The Clarence Team

Clarence has a vibrant multilingual team of dedicated and internationally qualified professionals with experience in a wide range of transactions in Hispanophone, Francophone, Anglophone and Lusophone countries.

Our professionals have tried and tested project management expertise on the continent and work closely with key stakeholders, including regulators, to achieve clients’ objectives.

Management

Abraham Abia

Abraham Abia

Managing Partner

Abraham Abia is widely recognised as one of the leading energy lawyers in Equatorial Guinea, speaking at events around the world. Abraham has a “straight to the point” approach, avoiding legalese when advising clients. He has participated in some of the largest transactions in the region and is renowned for his ability to create and implement country and sector specific standards, policies and procedures.

Areas of Expertise
Joint Ventures
Energy & Natural Resources
Corporate & Commercial
Government Relations
Environmental Laws
Customs & Local Content
Risk Management & Compliance
Employment and Immigration
Aviation & Telecommunications
Experience

▪︎ Managing Partner, Clarence Abogados & Asociados
▪︎ Attorney, Sub-Saharan Africa, Schlumberger
▪︎ Associate Attorney, Centurion Law Group

Education

▪︎ LLB and Legal Practice Course College of Law of England & Wales (now University of Law)
▪︎ BA (Hons), History, SOAS, University of London

Membership

▪︎ Attorney-at-law, Equatorial Guinean Bar Association
▪︎ Member, Institute for Energy Law
▪︎ Member, Joint-Venture Petroleum Association

Languages
English, Spanish and French
Gabrielle Talon

Gabrielle Talon

Executive Director

Gabrielle Talon is a medical doctor and audiologist by profession and an Executive Director of Clarence Abogados & Asociados.

While she does not advise clients, she is involved in the strategy and business development side of the company.

Experience

▪︎ Executive Director, Clarence Abogados & Asociados
▪︎ F1 Doctor, St. George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
▪︎ Paediatric Audiologist, Hounslow & Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Education

▪︎ Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery, St. George’s, University of London (United Kingdom)
▪︎ BSc, Audiology, University College London

Membership

▪︎ Member, British Medical Association (BMA)
▪︎ Member, British Academy of Audiology

Languages
English, Spanish and French
René Forkwa

René Forkwa

Finance & Compliance Manager

René is an experienced finance professional with more than 12 years of experience that spans across the Oil & Gas, Aviation, Construction, Tech, HR, and the Legal Services sectors. He is highly skilled in accounting, labour and tax laws in the CEMAC region. Rene is also an avid landscape photographer.

Areas of Expertise

OHADA Accounting Systems

IFRS 
Tax law
Local Content
Oil and Gas Law
Fraud Examination
Auditing
Payroll

Experience

▪︎ Finance & Compliance Manager, Clarence Abogados & Asociados
▪︎ Administrator, ICUBEFARM/Bioko Business Center
▪︎ Finance Consultant, Grupo Gartoll
▪︎ Financial Analyst, White Storm Capital

Education

▪︎ MSc, Finance & Accounting, Amity University Uttar Pradesh, India (Awaiting Award)
▪︎ Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Business, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

▪︎ BSc (Hons), Accountancy, University of Buea, Cameroon

Membership

▪︎ Student Member, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
▪︎ Member, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Languages

English, French and Spanish

Vanesa Cristina Manga

Vanesa Cristina Manga

Administrative & External Relations Manager

Cristina has more than 7 years of experience
combined in Accounting and HR. With a bachelor in business administration and a major in Accounting, her knowledge and background provides a strong foundation that allows for accurate and thorough work.

Areas of Expertise

Payroll
Staff recruitment
Financial statements
Accounts payable
Accounts receivable and billing
Financial management

Experience

▪︎ Accountant & HR, Clarence Abogados
▪︎ HR Manager, KITEA G.E S.A
▪︎ Accountant II, Atlantic Methanol Production Company
▪︎ Accountant Intern, AMPCO

Education

▪︎ Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), University of the District of Columbia
▪︎ DDI Program (Business Knowledge)

Languages

Spanish and English

Consultants

Ibrahim De Carvalho

Ibrahim De Carvalho

Senior Managing Consultant

Ibrahim is a Harvard and Oxford University alumni who has worked in the public and private sectors. He is a Fulbright scholar that teaches law at the Agostinho Neto University. As a legal counsel for a Fortune 500 company in Angola, he gained the respect of his colleagues who see him as a global shaper in the oil and gas sector.
Areas of Expertise

Energy and Natural Resources
Employment and Immigration
Joint Ventures
Risk Management and Compliance
Corporate & Commercial
Government Relations

Experience

▪︎ Senior Legal Consultant, Clarence Abogados & Asociados (Angola)
▪︎ Legal Counsel, Schlumberger (Angola)
▪︎ Head of Legal, Angola LNG

Education

▪︎ Diploma in Global Business, Oxford University
▪︎ Executive Education, Harvard University
▪︎ LLB, Western Michigan University

