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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Expanding e-commerce across Africa

Internet Sales

We acted for a major on-line retailer advising whether the client’s standard way of operating in new countries was acceptable under... More

Getting informed on Internet law

Internet regulation advice - Ivory Coast, Madagascar and Senegal

We advised an American multinational internet corporation on regulatory implications for its project in Ivory Coast, Madagascar, and... More

Ensuring insurance is done the Ivorian way.

Insurance and reinsurance regulations - Ivory Coast

We provided legal assistance for a major Switzerland-based reinsurance provider regarding its services in Ivory Coast. We advised on... More

Telecoms in West Africa

Corporate advice in Ivory Coast

We advised a multinational networking-and-telecommunications equipment and services company on opening a branch in Ivory... More

Corporate growth in Côte d'Ivoire.

Expansion of business in Ivory Coast

We advised one of the world's leading technical recruitment agencies on the establishment of its branch in Ivory... More

Growing networked societies.

Company incorporation in Ivory Coast

We advised one of Africa's leading telecommunications tower companies on setting up a company in the Ivory... More

Ensuring good practices for your insurance company.

Expansion of business in the Ivory Coast

We advised a Korean insurance company on the expansion of its business in Ivory... More

Internet on the coast.

Corporate advice – Ivory Coast

We advised a mobile Internet services company on opening its new offices in Ivory... More

Getting the facts on bribery and corruption.

Bribery & corruption rules -Ivory Coast

We acted for a major US software company and advised on the basic rules regarding what constitutes bribery and corruption. We... More

IPP & regulatory environment review

Detailed review of IPP & regulatory environment across African countries

Working in partnership with a City of London law firm, we reviewed in detail the regulatory environment for establishing an Independent... More

Ivory Coast Africa Power Guide

Africa power guide publication chapter on Ivory Coast

We authored the chapter on Ivory Coast for the Africa Power Guide (http://www.africapowerguide.com/countries-16). A comprehensive guide to... More

Acquisition financing oil & gas assets

Acquisition financing of US$80m oil & gas assets - Ivory Coast

We acted for a major international bank on the US$80m financing of the acquisition of oil & gas assets in the Ivory Coast by a... More