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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Recovering millions of dollars in debt

US$2.5M debt recovery litigation in Gabon

In a legal battle over recovering $2,500,000.00 USD in debt, an American aircraft manufacturer looked to our team for... More

Guiding governments across Africa and the world.

Advised American federal government on Gabon's insolvency law regime

We were privileged to work for the United States' Department Of Justice, crafting for them a thorough memorandum on insolvency proceedings... More

Engaging legal counsel for your energy law needs.

Provided corporate advice to downstream product provider in Gabon

We provided a variety of services to a South African distributor of downstream products in Gabon; namely, advice on: Operational... More

Local counsel to leading oil company

Local counsel for leading oil exploration company, Gabon

Acting as local counsel to a leading independent oil exploration and production company on its recent successful issue of a US$650m high... More

OHADA guide on oil & gas activities

OHADA guide on oil & gas activities

Working with a multinational law firm headquartered in London, we prepared a guide containing entry-level information for conducting oil... More

Setting up shop in Africa

Outsourcing Company Establishing Itself in Four Countries

We had the pleasure of helping a global leader in information technology outsourcing services set up offices in Burkina Faso, Chad, Gabon,... More

Have a legal problem spanning nine countries? We can help you

Massive Telecommunications Tower-Sharing Across Nine Countries

Our client, a Gulf-based telecommunications provider, was investing in a massive tower-sharing enterprise across nine OHADA (Organisation... More

Multinational telecommunications is no problem for us

Chad, Congo, and Gabon - Buying Telecom Masts in Three Countries

A major international telecommunications corporation took us on for a major project: acquisition of telecom masts in Congo, Chad, and... More

Trading & security advice of cargoes

Trading & security advice of cargoes for American Bank

An American Bank required advice on local law issues relating to physical trading of cargoes in and out of Gabon, Cameroon and... More

Acquisition of asset for mining company

Acquisition of producing asset in Gabon for mining company

An Australian-listed mining junior required assistance in its acquisition of a majority stake in a producing asset in Gabon.  We... More

High-yield bond advice for major energy companies

Acted for multinational energy company on US$650M high-yield bond

We advised a multinational oil-and-gas exploration company on its recent US$650M high-yield bond issuance. We provided: A legal opinion... More

Our regional experience helped French-based multi-national

On The Ground Multi-Jurisdictional Due Diligence

We advised a French-based multi-national on the African assets of its target company. We reviewed the documentation available in the Data... More