Achare Takor is an International Business Law Specialist and an Associate Attorney based at the Centurion Cameroon office. Growing up, she wanted to join the army, but her father advised her to pursue Law instead. “It’s the best decision I could have ever taken. Law is everything to me. It is applicable in every part of life, so I am most definitely realising my aspirations,” she now says, three years following the completion of her LLB at the University of Buea in Cameroon and her LLM in International Business Law from the BPP University Law School in London.
We asked Achare a few questions to get to know her.
What are your main specialty areas?
Oil and gas, debt recovery, immigration, contract drafting and negotiations, intellectual property. I’ve worked on numerous projects including production sharing contracts between states and IOCs; advising oil and gas service providers on regulatory, legal and fiscal issues applicable to non-resident sub-contractors; providing legal advisory on methods to mitigate taxes due to a change in law.
Which projects have you enjoyed and why?
I typically enjoy all my projects, some more than others. They enable me think outside the box and hone my analytical skills. I enjoy the exposure my projects come with, and the legal issues I solve for my clients.
What do you love about your job?
I’ve always had this belief, that businesses are the engines that propel any economy. This is one of the reasons why I decided to specialise in international business law. I want to help clients realise their business visions through my work. I love the hard work and discipline that comes with it. The exposure, gaining knowledge and expertise on foreign legal systems, helping my clients solve legal issues, providing advisory services and getting excellent results. In fact, I love the hard work and the glory that it comes with.
What are the top 2 things you think every potential investor interested in Africa should know?
Hurdles: Political risk, currency and commodity price volatility, corruption and weak governance with local regulatory frameworks that create barriers to production and exploration are likely to dampen your investment mood.
Trends:Familiarise yourself with technological and political trends like the free trade agreement which aims to stimulate and facilitate intra-African trade. These will fuel investor confidence.
That said, the continent is an exciting investment destination, despite the hurdles and has significant broom for growth and high return.
What is your favourite quote?
“You are only confined by the walls you build yourself.” by Andrew Murphy.
What’s your current read?
“The Fallen” by David Baldacci.
Your job requires you to travel to a lot of places, what is your favourite destination so far and why?
My most favourite of all the countries I have been to is South Africa. It’s an organized society. I love the culture and it doesn’t have most of the hurdles that other African countries are plagued with.
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