Leading firms in Ivory Coast

Bilé-Aka, Brizoua-Bi & Associés

Bilé-Aka, Brizoua-Bi & Associés' high profile extends well beyond Ivory Coast itself, with its extensive record in cross-border transactions and disputes, particularly in the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) and the Organisation pour l'Harmonisation en Afrique du Droit des Affaires (OHADA) region. The firm has continued to land major engagements in M&A, project finance and disputes, amongst other areas. Joachim Bilé-Aka is a senior figure in corporate transactions and financings, while Michel Brizoua-Bi is a leading name in dispute resolution.

Other key lawyers:

Joachim Bilé-Aka; Michel Brizoua-Bi 

SCPA DOGUE - Abbé YAO & Associés

SCPA DOGUE - Abbé YAO & Associés is one of the traditional leaders in the market, which continues to stand out for its expertise in transactions and dispute resolution. It remains prominent in projects, PPPs, M&A and financings. It is also frequently engaged in big-ticket litigation and arbitration, thanks to the presence of senior name Abbé YaoSeydou Zerbo is a recognised talent in projects and M&A.

FDKA

FDKA is at the forefront of the domestic and OHADA markets and has a tremendous reputation in the international legal community. It frequently works alongside international law firms on landmark energy and infrastructure projects in West Africa and in the OHADA states. Karim Fadika is frequently singled out as a leader in cross-border projects and M&A transactions. Colette Kacoutie and Mahoua Fadika Delafosse are also notable practitioners.

Other key lawyers:

Karim Fadika; Colette Kacoutie; Mahoua Fadika Delafosse

Cabinet Hoegah & Etté

Cabinet Hoegah & Etté has an established record in mining and natural resources. It represents a large number of foreign mining giants and their Ivory Coast subsidiaries in connection with financings, corporate transactions, labour law matters and disputes. The firm is also frequently engaged by financial institutions, telecoms and agricultural businesses; in 2019, the firm worked alongside Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in advising social impact investor AgDevCo on its investment in Dekeloil, the Ivorian and AIM listed agricultural business. Managing partner Theodore Hoegah is a leader in corporate transactions, financings and tax matters, particularly in the mining and natural resources segment. Michel Etté  is a leading figure in arbitration and litigation.

Other key lawyers:

Theodore Hoegah; Michel Etté; Aboudramane Ouattara; Evelyne M’Bassidjé

Cabinet Jean-François Chauveau

Cabinet Jean-François Chauveau is best known for projects and PPP engagements, notably in the energy, natural resources and infrastructure segments. Banking and finance, telecoms and transport are also key sectors. Jean-Francois Chauveau is a big name in the local market, across the OHADA states and internationally; he previously practised as a lawyer in Paris.

KSK Société d'Avocats

KSK Société d'Avocats has an outstanding record in energy, mining and infrastructure projects, including PPPs. It is at the forefront of public law matters and has extensive experience of M&A and financings. Dispute resolution is another forte for the firm. Zinda Sawadogo is at the forefront of project finance and PPP projects, and Georges Angaman Kouadio is a notable figure in M&A and tax, including cross-border transactions. Kouamé Klemet is a leading public law specialist.

Other key lawyers:

Zinda Sawadogo; Georges Angaman Kouadio; Kouamé Klemet 

ASAFO & CO. RCI

ASAFO & CO. RCI has made a considerable impact on the market since the Abidjan office separated from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in 2019. As part of an Africa-focused firm with multiple offices on the continent and in London and Paris, the Abidjan office has real international credibility, enabling it to work on a series of regional engagements including in Mali, Burkina Faso and Senegal. It represents a sizeable number of international clients, along with governments and local businesses. It is best known for energy, natural resources and infrastructure; it advised EDF on the concession agreement for the Biovéa project, a 2x23 MW biomass power project in Ayebo, Ivory Coast, the first biomass project in West Africa. It also impresses in capital markets and securitisation, and banking and finance. Yacouba Coulibaly is a senior figure in banking and finance, Karamoko Fadiga for capital markets and securitisation, and newly promoted partner Didier Boua Doux  is making an impression in projects and energy.

Practice head(s):

Yacouba Coulibaly; Karamoko Fadiga; Didier Boua Doux

Testimonials

‘They made the effort to understand our company, our needs, our strong and weak points, in order to protect us end to give us the best position in our negotiation.’

‘The team is responsive and well educated, making it a pleasure to work with.’

