Kenza Bounjou

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

In October 2019, Dentons combined with leading Moroccan firm Sayarh & Menjra, one of the only Moroccan firms to offer both legal advice and litigation services in Morocco.

Sayarh & Menjra’s 40-plus years of experience in Morocco, combined with Dentons’ global sector expertise and reputation for delivering technical innovation, means you now benefit from an enhanced offering no other Moroccan firm can rival. Our clients include international and local corporations, international banks, governments and state corporations, multilateral agencies, non-governmental organizations, development finance institutions, private equity funds and individuals.

Dentons Sayarh & Menjra is composed of over 15 legal professionals offering significant additional talent across our practices and sectors. Deeply engaged in the Francophone Africa region, our team has broad experience and a strong reputation in many business sectors including energy, mining, manufacturing, real estate, M&A, private equity, banking, financing and PPP.

Our team is uniquely positioned to provide you with support for your investments in Morocco, the OHADA region and Francophone Africa. We take the time to understand your business and what matters to you. Combining regional and local knowledge with practice and sector insights, we offer commercial and practical legal advice to help you achieve your business goals.

Whether you are a foreign company pursuing business opportunities in Africa or a Moroccan company seeking practical, creative solutions for doing business in Africa, Europe or anywhere in the world, contact us, we are here to help you.

Masato Suzuki

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

Tokyo, Japan’s busy capital, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples. The opulent Meiji Shinto Shrine is known for its towering gate and surrounding woods. The Imperial Palace sits amid large public gardens. The city’s many museums offer exhibits ranging from classical art to a reconstructed kabuki theatre.

Our law firm was established with the aim of providing high-quality legal services tailored to client needs through the flexible handling of professional lawyers.

In order to achieve such goal, our law firm, while taking advantage of our expertise, strives not to be arbitrary, but to provide the legal services required in a timely manner based on the needs of clients.

Lawyers who belong to our firm work together to achieve this by sharing the same philosophy.

Banking & Finance:

Our law firm provides a wide range of legal services in the financial matters, including the preparation of contracts, legal research of regulatory and legal risk-related matters, suggestions for legal mechanisms, and the preparation of written opinions, and has a wealth of expertise and experiences.

In addition, we always provide legal advice based on the latest information on financial regulations that change rapidly in accordance with the times.

Our law firm has a wealth of experience in complex financial transactions. Please see Structured Finance category.

Khaled Abou El Houda

Khaled Abou El Houda is our exclusively recommended Banking & Finance expert in Senegal on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Khaled directly using the contact details listed above.

Khaled has been registered with the Senegalese Bar Association since 1999. He is an Honorary Member of the Senegal Mining Chamber, the General Secretary of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (ICM) Senegal, and the General Secretary of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in Senegal.

Khaled holds a Master’s Degree in Business Law from Aix-Marseille University (France) and a Masters Degree in Banking and Finance Business Law from Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar (Senegal). As a mediator and conciliator in OHADA (Organisation for the Harmonisation of Business Law in Africa) law, he is a chartered arbitrator at the OHADA Common Court of Justice and Arbitration (CCJA) in Abidjan, Ivory Coast and the Centre of Arbitration, Mediation and Conciliation (CAMC) in Dakar, Senegal. Houda is also a member of the African Business Law Firms Association (ABLFA) and the International Bar Association (IBA).

Khaled Abou El Houda is an outstanding practitioner in business law and has developed proven strengths and qualifications in banking, restructuration, major infrastructure financing, and energy projects. He has been involved in the establishment of numerous mining, oil, and gas projects in Senegal and the sub region. He also co-authored the book “The Register of Trade OHADA” and “Retour sur l”Exequatur des Sentences CIRDI.” Additionally, he is involved in the drafting of the book “Doing Business” published annually by the World Bank. Most recently, Khaled was the contributing editor of the Senegal country chapter for the 2017 African Law and Business Special Report on Investment in Africa.

Firm Overview:

Houda Law Firm is a full-service Senegalese law firm based in the capital Dakar that specialises in all forms of corporate and general business, intellectual property, international trade, investment fund, and banking and financial service practice law. The firm is well known for its work with mergers and acquisitions and project finance in several key sectors such as banking, industry, new technologies, mining, energy, oil, gas, and infrastructure. Founded in 1977 by Mohamed Salim Kanjo, the firm has extensive experience in establishing foreign companies in Senegal and the sub-region and providing counsel, legal advice and assistance, and litigation representation in court.

The firm assists clients such as private companies, public entities, and individuals with all of their legal needs in Senegal and WAEMU (West African Economic and Monetary Union) member states. It also represents local and foreign clients that include international institutions, multinational corporations or their subsidiaries, investment funds, credit brokers, and commercial companies.

The firm regularly works with high-profile international law firms. Such entities frequently appoint the firm to provide general overview reports and opinions about Senegalese law for international investors in private equity and derivatives finance.

Sahe Da Silva

Sahe Da Silva acts for financial institutions, the Government of Timor-Leste, State owned corporations, foreign governments, Timorese and international NGOs and Timorese and international investors on a wide range of matters including banking and finance law, commercial contracts, corporate law, land and property law, labour law and the sovereign wealth fund.

