Aceris Law’s Congo Arbitration Lawyers Desk is a dedicated team of lawyers at Aceris Law, a specialised international arbitration law firm, which accompanies clients involved in arbitrations concerning both the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of the Congo, i.e., where Congolese law applies, a contract is executed in the Congo, a dispute is brought by or against a party in the Congo, or the Congolese State or a Congolese State entity is involved.
Aceris Law’s Harvard, Oxford and Sorbonne trained lawyers are admitted to bars of Western Europe, Eastern Europe and North America and have significant prior experience dealing with commercial, construction and investment treaty arbitrations under the ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL, LCIA, SCC, SIAC, ICDR, VIAC and other arbitration rules, many of which have concerned the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo, and neighbouring States.
We can meet clients directly in Kinshasa or Brazzaville, although our home office is in Geneva, Switzerland, and we are always accessible to clients, regardless of their location, by videoconference. Our Congo Arbitration Lawyers Desk also has access to Congolese jurisprudence and doctrine, while speaking French and English.
Our Congo Arbitration Lawyers Desk maintains ties to the best domestic Congolese lawyers, who are involved depending on the specific needs of a given arbitration. This ensures that our clients obtain the best arbitration legal representation while also maintaining cost-effectiveness for arbitrations involving Congo.
William Kirtley, the founder of Aceris Law, is an American and French national, admitted at the New York Bar and Washington Bar and a former member of Paris Bar, with fifteen years of experience in the field of international arbitration. He worked in sub-Saharan Africa for multiple years on State-funded development projects prior to studying law in North America and Europe. Dr. Marie-Camille Pitton is an internationally educated French arbitration special counsel at Aceris Law, registered as an attorney in New York and registered at the Versailles Bar with over a decade of experience in international arbitration.
We have significant prior experience with arbitrations involving the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo and OHADA law. For example, Aceris Law’s Congo Arbitration Lawyers Desk represented a Congolese client in a dispute against a European company in the aviation industry, a company in an ad hoc OHADA arbitration against a major company from Europe, served as counsel for an African region in an international public law dispute, have participated in an arbitration against an African State regarding the modernization of its customs agency, have served as counsel in an investment arbitration dispute against an African country in the mining industry, have served as counsel in an investment arbitration dispute regarding the expropriation of land and have provided legal representation to an African client in a dispute with a mining company. We also served as counsel in a dispute regarding the telecommunications industry in a neighbouring State.
By having a dedicated team for arbitrations concerning Congo, Aceris Law ensures that the arbitrations involving Congo are handled efficiently, making the best use of our arbitration lawyers’ know-how as well as linguistic and cultural skills, which are important for a successful outcome of an international arbitration.
To learn more about Aceris’ Congo Arbitration Lawyers Desk, please do not hesitate to contact us.