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Our OHADA - Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa practice provides legal advice across Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Republic of Congo, Senegal and Togo.

Our multi-disciplinary practice brings together lawyers from different practice groups and offices, particularly London and Paris. Our lawyers are fluent in both English and French.

We have been at the forefront of developing and implementing the OHADA law in major secured financings in several OHADA Member countries. In recognition of our OHADA law expertise, we were asked by the World Bank and the OHADA Authorities to help prepare an analytical report with proposals for the reform of the OHADA Uniform Act on Security (the revised act came into effect in May 2011).

Our clients include African and international corporations, investors, commercial lenders, export credit agencies, development agencies and governments, domestic and international private equity funds.

We boast a wealth of on the ground experience, delivering international market practice in the regional business environment.

Our expertise across the region covers a variety of industries (banking, energy and natural resources, infrastructure, private equity, telecoms) and the full range of legal services (from project finance to capital markets, lending, private equity and corporate/M&A, dispute resolution):

  • Project Finance: we pride ourselves on having acted on landmark projects in the region such as the Azito and Ciprel Power plants in Côte d’Ivoire, the Kribi power plant in Cameroon, the extension of the Dakar toll road in Senegal, the Chad-Cameroon petroleum and pipeline project, the Cap des Biches power plant in Senegal, the financing for the construction and operation of a container terminal in the port of Lomé
  • Corporate: our recent highlights include advising Actis on the sale and transfer of Globeleq Africa to a consortium formed by Norfund and CDC (including assets in Cameroon and Côte d’Ivoire), advising on the USD 1.35 billion acquisition of Caracal Energy Inc., a company focused on oil and gas exploration, development and production activities in the Republic of Chad, advising Carrefour on its joint venture arrangements with CFAO for the development and operation of retail activities in Senegal, Cameroon, Congo, Ivory Coast, DRC, Gabon, Nigeria and Ghana
  • Capital Markets: recently advised on the two sovereign debt issuances by the Republic of Gabon and the Republic of Cameroon
  • Lending: we advise numerous clients on loan facilities

We have excellent and long standing relationships with all of the leading law firms in the region. In September 2013, we launched the Clifford Chance Africa Academy ("CCAA"), which provides a structured training programme that is accessible for all our relationship African counsel. Regional law firms took part in the sessions we organised in Côte d'Ivoire and Cameroon.  

Recent highlights

Awards and milestones

  • Africa Deal of the Year 2015: Republic of Senegal CFA100 billion sukuk – Islamic Finance News Awards
  • Deal of the Year – Power 2013: Azito Gas-Fired Power Plant expansion – Infrastructure Journal
  • African Power Deal of the Year 2012: Azito Gas-fired Power Plant expansion – PFI Awards
  • African Transport Deal of the Year 2012: Riviera-Marcory Bridge

Recent assignments

Directory listings and client comments

  • "Internationally recognised firm with experts based in London and Paris. Its work in Cameroon centres around the banking and finance side of deals, and it often represents investors and lenders in energy-focused projects."
    General Business Law – Cameroon (Desks Based Abroad) – Chambers Global 2017