The firm EFFI and ASSOCIES is a Civil Professional Society of Lawyers based in Tropic Building 3, Esc. D, 2nd Floor, Gate 21, Avenue de la République, Abidjan-Plateau.
EFFI & ASSOCIES est composé de plusieurs avocats et Juristes. It is led by Master Serge EFFI, a law practitioner who has a proven track record in important firms both nationally and internationally. Registered at the Paris Bar in February 1996, Mr. EFFI joined the Abidjan Bar in 2006, after a long experience in a law and tax consulting firm in Abidjan.
EFFI and ASSOCIES is a national and international consulting firm specializing in business law and taxation. The firm provides local and multinational companies with service lines in response to all their business and tax needs.
In both areas, the firm has its in-house lawyers and a network of specialists with high-level training and professional experience.
The firm’s mission is to work closely with you to enable you to achieve the best possible results in relation to your needs and expectations while providing you with the legal and litigation assistance necessary for the how your business works.
Finally, the Cabinet’s vocation is to accompany you in all your projects in the most consistent with the laws and regulations in force.
Our main areas of expertise cover business law and tax advice as well as litigation in these two areas:
This area of expertise includes all advisory services and the drafting of deeds in the following matters of business law and taxation, it also covers assistance during tax and customs procedures as well as the litigation on the latter two matters:
Competition, price regulation, COMMUNITY regulation (UEMOA, CEUD, OHADA, CIMA), telecommunications, etc.
Service contracts, distribution contracts, local or international merchandise sales contracts, asset disposal contracts, etc.
Banking agreements, current account agreements, UCITS, documentary credit, project financing, loans, mortgage loans, etc.
Corporate and other company constitutions, corporate dissolutions, liquidations, corporate transformations, mergers, acquisitions, etc.
Employment contracts, redundancies, social security law, CNPS control assistance, social audit, collective or individual social conflict resolution, etc.
Violations of economic regulation, corporate law, criminal liability of executives, etc.
Advice and assistance with customs control.
Advice, optimization and tax control assistance in BIC, ITS, BNC, VAT, registration fees, oil taxation, etc.
Our mission is to defend your interests in the areas of business law and taxation listed above as well as in criminal business law, both before the various state courts, the arbitration courts and any administrative authority.
In addition to customs and tax litigation, our intervention also covers debt collection procedures, including the implementation of enforcement routes, particularly foreclosures.
The firm has the following in-house expertise:
Nationality : Ivorian – French
Seniority in the profession : 25 years
Diplomas: Ph.D. Université Paris I – Sorbonne (1999), CAPA Paris Bar Training School (1995), EFB Public Business Law Diploma – IDPA (1995), DEA Economic Law University Paris 13 (1992)
Experience : Senior Mission Director (FFA – ERNST & YOUNG Abidjan: 1999 – 2006), Lawyer (SCP BOINEAU SOYER Paris: 1997 – 1999), Lawyer (Cabinet Me FOURTANIER Paris: 1996 – 1997).
Over the past few years, Maître EFFI has participated in the establishment in Côte d’Ivoire of large groups, in particular MODEC INTERNATIONAL, in the legal restructuring of the following groups: BULL, GROUP 4 SECURICOR CI, as well as in numerous operations of merger acquisitions, partial contribution of assets: WACKENHUT, SAD, MITWA, ORYX, etc.
He has carried out tax optimization work and drafting numerous technical assistance agreements and various other contracts, including contracts for public service delegations and public contracts.
He also successfully assisted the pooled activities of the oil companies MOBIL SHELL TOTAL TEXACO and the cement manufacturer SCA, in matters of customs control.
He has conducted social audits of aziTO O and M, PAKIDIE CAOUTCHOUC, SIPRA.
Nationality: Ivorian- Canadian
Seniority in the profession: 11 years
Diplomas: Bachelor (LL L) from Laval University, Diploma of Lawyer in Quebec (Canada), Registered at the Quebec Bar (Canada) and at the Bar of Côte d’Ivoire since October 2009.
Sandra GOMEZ worked as a lawyer with Léveillé and Associates in Hull (Gatineau) Canada and was involved in family law.
Since May 2009, she has been a partner of the firm and is mainly involved in social law but also in debt collection in the courts and in negotiation. She participated in the social audit of NOPCI (a US oil company based in Côte d’Ivoire), the registration of the trade name and brand WACKENHUT SA (British guarding company based in Côte d’Ivoire)
Seniority in the profession: 3 years
Diplomas : Bachelor of Arts (Law and Companies) – American University, Washington DC (2010), Juris Doctor – Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA (2015), Admission to the New York Bar – Diploma of Lawyer (2018), Training in Arbitration at the Paris Mediation and Arbitration Center (CMAP) (2019), Admission to the Paris Bar (2020)
Experience : Before joining Effi & Associes, Me Coulibaly-Akougbe worked as a lawyer in the firm Nelson Mullins, LLP in Atlanta in the state of Georgia where she was an associate in the team in charge of commercial litigation and liability related to defective products. She has a mastery of Anglo-Saxon law as well as a perfect handling of legal English.
She was also a trainee lawyer in Anglo-Saxon law firms in Paris such as Stephenson Harwood and Hogan Lovells, LLP where she acquired experience in financing and in matters of litigation before the courts of the judicial and arbitral order in particular. before the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).
Me Coulibaly-Akougbe joined Effi & Associés in December 2020 where she mainly deals with both business law advice and litigation assistance.
Marie-Angèle ANI – N’ZI
Seniority in the profession : 1 year
Diplomas : CAPA Bar of Côte d’Ivoire (2020), Master II Banking Law & Financial Markets, Abidjan University Institute of Abidjan (IUA), Mechanism and Public Procurement Litigation Certificate (CCI-CI) (2014), Mechanism Certificate Bursary and Quotation System (BRVM) (2013), Master of Community Law & Economic Integration (UCAO).
Experience : Before joining the EFFI & Associes firm, Me ANI-N’ZI within several firms in the Abidjan area where she will accumulate eight years of professional practice.
At the beginning of 2020, she completed a specialization (Master II) in banking law and financial markets at the same time as she obtained the Certificate of Aptitude for the profession of Lawyer.
Me ANI -N’ZI regularly intervenes, both in the field of Counseling and Litigation, in OHADA, CIMA, UEMOA matters and has also acquired skills in social law, administrative law and criminal law.
Seniority in the profession: 5 years
Diplomas: Master 2 in Business and Tax Law, PIGIER, Abidjan
Seniority in the profession: 3 years
Degrees: Master 2 in Business Law and Taxation, University of the Lagoons – Abidjan
Ahmed Lawrence SANOGO
Seniority in the profession : Four years
Diplomas : Master 2 in Business Law and Taxation, University of Lagunes.
Seniority in the profession : 1 year
Diplomas : Master 2 Corporate and Business Lawyer, Catholic University of West Africa (UCAO)
Seniority in the profession: 2 years
Diplomas : Master 2 in Business Law and Taxation, Private University Faculties of Abidjan (FUPA)
EFFI and ASSOCIES
Professional Civil Society of Lawyers
Legal and Fiscal
Tropic Building 3, Esc. D, 2nd Floor, Gate 21
Avenue de la République, Abidjan – Plateau
25 BP 1908 Abidjan 25
Tel: 225 20 21 29 37
Fax: 225 20 21 57 19
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