Top 10 High-Impact African OHADA Specialists Revolutionizing Corporate Law

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In recent years, the African continent has emerged as a formidable force in various legal spectrums, most notably in the sphere of Corporate and Commercial law. This potential has subsequently birthed impressive legal savants from a myriad of jurisdictions Africa-wide; experts in the OHADA (Organisation for the Harmonisation of Business Law in Africa) law, a uniform and simplified business law in Africa. Not only do these experts provide legal solutions to corporations and businesses, but they also contribute significantly to the growth of legal jurisprudence in Africa.

This article spotlights some of these legal luminaries, their areas of expertise, what they bring to the table, and the notable firms they represent. By providing an in-depth examination of their background, significant contributions, and the roles they play within their legal landscapes, we hope to enlighten our readership about these professionals who are shaping Corporate and Commercial law across the entire African continent.

The business ecosystems in Africa are continually evolving, becoming more complex, and challenging. Therefore, the need for legal experts who are committed to supporting businesses navigate these intricacies cannot be overstated. It is against this backdrop that we bring to you profiles of these ten OHADA Specialists lawyers.

Barthélemy Faye

Mr. Barthélemy Faye, a seasoned lawyer at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, excels in assisting corporate entities and investment funds navigate the tricky terrains of acquisitions and divestments across many African jurisdictions.

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Yves Baratte

Co-heading the Africa practice in Simmons & Simmons LLP, Yves Baratte’s legal prowess transcends diverse sectors including infrastructure, mining, and power, with notable focus on northern Africa and francophone regions. His clientele boasts of multinational corporations and financial institutions.

Boris Martor

Based in Paris, Boris Martor of Bird & Bird has built an impeccable reputation in OHADA law. His practice stretches across energy projects and infrastructure transactions, and includes M&A and private equity deals.

François-Guilhem Vaissier

François-Guilhem Vaissier of White & Case LLP is another legal heavyweight advising clients on cross-border mandates across the OHADA region. His expertise extends to project financing in energy and infrastructure and public-private partnership agreements.

Thierry Lauriol

Thierry Lauriol, who leads Jeantet‘s energy, mining, and infrastructure practice out of Paris, reguarly assists with project finance negotiations. With vast expertise in OHADA law, he is a seasoned professional across francophone Africa.

Bertrand Montembault

Paris-based Bertrand Montembault of Herbert Smith Freehills operates across the OHADA region, focusing predominantly on corporate and projects work. His clients hail primarily from the oil and gas and mining sectors.

Olivier Fille-Lambie

Olivier Fille-Lambie of Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP specializes in project and acquisition finance. Based out of Paris, he operates extensively in the energy and infrastructure sectors in both anglophone and francophone Africa.

Delphine Siino Courtin

Delphine Siino Courtin of Clifford Chance Europe LLP directs her efforts towards project development and finance transactions primarily in the power sector, operating across the North and francophone West Africa.

Julien David

Julien David of Gide Loyrette Nouel is an experienced hand in assisting clients with corporate and M&A mandates across various African jurisdictions.

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Pascal Agboyibor

Pascal Agboyibor, the managing partner of ASAFO & CO. co-leads the firm’s energy and infrastructure department. He handles a myriad of matters across the power, oil and gas, and mining sectors in francophone Africa, representing both private and governmental clients.



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