Managing Partner | Intellectual Property & Entertainment Lawyer | Tax, Corporate & Commercial Law Counsel
Academic & Vocational Background
In 2006, Ferdinand D. Galabe obtained his LLB in English Common-law from the Department of Law of the University of Buea – the lone Anglo-Saxon institution of higher learning in Central Africa. He later obtained an LLM in Public International Law from the Faculty of Law & Political Science of the Université de Douala, a university of continental civil law tradition. Ferdinand is currently completing an LLM in Intellectual Property & New Technology Law of AIPO & WIPO at the University of Yaoundé II (2020-2021).
Ferdinand has also received certificates of accomplishment and attestations of participation for successful completion of several professional training courses such as “Professional Lawyering Skills & Techniques” delivered by the International Training Centre for Francophone Lawyers (CIFAF), “Current Challenges on the Fight Against Money Laundering & Terrorism Financing” delivered by the Cameroon Bar Association, “The Madrid System for the International Registration of Trademarks” delivered by the African Intellectual Property Organisation (AIPO) and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), “Intellectual Property Law & Litigation” delivered by the Cameroon Ministry of Justice, “Public-Private Partnerships” delivered by the World Bank Group, “Financing for Development” delivered by the World Bank Group, “Citizenship Engagement & Development” delivered by the World Bank Group, “Collective Management of Copyright & Related Rights for Legal Practitioners” delivered by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).
Ferdinand D. Galabe is a Barrister & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Cameroon who joined the Intellectual Property practice of the Nico Halle & Co. Law Firm in early 2011 before passing the Cameroon Bar exams in October 2014 and joining the Bar in January 2015. He was admitted as a full-fledged advocate of the Cameroon Bar Association on July 4, 2018. Today he specialises in the entertainment law aspects of intellectual property law while equally advising clients on tax, corporate and commercial law. He is the go-to lawyer on copyright & entertainment law at the Dayspring Law Firm.
Areas of Practice
Ferdinand advises our clients, among others, on the registrability of industrial property rights and the copyrightability of literary and artistic works, involving sensitive aspects such as protecting designs in the African fashion industry through trademark law and/or copyright law, protecting IP rights online, protecting technology under patent law and/or copyright law, etc. These areas of law evidently overlap with media law, electronic commerce, internet law, multimedia law, sports law, music law, publishing law, advertisement law, personality rights, defamation, privacy rights, contract law, etc.
Ferdinand has a thorough understanding of how intellectual property functions as a result of his professional training and experience working on several trademark litigations involving infringement of trademarks, cancellation of trademarks for non-use or fraud, oppositions, claim of ownership actions on trademarks registered in bad faith brought after statutory time limits, cybersquatting, etc.
Ferdinand equally works with private businesses, public agencies, multilateral institutions and individuals in multiple areas of law including the OHADA regional business law framework encompassing commercial companies’ law, debt recovery law, arbitration law, mediation law, commercial law, insolvency law, secured transactions law, cooperatives society law, and carriage of goods by road. In this vein he advises clients on corporate forms most suitable for their investment needs, employment law, corporate governance, corporate crime, incorporation, mergers & acquisitions, doing business, international contracts, etc.
Other key areas of law which form a substantial part of Ferdinand’s practice includes: real property law, real estate investment, building & construction law, private investment incentives law, procurement law (MOPs & PPPs), criminal trial practice, competition law, corporate finance, inheritance law, trusts, recognition & enforcement of foreign judgements & arbitral awards, arbitration, and domain name dispute resolution.
Ferdinand has written several articles on civil procedure, intellectual property law, gender discrimination, development, procurement law, enforcement of foreign judgements and arbitral awards, attachment of real property, case commentaries, OHADA business law, etc.
Ferdinand is an expert in arbitration and mediation practice, both as counsel and arbitrator/mediator.