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Ismaël Itoua heads GENI & KEBE’s Environment Law team. He supports clients on compliance with regulatory and environmental impact requirements in francophone sub-Saharan Africa. He also advises more broadly on mining, energy and other major projects, including project finance for major projects.

Experience has included advising:

  • Chemical plant ICS through a socio-economic and environmental survey of mining sites in Senegal
  • A flour mill on pollution and chemicals management compliance
  • Airbus and Santander on the bridging finance for the sale of an A330 aeroplane to Air Senegal – the first in Africa
  • Makabingui Resources on its loan and mining contract in Senegal
  • Avenira on the acquisition of the Gidde Bissick mining permit in Senegal
  • Kedougou Gold on its joint venture with artisanal mining operators in Senegal
  • Sundance on its iron ore project in the Republic of Congo
  • Woodside Petroleum on the environmental and other regulatory requirements in the Senegalese oil sector
  • BPOI regarding regulatory requirements governing the full supply chain of oil and gas (bunkering, importation and distribution) in Senegal and Mauritania
  • A Russian entity on its mining assets transaction with a Canadian company in Mauritania
  • A major American drilling company on local content requirements for oil and gas projects
  • A solar and thermal power plant in Senegal on environmental issues during construction

Professional Qualifications

  • Jurist, Republic of the Congo (2008)
  • Jurist, Senegal (2011)


  • University of Cheikh Anta Diop, Training in Env Man (2013)
  • University of Cheikh Anta Diop, LL.M. (2011)
  • University of Brazzaville, LL.B. (2008)

Prior Experience

  • 2015 to date, Senior Associate, GENI & KEBE Lawyers, DLA Piper Africa member firm in Senegal
  • 2011 to 2015, Legal Adviser, Senegalese Ministry of Mines