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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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.

romain cieslewicz

Mr Cieslewicz is a tax lawyer registered with the Hauts-de-Seine Bar Association.

After gaining experience in start-ups in London, Mr Cieslewicz worked for the law firm Ernst & Young (EY), assisting a number of major accounts and developing his skills in the application of new technologies to tax issues.


Mr Cieslewicz provides his expertise in tax issues and assistance with procedures with the tax authorities.

Clovis Yao

Clovis Yao

A graduate in finance and management and former manager at EY, Clovis is an expert in auditing and structured finance.

Nadia Harkati

Nadia is working as legal counsel.
She is proficient in administrative process.
Fluent in Arabic, she holds a Ph.D. in Public Law.

Franck Nicolaieff

Franck Nicolaieff

Franck Nicolaieff holds a doctorate in private law, specialising in business law and financial market law.

After spending more than 20 years working for international groups, he specialised in CSR and helping companies to make cultural changes. He is a consultant with Harcourt Avocats.

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.

Contact us


(+33) 01 83 62 03 49

85, boulevard de Courcelles – 75008 Paris

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