YAV & ASSOCIATES

Cabinet d'Avocats | Law Firm  |  律师事务所

Members of Our Legal Team

Our lawyers at Yav & Associates in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo specialize in various areas of law. We provide legal opinions and services whenever at competitive fees.


Aside from solid academic backgrounds, the lawyers we hire have intellectual curiosity and diverse experiences in dealing with new legal issues. We aim to deliver the highest quality service while working in a community whose members respect and cooperate with each other.


Also, we are more than capable of operating at an international level since we offer services in French, English, Portuguese and African languages. On this page you will find brief descriptions of the professional paths made by our lawyers.

Bien formés en droit, les avocats du cabinet YAV & ASSOCIATES offrent à leur clientèle l’ensemble des conseils et services juridiques dont ils ont besoin pour atteindre leurs objectifs et ceci, à des conditions leur permettant de demeurer compétitifs.


YAV & ASSOCIATES est composé d’avocats avec une solide formation académique, mais d'autres qualités sont également importantes: la curiosité intellectuelle, divers horizons et expérience ; de l'imagination pour faire face à de nouvelles questions juridiques. Nos membres partagent notre ambition d'offrir le meilleur service de qualité et notre souhait de travailler au sein d'une communauté de gens qui se respectent et coopèrent les uns avec les autres.


La maîtrise de plusieurs langues, notamment le français, l'anglais et les langues africaines, constitue un atout majeur pour notre cabinet et lui procure la flexibilité voulue pour transiger sur le plan international.

Our Lawyers

Dr. Joseph Yav Katshung

Founder and Manager of YAV & ASSOCIATES. He holds a Doctorate of Law from the University of Lubumbashi, a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of Pretoria, a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of Lubumbashi and several postgraduate diplomas (KUL, U. Cape Town, Toronto, Wits).


Fondateur du cabinet YAV & ASSOCIATES et Associé Principal. Détenteur d'un Doctorat en Droit de l'UNILU, d'un Master en Droit de l'University of Pretoria, d'un DEA en Droit et de plusieurs diplômes post-universitaires (KUL, U. Cape Town, Toronto, Wits, etc.)

Me Seraphin Umba Kapepe

Avocat au Barreau de Kinshasa Gombe / Attorney at Law and Coordinator of the YAV & ASSOCIATES (Kinshasa office)

Me Chris Ntanga Mununu

Avocat au Barreau de Lubumbashi & Chercheur / Attorney at Law at the Lubumbashi Bar Association and Researcher

Me Santos Tshilombo Pita

Avocat au Barreau de Lubumbashi

Attorney at Law and Coordinator of Kolwezi (Lualaba) office


Anciennement, Chargé du Departement Juridique à la société Groupe Litho Moboti sous gestion de l'Office des biens mal acquis, février à novembre 2003,1er Secrétaire de la Commission Juridique instituée par le Gouvernorat de la province du Katanga voir conflit immobilier GLM août 2003.

Me Dieudonné BEEN MASUDI KING

Avocat près la Cour d'Appel de Lubumbashi. Il a un intérêt pour le droit public, le droit pénal congolais et le droit international (droit pénal international et droits de l'homme), domaines dans lesquels il fait ses recherches. Directeur honoraire du Centre des droits de l'homme et du droit humnitaire (CDH). Il est l'un des 8 détenteurs du prix Human Rights Watch 1997 de meilleur moniteur des droits de l'homme.


Attorney at Law and practices in Public Law, Criminal Law and International Law (International Criminal Law and Human Rights Law) areas where he undertakes his research. Former Executive Director of the Center for Human Rights and humanitarian Law (CDH) and one of the eight who received the Human Rights Watch 1997 Honor for Best Monitor of Human Rights.

