Dr Aboubacar Fall

Leaders in Law endorses Dr Aboubacar Fall as our exclusively recommended Oil Regulation expert in Senegal. If you wish to get in touch with Aboubacar, please use the contact information provided above.

Practice Areas

  • Oil & Gas
  • Banking & Finance
  • Maritime & Aviation
  • International Business
  • Trade Finance
  • Project Finance
  • Private Equity and M&A
  • Energy
  • Mining
  • Infrastructure (PPP)
  • Fraud & White Collar Crime
  • International Arbitration (Commercial & Investment )
  • ADR


Wolof, French, English (fluent) and Spanish (working knowledge)

Senior Partner

Dr. Aboubacar FALL is the firm’s Senior Partner. He is a member of the Senegal Bar and a former member of the Paris Bar (France). He holds a PhD in International Business Law from University of Rouen –Haute Normandy (France) a Masters (LL.M) from University of Washington in Seattle (USA), a Masters in International Transportation from University of Paris 1- Pantheon-Sorbonne (France) and two Certificates in Petroleum Policy & Management from PETRAD Foundation in Stavanger (Norway).

Dr. FALL has been practicing law for over 30 years. He has worked for over 10 years as Principal Legal Counsel for the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group and has served for 3 years as Chairman of the Management Board of the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF). www.alsf.org .From January 2015 to October 2018, he was a partner at Geni & Kebe law firm in Dakar. In 2015 & 2016, he was nominated as one of the 100 most influential people in Africa by the magazine Financial Afrik. In 2018, he was nominated by Financial Afrik among the 18 most active law firms’ leaders in Africa.

Dr. FALL is a member of several professional organizations including the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), the International Energy Law Advisory Group (IELAG), the International Bar Association (IBA), the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA), the ICC FraudNet, the African Arbitration Association (AfAA), the Comité Maritime International (CMI) , the African Arbitration Association, the London Court of Arbitration (LCIA) etc. In 2017 & 2018, he was nominated in the Who’s Who Legal as Asset Recovery Expert. Dr. FALL holds several teaching positions in Senegal and abroad including the United Nations Institute for Training & Research (UNITAR)in Geneva as well as the Institut Supérieur de Droit de Dakar (ISDD) and the Institut des Métiers du Droit (IMD). He is currently the Program Director of the Center for International Law Practice (ACILP) www.acilp.org and has been appointed in 2019 as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA) Program . www.ilfa.africa

Firm Description:

AF Legal is the product of the merger of two well-established and experienced law firms, namely FALL & Co and Macodou NDOUR Offices. The merged firms totalize over fifty (50) years of practice both domestic and international.

In addition to the founding partners, the law firm is composed of 4 Legal Counsels, 10 Senior Of Counsels, and 3 Support Staff. While its main offices are located in Dakar, the Capital of Senegal, AF LEGAL is an international law firm.

Indeed, the firm’s international operations and activities are structured around FALL Alliance (FA). Fall Alliance is a platform of carefully selected independent francophone law firms from West & Central African countries. Members of the Alliance include law firms from Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, Niger, Togo, Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Cameroon, Gabon, the Republic of Congo, Mauritania, and Senegal.

The overarching objective of the Alliance is to provide both domestic and foreign investors with a full and integrated range of legal, business, and tax services across the francophone African region.


Mame Adama GUEYE

Leaders in Law endorses Maitre Gueye as our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in Senegal. If you wish to get in touch with Maitre please use the contact information provided above.

Maitre Mama Adama Gueye has been registered with the Bar since July 1982 and has effectively worked without interruption as lawyer ever since that date and thus totalize a professional experience of 22 years.

Beside his activities as a lawyer and company legal adviser, Maitre Mame Adama Gueye works a a consultant in the filed of goveranance and legal and judicial reforms by making the most in that field of the experience gained from his involvement in associative activities for the promotion of good governance and fight against corruption.


Master of Business Administration ; University of Quebec in Montreal
Master Degree in Business Law: University of Rennes
Postgraduate Degree in Judicial Law And Practise: University of Rennes
Postgraduate Degree in Business Law and Fax System : University of Rennes
Degree of Company Legal Advisor (DJCE): University of Rennes

Significant Accomplishments

Former President of the Civil Forum – Senegalese Section of Transparency Intetrnational
Former member of Transparency International Board of Directors, an international NGO exclusively dedicated to the fight against of corruption
Former vice chairman of commitee 2, dealing with the issue” Society and Administration” as part of the National Concertation on Public Service Quality and Good Governance in Senegal (1999-2000)
Former member of the task force on the judicial treatment of corruption supervised by the Ministery of Justice of Senegal as part of an implementation project of a national programm of struggle against corruption (1999-2000)
Former member of the Bar Council of Senegal
Arbitrator Registered with the center of mediation, Conciliation anad Arbitration of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Dakar.

