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Henry, Samuelson & Co.

Henry, Samuelson & Co.

Main Office
McMiriam Tower (Top Floor) 76 rue Bruix
off Commissariat 4e Arrondissement

Douala 15805
Cameroon

Phone+237 (74) 989-351
Fax +237 (33) 438-791

Website www.henrysamuelson.com
E-mail  Contact Henry Feh

Law Firm Overview

Henry, Samuelson & Co. has all the forensic skills required at its disposal.

We offer a full range of legal services with expertise and experience as we engage in litigation proceedings before the courts of common law (courts with ordinary jurisdiction and courts with special jurisdiction) and the specialized courts of Cameroon.

We are also expeditious and expedient. This has come to guarantee the efficiency and effectiveness of proceedings. A great majority of matters handled by our humble selves have brought reverberating success to clients. So far our client-base is Africa, the Middle East, the Far East, Western Europe and the Americas.

Henry, Samuelson & Co. operates from a plush office in McMiriam Tower, a magnificent edifice planted in the heart of the central business district of Akwa, 05 minutes away from the Douala Stock Exchange and the major banking institutions. Being own property, McMiriam provides both spatial stability for us your Solicitors and safety for your rather important documents in our keeping.

Our seat is in Douala, the economic nerve centre of Cameroon, just 25 minutes away from Yaoundé, the seat of the institutions.

We have a rich Library (updated) containing all the practice documents required for the bijural system of Laws in Cameroon (English Common Law and French Civil Law), which systems of law we have the privilege to master to the admiration of our contemporaries. We do not miss any publication of the Supreme Court of Cameroon.

We also have a standing order of the Official Gazette of Cameroon which publishes all the new laws and amendments thereof as enacted by the legislators. For this reason, we are always abreast (not to say ahead) of current legislation.

We are bilingual in English (the vehicle of the English Common Law) and French (the vehicle of the French Civil Law). Since these are also our national languages, we are able to communicate complex concepts to you, the other party and the courts in simple language.

In sum, we are a subtle set of meticulous professionals who do not only pay breathless attention to our work, thinking ourselves into it and serving our clients with style and enjoying the whole thing too for, we chose our profession by design (not chance), but we are also accurate in our responses and time-efficient. Matters handled by us do not suffer undue delays. Plus, we do a minute-by-minute report to our clients.

Because we believe in optimizing (not maximizing) the fees our clients pay for the services we render, our charges remain very competitive. And given the quality of our services, our clients always have their money’s worth and frequently more. The proof is that we cannot count the number of occasions, clients have called or written to say “Thanks for your excellent work… We shall be working a lot with you.” To be brief, we keep our clients for long (not to say forever).

We see you, our client, as an active partner in our business. So we treat you with care and serve you with respect, knowing that since you took the reins of power in our practice you have not relinquished it. Your interests are always our chief concern. Thus a clear understanding of your ultimate objective is a key component in the custom-building of any individual case. In this personal approach we adopt a positive, authoritative stance with the belief that it is only in this way your interests are best served.

Year this Office was Established: 2000

Languages: English, French

Areas of Law


Additional Areas of Law: Accounting And Collection; Aerospace; Liquidation; Business Criminal Law; International Trade; Trade Relations.


Areas of Law Description

Henry, Samuelson & Co. has earned international recognition as leaders in the following short list of practice areas:

- Accounting & Collection

Henry, Samuelson & Co. advises its corporate clients on a wide range of accounting issues including, but not limited to, the keeping of accounts and fiscal implication, the obligation to establish accounting documents, the obligation to respect accounting principles as provided by the OHADA Uniform Act, the transparency of accounts, accounting information according to the different forms of business organization, the status of accountants, internal and external auditing and more.

- Adoption

In both the civil law and common law jurisdictions of Cameroon, the firm institutes local as well as international adoption proceedings for our clients. With the democratic adoption laws here, the firm has so far obtained several adoption certificates for most European and American adopters. A grand majority of the adoptees has come from the over 150 orphanages spread all over Cameroon.

- Aviation and Aerospace

The firm advises both lessors and lessees of aircraft (and engines of aircraft) on a wide range of issues including registration (and deregistration) of aircraft with the Cameroon Civil Aviation Authority, registration (and deregistration) of Lease agreements, repossession and enforcement, payments, confiscation, liability, insurance, import-export permits, bankruptcy, formalities, practical and other considerations.

- Banking & Finance

We represent clients worldwide in all aspects of financing transactions. Transactions range from origination and negotiation to documentation and closing, and when necessary, to enforcement of remedies of procedures and agreements for workout and reorganization. Clients retain the firm to represent them in their various capacities in financing transactions as agents, senior lender or other syndicate member, seller or purchaser of participation, assignor or assignee of direct loan interests, letter of credit issuer, trustee and arranger or purchaser of capital market instruments.

