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06-05-2015

These talented people work in finance, international trade, law, public works or computing/IT. We draw the portrait of seven outstanding personalities.

Luciano Hounkponou

40 years old lawyer, member of the Cotonou and Paris Bars and assistant lecturer in international law at the University of Abomey-Calavi in Benin.

Between a legal consultation at his law firm in Cotonou, a conference in Abidjan and a lecture at the University of Port-au-Prince in Haiti, “Monsieur Affaires”, i.e. “Mister Business” (as his colleagues of the Cotonou Bar call him), is always in a rush. “When you are young, you have to devote yourself fully to your job. Resting is for later”, says Luciano Hounkponou.

Luciano began his career as a lawyer at the Paris Bar in 2008, practising in banking law at the law firm Reinhart-Marville-Torre, and then at the law firm Dautriat, before being “bitten by the ‘return to the home country’ virus”, as he says. In 2010, he joined his

colleague Wilfred Kounou, with whom he had prepared his doctorate at the University of Reims in France, and founded the HK law firm, based in Cotonou and specialized in banking and maritime law.

His clients are the elite of the local economy, such as the Government of Benin and several multinational companies (Bolloré, Delmas (CMA-CGM), Ericsson Continental, Société Générale, or CFAO Motors). HK has been a member of the Eversheds Africa Law Institute (EALI) for one year. The EALI is a platform created by the British law firm Eversheds in October 2013 to share legal knowledge and services, and gathers African law firms specialized in business law and European law firms working across the African continent.

In « Sacré Bénin ! Le plus de Jeune Afrique », Jeune Afrique, No. 2828, 22-28 March 2015

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