Professional Associations

President of the Bar (barristers of attached to a French Law Court) since July 24, 2008
Lawyer to the Court registered with the Bar since 1982
Company Legal Advisor
Associate Lawyer Manager of the Professionnal Civil Society MAME ADAMA GUEYE & ASSOCIATES

Firm Description:

SCP Mame Adama Gueye & Associés is a leading business law firm in Senegal, with an excellent reputation based on its proven expertise and credibility.

SCP MAGA is the first law firm certified ISO 9001-2008 version in West, North and Middle Africa.

The law firm works in several fields of general law and business law including commercial law, mining law, contracts law, competition law, banking law, project finance, insurance law, corporate law, taxation law, intellectual property and copyright law, labour law, investment, civil aviation and property law.

Due to its excellent reputation, the firm has gained the confidence of several famous international law firms such as Baker & McKenzie, Hogan Lovells, Linklaters, White & Case, Clifford Chance, Freshfields, Denton Sapte, Skadden, Gide, Loyrette &Nouel, Norton Rose, Herbert Smith Freehills with whom, the firm works on a regular basis, especially as the local counsel of lenders or sponsors in project finance.

In order to meet the clients’ expectations in matter of security and responsiveness, the firm has invested in the development of a unique technology platform in lawyer’s profession in Senegal and the sub-region.

Since 2003, SCP Mame Adama Gueye & Associés has been ranked permanently by Chambers Global as one of the top 2 law firms in Senegal. In addition, it is one of the few law firms in Senegal to be bilingual and able to provide its services in both French and English. As a result, the company regularly provides legal assistance to multinational companies based in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

In addition, thanks to the quality of its services, SCP Mame Adama Gueye & Associés is recommended by the Embassies of USA, France, Spain, Great Britain and Germany in Dakar.

Practice Areas

  • Legal Advice & Assistance
  • Legal Opinion
  • Litigation
  • Representation
  • Debt Recovery
  • Legal Consultancy
  • Creation of Companies
  • Legal Assistance to Investors
  • Merger & Acquisition
  • Projects Finance
  • Legal Audit
  • Due Diligence


Mohamedou Malal Barry

Leaders in Law endorses Mohamedou Malal Barry as our exclusively recommended Business Law expert in Senegal. If you wish to get in touch with Mohamedou please use the contact information provided above.

Member of the Bar Association of Senegal for more than 25 years, Mohamedou Malal BARRY is a veteran of the law that does not neglect any litigant.
After 3 years of Internship and 10 years of collaboration with the law firm Cheikh FALL, he moved to his own firm in 2004. Meticulous, honest and loyal, Mohamedou Malal BARRY is a specialist in land and commercial law. He nevertheless pleads the whole jurisdiction.

Located at 38, Avenue Malick SY in Dakar, The law firm assists you in both counseling and litigation.

We support you not only in defining your goals but also in developing and executing the best legal or judicial strategy to achieve them.

Business Law

Specialized primarily in business law, the firm Mohamedou Malal BARRY is a fully independent and leading law firm involved in the main areas of business law. We assist our clients in defining their objectives and we advise them on the legal structure best suited to their needs. We also handle all litigation related to the business activity of the company.

The law firm regularly intervenes in the following areas:

  • Constitution of civil and commercial companies, groups, associations and subsidiaries
  • Pacts of partners and shareholders
  • Transactions related to share capital and recapitalization
  • Fundraising
  • Criminal law of business affairs
  • Bond contracts
  • tax system
  • Dissolutions and liquidations
  • Legal Audits
  • General litigation of company law and conflict between partners


Khaled Abou El Houda

Leaders in Law endorses Khaled Abou El Houda as our exclusively recommended Oil & Gas Law expert in Senegal. If you wish to get in touch with Khaled please use the contact information provided above.

Khaled Abou El Houda has been registered with the Senegalese Bar Association since 1999. He is an Honorary Member of the Senegal Mining Chamber, the General Secretary of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (ICM) Senegal, and the General Secretary of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in Senegal.

