Dawda Jawara

Special Counsel, London

Dawda Jawara

Special Counsel, London

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.
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Africa is quickly emerging as a global leader of international sports and media content. Driven by a younger population and the wide-spread adoption of modern technologies, the African sports and entertainment sectors have reached new audiences worldwide. The growing global demand for original African content has opened up new and exciting opportunities for international investors.

On March 30, Cohen & Gresser and Altica Partners hosted an insightful discussion about two of Africa’s fast-growing sectors – Sports and Entertainment. This event was the first in C&G and Altica Partner’s “African Industry Leadership Series,” which partners with African business leaders to provide a closer look at the exciting opportunities for investors in Africa’s emerging markets through the lens of local leaders.

During the discussion, C&G’s Kwaku Andoh and Dawda Jawara interviewed Victor Williams, CEO of NBA Africa and Dayo Ogunyemi, Founder of 234 Media, about their careers and how their sectors have evolved in recent years. Victor and Dayo shared anecdotes and offer insights into some of the exciting opportunities in Africa.

Topics included:

  • Recent trends in the African Sports and Entertainment sectors
  • Why the African Sports and Entertainment sectors are attractive to investors
  • Unique insight and perspective from industry leaders Victor Williams and Dayo Ogunyemi