People

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Pierre Kasongo Makanda
Partner

Mining expert and over 30 years of legal experience.

Pierre is  a leading lawyer in the DRC and enjoys an excellent reputation. He easily identifies legal priorities and translates complex legal issues into a clear and accessible advice. Clients praise him for his determination, commitment, availability and integrity.

pierre.kasongo@lawpkm.com

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Mark Verelst
Senior Legal Expert

Expert in financial matters and in litigation and arbitration. Mark has worked most of his career in a leading bank and was involved in its challenges of expansion in other countries. Mark is very experienced to carry out a detailed legal analysis while remaining pragmatic. His litigation expertise helps to draft well considered commercial agreements.

mark.verelst@lawpkm.com

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Yves Brosens
Partner

Structuring and financing projects.

Yves has the experience of working in some of the largest law firms in the world and has gained tremendous expertise in handling files for companies already active or entering the African market. Clients appreciate Yves' know-how,  quality and on-the-ground Africa expertise.

yves.brosens@lawpkm.com

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Sophie Kabano Niwese
Senior Legal Expert

Sophie is a very experienced in respect of the investment files, ground-breaking projects and the management of large disputes with a particular focus on the region of the Great Lakes. She identifies very well the path to move forward and has always a clear view on the potential issues and the solutions to handle these. Commitment is her second nature.

Sophie.kabano@lawpkm.com

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Jean Jacques Nzuru Minar
Senior Associate

Jean Jacques specialises in mining, oil, gas, energy and serves mainly the natural resources industry. He has a particular focus on international project development. Jean Jacques covers a great variety of commercial contracts and corporate structures that apply in this industry.

jj.nzuru@lawpkm.com

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Patrick Balanganayi Kaboto
Associate

Patrick is foremost a litigator and acts on a broad range of commercial and financial sector litigation. He is persuasive and committed in the litigation files that he handles. Patrick’s experience includes careful contract drafting that takes into account his litigation expertise.

patrick.kaboto@lawpkm.com

Deborah Ngondo Bolinga
Associate
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Deborah advises on all aspects of real estate investments. Typical files include the acquisition or sale of real estate, the realisation of building projects, land concessions, lease agreements, permits and licences, and regulatory matters.

deborah.ngondo@lawpkm.com

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Belange Kalenga Umba
Associate

Belanga advises clients across a wide variety of sectors with a focus on private M&A, corporate restructuring, joint ventures, and general corporate advisory work. She is also an expert in OHADA.

belanga.kalenga@lawpkm.com

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Neto Kahozi Mwalu
Senior Associate

Neto advises on all aspects of corporate law, including joint ventures and other forms of co-operation. M&A also forms part of Neto’s activities and he has particular expertise in working on high-value private equity transactions in the real estate and mining sectors. 

neto.kahozi@lawpkm.com

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Gaël Nzangama Tulubuna
Associate

Gaël  advises national and international companies on various contentious and non-contentious employment law issues. This also includes disciplinary and grievance processes, redundancies and the termination of management positions. 

gael.nzangama@lawpkm.com

Cipeng Kapend' A Kayemb
Associate
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Cipeng advises clients on a wide variety of intellectual property matters. Her practice focuses primarily on technology transactions, trademark and copyright preparation and prosecution.

cipeng.albert@lawpkm.com

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Madeleine Zongwe
Associate

Madeleine assists employers in a wide variety of employment issues ranging from hiring to employment regulatory matters. On a daily basis, she handles general and complex human resource matters. 

madeleine.bazola@lawpkm.com