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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are frequently asked questions from our prospective clients pertaining to legal matters in Francophone Africa. You may well find some of your current questions answered here to save you time.

Q: Which countries do you operate in?

A: We operate in Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal and Togo.

Q: What kind of work do you handle?

A: We specialise in transactional work, particularly due diligence, M&A and listing opinions. We have one of the largest multi-jurisdictional teams available in Francophone Africa and can put them to work, immediately, on any given task in any jurisdiction.

Q: In any jurisdiction?

A: Yes. The Francophone countries share a common history and a common body of law and jurisprudence. In the same way a London firm has lawyers from other common-law countries, we use our multi-jurisdictional team to deal with large multi-country transactions. All opinions are signed off by team members qualified in that jurisdiction.

Q: Do you just do work in English?

A: We do work in English and French, as required by the client. All our staff can communicate fluently in both languages.

Q: I have a deal in a country not on your list. Can you help?

A: We have considerable experience in other Francophone African countries which are not listed in question 1. We would be delighted to discuss any other jurisdiction with prospective clients.

Q: We need people on the ground, not in some remote site. How can you help?

A: The beauty of our team is our flexibility. We have no problem going on location. Our team are experienced, focused and hard working and relish the challenge of getting the deal done on the ground. In every jurisdiction they are backed up by excellent local lawyers who ensure that we satisfy 100% of the client's needs, every time.