Managing Partner: Mouhamed Kebe
Attorneys and Counsel: Louisa Gibbs, Mame Ngoné Sow, Mouhamed Dieng, Soraya Imani, Sally Mamadou Thiam, Fodé Sarr, Mbaye Seck, Boubacar Diakité, Absatou Ndiaye Samaké, Rahimine Touré, Ismaël Itoua, Damiens Aw, Abou Faye Sarr, Mahamoud Sangaré, Mansour Gningue, Aminata Ndoye, Brahim Deye, Dembo Diabala, Oussmane Ly, Mahamat Atteib
Of Counsel: Dr Sylvain Sankalé, Dr Rogation Poda, Mouhamadou Bah, Elise Groulx-Diggs, Aly Dieng, Ban Mady Ndao, Olivia Mutambo Mpatswe
Languages: English, French, Arabic, Spanish
GENI & KEBE is full-service commercial law firm providing legal services in sub-Saharan Africa. Founded in 1912, GENI & KEBE is the oldest law firm in Senegal. Over 100 years on, GENI & KEBE now works in collaboration with Affiliate Offices in 13 countries to provide a full spectrum of legal services across the region.
Chambers Global interviewees attest that GENI & KEBE provides “high quality advice and an ability to handle pan-African corporate transactions” and acknowledge GENEI & KEBE as “one of Senegal’s premier firms thanks to its international approach and high standard of work.”
With a strong history and regional presence, GENI & KEBE effectively serves the needs of clients in a globalised world. Lawyers have lived and worked internationally, so they appreciate the foreign perspective; however, the firm is home-grown and advisers know the local business and government environments intimately.
Lawyers hold qualifications from leading universities in the UK, USA, Canada, France, Switzerland and Australia as well as Senegal, Congo and South Africa. Lawyers are members of the Senegalese Bar Association and the Law Society of England and Wales (International Division).
GENI & KEBE is a member of DLA Piper Africa, an alliance of independent law firms working together in association with DLA Piper.
Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance /Islamic Finance:
With significant commercial experience of the WAEMU and CEMAC banking legislation, GENI & KEBE advises on finance transactions across the 17 OHADA states, including cross-border investments.
■ Barclays Bank – USD 20 million export credit financefaciity to Senegalese telecommunications company Sentel
■ Citigroup – Foreign hedge funds project with the common Reserve Bank of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo
■ Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector – Extension of global lines of credit (Islamic finance) to banks or leasing companies operating in Chad, Cameroon and Gabon
■ Standard Chartered Bank – USD 400 million project loan transaction with Senegalese telecommunications company Sentel
Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions:
GENI & KEBE advises on M&A transactions, incorporation of branches or subsidiaries, and acquisition of domestic companies and assets by foreign-owned companies.
■ Tata Group – Acquisition of majority equity of Senegalese company UNITECH
■ Arcelor Mittal – Liquidation of a subsidiary in Senegal
■ Arla Foods – Joint venture with Sengalese agricultural company Agroline
Dispute Resolution & Alternative Dispute Resolution:
GENI & KEBE’s advocates have experience in all courts in Senegal and in the OHADA region. They also represent clients in alternative forms of dispute resolution (such as mediation and arbitration), including before the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
■ Dangote – Successful appeal before the Senegalese Supreme Court on investment matters. Successful defence on environmental issues before the District Court of Thies, Senegal
■ Plan International – successful defence of a labour claim before the Court of Appeal of Kankan, Guinea
■ Citigroup – successful procedural appeal in the Supreme Court of Senegal
Employment & Labour:
GENI & KEBE advises employers and employees on contracts, wages, dismissals, cross-border employment, social security, redundancies, corporate restructuring, human resources issues, in relation to mergers, income tax, and negotiations with trade unions and staff representatives.
■ Emirates Airlines – Senegalese employees’ rights
■ Louis Berger – Employment contract terminations in Cameroon
■ British Embassy in Dakar – Labour law requirements for local staff
■ Oracle – Successful Court of Appeal judgment on wrongful dismissal claim
GENI & KEBE has advised Cairn Energy, on Senegal’s first off-shore oil discovery, as well as on the country’s largest ever electricity project.
GENI & KEBE also represents renewable energy operators and energy multinationals in relation to regulatory compliance, private-public partnerships and environmental approvals.
■ Woodside consortium – Regulatory and tax advice on the SNE-1 project
■ Kosmos Energy – Joint operating agreement and regulatory requirements for oil exploration in Senegal
■ American Capital – Renewable wind farm project in Taiba Ndiaye, Senegal
■ Caterpillar– Engineering, Procurement and Construction contract for a 130 MW power plant in Senegal
■ Jindal Steel and Power – Mining joint venture in Cameroon
■ Avenira – Acquisition of the Gidde Bissick mining permit in Senegal
■ Sundance – Acquisition of an equity interest in Congolese mining company Iron Congo
Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs):
With growing interest in forming PPPs to accelerate development. GENI & KEBE advises on the contractual and regulatory requirements in PPP projects and provide training on understanding the legal environment for PPP investments.
■ Jindal Power – USD 900 million, 350 MW PPP power plant deal with state electricity company Senelec
■ KEC – Successfully defended KEC before the African Development Bank Sanctions Commission on a PPP transaction in Rwanda
Real Estate & Construction:
■ Orascom – Responsible housing project in Senegal
■ Savini Group – USD 90 million housing project in Gabon
GENI & KEBE advises on regulatory compliance, assists companies to maximise their tax position and represents clients in contentious matters with the tax authorities
■ Maroc Telecom – Tax issues dealing with a share purchase agreement in Cote d’Ivoire
■ British Airways –Tax issues following reassignment of Senegalese branch offices upon a merger with Iberia Airlines
■ Yandex Taxi – Taxes on a software app in Côte d’Ivoire
Telecommunications, Media & Technology:
GENI & KEBE provides advice on a broad range of telecommunications regulation, intellectual property and technology law issues.
■ Microsoft Corporation –Roll out of Windows Live Service across several jurisdictions in Sub Saharan Africa
■ West African Economic and Monetary Union – Survey on the legal aspects of the TMT sector in six West African countries with the aim to harmonise legislation
■ Sky Vision Global Networks – Telecommunications acquisitions in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea and Niger