Firm Profile > Houda Law Firm > Abidjan, Senegal

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

Leading firms Tier 1

Founded in 1977, Houda Law Firm has a well-established presence in the market and a solid track record, particularly in the fields of corporate and M&A and project finance. The firm's clients include private and public companies and individuals. Multi-lingual managing partner Khaled Abou El Houda stands out for his experience in mining and oil and gas projects. With him in the team is Seyni Gueye, who specialises in labour and employment, and seasoned litigator Daouda Seck.

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Ivory Coast > Leading firms Tier 3

Houda Law Firm is headquartered in Senegal, but operates from the Ivory Coast through its ofice in Abidjan. It is now considered a strong force across West Africa and stands out for its OHADA law experience and expertise. The firm is well connected to the international legal market and in Khaled Abou El Houda, it has a senior practitioner with extensive regional connections, including among the key banks.

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Houda Law Firm is a full-service and leading law firm based in Dakar (Senegal) and in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire). Founded in 1977, the firm has extensive experience establishing foreign companies and providing counsel, legal assistance, and litigation representation in court. The firm is under the leadership of its managing partner Khaled Abou El Houda. The Firm is made up of an international staff of 44 persons and benefits from the experience international lawyers with lawyers registered at the Bars of Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and France.

The Clients

Houda Law Firm provides clear and precise legal advice and assistance to its clients, which include individuals, local public and private companies or entities, individual foreign investors, foreign private companies, investment funds, financial institutions, international law firms and non-governmental organizations, to name but a few.

The Team

Houda Law Firm benefits from an experienced team of senior and junior lawyers and jurists, almost all of whom are bilingual and some of whom are trilingual. The entire staff is French-speaking, and the majority of them speak the local language in Senegal, Wolof. The firm also has an English-speaking team.

Houda Law Firm is made up of a diverse team of individuals with an international background and coming from different countries in West Africa, Central Africa, North Africa and Europe.

The Network

Our firm is based in Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire. It is the first law firm in French-speaking Africa to have opened a secondary law firm in Côte d’Ivoire.

The firm can assist its clients in the support and representation of foreign companies and investors in Senegal and in the sub-region (West Africa).

Khaled Abou El Houda practices as a Lawyer registered with the Bar Association of Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire.

He is also affiliated to the following professional organisations:

  • Honorary member of the Chamber of Mines of Senegal;
  • Secretary General of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum Senegal Section (ICM SENEGAL);
  • Secretary General of the American Chamber of Commerce in Senegal (AMCHAM SENEGAL);
  • General Secretary of the Moroccan Investor Club in Senegal;
  • Member of the Association of Business Law Firms in Africa ABLFA;
  • Member of the Reform Committee of the Arbitration, Mediation and Conciliation Center of Dakar.

The Dakar Office

Houda Law Firm, formerly called Cabinet Kanjo and Houda, was founded in February 1977 by Mohamed Salim Kanjo.

It is a renowned law firm in the fields of business law, corporate law, labour law, banking and finance law, public and private international law, contract law and taxation.

The firm has a solid experience at both national and international levels and is one of the leading firms on the market.

The Abidjan Office

Thanks to its legal expertise in OHADA law and its network in the sub-region, Houda Law firm launched in 2018 a second law firm in Abidjan to accompany the demands of its clients for this essential financial and economic place in West Africa. The team is made up of professionals with international profiles able to advise Ivorian and international clients which need legal and tax advise.