D. 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 Officer (CCOTM) – Member and Fellow GAFM (Global Academy of Finance and Management).

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 consolidated experience in reviewing, commenting and structuring loan or facilities agreement(s) – finance documents and investment contracts from Benin 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.

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.

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.