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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

Africa Energy Futures: Senegal

Senegal is implementing a gas to power program in the energy sector. Its purpose is to convert existing thermal power plants to dual-fuel and to build future thermal power plants using natural gas as a primary energy source. The exploitation of the GTA field will play an important role in promoting consumption of clean energy and will support the implementation of the gas to power program.