Khaled Abou El Houda

Khaled Abou El Houda 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.

Houda 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 (Organization for the Harmonization 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 Center 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).

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, Houda was the contributing editor of the Senegal country chapter for the 2017 African Law and Business Special Report on Investment in Africa.

Due to his linguistic (fluent in French, English, Arabic, and Wolof) and multicultural aptitudes, Houda has worked with clients from Africa (Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mali, Guinea-Conakry, Guinea-Bissau, Burkina Faso, Benin, Niger, Togo), Europe (United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands), North America (United States, Canada), Asia (India, United Arab Emirates, China), and Australia.

Due to his strengths and qualifications, Houda has been recognized by Who’s Who Legal, Global Chambers & Partners, and the International Financial Law Review.

Firm Overview:

Houda Law Firm is a full-service Senegalese law firm based in the capital Dakar that specializes 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.

Under the leadership of attorney-at-law and current managing partner Khaled Abou El Houda, the firm assigns and entrusts every case to a dedicated and competent team in order to ensure excellence and client satisfaction.

Today, Houda Law Firm is ranked as a leading firm for general business law by Chambers and Partners Global 2018, recognized as a mining expert by Who’s Who Legal 2018, and rated as a financial and corporate recommended firm by the 2018 International Finance Law Review.

The Firm is an Exclusive contributor of « Doing Business in Senegal » in the 2018 edition of the Legal 500 EMEA and featured in Hogan Lovell’s African Law and Business 2018 special report on investment in Africa based on its competence in providing legal support and counsel in litigation in Senegal and throughout WAEMU.

The firm has opened a second office in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, which will make it the very first foreign law firm from the WAEMU region established in the country.

Alberto Campo Caballero

Alberto Campo is a co-founder and managing partner of Evergreen Legal and is the partner responsible for our areas of commercial-financial (banking & finance) and restructuring and insolvency (restructuring & insolvency).

He has 16 years of experience in financing operations and debt restructuring, including among his clients the main financial entities that operate in Spain as well as institutional investors and large corporate clients from diverse sectors, both Spanish and foreign.

During all the years since 2011, Alberto’s career has been distinguished by Best Lawyers® in the practices of Projects, Public Finance and Banking & Finance, including the honor of being distinguished as “2014 Best Lawyer of the Year” in Spain for the practice of Projects, and as “2015 Best Lawyer of the Year” for the practice of Public Finance

Specialties

Alberto develops his practice in all types of financing operations, especially with an international component, advising both companies and financiers in operations of:

– Real estate finance, in particular of shopping centers, hotels and logistics centers.

– project financing, in particular energy and infrastructure projects.

– corporate financing and acquisitions (corporate finance).

– asset financing.

– asset securitizations.

– OTC financial derivatives.

In recent years, in addition to his advice on origination operations, Alberto has advised Sareb, financial institutions and institutional investors in debt refinancing and restructuring operations, as well as in distressed investment strategies (eg purchase of NPLs and financing lines). in pre-insolvency and insolvency offices of accredited companies).

During all the years since 2011, Alberto’s career has been distinguished by Best Lawyers® in the practices of Projects, Public Finance and Banking & Finance, including the honor of being distinguished as “2014 Best Lawyer of the Year” in Spain for the practice of Projects, and as “2015 Best Lawyer of the Year” for the practice of Public Finance.

Latest Projects

– Advice to MásMóvil Ibercom in the different acquisition financing operations (leveraged finance) of 100% of the share capital of Yoigo (fourth mobile telecommunications operator in Spain), and of the Pepephone group (largest independent virtual mobile operator or MVNO in the market) Spanish, only behind Grupo MásMóvil), including the subscription of a syndicated loan with national and international financial institutions of reference and the issuance of a convertible bond with one of the largest private equity funds in the US (since June 2016).

– Advice to Sareb in the sale of several portfolios of NPLs and PLs granted to important companies in the real estate sector (Project Vega – December 2015, Proyect Dreamland – January 2015, and Proyect Olivia – December 2014), as well as in the purchase and sale of individual loans.

– Advice to several Spanish and foreign sponsors in the refinancing of syndicated bank debt granted for the construction and operation of a 20 MW photovoltaic park (December 2015).

– Advice to Hayfin Capital Management in several debt restructuring operations with real estate developers (May-July 2015).

– Advice to Sareb on the debt restructuring of Riofisa Este (Grupo Asentia) (June 2015).

– Advice to PIMCO Europe Ltd in the purchase of a portfolio of NPLs, both with mortgage (secured) and unsecured (May 2015).

Previous Experience

– Hernández-Echevarría Abogados (HEYD), responsible partner of banking & finance (2014-2015).

– Deloitte Abogados, director in the Financial Services Group (FSI) and head of the banking & finance team (2013).

– Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira (2000-2012), member of the Pro International Advocacy Program (PPAI), senior associate and team leader of the financial department since 2011, including secondments in the following offices:

– Sidley Austin, LLP, on the International Finance Group team (London, 2007).

– Machado, Meyer, Sendacz and Opice, in the banking law team (Sao Paulo, 2002).

– Clifford Chance, lawyer in practices (trainee), department of Banking & Finance (Madrid, 1999).

Training and Languages

– Master of Laws (M.) in Securities & Financial Regulation, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC, 2004.

– Licensed in Admon. and Business Administration, Universidad Pontificia Comillas, ICADE E-3, Madrid, 2000.

– Law degree, Universidad Pontificia Comillas, ICADE E-3, Madrid, 1999.

Languages: Spanish, English and Portuguese.

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

Professor Angela Itzikowitz 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.

She 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 advisors.

In addition, she 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.

She 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 is recognised as a leading/recommended lawyer by:

·         Chambers Global Guide 2018, 2017 – Banking and Finance: Regulatory; 2015 – Banking and Finance (South Africa)

·         Who’s Who 2018 – Banking, FinTech (South Africa)

·         Best Lawyers® 2018, 2017, 2016 – Banking and Finance (South Africa)

Angela has been described by Who’s Who Legal 2018 as ”among the very elite of practitioners in our research thanks to her ‘great regulatory mind’. She is a client favourite thanks to her ability to ‘provide practical solutions that are legally sound’’’.

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

ENSAFRICA’S BANKING AND FINANCE PRACTICE:

ENSafrica’s Banking and Finance Department of over 40 practitioners differentiates itself through high levels of specialisation across the full spectrum of banking and finance work, including financial services regulation, leveraged finance, asset finance, debt finance and trade finance.

The key to the Banking and Finance Department’s success is its large number of senior practitioners who are each dedicated to, and have deep expertise in, specific areas of banking and finance. In addition, the team has competence in English law, with qualified English law practitioners at executive level, as well as practitioners who are qualified to practise French law.

ENSafrica’s Banking and Finance Department works closely with the firm’s other market-leading departments and business areas, including tax, corporate commercial, insolvency and debt recovery, and employment.

ENSafrica is Africa’s largest law firm, with over 600 practitioners, and more than 200 years of experience in high-level, complex commercial work. The firm’s focus is on what’s best for the client and striving for excellence, in both offering and service. ENSafrica is committed to providing clients with cost-effective outcomes by ensuring work is done at the right level, and in the manner that best suits clients’ preferences and pricing structures.

While many recognise the unique opportunities for trade, investment and growth that Africa represents, predicting in-country and across-region risks is not easy, particularly given the rate of exponential change impacting multiple indicators, whether economic, political, technological or social. ENSafrica is an independent law firm with fully integrated offices across Southern, West and East Africa and Mauritius. The firm offers clients many years’ accumulated know-how and solid experience, whether doing business in-country or cross-continent, helping to minimise risk and leverage business opportunities across Africa.

ENSafrica has lawyers qualified to practise English, French and OHADA law, as well as practitioners who are fluent in African and international languages, including Mandarin, Cantonese, French, Portuguese and Swahili. The firm also has a dedicated Asia practice group.

Through the financial services centre of Mauritius, ENSafrica also offers a unique possibility to integrate all aspects of structuring clients’ investments in relation to all commercial areas of law, tax, IP and fiduciary.

Key types of work

ENSafrica’s Banking and Finance Department has significant experience in all areas of banking and finance, including:

  • asset finance, including aircraft finance
  • collective investment schemes and private instrument funds
  • debt capital markets
  • derivatives, swaps, repurchase transactions and securities lending
  • distressed debt and workouts
  • financial products and asset management
  • financial services regulation
  • general debt
  • hybrid debt
  • insurance, including export credits
  • Islamic finance
  • leveraged finance and private equity
  • pension funds
  • property finance
  • securitisations
  • structuring and financing of BEE transactions
  • structured finance
  • trade and commodity finance

ENSAFRICA FIRM PROFILE:

ENSafrica is Africa’s largest law firm, with over 600 practitioners, and more than 200 years of experience in high-level, complex commercial work. The firm’s focus is on what’s best for the client and striving for excellence, in both offering and service. ENSafrica is committed to providing clients with cost-effective outcomes by ensuring work is done at the right level, and in the manner that best suits clients’ preferences and pricing structures.

ENSafrica is an independent law firm with fully integrated offices across Southern, West and East Africa and Mauritius. The firm offers clients many years’ accumulated know-how and solid experience, whether doing business in-country or cross-continent, helping to minimise risk and leverage business opportunities across Africa.

ENSafrica has lawyers qualified to practise English, French and OHADA law, a dedicated Asia practice group, as well as practitioners who are fluent in African and international languages, including

Mandarin, Cantonese, French, Portuguese and Swahili.

