Dramane SANOU

JFC Avocats Paris
Email: drassanou@gmail.com
Tel.: 33 06 22 86 75 60 (Paris)
+225 46 64 81 71 (Abidjan)

Admitted to the Paris Bar
PhD in Law – University of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne

Practice Areas 

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • French and OHADA corporate law
  • French Consumer Credit Law
  • Employment Law
  • Mining Law
  • Debt recovery
  • Private and Public international law


  • Advisory work and litigation in different law firms (Abidjan, Conakry and Paris)
  • 9 years of experience in banking and finance in the West African Monetary Union (WAMU) in Dakar, Ouagadougou and Abidjan; worked as a senior manager at the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) and as a Principal Specialist in the office of Legal Affairs at the WAMU Banking Commission
  • Acted in matters involving:

– banking regulations, microfinance and e-currency institutions of the WAMU, the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) and the Republic of Guinea

– legal assistance to investors, particularly foreign investors in Africa (choice of the appropriate corporate structure, company incorporation, identification of favorable provisions in national investment codes, bilateral investment treaties and double taxation treaties)

– mining law (forming project companies, property rights and establishment of guarantees, mining taxation)

– acquisition transactions, acting on behalf of the buyer or seller (due diligence, representations and warranties, drafting the disclosure letter and related follow-up, etc.)

– legal support to companies (holding corporate meetings, personnel management, etc.)

– credit, consumer and labor law in France

– debt recovery in France and in Africa

– litigation proceedings before various courts


  • “La juridictionnalisation des processus d’intégration économique régionale en Afrique”, doctoral thesis, University of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, 2012
  • “Le règlement des différends dans le cadre des Accords de Partenariat Economique : quelles implications pour les Communautés Economiques Africaines et leurs Etats membres ?” published in Le partenariat Europe-Afrique et les intégrations régionales (editorial director: Luc Marius Ibriga), Brussels, Bruylant, December 2012
  • “Précis de Droit Communautaire Ouest-Africain”, collective work co-written with Professors Luc Marius Ibriga et Abou Saib Coulibaly, University of Ouagadougou, 2008
  • “La clause ‘droits de l’homme’ dans le partenariat UE-ACP”, Master’s thesis in International and Community Law, LLM ERASMUS MUNDUS, Law Faculty of the University of Rouen, 2006
  • « L’Organisation Mondiale du Commerce et l’avenir des préférences commerciales de la coopération UE- ACP”, Master’s thesis in Public law, at the Law and Political Science Training and Research unit at the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, June 2003


  • French
  • English
  • German
  • Dioula (proficient)
  • Bobo (proficient)
  • Dafing (intermediate)