Aurélie Chazai

Aurélie Chazai

Managing Partner achazai@chazai-partners.com

Lawyer admitted to practice in Paris and Cameroon, Aurélie Chazai is the Managing Partner of the Firm .

Her practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, capital markets, banking and finance, project finance, commercial contracts, company restructuring and real estate.

Aurélie Chazai worked in the Paris office of the English based business law firm Ashurst LLP before joining the Paris office of the American law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in 2014. She intervened on a wide variety of corporate transactions in Europe and Africa especially in countries members of the Organization for the Harmonization of Corporate Law (OHADA) in Africa (especially in countries member of OHADA).

Aurélie Chazai has also worked at international law firms and companies based in Paris including Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Linklaters LLP, CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre, Ernst & Young, and in the capital markets department of AXA Investments Managers.

She has lectured Banking law at the Cergy Pontoise University in France from 2012 to 2013. Aurélie Chazai holds a Master’s Degree in Financial Law, a Master’s Degree in Business Law and Taxation, a Master’s Degree in Tax Law and a Bachelor Degree in Private Law from the University of Paris I – Panthéon Sorbonne. She is fluent in French and English.

She is a member of the African Business Lawyers’ Club (ABLC) an association promoting the migration of best practices of business law in Africa. Further, she is a member of the Association of Cameroonian legal professionals based in France promoting investment opportunities to potential investors in France and Europe

Aurélie Chazai has in particular intervened in the following transactions:

 

The bond issuance (200 billion CFAF) of the Republic of Cameroon (2018);

The two instalments Eurobond transaction (1.25 billion dollars and 625 million euros) of the Republic of Ivory Coast listed on the Luxemburg Stock Exchange and the simultaneous tender offer of existing bonds for an amount of 750 million dollars;

The bond issuance in the form of Sukuk (150 billion CFAF) of the Republic of Ivory Coast listed on the Abidjan regional stock market (BRVM);

The Eurobond transaction (1.1 billion dollars) of the Republic of Senegal together with a related bridging loan (150 million dollars);

The negotiation of public-private partnership (in particular the financing of the construction work of the Administrative City of Diamniadio in Senegal worth about 100 million euros, and diverse projects in Cameroon, Senegal, Togo, Ivory Coast and Mali);

The negotiation of acquisition and/or disposal of companies (in particular the taking over of the Lucas Meyer Cosmetics Group by International Flavors & Fragrances Inc., the acquisition of the Winoa Group by KKR, Davidson Kempner and Bennett by LBO France and also the transfer of a branch by a listed French company to an American Group);

The negotiation of bank financing (in particular the financing of a wind farm in South America and the repurchase of a long-term debt of a French group);

The set-up of a branch of the Segro Group with its joint venture with SELP;

The restructuring negotiation of a mezzanine financing of Parkeon Group.

 

She has also published the following articles:

 

Regulatory and legal framework of investment in Senegal, Aurélie Chazai, Alexandre Ekollo Moundi and Khadidja Benazir Moussa, Lexbase Afrique-OHADA, No. 22 of 23 May 2019;

Reform of the CEMAC regulation on foreign exchange, Aurélie Chazai and Aurélien Patrick Djoufain Togueu, Chazai & Partners, 17 March 2019;

Legal implications of the reform of the microfinance sector, Aurélie Chazai and Alexandre Ekollo Moundi, Chazai & Partners, 15 March 2019;

Analysis of the main amendments of the 2019 finance law (Cameroon), Aurélie Chazai, Alexandre Ekollo Moundi and Aurélien Patrick Djoufain Togueu, Chazai & Partners, 1 March 2019;

Regulatory and legal framework of investment in Benin, Aurélie Chazai, Freddy Lionel Mooh Edinguele and Aurélien Patrick Djoufain Togueu, Lexbase Afrique-OHADA, No. 19 of 28 February 2019;

Regulatory and legal framework of investment in Ivory Coast, Aurélie Chazai, Freddy Lionel Mooh Edinguele and Khadidja Benazir Moussa, Lexbase Afrique-OHADA, No. 18 of 31 January 2019;

Adoption of the Code of Transparency and Good Governance in Public Financial Management in Cameroon, Aurélie Chazai and Aurélien Patrick Djoufain Togueu, Lexbase Afrique-OHADA, No. 17 of 20 December 2018;

Reform of the public markets Code in Cameroon, Lexbase Afrique-OHADA, Aurélie Chazai and Vanina Fonga, No. 15 of 25 October 2018;

Focus on the new decree applicable to the public companies markets (Cameroon), Aurélie Chazai and Freddy Lionel Mooh Edinguele, Chazai & Partners, 9 July 2018;

Regulatory and legal framework of investment in Cameroon, Aurélie Chazai, Freddy Mooh Edinguele and Alexandre Ekollo Moundi, Lexbase Afrique-Ohada, No. 11 of 17 May 2018;

Focus on the mediation: the major innovation of OHADA law, Aurélie Chazai and Vanina Fonga, Chazai & Partners, 15 March 2018;

Focus on the OHADA reform of arbitration law, Aurélie Chazai and Freddy Lionel Mooh Edinguele, Chazai & Partners, 5 March 2018;

Analysis of the main amendments of the 2018 finance law (Cameroon), Aurélie Chazai and Alexandre Ekollo Moundi, Chazai & Partners, 22 February 2018.