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Based in Conakry (Guinea), SD Avocats is an independent law firm that was established in 2013 by Salimatou Diallo, who is a member of the Conakry, Paris and New York Bars. The firm was founded with a true entrepreneurial spirit and strives to represent clients with a great deal of flexibility and responsiveness. Having begun her career in the Paris offices of major UK and international law firms Hogan Lovells and Herbert Smith Freehills, Salimatou has over 10 years' experience working on African projects, particularly on cross-border transactions across all sectors and contract negotiation and structuring partnerships with African government bodies.
The firm advises on all investment facets and project phases, ranging from identifying the applicable legal framework to risk assessments, while playing an active role in a wide array of transactional matters, such as commercial partnerships, contract negotiations, financing, and achieving a project's external growth and share/asset transfers. We offer legal advice in both French and English to investors in West Africa, specialising in natural resources, energy, telecoms and infrastructure. SD Avocats has strong expertise in OHADA law and mining.
SD Avocats offers technical experience gained from leading international law firms, enabling clients to benefit from legal advice which meets international standards, coupled with on-the-ground presence, strong relationships with the various local governmental bodies and a thorough understanding of local customs and practices. SD Avocats is a member of ALN, an extensive alliance of Africa’s most dynamic, independent and ambitious law firms. As a result of this alliance, the firm is able to seamlessly work on African wide transactions and other legal matters.