John W Ffooks & Co is experienced with legal matters across Francophone Africa in mining, oil & gas, banking - finance and financial markets, telecommunications, stock market listing AIM - TSX - ASX, mergers & acquisitions, real estate and employment law.

John W Ffooks & Co prides itself on the quality and the targeted nature of its advice. We are able to advise at any stage of an investment. We have experience of directly advising boards of listed companies on their overall strategy in Francophone Africa. Equally, we excel in the detailed application of that strategy, working together with local and regional management to ensure its successful implementation.

We are the only firm in Francophone Africa with such developed Napoleonic and English law expertise, making us better able to deal with Anglophone-orientated transactions. Our City of London experience allows us to anticipate the client's needs, making us a proactive partner in dealing with local counsel.

No transaction is too large or too small for John W Ffooks & Co.

Our multi-jurisdictional experience and coverage enables us to provide advice on a number of fronts, whether multi-country legal framework reviews, assessing legal liability across a number of countries, as well as related regulatory issues.

We have also been asked on a number of occasions to lead teams of lawyer even in jurisdictions where we are not specifically active.

We have the largest team in Antananarivo, with almost a dozen staff of varying levels all with transactional experience. English is the language of our business and all our junior and administrative staff (as well as John Ffooks) speak fluent English as well as French and are happy communicating by email, phone or face to face in English.

326 Matters
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Power purchase agreement - Mali

We assisted a privately-owned steel manufacturing company in connection with its solar and wind project... More

Acquisition of fashion retail business

We acted as Nigerien & Beninese counsel to an American multinational investment banking and financial services corporation ... More

Jurisdictional review - Central African Republic

We advised the global leader in helicopter leasing and completed a jurisdictional review on aircrafts leasing to a South African company... More

Aircraft registration - Gabon

We advised an aerospace manufacturer of business jets for civilian and military use on the registration of a lien against client’s... More

Aircraft Acquisition - Cameroon

We advised an alternative asset based investment and management company focused on the leasing and financing of large ticket assets and... More

Aircraft Leasing - Congo

We answered a jurisdiction questionnaire relating to the leasing of an aircraft to an airline registered in Congo-Brazzaville for... More

Air transport is poised to become Africa’s new growth industry

Aircraft Refinancing - Madagascar

We acted for a well-known Dublin-based aviation finance house in relation to the sale and lease back of three commercial aircrafts as well... More

Empowering your power plant project with professional advice

Thermal power plant project - Madagascar

We are providing ongoing advice for an ASX-listed company. We reviewed the independent power plant concession agreement between our client... More

Safeguarding your potential investments with extensive due diligence

Due diligence on mining assets - Togo

We acted for an AIM listed company and performed an initial due diligence on mining assets in Togo. We advised on specific aspects of the... More

Providing guidance for your nominated advisor with your acquisitions in Togo

Acquisition of mining company - Togo

We advised an AIM-listed junior on its acquisition of a Togolese mining company, including its permits and assets. We carried out the due... More

Helping to clear the way for your listing on LSE's AIM

Advice on AIM listing and title issues - Mauritania

We advised an ASX-listed uranium exploration company on its AlM Listing as well as on certain title issues pertaining to the company's... More

Looking to make a strategic acquisition in Mali? We can help with that

Acquisition of Malian mining asset

We acted for a Singapore-listed company intending to acquire an ASX listed company. We verified statements in the bidder’s statement... More

Industry Sectors

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John W Ffooks & Co mining experience as a leading legal practice is renowned across Francophone Africa. Our unparalleled insight into the... More

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Oil & Gas

Regarding oil and gas matters, we are familiar with all aspects of domestic and international law across all the jurisdictions of... More

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Financial Services

At John W Ffooks & Co, we divide our Finance Practice into two parts – Transactional and Regulatory. Our transactional side... More

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Telecommunications & IT

Africa’s telecommunications sector is growing exponentially. It’s also full of legal and business complexities; from... More

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Our corporate department is at the heart of our practice. We have extensive local and international experience. Our lawyers have... More


We have a deep understanding and knowledge of this growing sector in Africa and advise international aircraft leasing companies, airport... More

Practice Areas

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Stock Market Listing AIM | TSX | ASX

Whether you are listing for the first time, buying in to assets located in the region or moving your listing to a bigger exchange, we have... More

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Mergers & Acquisitions

We handle a variety of domestic and international transactional work: Mergers and acquisitions, demergers and restructurings, joint... More

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Our regulatory practice plays an essential role in helping clients understand the legal framework governing their sector of business by... More

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Real Estate

We advise investors across Francophone Africa in all sectors of real estate as well as property developers, are familiar at dealing with... More

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We handle a wide variety of litigation matters across French-speaking Africa and only work alongside the best advocates qualified to... More

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Banking & Finance

  We provide legal advice to banks, financial institutions, insurance and reinsurance companies. We also act for international... More

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Employment & Benefits

We have dealt with all aspects of the human resources chain, from hiring and ongoing compliance to severance and termination. Our team has... More

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Ports & Maritime

John W Ffooks & Co expert maritime lawyers have built-up a proven track record on advising on a range of maritime law matters in... More

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Power & Energy

Growing energy demand, regulatory and social reforms, and infrastructure investment, mark Africa as one of the world’s top energy... More

Project Finance

Our projects and infrastructure finance group advises clients on cross-border, multi-jurisdictional projects. We advise public and private... More

Winning the fight against bribery and corruption is crucial to sub-Saharan Africa

Anti-Bribery Anti-Corruption

Not only do bribery and corruption have adverse effects on the way the economy functions, they also carry civil and criminal sanctions... More


We offer strategic advice and representation on cross-border matters relating to competition and antitrust in Francophone Africa. We advise... More

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Pro Bono

In addition to serving our corporate and commercial clients, John W Ffooks & Co works to make life better for all Madagascar's... More