Hélène PATY KOUNAKE

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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Olivier RIVOIRE, LL.M.

Olivier Rivoire is our exclusively recommended Banking & Finance expert in Switzerland on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Olivier directly using the contact details listed above.

After completing his legal studies at the University of Fribourg, Olivier was admitted to the Geneva bar in 2003. During 2006 and 2007 he studied at Georgetown University in Washington D.C (USA) where he earned an LL.M. degree in General Studies.

From 2003 to 2012, he worked for various law firms in Geneva and Zurich mainly in the areas of business law, insolvency and bankruptcy law, civil and commercial litigation.

In 2012, he joined the FINMA in Bern, banks division, authorisations section. As from 2014, he worked within the legal department of a large international banking group in Geneva and was involved in the wealth management and IT/BPO activities of the bank. He led the IT/BPO legal department. Afterwards, he joined the Legal & Transactions department of an independent Swiss-based banking group and was mainly in charge of litigation and regulatory projects.

He joined Bory & Partners as partner on 1 August 2019.

Committed to his clients and mindful of their needs, pragmatic, he advises and represents in court individuals, companies and non-governmental organisations, based in Switzerland or abroad.

Building on his experience as in-house counsel during several years, Olivier Rivoire mainly provides his services in the following fields of expertise: regulatory for financial intermediaries, in particular banks and independant wealth managers, company law, including contract law, employment law and immigration law, inheritance law and mediation.

In this last field of activity, he was certified in 2020 by the Federal Department of Finance as mediator within the meaning of the Federal Act on Financial Services, FinSA. He is also Committee member of the Groupement Pro Médiation.

Olivier Rivoire is a member of the Swiss Bar Association, the Geneva Bar Association, the Association of International Business Lawyers and the International Bar Association.

Firm Overview:

Since it was established in 1994, the firm has continued to grow dynamically, coherently and with an entrepreneurial spirit.

To date, the firm has nine partners. Each of them came with proven and recognised experience and knowledge in their respective fields, their skills complementing each other.

The Firm’s partners, as well as its other lawyers, practice their profession with passion and determination. The Firm’s priority is to ensure a high level of competence and personalised service to its clients, be they individuals, legal entities or State entities. Guided by their clients’ interests, they do everything possible to arrive at the best possible solution, either amicably or, if necessary, by defending their rights before cantonal and federal authorities or before national and international arbitration bodies.

The Firm advises its clients in many spheres of daily life and business activity, in particular in the areas of family law, estate planning and inheritance law, contract law, corporate law, banking and finance law, real estate and tenancy law, labour and employment law, criminal law, immigration and pension law, and international business law.

In addition to their work within the Firm, the partners have always considered it natural and useful to be actively involved in parallel activities – as an associate judge at the Geneva courts, a law professor, a member of the lawyers’ supervisory body, a trainer at the Geneva Law School (“Ecole d’Avocature”), President of the Union Internationale des Avocats, or in a term of office as an independent board member.

This kind of involvement has enabled them to maintain close links with the judiciary, the academic and the business worlds, and to develop a wide network at local, national and international levels.

Vincent de Bonnafos

Vincent de Bonnafos is our exclusively recommended Banking & Finance expert in Monaco on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Vincent directly using the contact details listed above.

Vincent is active in financial and securities laws, banking regulatory and transactional matters. He also advises on general commercial matters in particular in sports and new technologies.

Vincent has a doctorate degree in law (Ph.D) for his thesis on the enhancement of corporate social responsibility. He also participated in the Commission for modernising Monaco corporate and commercial laws (Commission de Modernisation du Droit Economique Monégasque). He also provides on-site AML and compliance training for banks, law-firms and sports clubs.

Before joining DL Corporate & Regulatory, Vincent worked in French banking institutions as well as French and Monaco law firms. He speaks French and English fluently.

Vincent lectures on banking law and law of technologies at Nice University.

