The Quality Series

Aquereburu & Partners; Togo’s Leading Multidisciplinary Law Firm

With a dedicated team comprised of attorneys specializing in different disciplines, Lomé based firm shows leadership in Quality


© 2016 Jave Z. / David V.

Togo, a thin slice of a country—just 30 miles across—wedged between Ghana and Benin on West Africa’s Atlantic coast, is known for its elaborate traditional earthen huts called “tatas,” its beautiful tropical beaches, and its large agricultural sector, which produces coffee, cocoa beans, and peanuts that are exported around the world. But with a population of approximately 7.5 million, and an increasingly diversified economy, Togo has been singled out as a high-potential center of growth and development in the region, attracting ever increasing amounts of foreign investment and cooperation in recent years.

One place where these changes can most certainly be felt is Lomé, Togo’s largest city, capital, and center of commerce, trade, and industry. Here, the creation of new skyscrapers, hotels, and infrastructural improvements are all contributing to a feeling of optimism in the streets, and tangible changes around the city. For one, its port is being developed into a modern harbor with the help of significant overseas investment, which should help to increase the significance of its already substantial import and distribution industry. The city has also been home to a free trade zone since 1968, which is now home to over 60 companies from around the world that employ over 12,000 people in Lomé. Its burgeoning tourism sector, buoyed by its trademark beaches and cultural attractions such as its vibrant marketplace, the Grand Marché, also is an encouraging sign for the city’s future.

As the economic realities in the country change, larger, more complex businesses and organizations will be forming and entering Togo, resulting in an increased interaction between private entities and the government of the Togolese Republic. The leading law firm working in this space in Togo is Aquereburu & Partners, based in the capital, Lomé. This multidisciplinary law firm has intense expertise in many of the areas of interest to businesses both big and small, including tax law, environmental law, and business laws, such as those dealing with trade, private enterprises, and finance, among others. The firm has grown throughout the years with a dedication to Quality and Excellence in all areas of operations, and through the relentless pursuit of continuous improvement.

© 2016 Jave Z. / David V.

Aquereburu & Partners has been a major presence in the legal arenas of Togo and Africa for over 30 years. With a dedicated team of multidisciplinary legal experts and attorneys, the firm is able to serve clients with a wide variety of concerns and areas of operations. Numbered among its clients are many of the biggest banks and financial institutions with activities in Togo, including the African Development Bank, EcoBank, Atlantic Bank Togo, MoneyGram, and many others. Also among its clients are many of the major domestic and multinational companies working in Togo, such as Unilever, Nestle, Allianz, Bic, ASKY Airlines, and more. Aquereburu & Partners legal expertise is so highly prized that even foreign consulates and embassies, including those of the United States, Italy, France, and Germany, are important clients.

Under the leadership of General Manager, founder, and senior partner Alexis Coffi Aquereburu, an expert in intellectual property law who first rose to prominence in Togo for leading the fight against the proliferation of counterfeit products and knock-offs, the firm has undertaken the implementation of a Quality Management system in recent years, updating its computer systems and networking capabilities, adopting more efficient processes, and beginning to undertake more targeted staff development initiatives, such as performing year-end evaluations and establishing continuous training programs. This has not only resulted in impressive productivity and efficiency increases, but also demonstrated that, even though it is the leading firm in Togo, Aquereburu & Partners is not content with resting on its laurels. Quality is about pursuing improvement in all areas without ceasing, creating a leadership position not only in size, but in Excellence as well.

For its leadership, success, and demonstrable dedication to the core tenets of Quality Culture, Business Initiative Directions has selected Aquereburu & Partners to receive the 2016 BID International Quality Award, one of the world’s most prestigious award for organizational Quality and Excellence.

ABOUT BID AND THE WORLD QUALITY COMMITMENT AWARD:


BID is a private and independent organization founded in 1984, whose primary activity is business communication orientated towards quality, excellence and innovation in management. A leader in the broadcasting of Quality Culture, BID recognizes those companies and organizations which lead the most important activities in the business world, and is considered the founding organization in the broadcasting of the Culture of Quality, Excellence and Innovation in 179 countries. The trophy symbolizes a pledge to the principles of Quality Culture. The QC100 Total Quality Management Model, together with the Quality Mix program, media coverage of the convention and its impact on the community and business sector, create an unmatched platform for continuous improvement within the organization and awareness of the achievements of the company at an international level. Awards are given only to those who are committed to improving their Quality Culture based on the principles of the QC100 Total Quality Management Model. Candidates are proposed by the leaders of previously awarded companies who they consider worthy of the award. Especially meritorious candidates may also be nominated. The International BID Quality Award Selection Committee then chooses the winning companies who will receive the award in New York, Paris, Geneva, Frankfurt, Madrid and London.