The OHADA states

In 1993, a uniform system of business laws and implementing institutions was adopted in West and Central Africa, known as OHADA – “Organisation pour l’Harmonisation en Afrique du Droit des Affaires”.  The 17 OHADA states now share the same business laws, based on a civil law system, namely uniform acts regarding companies, commercial law, debt recovery, securities, insolvency, transport and arbitration. These laws facilitate and encourage domestic and foreign investment in the region. 

We are qualified to advise on business related laws in all 17 countries
Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo,  Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Republic of the Congo, Senegal and Togo.

Standing up against corruption

As a law firm serving international clients, GENI & KEBE is conscious and respectful of the home-country legislation under which our clients operate.

As an African firm, we are also aware of the challenges of doing business in an environment where corruption can occur. 
GENI & KEBE has a firm stance against corrupt behavior, including the bribery of officials.

Our lawyers – Louisa Gibbs and Codou Sow-Seck received Women in Law Awards from Lawyer Monthly for their outstanding contribution to Anti-Corruption Law in 2016.

You can read our firm’s Anti-Corruption Policy here.

Asset Recovery

A modern thief does not need to pick a lock to steal money; the internet can be used to commit fraud and hide assets off-shore.  Our lawyers are experienced in tracing assets and prosecuting cross-border fraud.  Dr Aboubcar Fall is the Senegalese representative of Fraudnet, convened by the International Chamber of Commerce, which has been recognized by Chambers Global as the leading asset recovery legal network in the world.

Senegalese Business Crime, Papa Massal Sow and Mouhamed Kebe, ICLG, 2015  

Fraud and Asset Tracing, an interview with Dr Aboubcar Fall, Lawyer Monthly, 2105

Dispute Resolution

Our attorneys appear for clients both in court litigation and alternative forms of dispute resolution, such as arbitration and mediation.  We have experience with all courts in Senegal and represent clients before the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.  Partner Mouhamed Kebe is chartered arbitrator before the Arbitration Court of the OHADA States

Recent transactions:
•  Successfully representing Dangote Pty Ltd on appeal before the Senegalese Supreme Court
•  Appointed by the Republic of Senegal in an investor-state arbitration claim registered with the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) brought by French multinational VICAT
•  Representing Plan International in its successful defence of a labor claim before the Court of Appeal of Kankan, Guinea.

A guide to International Arbitration in the OHADA States, Hassane Kone and Mouhamed Kebe, 2015  

Senegal Legal Practice Guide, Mbaye Seck, Fodé Sarr and Mouhamed Kebe, Chambers Global, 2014

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. We also support government institutions with law reform exercises to improve the rule of law and promote a favorable environment for investment.  Our staff have been involved in education on these issues, including teaching Governance of Extractive Industries at the Geneva based United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).
Recent Transactions:
•  Appointed by the Government of Mauritania to amend the country’s Commercial Code
•  Appointed by the Government of Senegal to amend that country’s Commercial Code 

New Commercial Code in Mauritania submitted to Government, 2014,

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