Banking & Finance

We provide legal advice to banks, financial institutions, insurance and reinsurance companies. We also act for international lenders and borrowers on complex and multi-jurisdictional transactions.

Our transactional team has experience in advising on term sheets, commenting on loan agreements from a local law perspective, advising on the taking and giving of security (as well as realising the same), drafting local law loan and security agreements and other supporting documentation, as well as papering all the local elements of an international finance transaction.

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Getting retail banking right in francophone Africa

Advised major international bank on retail banking in francophone Africa

We were pleased to assist a leading international bank on a number of tasks. Namely: Regulatory compliance for retail banking in... 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

Processing securities in Gabon

Assisting major American finance house with Gabonese security

Our lawyers drafted a thorough legal opinion for a major American finance house on fund acquisition and taking and exercising security in... More

Operational advice for your bank

Guided American bank's operational structure in Gabon

John W Ffooks & Co helped a major American bank devise its internal policies for offering banking services in... More

Making money lending work

Helped Chinese bank with money lending in Gabon

The team at John W Ffooks & Co were happy to work holistically on a lending framework for a Chinese state-owned development bank... More

Setting up letters of credit

Worked for Japanese multinational banking company on Gabonese letters of credit

We provided several services to a Japanese multinational banking and financial service company. Namely: Setting up letters of credit in... More

Helping with your ship mortgages in Comoros

Served Islamic Bank on Comorian ship mortgage registration

Our counsel guided a UAE-based Islamic Bank on the registration of a first preferred Comoros ship... More

Banking on our team for your international credit card

Worked on implementation of international credit card in Comoros for American multinational

Our team assisted an American multinational with its offering of an international credit card in Comoros's... More

Reviewing complex banking documents in Comoros

Making receivables purchase agreements valid in Comoros

John W Ffooks & Co reviewed a receivables purchase agreement and provided legal advice on perfecting documents in Comoros for a... More

Crafting expert advice on bankruptcy law

Wrote an authoritative guide on OHADA region bankruptcy law

Senior Partner John Ffooks and Senior Lawyer Dr. Adrien Rangira drafted the OHADA region chapter for Thomson Reuters Aspatore title... More

Swapping derivatives in Africa

Counselled French bank on derivative contracts in Cameroon, Ivory Coast, & Senegal

We were happy to help a major French bank on its planned swaps transactions in Cameroon, Ivory Coast, and... More

Does your major transaction have an African element to it? Contact us for help

Assisted Australian law firm on international securities law for major corporate acquisition

We were pleased to assist an Australian law firm on a financial transaction for a syndicate of banks. They were to loan an Australian... More


Detailed due diligence for Ivorian acquisitions

Advised international bank on US$80m energy sector acquisition in Ivory Coast

The team at John W Ffooks & Co assisted a major international bank with its US$80M financing of an acquisition. The acquirer was a... More

Helping secure telecoms acquisitions

Chad, Congo - Communications Towers Acquisition

A multinational telecommunication corporation planned to acquire communications towers owned by another business in Congo and Chad. Our... More

Getting mobile telephony going in the Central African Republic

Central African Republic - Offshore Telephony Licensing

Our offshore client was interested in acquiring a company with a mobile telephony license. We protected their interests by •... More

220km of pipeline land parcels plans in Madagascar

Acting for Ambatovy Project in 100+ Long Term Leases

On behalf of the Ambatovy Project, concluding over 100 long-term leases over land, registering them and subsequently mortgaging them to the... More

UK operator asset purchase in Madagascar

Asset Purchase of Short Wave Radio Installation in Madagascar

Acting for a UK based operator, we conducted detailed due diligence on short wave radio assets located in Madagascar. This included... More

Banking regulation across 5 jurisdictions

Advising Leading International Bank on Regulation across 11 jurisdictions

We advised a leading international bank on regulatory aspects of retail banking across the Francophone region, including banking licences,... More

Advice on establishing a bank in Madagascar

Advising leading international bank on regulations establishing a bank in Madagascar

We advised a leading international bank on the rules and regulations surrounding establishing a bank in Madagascar, obtaining a banking... More

US$18bn eel farm financing

Advising South African Development Finance Institution on US$18m Secured Debt Financing

Advising a development finance institution in South Africa on its US$18m financing of an eel farm in South East Madagascar. We reviewed... More

Closing out merchant bank

Acting for Major Merchant Bank on Close Out/Netting & Sovereign Immunity Opinion

Acting for a major “Bulge Bracket” bank we advised on ISDA based transactions in Ivory Coast and Senegal. We reviewed in detail... More

Card rollout in CAR and Madagascar

Advising Major International Charge Card Issuer on new Credit Card Issuance

We advised a major card issuer on the rollout of its new card product in the Central African Republic (CAR) and Madagascar. We reviewed... More

Multi-jurisdictional banking regulation s

Assisting a Major International Bank with Banking Regulation in 14 Countries

We have assisted a major international bank in determining its in-country rules for opening bank accounts and offering financial services... More

Around the clock due diligence in Ivory Cost

Performing detailed due diligence of target assets in the Ivory Coast

We were instructed by a Canadian finance house to undertake a detailed due diligence of target assets in the Ivory Coast. Working with our... More