- Bankruptcy & Liquidation

Since the entering into force of the 1998 OHADA Uniform Act on the Organization of the Collective Procedure of Auditing Liabilities, we talk less and less of the old law of bankruptcy and more and more of the modern law of “enterprises in difficulty”. The old approach had a rather repressive character with a lot of emphasis put on the creditors of the enterprise.

- Business Criminal Law

Being a mainly business law firm, H S & Co. has developed an efficient and effective business criminal law practice to fight economic offenses committed within the framework of corporate entities against collective interests. In effect, our team of business criminal law experts give advisory services on economic or market offenses (unfair competition, passing-off and consumption…), financial offenses (taxation, banking, stock exchange), corporate offenses (research for shares, incorporation, declaration of conformity, declaration of share capital, immatriculation in the commerce register, sharing of dividends, annual balance sheet, abuse of goods and credit, general assembly, modification of capital, controls, dissolution, liquidation).

- Commercial and Corporate

With the experience our attorneys have acquired with the passage of time on the job, HS & Co. provides advice on corporate acquisition, mergers and acquisitions, take over, leases, taxation, social security, labor and trade relations matters, rehabilitation, administrative and judicial liquidation, agency contracts, distributorships, etc. Besides, the firm recently did a consultancy whereby a foreign company with an intention to open branches in west and central Africa asked us to do a general comparative study between the present OHADA code and the former “droits des sociétés”.

- General Practice

In addition to the consultancies we do in our specialized areas of practice and the eventual litigation that may ensue, the firm offers legal counseling in vast and varied domains.

- Incorporation

One of the things that H S & Co. does on a rather regular basis is the incorporation of public limited companies, private limited companies with two or more shareholders or sole shareholder, partnerships, common initiative groups, economic interest groups and, civil companies for professionals who are not business persons as such.

- Insurance

We represent both national and international clients in all aspects of insurance, reinsurance and co-assurance transactions. We incorporate insurance and reinsurance companies under the OHADA Uniform Act and the CIMA code, obtain their operating license and advise them on tax, labor and social insurance issues. The firm also assists insurance companies in the recovery of outstanding premiums unpaid.

- International Trade

The major hurdle on the way of international trade is credit and trust. This is why the mechanism of Commercial Bankers Credit was devised. In effect, H S & Co. is frequently engaged in documentary credit transactions mostly between Cameroonian importers and European and Asian exporters whereby some standby Letters of Credit are issued by local funding banks in favour of the European and Asian banks for and on behalf of the Cameroonian business entities.

- Intellectual Property

H S & Co. is privileged to have a partner who is an accredited OAPI Industrial Property Attorney. We represent clients worldwide in the African Intellectual Property Organization, commonly known and called by its French acronym, OAPI, grouping 16 west and central African countries to wit: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon (headquarters), Central African Republic, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Tchad and Togo, with a total population of over 100 million.

- Investment

The investment code was revised in 1990 to encourage productive investment in Cameroon. Thus it offers alluring conditions to investors in the form of incentives and guarantees. It is a liberal law in which the legislator calls on all natural persons or corporate bodies of Cameroonian or foreign nationality, irrespective of their place of residence, to undertake economic activity in Cameroon.

- Labor & Trade Relations

In August 1992 the Cameroon Labor Code was revised to meet the exigencies of an ambitious economic plan. In this new code, the liberalization of the economy is further sanctified by the freedom of contract between the employer and the employee. Here the balance of favour is tilted to the greater advantage of the employer.

- Litigation & Arbitration

The matters we handle range from disputes connected to and touching business criminal offenses and civil and commercial matters in general (commercial transactions, civil claims, merchant banking, commercial banking, collection, intellectual property infringement, breach of all types of contract, maritime claims, adoption, labour disputes, ship arrest, unfair competition, insurance claims, aircraft confiscation, corporate disputes…).

- Maritime

The firm’s clients range from shippers to ship owners and transit agents who have found in our attorneys reliable legal support. In effect we work on marine insurance, shipping, admiralty, and international trade. Our specialized experts provide advice and representation in maritime transaction matters and do litigation in areas including, but not limited to: cargo loss and damage claims, ship arrest and eventual sale/auction or release, maritime engagement contracts, maritime insurance claims, charter and other forms of hire disputes, collision and other maritime casualties (general average and salvage), marine and oil pollution, registration and deregistration of vessels, the responsibility of ship owners per the Hamburg Rules of 1978, maritime mortgage.

- Mergers & Acquisitions

The tendency today is for business entities to come together by way of mergers or acquisition in order to reap the benefits that go with scale and size. Here our services are usually retained to do the requisite due diligence before the total or partial takeover or merger is affected.

- Natural Resources

H S & Co. is heavily involved in the natural resources and energy sector of Cameroon. In effect we have had to do consultancies on forestry exploitation, diamonds exploration, fishing concessions and oil & gas concessions for American, European and Asian firms. In the process we assist our clients in obtaining the necessary governmental authorizations, licenses and approvals. Thereafter we draft, execute and perfect their edge lease agreements, mineral lease agreements, mining lease agreements, oil and gas lease agreements.

