Managing Partner: Mouhamed Kebe
Partners and Team Leaders: Mohamed Abdallah Dieng, Mame Ngone Sow, Boubacar Diakité, Fodé Sarr, Franky Lukuanda Mbaye Seck,Ousseynou Damiens Aw
Attorneys and Counsel: Absatou Ndiaye Samake, Aissatou Ndong, Annick Kobenan, Cecilia Gnango, Djibril Seydi, Fatoumata Watt, Ismael Itoua, Mahamat Atteib, Mansour Gningue, Mouhamadou Bassirou Balde, Mouhamoud Sangare, Ousmane Aliou Ly, Rahimine Toure, Ruth Accouna, Sally Mamadou Thiam, Sandra Prevost, Soraya Imani, Yankhoba Ndiaye
Of Counsel: Dr Sylvain Sankale, Olivia Mutambo Mpatswe, Ibnou Sougoufara, Charles Ndiaye
Operations Manager: Aliou Harazime Wone
Business Development Manager: Aly Kebe Dieng
Finance Director: Bakary Traore
Languages: English, French, Arabic
GENI & KEBE is a 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 GENI & 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 homegrown, 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
Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions
Dispute Resolution (including Alternative Dispute Resolution)
Employment & Labour
Natural Resources (Energy, Oil & Gas, Mining)
Real Estate & Construction
Telecommunications, Media & Technology
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.
■ CHINA EXIMBANK - Government concessional loan agreement with the Republic of Chad for RMB 1,316,000,000
■ COMMERZBANK AG ABN AMRO - Government concessional Loan Agreement with the Republic of Burkina Faso for Euros 108,000,000
■ SANTANDER BANK - Bridge Financing A330 _ 900 Aircraft for Air Senegal USD 92,024,194
■ Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector – Extension of global lines of credit (Islamic finance) to banks and 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
■ Engen Petroleum - the sale of a subsidiary in Bissau Guinea
■ SARACEN - the acquisition of a mining company in Ivory Coast
■ Zijing Mining Group Co, Ltd - with regards to the acquisition of IAMGOLD’s subsidiary in Senegal Dispute Resolution & Alternative
GENI & KEBE 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.
■ Plan International – successful defence of a labour claim before the Court of Appeal of Kankan, Guinea
■ SANOFI - Successful defence before the District Commercial Court of Abidjan in Ivory Coast
■ ICSID - Successful defence on an Investor-State arbitration before the ICSID in 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
■ Nokia - for the closure of offices in Mali and Niger
■ BBC - On a Labour claim before the District Labour Court in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
■ Oracle – On employment obligation in Burkina Faso and Gabon
GENI & KEBE has advised Cairn Energy, on Senegal’s first offshore 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.
■ Kosmos Energy – Joint operating agreement and regulatory requirements for oil exploration in Senegal
■ American Capital – Renewable wind farm project in Taiba Ndiaye, Senegal
■ African Development Bank - for the financing of a Thermic Power plan in Malicounda Senegal
■ Sundance – Acquisition of an equity interest in Congolese mining company Iron Congo
■ Endeavour Mining - Acquisition of Teranga Gold
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 provides 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
■ Mitrelli - EPC project with the Senegalese Government
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.