Yves Baratte ranked second in Francophone Africa lawyers list

01 Mar 2017

International law firm Simmons & Simmons is pleased to announce that one of its partners has been ranked second (out of 50) in the prestigious French magazine “Jeune Afrique”. The ranking recognises lawyers who have had the most significant impact on business in Francophone Africa over the past year.

Yves Baratte heads the firm’s Francophone Africa projects practice. He has been recognised for his key role in over a dozen African countries and for the quality of his clients and of his work.

His diverse client base includes governments, international corporate clients, funds and financial institutions. He advises them on complex power, energy, water, mining and infrastructure projects internationally, with a particular focus on North and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Recent high profile projects include advising the Chinese consortium bidding for Inga 3, a major hydro power project in the Democratic Republic of Congo, valued at more than €10 billion; and the Djibouti Ports and Free Zone Authority on a billion-dollar joint-venture with Chinese state-owned entities.

Commenting on the accolade Yves said: “as a firm we have been active in Africa for over 20 years and in total we have acted for all 54 of the Africa nations. This accolade reinforces not just my expertise in the region but also the expertise of our wider team and how committed we are in continuing to develop opportunities and offerings for our clients.”

Patrick Wallace, partner and co-chair of the firm’s Africa group, commented: “we are delighted that Yves’ expertise and prominence in the francophone Africa market has been recognised by inclusion at the top end of this impressive list of some of the best lawyers in the market. Yves is a very talented lawyer, a skilled negotiator and has a profound understanding of the different African jurisdictions. These qualities, coupled with the collective expertise of our integrated global Africa team, deliver huge benefits to our clients.”

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