in Private Law from the University of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne.
She is a member of the African Business Lawyers’ Club (ABLC), a club dedicated to the promotion of better business practice in Africa, and is also a member of the Association of Cameroonian Lawyers of France (AJCF), an association engaged in the promotion of the « Cameroon » destination to investors in France.
Aurélie Chazai was involved in the following operations:
The Republic of Cameroon’s Eurobond through the issuance of an international bond, the redemption of an existing Eurobond and the early unwinding of a foreign exchange hedge for a final amount of CFAF 450 billion (2021);
Refinancing of the residual outstanding amount of the « EOCG 6,5% net 2016-2021 » bond issue of the State of Congo by issuing Assimilable Treasury Bonds (OTA) for an amount of CFAF 120 billion (2020);
The financing and refinancing of FCFA 3,64 billion by Société Générale Cameroun for the construction of two Carrefour shopping centres in Douala and Yaoundé (2019);
The bond issue of the State of Cameroon for an initial amount of CFAF 150 billion, closed at CFAF 200 billion (2018);
The Republic of Côte d’Ivoire’s dual-tranche Eurobond ($1,25 billion and €625 million) listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange and its concurrent offer to repurchase $750 million of existing bonds (2017).
She has also published the following articles:
Analysis of the major innovations of the 2022 Finance Law (Cameroon), Aurélie Chazai, Freddy Mooh Edinguele and Jean Baptiste Tsanga, Chazai & Partners, 16 February 2022;
Regulatory and Legal Framework of Investment in Chad, Aurélie Chazai, Paul Ariel Kombou and Aurélia Kamga, Lexbase Afrique-Ohada No. 35, July 8 2020;
Analysis of the Main Amendments of the 2020 Finance Law (Cameroon), Aurélie Chazai and Yann Solle, Chazai & Partners, 4 February 2020;
Legal implications of the reform of the microfinance sector, Aurélie Chazai, Chazai & Partners, 15 March 2019.