Firm Profile > Houda Law Firm > Abidjan, Senegal

Houda Law Firm
Residence Nabil, 1st Floor
Rue du Commerce
Abidjan 01

Senegal > Leading firms Tier 1

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.

Ivory Coast > Leading firms Tier 3

Houda Law Firm, the Senegal-based firm, has further cemented its position in Abidjan following the launch of an office there in 2018. The office now houses a sizeable team of professionals and leverages a tight link with its Dakar headquarters. The Abidjan team has achieved considerable recognition in the local economy and works on a steady stream of cross-border transactions involving the West Africa sub-region, including OHADA states. Much of the firm's transactional activity centres on mining, oil and gas, and tourism (including hotels). It also has a buoyant international arbitration practice, notably in the OHADA Common Court of Justice and Arbitration (CCJA) in Abidjan. Managing partner Khaled Abou El Houda is frequently based in Abidjan, though principally located in Dakar.

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Houda Law Firm is a law firm with a strong reputation based in Senegal and Ivory Coast able to accompany an international clientele in the entire West-African sub-region. The Law Firm opened a second office in Abidjan in 2018 in order to assist its diverse international clientele, and to develop its ability to work on transnational projects and participate to the West-African economic dynamism.

The Clients

Houda Law Firm counts amongst its clientele well renowned international group and companies operating in diverse sectors. Our Firm has worked with a diverse range of clients including:

  • International Law Firms including members of the Magic Circle;
  • A dozen of local banks;
  • International Financial Institutions including private international banks and public investment banks;
  • British, South-African, Belgian, Luxembourgish investment funds;
  • IT American & Asian companies;
  • Turkish, French construction companies;
  • Australian, Canadian, Indo-Singaporean, Spanish mining Groups;
  • Oil & Gas majors & international subcontractors;
  • International and regional organizations;
  • International NGO’s;
  • European and Asian Maritime shipping company;
  • French retails companies.

The Team

Houda Law Firm is composed of 43 people, lawyers, legal counsels and paralegals. Our team is rich of its international identity through the diverse nationalities and languages speaking of its members.
The various nationalities are:

  • Senegalese;
  • Ivorian;
  • Cameroonian;
  • Beninese;
  • Malian;
  • Gabonese;
  • Congolese;
  • French;
  • Lebanese;
  • Moroccan;
  • Mauritanian.

Our Team members are native French speakers and the international team is fluent in English. We count also as our languages the Wolof (national and most spoken dialect in Senegal), other ethnic regional languages and Arabic.

The network

Houda Law Firm has collaborated many times and is often designated as a local collaborator for international Law firms from Europe, UK, US, MENA, Australia & Asia. Our Managing Partner and Attorney at Law Me Khaled Abou El Houda is a member of the Senegalese and Ivoirian Bar, and is an arbitrator of the Common Court of Justice of OHADA. He is also a member of the Chamber of Mines of Senegal; the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum Senegal Section (ICM SENEGAL), the Association of Business Law Firms in Africa ABLFA and is the Secretary General of the American Chamber of Commerce in Senegal (AMCHAM SENEGAL).

Abidjan Office

Since 2018, Houda Law Firm has a secondary office in Abidjan, the economic capital and booming city of Ivory Coast. We are the first law firm in French-speaking Africa to have opened a secondary law firm in Ivory Coast. The Abidjan office is also a multi-disciplinary law firm which offers litigation assistance and legal assistance.

Regional outreach

Houda Law Firm has a network of collaborators and colleagues throughout West Africa and has a regional UEMOA competence to assist in its various jurisdictions.

Houda Law Firm’s teams are composed of local and international profiles. The Firm is committed to ensure the integration of people from different continents, nationalities and ethnic groups.

Houda Law Firm attaches a particular importance to values of diversity and equity. The team composed by more than 40 members include people from different nationalities (Senegalese, Cameroonian, Ivorian, Congolese, Gabonese, Beninese, French, Moroccan, Mauritanian, Lebanese etc). As such, part of the team is able to work in English, some also in Arabic. Several members of our team are also fluent in the most commonly used local languages.

This social policy allows a local anchoring as well as an international opening.

Also, gender equality is an important vision that we apply in our Law Firm in Dakar or Abidjan. The teams, whether they are counsels, lawyers or paralegals, are composed of men and women in equal measure. Also, the management functions of the different entities are carried out according to the skills and experience of the various parties involved, without distinction as to the gender of the lawyer.