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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Licensing law for major mining companies.

Worked on mining dispute for Australian major miner in Madagascar

A mining company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange consulted with us on a licensing dispute regarding a major coal... More

Negotiating large-scale disputes.

Litigated unfair competition allegations for transport company in Madagascar

We were retained by a transportation-and-logistics company to resolve an unfair competition dispute with a multinational freight... More

Complex litigation for debt recovery.

Debt recovery law for pharmaceutical corporation in Madagascar

A pharmaceutical manufacturer consulted with John W Ffooks & Co regarding debt recovery under a distribution... More

Buying equity in Malagasy companies.

Buying equity in Madagascar's companies

A major American retail chain of party supply stores retained us to acquire equity in a Malagasy clothing manufacturing company. This... More

Growing the Malagasy economy.

Worked for Madagascar government in major corporate/commercial law project.

Led by partner John Ffooks, our team engaged in extensive legal work for Madagascar's Ministry of Trade and Consumer Affairs. The... More

Facilitating international development.

Guided operation of international development company in 7 African countries

We had the pleasure of working for a world-leading international development company. They planned to carry out development programs funded... More

Digging into Madagascar.

Worked with Canadian mining company on incorporation in Madagascar

A Canada-based mining company looked to the experience in our team for its incorporation needs in... More

Growing your airline.

Assisted Kenyan airline company with branch establishment in Madagascar

The team at John W Ffooks & Co provided thorough legal counsel to a Kenyan airline company on opening a branch in... More

Expanding to Madagascar.

Helped Chinese industry grow business in Madagascar

A China-based construction-and-engineering company consulted with John W Ffooks & Co on expanding its business to... More

Private equity on the island.

Counselled private equtiy and venture capital on Madagascar's corporate law

We were happy to advise a private equity and venture capital firm on Madagascar's merger control regime. Our team also provided assistance... More

Aircraft financing in Africa.

Advised aircraft leasing company on financing 5 aircraft to Madagascar's national airlines

A regional aircraft leasing company needed advice on aircraft financing, on the behalf of Madagascar's national airlines. We provided: A... More

Setting up shop in the island nation.

Expanded African airlines in Madagascar

We provided thorough legal counsel on the establishment of a Malagasy branch office for Seychelles' national... More