 

Key clients

Starénergie 2073 Y

Electricité de France (EDF)

SFC Finance, CDC Group and DEG

Société Générale Côte d’Ivoire, CACIB, la BAD et Grameen

Credit Agricole Foundation

Africa Link Capital Structuration

Caisse Générale de Retraite des Agents de l’Etat (CGRAE)

Société Générale Côte d’Ivoire, Société Générale Burkina

Faso et BOA Burkina Faso

Work highlights

  • Advised EDF, as sponsor, on the concession agreement for the Biovéa project, a 2x23MW biomass power project in Ayebo, Ivory Coast.
  • Advised Africa Link Capital Structuration in connection with a revolving transaction in respect of a securitisation special purpose vehicle (FCTC ENERGIES) with the opening of a new compartment and the dissolution of the initial compartment.  
  • Advised Société Générale Côte d’Ivoire in its capacity as an arranger and facility agent in the context of a facility provided to Ebomaf and a facility provided to the State of Burkina Faso for the construction and asphalting works relating to the Ouagadougou ring roads.

IKT & Associés

IKT & Associés continues to earn accolades for its strength in the banking and finance segment. It has maintained strong connections to local and international lenders, including development finance institutions (DFIs). Osther Henri Tella is rated for banking and finance transactions and is often referred business by international law firms. Annick Imboua-Niava is a key figure in corporate and M&A, including transactions in the mining sector.  

Other key lawyers:

Osther Henri Tella; Annick Imboua-Niava

Anyray & Partners

Anyray & Partners has a notable presence in Ivory Coast, West Africa and across the OHADA states. It has an emphasis on corporate and tax matters and works extensively in the oil, gas and mining. The group also has notable experience of M&A transactions in the telecoms sector and is a key player in West Africa region project financings. Raymond Any-Gbayere  leads the firm.

Practice head(s):

Raymond Any-Gbayere

C.L.K.A.

C.L.K.A. covers a range of transactional, advisory and litigation matters. It has extensive knowledge of public procurement and regulation. The firm is targeting investment from the US and has a fine record in cross-border matters across the OHADA states and WAEMU. It continues to be active in inbound investments, corporate restructurings and headline projects in Ivory Coast and the firm's target regions. Lassiney Kathann Camara has a strong domestic and international profile.

Practice head(s):

Lassiney Kathann Camara 

Testimonials

‘Availability of the lawyers. All matters are treated timely and efficiently.’

CLKA is flexible and very reactive.

‘Lassiney Camara is just a great lawyer and an easy person to deal with. He has a unique capacity to make his points without seeming to impose them on you. He follows up on every single project or contract we work on.’

Key clients

WAEMU

A Consortium comprising ICTSI, CMA CGM, NCT NECOTRANS, MOVIS and TERMINAL LlNK

KOREA TOBACCO & GINSENG CORPORATION ‘

KEOLIS

BILTISH LIMITED

HARVEY LAW GROUP

LUNDIN FOUNDATION

TIMONN

Work highlights

  • Provided judicial and legal assistance in front of the WAEMU Commission (West African Economic and Monetary Union) for the tender regarding the second container terminal implementation and operation at the Ivorian Port.
  • Legal assistance with regards to the establishment of a multinational law firm representative office in Ivory Coast.
  • Legal assistance to a tobacco company with regard to its main product importation into Ivory Coast.

GENI & KEBE IN AFFILIATION WITH BBA

GENI & KEBE IN AFFILIATION WITH BBA is part of DLA Piper's Africa network and works with a range of other international law firms. It specialises in Francophone West Africa  matters with the Abidjan office playing a key role in corporate transactions and arbitration. Its client base is largely foreign multinationals, including a number of major pharmaceutical businesses. Mouhamoud Sangare leads the Abidjan office and specialises in corporate transactions. Dakar-based Mouhamed Kebe  is a frequent visitor to the Abidjan office and is very much part of the Ivory Coast and international arbitration community.

Practice head(s):

Mouhamoud Sangare 

Other key lawyers:

Mouhamed Kebe 

Work highlights

  • Assisted Uber with online registry of financial statements.
  • Advised Sanofi Pharmaceuticals on legal regulations relating to supply chain systems in Ivory Coast, Senegal and Cameroon.
  • Advised Oracle on its EMEA grievance policy.

Houda Law Firm

Houda Law Firm, the Senegal-based firm, has further cemented its position in Abidjan following the launch of an office there in 2018. The office now houses a sizeable team of professionals and leverages a tight link with its Dakar headquarters. The Abidjan team has achieved considerable recognition in the local economy and works on a steady stream of cross-border transactions involving the West Africa sub-region, including OHADA states. Much of the firm's transactional activity centres on mining, oil and gas, and tourism (including hotels). It also has a buoyant international arbitration practice, notably in the OHADA Common Court of Justice and Arbitration (CCJA) in Abidjan. Managing partner Khaled Abou El Houda is frequently based in Abidjan, though principally located in Dakar.

Other key lawyers:

Khaled Abou El Houda

LEX WAYS

LEX WAYS is frequently singled out for its expertise in dispute resolution, including both litigation and arbitration. The firm is further noted for corporate transactions, intellectual property and employment law. The firm has a fine record across the OHADA states. Soualiho Diomande is an experienced litigator and Ibrahima Bah is the key name for corporate transactions and financings.

Other key lawyers:

Soualiho Diomande; Ibrahima Bah