Maude Vallee

Maude Vallée

Division Manager & Head of Operations, African Legal Support Facility (ALSF)

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Maude joined the ALSF in April 2012, an international organization hosted by the African Development Bank that comprises 53 member countries. She leads a team of 25 lawyers that provide legal and transaction advisory support to African countries. She oversees the implementation of more than 120 projects and capacity building programs in the areas of natural resources and extractive industries, infrastructure, public-private partnerships (PPPs), and sovereign finance across over 45 countries ($100 billion-worth of transactions). Maude also regularly advises senior government officials on negotiation strategy, project structuring, and related legal issues. She also assists with the development of strategies and management of partnerships with key institutions and organizations.

Prior to joining the ALSF, Maude served as Legal Counsel at Agence française de développement (AFD) where she worked on the structuring of projects financed by AFD in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. She has also worked at Frilet Law Firm in Paris, a boutique law firm specializing in large-scale infrastructure, PPPs, and mining projects. During this time, she was Chief representative of the French Institute of International Legal Experts (IFEJI).

Maude has over 20 years of experience as a business lawyer and is a member of the Quebec and Paris Bars. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in law (LL.B) and a Master’s Degree (LL.M.) in Business Law from University of Montreal, Quebec.