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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Contract employee termination negotiation, Madagascar

Negotiation on contract employee termination for solar energy equipment supplier

A Malagasy solar energy equipment supplier sought our advice on negotiating the termination of contracts of its employees in Madagascar and... More

Voluntary redundancy advice for environmental organisation

Voluntary redundancy advice for international non-government environmental organisation

An international non-governmental organisation specialising in wilderness preservation and reduction of humanity's footprint on the... More

Facilitating large-scale corporate operations across Africa

Legal guidance across multiple African companies for American equipment manufacturer

We guided an American equipment manufacturer service provider, interested in installations and operations in Burkina Faso, Gabon, Niger,... More

Helping secure tens of millions of dollars in funding

European telecom company sought help for $25M USD financing in Madagascar

Our lawyers assisted a European telecommunications equipment manufacturer on $25M USD in vendor financing for its projects in... More

Actionable advice for your high-tech company

Assisted American social network company with radio spectrum licensing

We provided advice on spectrum frequency licensing, allocation, and assignment to an American social networking business in Cameroon, Ivory... More

Looking to make major corporate acquisitions in Africa? Come to us for guidance

Worked for telecom client on tower acquisition in Rwanda and Madagascar

A global leader in telecommunication tower operation retained us for thorough advice on an acquisition in Madagascar and Rwanda. This... More

Trust us for legal research, whether in one country or many

International legal research in telecommunications

A French law firm's client looked to our counsel for a diligent review of Madagascar's, Comoros's, and Mayotte's telecommunications... More

Drafting complex documents for multinational technology companies

Advised Swedish multinational on Madagascar's contract law regime

A subsidiary of a Swedish multinational communication technology company came to us to have three pledges between it and a Malagasy... More

Clearing the way for shortwave radio in Madagascar

Assisted American NGO with radio operation in Madagascar

Our team provided thorough advice on shortwave radio towers for an American NGO. We: Negotiated, drafted, and registered the lease over... More

Radio operations in the island nation

UK company getting advice on radio operation in Madagascar

We assisted a UK-based radio operator with shortwave radio transmission in Madagascar. This included: Thorough due diligence on their... More

Expanding e-commerce across Africa

Retailer looked to John W Ffooks & Co for e-commerce law advice across Africa

Our lawyers gave actionable legal advice to a major e-commerce retailer on operations in Chad, Ivory Coast, Mali, and Madagascar. We... More

Getting informed on Internet law

Provided counsel on Internet regulation in Ivory Coast, Madagascar, and Senegal

The team at John W Ffooks & Co advised an American multinational Internet corporation on regulatory implications for its project in... More