Harcourt Avocats

Harcourt Avocats is a law firm specialising in assisting companies and investors to set up and expand in Africa. We can help you identify investment opportunities and structure and implement your projects.

Located in Paris and Abidjan, our senior, multidisciplinary experts and partners from leading law firms and financial institutions are recognised for their know-how, and work in a highly complementary way to provide you with customised assistance tailored to your needs.

Backed by local experience, they demonstrate pragmatism and in-depth knowledge of the African context, regulations and procedures, guaranteeing the application of the highest standards to advise you effectively and secure your operations.

Guided by a results-oriented approach, we combine global vision with an entrepreneurial spirit.

As facilitators, we strive to give you the benefit of our relationships with government departments and bodies, and with the business and entrepreneurial ecosystem, so that you save precious time in the various phases of your project.

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Harcourt Avocats’ teams are fully conversant with the specific features of regional legal systems (OHADA, ECOWAS, CEMAC, UEMOA, SADC) and can offer you high-level legal, technical and financial assistance, the fruit of experience acquired in complex, multi-disciplinary cases, and the benefit of a solid network of professional contacts.

We help companies, investors and financial institutions to structure and implement their operations in the following areas :

  • Setting up operations
  • Project development and financing
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Assistance and representation in negotiations with administrative authorities
  • Structuring and support for complex projects
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Private equity
  • Organising fund-raising
  • Regulations and compliance
  • Tax and customs exemptions
  • Obtaining licences, permits and sectoral authorisations
  • Arbitration
  • Litigation
  • Advice to governments and regional institutions

Our business covers a wide range of economic sectors, including :

  • Agriculture
  • Construction and Infrastructure
  • Transport & Logistics
  • Energy & Power
  • Mining
  • Technology
  • Real Estate
  • Natural resources and environment
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Membre des associations


Namaro Maury

A member of the Paris Bar, Ms Maury holds a CAPA, a Master degree in European and International Law with a major in taxation and a Master degree in Business Law from the  Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne University.


With a wealth of experience in both international and national law firms, both in France and abroad, Ms Maury advises Côte d’Ivoire’s Comité National de Pilotage des Partenariats Public-Privé (National Steering Committee for Public-Private Partnerships) and acts for a number of ministries.

Dr Moussa SANOGO


Expert in public procedures and public business law in Côte d’Ivoire, Mr Sanogo holds a doctorate in public law from the University of Brest. Professor at Alassane Ouattara University, Mr Sanogo has also held senior positions at the Ministry of African Integration and Ivorians Living Abroad.

Mr Sanogo provides his expertise in public law and assistance in dealing with ministerial authorities.

Clovis Yao

Clovis Yao

A graduate in finance and management from ESCA and the University of Brighton, and a former manager at EY, Clovis is an expert in auditing, financial engineering and structured finance.

An accomplished finance professional, he has managed large-scale financial projects in Côte d’Ivoire and West Africa.

Youssouf MEITÉ

Youssouf MEITÉ

A member of the Paris Bar, Me Meité holds a Master 1 in Business Law and a Master 2 in Public Law from Lyon 3 Louis Lumière University, and is currently being admitted to the Abidjan Bar. He is in charge of the Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity practices.

Recognised as an expert in business regulation and consulted for its extensive knowledge of the business environment in West Africa by the World Bank, Me Meité has been a contributor to the “Doing Business” programme since 2018.

Losseni Dagnogo


Mr Dagnogo is a senior magistrate and adviser to the Ivorian National Court of Auditors. He carries out judicial audits of public accounts and takes part in performance audit and public policy evaluation missions.

With over 15 years’ experience in public finance, financial audit and internal control, Losseni Dagnogo advises numerous multinationals and international institutions.

Joël Sangaré


A Franco-Ivorian lawyer, Mr Sangaré holds a Master 1 in Business Law and a Master 2 in Applied Taxation from the University of Paris-Est Créteil.

A tax expert, he has worked for the Direction Générale des Finances Publiques,  the Service des Affaires Economiques de l’Assemblée Nationale, and for Bird&Bird one of the most well know international law firm.

Mr Sangaré has a thorough knowledge of OHADA taxation and its specific local features, he advises numerous foreign and ivorian companies. He is in charge of the Taxation and Customs practice.

Latest news

  • Support for the World Bank in reviewing feasibility studies and the contractual framework for the Bus Rapid Transit project in Abidjan; support for the recruitment of an operator.

  • Support for the development of the Lagos-Abidjan motorway project (feasibility studies, contractual scheme, tendering process, evaluation, negotiation support).

  • Support for the restructuring of SOTRA; negotiation of the PPP contract with the Ivorian government.

  • Support for the government of Burundi and the European Union in defining the PPP development strategy; review of the regulatory and institutional framework; review of projects to be prioritised; capacity-building; drafting of regulatory texts; operational guide.


  • Africa PPP 2023: “Forging partnerships for the successful implementation of PPPs”.
    The 13th African Summit on Public-Private Partnerships (APPP) will have a resounding impact. Renowned speakers will be on hand to share their views in sessions on particularly relevant topics, making this event a not-to-be-missed event for experts, decision-makers and investors.
    For more information: https://www.agenceecofin.com/investissements-publics/0510-112416-africa-ppp-2023-nouer-des-partenariats-au-service-de-la-bonne-mise-en-uvre-des-ppp

Contact us


(+33) 01 83 62 03 49

85, boulevard de Courcelles – 75008 Paris

Abidjan-Plateau, Immeuble BORG – 08 BP 406 Abidjan 08