Bertrand Montembault

Herbert Smith Freehills (Paris)
Lawyer (Partner)

Bertrand is an experienced projects and corporate lawyer with expertise in Francophone Africa. Bertrand has 27 years of experience helping clients on various aspects of their operations and projects in Francophone Africa, mainly in the oil and gas, power and natural resources sectors. He lived and worked in Gabon for two years prior to joining the firm and has an excellent knowledge of Francophone Africa’s local and regional legal systems, including OHADA, and a strong network of local contacts. Bertrand is ranked in band 1 for Africa-wide Projects and Energy by Chambers Global 2019, which says that sources describe Bertrand as "an excellent lawyer and great on the theory. He’s the guy to ask when it gets complex." Bertrand is also ranked for Gabon General Business Law (Expertise Based Abroad). Bertrand is a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators and AFDEN (French Association for Energy Law), and an honorary associate of the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at Dundee University. He also lectures regularly at the French School of Mines and at various universities and schools. He is a native French speaker and speaks English fluently.

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Articles

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Bertrand Montembault, Olivier Binyingo, Sergio Sorinas, Jean Meijer The Democratic Republic of Congo implements the “Competition Act” which abrogates and replaces a set of laws dated from colonial and post-independence times

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On 9 July 2018, the Democratic Republic of Congo (“DRC”) joined the group of African countries that have recently established modern domestic competition law regimes, after President Joseph Kabila signed into law the Organic Law no. 18/020 on Pricing Freedom and Competition (the “Competition Act” (...)

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