Through the financial services centre of Mauritius, ENSafrica also offers a unique possibility to integrate all aspects of structuring clients’ investments in relation to all commercial areas of law, tax, IP and fiduciary.

Elizabeth A. Harper

Elizabeth A. Harper is a Partner at the law firm and head of the Financial Services Department. Her practice areas include Banking & Finance, Commercial and Offshore Trust, Civil and Commercial Litigation, Company Law and Corporate Law. Her client base consists of numerous international banks, corporations and corporate trustees whom she advises on various banking, commercial, trust, financial, regulatory and securitization 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 recognized as a leading asset recovery lawyer in the directory Who’s Who Legal: Asset Recovery 2014.

Elizabeth holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of London, and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) (Hons.) and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) (Hons.) 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.

Firm Overview:

Daniel Brantley is a full service law firm operating in the Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis and Anguilla. It has been in existence for over 30 years and services individuals, corporations, governments, non-profits and tribunals domestically, within the Caribbean region and internationally guaranteeing the highest quality of legal services from the preferred legal team. The Legal Team offers a reassuring blend of experience and impeccable academic credentials. The members have between them over fifty years at the Bar and an intimacy with Government and the workings of the law at the highest level. The Firm has associations with leading Law Firms throughout the region and internationally and utilize all moderns forms of technology within its operations.

The Firm is engaged primarily in the areas of Admiralty & Shipping, Banking & Finance, Civil & Commercial litigation, Insolvency, Intellectual Property law, Employment law, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law. The Firm has been and continues to be involved in significant commercial litigation running to the hundreds of millions of dollars. The Firm was involved in the first class action suit brought in the Eastern Caribbean involving some 120 Claimants.

In Nevis, the Firm has handled well over US$20 million worth of purchases in the Four Seasons Resort Estates alone and millions of dollars worth of real estate elsewhere on the island. The Firm has also done securitization work for various international hotel chains well in excess of US$80 million. In Anguilla, the Firm represents several high end clients including liquidators of major resorts.

The Firm operates in an environment of political and economic stability on islands that are attractive, comfortable and safe for visitors. Nevis is easily accessible by several daily inexpensive trips by ferry or light aeroplane from the bustling neighbouring island of St Kitts. Additionally, there are the following benefits:

– Same day arrival from the United States via Antigua, St Maarten, Puerto Rico and St. Kitts.
– Accommodation at the Caribbean’s only five diamond Four Seasons Resort and historical plantation inns.
– English-speaking population.
– Legislation formulated specifically to favour the formation of offshore corporations, trusts, limited liability companies and offshore banks
– Zero tax on personal income, capital gains, dividends, gift or sales in Nevis.
– Severe criminal and civil penalties for violation of privacy laws.
– Courier, fax and e-mail services.
– Modern telecommunications network.

The Firm is committed to community development and is a frequent sponsor of cultural events within the Federation.

Balkrishna Neupane

Balkrishna Neupane is a senior partner at the firm. He is widely recognized as a preeminent lawyer for litigation, business law, constitutional law, and property law. He has extensive experience in representation at the High Courts and the Supreme Court in a wide range of complex matters. He also advises in complex and high profile M&A, joint ventures, and financing transactions. Chambers & Partners ranks him as a leading lawyer for business law in Nepal. Its recent editions describe him as “a leading litigator”, “very good and senior lawyer” and “features in notable litigation in the Supreme Court.” The Supreme Court of Nepal has designated him as a Senior Advocate.

Experience:

Balkrishna has a highly distinguished legal career of over 35 years. He has a diverse experience and specialist expertise in constitutional law, business law, property law, and corporate transactions. He has represented in over 200 reported cases at the Supreme Court. He has recently advised and represented:

  • Nissan Motors in defending various lawsuits filed by a distributor.
  • Northern and Western Insurance Company in defending reinsurance claim.
  • A foreign investor in investment disputes with an internet service provider.
  • A subsidiary of US technology firm in various lawsuits and arbitration related to service agreements.
  • Ganpati Tobacco in litigation related to the ownership of “Raj Niwas” trademark.
  • G4S in various lawsuits related to labour law in the Supreme Court.
  • GE Power in withdrawal of various lawsuits from the Supreme Court.
  • Various parties in licensing disputes with the government in the power and health sectors.
  • Various parties in many while collar crime and corruption investigations and trials.
  • Various proceedings in the Supreme Court related to property, commercial, and constitutional law.

Education:

  • Balkrishna has obtained a B.L. degree from Nepal Law Campus.

Languages:

  • Balkrishna is fluent in English and Nepali.

Firm Overview:

We are a group of lawyers who strive for excellence in providing legal services. We aim to offer the highest international standards and extensive local expertise. We have advised our clients in many notable transactions and disputes for over 35 years.