Patience HIGSON NGWA – CFIP

Patience Higson Ngwa is our exclusively recommended Insurance Law expert in Cameroon on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Patience directly using the contact details listed above.

You can trace the roots of insurance law beyond the 12th and 13th century. The growth of industry came hand in hand with the rise of the maritime industry and trade, and it’s for this reason that London is the centre of the insurance market. This area of law has so far been less affected by the financial crisis than anticipated.

Insurance law work can be directly linked to external events and phenomena, for example claims put forward as a result of war, piracy, terrorism attacks or financial crises. Cases will stem from a whole manner of matters – both contentious and non-contentious – and also cover international cases.

An insurance lawyer will discern whether or not their clients are liable for damages for claims or eligible for in relation to the warranties stipulated in the relevant contracts. They will collect evidence from a range of sources in order to build a sound picture of what has happened and advise their client or employer accordingly. They will also negotiate and draft insurance policies, cover regulatory aspects such as Duty of Disclosure (the policyholder’s duty to provide pre-contract information) and investigate damages for late payments, or for personal injury claims.

Within an insurance company, they can also deal with reinsurance disputes (when a company buys insurance from another or multiple insurance).

In the case of individuals, they may work on behalf of the policyholder in an insurance claim dispute.

Gael Tchouba

Gael Tchouba is our exclusively recommended Commercial Law expert in Cameroon on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Gael directly using the contact details listed above.

Managing Partner of Citadel Law Firm, Gael is a Barrister & Solicitor before the Supreme court of Cameroon and Nigeria. He obtained his LL.B at the prestigious Anglo-Saxon University of Buea, attended the most revered Nigerian Law School (Abuja) where he did his Bar Professional Training course (BL) and later on obtained an LLM in Business Law at the University of Douala, Cameroon.

In his professional capacity, he has over 08 years’ experience as a lawyer and has worked in some of Douala’s top tier corporate and commercial law firms.

He is an emerging lawyer with experience in corporate, commercial, regulatory and litigation fields.

He has assisted local and foreign clients across a full range of transactional practices and has hands-on experience on OHADA law practice and procedures.

His boardroom practice encapsulates corporate and commercial transactions, commercial disputes, business advisory, incorporation of companies, liaison offices, regulatory compliance, corporate due diligence, debt recovery, immigration, employment issues, litigation services, legal translation.

Thanks to CITADEL LAW FIRM, he has been able to advice major players in the public procurement sector, media, telecoms, fintech, gambling, as well as handled commercial transactions in other jurisdiction precisely in Niger Republic and Ivory Coast.

He is a pro bono research consultant to the World Bank Group’s Doing Business Project.

Vanessa DE HAPPI

Vanessa DE HAPPI is our exclusively recommended Leasing Law expert in Cameroon on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Vanessa directly using the contact details listed above.

A lease is a contract outlining the terms under which one party agrees to rent property owned by another party. It guarantees the lessee, also known as the tenant, use of an asset and guarantees the lessor, the property owner or landlord, regular payments for a specified period in exchange. Both the lessee and the lessor face consequences if they fail to uphold the terms of the contract. It is a form of incorporeal right.

Leases are legal and binding contracts that set forth the terms of rental agreements in real estate and real and personal property. These contracts stipulate the duties of each party to effect and maintain the agreement and are enforceable by each. For example, a residential property lease includes the address of the property, landlord responsibilities, and tenant responsibilities, such as the rent amount, a required security deposit, rent due date, consequences for breach of contract, the duration of the lease, pet policies, and any other essential information.

Not all leases are designed the same, but there are some common features: rent amount, due date, lessee and lessor, etc. The landlord requires the tenant to sign the lease, thereby agreeing to its terms before occupying the property. Leases for commercial properties, on the other hand, are usually negotiated in accordance with the specific lessee and typically run from one to 10 years, with larger tenants often having longer, complex lease agreements. The landlord and tenant should retain a copy of the lease for their records. This is especially helpful when disputes arise.

Ashuchong Tanyi Ako Paul

Ashuchong Tanyi Ako Paul is our exclusively recommended Shipping & Maritime Law expert in Cameroon on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Ashuchong directly using the contact details listed above.

Ashunchong is the Managing Partner of the firm a graduate from the Council of Legal Education Sierra Leone Law School Free Town and a member of Cameroon Bar Association.

