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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 international clients, and assists them in all matters of dispute resolution.

Thiam & Associés was founded by African lawyers sharing a common passion for business law and Africa, who previously gained expertise in some of the most prestigious international law firms (such as Dechert LLP, Shearman & Sterling LLP, Linklaters LLP, Gide Loyrette Nouel, Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton LLP and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP).

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.


Baba Hady Thiam - Admitted to the Guinea and Paris Bars

Founding partner of Thiam & Associés, Baba Hady dedicates his practice to the development and the financing of energy, mining and infrastructure projects, as well as mergers and acquisitions, joint-ventures, private equity, corporate reorganizations, real estate and commercial litigation and arbitration.

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.


Joel Sanon - Admitted to the Paris Bar

Senior associate within Thiam & Associés, Joël focuses his practice on corporate transactions (mergers & acquisitions, share capital increase, JVs, securities), energy, mining and infrastructure projects, real estate and commercial contracts, as well as related-dispute resolution, mainly in the OHADA zone. He has also developed capabilities in debt capital markets (bond issuance, commercial papers, etc.).

Not only he assists his clients in Guinea, Burkina Faso, but also all over the OHADA area and internationally. Joel advises a wide range of clients, including local entrepreneurs, African and global companies, as well as state-owned entities and financial institutions highly active in Africa.



The firm has been distinguished by the prestigious legal guide Chambers & Partners for whom « Baba Hady Thiam, of Thiam & Associés, knows well the mining sector issues, dessert international clients and quickly became an important player in the market of business », and by the periodical Jeune Afrique which ranked Baba Hady Thiam 27th in its Best Francophone Africa lawyers list for the year 2017, emphasizing his expertise and his activity in the mining and electricity sectors and in mergers and acquisitions".

Practice Areas 

Thiam & Associés pays particular attention to meet the needs and optimize the legal security of its client’s projects and transactions.

Our core practice areas include:

  • Mergers & Acquisitions & Corporate Law;
  • Energy, Mining and Infrastructure Projects;
  • Foreign Investments Regulation;
  • Commercial Contracts;
  • Commercial Litigation and Arbitration;
  • Public Business Law and PPPs,
  • Employment Law,
  • Real Estate