About the Firm

Located in the heart of Antananarivo’s business district, Madagascar Law Offices (MLO) is a modern, multi-service law firm with a specialty in corporate transactions.

The firm advises on all matters affecting the day-to-day operations of businesses in Madagascar, including corporate compliance, sectoral compliance, high level tax, land and real estate, labor and environmental compliance, amongst others. It also gives advice on specific investment sectors, including mining, petroleum, telecommunications, electricity, tourism and hotel, agri-business and manufacturing. Our team has the unique ability to draft, negotiate, understand and comment on documents in both English and French. The firm has experience in cross-border transactions and has assisted national and international investors doing business in Madagascar.

MLO offers an essential combination of knowledge of local content, on the one hand, and an understanding of international business practices, on the other. Its understanding of civil law regimes on which Malagasy law is based, and common law systems from which many investors come from, is a key component of its practice. The firm provides advice and assistance to first tier international companies seeking to invest in Madagascar or to enter into agreements with Malagasy entities, whether private or governmental. Its main clients include financial institutions funding projects in Madagascar, large multi-nationals involved in mining or petroleum exploration, established Malagasy companies seeking partners or financing from abroad, and investors or potential investors in a wide variety of regulated and unregulated sectors.

The firm is staffed with a team of attorneys and paralegals, who have a wide array of experience and training. The firm’s managing partner, Sahondra Rabenarivo, is a 1998 graduate of Harvard Law School who returned to Madagascar in September 2004 after practicing law for over six years in San Francisco, California. Her area of expertise is in corporate and transactional matters. She has extensive experience in project finance and in sectoral representation of clients investing in petroleum, mining, telecommunications, hotel and electricity projects in Madagascar. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University (Class of 1995) and Reed College (Class of 1992). She is a dual citizen of Madagascar and the United States and speaks English, French and Malagasy fluently.

Madagascar Law firm is a member of ALN, an alliance of leading corporate law firms currently in sixteen key African jurisdictions, including the continent’s gateway economies. We have a presence in Francophone, Anglophone, Lusophone and Arabic-speaking Africa: Algeria, Botswana, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. The firms are recognised as leading firms in their markets and many have advised on groundbreaking, first-of-a-kind deals. ALN also has a regional office in Dubai, UAE.

ALN firms work together in providing a one-stop-shop solution for clients doing business across Africa. ALN’s reach at the local, regional and international levels, connectivity with key stakeholders, and deep knowledge of doing business locally and across borders allows it to provide seamless and effective legal, advisory and transactional services across the continent. Our high level of integration is achieved by adherence to shared values and an emphasis on excellence and collaboration. We share sector-specific skills and regional expertise thus ensuring our clients benefit from the synergies of the alliance.

Chambers Global has consistently ranked the ALN alliance as Band 1 in the “Leading Regional Law Firm Networks – Africa-wide” category