Khaled Abou El Houda has been registered with the Senegalese Bar Association since 1999. He is an Honorary Member of the Senegal Mining Chamber, the General Secretary of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (ICM) Senegal, and the General Secretary of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in Senegal.
Houda holds a Master’s Degree in Business Law from Aix-Marseille University (France) and a Masters Degree in Banking and Finance Business Law from Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar (Senegal). As a mediator and conciliator in OHADA (Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa) law, he is a chartered arbitrator at the OHADA Common Court of Justice and Arbitration (CCJA) in Abidjan, Ivory Coast and the Center of Arbitration, Mediation and Conciliation (CAMC) in Dakar, Senegal. Houda is also a member of the African Business Law Firms Association (ABLFA) and the International Bar Association (IBA).
Houda is an outstanding practitioner in business law and has developed proven strengths and qualifications in banking, restructuration, major infrastructure financing, and energy projects. He has been involved in the establishment of numerous mining, oil, and gas projects in Senegal and the sub region. He also co-authored the book “The Register of Trade OHADA” and “Retour sur l”Exequatur des Sentences CIRDI.” Additionally, he is involved in the drafting of the book “Doing Business” published annually by the World Bank. Most recently, Houda was the contributing editor of the Senegal country chapter for the 2017 African Law and Business Special Report on Investment in Africa.
Due to his linguistic (fluent in French, English, Arabic, and Wolof) and multicultural aptitudes, Houda has worked with clients from Africa (Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mali, Guinea-Conakry, Guinea-Bissau, Burkina Faso, Benin, Niger, Togo), Europe (United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands), North America (United States, Canada), Asia (India, United Arab Emirates, China), and Australia.
Due to his strengths and qualifications, Houda has been recognized by Who’s Who Legal, Global Chambers & Partners, and the International Financial Law Review.
Houda Law Firm is a full-service Senegalese law firm based in the capital Dakar that specializes in all forms of corporate and general business, intellectual property, international trade, investment fund, and banking and financial service practice law. The firm is well known for its work with mergers and acquisitions and project finance in several key sectors such as banking, industry, new technologies, mining, energy, oil, gas, and infrastructure. Founded in 1977 by Mohamed Salim Kanjo, the firm has extensive experience in establishing foreign companies in Senegal and the sub-region and providing counsel, legal advice and assistance, and litigation representation in court.
The firm assists clients such as private companies, public entities, and individuals with all of their legal needs in Senegal and WAEMU (West African Economic and Monetary Union) member states. It also represents local and foreign clients that include international institutions, multinational corporations or their subsidiaries, investment funds, credit brokers, and commercial companies.
The firm regularly works with high-profile international law firms. Such entities frequently appoint the firm to provide general overview reports and opinions about Senegalese law for international investors in private equity and derivatives finance.
Under the leadership of attorney-at-law and current managing partner Khaled Abou El Houda, the firm assigns and entrusts every case to a dedicated and competent team in order to ensure excellence and client satisfaction.
Today, Houda Law Firm is ranked as a leading firm for general business law by Chambers and Partners Global 2018, recognized as a mining expert by Who’s Who Legal 2018, and rated as a financial and corporate recommended firm by the 2018 International Finance Law Review.
The Firm is an Exclusive contributor of « Doing Business in Senegal » in the 2018 edition of the Legal 500 EMEA and featured in Hogan Lovell’s African Law and Business 2018 special report on investment in Africa based on its competence in providing legal support and counsel in litigation in Senegal and throughout WAEMU.
The firm has opened a second office in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, which will make it the very first foreign law firm from the WAEMU region established in the country.