Ivory Coast


Ivory Coast, officially the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, is a country in West Africa. Ivory Coast borders Liberia and Guinea to the west, Mali and Burkina Faso to the north, Ghana to the east, and the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean to the south. Close ties to France since independence in 1960, the development of cocoa production for export and foreign investment made Côte d'Ivoire one of the most prosperous of the West African states, but has not protected it from political turmoil.


Ivory Coast is heavily dependent on agriculture and related activities, which engage roughly two-thirds of the population. Ivory Coast is the world's largest producer and exporter of cocoa beans and a significant producer and exporter of coffee and palm oil. Consequently, the economy is highly sensitive to fluctuations in international prices for these products and in climatic conditions. Cocoa, oil, and coffee are the country's top export revenue earners, but the country is also producing gold and oil. Since the end of the civil war in 2003, political turmoil has continued to damage the economy, resulting in the loss of foreign investment and slow economic growth. Despite recent political instability and degrading infrastructure Ivory Coast citizens enjoy a relatively high level of income, compared to other countries in the region.

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Facilitating major transactions in Ivory Coast

Assisted borrower in major transaction in Ivory Coast

We provide advice on Ivorian law to a borrower in negotiations with a lender on a transaction, following the establishment of an in-house... More

Managing your collateral in Africa

Assisted English law firm on collateral management & warehousing in OHADA & Madagascar

We were pleased to counsel a London-based law firm on warehouse receipt financing as well as collateral management systems in Madagascar... More

Getting retail banking right in francophone Africa

Advised major international bank on retail banking in francophone Africa

We were pleased to assist a leading international bank on a number of tasks. Namely: Regulatory compliance for retail banking in... More

Crafting expert advice on bankruptcy law

Wrote an authoritative guide on OHADA region bankruptcy law

Senior Partner John Ffooks and Senior Lawyer Dr. Adrien Rangira drafted the OHADA region chapter for Thomson Reuters Aspatore title... More

Swapping derivatives in Africa

Counselled French bank on derivative contracts in Cameroon, Ivory Coast, & Senegal

We were happy to help a major French bank on its planned swaps transactions in Cameroon, Ivory Coast, and... More

Employment law advice for local & international staff, South Africa

Local & international staff employment law advice for industrial company

A South African Industrial company sought advice on employment law for both local and international staff. We advised on tax rates,... More

Review & analysis on environmental legislation Ivory Coast

Environmental legislation review & analysis Ivory Coast

We reviewed and analysed all the environmental legislation in Ivory Coast, especially relevant to large scale projects and infrastructure... 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

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

Call us with your telecommunications law questions

Met with major mobile company to advise on international corporate law liability

With new software being deployed across ten countries, a major mobile phone retailer looked to John W Ffooks & Co for a complete,... More

Not sure about the legal risks of your new project? Consult with John W Ffooks & Co

Worked with web-platform company on corporate & liability law in Ivory Coast

A world-leading web-platform company wanted to launch a new product in Ivory Coast. The business retained our team to provide: A... More

Our team understands the needs of modern businesses

Worked with ISP on corporate regulation in Cameroon and Ivory Coast

We were honoured to work for a leading ISP on corporate operations and e-commerce regulations in Cameroon and Ivory Coast. Catering to the... More