Kalidou Gadio, who leads Manatt’s Africa and MENA initiative, leverages his more than 28 years at the African Development Bank, including eight years as its general counsel, to counsel African governments in legislative reforms, institutional capacity building, and advises sovereign corporations, private enterprises and public-private partnerships on project finance transactions, including developing local capital markets. In litigation and international arbitrations, he advises governments and corporations in disputes involving foreign investments in mining, oil and gas.
Kalidou is well versed in strategic and economic development projects involving energy, natural resources and infrastructure. He advises developers, construction companies, financiers and sovereign states on financing structures, risk allocation, financing arrangements, and relevant security packages and considerations, while also conducting KYC due diligence.
Kalidou also advises African central banks dealing with de-risking by US commercial banks and provided comprehensive approach to strengthen compliance with international standards such as those promoted by the Financial Action Task Force.
While with the African Development Bank, Kalidou played a critical role in creating Africa50—a new investment bank for the continent of Africa with a stated capital of $3 billion. He was instrumental in setting up the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) to provide legal services for African governments negotiating major commercial or infrastructure contracts. He also played an important role in the negotiation and implementation of the Treaty on Anti-corrupt practices in the procurement of projects financed by multilateral financial institutions.
Early in his career, Kalidou practiced law at an international firm in Paris, then at another in New York. A native of Mauritania, he is fluent in English, French, Fulani and moderate in Arabic.