Name: Emery Mukendi Wafwana
Firm Name: Emery Mukendi Wafwana & Associates
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Expertise: Energy & Natural Resources Law

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Professional Biography:

Admitted to the Bar of Kinshasa/ Gombe (1995) and Lubumbashi (2011), Certified mining and quarries agent (2003), Certified intellectual property agent (2011) and Legal consultant in New York (2010).Mr. Emery Mukendi Wafwana is the founding partner of the law firm Emery Mukendi Wafwana & Associés created in 1995. His areas of practice include mining and hydrocarbon law, electrical power law, energy law, investment law, corporate law, aviation law, OHADA law, intellectual property law, legal evaluation of projects and litigation. Mr. Emery Mukendi Wafwana was awarded by the International “WHO’SWHOLEGAL OF MINING LAWYERS 2012” as a legal expert in mining law. He is also founder and Chief Editor of Juricongo, legal website and portal of Congolese Law (www.juricongo.com). Mr. Emery Mukendi Wafwana holds his law degree in economic and social law from the University of Kinshasa since 1993. He speaks French, English, Lingala and Tshiluba.

Law Firm:

At the end of 1995, at the initiative of Mr. Emery MUKENDI WAWFANA, a lawyer at the Kinshasa/Gombe Bar, the Emery Mukendi Wafwana & Associés law firm was established in Kinshasa, DRC. A general law practice at first, it later developed a focus on air transport law.

Over time, the firm put together a team of researchers under the name of JURICONGO. The team was tasked with the mission of doing and publishing research on business law in the DRC. As a result, the firm became specialized in business law and was able to better serve its clients in the main areas of business law in the DRC, including general commercial law, securities law, mining law, hydrocarbons law, fiscal law, intellectual property law, and litigation.

In 2000, in response to a joint World Bank-DRC Government call for proposals, Emery Mukendi Wafwana & Associés was selected as the National Consultancy firm tasked with working with the international law firms hired by the World Bank to advise and assist the DRC government in reforming the legal, fiscal, customs, and change frameworks of the country’s mining sector. This culminated in the promulgation of various regulatory documents such as the Mining Code (2002), the Mining Regulations (2003), as well as other legal instruments organizing the country’s public services in the mining sector, such as the Mining Registry (CAMI) and the Mining and Quarries Regulatory Commission.

In order to better serve its mining sector clients in the copper and cobalt-rich region of Katanga, the firm opened its first branch office in Lubumbashi at the end of 2006. In keeping with the same strategy, Emery Mukendi Wafwana & Associés opened a second branch office in Matadi in 2009 with a view to serving its clients in the port province.