Three Orrick Partners Named Top Lawyers in Africa

March.07.2017

Orrick congratulates our partners Pascal Agboyibor, Yves Lepage and Laurent Jaeger on being named among the top lawyers in Francophone Africa by Jeune Afrique.

The inaugural list ranks the top 50 lawyers who made the biggest economic impact on the continent in 2016, according to the number and value of matters handled in Francophone Africa, the number of countries involved, the type of work and the social benefit of the work.

Ranked at #1 on Jeune Afrique’s list, Pascal is the leader of Orrick’s global Africa team. He counsels on African projects and financings across the energy, infrastructure, mining and agriculture sectors. Jeune Afrique cited Pascal’s work on the Inga project, which upon completion will be the world's largest hydroelectric project. More recently he advised Gécamines in connection with the $3.8 billion acquisition by China Molybdenum Co. Ltd. (“CMOC”) and Bohai Harvest RST Equity Fund Management Co. Ltd. (“BHR”) of all interests held respectively by Freeport-McMoRan Inc. and Lundin Mining Corporation in the Tenke Fungurume project (also known as TFM). This is the largest mining project in the DRC and one of the largest copper mines in the world, where Gécamines is a 20% shareholder. For his work on projects changing the landscape of the African continent, Financial Times named Pascal among the top 10 Most Innovative Lawyers in Europe in 2014.

Yves is also extremely active in Africa, having recently advised Golar in connection with a major liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal project in Côte d’Ivoire. This large-scale project includes the construction of a floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) storage and regasification facility in Abidjan’s lagoon, as well as a pipeline to transport the gas to the city’s electric plants.

Laurent is widely recognized as a leader in the field of international arbitration, having recently obtained a significant victory for the Republic of Guinea when U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton in Washington, D.C., denied a petition filed by Getma International to enforce a $50 million arbitral award against Guinea.