Cabinet Chauveau was created in 1998 by Jean-François Chauveau, who was called to the Ivory Coast bar in 1997. A former member of the firm Klein et Associés (now Klein-Goddard Associés), Jean-François Chauveau was legal counsel seconded to the Ivory Coast Minister for the Economy and Finance from 1977 to 1983, then head of the firm’s French-speaking Africa practice until 1997.

Our vision

A law firm with a multi-disciplinary team of experienced lawyers with international profiles, capable of understanding a transaction as a whole rather than adopting an over-specialised, fragmented approach.
The firm is organised in two departments that work closely together: (i) legal advice and (ii) legal aid/litigation.

Our team

We currently have 4 partners and 9 associates, making us one of the largest law firms in Abidjan and enabling us to handle cases quickly.

Our expertise

Multi-disciplinary expertise: we offer our national and multinational corporate clients the skills and experience of a firm practising regularly in private business law in the different areas of OHADA law (company law, law on security interests, general commercial law, law on businesses in difficulty, law on simplified debt collection procedures, enforcement proceedings, etc.), law of contract and obligations, employment law, land and property law, oil and mining law, financial law, banking law, including, WAEMU law and stock market law (Regional Securities Exchange), CIMA insurance law, intellectual property law, and in general all areas relating to business life including, in addition to the matters covered by OHADA law, the restructuring of companies in difficulty and the provision of the services of secretary for companies’ decision-making bodies.

A historical specialisation: Cabinet Jean-François Chauveau offers a historical specialisation in administrative law and public business law and has longstanding expertise in relations between private businesses and the State. We have in-depth knowledge and regular practical experience of the special rules on the functioning of State companies (sociétés d’Etat), companies in which there is a public-sector holding (sociétés à participation financière publique) and public establishments (établissements publics), delegated public services (délégations de service public), privatisations, public procurement and regulation. More generally, we regularly work in the different areas of administrative law and other branches of law as they apply to the relations between public and private partners (PPP agreements). As a result, we have built up in-depth experience of public infrastructure project finance.

Our clients

Our clients include leading national and international companies and internationally-renowned foreign law firms for whom we act as local adviser. We also advise private individuals.