John W Ffooks & Co - Strategy | Investment | Law > Africa
Associates Line Up


All our lawyers are multilingual in English, French and at least one other language. Our lawyers are capable of working in any of our jurisdictions across Francophone Africa, and can be assigned to handle a project in each country - including placing them in country, if required. This ensures quality and consistency of delivery, whilst also enabling better oversight and time management, and the detail and quality of the end product.

Our lawyers are reliable, good-humoured, experienced in their main practice areas, and strike the right balance between taking initiative, and working under supervision with the senior lawyers and John Ffooks.

Hantamalala Rabarijaona

Hantamalala Andrianarivelo

Hanta graduated Masters in Law from the University of Antananarivo in 2006. She has been with the Firm since 2007 and has gained considerable experience in Real Estate, Banking and Corporate matters.

She advises international clients investing in Madagascar and across francophone Africa and has worked on various corporate matters. She has extensive experience in mining, conducting due diligences for a number of mining companies in francophone Africa and in Madagascar. She has also looked after the corporate interests of a Hong Kong-based natural resources company.

She speaks Malagasy, French and English.

Lydia Rasoanirina

Lydia Rasoanirina

Lydia specialises in corporate and commercial law and commercial conveyancing. Her experience has included advising on a project investing in Madagascar and the rest of Africa; the process of land acquisition in Madagascar and related land issues; employment restructuring in Guinea; and the acquisition of shares and assets of a petroleum conglomerate in Guinea and Madagascar. Lydia has also assisted on civil aviation matters and advised on aircraft registrations and on aircraft mortgage registrations.

Lydia is also the secretary of, and responsible for the legal monitoring of, a number of Malagasy incorporated companies.

Lydia speaks French, Malagasy and English.

Tahirisoa Rakotonirina

Tahirisoa Rakotonirina

Tahiry specialises in corporate and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions and employment law. Tahiry advises on elaboration of contract, share transfer and the feasibility of mining investments from a legal perspective. He has experience working in an India-based company where he assisted on the acquisition of mining licenses, applications for mandatory authorisations and negotiations with the government authority.

He has a Masters in law from the University of Antananarivo and is a Malagasy-qualified lawyer.

Claudia Randrianavory

Claudia Randrianavory

Claudia graduated Masters in business law from the learning distance university CNTEMAD in 2010.
Claudia advises international clients investing in Madagascar and across Francophone Africa and particularly those sharing the OHADA (“Organisation pour l’Harmonisation du Droit des Affaires en Afrique”) legal system. Since joining the firm Claudia had the opportunity to closely advise a famous American non-profitable organisation on its corporate and employment issues that its branches encountered in Madagascar and the Republic of Congo. She recently advised an international Australian company in the acquisition of interest in an oil and gas company in Senegal and is currently assisting a Norwegian multinational company on the potential acquisition of an oil and gas entity holding interests in a PSC in Ivory Coast.

Claudia speaks Malagasy, French and English.

Linda Rakotonavalona

Linda Rakotonavalona

Linda graduated Masters in international business law from the catholic university of Madagascar (UCM) 2012.

She advises clients in Madagascar and across the OHADA countries on matters relating to corporate, commercial, telecommunications and employment law, gained considerable experience in those fields of law. She advised a foreign investor on its employment law obligations, drafting model contracts for staff as well as putting in place the Workplace Rulebook required in Madagascar. She conducted a due diligence of a French-based multi-national on the African assets of its target company and reviewed the documentation available in the Data Rooms across the region to ensure their compliance with local law. She recently advised a leading international bank on regulatory aspects of retail banking across the Francophone region, including banking licences, lending, deposit taking and review of the legality of aspects of their internet banking products. She also advised a multinational oil and gas exploration company on the assignment of its participating interests in a production sharing contract in Madagascar.

Languages: Malagasy, French and English.