Democratic Republic of Congo


The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) main exports include refined copper, copper ore, crude petroleum, cobalt and raw copper. The government’s decision to increase the number of provinces from eleven to fifteen could spur development in the construction and infrastructure sector, as the mining sector finds new ways to transport mined products from the additional provinces. Its main export partners are China, Zambia, Italy, Saudi Arabia and South Africa.


Lex Mundi in the DRC


Lex Mundi provides coverage in the DRC through Liedekerke Africa, an office of Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick, Lex Mundi member firm for Belgium. Liedekerke Africa has established itself as leaders in Commercial and Corporate, Mining and Natural Resources, International Dispute Resolution, and Aviation and Transport.


Representative Experience in DRC:


  • Liedekerke Africa has longstanding knowledge of OHADA law. The uniform acts of the Organization for the harmonization of Business Law in Africa cover a range of issues including general commercial law, commercial companies, securities, recovery proceedings, and arbitration, which uniformly apply in 17 African countries. Liedekerke has also assisted leading African players from the fields of private sector development and state debt management. They have provided legal training to lawyers and civil servants in several African countries (DRC, Burkina Faso, Burundi, and Benin) and have set up an exchange program with Congolese law students.
  • The firm has vast experience in advising on legal aspects of the African mining industry, specifically mining and corporate laws. Their practice covers the whole mining process, from prospection and extraction to transformation and distribution. Their expertise encompasses notably assisting our clients in obtaining research and exploitation permits, acquiring shares or assets of mining companies, and drafting and negotiating joint ventures and tolling agreements. Through close contacts with clients and regulators, they have developed a thorough understanding of the legal, industrial, and financial aspects of the whole value chain of both ferrous and non-ferrous metals and minerals industries.
  • They have acted as counsel in a large number of high-profile ICSID and UNCITRAL arbitral and judicial proceedings regarding African businesses.
  • Over the years, Liedekerke Africa has worked with local African airlines. Through this, they have developed in-depth experience in handling regulatory, commercial, and contractual issues, and claims concerning the African market, including the DRC, Rwanda, Cameroon, Liberia, and Ivory Coast.