Firm Overview:

DL Corporate & Regulatory is a firm of business lawyers authorised to render regulatory and transactional legal advice in Monaco and abroad. The firm specialises in corporate, financing and commercial transactions, securities laws, mergers & acquisitions, restructurings and regulatory compliance in particular in the banking/finance, capital markets and sports areas.

Edite Ligere

Edite Ligere is our exclusively recommended Banking & Finance expert in England on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Edite directly using the contact details listed above.

Edite’s practice focuses on the regulation of artificial intelligence, global financial regulation, banking, insurance, human rights, consumer protection, charity law, data protection, machine learning and cyber security.

Edite has participated in and advised on global regulatory standard setting and the national implementation of global regulatory standards. Edite is a regular contributor to various pro bono human rights and environmental initiatives, an author of various legal publications and a speaker at international and national conferences.

Edite Ligere holds an LLB (First) and an LLM from the University of London. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn and is a Hubert Greenland Scholar of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn.

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Bilis Lotengo

Bilis Lotengo is our exclusively recommended Banking & Finance expert in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Bilis directly using the contact details listed above.

Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Headquarters of institutions of the country, is where Emery Mukendi Wafwana & Associates, SC-P has had its headquarters since 1995. The location of our office in Kinshasa gives our lawyers and consultants a major advantage thanks to their speedy access to the headquarters of central politico-administrative entities, Cassation Court, State Council, and courts and tribunals of Kinshasa.

The team in Kinshasa includes lawyers admitted to the bar before the Court of Cassation and State Council, practicing the « cassation » and other special procedures, as well lawyers admitted respectively to bars at the Court of Appeal of Kinshasa-Gombe, Kinshasa-Matete, Matadi, Bandundu and Kananga.

In general, the lawyers at our Kinshasa office advise and assist local and international clients from Kinshasa on legal issues on sectors including but not limited to natural resources, infrastructure, banking and insurance, investments, trade and industry as well as judicial and arbitral litigation.

Specifically, as agents in intellectual property, our lawyers in Kinshasa advise our local and international clients on issues concerning the protection of their brand and logos, represent them before the Ministry of Industry and in associated litigations.

As mine and carry agents, they assist and represent our clients in mining procedures at the Central Cadastre Minier and before the of Mining and Environment Administration.

Our office of Kinshasa also organises an online legal portal named “JuriAfrica,” led by a team of researchers in charge of collecting information and legal and jurisprudential data that is continuously being updated.

Manuel Camarate Campos

Manuel Camarate Campos is our exclusively recommended Banking & Finance expert in Portugal on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Manuel directly using the contact details above.

  • Partner of RSA since November 2017 – Co-ordinator of the Banking and Insurance Law Group
  • Lawyer at RSA since 2013
  • In-house lawyer of the Banco Comercial Português between 1991 and 2012
  • Registered in the Portuguese Bar Association since 1986

Firm Overview:

Law without borders in Portuguese Language

Since 1997, RSA – Raposo Subtil e Associados has based its activities on a complete and integrated service for its clients at both national and international levels, combining an extensive knowledge of business with the necessary technical expertise.

In 2013, RSA – Raposo Subtil e Associados founded the Rede de Serviços de Advocacia de Língua Portuguesa – Network of Portuguese Speaking Legal Services (RSA LP), which is an innovative network of associated firms of lawyers and legal offices, working in partnership in 5 Portuguese speaking countries (Portugal, Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde and Mozambique). RSA LP works with solid and experienced teams in the Portuguese speaking market, providing a legal consultancy with international standards of excellence both within and outside those markets. This competitive agility is a result of their leadership in complex operations and litigation, and their understanding of business models in diverse areas and different jurisdictions, affirming their ambition with a global model of legal services.

Our teams are multi-disciplinary and specialised, and are composed of lawyers dedicated to finding the most satisfactory legal solution for our clients, be they national or from abroad. Focused on the new challenges of the post-digital era and recognising technologies as a strategic priority, RSA-LP believes that future competitive differentiation will be created by people, and their training and quality, developing creative professional solutions based on values such as trust, expertise, and sharing.