Hélène PATY KOUNAKE is our exclusively recommended Banking & Finance expert in Benin on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Paty directly using the contact details listed above.

Banking and finance is a highly sought-after area of law, with financial sectors worldwide relying on legal teams to keep them ship-shape.

Paty is a finance lawyer, graduated in Finance Administration and Risk Management. She is Certified Compliance.

Her practice covers Consulting activities in Banking & Finance (sovereign borrowing, capital markets, finance project etc..), Regulatory Compliance – Risk Management, as well as Legal Due Diligence.

She’s involved in international transactions with a sound experience in reviewing, commenting and structuring loan or facilities agreement(s) – finance documents and investment contracts from Benin – OHADA – WAMU and WAEMU laws perspective ; providing capacity legal opinions ; advising on and helping negotiate security documents relating to transactions: pledges of shares, mortgages, pledges of bank accounts- insurance ; assisting with registration of security and post-signing formalities in relation to the finance documents.

She provides corporate tax advisory services to businesses for best practice process implementation, included corporate tax compliance, reporting and restructuring, real estate taxation, indirect taxation/VAT, employment taxation, investment taxation and customs compliance.

A major portion of work in banking and finance is of a transactional nature. A return to a completed transaction becomes necessary when disputes arise. This constitutes the contentious element of a banking and finance lawyer’s work.

Attorney registered with the Benin Bar, Paty represents and assists clients in context of litigation and dispute resolution through friendly settlement, mediation, arbitration as well as court procedure. She’s the founder of DHP Avocats.

Firm Overview:

DHP Avocats is a law firm based in Benin, working with a determined team and network of excellent experts, consultants and corresponding law firms. Our focus is to provide excellent quality of legal and financial services in compliance with the highest standards and ethics for individuals, companies, banks and international investors.

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Aline Odje

Aline Odje is our exclusively recommended Business Litigation expert in Benin on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Aline directly using the contact details listed above.

The law firm Aline ODJE has a total of sixteen (16) years of experience in advice, legal assistance, arbitration and mediation. It is headed by Maître Aline ODJE, lawyer at the Benin Bar and arbitrator-mediator at the Centre d’Arbitrage, de Médiation et de Conciliation de la Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie du Bénin (CAMEC-CCIB).

The firm is composed of a team of lawyers of different specialties and non-legal experts to respond effectively to the expectations and clients’ needs. It deals with issues relating to investment law, contract law (public or private), environmental law, labour law, public procurement law and public-private partnership. It maintains a close relationship with its clients, who consider it as an experienced partner capable of effectively safeguarding their interests.

What Is Business Litigation?

This type of litigation involves disputes arising out of commercial and business relationships, including an establishment’s claims against another company, governmental entity, or groups of individuals. The issues are usually complex, rendering an attorney’s understanding of the client’s business a predictable indicator of the litigation’s outcome.

Lawsuits are public records, creating potential PR issues for companies. A company’s reputation is its most important asset: lawsuits can damage reputations, and cause financial damage by decreasing sales and increasing expenses. Effectively handling a dispute from its inception is critical to a company’s bottom line.

There are many different types of business litigation and many situations in which this kind of dispute resolution is necessary. Understanding the common types will help protect your organisation from these legal issues.

Business disputes can include, among other things, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, regulatory investigations, trade secret disputes, insurance disputes, post-closing disputes, and partnership disputes.

Omoruyi A. Omonuwa

Omoruyi Omonuwa is our exclusively recommended Notary Public Services expert in Benin on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Omoruyi directly using the contact details listed above.

Omoruyi is the Principal in O. A. Omonuwa SAN & Co. He is a Notary public, a Fellow of the International Dispute Resolution Institute, a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management, a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Fellow of the Institute of Administrators and Researchers of Nigeria and an Officer Of The Order Of The Federal Republic, OFR.

Omoruyi has over 33 years’ diverse dispute resolution experience as a top-notch advocate in arbitration and litigation in banking, land, taxation, oil and gas, Constitutional law, election petitions, criminal and commercial disputes. He further underwent training in the International and Commercial Arbitration at Keble College, University Of Oxford. Omoruyi has over the span of his career represented an array of local and international clients.

Omoruyi Omonuwa has served on several committees and professional bodies in various capacities such as the various committees of the Nigerian Bar Association, Law Officers Association of Nigeria, Edo State Judicial Service Commission, Sub Committee Legal of the Edo State Land Use and Allocation Committee, Edo State Technical Committee on privatisation and commercialisation.


Léopold OLORY-TOGBE is our exclusively recommended Full Service Law expert in Benin on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Léopold directly using the contact details listed above.

Léopold founded the Law Firm OTL CONSEILS in 1980. He has over thirty years experience as a member of the Bar of Benin, Legal Counsel and Arbitrator.

According to the world’s leading lawyers’ guide Chambers and Partners, “Léopold OLORY-TOGBE has long-standing experience in business and criminal law. He regularly advises international clients on domestic law issues.”

Firm Overview:

OTL CONSEILS a West African full-service law firm founded in the early 1980s by Barrister Léopold OLORY-TOGBE with headquarters in Cotonou (Benin Republic).

With a bilingual (English and French) team, OTL CONSEILS offers its clients international standards quality of work, combining respectable legal expertise with strong knowledge of West African markets.

OTL CONSEILS works along side local and foreign economic actors in their business activities and financial transactions. This includes legal due diligences, contract drafting and all formalities with local administrations.

The Firm regularly assists governments, development institutions, investors, banks and borrowers in deal structuring, negotiation and closing.

OTL CONSEILS also has a recognised experience in litigation and assists clients during all stages of civil, employment, commercial, criminal, administrative and tax prosecutions.