Houda holds a Master’s Degree in Business Law from Aix-Marseille University (France) and a Masters Degree in Banking and Finance Business Law from Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar (Senegal). As a mediator and conciliator in OHADA (Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa) law, he is a chartered arbitrator at the OHADA Common Court of Justice and Arbitration (CCJA) in Abidjan, Ivory Coast and the Center of Arbitration, Mediation and Conciliation (CAMC) in Dakar, Senegal. Houda is also a member of the African Business Law Firms Association (ABLFA) and the International Bar Association (IBA).

Houda is an outstanding practitioner in business law and has developed proven strengths and qualifications in banking, restructuration, major infrastructure financing, and energy projects. He has been involved in the establishment of numerous mining, oil, and gas projects in Senegal and the sub region. He also co-authored the book “The Register of Trade OHADA” and “Retour sur l”Exequatur des Sentences CIRDI.” Additionally, he is involved in the drafting of the book “Doing Business” published annually by the World Bank. Most recently, Houda was the contributing editor of the Senegal country chapter for the 2017 African Law and Business Special Report on Investment in Africa.

Due to his linguistic (fluent in French, English, Arabic, and Wolof) and multicultural aptitudes, Houda has worked with clients from Africa (Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mali, Guinea-Conakry, Guinea-Bissau, Burkina Faso, Benin, Niger, Togo), Europe (United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands), North America (United States, Canada), Asia (India, United Arab Emirates, China), and Australia.

Due to his strengths and qualifications, Houda has been recognized by Who’s Who Legal, Global Chambers & Partners, and the International Financial Law Review.

Firm Description

Houda Law Firm is a full-service Senegalese law firm based in the capital Dakar that specializes in all forms of corporate and general business, intellectual property, international trade, investment fund, and banking and financial service practice law. The firm is well known for its work with mergers and acquisitions and project finance in several key sectors such as banking, industry, new technologies, mining, energy, oil, gas, and infrastructure. Founded in 1977 by Mohamed Salim Kanjo, the firm has extensive experience in establishing foreign companies in Senegal and the sub-region and providing counsel, legal advice and assistance, and litigation representation in court.

The firm assists clients such as private companies, public entities, and individuals with all of their legal needs in Senegal and WAEMU (West African Economic and Monetary Union) member states. It also represents local and foreign clients that include international institutions, multinational corporations or their subsidiaries, investment funds, credit brokers, and commercial companies.

The firm regularly works with high-profile international law firms. Such entities frequently appoint the firm to provide general overview reports and opinions about Senegalese law for international investors in private equity and derivatives finance.

Under the leadership of attorney-at-law and current managing partner Khaled Abou El Houda, the firm assigns and entrusts every case to a dedicated and competent team in order to ensure excellence and client satisfaction.

Today, Houda Law Firm is ranked as a leading firm for general business law by Chambers and Partners Global 2018, recognized as a mining expert by Who’s Who Legal 2018, and rated as a financial and corporate recommended firm by the 2018 International Finance Law Review.

The Firm is an Exclusive contributor of « Doing Business in Senegal » in the 2018 edition of the Legal 500 EMEA and featured in Hogan Lovell’s African Law and Business 2018 special report on investment in Africa based on its competence in providing legal support and counsel in litigation in Senegal and throughout WAEMU.

The firm has opened a second office in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, which will make it the very first foreign law firm from the WAEMU region established in the country.


Mouhamed Kebe

Mouhamed Kebe is the managing partner of Geni & Kebe, a full-service law firm based in Senegal with 15 affiliate offices across Africa. His practice encompasses corporate and investment law, with a particular focus on natural resources (mining and energy).

Top-tier ranked in Chambers global as leader in his field, Mouhamed is also highly recommended as a leading lawyer in the IFLR1000: Energy and Infrastructure guide (2014). He is closely attuned to foreign investors’ concerns about doing business in Africa. He also oversees commercial transactions including joint ventures, banking and finance corporate reorganisation, and restructuring.

Mouhamed graduated from the University of Dakar Cheikh Anta Diop (Senegal) and the University of Essex (United Kingdom), and earned a certificate in international commercial and investment arbitration from the University of London.

He is qualified with the Senegalese Bar Association (1993) and is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales (international division), the American Bar Association and the International Bar Association.

He regularly speaks in seminars and workshops on issues relating to investment and doing business in Africa, and has authored many studies and articles on mining law.

He has seconded in major law firms based in Paris and London. He is fluent in English, French, Wolof and Arabic.