Olaniwun Ajayi Expands Reach with the Launch of OHADA Practice


Olaniwun Ajayi has expanded its footprint with the launch of its OHADA Practice, through OA Africa SCP, a member of the Olaniwun Ajayi Group.

OA Africa SCP, a full-fledged Cameroonian law firm, based in Douala, Cameroon (the host country of the OHADA headquarters), enables Olaniwun Ajayi to support clients across the 17 Francophone African countries of the OHADA region.

OA Africa SCP draws its strengths from Olaniwun Ajayi’s extensive experience forged over six decades, in guiding professional service firms, financial institutions, project sponsors, private and institutional investors, governments and government agencies on commercial issues including corporate finance, project development, corporate/M&A, private equity, as well as complex resolution of disputes.

OA Africa SCP’s Managing Partner, Dr Emmanuel Tem, an alumnus of Harvard University, Cambridge University and the University of Pretoria, has nearly 40 years’ experience in commercial, legal and tax matters in over 20 African countries.

Tem’s expertise spans diverse sectors including infrastructure, financial services, private equity, oil & gas, mergers & acquisitions, corporate restructuring and financing. He is also a dual-qualified legal practitioner, being a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Cameroon as well as an advocate of the High Court of South Africa.

Tem has held senior positions at renowned multinational corporations, having served as Director at Arthur Andersen, Head of Africa Tax Practice at KPMG, Head of International Tax at E&Y Nigeria, and Head of Africa for Legal and Tax Practice at Edward Nathan & Sonnenberg. He is renowned for his understanding of international tax law, making him a trusted advisor on complex cross-border legal and tax issues for multinational clients, as well as sovereigns.

With their unparalleled expertise, deep understanding of local nuances, and a commitment to excellence, OA Africa SCP aims to be the preferred legal services provider for businesses operating in the OHADA region, or seeking to expand into this thriving market.

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