PhD in law, Thesis Award, Côte d’Azur University – France

Executive Master’s degree in Corporate Finance and Capital Markets, Sciences PO Paris – France

LL.M in International Business Litigation

Born on June 29, 1962 in Sokodé (TOGO), Martial AKAKPO is a member of Lomé Bar Association since 1988.

Martial AKAKPO is the Managing Partner of the Law Firm. He holds a PhD in law (thesis award from Côte d'Azur University), an Executive Master’s degree in Corporate Finance and Capital Markets from Sciences PO Paris and an LL.M in International Business Litigation.

He acts as counsel or arbitrator in international arbitration and mediation proceedings.

He lectured on the LL.M course in International Business Litigation at Paris 12 University and on the LL.M course in International Economic Law in Africa at Panthéon-Assas Paris II University in 2016 where he taught law of financing major infrastructure projects in Africa.

He advises foreign investors in the following areas: negotiation, legal audit of upstream and downstream activities, assistance with the negotiation and drafting of contracts, infrastructure projects, advice on the acquisition of companies holding assets in the oil sector and advice on joint ventures with local partners.

He has full command of negotiating and financing techniques for complex contracts (oil, gas, mining) and is certified as such by the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) of the African Development Bank.

The clients he advises include banks, borrowers, traders and exporters.

Martial has gained expertise in investment transactions, syndicated loans, and structured finance deals.

He has been a consultant on audits of power generation and power purchase/sale agreements and has extensive knowledge of the electricity and oil sector in Togo.

Martial is a member of the French Arbitration Committee, the French Arbitration Association and the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris.

On 14 February 2020, Martial became a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

He is recommended by CHAMBERS, IFLR 1000, and FIVESTAR LAW, and is an Officer of the National Order of Merit of Togo.