The coming into effect and promulgation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) has ushered in a new and exciting era for the continent. AfCFTA aims to enhance intra-African trade by providing a complete and mutually beneficial trade agreement among Member States. It covers goods and services, investment, intellectual property rights and competition policy. On December 5, 2020, the African Union Assembly approved the start of trading under AfCFTA as of January 1, 2021.
In addition to handling the establishment of telecom structures in West Africa, we regularly provide legal services to many domestic and foreign corporations operating in the technology sector.
This includes regulatory advice for the sector, monitoring of legislative changes and related intellectual property advice.
Companies deal on a daily basis with a myriad of relationships and contracts that bind them to their suppliers, customers, licensors, and distribution and other strategic partners.
Our commercial contracts lawyers in Senegal advise on all manner of business-critical national and international commercial transactions, among them sales, agency and distribution, e-commerce, joint ventures and collaborations, manufacturing, logistics, and licensing arrangements.
In today's interconnected world, virtually all companies, their suppliers and their customers are potential targets for cyber-attacks. The risks associated with such incidents require a robust cyber security program in order to manage this fast-changing risk and remain in compliance.
Our lawyers in Senegal advise on all issues surrounding cyber security, from building cyber resilience, through to incident response, and post-incident remediation, providing a holistic and tailored client service.
Personal information is an increasingly valuable – and increasingly risky – business asset.
As businesses struggle to keep up with the critical, fast-changing data protection laws and face an increasing risk of serious data breaches, our lawyers in Senegal can provide sophisticated data management, data security and privacy law advice.
Our lawyers in Senegal represent clients across the entire spectrum of businesses that have adopted franchising as a means of distribution and cover a broad scope of size and experience, from entrepreneurs and startup companies that are establishing new programs to the largest franchisors, manufacturers and distributors.
Our clients manage franchise networks that range from dozens to thousands of outlets as well as trading globally through online and mobile media channels.
Our technology transactions and strategic sourcing lawyers in Senegal focus on the development, protection, exploitation and use of intellectual property and technology-related assets through the stages of a company's growth, as well as the sourcing of strategic assets and services for use in a company's operations.
We advise clients in core areas such as cloud computing, e-commerce, IP development, licensing, open source, outsourcing, procurement, joint ventures, technology transactions and telecommunications.
Communications plays a critical role in the economies of all countries around the world, and its importance is only increasing with the rapid development of new technologies and products that revolutionize how people – and devices – communicate.
Our telecom lawyers in Senegal have in-depth knowledge of the commercial, transactional, technical, legal and regulatory issues associated with providing telecommunications services and products, including emerging IoT devices and capabilities.
With increasing globalization it is difficult for companies to know where their next IP issue may arise.
Our lawyers can help you manage your trademarks, designs and copyright in Senegal and beyond. We work on notable matters in Africa and beyond and pride ourselves on giving practical and commercial advice to our clients.
Experience has included advising:
- The West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) to conduct a survey on the legal aspects of the telecommunications, media and technology sector in six West African countries with the aim of harmonizing legislation.
- Sky Vision Global Networks Ltd on telecommunications acquisitions in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea and Niger
- Microsoft Corporation on the roll out of Windows Live Service across several jurisdictions in sub-Saharan Africa.
- Google with a monthly legislative change monitoring report in Senegal.
Digital transformation is a driving force for innovative, inclusive and sustainable growth. The digital economy encompasses the economic and social activities that are boosted by platforms such as mobile and sensor networks, including e-commerce. The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) represents an opportunity to boost growth, reduce poverty and expand economic inclusion in Africa.
The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) is an agreement among African Union (AU) Member States who have signed and ratified the agreement, to create a single liberalized African market. The combined African market (GDP) of the 55 Member States is valued at USD3.4 trillion with a population of 1.3 billion people, the majority of which are youths and women.
Over the last several years Africa has been, and continues to be, touted as having multiple opportunities for the expansion of broadband and digital services. This, and the nature of the region geographically, has presented many opportunities for novel technologies to be used for the rollout of broadband to support digital services such as fixed wireless and satellite.
The rise of technological developments has brought with it increased, and new forms of, risk. In today’s digital world, we are creating more data year on year. Data storage, ease of communications (including the use of email and chat), along with the ubiquity of photo and video sharing means that data volumes are increasing exponentially. New technologies pose new challenges and require new regulatory solutions. This backdrop makes it harder for businesses to monitor existing risks.