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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’s lawyers recognised in Lawyer Monthly’s Women in Law Awards

Anyone who has ever strived towards developing a business idea will tell you that corruption destroys business opportunities and stifles a country’s economic growth.

In Africa, unfortunately, the rates of corruption continue to be high.  This is of concern to foreign investors looking to do business in the region.  Three lawyers at GENI & KEBE have developed the region’s first law firm Anti-Corruption policy.  The initiative has resulted in Louisa Gibbs, Olivia Mutambo and Codou Sow-Seck being recognized as “Senegal Anti-Corruption Lawyer of the Year” by Lawyer Weekly’s Women in Law Awards.
Foreign investors are subject not only to local Senegalese laws when doing business in the country, but also to laws in their home countries that make it illegal for them to bribe a government official in a foreign country.  These powerful laws are based on the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions and include the USA’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), the UK’s Bribery Act, the French Penal Code and the Australian Bribery of Foreign Public Officials Act. 
GENI & KEBE use the policy internally with staff to ensure they understand what is considered bribery under the foreign laws and have the skills to recognize corrupt acts and report suspicious behavior appropriately.  The policy also gives clients comfort that GENI & KEBE lawyers complying with relevant home country laws about bribery when acting on their behalf. 
Finally, the policy has been shared with the Senegalese Bar Association with the aim that all law firms in Senegal will develop a similar policy document and introduce anti-corruption training. 
Ms Gibbs explains: “We have a strong belief that lawyers can be actors of positive change in their community.   We are sharing the policy and speaking up about the issue of corruption so that our children will experience less of it, in order that our grandchildren will see none of it.”
More information about the award and the policy can be viewed here:
http://www.lawyer-monthly.com/magazine/LMWILA16/

Geni-Kebe Atraxis group and Apix supporting improved public private partnerships in the region

Public-Private Partnerships are an increasingly attractive and useful model for financing major projects across Africa.  Under this approach, the private sector brings with it not only financing, but economic rigor and business acumen, whilst the government contributes regulatory frameworks and public administration.

In April, GENI & KEBE staffed worked with Atraxis Group and APIX  (the Senegalese authority for the promotion of investment) to present training on PPPs to a range of representatives from public works agencies AGEOPPE in Guinea Bissau, NIGETIP in Niger and AGETIP in Benin, Mali and Senegal.
Dr Aboubacar Fall assisted with training on the legal aspects of PPPs.  He commented: “By gathering PPP actors from the region and sharing practical experiences of developing successful PPPs, we are working together to promote effective and efficient PPP projects in the region.”
GENI & KEBE has been privileged to be part of a number of significant PPP projects recently, including advising Jindal Power in its USD 900 million Power Plant Agreement with SENELEC (the State electricity company) and representing Summa in its partnership with the Senegalese government for the management of the new Blaise Diagne airport.

Mouhamed kebe joins isfin board to consolidate west africa

Prof. Laurent Marliere, CEO of ISFIN, announced that prominent West African lawyer Mouhamed Kebe will join the advisory board of ISFIN. Mr Kebe is the Managing Partner of GENI & KEBE one of the largest players in the legal market in sub-Saharan Africa.

Marliere explains that as emerging markets advisors, Africa is high on the list: "our coverage in North and West Africa includes Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Mauritania, Tchad, Mali, Benin, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria. Our ambition is to cover the whole African territory in order to accompany our clients and investors into these high growth markets.”

He adds, “Mouhamed Kebe's expertise will be particularly helpful in the OHADA countries and in sub-Sahran markets. His familiarity in both civil law and common law systems, his understanding of both foreign and domestic clients doing business in the sub-Saharan region for over 20 years are paramount.  Mouhamed’s practice focuses on corporate and investment law with a particular interest in major projects in the infrastructure, mining and banking sectors.”
 
GENI & KEBE is highly recommended by IFLR1000 for Financial and Corporate transactions and was named by Finance Monthly as Senegal’s Investment Law Firm of the Year. In addition, Mouhamed is named by Who’s Who Legal as one of the world’s leading practitioners in Mining Law, is recognised by IFLR 1000 as a Leading Lawyer for Energy and Infrastructure and is top ranked in Chambers Global. Mouhamed is also a chartered arbitrator before the Arbitration Court of the OHADA States.

Mouhamed Kebe explains that West Africa is at the crossroad of investments coming from Asia, the Gulf, Europe and America. He adds : "ISFIN is the right platform to make things happen, it is a unique one-stop shop combining market intelligence, legal and tax advice and Islamic finance skills. Islamic finance is more and more popular in Africa and certainly the next growth market for that sector of world finance.”

GENI & KEBE PARTNER ABOUBACAR FALL NAMED IN WHO’S WHO LEGAL – ASSET RECOVERY

GENI & KEBE Partner, Dr Aboubacar Fall, has been named in Who’s Who Legal as one of the world’s leading practitioners in asset recovery.

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