From Paris to Africa
Crushed frogs. That's what a witch doctor in Zaire slathered on Jean-Claude Petilon's legs a few hours before he played his first game with a local basketball team. "The frog lotion would make us jump higher," Petilon recalls. Today, a photograph of the team hangs on the wall of Petilon's Paris office, which is off a courtyard near the Opera Garnier. Petilon, a French national, is the only white man in the picture. When it was taken in 1974, he was a young lawyer who had been dispatched to Kinshasa, the capital of Zaire - now the Democratic Republic of Congo - to open an office for what was then Duncan Allen & Mitchell.
The French capital is home base for the small club of lawyers who do deals in the most complicated emerging market of all. Claire Zillman reports
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