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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Acquisition financing oil & gas assets

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

Acting for a major international bank on the US$80m financing of the acquisition of oil & gas assets in the Ivory Coast by a UK-listed... 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

Local law advice & PSC interests Ivory Coast

Local law advice & PSC interests, Ivory Coast

A borrower requested advice in respect of local law in its negotiations with the lender. We created the local company and organised... 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

Target assets & due diligence, Ivory Coast

Advice on target assets & detailed due diligence in Ivory Coast

A Canadian finance house required a detailed due diligence of target assets in the Ivory Coast. Our team advised both on the regulatory... More

Drafting model contracts & workplace rulebook

Assisting Foreign Investor with Employment Rules

We advised a foreign investor on its employment law obligations. We drafted model contracts for staff as well as putting in place the... More

Closing out merchant bank

Acting for Major Merchant Bank on Close Out/Netting & Sovereign Immunity Opinion

Acting for a major “Bulge Bracket” bank we advised on ISDA based transactions in Ivory Coast and Senegal. We reviewed in detail... More

Multi-jurisdictional banking regulation s

Assisting a Major International Bank with Banking Regulation in 14 Countries

We have assisted a major international bank in determining its in-country rules for opening bank accounts and offering financial services... More

Around the clock due diligence in Ivory Cost

Performing detailed due diligence of target assets in the Ivory Coast

We were instructed by a Canadian finance house to undertake a detailed due diligence of target assets in the Ivory Coast. Working with our... More

Leading ISP in Cameroon & Ivory Coast

Acting for Leading ISP Software Rollout in Cameroon & Ivory Coast

Acting for a leading internet service provider, we advised on the rules for operating in country, the regulatory regime for internet based... More

Internet sales – Ivory Coast, Mali, Chad & Madagascar

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