Dawda Jawara is a Special Counsel at Cohen & Gresser’s London office. He has over a decade’s worth of experience advising international investors into emerging markets, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. Dawda has represented bilateral and multilateral development finance institutions, commercial lenders, and other corporates on a range of debt matters relating to trade, project, and acquisition finance.

Before joining Cohen & Gresser, Dawda founded and led the Africa desk of Clyde & Co in Dubai, where he advised primarily Middle-Eastern and Asian investors on a range of matters pertaining to sub-Saharan Africa investment. Prior to that, he was a legal consultant to the African Export Import Bank (Afreximbank) in Cairo, where he participated in the bank’s credit and business development committees. In that role, he was responsible for structuring and executing a transaction portfolio of over $2 billion. Before Afreximbank, Dawda was a member of the debt finance team at an international UK law firm in London.

He is also a senior member of Altica Partners, a sub-Saharan Africa facing investment firm, and an advisor to the Africa Centre, which is a home of African art and culture in London.

Dawda studied law at the University of Warwick and did the LPC at the College of Law in Moorgate. Following law school, Dawda interned at the United Nations Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in the Office of the Prosecution. He is qualified in both England and Wales and The Gambia.

Dawda Jawara is a Special Counsel at Cohen & Gresser’s London office. He has over a decade’s worth of experience advising international investors into…


The College of Law of England and Wales (LPC, 2007); University of Warwick (B.A., Hons, 2006)

Bar Admissions

England & Wales; The Gambia

Activities and Affiliations

Member, United Nations Young Professionals Network

New Generational Leader 2012, African Leadership Network

Cohen & Gresser LLP advised private equity firm Limerston Capital in its acquisition of Forensis Group Limited and Forensic Axis Limited (trading respectively as Forensic Access and Axiom International), specialists in forensics science services and premier providers of international institutional reform and capacity building. The combined acquisition will form the basis of a new, comprehensive international criminal justice services provider. Management and founders, led by Professor Angela Gallop, will retain a significant minority shareholding as part of the transaction and will work with Limerston Capital to expand the businesses through organic growth and strategic acquisitions. The terms of the transactions were not disclosed.

Dawda Jawara examines the economic risks facing African economies and businesses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. He notes that while the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will be writ large in economies throughout Africa, swift and decisive action can save lives and livelihoods.

Jumana Rahman, Dawda Jawara, and Charlotte Ritchie consider the position of the UK borrower who defaults on debt due to COVID-19.