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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Working for global card issuers

Advised global credit & debit card issuer on new card product in Francophone Africa

One of the world's major card issuers wanted to issue a new card product in Francophone Africa. They looked to John W Ffooks & Co for... 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

Local counsel to leading oil company

Local counsel for leading oil exploration company, Gabon

Acting as local counsel to a leading independent oil exploration and production company on its recent successful issue of a US$650m high... More

High-yield bond advice for major energy companies

Acted for multinational energy company on US$650M high-yield bond

We advised a multinational oil-and-gas exploration company on its recent US$650M high-yield bond issuance. We provided: A legal opinion... 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