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our experts
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INTRODUCTION :

Our team comprises 21 dynamic and highly motivated individuals, out of which 17 are legal consultants practicing in their own fields of expertise

  • olivier
    Olivier Ribot
    Managing Partner
    olivier.ribot@lexel.mg
    +261 32 07 218 68

    Olivier created Lexel in 2005 after spending some 4 years as an Associate Partner at Fidafrica Madagascar, an associate company of Price Waterhouse and Coopers.

    Prior to this, Olivier worked as a director at Landwell&Associés, the legal arm of PWC.  During his spell at L&A, Olivier focused his practice on mining and energy sectors.  He is highly regarded for his skills in negotiating and drafting complex international contracts pertaining to mining and energy activities.

    Olivier has also a vast experience in Francophone African Countries having lived in Gabon and Congo.  He even earned a cap for the Gabon national rugby team.

    Since the creation of Lexel, Olivier has been at the heart of the Malagasy economy having assisted an array of clients ranging from large multinational corporations to small entrepreneurs.  His is renowned for his problem-solving approach to corporate and commercial issues and for his out-of-the box progressive thinking.

    Olivier is a regular speaker at economic and business forums in the Indian Ocean region.  He is a former vice president of the “Groupement des entreprisesmalgaches” (GEM) and a member of the “Chambre de Commerce et de l’industrie Franco malgache” (CCIFM).Olivier has also chaired Soutien Madagascar the “ desconseillers du commerce exterieur de la France” for 6 years.

    Olivier was admitted to Paris Bar in 1993.  He has a wealth of experience in restructuring, taxation, merger and acquisition issues.  He is currently involved in the revision of the Petroleum and Mining Code.  Clients highly appreciate his deep knowledge of the Malagasy business and political environment and customs.

    Qualifications:

    • Diplôme de Juriste Conseil d’Entreprises, DJCE (3ème cycle Université de Rennes).
    • DESS de Droit des Affaires (3ème cycle Université de Rennes).
  • aviva
    Aviva Ramanitra
    Managing Partner
    aviva.r@lexel.mg
    +261 32 05 164 43

    Aviva joined Lexel in 2007 after having worked 5 years for a renowned commercial bank in Madagascar.  Aviva focuses on banking and finance matters having experience in secured and unsecured lending structures, project and asset finance, and regulatory and general banking advice.

    Aviva’s expertise is regularly sought in the drafting of financing and pledge agreements, partnership agreements, application for authorization from the SSOC (Service de suivi des opérations de Changes), and from the Bank regulator “Commission de supervision bancaire et financière” for matters related to Banking authorization, Mobile money, Microfinance …

    Aviva’s drafting skills has been brought to contribution last year when Lexel was instructed to contribute to a bill on Private and Public Partnership.  Aviva is regular contributor to the law reform committee in Madagascar.

    Qualifications:

    Master Business Law – University Paris V René Descartes.
    DEA – University Paris V René Descartes

  • betsy
    Bertrand Betsy
    Manager
    bertrand.b@lexel.mg
    +261 32 05 323 32

    Bertrand joined Lexel in October 2014.  He advises on a variety of matters with respect to merger and acquisition, regulatory issues, mining operations and electricity laws.  Bertrand also assists clients in the drafting of commercial contracts and the due diligence review of companies in Mauritius.

    His practice often involves a cross-border element.  He has advised many overseas clients on setting up business operations in Madagascar and structuring their investments through low tax jurisdications.

    Qualifications:

    LLB and LLM (University of Buckingham)
    Called to the Honorable Society of Gray’s Inn in 2006
    Admitted to the Mauritian bar in 2008

  • frederic vao
    Frédéric RANJATOELY
    Partner
    frederic.r@lexel.mg

    Frédéric has a Master in Business Law from the Institut Catholique de Madagascar. He is involved in a wide spectrum of taxation matters (tax journal, tax audit, income tax return, intervention with the tax administration).

  • tafia
    Tafita Ratsimba Herivelo
    Partner
    tafita.r@lexel.mg

    Tafita has a Master in Business Law from the Université d’Antananarivo, he is involved in land and real estate law, mergers-acquisitions and drafting/review of commercial contracts.

  • volasoa
    Volasoa Rabe
    Supervisor
    volasoa.r@lexel.mg

    Volasoa has a Master in Business Law from the Université d’Antananarivo. She has extensive experience in corporate and security law.

  • gilliana
    Gilliana Rajaona
    Supervisor
    gilliana.r@lexel.mg

    Gilliana has a Master in Business legal management from the ESC Toulouse and a Master in Business Law from the Université de l’Arsenal Toulouse. She specializes into employment and industrial laws as well as drafting of contracts.

  • karoll
    Karoll Ratsimandresy
    Supervisor
    karoll.r@lexel.mg

    Karoll has a Master in Business Law from the Institut Catholique de Madagascar. She specialises in taxation (tax journal, tax audit, income tax return, intervention with the tax administration).

  • olivia
    Olivia Martin
    Supervisor
    lexel@lexel.mg

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  • Sarah VAGHARI vao
    Sarah VAGHARI
    Supervisor
  • Laingo
    Laingo RATRIMOSON
    Supervisor

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  • Onja
    Onja Rakotondrabe
    Senior
    onja.r@lexel.mg

    Onja has a Master in Business Law from the Université d’Antananarivo. He focuses on mining law, environmental law and visas and work permits.

  • andry
    Andry Ratefinjanahary
    Senior
    andry.r@lexel.mg

    Andry has a Master II in Private Law – Business Law from the Université Catholique de Madagascar, his fields of expertise are corporate law and free-trade zones laws and regulation.

  • lalaina
    Lalaina Rakotonaivo
    Senior
    lalaina.r@lexel.mg

    Lalaina has a Master degree in Commercial Law from the Université d’Antananarivo, he practices in the field of taxation (tax journal, tax audit, income tax return, intervention with the tax administration).

  • Vincent BABET
    Vincent BABET
    Senior
  • gabriella
    Gabriella Rakotoniaina
    Junior
    lexel@lexel.mg

    Titulaire d’un Master II en droit privé et droit des affaires délivré par l’Université Catholique de Madagascar, elle intervient principalement en droit social et en droit des sociétés.

  • Mirindra
    Mirindra Rakotoarisoa
    Junior
    mirindra.r@lexel.mg

    Mirindra has a Master II in Private Law and Business Law from the Université Catholique de Madagascar, her practice focuses on taxation related issues (tax journal, tax audit, income tax return, intervention with the administration).

  • rija
    Rija Rasamimanantsoa
    Junior
  • steffi
    Steffi Raveloson
    Junior
  • Nicole MIRANARIJAONA
    Nicole MIRANARIJAONA
    Junior
  • Caroline ANDRIANIRINA TAHIRISOA vao
    Caroline ANDRIANIRINA
    Junior