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BLC Chambers Announces Merger With Etude Robert

BLC rebrands as BLC Robert & Associates to strengthen its litigation capability

We are delighted to announce the merger of Etude ROBERT and BLC CHAMBERS pooling up competences within the dispute resolution practice area for a diverse and growing client base in Mauritius and beyond.

“We’re very proud to be joining forces with the well-respected team of Etude ROBERT, sharing its heritage of work culture and values,” says Iqbal Rajahbalee, Managing Partner of BLC CHAMBERS. “Our respective firms complement each other and the combination will ensure that we are market leaders across all fields including now Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property”. Mr. Rajahbalee added, “both firms have always demonstrated an unwavering commitment to personal attention, integrity and professionalism”.

Etude Robert has a long-standing litigation practice as attorneys. “We are very excited by this move,” comments André Robert, who will co-head with Senior Counsel Iqbal Rajahbalee the Dispute Resolution Group of the combined firm. “This will be a full service independent Mauritian Law Firm with significant expertise in all the major economic sectors of Mauritius.” Mr. Robert goes on to note: “Through Africa Legal Network (ALN), the firm has an unmatched footprint in Africa.”

With the synergy of its talented Barristers and Attorneys, the firm will pursue its ideals of innovation and excellence to maintain itself ahead of the curve. The merger and rebranding will take full effect as from July 2016.


About ETUDE ROBERT
Etude Robert was founded by Mr Frédéric Robert, Attorney, in 1857. Since then the firm has always advised Mauritian commercial firms, banks, insurance companies, and sugar companies; more recently, hotel companies, offshore businesses and textile industries. Mr Frédéric Robert has been followed by four other generations of lawyers, all of whom have been in the forefront of the legal profession in Mauritius. Mr André Robert, the fifth generation, is now in charge of the clients of the firm, in close collaboration with his team of Attorneys and legal assistants.

The firm has developed alongside the country and witnessed all the changes in the Mauritian economy. Etude Robert has adapted to support the legal needs of the country from when it was a sugar based economy to now, a much more diverse and sophisticated country with complex legal requirements. A constant throughout all the changes has been the solid legal advice and unmatched litigation skills.

About BLC CHAMBERS
Set up in 2005, BLC Chambers has quickly established itself as a leading Mauritian firm. It left the beaten track of the generalist lawyer to focus on corporate, commercial and financial law, and gained a cutting edge on advising and handling complex cross border transactions. The recognition by clients earned BLC some very laudatory accolades and awards. It has militated for ease of doing business in Mauritius and collaborated with the World Bank Doing Business Team on a number of legal topics. It has assisted the Government in the drafting of laws in the area of commercial law. Its core practice areas are: corporate law, M&A, banking and finance, investment fund and global business regulation, taxation and dispute resolution. As part of its corporate social responsibility, BLC gives sustaining support to the Ebene Smart Community for a better environment, and OpenMind, an NGO working for the welfare of persons with mental health conditions.

BLC Chambers is a member of the Africa Legal Network (ALN), an alliance of independent top tier African law firms. By leveraging the expertise and skills of each member firm together the group offers seamless delivery of legal, advisory and transactional services across the Africa continent. BLC Chambers is in association with Harney Westwood & Riegels, a leading international global business law firm having access to best practice across leading global business jurisdictions, with offices in some 12 cities round the world from BVI to Hong Kong and Singapore through London and Cyprus.