New law firm ADNA, developing Africa’s next generation of lawyers
Thursday 10 June 2021
With four offices in Algeria (Algiers), Côte d’Ivoire (Abidjan), Guinea (Conakry) and
Morocco (Casablanca), ADNA is one of the leading independent and integrated law firms
to offer multi-sectoral expertise in Africa.
With the mission of contributing to ‘build Africa’s legacy’, ADNA, meaning “togethernes
in Bantu, one of Africa’s most spoken languages, aims to become a leading institutional
player taking its full role in developing the continent’s next generation of lawyers.
Thanks to the deep experience of its four founders Salimatou Diallo, Safia Fassi-Fihri,
Foued Bourabiat and Sydney Domoraud, acquired in international law firms, ADNA is
present in major African jurisdictions and supports the business projects of its domestic
and international clients on the continent.
Paris, June 10th 2021 – As the result of the merger of four law firms in North and West Africa – BFR &
Associés (Morocco), Bourabiat Associés (Algeria), EMIRE Partners (Côte d’Ivoire) and SD Avocats
(Guinea), ADNA is an independent and integrated law firm with a multi-sectoral approach. The legal
sectors covered by ADNA include four key practices: corporate, banking & finance, projects, and
Your legal gateway to Africa
“ADNA’s creation stems from a mutual professional goal, developed throughout the long-standing friendship of the four founding partners, who all share the same ambitious entrepreneurial spirit. Our in-
depth knowledge of the legal and economic environment, in Africa and internationally, allows us to advise our clients on the most complex transactions and meet their needs with excellence. The launch of
ADNA strengthens the increasing attractiveness and influence of the fast-growing African continent.”
comments Salimatou Diallo, ADNA Managing and Founding Partner.
ADNA, the firm’s name, means “togetherness” in Bantu, one of Africa’s most spoken languages, reflects
the firm’s values of unity and fraternity. It underlines the aspiration of the firm’s partners to participate in
building Africa’s legacy and their ambition to open new offices whilst applying the greatest international
standards of excellence.
ADNA: committed to supporting the economic development of the African continent
From four established offices, ADNA commits to accompany its domestic and international clients’
investment projects in Africa and abroad, particularly in the agriculture, energy, infrastructure, and mining
As a member of ALN (Africa Legal Network), ADNA is referenced as a major regional player thanks to a
strong collaboration with its international members. ALN is a gateway for the firm across the continent.
An entrepreneurial DNA shared by ADNA’s partners
ADNA was created by partners with complimentary international backgrounds, each of whom has solid
multi-sector experience from leading international law firms in France (Paris) and the United Kingdom
(London). They have all participated in major transactions and have notably worked for international
financial institutions, large corporates, credit agencies, private equity funds, international investors, and
sovereign wealth funds.
Salimatou Diallo takes over the firm as ADNA Managing and Founding Partner in Guinea (Conakry).
Salimatou has received numerous awards, including that of ‘African Law Firm of the Year’ by Jeune
Afrique in 2020. She has gained extensive experience in the Paris offices of international business law
firms Herbert Smith Freehills and Hogan Lovells. Her expertise focuses on major project development and project financing, mergers and acquisitions, as well as legal aspects related to corporate and cross-
border transactions, mainly in the energy and mining sectors in Africa, with international financial institutions and investors.
Foued Bourabiat is a Founding Partner based in Algeria (Algiers). Foued has solid experience from
working in the French offices of international business law firms such as Hogan Lovells and Herbert
Smith LLP. Foued advises major investors and credit institutions on their investments and financing
operations in Algeria and in the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa). He has advised on
complex cross-border transactions. Foued has also completed major M&A transactions in the energy,
consumer and healthcare sectors.
Safia Fassi-Fihri is a Founding Partner based in Morocco (Casablanca). Safia has worked as a lawyer
in major international law firms and financial institutions in Paris, London, and Casablanca. Her clients
include international institutions and multinational companies, to whom she offers her expertise enabling
them to structure their transactions while satisfying all legal and regulatory requirements. Safia assists
her clients with their employment issues, on their filings with the regulators and represents them in
Sydney Domoraud is a Founding Partner based in Côte d’Ivoire (Abidjan). Sydney has worked at
leading international law firms such as Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Paris and Orrick
Herrington and Sutcliffe in Paris, London, and Abidjan. He is a versatile corporate and finance lawyer,
able to advise sponsors and CEOs, financial institutions, development banks, retail banks, investment
funds and international organisations. Sydney’s expertise focuses on corporate and financial
transactions: project finance, corporate finance, acquisition finance, private equity and mergers and
‘We are very proud to join forces today to found the independent and integrated firm ADNA. With this
merger, we wish to contribute to the structuring of the African legal market and to participate in the
development of the Africa we want.” Says Sydney Domoraud
“The African continent is an undeniably dynamic market and a springboard for real development
opportunities for many local and foreign companies,” added Safia Fassi-Fihri.
By creating ADNA, we bring a tailor-made legal service to our domestic and foreign clients, in
compliance with the highest international standards to support and secure their operations at the local
level.’ Foued Bourabiat comments.
‘ADNA’s major step in transforming Africa’s current legal services is a crucial turning point for the
continent. This decisive process significantly increases ALN’s influence and provides a solid foundation
for the future development of our pan-African offering.’ adds Karim Anjarwalla, Founder of ALN.