Firm Profile > Asafo & Co. > Paris, France

Asafo & Co.
63, AVENUE DES CHAMPS-ELYSEES
75008 Paris
France

Industry focus: Energy Tier 2

Since its inception in Spring 2019, Asafo & Co. has wasted no time securing new mandates. The Paris-based team mainly focuses on the African market and benefits from a unique network of offices on the continent with implantations in Kenya, Morocco, Ivory Coast and South Africa. The team of very experienced partners combines civil and common law expertise and in high demand from African states, international lenders, companies and sponsors to assist with the development and financing of all types of energy projects. The practice is involved in some of Africa largest hydroelectric and gas-fired power projects as well as in many large renewables, gas-powered and biomass projects. The firm is also handling several large mandates in the mining sector. Practice co-heads Pascal Agboyibor and Simon Ratledge are highly recognised. Also recommended are Bob Bastos and Sébastien Gaudu. In March 2021, projects and public law expert Cendrine Delivré joined the team from CMS.

Practice head(s):

Pascal Agboyibor; Simon Ratledge

Other key lawyers:

Bob Bastos; Sébastien Gaudu

Testimonials

Good knowledge of the sector and of West Africa. Good fighting spirit. Listen to the client. Search for simplicity in efficiency.’

Creative, responsive, efficient.’

Key clients

Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

La Générale des Carrières et des Mines S.A. (Gécamines)

Ministry of Mines and Geology of the Republic of Guinea

AZITO Energie S.A.

Globeleq

IPS West Africa

MGI Energy

Électricité de France (EDF)

Opec Fund for International Development (OFID)

Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF)

African Development Bank

Attijariwafa Bank Europe

European Investment Bank (EIB)

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Eksport Kredit Fonden (EKF)

Project finance Tier 2

Asafo & Co. is a top firm for African energy projects. The Paris-based practice, which benefits from a unique network of offices on the continent with offices in Kenya, Morocco, Ivory Coast and South Africa, combines common and civil law expertise. It focuses on assisting African states, international financial institutions, companies and sponsors with the development and financing of all types of energy projects. It is involved in several of Africa’s largest hydroelectric and gas fired power projects as well in as many large renewables, gas-powered and biomass projects. The firm is also handling several highly significant mandates in the mining sector as well as some work outside of energy, for example in the hospitality sector. Practice co-heads Pascal Agboyibor and Simon Ratledge are highly recognised. Sébastien Gaudu and Bob Bastos are other key contacts

Practice head(s):

Simon Ratledge; Pascal Agboyibor

Other key lawyers:

Sébastien Gaudu; Bob Bastos

Testimonials

‘The team at Asafo have proven to not only have the necessary technical expertise, but they are also critical thinkers daring enough to explore unfamiliar approaches to resolving issues while anticipating issues and possible solutions in advance. Their willingness to exercise flexibility while maintaining a high level of professionalism can not go unrecognised.’

‘The team is very diverse with a presence in Europe and Africa with the teams being very well coordinated so the client never feels a lapse in communication or deficiency in service delivery no matter who is handling the matter. The individuals I have worked with were available, approachable, attentive and went to great lengths to present with great clarity every solution offered with an openness to hearing my opinion and integrating that in the final solution as much as possible. Working with the team left me deeply satisfied. I am very grateful to Simon Ratledge and Olivia Crouzat.’               

Key clients

Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

La Générale des Carrières et des Mines S.A. (Gécamines)

Ministry of Mines and Geology of the Republic of Guinea

AZITO Energie S.A.

Globeleq

IPS West Africa

MGI Energy

EDF

Limak Africa S.A.

Opec Fund for International Development (OFID)

Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF)

African Development Bank

Attijariwafa Bank Europe

European Investment Bank (EIB)

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Eksport Kredit Fonden (EKF)

Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 5

Practice head(s):

Jacob Grierson

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Granier

Testimonials

‘The team is extremely adept at tackling complex issues. They are very thoughtful, caring and active in supporting their clients. They have excellent competence in handling a significant volume of documents during the document production phase’.

‘Jacob Grierson is extraordinarily brilliant and full of insights. He has an exceptional ability to see the various issues in the big picture. He has excellent logic and ability to defeat opponents.’

‘Jacob Grierson is an elite dispute resolution lawyer. He is meticulous, focused, extremely dedicated and a consummate professional.  He is what every in-house lawyer wants and needs: a truly exceptional partner who knows how to partner.’

‘Counsel Thomas Granier has an exceptionally logical mindset with a really sincere attitude towards his clients. He has a gentle approach, but he always accurately identifies the problem.’

Asafo & Co. is an international law firm established to deliver a unique and integrated offering of world class legal services dedicated to Africa-related business. With experienced teams of over 150 lawyers and legal professionals in seven offices in Abidjan, Casablanca, Johannesburg, London, Mombasa, Nairobi and Paris, Asafo & Co. has established a unique pan-African footprint.

The team works on complex and high-impact transactions, financings and dispute resolution matters in a broad range of sectors, including energy (conventional and renewable), infrastructure, natural resources (mining, oil and gas), telecommunications, as well as banking and financial services. Asafo & Co. regularly acts for private investors, developers, commercial and development banks, development financial institutions, investment funds, states and government entities.

Department Name Email Telephone
Project Finance; Project Development; Mining; Energy; Banking and Sovereign Borrowing Pascal Agboyibor pagboyibor@asafoandco.com +33 1 79 35 64 64
Dispute Resolution & International Arbitration Emmanuel Avramesco eavramesco@asafoandco.com +33 1 79 35 64 64
Project Development & PPP; Project Finance Bob Bastos bbastos@asafoandco.com +33 1 79 35 64 64
General Corporate Arnaud de Brosses adebrosses@asafoandco.com +33 1 79 35 64 64
Public Law; Project Development & PPP Cendrine Delivré cdelivre@asafoandco.com +33 1 79 35 64 64
Project Development & PPP; Project Finance Sébastien Gaudu sgaudu@asafoandco.com +33 1 79 35 64 64
Banking & Finance; Capital Markets & Sovereign Borrowing Alain Gauvin agauvin@asafoandco.com +33 1 79 35 64 64
International Arbitration Jacob Grierson jgrierson@asafoandco.com +33 1 79 35 64 64
Banking & Finance Adrien Guidet aguidet@asafoandco.com +33 1 79 35 64 64
Project Finance Simon Ratledge sratledge@asafoandco.com +33 1 79 35 64 64
Private Equity; M&A; General Corporate Noro-Lanto Ravisy nlravisy@asafoandco.com +33 1 79 35 64 64
Dispute Resolution & International Arbitration Isabelle Rouche irouche@asafoandco.com +33 1 79 35 64 64
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