Linklaters Paris successfully defends major mining conglomerate against criminal proceedings in Senegal

Arnaud de La Cotardière and Alexandre Kiabski from our Paris office successfully represented one of the world’s leading mining conglomerates in the context of criminal proceedings directly initiated by a South-African competitor before the Criminal Court of Dakar.  


This competitor alleged the commission of various criminal offences – bribery, influence peddling and complicity of misuse of public funds – in the procurement of a project for the exploration and exploitation of certain iron ore deposits in Senegal. The complaint sought not only the criminal conviction of some of our client’s top managers and officers, but also claimed US$ 500 million in damages for the alleged harmful consequences of the aforementioned offences.


Both our client and its officers were fully acquitted by the Senegalese courts in the first instance, and the competitor’s unwarranted claims were dismissed in their entirety.


After lengthy written and oral arguments before the Court of Appeal Dakar, the Court once again found in favour of our client and rejected in full the appeal of the plaintiff, in a ruling dated 3 September 2018.