Me Patrick Bin Abasi

Avocat au Barreau/ Attorney at Law. Chercheur chez Lex-Congo / Researcher at Lex-Congo

Me Bonny Tshakaya

Avocat au Barreau de Bandundu/ Attorney at Law

Me Martin Miteo Ntembwe

Avocat au Barreau de Lubumbashi/ Attorney at Law. Chercheur chez Lex-Congo / Researcher at Lex-Congo

Me Naddy Betombwa Boimbo

Avocat au Barreau de Lubumbashi/ Attorney at Law. Chercheur chez Lex-Congo / Researcher at Lex-Congo

Me Pascaline Kasongo

Avocate au Barreau de Lubumbashi / Attorney at Law and Member of the YAV & ASSOCIATES (Lubumbashi office)

Me Gasparin KITINGI MUGANZA

Avocat au Barreau de Lubumbashi/ Attorney at Law. Chercheur chez Lex-Congo / Researcher at Lex-Congo

Me Hugo Bolanshi Bomonshi

Avocat au Barreau de Kinshasa Gombe / Attorney at Law and Member of the YAV & ASSOCIATES (Kinshasa office)

Me Claude Okonyi

Avocat / Attorney at Law and Member of the YAV & ASSOCIATES (Kinshasa office)

Me Yannick Alenge

Avocat au Barreau de Bandundu / Attorney at Law and Member of the YAV & ASSOCIATES (Kinshasa office)

Me Bob Bolanshi

Avocat au Barreau de Bandundu / Attorney at Law and Member of the YAV & ASSOCIATES (Kinshasa office)

Dr. Pascal Kakudji Yumba

Legal Consultant & Professor of Law

Me Celestin LUMPUNGU

Consultant au Cabinet YAV & ASSOCIATES en matiere de Comptabilite et Audit / Consultant at YAV & ASSOCIATES in Accounting and Audit matters in Congo

Our Clients

Our firm services clients ranging from high-net-worth individuals and families to owner-managed companies and large corporations. Listed below are some of them:

