John W Ffooks & Co is a multilingual international law firm covering Francophone Africa. The firm specialises in commercial and business law, including finance, project finance, intellectual property, minerals, mining, oil & gas, environmental law, privatisation, telecommunications and banking law. The firm regularly advises on all aspects of these areas within each country in our region.
All levels of fee-earner are familiar with international transactions, both in terms of detailed, accurate content as well as delivering the expected quality of service under associated cost and time pressures. The Firm has particular experience in advising foreign investors investing in Francophone Africa, as well as local clients looking for international expertise and vision. The Firm draws on its extensive international expertise and detailed knowledge of local law and practise to offer the best international advice tailored for each individual country.
The Firm prides itself on delivering a highly professional service closely tailored to the individual client’s requirements. The Firm is responsive and pragmatic and tries at all times to anticipate a client’s needs rather than simply reacting to circumstance.
We aim to service clients in their host country and in the client's home jurisdiction. With offices in Senegal, Mauritius and Madagascar, and associated offices throughout the region, we are able to respond to clients' needs at every level, from operational matters on the ground to meeting and discussing the issues face to face at the client’s head office.
The Firm is highly accustomed to working closely with lawyers from other jurisdictions. It has worked with lawyers across the EU and the UK, as well as with law firms from North America, South Africa, Australia and Asia. The Firm’s lawyers speak fluent English and French (in addition to local languages, as appropriate) and can communicate without difficulty in English with correspondents from overseas. In particular, the Firm promotes the use of effective, modern common-law business approaches in Francophone Africa, tailored to the needs of our clients.
Our senior staff have worked extensively with the largest law firms in the English speaking world and bring this valuable experience to the team, an experience which is unique in Francophone Africa.