Executive Directors

"Our team of lawyers comprehensive knowledge of our clients’ industries in the DRC allow us to offer added-value advice in all areas of business and find innovative legal, technical, financial and corporate solutions to the most complex issues."

Mr PIERRE COERTZEN

Mr Coertzen serves as the Managing Director of the Firm’s South African Branch since 2013.

He started his career 23 years ago as an Equity Broker and Derivatives Trader in London. He has extensive Transactional Advisory, Risk Management, M&A, Investment Banking and Project Development experience in the UK, South Africa and the DRC, with transaction values of up to USD 120 Million.

He subsequently worked as equity broker and derivatives trader at Halewood International Futures in London for 4 years, raising capital for Private Placements, IPO’s, Small to Medium, and Large Cap Listed Companies in the UK. He was furthermore trading derivatives on an advisory and discretionary basis on FTSE 100 Stocks, NASDAQ, S&P 500 and FX Markets.

He was a Director and senior member of the investment committee and M&A practise at Hyde Forbes Capital for 7 years, dealing with all African based investment and asset allocation decisions.

In addition, Pierre has 15 years of extensive advisory, project finance, transactional and project implementation experience in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

He completed his MBA degree at Regenesys Business School in Sandton, Johannesburg in 2019.

Pierre qualified as an Equity & Securities Representative via the UK Financial Services Authorities’ registered persons examination in 2000.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Johannesburg, 1998

Mr BUKAYAFWA ZIKUDIEKA DEO

He is a member of the DRC Bar since 1995. He graduated in Economic and Social Law at the University of Kinshasa. He practiced as a lawyer from 1995 to 2000 in the cabinet before the creation of Mbalanda Deo & August (MDA, sca) in 2008 now known as MBM-CONSEIL sca.

He specialises in  civil & corporate litigation, civil & corporate negotiations, civil & corporate law, criminal law, environment and forestry law. He has several publications relating to environment and forestry law. He is also a founder member of MBM-CONSEIL sca and also a member and founder of NGO GREEN ADVOCATES

Mr PAULIN MBALANDA

Member of the Bar of Kinshasa since 1997, Mr MBALANDA graduated in Economic and Social Law at the University of Kinshasa.  He practiced as a lawyer from 1997. Before the creation of MBM-CONSEIL sca, he started as Lawyer in Mbalanda & Deo-August (MDA, sca) which is now known since 2008 as MBM-CONSEIL sca.

He wrote the DRC white paper for the Telecommunications sector, 16 October 2002 and is considered to be the leader and most experienced lawyer in the DRC specialising in the telecommunications, audiovisual, computer and internet sector.

He worked for many years and currently as a consultant and expert for national and international institutions, such as the Congolese Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

He is also a expert in environmental affairs (forest, natural resource rights of Local Communities) He is also a founder member of NGOs GREEN LAWYERS with extensive expertise and experience with institutional arrangements (PRGI , ADIE, COMIFAC) in the sub-region of the Congo Basin. He is also Chairman of the Board of NGO’s AVOCATS VERTS (GREEN ADVOCATES).

Mr DIDIER MOPITI ILANGA

Member of the Bar of Kinshasa since 2004, Mr MOPITI ILANGA graduated Private and Judicial Law at the University of Kinshasa.  He practiced as a lawyer from 2004. Before the creation of MBM-CONSEIL sca, he started as Lawyer in Mbalanda & Deo-August (MDA, sca) which is now known since 2008 as MBM-CONSEIL sca.

He specialises in commercial, mining, labour and intellectual property law. He also has extensive experience in the field of environment and natural resource management.

He has several publications relating to mining and natural resources law. He is also a founder member of MBM-CONSEIL sca and also a member and founder of NGO’s AVOCATS VERTS (GREEN ADVOCATES)

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