Leading firms in Senegal

GENI & KEBE

With a long history in the market, GENI & KEBE has established a leading legal practice in Senegal, and - with an international team of lawyers from multiple countries - the firm also has an international outlook and pan-African approach. It is a member of the DLA Piper network and also benefits from its own additional office in Ivory Coast. The team advises on finance, corporate and commercial transactions, with sector specialisms including energy, mining and aviation. In a high-profile deal, Mame Ngoné Sow and a team advised Airbus and Santander on the bridging finance for the sale of an Airbus A330neo to Air Senegal. Mouhamed Kebe heads the team, which includes key lawyers Mohamed Dieng and Boubacar Diakité.

Practice head(s):

Mouhamed Kebe

Testimonials

Boubacar Diakité is extremely hard working. He is very knowledgeable not only about the law but also the practice.

Key clients

ICBC

Airbus and Santander

Bassari Resources

Yandex Taxi

British Embassy

Uber

Citigroup

Mastercard Foundation

APIX

BP

Work highlights

  • Advised Airbus and Santander on the sale of an Airbus A330neo to Air Senegal.
  • Acted for ICBC on the loan to build the United Nations in Senegal’s new city, Diamniadio.
  • Advised Mastercard Foundation on establishing a legal entity in Senegal and sundry issues, including employment contracts.

Houda Law Firm

Founded in 1977, Houda Law Firm has a well-established presence in the market and a solid track record, particularly in the fields of corporate and M&A and project finance. The firm's clients include private and public companies and individuals. Multi-lingual managing partner Khaled Abou El Houda stands out for his experience in mining and oil and gas projects. With him in the team is Seyni Gueye, who specialises in labour and employment, and seasoned litigator Daouda Seck.

Practice head(s):

Khaled Abou El Houda

Cabinet Maître Cheikh FALL

Cabinet Maître Cheikh FALL counts local and international companies among its clients. It is particularly focused on cross-border corporate and commercial transactions, where its Dakar-based lawyers are able to collaborate with colleagues across the firm's office network. Cheikh Fall is the founding partner.

Practice head(s):

Cheikh Fall

LPS L@w

With 'a young and dynamic, multicultural and multidisciplinary team', LPS L@w is 'well positioned in the market  and employs 'innovative solutions tailored to the needs of local and international clients'. The firm is particularly active in the tech space - where its clients include leading multinational companies - and has also been kept busy in dispute resolution. Other sector specialisms include telecoms, media, banking and insurance. In recent work, key partner Magna Brice Sylva and Léon Patrice Sarr acted for Excaf Telecom, a Senegalese audio-visual broadcasting company, in an unfair competition dispute against Startime concerning its package of television channels.

Practice head(s):

Léon Patrice Sarr

Testimonials

LPS L@w is a solid firm, able to quickly get to the nitty-gritty of the law whilst looking for the most pragmatic solution in the light of the law.

LPS is a full-service law firm. It is well positioned in the Senegalese market through the use of innovative solutions tailored to the needs of local and international clients.

One of LPS’s greatest qualities is its team, a young and dynamic, multicultural and multidisciplinary team that combines most aspects of OHADA Law.

Léon Patrice Saar has strong analytical skills and examines legal details whilst keeping the big picture in mind. He is also a very articulate speaker.

Léon Patrice Saar is a dynamic, responsive, dedicated and passionate lawyer with the ability to intervene in several areas of expertise.

Key clients

John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group

T&W Corporation

General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church

Chemonics

ATP Investimentos

Humaniq Ltd

Association Guediawaye Football Club

CCE Sarl – Genelec – Sogecam

Senegal Packing

Excaf Telecom

Comptoire Commercial Maamarah

Corporation Service Company (CSC) / Microsoft

Coface

Work highlights

  • Assisted a consortium with the international bid for the local rapid transit bus project in Dakar.
  • Representing Excaf Telecom in an unfair competition dispute against Startime concerning its package of television channels.
  • Successfully defended the interests of the Association Guediawaye Football Club before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne in a dispute against Jappo SA.

John W Ffooks & Co

From its multiple offices, including its office in Dakar, John W Ffooks & Co advises on multi-jurisdictional transactions on the continent, with an emphasis on Francophone Africa. It counts local and international companies among its clients, including financial institutions, state-owned enterprises and government departments. Founding partner John Ffooks has over 25 years of experience in project finance across Africa. Corporate partner Vannissa Rakotonirina manages the firm's offices in Senegal and Guinea.

Practice head(s):

Vannissa Rakotonirina