- Real Estate

H S & Co. is proud to have a Cameroon-government-accredited realtor qua consultant. In effect we do property management, sales, brokerage, rentals, procurement and studies. We also study the legal environment of land and determine its legal status. In practical terms we make two main products available to our local and international clientele, “the bulk-system” and “rent and value”.

- Taxation

Some of the firm’s attorneys are specialized in company and international taxation law. In the former, local companies engage the firm to give general and specific tax advice. Some even leave us to manage their tax declaration issues and annual balance sheets. In the later we draw from the Franco-Cameroon and Canada-Cameroon tax treaties to advise international companies on the dicey issue of double taxation and the tax implication of employee share plans for multinational companies with branches in Cameroon.

- Telecommunications & Information Technology

The attorneys of the firm have been substantially present in the telecommunications sector in Cameroon since the days of INTELCAM and ACTEL. They have had to be consulted on the laws governing the operation of submarine, terrestrial and spatial radio waves, telecommunications systems, international transit centers required for the routing and transmission of data, facsimiles, sound and TV pictures.



Lawyers

Sammy Bate Mr. Sammy Bate
Partner
Civil Litigation, Eminent Domain, International Trade, Privatization Law, Tax

Jean Jacques Ebele Mr. Jean Jacques Ebele
Lawyer
Arbitration, Civil Rights, Competition Law, Energy, Oil and Gas

Henry Feh, Esq. Mr. Henry Baaboh Feh, Esq.
Senior Partner
Commercial Law, Corporate Law, General Practice

Anthony Taku Mr. Anthony Taku
Partner
Banking Law, Bankruptcy, Finance, Insurance, Litigation



Of Counsel

Yvette Azambou Ms. Yvette Udelline Azambou
Secretary
Science and Technology

Samuel Babila Mr. Samuel Dohmusi Babila
Legal Researcher
Real Estate, Legal Research, Industrial Property

Valery Fomusoh Mr. Valery Nganguh Fomusoh
Lawyer
Labor, Project Finance, Trade

Honorine Fotso Ms. Honorine Fotso
Legal Secretary
Science and Technology

Banyong Jonie, Jr., Esq., Mr. Banyong Fonyam Jonie, Jr., Esq.,
Lawyer
Aviation Law, Environmental Law, Information Technology, Investment Law, Natural Resources

Herve Kouam Mr. Herve Chomnou Kouam
IP Attorney
Intellectual Property, Procurement, Property Management


Affiliations

  • Cameroon Common Law Society
  • Association of European Lawyers
  • International Trademark Association
  • International Association of Business Leaders

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The law governing ship arrest in Cameroon is the Merchant Marine Community code of 03/08/2001 (the code). The code was inspired chiefly by the International Convention of 1999 on the arrest of ships and the Brussels Convention of 1952 on the Unification of Certain Rules on the Arrest of Ships. This code is a regional legislation applicable to the CEMAC sub-region comprising Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Tchad, with executive secretariat in Bangui.

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 Cameroon Investment (Legal) Environment

For any economy to grow or decline, investment policy is the chief determining factor. By 1990 Cameroon had been suffering under the yoke of economic crisis for nearly half a decade. It was becoming important to find a new paradise of economic prosperity. Law n° 90/071 to rectify ordinance n° 90/007 of 08/11/1990 on the Cameroon Investment Code was to provide the way forward.

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 Civil Aviation Law in Cameroon

The law regulating civil aviation in Cameroon is law n°98/023 of 24 December 1998 on the regime of civil aviation.

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 Telecommunications Law in Cameroon

Telecoms activities in Cameroon is administered by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. But since communications is the knot which ties both the national and international business community together, the government in 1982 set up INTELCAM, a structure with a business outlook. While this state corporation managed international telecommunications activities, ACTEL was created alongside to take care of the internal telecommunications network.

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 The Force of the Cameroon Legal System

The force of the Cameroon legal system resides in the principles and concepts underlying the administration of justice, the institutions where justice is administered and the way the legal rule, regulations and judgements are enforced.

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 Cameroon Legal System

Cameroon is a bijural system with the English Common Law operating in the two Anglophone regions of North West and South West and the French Civil Law operating in the eight francophone regions of Adamaoua, Centre, East, Far North, Littoral, North, West and South. These systems of law expanded to Cameroon through colonisation by conquest.

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 Ship Arrest as an Executory Measure in Cameroon

The law governing ship arrest as an executory measure in Cameroon is the CEMAC Merchant Shipping Community code of 03/08/2001 (the code). The code was inspired chiefly by the International Convention of 1999 on the Arrest of Ships and the Brussels Convention of 1952 on the Unification of Certain Rules on the Arrest of Ships.

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