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Poupak Bahamin

Partner - Special Legal Consultant

Poupak Bahamin

Houston

T:+1 713 651 5636 / +33 6 2424 2656

Poupak is a corporate lawyer with an international background.  She is currently based in Houston, but has previously practiced in Canada and France. She advises companies involved in mining, oil and gas and agriculture on corporate and regulatory matters, the establishment of joint ventures, partnerships, mining conventions, PSAs, as well as sale and financing of assets.

Over the past few years, her practice has been focused on French-speaking sub-Saharan Africa and in particular Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Republic of Congo and Burkina Faso. She has been recognized by Chambers Global as a DRC Foreign Expert for general business law and corporate and M&A work.

Poupak regularly contributes to mining journals, publications and conferences.

Poupak qualified in 1993 in Québec (Canada), following which she obtained a Masters Degree in Law, from McGill University.  She subsequently qualified for the Paris Bar in 2015.  She is fluent in English and French and speaks Farsi.

Poupak is not a member of the Texas Bar Association or licensed to practice as an attorney in Texas. She is licensed as a Foreign Legal Consultant in Texas.

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  • Speaking engagements
    • « Opportunities, risks and due diligence in difficult jurisdictions, Focus on Africa », address at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Conference, Toronto, Canada, March 2012;
    • « Impact de l’OHADA sur les secteurs juridique et judiciaire en RDC » (Impact of OHADA on Judicial and Legal Risks in DRC), address at the Infrastructure and Partnership for Africa’s Development (IPAD) Conference, Kinshasa, DRC, October 2010;
    • « Briser les barrières culturelles et maîtriser les éléments cruciaux pour parvenir à une relation fructueuse avec les peuples, les avocats et les gouvernements étrangers » (Breaking Cultural Barriers and Crucial Elements for a Successful Partnership with Foreign Parties, Lawyers and Governments), address at the Canadian Institute, Montreal, Canada, April 2010 ;
    • « Secteur minier congolais: analyse comparée des facteurs déterminants en matière d’investissement » (Congolese Mining Sector : Compared Analysis of Factors Impacting Investment), address at the IPAD Conference, Kinshasa, DRC, October 2009;
    • « Financement canadien des activités minières congolaises » (Canadian Financing of Congolese Mining Activities), address at the IPAD Conference, Kinshasa, DRC, October 2008 ;
    • « Securing Mining Rights in Africa: a Case Study of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola », address at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), Toronto, Canada, March 2008.
  • Publications
    • “Laws changing the lay of the land”, Mining Journal, Indaba Supplement, pp. 25-27, January 17, 2014;
    • “West Africa’s wave of mining reform”, Paydirt Australia, pp. 90-91, December 2013;
    • “DRC: A step back, proposed changes in tax and ownership laws are worrying international investors”, Mining Journal, pp. 20-27, August 16, 2013;
    • “OHADA: DRC brought into legal harmony with French-speaking sub-Sahara”, ACM-Insight!, pp. 24-26, April 2013 (co-author: B Cousin);
    • “DRC: Joining OHADA”, Mining Journal Indaba Supplement, January 2013;
    • “DRC: Tackling the issues, there is a need for greater transparency and an improvement in governance in one of the world’s richest resource nations”, Mining Journal, pp. 18-24, August 17, 2012;
    • “Guinea Fast Facts”, Mining Journal, pp. 15-16, November 18, 2011;
    • “Maturing Mining Market, Increasing stability in the DRC is attracting investors from around the World”, Mining Journal, pp. 15-17, August 19, 2011;
    • “Looking for Transparency, Mining Companies in the DRC can look forward to Government’s efforts to Develop the Sector”, Mining Journal, pp. 14-17, August 20, 2010;
    • “Government can Increase Revenues from Mineral Resources”, Mining Review Africa, No. 6, pp. 43-50, 2009.
  • Admissions
    Avocat au Barreau de Québec
  • Selected client work

    Democratic Republic of Congo

    Mining

    • Advising Randgold Resources (LSE:RRS) on the Kibali Goldmines project in the DRC including on mining, corporate and financing aspects;
    • Advising a syndicate of banks on the financing of a major copper project in the DRC;
    • Advising Anvil Mining (TSX, ASX:AVM) in relation to the re-negotiation of contractual arrangements with DRC stakeholders, in the context of the sale of shares to the Minmetals Group;
    • Advising Louis Dreyfus Commodities MEA Trading on the financing of a copper project in the Katanga province, DRC;
    • Advising an Australian (ASX-listed) company in relation to the contemplated acquisition of a polychlore mine in the DRC;
    • Advising Tiger Resources (TSX, ASX:TGS) in relation to its copper and cobalt projects in the DRC including in the framework of its acquisition of 40% of Gécamines’ shares in its local exploitation company and in respect to the financing of its mining operations;
    • Advising Shalina Resources in relation to its mining projects in the DRC;
    • Advising Banro Corporation (TSX:BAA) in relation to its gold projects in the Maniema and South Kivu provinces, DRC;
    • Advising Eurasian Natural Resources in relation to its copper projects in the province of Katanga, DRC;