Prior to founding Da Silva Teixeira & Associados, Sahe was a corporate, banking and finance lawyer with Corrs Chambers Westgarth, one of Australia’s leading law firms. At Corrs Sahe advised major banks, non bank financial institutions and private sector borrowers across a variety of finance transactions including acquisition financing, property development financing, syndicated lending, corporate restructuring and securitisation.

Sahe holds a Bachelor of Business (Major in Accounting) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Sahe speaks English, Tetum, Portuguese and Spanish.

Firm Overview:

Da Silva Teixeira & Associados is a leading Timorese law firm based in Dili, Timor-Leste.

The firm advises international investors, start ups, established operators, government authorities and non governmental organisations by combining the top tier legal excellence of its lawyers with its extensive knowledge of the unique economic, political, historical and cultural factors that shape Timor-Leste.

The lawyers which form part of the Da Silva Teixeira & Associados team are multi-lingual and have obtained legal experience both in Timor-Leste and internationally in leading law firms operating throughout the Asia Pacific Region, allowing the team to deliver high quality legal services to clients.

With its team of Australian trained and qualified Timorese lawyers who have extensive experience working with overseas corporations and in-house legal teams on Timorese legal issues, Da Silva Teixeira & Associados has established itself as the go to firm for Australian, South East Asian and Pacific based clients operating in Timor-Leste.

Angela Itzikowitz

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

Angela is an executive in ENSafrica’s banking and finance department. She specialises in banking and financial market regulation, including finance and regulatory reform, card and related electronic payment instruments, derivatives, loan agreements, collective investment schemes, insurance, money laundering and debt origination and securitisation.

Angela has done a significant amount of work in South African Development Community (“SADC”) countries such as Uganda, Kenya and Zambia including regulatory law reform through capacity building projects. More recently, she drafted and advised on the Finance and Development Protocol for SADC in her capacity as a senior legal expert. She has also advised the World Bank on deposit insurance and bank insolvencies.

Angela has participated in a number of financial market initiatives in Asia in collaboration with colleagues from Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and India. She also acts for a number of European banks, asset managers and investment advisers.

In addition, Angela has been recognised as a leading Fintech lawyer, advising banks and start ups and has authored the South African chapter in a number of international publications on the subject.

Angela is a professor in banking and financial markets law at the University of the Witwatersrand and she teaches at Queen Mary College, the University of London, on legal aspects of international finance. She is the author of the Law of South Africa Banking and Financial Markets, has co-authored a number of books and has published numerous articles in local and foreign journals.

Angela is a member of the Board of International Scholars, London Institute of Banking and Finance, and is a Professorial Fellow at the Asian Institute of International Financial Law, University of Hong Kong. She is also a visiting Professor at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and Peking University, and is the recipient of a number of international fellowships and awards and sits on a number of advisory committees and company boards.

Angela Itzikowitz is fluent in English, Afrikaans and German and speaks South Sotho and Mandarin.

Elizabeth Harper

Elizabeth Harper is our exclusively recommended Banking & Finance expert in Saint Kitts & Nevis on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Elizabeth directly using the contact details listed above.

Her client base consists of numerous international banks, corporations and corporate trustees whom she advises on various banking, commercial, trust, financial, regulatory and securitisation matters.

Elizabeth’s recent accolades include being in the ranking ‘Leaders in their Field’ for the Chambers and Partners Global Guide 2018. Elizabeth has been previously recognised as a leading asset recovery lawyer in the directory Who’s Who Legal: Asset Recovery 2014.

Elizabeth holds a Master of Laws from the University of London, and a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts both from the University of the West Indies. She is a graduate of the Norman Manley Law School, Jamaica. Elizabeth also holds the designation of a Chartered Director from the Caribbean Governance training Institute, is a Notary Public in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.

She practices before the High Court and Court of Appeal and has been involved in numerous high end commercial litigation including a shareholder dispute in a company valued at over US$3 billion; a dispute in an international company of strategic interest in the Russian Federation valued at over US$30 billion; international fraudulent transactions involving bribe payments, secret commissions, and dishonest diversion of monies arising in over US$50 million in damages; and the first class action law suit brought in the Eastern Caribbean under the provisions of the Civil Procedure Rules 2000. She has also handled a wide range of contractual and tortious disputes, and financial services and related matters, both contentious and non-contentious.

She has provided expert written testimony on aspects of the laws of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis in several proceedings internationally.

Elizabeth regularly advises on and attends to the incorporation of International Business Corporations, the formation of Limited Liability Companies, the registration of International Trusts, and the establishment of Multiform Foundations. Elizabeth also has an extensive trust practice which includes her regularly advising and rendering opinions to trustees, protectors and beneficiaries on various trust matters, and where necessary, conducting litigation of claims on their behalf.

She has been involved in several significant trust matters including a major multi-jurisdictional trust dispute concerning several billion dollars of assets and claims for removal of trustees.

Elizabeth is admitted to practice in Jamaica and the Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis. She is a member of the St. Christopher and Nevis Bar Association and the OECS Bar Association. Elizabeth currently serves as a member of the Bar Council of the St. Kitts and Nevis Bar Association.

She is also a full member of STEP, and currently serves as the Vice Chairperson and the Assistant Secretary for the STEP Nevis and sits as a member of the STEP Caribbean Conference Committee and the STEP Caribbean and Latin America Regional Committee.