Firm Overview:

Ashunchong & Partners Law Firm in Douala Cameroon, an affiliate to Wright and Co in Free Town Sierra Leone ranked in Chambers and Partners, ILFR, The Legal 500 and that focuses on rendering quality services to worldwide clients.

Situated at the heart of Douala the economic capital of Cameroon, it is bijural, handles common and civil law issues (English and French). It comprises of top quality lawyers whose experience and mastery of legal issues has given the firm the place it occupies today in Cameroon. We seek to render tailored services with the ultimate goal of clients’ satisfaction. Ashunchong and Partners Law firm is a full-service law firm, equipped with trained legal professionals who understand the clients perspective to provide time-bound legal services.

This firm came into existence ten years ago when a group of lawyers with the same vision and objectives in legal issues came together under the direction of the principal partner Barrister Ashunchong Paul Tanyi Ako. The need for new approaches in legal issues, clients assistance and support motivated the creation of this firm which has demarcated itself as a reliable legal partner to many clients in Cameroon and abroad.

Carlton Fon Akkum

Carlton Fon Akkum is our exclusively recommended Full Service Law expert in Cameroon on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Carlton directly using the contact details listed above.

Carlton is a founding member and the Senior Managing Partner of AKKUM, AKKUM & ASSOCIATES. With 23 years of hands-on experience as a legal practitioner,  he is highly specialised in his craft. He has amassed quite a great deal of finesse in the legal practice and advised on several complex and cutting-edge transactions in the areas of Intellectual Property Rights, Securities, corporate restructurings like mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, corporate governance, due diligence and corporate finance, real estate, regulatory advisory services, labour and employment, competition and commercial litigation.

Carlton’s expertise spans through the African Market. He has the ability to guide his team towards meeting deadlines without sacrificing quality. Carlton has advised many local and international based corporations on aviation, mining and technological deals.

Carlton Fon Akkum is an accredited agent at the OAPI. He is a bona fide Human Rights activist and an author of many publications in law journals.

Firm Overview:

AKKUM, AKKUM & ASSOCIATES was established in 2002 with a resolve to create a distinguished full service legal practice. We are a dynamic partnership registered under the laws of the Republic of Cameroon. Our main mission is to deliver premium service, quality, and value to our clients. We incorporate a rich blend of traditional legal practice with the spirit required to satisfy the constantly evolving dynamism of business in our result driven professional services.

We have a blend of industry-recognised partners, consultants and Associates with an ability to provide value-added legal services to our clients’ sometimes complex needs. The foregoing has seen our reputation in the industry grow considerably. We present our clients with the broadest mix of cognate skills, and depth of expertise drawn from decades of experience in corporate commercial transactions and dispute resolution. Our up-to-date awareness of and participation in local and international commercial developments, which drive corporate commercial transactions enables us to adopt forward-facing approaches to legal issues referred to us. The firm has been ranked amongst the best law firms in Cameroon, with many awards won in diverse categories.

Our core practice is concentrated in the areas of Corporate and Commercial law, Banking and Finance, Immigration Law, Labour and Employment, Energy, Transport, Intellectual Property, Tax, Dispute Resolution and Litigation, Financial Institutions, M&A and Securities.

Aurelien Djengue

Aurelien Djengue is a Business law graduate and holds a diploma of specialized higher studies in Corporate law. Aurelien was trained in domestic and international Arbitration at the University of Montpellier in France. Aurelien has also completed professional training in the Commercial Arbitration system of the Common Court of Justice and Arbitration (CCJA) under the auspices of the Organization for the Harmonization of Business law in Africa (OHADA).

Firm Overview:

D. Moukouri & Partners is a leading law firm in Cameroon, set up in response to the demand for locally-based lawyers with the expertise and international exposure required to maintain high professional standards.

Our firm is recognized as providing sophisticated legal services in the OHADA zone.

Our working languages are English, French and Spanish.

Our practice areas include:

  • Corporate – Commercial – Contracts
  • Restructuring – Bankruptcy
  • Banking – Finance – Securities
  • Competition
  • Information Technology – Intellectual Property–Counterfeiting
  • Energy – Natural resources
  • Labour
  • Tax – Public law
  • Environmental law
  • Litigation and arbitration