Now a member of DLA Piper Africa, GENI & KEBE fields a diverse team of lawyers, hailing from jurisdictions across the west African region, and bolstering its ability to act on cross-border deals. The firm has a strong corporate and commercial practice, and has advised clients in the energy, mining, and financial sectors, as well as acting as local counsel for several large multinationals. The firm has a strong litigation and arbitration practice, headed up by Mouhamed Kebe, the firm’s managing partner. A significant portion of the firm’s recent work has concerned major projects and public private partnerships, particularly in infrastructure. Senior associate Mame Ngoné Sow has a strong track record in finance mandates, while Mohamed Dieng focuses on regulatory compliance. Boubacar Diakité heads up the firm’s corporate and commercial team, and has advised on high-value sales and acquisitions for Yandex Taxi, Coca-Cola, and American Capital.
Leading firms in Senegal
Other key lawyers:
Mame Ngoné Sow’ Mohamed Dieng; Boubacar Diakité
‘Long standing experience in advising international businesses investing in Senegal and the wider Francophone sub Saharan Africa not only on legal but wider commercial and cultural issues; well established team; membership of DLA Piper Africa and close interaction with the other 20 jurisdictions in Africa and the wider team internationally as well as being able to draw on resources, expertise and international team colleagues.’
‘Perceptive understanding of the needs and issues faced by international businesses investing or engaging in Senegal and the wider region. The senior partner, Mouhamed Kebe, excels and is surrounded by an excellent team including particularly Boubacar Diakite , Mame Ngone Sow and Mohamed Dieng.’
‘Geni & Kebe are very good and attentive listeners, they pay attention to detail, they know the law and know how to apply it, they give alternatives in any given situation if there are any and weigh the situations to give reasoned advice. They are also very polite and courteous. They are much respected by many friends of mine both in Senegal and elsewhere. Teamwork is excellent.’
‘Bilingual, caring, in-depth subject knowledge, courtesy, always willing to explain situations, never appear pressed for time, competent, good results, reasonable bills. I am very impressed with this Cabinet and Maitre Kebe in particular.’
‘Strong experience and expertise in corporate law matters. ’
‘Highly responsive and professional team. ’
‘Efficient team and affordable. Always available for the customer.’
‘The individuals I worked with are really kind, professional, good at listening to customer and dedicated to support for the requested output. Cases are well taken care of and detailed feedback provided as and when necessary.’
‘Last but not least, the fact that Maitre Kebe is bilingual with a great grasp of the West African legal framework was very convenient for us as client.’
Houda Law Firm is a full service firm with a strong track record in advising on large-scale projects, particularly projects in the infrastructure, energy, and mining sectors. The firm advise on the full range of standard corporate matters, including M&A work, regulatory advice, employment issues, and intellectual property law. Managing partner Khaled Abou El Houda’s expertise lies in banking and finance law and he has extensive experience in assisting with the financing major projects. Daouda Seck handles litigation, while Malick Lo and Elodie Dagneaux provide corporate and commercial advice. Seyni Gueye advises on labour and employment matters, while tax matters are covered by Assane Dieye.
Cabinet Maître Cheikh FALL handles corporate and commercial advisory work for domestic and international clients. In addition, the firm (one of the largest and oldest in Senegal), is praised by its peers for its strong litigation capabilities, particularly in the field of intellectual property law. Cheikh Fall, the founder, remains the managing partner.
Formerly of Geni & Kebe, Léon Patrice Sarr founded LPS L@W in 2015. Since then, the firm has established a strong reputation in commercial and corporate advisory work, financing matters, and employment law. The firm’s regulatory and transactional practice is active in a variety of sectors, including telecoms, energy, and banking. The team is bilingual in French and English, facilitating its ability to work on cross-border mandates.
Léon Patrice Sarr
John W Ffooks & Co
Primarily based in Madagascar, John W Ffooks & Co’s practice has a pan-African approach and a significant footprint in OHADA countries, including Senegal. Much of the firm’s work in Senegal is undertaken on behalf of multinational clients acting throughout the region. John Ffooks, the managing partner, leads on most of the matters at the regional level, while associate Pape Dieng provides local expertise in Senegal itself. The firm is experienced in banking and financial services, employment matters, telecoms, construction, energy, and litigation.