Baba Hady Thiam

Founding partner of Thiam & Associés, Baba Hady Thiam dedicates his practice to the operations of mergers and acquisitions and private equity and has an extensive expertise in commercial contracts, restructuring and insolvency proceedings, commercial litigation and arbitration and real estate matters.

He assists his clients both in Guinea and internationally (especially in countries of the OHADA zone) and advises Guinean, African and international groups, public and private institutions, investment funds, governments, and African entrepreneurs.

Baba Hady began his career as an associate in the Paris office of Gide Loyrette Nouel where he served for three years before joining the Paris office of Dechert LLP. As part of these collaborations, he advised on a large number of multi-jurisdictional transactions (particularly in African jurisdictions) and has recently assisted large international groups (such as Société Générale, BNP Paribas Cardif and also Orange as part of the acquisition of Airtel’s subsidiaries in Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone or in connection with the acquisition of Orascom’s interest in the Egyptian firm MobilNil (ECMS) for an amount of 209.6 million euros), governments (e.g. the Cameroonian government as part of the integrated mining project Mbalam / Nabeba with an estimated total value of USD 4.5 billion), investment funds (such as OpenGate Capital or Mutares as part of the acquisition of PIXmania), and international institutions (such as the International Finance Corporation as part of its investment in the Tunisian bank, Amen Bank).

Baba Hady is admitted to the Guinea and Paris Bars and works both in French and English. He also perfectly speaks the main Guinean dialects (Fula, Susu and Malinke).

He holds the Guinean “Baccalauréat” (High school diploma) and completed his entire academic career in France (University of Bordeaux Montesquieu Bordeaux IV, University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas and University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne).

Baba Hady is the Co-Founder and President of the Guinean Young Professionals’ Club and is an active member of the African Business Lawyers’ Club and the association OSER L’Afrique.

Firm History:

Thiam & Associés is an independent business law firm based in Conakry (Republic of Guinea), providing business law expertise to local and international clients. The firm provides legal advice to its Guinean, African and/or international clients, and assists them in all matters of dispute resolution.

Thiam & Associés was founded by young African lawyers sharing a common passion for business law and Africa, who previously gained an expertise in some of the most prestigious international law firms. The founders of the firm, motivated partly by a growing business law market in sub-Saharan Africa, were led by the desire to participate in the development of this market. They undertook the goal to establish a law firm based on the excellence of its service and qualified to provide legal advice to Guinean, African and international companies, public and private institutions, investment funds and governments in their various projects.

The founders of the firm are strongly convinced that as a structural element, Law will contribute to the development of the African continent that is in full mutation. To this end, it is essential to cultivate a certain number of values (amongst which are trust, rigor, ethics and excellence in the service provided) since the clients are entitled to receive the best service from their legal counsel.

Community Service & Pro Bono:

We believe that the practice of law is a privilege, one that carries with it the responsibility to apply our talents to benefit the less privileged individuals and communities.

To this end, we regularly assist and give voluntary and free of charge legal advice to associations in the resolution of their legal issues.