Gabon

Overview

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.

Economy

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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Guiding governments across Africa and the world.

Insolvency proceedings advice – Gabon

We advised a department in the U.S. government and provided a detailed memorandum on insolvency proceedings in... More

Engaging legal counsel for your energy law needs.

Distribution advice - Gabon

We advised a South African distributor of downstream products in Gabon on the administration of its operations, relations with vendors and... More

Crafting quality share agreements.

Advice on share purchase agreement and competition law – CEMAC region

We advised a multinational manufacturing and technology company in relation to a share purchase agreement and on competition regulations in... 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

International outsourcing service provider

We assisted a world-leading service provider in IT outsourcing in setting-up in Gabon, Burkina Faso, Chad and Niger. We advised on company... More

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

Tower-sharing across nine countries

We acted for a Gulf-based telecoms provider in its investment into a tower-sharing business in nine jurisdictions across the OHADA region.... More

Multinational telecommunications is no problem for us

Telecommunications masts acquisition - Chad, Congo, and Gabon

We acted for a leading international telecommunications provider in relation to its acquisition of telecommunication masts in... More

Trading & security advice of cargoes

Physical commodities trading

We advised an American Bank 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

We provided an Australian-listed mining junior with legal assistance regarding its acquisition of a majority stake in a producing asset in... More

High-yield bond advice for major energy companies

US$650M high-yield bond - Gabon

We acted as local counsel to a multinational oil and gas exploration company on its recent successful issue of a US$650m high yield bond.... 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