Alain GAUVIN, Partner, and Kawtar RAJI-BRIAND, Of Counsel, join ASAFO & Co. to develop the banking, financial and insurance products regulatory division.
Based in Casablanca and Paris, Alain GAUVIN, who is ranked among the 50 most influential lawyers by Jeune Afrique in 2019, manages a multi-jurisdictional team advising, in Africa and Europe, a clientele composed of governments, development agencies and banks, administrative authorities, and financial institutions. His practice focuses on the development of banking and financial reforms, the drafting of laws and regulations, the structuring of new financial instruments (dedicated to investment, financing, hedging or the improvement of prudential ratios), the creation of financial institutions and supporting their relationship with supervisory authorities (approvals, inspections and disciplinary procedures), investment funds, securitisation and alternative insurance.
After practising at Freshfields, Alain GAUVIN joined Coudert Brothers in May 2000, then LPA-CGR Avocats in 2007 where he managed the Algiers and Casablanca offices. Kawtar RAJI-BRIAND, who has practiced at LPA-CGR from 2009 to 2019, also chairs the legal committee of ASMEX, the Moroccan Association of Exporters.
Alain GAUVIN, Partner: “We are enthusiastic and proud to join ASAFO & CO. whose lawyers have built a world-class reputation over the years; Africa is not a fashionable idea from ASAFO & CO.’s standpoint, but a reality and an ambition.”
Pascal AGBOYIBOR, Managing Partner: “Africa, as a whole, is experiencing the consolidation of its banking sector and strong movements of players in the insurance sector. ASAFO & CO. is particularly dynamic on transactional activity related to these fields. The expertise of Alain GAUVIN regarding banking and financial regulation and funds, as well as financial derivatives and alternative risk transfer instruments sophisticatedly supplements the range of our services in Paris, Casablanca and Abidjan in relation to the WAEMU region. We are proud to welcome a team of this calibre.”