  • Projects Infrastruct (Pty) Ltd, « Infrastruct », South Africa
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Utah (USA)
  • Bateman Projects Limited, Engineered Technologies Division, “Bateman”, South Africa
  • China Development Bank Corporation, Zhejiang Branch, China
  • Kapa Oil Refineries Ltd, Kenya
  • Global Investment Development Limited, British Virgin Islands
  • Gourock Industries Ltd, Zambia
  • Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries SA/NV – BIO, Belgium
  • Skyline Assayers & Laboratories, Tucson, USA
  • Transvehco (Pty) Ltd, Republic of Namibia
  • Westside Electronic LLC, New York, USA [Domain cases]
  • Multimedia Holding Zrt., Budapest, Hungary [Domain cases]
  • TRICORN CONGO Sprl [Contract Law & Mining]
  • J.C. Owens Global Consulting, LLC, USA [Investigations and due diligence on behalf of a Canadian Insurance Company]
  • TROPICAL EXTRACT Sprl [Company incorporation in the DRC]
  • SENETRO Holdings Ltd, [British Virgin Islands] & RITZIO INTERNATIONAL GROUP, Russia [ Gambling in the DRC]
  • SYNERGY VENTURES Ltd, Kenya [Trademarks]
  • TANGA Pharmaceutical & Plastics Ltd, Tanzania [Trademarks]
  • Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt Company Limited, China [Due diligence, Investment and Mining]
  • Congo Dongfang International Mining Sprl - CDM [Mining]
  • La Compagnie Miniere de Musonoie Global Sprl - COMMUS [Mining]
  • La Miniere de Kasombo Sprl- MIKAS [Mining]
  • Biopalm Energy Limited, Singapore
  • Siva Palm Corp. Limited, Singapore
  • Geoff Palm Limited, Federal Territory of Labuan, Malaysia
  • D.A Accounting & Secretarial Limited, Cyprus
  • Isontalle Enterprises Ltd, Republic of Cyprus [Company incorporation in DRC]
  • Dorsalis Holdings Ltd, Republic of Cyprus [Company incorporation in DRC]
  • Sherwood International, a Division of Super Group Trading Pty LTD, South Africa [Debt recovery in DRC]
  • Tanga Cement Company Ltd, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania [Registration of Simba Cement and Tanga Cement in DRC]
  • XLntidea Printing & Robotic Technologies Pvt, India
  • Social Impact, Inc, Virginia, USA
  • Ruashi Mining SAS - Copper and Cobalt, DRC
  • Ruashi Holdings (Pty) Ltd (“Ruashi Holdings”), a South African registered wholly owned subsidiary of Metorex Group, South Africa
  • GLS - Supply Chain Equipment, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Olam International Limited, Singapore [Trademarks registrations in DRC]
  • World Trade Partnership [W.T.P. L.L.C], USA [Legal Assistance in Business establishment in DRC]
  • International Financial Link Group [IFLG], Las Vegas, USA
  • DAK Company, - Polish security, training and risk management company- Poland
  • Development Bank of Southern Africa [DBSA], South Africa [DBSA selected our Law Firm as preferred legal service provider - DRC up to 31 December 2014]
  • Sri Sai Impex, Chennai, India [Debt recovery assistance]
  • Richardson GMP Limited, Toronto, Canada [ID Verification services in DRC]
  • Marie Stopes International [MSI], London, UK [FEMPLANT Trademark registration in DRC]
  • GFE - MIR Alloys & Minerals SA [PTY] Ltd, South Africa [Debt recovery in DRC]
  • PT Purinusa Ekapersada & PT Pabrik Kertas Tjiwi Kimia Tbk, Jakarta, Indonesia [Registration of "PAPERLINE & Device" TM in the DRC]
  • Rema Tip Top South Africa (Pty) Ltd, South Africa [Debt recovery]
  • KORENCO MINING SPRL, Lubumbashi, DRC
  • BERKLEY AVIATION, LLC, Santa Barbara, CA, USA [Retained on behalf of Starnet Insurance Company as an Expert in the Aviation Case for Air Serv International Incorporated]
  • Daewoo International Corp., Seoul, Korea [Legal assistance with Joint Venture establishment in mining in the DRC]
  • SUN GLOBAL MINING LTD, a company incorporated in the Republic of Seychelles [Assistance in the Joint Venture project in mining in the DRC]
  • Movit Products Limited, a cosmetic manufacturing company, Kampala, Uganda [Assistance with company incorporation in the DRC]
  • SCZ International Limited [SEEDCO ZAMBIA], The African Seed Company, Lusaka, Zambia [Assistance with Company/ subsidiary registration in the DRC]
  • TopCollect B.V., Netherlands [Assistance in a debt collection matters in DRC on behalf of SNS Bank B.V.]
  • CEGA Group Services - Independent claims management and emergency medical assistance company, UK [Assistance in Insurance Investigations in the DRC]
  • Shapet Electric Company, Gujarat, INDIA [Assistance in Gold and Diamond investments in the DRC]
  • Equity Global Trust, Valencia, Spain [Legal assistance on short-term bridging finance for metal ore trading operations in DRC]
