Yav & Associates

Full-Service Law Firm in Kinshasa, DR Congo

Yav & Associates

4, Flambeau / Du Commerce Avenue, 1st Floor
Quartier Gare Centrale, Commune de Gombe

DR Congo

Phone+243 (99) 702-1758

Website www.yavassociates.com
E-mail  Contact Dr. Jur. Joseph Yav

Other Offices: Lubumbashi  Johannesburg  

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Law Firm Overview

Yav & Associates has given nearly 15 years of dedicated service to businesses, families, and individuals in the Democratic Republic of Congo, providing a full range of legal counsel and representation to those living, working, and investing in the country.
The firm's commitment to transparency and able management of business and corporate needs has given it a respected and sought-out name within business communities in Africa and around the world, and its numerous domestic specialties have protected the vulnerable elements and people within the nation, habits that have marked the firm's commitment to ethics since its founding in 2000.

Yav & Associates boasts a clientele as varied as it is impressive, serving churches, businesses, and government entities from Europe, China, and several areas in the United States, a testament to the firm's wide reach and solid reputation. Founding lawyer Joseph Yav and his partners and staff comprise an impressive team of fiduciaries, tax specialists, and legal experts, each dedicated to providing the listening ear and responsive action required for the success of business and corporate projects within Africa. The firm's office in Lubumbashi has secured drilling rights, helped with adoption, protected Africa's flora and fauna, and provided counsel regarding taxation that has solidified the growth of client projects within Congo, practices that continue to bring businesses and individuals alike to the firm's doors.

Investing abroad is never easy, and stands the best chance of success when overseen by local and experienced advocates, the very same who spend their time helping both families and international corporations steer through the country's courts and jurisdictions. Yav & Associates has given the whole of its considerable resources and expertise to the service of those working, living, and investing in the Democratic Republic of Congo, providing the proven legal skill and genuine care that has brought the firm its present powerful reach and envied reputation.

Year this Office was Established: 2007

Languages: French, English, African.

Areas of Law

Additional Areas of Law: Loan Agreements; Guarantee Agreements; Debentures; Corporate Due Diligence Audits; Debt Recovery; Marriage Contracts; Land Sale Agreements; Land Transfers and Certificates of Titles; Leases and Sub-Leases; Memorandum of Understanding; Tenancy Agreements; Construction and Development Agreements; License Agreements; Redundancies and Lay-Offs; Termination Packages; Restrictive and Confidentiality Agreements; Permits and Work Documents; Entry and Work Permits; Immigration Due Diligence.

Areas of Law Description

- Adoption

Our Congo expert adoption lawyers specialize in international and domestic adoptions. For over a decade, it has been our privilege to represent adopting families, agencies, and adopted children. We have represented adopting families worldwide.

- Intellectual Property

Our law firm is engaged in the practice of domestic and international intellectual property law, including copyright, patent, trade secret, trademark, unfair competition, advertising, internet and computer law.

- Accounting and Tax Services

With decades of experiences, our law firm is able to provide investors with full services for tax planning and transactional work. And we have the added advantage that we are an independent firm and collaborate with “MKM Consulting” an Accountant and Tax specialist in the DRC.

- Commercial and Corporate Law

We understand that contractual relationships are part and parcel of our clients’ business. We strive to ensure that our clients’ commercial and noncommercial activities are adequately protected. We have the resources to take on the full range of our clients’ commercial and corporate activities and provide practical and professional advice on all contractual issues.

- Banking, Securities & Insurance law

We are equipped with the necessary technical skills to represent lenders and borrowers in connection with commercial lending transactions, mortgage and business financing. Both lenders and borrowers take risks when they decide to lend or borrow. Depending on which side you are in, our services are tailored to provide you with adequate protection when taking such risks.

- Intellectual Property Law

We understand that our clients’ intellectual property is one of their greatest assets and its infringement can cost them great loses within and outside their country of origin. Our law firm helps clients in registering their intellectual property rights, mediating and litigating in the event of infringement by third parties.

- Family and Children Law

Our law firm is prepared to listen and understand your family problems and provide you with practical solutions. We are sensitive to your emotional, child related and financial issues associated with family disputes. The primary aim of our law firm is to minimize conflict whenever an opportunity presents itself. We however don’t hesitate to take other legal action to protect the interest of our clients.

- Land Law / Real Estate Transactions

There are a lot of stress and fraud associated with land transactions. To overcome these challenges, you need an experienced and trusted attorney to guide you through the process of buying or selling land. At Angualia & Co. Advocates, our aim is to eliminate the fraud and stress to ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible for our clients.

- Employment and Labor Law

Our law firm recognizes the fact that Uganda’s employment law is ever-changing. Our advocates are up to date with developments in employment and labor law. Our law firm thus aims to keep our clients informed with legal developments in order to avoid or minimize costly claims associated with employment and labor law disputes.

- Company Secretarial Services

Our law firm is aware of the need for our clients to operate within the legal requirements of company law and other regulations. Our firm also recognizes that registering a good business goes beyond filling out forms. Filling out forms without the requisite knowledge of the applicable law can lead to serious complications which may only be realized in critical moments. Our attorneys have the legal qualifications and practical experience to provide our clients with the much needed company secretarial services and advice on the most suitable business to register depending on the needs of our clients.

- Immigration Law

With the current growth in globalization trend, Our law firm realizes and understands the need for our clients to travel and explore opportunities wherever they are. Our law firm is equipped with the necessary manpower and technical skills to provide our clients with timely and convenient services in immigration law matters.

- Dispute Resolution

Our law firm recognizes the costs and time associated with litigation. We evaluate the facts of every case with our clients and advise on our clients’ legal rights and obligations. We provide our clients with honest and practical legal advice and solutions to the disputes at hand. As much as possible, disputes are settled out of court. Where necessary, we advise our client to litigate. Our law firm is equipped with the team of litigation attorneys who frequently appear in all courts of judicature to prosecute or defend cases.


Hugo Bolanshi Mr. Hugo Bolanshi
General Practice

Seraphin Umba Mr. Seraphin Umba
Adoption, Banking Law, Bankruptcy, Business Law, Child Support


  • Lubumbashi Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • SADC Lawyers Association
  • IP Lawyers & Agents Association

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 Termination of Fixed Term Contract of Employee by the Employer in Democratic Republic of Congo

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 The Advantages of Investing in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Other 16th OHADA Members

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 Understanding the Labor Law of the Democratic Republic of Congo [DRC]

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 Implications of Ohada Law on the Business Incorporation System of the Democratic Republic of Congo

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 Highlights of Corporate Taxes in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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 Transferring Quarry and Mining Rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo [DRC]

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 Immigration, Visa and Work Permit Information in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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