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William Ediko



William is a former business lawyer at the Paris bar. He is specialized in supporting investment transactions in francophone Africa, in restructuration and M&A in domestic as well as transnational deals. He works with corporate clients as well as state institutions.


Leveraging his acquired expertise in a law firm, in an audit firm and in an investment bank, William also developed a strong experience in the analysis of the public incentives to promote private investment in Africa.

Before joining SouthBridge, William collaborated with the Office of the Prime Minister as a technical advisor in charge of relations with private investors.

Previously, William worked at Deloitte within the team dedicated to francophone Africa, before joining Dentons Paris as a senior collaborator. William started his career as a financial jurist in investment banks such as Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank and HSBC France.

Within the SouthBridge leadership, William is in charge of M&A operations, project finance, structuring of investment funds and the management of private and institutional investors relationships.

William holds a public law Doctorate from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, a Master 2 in fiscal law from the same university and the Certificat d’Aptitude à la Profession d’Avocat (“CAPA”) which he obtained from l’Ecole de Formation professionnelle des Barreaux de la Cour d’Appel de Paris (“EFB”). He also holds an Executive Education in Mergers & Acquisitions: Strategy, Execution and Post-Merger Management from Harvard Business School.

William has written several articles and studies on regulations in francophone Africa.


  • Executive Education, M&A
    Harvard Business School
  • PhD in Public Law
    Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
  • Master 2 in fiscal Law
    Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
  • Certificat d’Aptitude à la Profession d’Avocat (“CAPA”)
    Ecole de formation professionnelle des barreaux de la cour d’appel de Paris (“EFB”)


  • Fund structuring
  • Debt Restructuring
  • Mergers & Acquisitions