Company News, Distinctions - Jul 12, 2021

Asafo & Co. is pleased to announce that it has been named “Law Firm of the Year” in Jeune Afrique’s rankings of the 100 most influential lawyers in francophone Africa. Asafo & Co. also tops the rankings as #1 law firm with 10 lawyers distinguished in the 100 Powerlist.

Asafo & Co. has been named Law Firm of the Year in the rankings of the top 100 most influential business lawyers in francophone Africa published by the magazine Jeune Afrique. With a record number of 77 law firm submissions received this year, Asafo & Co. also leads in first place with 10 lawyers ranked for the second consecutive year.

With every practice area represented in this year’s rankings, the awards reflect the depth and coverage of our firm’s offering. Unlike any other firm in the rankings, our teams both on the ground in Africa and outside the Continent have been distinguished across a full range of practice areas and sectors: project development, project finance, M&A, PE, banking and finance, capital markets, litigation, international arbitration and strategic advice to sovereigns, with a particular focus on the energy, mining, oil & gas, infrastructure, healthcare and technology sectors.

Please join us in congratulating our lawyers in the 2021 rankings: Pascal Agboyibor (#2), Patrick Larrivé (#20), Louis Dubois (#30), Jacob Grierson (#48), Simon Ratledge (#49), Didier Boua Doux (#50), Emmanuel Avramesco (#65), Alain Gauvin (#67), Benoit de Monval (#77), Yacouba Coulibaly (#92)

While we are aware that it may be a challenge to recognize more than 10 lawyers from the same firm, with nearly 180 lawyers and legal professionals in offices across Africa (Abidjan, Casablanca, Johannesburg, Mombasa and Nairobi), in Europe (Paris and London) and in the United States (Washington DC), Asafo & Co., our firm has many more lawyers focused on francophone Africa who are on track to be in next year’s rankings.

We could not have attained such recognition without the talent of our teams and the support of our clients who believe in our vision to be the first law firm that brings together high-calibre legal professionals exclusively dedicated to the transformative work and projects that are shaping Africa’s future. After launching just over two years ago, Asafo & Co. has only just begun its journey to becoming the go-to firm for both African and international clients seeking legal advice for their business matters throughout the Continent.

We would like to thank Jeune Afrique for this award and our peers whose votes contributed to this powerful recognition. Congratulations also to our colleagues at Gide, Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Herbert Smith Freehills, Linklaters, Norton Rose, as well as other well-recognized firms, for their results in this year.