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Established in 1912, GENI & KEBE has deep roots in Senegal and is also notable for its cross-border experience. The Senegal member of DLA Piper’s Africa group, the multi-lingual team often has a role on multi-jurisdictional projects. The firm's arbitration practice also goes from strength to strength; managing partner Mouhamed Kebe’s appointment as a member of the ICC's International Court of Arbitration in 2017 is an indicator of its renown in this space. It remained busy in key areas including mining, energy and PPPs. In ongoing work, Kebe is advising Kosmos Energy on the establishment of its operations in Senegal following the discovery of offshore gas near the Senegalese and Mauritanian border in 2016. Banking and finance is another active practice at the firm, where highly experienced senior associate Mame Ngoné Sow is a name to note. Financial regulatory and Islamic finance are among the group's areas of expertise. 2017 and 2018 saw a number of personnel changes at the firm: US-qualified senior associate Meghan Waters joined from Colombian firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría and counsel Dembo Diaoula joined from EY Senegal. Aboubacar Fall and Codou Sow-Seck left to establish FALL Partners. Counsel Boubacar Diakité heads the corporate and M&A team.

Houda Law Firm has a strong banking, corporate and M&A practice and is a popular choice for international companies seeking to incorporate foreign entities in Senegal. The firm’s complementary knowledge of franchising, labour and tax law is a further draw. Dispute resolution is another mainstay. In current work, the team is defending a client before the Senegalese courts to cancel a tax adjustment. The firm has also developed a notable energy and construction practice and is regularly instructed by clients across the mining, oil and gas, real estate and infrastructure sectors in major projects. In recent internal developments, the firm established a new office in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Managing partner Khaled Abou El Houda is the name to note; in addition to his corporate, banking and energy practice, he is also a chartered arbitrator and mediator. At the non-partner level, Elodie Dagneaux and Maxime Curtenat are active members of the team.

With a focus on cross-border work, Cabinet Maître Cheikh FALL is regularly instructed by international law firms in multi-jurisdictional corporate and commercial transactions. The firm is headquartered in Dakar, where lawyers collaborate with colleagues in other offices, including Mali, Chad and Ivory Coast. The mining and aviation sectors are particular focus areas, though the firm’s diverse client base includes multinational companies from myriad industries. Founder Cheikh Fall oversees the firm’s operations and is the key contact.

John W Ffooks & Co excels in multi-jurisdictional corporate and commercial transactions; the firm operates across West Africa, including in Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mali and Cameroon. It is a popular choice for investors looking to do business in the region and has developed a particularly strong practice in the telecoms sector. The team has also been busy in power, mining and oil and gas projects. Founding partner John Ffooks leads the firm, spending time in several of its offices. The multi-lingual Vannissa Rakotonirina is the key contact in Dakar.

Since its creation in 2015, ‘young and dynamic’ firm LPS L@w has quickly established itself as a significant player in Senegal’s legal market. It is well versed in the TMT sector, including in complex areas including cybersecurity, cryptocurrency, e-commerce and data protection. Outside of the technology space, the firm is active in corporate, finance and employment law. Litigation is another busy practice, where the firm has developed particular expertise in debt collection proceedings; Magna Brice Sylva is the name to note for litigation and ADR. ‘Sharp and strategic-thinker’ Léon Patrice Sarr is the managing and founding partner.

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