Dr. Thomas W. Laryea

Dr. Laryea is a recognized international law expert, with a specialty in Africa-related investment and government relations matters and sovereign debt restructuring. His practice tends to involve the representation of investors and African governments in their international finance and development dealings. While Dr. Laryea has a special interest in Africa, his experience is truly global. Prior to Cooke Robotham, Dr.Laryea was Assistant General Counsel at the International Monetary Fund, responsible for the IMF’s legal relations in finance and economic surveillance with each of its then 187 member countries.

Dr. Laryea has previously practiced in as a partner in Public Policy and Regulation in the Washington DC office of Dentons, where he was Chair of the Africa Executive Committee for the global firm, and as a litigation/antitrust associate at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York and London. At Cooke Robotham, Dr. Laryea’s practice continues to bridge strategic advice on the transactional, public policy and dispute resolution issues.


–District of Columbia
–New York
–England and Wales


He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree, with First Class Honors, from the University of Essex, UK and Master of Laws and doctorate (S.J.D) degrees from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, with a thesis in international civil procedure.



Public International Law
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International Economic and Finance Law
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Government Relations
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Law of International Organizations
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International Investment Law
94% Complete (success)
Antitrust/Competition Law
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International Dispute Resolution
94% Complete (success)

Representative Matters:

• Legal and government relations advice to US renewables power developer in Nigeria.
• Advice on the allocation of assets and liabilities between Sudan and South Sudan.
• Advice on an integrated transportation infrastructure project between Niger and Benin.
• Advice to major oil company on direction of Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.
• Government relations advice to investor in Gabon.
• Representation of a Libyan sovereign wealth fund on sanctions and investment issues.
• Advice to the government of Niger on US trade law matters.
• Advice to the government of Ghana on IMF legal relations and financing.
• Advice to a US fund on settlement of a debt dispute with Democratic Republic of Congo.
• IMF and US government-related legal and policy advice to fund in debt litigation against Argentina.
• Advice to creditors in Ukraine debt restructuring.