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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. .

Geni-Kebe partner honoured by amnesty international for human rights work

KEBE knows that, as lawyers, they have a unique opportunity to ensure human rights are observed in the project work of their clients.  By advising clients on how their commercial projects will impact on the communities in which they work, clients then have the ability to be proactive in safeguarding the fundamental and alienable rights of people involved in all parts of a project cycle.

GENI & KEBE Partner Bacre Waly Ndiaye has spent a lifetime dedicated to promoting human rights and currently leads GENI & KEBE’s Business and Human Rights team.  As well as private practice at the Senegalese Bar, he has held senior roles with the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights, including being the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, arbitrary or summary executions.
He also worked for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights as Director of the New York office, was Director of the Human Rights Council division (including special procedures and the universal periodic review) and also led the Research and Right to Development division.
Mr Ndiaye’s contribution was recently recognised by Amnesty International.  Amnesty International is human rights NGO that advocates for human rights worldwide.  Mr Ndiaye was the co-founder of the Senegalese chapter of Amnesty International as well as serving as Vice-President of Amnesty International’s Executive Committee.   Mr Ndiaye was recently awarded a Diploma of Honour by Amnesty International for services rendered to the worldwide human rights movement.
The GENI & KEBE team is delighted to congratulate Mr Ndiaye on the recognition of his important contribution to human rights!

GENI & KEBE AND JICA WORKING TOGETHER FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF WEST AFRICA

The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is the development arm of the Japanese government. On 15 April 2016, Mr Yuji Moriya, Country Representative for JICA and Mr Mouhamed Kebe, Managing Director of GENI & KEBE signed an agreement for GENI & KEBE to provide ongoing legal support to JICA for its development work in Cap Verde, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania and Senegal.

JICA's support helps to strengthen the base of economic development, promote primary industries such as agriculture and fisheries and improve social services.
Mouhamed Kebe, managing partner of GENI & KEBE explained, “At GENI & KEBE we have a saying:  ‘To us Africa is not a continent, it is our home’.  We very much appreciate the opportunity to be working with JICA on their important work that is assisting the development of our region, our home.”

GENI & KEBE ADVISES COMPAGNIE AGRICOLE DE SAINT LOUIS ON €31.4MILLION RICE PRODUCTION PROJECT

Recognising the potential of Senegal’s agricultural industry, the African Development Bank and the European Investment Bank have funded a €31. 4million project to the Compagnie Agricole de Saint-Louis for rice production in Senegal.
GENI & KEBE advised Compagnie Agricole de Saint Louis on the legal aspects of the project.  Dr Aboubacar Fall, Partner, and former Principal Legal Counsel for the African Development Bank, led the GENI KEBE team.

The project aims to promote food security in Senegal and to assist Senegal overcome its dependency on imported rice. 
“Senegal has great potential to develop its agricultural sector, with perfect conditions in the Senegalese River Valley for producing rice,” explained Dr Fall.  “GENI & KEBE was pleased to advise on this project, which will have positive economic and nutritional impact for people in Senegal and the region.”

THE IMPORTANCE OF ASSESSING SENEGAL’S BILATERAL INVESTMENT TREATIES

In a time where we are seeing increased foreign investment throughout Africa, the importance of having strong bilateral investment treaties cannot be underestimated.  Equally important, is to have a cadre of stakeholders both in the public and private sectors who can assess their effectiveness.

Managing Partner of GENI & KEBE, Mouhamed Kebe, was interviewed by TFM’s L’invité du 20H program with Mamadou Ibra Kane on 11 July 2016 on the topic of assessing Senegal’s bilateral investment treaties (BITs).
The interview focused on the BITs that Senegal has signed with a number of different countries.  Mr. Kebe explained the aim of BITs, why Senegal should assess the BITs that it has already signed and take steps to have a uniform template for a BIT.   Further, Mr. Kebe suggested that there is value in the member states of ECOWAS to work together to have a regional BIT model, as the SADC countries in southern Africa have achieved.  With rapidly expanding foreign investment in sub-Saharan Africa, BITs are central in protecting and promoting the region’s economic interests. 
The interview preceded the forum titled "Assessing the Bilateral Investment Treaties signed by the Republic of Senegal'' jointly organized by the African Center of International Law Practice, Access Partnership and GENI & KEBE on 12 July 2016.

 

The full interview can be watched here: http://video.carrapide.com/media/watch/3K6u1LCI3j/linvite-du-20h-me-mouhamed-kebe-avocat-daffaires---lundi-11-juillet-2016---tfm

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