  • Kamani Tubes Ltd, Mumbai, India [Assistance with company registration in the steel manufacturing business in DRC]
  • Digby Wells & Associates (Pty) Ltd, South Africa [Assistance with company registration in DRC]
  • Asian Exporters, India [Assistance with Business registration in the DRC] 
  • EGlobal Drilling Corp., a subsidiary of Energold Drilling Group, UK [Assistance in setting a local entity in the DRC]
  • DRA Mineral Projects [Pty] Ltd, South Africa [Assistance with Accounting and Audit services for DRA Congo [Pty] Ltd
  • AfriSam (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd, South Africa [Assistance with registration of Company in DRC]
  • Yunus Ali International Import Export [YAI], South Africa [Money recovery in the DRC]
  • Tala Precious Metals Trading, ON, Canada [Assistance with a corporation registration in DRC]
  • World View Adoption Association (WVAA), Ontario Licensed Child Placement Agency, Ontario, Canada [Agreement Assistance on International Adoption matters from the DRC]
  • OnMobile Global Ltd, Centurion, South Africa [Assistance with Brach registration in the DRC under OHADA Law]
  • Societe Sino-Congolaise de Construction en Afrique SARL, SCC SARL, DRC [Assistance with company registration, opening of bank account, registration with the Tax Authorities, etc. in DRC]
  • Wayoe Engineering & Construction Ltd, Takoradi, Ghana [Assistance with branch registration in the DRC]
  • Société Financière Internationale pour l'Afrique [SOFIA], Luxembourg [Assistance with Trademarks registration in DRC]
  • Pacific Inter-Link Sdn BhD, Malaysia [Assistance with Set Up a Representative Office in Congo]
  • Rebel - Gladium Drilling & Exportation Ltd, DRC [ Assistance with Employment of Ex-pats and locals, set up administrative procedures in respect of those, taxes, social security dues & company taxes and statutory compliance]
  • Adopt Abroad Inc, Harrisburg, PA, USA [Agreement Assistance on International Adoption matters from the DRC]
  • OnMobile Global Limited, India [Assistance with Set up a Branch of the OnMobile Telecom Burkina Faso in DRC under OHADA Law]
  • Re-Plan Inc, Toronto, Canada [Assistance with Set up a Subsidiary Company in DRC]
  • Surveillance Metal & Mining Company SARL, Benin [Assistance with set up a subsidiary in DRC of registered company under OHADA Law in Cotonou, Benin]
  • Allied Steelrode [Pty] Ltd, South Africa [Assistance with labour issues and staff recruiting for their newly established company in DRC]
  • Mastermind Tobacco [K] Limited, Nairobi, Kenya [Assistance with legal matter and Trademark registration in the DRC]
  • Emergence Growth -Human Capital Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa [Assistance with Congo Labour Law Training]
  • Auriant Africa Holdings Limited, Tortola, British Virgin Islands [Assistance with opening and registering a subsidiary in the DRC]
  • Partners Drilling [Pty] Ltd, [Assistance with Company incorporation in DRC]
  • Cylinder Repairs & Engineering Ltd, Kitwe, Zambia, [Assistance with Company incorporation in the DRC]
  • Continental Tobacco [K] Limited [Kenya] & Mastermind Tobacco [K] Limited [Kenya], [Assistance with company incorporation in the DRC] 
  • P.H. De Meyer Solutions [Pty] Ltd trading as Prodiem Financial Services, South Africa [Assistance with company incorporation in the DRC]
  • Channel Research Belgium, Belgique [Assistance with legal, taxation, accounting and compliance services for the subsidiary incorporated in the DRC]
  • AngloAmerican plc group, [Legal assistance to their member group in DRC named AMBASE Exploration Africa [DRC] Sprl]
  • African Mechanical and Superlift Limited, Chingola, Zambia [legal assistance for their DRC company] 
  • Christophe Tiozzo Promotion, Lyon, France [Legal assistance in DRC]
  • L'Academie Christophe Tiozzo, France [Legal Assistance in DRC]
  • WWF Central Africa Regional Programme Office (CARPO), Yaounde, Cameroon [Assistance with Labour matters in DRC]
  • Carris & Brothers Sarl, South Africa, Zambia & DRC [Legal assistance with their mining and construction projects in DRC]
  • ChemQuest Africa [Pty] Ltd, South Africa [Legal assistance in DRC]
  • Austoils Pty Ltd, Australia - premium Australian Sandalwood Oil [Assistance with incorporation in DRC]
  • Groupe GO SPORT, France [Assistance with Trademarks registration in DRC]
  • Action Auto Ltd, Zambia [Assistance in investing in DRC]
  • Fourie Investments [Pty] Ltd, Botswana [Company incorporation in DRC]
  • Embassy of Namibia in DRC [Legal services assistance]