    Oil & Gas

    • Advising a Dallas-based oil and gas operator on the development of its petroleum projects in the DRC;
    • Advising a UK-based petroleum company on the settlement of a shareholders’ dispute and its subsequent corporate reorganisation in the DRC;

    Telecoms

    • Advising Standard Bank on the implementation of the financing structure and local security interests of a telecom operator, including the OHADA harmonisation process of the borrower’s local entities in the DRC;
    • Advising the Government of DRC on the sale of a participation in Congo China Telecom to France Telecom;

    Other

    • Advising UK-government agency CDC Group on its financing and investment in Feronia Inc., a leading agricultural producer in the DRC;
    • Advising Feronia Inc. on several aspects of its agricultural project in the DRC;
    • Advising a RSA-based investor on a power infrastructure project in the DRC;
    • Advising AngloGold Ashanti, Randgold Resources, Smile Telecommunication Holdings, SacOil Holdings and Sinayowetu Congo on the harmonization of their articles of association with OHADA law in view of the entry into force of OHADA company law in the DRC.

    Guinea

    • Advising Anglogold Ashanti (JSE:ANG and NYSE:AU) on various aspects of its Siguiri project in Guinea;
    • Advising Bellzone Mining (AIM:BZM) on various aspects of its Kalia iron ore mine in Guinea;
    • Advising International Finance Corporation (subsidiary of the World Bank) in the framework of their negotiations with Rio Tinto and the Guinean government for the project and corporate agreements related to the exploitation of the Simandou mine;
    • Advising Avocet Mining (LSE:AVM.L) on various aspects of its Tri-K gold project in Guinea;
    • Advising Alufer Mining on various aspects of its Bel Air bauxite mine in Guinea;

    Burkina Faso

    • Advising a Russian bank on the financing of a gold mine in Burkina Faso;
    • Advising a Latin American investment bank on the financing of a manganese mine in Burkina Faso and the subsequent marketing of the mined products;
    • Advising Gryphon Minerals (ASX:GRY) on various aspects of its Banfora gold project in Burkina Faso;
    • Advising True Gold Mining (TSX.V:TGM) on various aspects of its Karma gold project in Burkina Faso;
    • Advising Avocet Mining (LSE:AVM.L) on various aspects of its Inata gold project in Burkina Faso.

    Ivory Coast

    • Advising Perseus Mining (ASX, TSX:PRU) on various aspects of its Tengrela Gold project in Ivory Coast;
    • Advising Louis Dreyfus Commodities MEA Trading on the negotiation of protocol agreements with the Government of Ivory Coast;
    • Advising La Mancha Resources on various aspects of its mining projects in Ivory Coast, in particular the Ity gold mine;
    • Advising an investor in the framework of the acquisition of shares in a nickel project in Ivory Coast.

    Mali

    • Advising Papillon Resources (ASX:PIR) on various aspects of its Fekola gold project in Mali;
    • Advising AngloGold Ashanti (JSE:ANG and NYSE:AU) on various aspects of its Sadiola and Yatela projects in Mali.

    Mauritania

    • Advising a client in relation with the restructuring of its mining activities in Mauritania (due diligence, joint venture).

    Niger

    • Advising Semafo Inc. (TSX, OMX:SMF) on the sale of its 80% interest in the Samira Hill mine in Niger to Société de Patrimoine des Mines du Niger S.A.

    Republic of Congo

    • Advising TS Middle East Ltd on its projects in the Republic of Congo;
    • Advising Dingyi Group Investment on the financing of a potash project in the Republic of Congo;
    • Advising Equatorial Resources (ASX:EQX) in respect to the Badondo and Mayoko-Moussondji iron ore projects in the Republic of Congo;

    Togo

    • Advising Ferrex plc on its mining projects in Togo, including the negotiation of its mining convention.

    Multijurisdictional

    • Advising Standard Chartered Bank on a pan-African commodities financing, in particular the implementation of security interests in Benin, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Ivory Coast, as well as Ethiopia and Rwanda;
    • Advising Louis Dreyfus Commodities MEA Trading on corporate aspects relating to several of its local subsidiaries in Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Senegal, Mali and Burkina Faso;
    • Advising a major mining company on applicable mining, corporate, environmental and exchange control legislation and regulations in DRC, Guinea and Gabon.