Membership

▪︎ Attorney-At-Law, Angolan Bar Association

Languages

English and Portuguese

Adaku Ufere-Awoonor

Adaku Ufere-Awoonor

Special Consultant

Adaku Ufere-Awoonor is an award-winning international Energy, Gender & Development Attorney, with over a decade’s experience leading multi-cultural and multi-lingual teams in the structuring, negotiation and implementation of energy projects in Africa, accruing up to 2 billion US Dollars.
Areas of Expertise

Special Projects: Energy, Gender & Development

Experience

▪︎ Special Counsel, Clarence Abogados & Asociados
▪︎ Energy Practice Leader, Centurion Law Group
▪︎
Legal Counsel, GE Oil & Gas

Education

▪︎ Certification in Gender & Sexuality – University of British Columbia, Canada
▪︎ Certification in Gender & Sexuality – University of British Columbia, Canada
▪︎ Certification in Energy Sector Leadership – University of South Africa Graduate School of Business Leadership
▪︎ Certification in Public Management – University of California, Davis, USA
▪︎ LL.M. (Oil and Gas) – University of Aberdeen, UK
▪︎ B.L. (Hons) – Nigerian Law School, Abuja, Nigeria
▪︎ L.B. (Hons) – University of Nigeria

Membership

▪︎ Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
▪︎ Nigerian Bar Association
▪︎ International Bar Association
▪︎ International Lawyers for Africa
▪︎ Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK
▪︎ Institute for Energy Security, Ghana
▪︎ Women in African Power – a Power Africa/USAID initiative

Languages

English and Igbo

Jennifer Riveiro Ilende

Jennifer Riveiro Ilende

Senior Consultant

Jennifer is a registered Spanish and Equatoguinean lawyer who has worked in public and private sector projects in Africa. Prior to joining Clarence, Jennifer advised the government of Equatorial Guinea on oil & gas and mining projects.

Areas of Expertise

Oil & Gas and Mining
Banking & Finance
Corporate Law
Aviation Law
Transportation & Construction
Oil & Gas
Environmental Law
Labor Law

Experience

▪︎ Senior Legal Consultant, Clarence Abogados & Asociados
▪︎ Associate Attorney, Centurion Law Firm
▪︎ In-House lawyer for Brainworks Capital Management. Private Consultant

Education

▪︎ LLB, Complutense University of Madrid
▪︎ LLM in Corporate Law and Finance, Delaware Law School

Membership

▪︎ Madrid Bar Association
▪︎ Equatorial Guinea Bar Association

Languages
Spanish, English and French
Souany Lyne Adamo

Souany Lyne Adamo

Senior Consultant

A multilingual Gabonese lawyer that has assisted a number of clients in Gabon with registration, visa & immigration, due diligence and other matters. Souany is an expert in oil and gas contracts and used to work as a legal and tax consultant for EY before joining a Fortune Global 500 company where she managed the supply chain contracts department.

Areas of Expertise

Employment & Immigration
Risk Management & Compliance
Energy & Natural Resources
Tax and Customs

Experience

▪︎ Senior Associate, Clarence Abogados & Asociados (Gabon)
▪︎ Sub-Sahara Africa Supply Chain Contracts Manager, Schlumberger
▪︎ Legal and Tax Consultant, Ernst & Young

Education

▪︎ LLM, INSEEC Business School
▪︎ LLB, INSEEC Business School

Membership

▪︎ Legal and Tax Advisor, Gabon

Languages

French and English

Clement Okolie

Clement Okolie

Senior Consultant

Clement is an experienced lawyer with experience ranging from commercial advisory services to Oil and Gas Practice, especially in the upstream sector. He is a skilled negotiator and commercial analyst, and as a strong research professional with a keen eye for numerical detail, he thrives in Finance, Corporate and Commercial Law Practice.

Areas of Expertise

Corporate and Commercial Law
Intellectual Property Law
Cross-border legal Transactions
Oil and Gas Law

Experience

▪︎ Senior Associate, Clarence Abogados & Asociados
▪︎ Associate at M. Bassey & Associates
▪︎ Contracts Analyst at Heritage Energy Operational Services Limited
▪︎ Contracts Engineer at AA&R Investment Limited

Education

▪︎ LLB, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
▪︎ LLM, University of Lagos, Nigeria (ongoing)
▪︎ Certificate of Call to Bar
▪︎ Business Writing and Etiquette

Membership

▪︎ Member, Nigerian Bar Association

Languages

English, Igbo and Yoruba

Paris Zamora

Paris Zamora

Senior Consultant

Paris is a leading litigation lawyer who has a mastery of the Equatorial Guinean judicial system. Paris commands the respect of other litigators and has been involved in a number of landmark litigation cases. During his free time, Paris teaches law at the National University of Equatorial Guinea.
Areas of Expertise

Real Estate
Construction
Corporate and Commercial
Dispute Resolution and Litigation
Employment and Immigration

Experience

▪︎ Senior Associate, Clarence Abogados & Asociados
▪︎ Lecturer in Law, National University of Equatorial Guinea
▪︎ Consultant, Oko Ebobo & Asociaciados

Education

▪︎ Trading Course, Madrid Stock Exchange (Spain)
▪︎ LLB, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)

Membership

▪︎ Member, Equatorial Guinean Bar Association

Languages

Spanish and French

Isabel Obono

Isabel Obono

Consultant

Isabel is a driven young lawyer who is passionate about reaching the depth of knowledge. Having studied law in Malaysia and at the University of the West of England has given her great understanding of law and people in different settings. She returned to EG with a LLM in International Economic Law, Justice and Development and is currently finalising a MA in legal practice.

