Gabon is a country in west central Africa sharing borders with Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, Republic of the Congo and the Gulf of Guinea. Following the death of El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba in 2009 - one of the longest-serving heads of state in the world and Gabon’s former president - new elections brought his son, Ali Bongo Ondimba, to power. Despite constrained political conditions, Gabon's small population, abundant natural resources, and considerable foreign support have helped make it one of the more stable African countries.


Gabon enjoys a per capita income four times that of most sub-Saharan African nations, but because of high-income inequality, a large proportion of the population remains poor. Gabon depended on timber and manganese until oil was discovered offshore in the early 1970s. The economy was reliant on oil for about 50% of its GDP, about 70% of revenues, and 87% of goods exports for 2010, although some fields have passed their peak production. A rebound of oil prices from 1999 to 2008 helped growth, but declining production has hampered Gabon from fully realizing potential gains. Gabon continues to face fluctuating prices for its oil, timber, and manganese exports. Despite the abundance of natural wealth, poor fiscal management has stifled the economy.

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Access to free legal advice for NGOs on Disaster Risk Reduction laws

Free access to legal advice for NGOs on Disaster Risk Reduction laws

A global charity working in partnership with the world's leading law firms, sought our advice to provide free access to legal advice for... More

Establishment & administration of Global employee share scheme

Global employee share scheme for major US-based global Merchant Bank

A major US-based global Merchant Bank sought advice on the establishment and administration in Gabon of its global employee share scheme.... More

Hiring practices for local & expatriate staff, Gabon

Oilfield services company advice on hiring practices in Gabon

A US-based oilfield services company, required advise on establishing correct hiring practices for its local and expatriate staff in Gabon,... More

International share scheme advice &  in-country rules in OHADA region

Advice on setting up and running an international share scheme for business in the OHADA region

Employee Benefits & Share Schemes Plan, we advised a client active within OHADA region, completing an initial country questionnaire/... More

Regulatory compliance on Gabonese environmental, health & safety laws

Regulatory compliance on Gabonese environmental, health & safety laws for oil & gas multinational

An Italian multinational oil and gas company sought advice on regulatory compliance requirements on Gabonese environmental, health and... More

Setting up of share scheme for large US financial institutions in-country, Gabon

Major UK-listed Oil & Gas company advice on setting up of share scheme in Gabon

We acted for a major UK-listed independent Oil & Gas company, advising on the rules governing the setting up of a share scheme in Gabon... More

Fighting for client's rights in corporate litigation

Litigated for telecoms company in Gabon

Our team provided a full range of litigation services to a multinational networking-and-telecommunications company in its case against a... More

Mergers & acquisitions in African telecoms

Acquiring telecoms facilities in Chad, Congo, & Gabon

We were happy to work for a telecommunications tower company on a proposed security package involving our client's... More

Facilitating large-scale corporate operations across Africa

Legal guidance across multiple African companies for American equipment manufacturer

We guided an American equipment manufacturer service provider, interested in installations and operations in Burkina Faso, Gabon, Niger,... More

Engineering great results for engineering companies

Assisted world-leading engineering company with project implementation in Africa

A global leader in electrical engineering and electronics retained our counsel for a legal review of their new project in the Central... More

We understand modern tech law

American social network went to John W Ffooks & Co for ISP server advice

Retained for a multi-jurisdictional analysis for an American social networking service, we provided detailed advice on whether caching... More

Representing governments across the world

Debt recovery in Gabon for American federal government

The American federal government looked to John W Ffooks & Co to recover hundreds of thousands of dollars in... More