Legal Market Overview
The Ivory Coast legal market is awash with high level talent and it remains at the centre of Organisation pour l’Harmonisation en Afrique du Droit des Affaires (OHADA), the harmonised business law environment across 17 West and Central African jurisdictions. OHADA’s Common Court of Justice and Arbitration is based in Abidjan, the capital. While many of Ivory Coast’s lawyers are well plugged into the international legal market, the domestic scene is almost entirely dominated by local firms. Senegal-based Houda Law Firm, is the only foreign law firm to make a notable impact on the jurisdiction, especially following the closure of orrick rci, the Abidjan branch of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, the international law firm.