Collaborations with Worldwide Firms in Various Cases / Collaborations avec des Cabinets Internationaux

While maintaining our firm’s independence, we collaborate with partner law firms and related companies around the world. They include:

  • MASSON De MORFONTAINE Law Firm, Mauritius [Labour Law in DRC]
  • ZheJiang Confuway Law Firm, China [Due diligence for investment loan in hydrometallurgical project]
  • ALUKO & OYEBODE Law Firm, Nigeria [Infringement of Trade Marks]
  • Legal Aid Board - LIMERICK LAW CENTER, IRELAND [Marriage Affidavit of Law of a client]
  • Jehyun Law Office, Seoul, Republic of Korea [Road Infrastructure Development Project in the DRC]
  • Shanghai Promise Law Firm, PR China [Inter-firm cooperation on corporate services, investment, IP, transport and contract]'
  • Amos Khumalo Incorporated - South Africa [Assistance with Trademark registration in the DRC]
  • SARRUT Avocats - Paris, France [Assistance with Trademark registration in the DRC]
  • Bowman Gilfillan Attorneys - Johannesburg, South Africa [Assistance in line of the FIDIC Contract & Assistance with confirmatory Affidavit with Legal Opinion on Congolese Law in a claim for the payments of amounts due for services provided in terms of the construction contract associated before the Arbitration proceedings at the South Gauteng High Court Johannesburg]
  • ‘Joseph & Joseph’, law firm operating from Delhi, India [Trademark registration]
  • International Lawyers& Legal Advisors, Madrid, Spain
  • Sonenthal & Overall, PC, Washington, USA
  • Rex Attorneys [REX], Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
  • John W Ffooks & Co, Madagascar
  • Littler Mendelson PC., U.S.-based law firm, USA [ Aspect of labor and employment law in DRC]
  • VAN ZYL'S INCORPORATED, Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa
  • WorldWide Intellectual Property Protection Services [WWIPPS], Luxembourg [DR. Congo Trademark Application]
  • Colman + Smart Limited, Manchester, UK [DR. Congo Trademark Application]
  • Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, LLP, Alabama, USA [Legal opinion on the applicable wrongful death law of the DR.Congo related to an airplane crash]
  • Lehman, Lee & Xu, Beinjing, China [Cooperation in general legal corporate and commercial practice, non-contentious and litigious, - investment - patent and trademark - forensic accounting and tax planning]
  • BDO Africa Desk, Johannesburg, South Africa [Engaged us for assistance as part of the BDO Africa Desk Independent Firms]
  • DMS Attorneys, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • WerthSchroderInc Attorneys, South Africa [Assistance with debt recovery for a client]
  • Webber Wentzel, South Africa [Assistance as Expert with Legal Opinion on Congolese Law in an Aviation case before the Arbitration proceedings at the South Gauteng High Court Johannesburg]
  • Law Firm of Banwo & Ighodalo, Lagos, Nigeria [Assistance in an anti-counterfeiting matter in the DRC]
  • Badsha & Co., Kerala, India [DRC Trademark application on behalf of UAE EXCHANGE CENTRE LLC for "XPRESS MONEY"]
  • S.I. Roussos & Partners, Thessaloniki, Greece [Assistance in setting up a company in DRC]
  • Facts & Factors Cameroon, Cameroon, [Collaboration partnership in debt recovery and trade transactions]
  • Netherlands International Law Corporate Center [NICLC], Amsterdam, Netherlands [General Partnership Agreement]
  • Gilbride, Tusa, Last & Spellane LLC, CT [Assistance of their client in investing in the farming business in DRC]
  • Rooth & Wessels Attorneys, South Africa [Assistance with compliance with the Court order granted in the North Gauteng High Court, SA]
  • Marshall & Laffey Ltd, Rhode Island, USA [Assistance of their clients in land purchase in DRC case]
  • Ella Cheong LLC, Singapore [DRC Trademark application on behalf of their clients]
  • DM KISCH INC, Sandton, South Africa [Collaboration in IP Matters in DRC]
  • Mercaria.com, UK & USA [Collaboration in IP matters in DRC]

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