5 St James Court


St Denis Street
Port Louis 11411

+230 210 4193; +230 208 6372

+230 211 7213; +230 210 4094

Quick facts:

Number of lawyers: 16
Network memberships: Globalaw
Languages: English, French, Hindi

5 ST JAMES COURT regroups rising and senior self-employed barristers, who can either be instructed individually or as part of a team. Chambers is a predominantly civil and commercial set, with a strong arbitration, banking and financial services practice. Members of Chambers also undertake international consultancy work and have advised foreign states on their financial services sector and architecture, including Mauritius.

  • Investment funds
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Banking and finance
  • Corporate and M&A
  • Restructuring and insolvency
  • Financial services and regulatory

Investment Funds and/or Dispute Resolution 

Provided assistance with the resolution and settlement of a 3 Billion USD dispute in relation to a sovereign wealth fund.

Successfully applied for the setting aside of a 120 M USD arbitral award on grounds of public policy.

Successfully acted for claimants in a 20M Euro in a LCIA international arbitration. 

Banking and Finance 

Ravindra.Chetty@5stjamescourt.com and Yashley.Reesaul@5stjamescourt.com Advised on the restructuring of a Bank. 

Corporate and M&A

Avinash.Sunassee@5stjamescourt.com Acted for the buyer in relation to the cross border acquisition of a hotel.

Avinash.Sunassee@5stjamescourt.com, Vimalen.Reddi@5stjamescourt.com and Jessie.Asiriah@5stjamescourt.com 

Acted for the buyer in the acquisition of an insurance company operating in Mauritius involving parties from different jurisdictions.

Avinash.Sunassee@5stjamescourt.com, Jayaluxmi.Somar@5stjamescourt.com and Jessie.Asiriah@5stjamescourt.com Acted for the buyer in relation to the acquisition of a market leader in the dairy market in Madagascar. The whole of the transaction was carried out in French. They have also acted for the vendor in relation to the sale of an island. 

Restructuring and insolvency

Avinash.Sunassee@5stjamescourt.com and Jayaluxmi.Somar@5stjamescourt.com Acted for the insolvency practitioner in relation to the restructuring of a 1 Billion USD group in the oil and gas sector.

Financial services and regulatory

Ravindra.Chetty@5stjamescourt.com and Avinash.Sunassee@5stjamescourt.com regularly advise the apex regulatory bodies in the financial services sector. For example Avinash Sunassee has been involved in the first case where the Financial Services Review Panel has imposed an administrative fine upon licensees of the FSC

  • Accounting
  • Arbritration 
  • Banking
  • Construction and materials
  • Energy
  • Financial services
  • Government and public policy
  • Insurance
  • Investment management
  • Media
  • Real estate
  • Shipping
  • Tech and telecoms
  • Tourism
  • Utilities