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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Standing counsel for security provider on redundancy & business closure

Standing counsel for security services provider on business closure & redundancy

We acted as standing counsel for a security services provider on the economic redundancy process as part of the company’s business... More

Drafting & negotiating commercial lease terms for travel group

Drafting & negotiating commercial lease terms for Italian travel group

An Italian travel group sought advice on drafting & negotiating the terms of its commercial lease in Madagascar and addressing general... More

Compliance advice on activities with Environmental Specification Book

Compliance advice for major oil E&P activities with Environmental Specification Book in Madagascar

A major independent oil exploration and production company requested advice on compliance of its activities with the Environmental... More

Labour law advice for global metals & mining corporation, following employee fatality

Employee fatality & labour law advice for world's largest metals & mining corporations

A British-Australian multinational and one of the world's largest metals and mining corporations sought advice on labour-law, after an... More

Employee litigation advice volunteer programme run by US government, Madagascar

Advice on employee litigation under volunteer programme for US Justice Department in Madagascar

The United States Department of justice requested advice on employee litigation under a volunteer program run by the United States... More

Environmental Permitting advice for offshore exploration , Madagascar

Environmental Permitting advice offshore exploration in Madagascar

A British multinational consultancy, engineering and project management company requested advice on the Environmental Permitting process... More

Environmental OHADA survey

Environmental OHADA survey," Acquiring or selling business: key considerations relating to environmental law

We conducted an environmental survey entitled "Acquiring or selling business: key considerations relating to environmental law" in Benin,... More

Access to free legal advice for NGOs on Disaster Risk Reduction laws

Free access to legal advice for NGOs on Disaster Risk Reduction laws

A global charity working in partnership with the world's leading law firms, sought our advice to provide free access to legal advice for... More

Harvesting, processing, transportation, and exportation of plants species, distilled essential oils & plant products.

Advice on harvesting, processing, transportation and exportation of plant species, distilled essential oils and plant products in Madagascar

A legal opinion was sought on the requirements of harvesting, processing, transportation, and exportation of plant species; distilled... More

Employment law & employee labour court claim advice

Advice on Malagasy employment law and an employee labour claim in court

An international telecoms equipment manufacturer required advice regarding a claim by an employee before the labour court and we advised on... More

Assisting global logistics company across 3 jurisdictions

Global logistics company's redundancy & performance management processes across 3 jurisdictions

We advised a global logistics company on the redundancy of its employees in Burkina Faso, Guinea and Madagascar. We also acted for the same... More

Settlement agreement negotiation after branch closure

Employee settlement agreement for insurance provider after branch closure

A specialist insurance provider required advice on the negotiation of a settlement agreement with its employees following the Malagasy... More