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Bennani & Associés
ABIDJAN COCODY-VALLON
IMMEUBLE SAYEGH, THIRD FLOOR - SUITE NO 2
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Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast > Leading firms Tier 2

Bennani & Associés assists with some of the most high-profile M&A deals in the market, while also advising a number of clients more broadly on the commercial and corporate law of the OHADA zone. The practice draws on the firm's presence across North, West and Central Africa and frequently serves as local counsel on cases referred by notable international firms. The ‘smart and pragmaticAssemian Faustin Kouakou leads the team, bringing in-house experience in Ivorian banking and finance to the practice, where he focuses on M&A, commercial, competition, and IP mandates.

Practice head(s):

Assemian Faustin Kouakou

Testimonials

‘Bennani is our go-to firm in the regions in which it operates.’

‘Assemian Kouakou is a responsive, smart and pragmatic lawyer. Great to work with.’

‘The team is highly professional and client-oriented.’

‘Assemian Kouakou is always on top of the project and manages to arrange for the delivery of the legal product in a timely and efficient manner.’

‘Assemian Kouakou is very responsive, dedicated and efficient’

‘Bennani’s team is responsive, business-minded and quick to provide tailor-made legal advice.’

‘Assemian Kouakou is an excellent professional: responsive, easy to work with and reliable. He works to the same quality in French and English.’

Key clients

ARGUS France

Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronof LLP

China Gezhouba Group International Engineering Co, Ltd

CGIAR System Organization (Africa Rice)

CFAO Group

Engie Group

JUMIA Group

Ovex Pty (Ltd)

PAYSTACK

Salama – Islamic Arab Insurance Company PSC

United Bank For Africa Plc (Nigeria)

Vivo Energy plc

Work highlights

  • Served as Ivorian counsel to Crown European Holdings on the $2.7bn direct and indirect sale of all its shareholdings in Crown Packaging SIEM Ivory Coast to Kouti B.V.
  • Acted as local counsel to Globis Acquisition Corp during its $300m acquisition of Forafric Agro Holdings Limited’s subsidiaries in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, and Guinea-Bissau.
  • Acted as local counsel on the sale by French industrial energy group Engie of its subsidiaries in West Africa to BUTEC Group Holding Limited.

Firm overview: Founded in 2004, Bennani & Associes is a leading independent pan-African firm with offices in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Côte d’Ivoire and now also Democratic Republic of Congo. If offers cutting-edge business law expertise to listed and unlisted companies as well as public entities and international law firms active in the region. In each market, the firm has a particular expertise in representing foreign investors across a wide range of complex issues, including:

  • General corporate law
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Joint ventures and partnerships
  • Corporate restructuring
  • Competition/antitrust and other regulatory advice
  • Employment law
  • Financing
  • Commercial litigation and arbitration

Industries served: The firm has extensive experience in representing a range of major industry sector, including (but not limited to):

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Chemicals
  • Consumer electronics
  • Energy
  • Engineering and construction
  • Financial Services
  • Food
  • Oil and gas
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Private equity
  • Telecommunications
  • Transport

Recent highlights:

  • Antitrust counsel to Alstom on filing of its €6.2bn merger with Bombardier (Morocco)
  • Counsel to Sage Global Automotive S.R.L. on its acquisition of a 30% stake and voting rights in the Moroccan company, ERT Automotive Morocco Sarl-Au (Morocco)
  • Counsel to Bunzl on Moroccan aspects of its acquisition of a 100% equity interest in Proin Pinilla, S.L., and Protec & Marti, S.L. (Morocco)
  • Counsel to global investment management firm Carlyle in a $404m bankruptcy litigation procedure against the SAMIR refinery (Morocco)
  • Counsel to Representing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Morocco in commercial arbitration against its former distributor (Morocco)
  • Counsel to Facebook on data privacy and payment instruments for new products (Algeria)
  • Counsel to Hyundai on a new vehicle manufacturing joint venture with Tahkout Manufacturing Company (Algeria)
  • Counsel to Evatherm AG in successful defence against penalty claims relating to a turnkey salt production plant (Algeria)
  • Counsel to Enel Green Power on regulatory review of 5,000MW of photovoltaic and wind farm projects (Algeria)
  • Counsel to Delfingen Industry in the acquisition of a 100% shareholding in Schlemmer group’s Tunisian subsidiary (Tunisia)
  • Counsel to Volkswagen regarding merger clearance of its joint venture with Rimac (Tunisia)
  • Counsel to Salama – Islamic Arab Insurance Company PSC on the sale of its Senegalese subsidiary, Salama Senegal, to Groupe Duval (Côte d’Ivoire)
  • Counsel to Paystack Nigeria on regulatory authorisation of the company’s activities (Côte d’Ivoire)
Firm-wide : 53
At this office : 5
French
English
Arabic
Other offices : Algiers (Algeria)
Other offices : Casablanca (Morocco)
Other offices : Kinshasa (DRC)
Other offices : Tunis (Tunisia)