Areas of Expertise

Aviation
Employment

Corporate and Commercial
Development within Financial Institutions

Experience

▪︎ Associate, Clarence Abogados & Asociados
▪︎ Legal Advisor, General Directorate of International Economic and Financial Organizations of the Ministry of Finance, Economy and Planning
▪︎ Legal Advisor, Ceiba Intercontinental
▪︎ Intern, Geproyectos Legal Department

Education

▪︎ LLB, University of the West of England (UWE)
▪︎ LLM International Economic Law, Justice and Development, Birkbeck, University of London
▪︎ Masters in Legal Practice, T&E Law and Business School Equatorial Guinea (ongoing)

Membership

▪︎ Member, Equatorial Guinean Bar Association

Languages

English and Spanish

Susana Mokuy Nsue

Susana Mokuy Nsue

Junior Consultant

Susana is a dynamic and proactive Equatoguinean lawyer. Self-motivated, determined and works with a high level of autonomy, she is advising clients on compliance with local regulations and applicable legal requirements. Our favourite fact about her is that she worked as a clown of an animation group at university!
Areas of Expertise

Litigation
Aviation
NGOs
Employment

Corporate and Commercial
Local Content
Corporate Social Responsibility

Experience

▪︎ Junior Associate, Clarence Abogados & Asociados
▪︎ Intern, Ernst & Young Guinea
▪︎ Intern, Noble Energy – Social Projects Department

Education

▪︎ LLB, National University of Equatorial Guinea

Membership

▪︎ Member, Equatorial Guinean Bar Association

Languages

Spanish

Hilario Elá Asumu

Hilario Elá Asumu

Junior Consultant

Hilario is a dynamic and proactive young lawyer admitted to the Equatorial Guinean Bar Association. Hilario is a specialist in arbitration and mediation within commercial litigation. At Clarence, Hilario advises and acts as counsel to clients with regards to employment, maritime, civil, commercial, and corporate law matters.
Areas of Expertise

Litigation
Maritime Law
Employment Law

Corporate and Commercial Law
Civil Law

Spanish & EU Law

Experience

▪︎ Junior Consultant, Clarence Abogados & Asociados
▪︎ Intern, Clarence Abogados & Asociados
▪︎ Intern, Regional Economic Court of Oviedo, Spain

Education

▪︎ LLM, International Relations & Diplomacy
▪ LLM, Tax Law, ESNECA Business School
▪ LLB, University of Oviedo, Spain

Membership

▪︎ Member, Equatorial Guinean Bar Association
▪︎ Member, International Policy Debate Association, Asturias, Spain

Languages

Spanish

Mohamed Hassouba

Mohamed Hassouba

Legal Intern

Having recently completed a Masters 1 in General International Law at La Sorbonne in Paris, Mohamed has joined the Clarence team to gain work-experience. A well-integrated member of the team, his work includes in-depth research, drafting and client contact.
Areas of Expertise

General International Law

Experience

▪︎ Legal Intern, Clarence Abogados
▪︎ Banking Operator,ING Online Bank

Education

▪︎ LLB, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
▪︎ LLM, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Languages

French, English, Arabic

Support Team

Enrique Miko Ndong

Enrique Miko Ndong

Visa and Admin Assistant

Enrique is a recent graduate in Economy and International Commerce and deals mainly in visa and immigration matters. He works well as part of a team, bringing positivity to the fore. He studied in China, so he has good command of Mandarin.

Areas of Expertise

Visas and Documentation

Experience

▪︎ Visa and Admin Assistant, Clarence Abogados

Education

▪︎ BSc, Economy and International Commerce, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology

Languages

Spanish, Mandarin and English

Odalis Sulu Mpesa

Odalis Sulu Mpesa

Administrative Assistant

Odalis is an administrative assistant providing customer service, receiving and sending emails, managing documents and files, assisting in various daily operations and processes, scheduling and coordinating meetings, events and more.
Areas of Expertise

Time Management
Organization
Adept in Technology

Education

▪︎ BA, Business Administration Institut Universitaire du Golf de Guinee, Cameroon
▪︎ Diploma in Computerised Accounting
▪︎ Courses in Entrepreneurship and Communications

Experience

▪︎ Administrative Assistant at Clarence Abogados & Asociados
▪︎ Receptionist, Hotel Anda China
▪︎ Facilitator, Momo Communications
▪︎ Administrative Assistant at Mareco Atlantic

Languages

Spanish, English and French