Madagascar, officially the Republic of Madagascar, is an island nation in the Indian Ocean off the south-eastern coast of Africa and is the fourth-largest country island in the world. Madagascar is home to 5% of the world's plant and animal species, of which more than 80% are endemic to Madagascar. They include the lemur, the carnivorous fossa, three bird families and six baobab species, among others.


The Malagasy economy has traditionally been based on the cultivation of paddy rice, coffee, vanilla and cloves. Agriculture, including fishing and forestry, is a mainstay of the economy, accounting for more than one-fourth of GDP and employing 80% of the population. However, despite a wealth of natural resources and a tourism industry driven by its unique environment, the country remains one of the world's poorest and heavily dependent on foreign aid. Since gaining independence from France in 1960, Madagascar has experienced repeated political instability, including coups, violent unrest and disputed elections. After discarding socialist economic policies in the mid-1990s, Madagascar followed a World Bank- and IMF-led policy of privatization and liberalization that has been undermined since its most recent coup in February 2009 which led to five years of political deadlock, international condemnation and economic sanctions. Despite the return of democratic elections in 2013, the political situation remains fragile. Deforestation and soil erosion, aggravated by the use of firewood as the primary source of fuel, remain serious concerns for Madagascar.

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Digging into Madagascar with coal exploration companies

Legal assistance for major power plant construction in Madagascar

Our team is drafting a contract for a coal exploration company concerning the building of transmission lines and electrical substations, as... More

We're proud to be counsel to the Ambatovy mine

Joint counsel to the Ambatovy mine, the largest economic investment in the history of Madagascar

John W Ffooks is proud to be a co-counsel on the Ambatovy mine, a large-tonnage, long-life nickel and cobalt mine located in Madagascar. At... More

We work on nine-figure mining acquisitions

Worked on US$157M acquisition of Malagasy assets for Thai mining corporation

Our counsel worked on a US$157M acquisition of a Canadian mining company's Malagasy assets for a major Thai miner. We provided our thorough... More

Oil & gas acquisitions on the island

Served major energy company on large acquisition in Madagascar

John W Ffooks & Co assisted a world leader in downstream energy logistics, whose offerings include tank terminals, with its proposed... More

Growing your mining corporation in Madagascar

Advised Australian mining junior on project development in Madagascar

Our team guided an Australian mining junior on its Malagasy project development. We: Oversaw an acquisition of two companies, including... More

Assisting with your corporate mining transactions in Madagascar

Guided Chinese titanium dioxide company on major transaction involving Madagascar

We assisted a Chinese titanium dioxide pigment supplier on the Malagasy elements of a proposed transaction with an Australian Securities... More

Getting the facts on private equity investments on the island nation

Advising private equity on agricultural acquisition in Madagascar

We are pleased to be working for a private equity firm regarding an acquisition financing matter in Africa, which concerns asset... More

Financing industrial-scale farms in Madagascar

Assisted with US$18M project financing for Malagasy eel farm

A Southern-Africa-based development bank intended to provide US$18M in funding for a Malagasy eel farm. They retained John W Ffooks... 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

Drafting guides for your cross-border banking project

International banking law in Africa

Our lawyers crafted "country manuals" for our client, an international bank launching a major cross-border project. These manuals outlined... More

Branch closure and employee redundancies, Madagascar

American NGO advice on branch closure and redundancies

An American NGO required advice on the closure of its branch in Madagascar and on redundancy of its... More

Branch closure and employee redundancies, Madagascar

International logistics & freight company advice on branch closure & redundancies

An international logistics & freight forwarding company required advice on closing-up of its branch in Madagascar and on employee... More