Middle East/Africa

Debevoise has a successful track record advising international clients as well as local clients undertaking transformational projects or facing business-critical disputes.

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Sanctions Alert

Debevoise produces a regular Sanctions Alert, as well as other Sanctions related client updates. These include all the latest developments on sanctions issues impacting businesses active in various jurisdictions, including in Africa & the Middle East.


The team was awarded “Global Pro Bono Deal of the Year” by The American Lawyer in it’s annual Global Legal Awards. The award was in recognition for our representation of Opportunity International in its sale of a majority stake in Kinshasa, a microfinance institution operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), to VisionFund International. Opportunity International remains a 20% shareholder. Opportunity International is a next generation microfinance organization that invests philanthropic and social impact capital to spark and scale innovative solutions to global poverty.


Ranked as a leading firm for work in emerging markets by The Legal 500 UK

Geoffrey Burgess is recommended for M&A deals

—The Legal 500

Peter Goldsmith QC has an impressively global disputes practice, handling arbitrations in Africa, Europe and Asia.

—Chambers UK

Arbitration work relating to an off-shore oil project off the coast of the Côte d'Ivoire and a case against Gabon for payment of consultants' fees.

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