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Bilé-Aka, Brizoua-Bi & Associés has a strong reputation in the Ivory Coast thanks in part to the seniority and standing of its two key partners Michel Brizoua-Bi and Joachim Bilé-Aka; the former is regarded as a leader in a range of practice areas including M&A, finance and projects, acting for both public and private sector entities. Bilé-Aka is a top disputes lawyer.

SCPA DOGUE - Abbé YAO & Associés features seasoned figure Abbé Yao, who is feted for his legal and regulatory knowledge and acknowledged for his wide-ranging expertise across the contentious and transactional spheres. He was until recently the head of the Ivory Coast bar. Oil and gas expert Seydou Zerbo is another name to note.

FDKA is the recognised leader in PPP initiatives and other energy and infrastructure projects in the Ivory Coast. The firm is also praised for its 'professionalism and work ethic'. Beyond its high-profile in energy and infrastructure projects, the firm is also highly-reputed for M&A, finance, insolvency, telecoms and disputes. Karim Fadika is widely noted for his knowledge and skill in navigating Ivory Coast and OHADA regulations, particularly in the projects sphere. Mahoua Fadika Delafosse and Colette Kacoutie are also key partners.

Cabinet Hoegah & Etté is a leader in public private partnerships (PPPs) and is commended for its 'professionalism'. It continues to impress in tax thanks to the outstanding reputation of Theodore Hoegah, who has also developed a significant market share of big-ticket PPPs, energy and infrastructure projects, cross-border M&A, financing and mining mandates. Michel Etté is a top litigator.

Cabinet Jean-François Chauveau remains a strong fixture in the market thanks to the presence of Jean-Francois Chauveau; he has 'great experience of the market' stemming back to the 1980s. The 'very competent' team behind him features a range of international lawyers including English- and French-qualified practitioners. The firm has an exceptional record in energy and infrastructure projects, along with cross-border M&A. It continues to be well-connected internationally, especially with Paris-based firms.

KSK Société d'Avocats is increasingly recognised for its leading position in the Ivory Coast legal market. It is commended for its 'professionalism' and industrious approach, most notably in public law, PPPs and other projects, particularly in the energy and mining sectors. The firm's increased profile has gained it a series of large engagements from the government, particularly in relation to PPPs and project finance. It is also active for multinationals, including a major telecoms company, in M&A and corporate restructurings. Georges Angaman Kouadio  is an acknowledged expert in M&A, corporate restructuring and tax matters, and has a fine record in the mining sector. Zinda Sawadogo has gained considerable traction in PPPs and project finance, particularly acting for the government. Kouamé Klemet remains a leading name in public law matters and energy; he is also building the firm's name in the gaming sector.

IKT & Associés has a strong record in financings, including project finance and corporate finance. It has good connections to local, regional and international lenders, including development finance institutions (DFIs). The firm is gaining greater market recognition for its roles in PPPs and project finance, frequently representing the private sector party in headline deals. Osther Henri Tella is an increasingly respected senior name, while Annick Imboua-Niava and Hermann Kouao provide further experience and expertise in multiple legal disciplines.

Anyray & Partners is recommended for corporate and tax matters. The firm's forte is in tax structuring, including in corporate transactions and financings. In this regard Raymond Any-Gbayere  has a fine reputation and continues to advise a range of multinationals.

C.L.K.A. continues to make progress in the Ivory Coast, particularly in corporate, tax and regulatory matters. It advised a UK-based multinational on financial sector regulations in the Ivory Coast and the West Africa region, including issues surrounding the WAMU. The firm remains active in assisting foreign businesses with their incorporation in the Ivory Coast. Lassiney Kathann Camara has extensive experience in corporate and tax matters.

Cadiciss is led by English- and French-qualified Myriam Carius, a prominent figure in project finance across the OHADA jurisdictions. She has a long track record with DFIs such as International Finance Corporation, the African Development Bank, and the West African Development Bank. Prior to launching the firm, Carius worked as an associate in three different leading international law firms.

Houda Law Firm has launched an Abidjan office to build on its leading presence in Senegal. With close legal links between the two jurisdictions and with the firm already having frequently advised on matters in the Ivory Coast, it is well placed to develop a leading position in the market. It is the first law firm from another African jurisdiction to enter the Ivory Coast. The firm is especially active throughout the West African region, frequently working alongside some of the top international firms that are focused on the continent. It has a number of local and internationally qualified lawyers, including England and France registered practitioners. Founding partner Khaled Abou El Houda represents a number of leading regional banks in the jurisdiction.

LEX WAYS is highly regarded for disputes. Diomande Soualiho Lassomann is a prominent figure in litigation and arbitration, having handled a series of big-ticket cases over the years, including disputes involving the dismissal of high-ranking executives. Ibrahima Bah provides further expertise in non-contentious corporate and banking matters.

orrick rci is the entity through which international law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has a presence in the Ivory Coast and the West Africa region. Its licence to practice allows it to provide solely non-contentious advice. At the heart of the practice is energy and infrastructure, finance, cross-border M&A and private equity investments. The Abidjan office is making particular progress in securitisation, power project development and finance, oil and gas, mining and hotel financings. The team has worked on a significant market share of securitisations in the jurisdiction and has a sizeable flow of financial markets regulation engagements. Energy and infrastructure projects are also growth segments for the office. Former legal and regularory director at the National Agency of the Universal Service of Telecommunications Patricia Amand joined the office in 2017, followed by Yacouba Coulibaly from an in-house position at Afreximbank in 2018. Karamoko Fadiga is recommended for debt capital markets and securitisation transactions. Paris partners Pascal Agboyibor and Yves Lepage are also heavily involved with the jurisdiction and the wider region.

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