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Banking & Finance / Project Finance / Islamic Finance

Establishing the right financing mechanisms is crucial to the success of any investment project. With significant commercial experience of the common banking legislation, our team provides advice on finance transactions across the OHADA states, including cross-border investments. .

Company / Corporate / Mergers & Acquisitions

Our strong record on Corporate is praised by lot of international and domestic companies and international law firms as well when they seek advice on formation and incorporation of branches or subsidiaries or when they face problems in relation to corporate governance. .

Technology, Media & Telecommunications

In addition to handling the establishment of telecom structures in Senegal, we regularly provide legal services to many domestic and foreign corporations operating in the Technology, Media [ampersand] Telecommunications sector. .

Real Estate, Property & Construction

The highest rate of construction in the sub-region is taking place along the Petit Côte of Senegal. Our branch based in Mbour has responded to the increasing number of hotels and real estate projects in the area by developing a strong real estate, property and construction practice. .

Mining

The mining sector is a major area of practice for us, given the strategic importance of natural resources in the African economy. We advise a range of mining operators in relation to exploration licences, regulatory compliance, government relations, risk mitigation and environmental approvals. .

Transport / Maritime & Aviation

The firm’s expertise in transport matters includes aviation and shipping, under the leadership of our Partner. .

Employment & Labour

Labour laws are unique to each jurisdiction, so foreign law firms who are advising international clients refer to us on matters of employment law within the region. We advise employers and employees on all aspects of the employment relationship, including contracts, wages, dismissals, cross-border employment, pensions and social security. .

Tax

Taxation issues affect all of our clients doing business in the region. We provide advice both on regulatory compliance to assist companies to maximize their tax position and also offer representation on contentious matters or disputes with the tax authorities. .

Human Rights

The firm advocates strongly on human rights issues by representing victims of human rights violations before the Senegalese and international courts. We also advise civil society clients on economic and social rights, such as communities'rights requiring protection in relation to the extractive industries. .

Public & Administrative Law

The efficiency of our services in public and administrative law is well appreciated and consists mainly in advising the Council Bodies, the embassies, the international governmental or non governmental organisations in relation with the legal aspects of their mandates. .

Non For Profit Organizations

We act as legal advisers of many charities and non- for profit organizations. Our commitment to offer them efficient and prompt services tailored to their needs explains why our firm is more and more appointed by charities .

Governance & Legal Reform

We recognize the importance of good governance, both in the administration of the country and also in internal corporate management. We assist clients to establish the right governance systems for their business in accordance with the legal requirements. .

The attractiveness of the OHADA Arbitration System

Please follow this link to read Mouhamed Kebe’s article in the November 2018 edition of Afrimag on the attractiveness of the new Arbitration regime introduced across the OHADA states last year.  The reforms to the common arbitration laws are part of an effort to promote and consolidate alternative methods of settling disputes in the region.

https://afrimag.net/lattractivite-du-nouveau-droit-ohada-de-larbitrage/

The original article is in French: Please choose the “translate this page” button on the page to read the article in English.

MAME NGONE SOW PRESENTS AT THE SIM SENEGAL CONFERENCE

GENI & KEBE Senior Associate, Mame Ngoné Sow, presented at the fifth Salon International des Mines du Sénégal / Senegal International Mining Conference and Exhibition (SIM Senegal), held in Dakar from 6-8 November 2018. 

Ms Sow spoke on accessing finance for mining activities.  Ms Sow is an experienced banking and finance lawyer. She shared with the audience some tips for securing and safeguarding appropriate funding for resource development, particularly in light of changes to Senegal’s mining code enacted in 2016. The session was moderated by the Hon Amadou BA, the Senegalese Minister of Economy, Finance and Planning.  GENI & KEBE co-sponsored the session with DLA Piper Africa.

Organised by the Senegalese Ministry of Mines and Geology in association with AME trade, SIM Senegal is the only event supported by the government of Senegal dedicated to expanding the country’s mining sector.  The mining sector is a major area of practice for GENI & KEBE, given the strategic importance of natural resources in the African economy.  GENI & KEBE advises a range of mining operators in relation to exploration licences, regulatory compliance, government relations, risk mitigation, environmental approvals, project finance, tax, land acquisition and litigation. 

ACCOLADES FROM IFLR1000 FOR GENI & KEBE’S WORK IN SENEGAL AND NIGER


IFLR1000 has released its 2019 rankings and GENI & KEBE is once again ranked as a top tier firm for Senegal.  The firm is also ranked for its work in Niger.

IFLR1000 is an international legal directory focused on ranking law firms and lawyers on the basis financial and corporate transactional work.  It ranks firms in 120 jurisdictions.

In compiling the rankings, IFLR1000 seeks client feedback.  This year, comments from clients included the following:

"Very good law firm which takes care of client's request."

"Mouhamed Kebe is a brilliant lawyer and is very respected locally. He combines local legal expertise with solid experience in international corporate transactions."

Managing Partner Mouhamed Kebe says: “We are privileged to work with great clients on very interesting transactions across sub-Saharan Africa.  We appreciate this recognition for this work from IFLR1000.”

GENI & KEBE HOSTS A MASTER CLASS ON INVESTMENT ARBITRATION IN AFRICA

 

GENI & KEBE co-hosted a two-day Master Class with the Institut Superieur de Management (ISM) School of Law, titled “Investment Arbitration in Africa: Challenges and Perspectives”.  The Master Class was held at the Good Rade Hotel in Dakar, Senegal on 11-12 May 2018.
“Arbitration is being used more and more in Africa to settle investment disputes,” explains GENI & KEBE Managing Partner, Mouhamed Kebe, who is a chartered arbitrator with the OHADA Court of Arbitration, a member of the Arbitration Court of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. 
“To participate in the arbitration process effectively, it is crucial to understand the opportunities and challenges that exist when electing to use any of the different investment arbitration options available.” 
The opening ceremony of the Master Class was attended by the Senegalese Minister of Justice, Professor Ismaïla Madior Fall.  Participants engaged in a lively discussion that encompassed many different perspectives on investment arbitration in Africa.  This included information about the OHADA Court of Arbitration (OHADA is the system of shared business laws and implementing institutions – including a court of arbitration – shared by 17 countries in West and Central Africa), as well as the use of other investment arbitrations such as the ICC and International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), in the African context.
For further information, please contact Mouhamed Kebe.

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