Helene Cronjé

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

Helene is a Namibian Attorney, Notary Public and Conveyancer. Helene holds BComm and LLB degrees from the University of Stellenbosch. Helene is a member of the Law Society of Namibia and the International Trade Mark Association.

Helene is further a registered agent for the filing and prosecution of trade marks and patents with the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation.

Firm Overview:

We are a young dynamic boutique law firm. We pride ourselves in providing efficient, competent service with integrity.

We provide a broad range of legal and other services to our Namibian as well as international clients.

We further act as the Namibian correspondents for a number of international law firms.  This network has proven to be invaluable to our clients who do business internationally.

Within Namibia, our firm values a healthy relationship with various Ministries and Regulators with whom we interact on a daily basis, these include the: Registrar of Deeds, Mining Commissioner, Ministry of Lands, Namfisa, Bank of Namibia, BIPA, Master of the High Court, the Namibian Stock Exchange and the Namibian Investment Centre.

Cronjé & Co. is committed to staying ahead of the curve through pro-active recruitment and exceptional on-the-job training and mentoring.  We have developed a unique graduate programme for qualifying candidate attorneys.   The range of expertise within Cronjé & Co.’s full service commercial and conveyancing service offerings provides extensive opportunities to potential candidates.  We offer only opportunities to succeed with us. All our staff are in the full-time employment of our firm.

Elia Shikongo

Elia Shikongo is our exclusively recommended Joint Ventures Law expert in Namibia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Elia directly using the contact details listed above.

Elia holds a BA LLB Degree and is an admitted legal practitioner and Notary Public of the High and Supreme Court of Namibia. He specialises inter alia, in commercial and corporate law, drafting of contracts and legal opinions, international arbitrations and litigation.  He has on occasions served as an Acting Judge of the High Court of Namibia, and has more than 20 years experience as a private legal practitioner. He is active in the aviation, oil and gas, mining, banking / financial, telecommunication, fishing and transport sectors. Through him, the law firm maintains a healthy relationship with several private and public entities. He is currently a Chairperson of the Minerals Ancillary Rights Commission, under the auspices of the Ministry of Mines and Energy as well as Craton Mining. He has served on numerous other boards, such as the internationally listed HRT Oil and Gas Company, being founding Chairperson Namibia Wildlife Resorts, Fishcor Board, Counselor and President of the Law Society of Namibia, Falcon Investments and Phincon Enterprises Ltd.

Black Economic Empowerment:

Namibia has emerged from a history in which law was used for many years as an instrument for oppression and discrimination based on race, colour and gender. The consequences of such historical impacts are still existing today.

In view of the above, the Firm is committed to meaningful participation of the previously disadvantaged persons in all areas of the economy and has over the years trained many Candidate Legal Practitioners from previously disadvantaged groups, and empowered them to progress within the Firm and the profession in general.

Firm Overview:

SLC was established in 1997 by its senior partner, Elia Shikongo who has been in private practice for more than 21 years. The firm operate predominantly as a commercial / corporate firm, and has over the past years built up a diverse legal consultancy practice, acting either solely or in joint ventures with other professional service providers.

Philip Ellis

Ellis and Partners is a Windhoek based legal firm with a single multi experienced legal practitioner in the form of Philip Ellis.

His experience with the areas of mining, fishing, aviation, corporate financing, energy, water and industrial projects can be seen under Experience.

Philip Ellis practiced law within Namibia for 21 years.  He established “Ellis & Partners Legal Practitioners” in 1997, which grew to one of the largest and most successful commercial and corporate legal firms in Namibia which firm is still today a leading and highly successful commercial and corporate firm in Windhoek, practicing under the name of Ellis Shilengudwa Incorporated.

In 2009 he decided to leave legal practice to act as the Managing Director of the Gecko Namibia Group of companies that grew from nothing, to a group of over 30 private companies holding no less than 17 mineral licenses in Namibia for graphite, salt, marine phosphates and a large number of industrial minerals.  The group also conducts a highly successful exploration drilling company and mineral laboratory.  Its flagship development, Vision Industrial Park, secured 700 hectares of government land on the West Coast, with the right to develop a private port.

With his vast and hands on experience in the legal, mining/industrial and fishing sectors he identified a very specific and specialized need within the Namibian commercial context for someone to facilitate the introduction of international corporates and individuals to Namibia.  It is a well known fact that Namibia, with its stable democratic government, highly developed infrastructure, mild weather conditions and abundance of minerals and other natural resources is one of the most favorable investment destinations in Africa and possibly the world.  A better hub from which to springboard essential commodities such as energy, fertilizers and the like into sub-Saharan Africa would be hard to find.

The establishment of Ellis & Partners Legal Practitioners, on 1 May 2014 is specifically aimed at facilitating the introduction of investors into Namibia by a highly experienced legal practitioner and corporate leader in offering almost all the services required to successfully establish within Namibia and the surrounding Southern African jurisdiction.

To this extent, the firm is qualified to deal with all aspects of high level mergers and acquisitions as well as complicated and high value commercial litigation that requires the dedicated , full time attention of a highly experienced practitioner.