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Kalidou Gadio

Co-Chair, US-Africa Practice
Kalidou Gadio’s practice focuses on strategic and economic development projects involving energy, natural resources, and infrastructure. He represents developers, construction companies, financiers, and sovereign states on financing structures, risk allocation, financing arrangements, and relevant security packages. Kalidou also advises governments and corporations in Anti-Money Laundering/Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT), and in disputes involving foreign investments in the energy and natural resources sectors.

Kalidou brings deep knowledge of the Sub-Saharan Africa and MENA regions, having previously spent 27 years at the African Development Bank, including eight years as general counsel. During his tenure, he played a critical role in creating Africa50, an investment bank for continental Africa with a slated capital of US$3 billion, and setting up the African Legal Support Facility, which provides legal and capacity building services for African governments negotiating major commercial and infrastructure contracts. His notable experience also includes restructuring Shelterafrique into a full DFI, counseling African governments in legislative reforms, institutional capacity building, and advising sovereign corporations, private enterprises and public-private partnerships on project finance transactions.
Areas of FocusFinance
Bar admissions / Professional QualificationsDistrict of ColumbiaNew York
  • English
  • French
  • Fulani
  • LL.M., Harvard Law School
  • C.A.P.A., Paris Bar Training Center
  • Sorbonne, University of Paris II Institute for Judicial Studies
  • LL.B, University of Mohamed V