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Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah’s team provides ‘concise and relevant advice’, and is also praised for its ‘professionalism and excellent turnaround times’. Highlights included advising FirstRand on the incorporation and licensing of First National Bank Ghana as a universal bank in Ghana; and acting for Proparco on the disposal of its entire shareholding in Cal Bank, which is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange. The ‘astute and practical’ Kojo Bentsi-Enchill is well known for his expertise in energy and natural resources. Seth Asante ‘really knows his stuff’.
ENSafrica/Ghana is regularly involved in the most complex and high-profile projects, acting for global entities such as Citibank, multilateral agencies such as African Development Bank, and eminent Ghanaian companies such as Chase Petroleum Ghana. It recently acted as lead counsel on the $64m acquisition by IBM of the entire IT infrastructure of Fidelity Bank Ghana. The practice is highly regarded for its financing and energy work. Elikem Nutifafa Kuenyehia is strong on the finance side, and the ‘thorough’ Paa Kwesi Morrison attracts many plaudits for his M&A work and his advice on the financing and structuring of deals.
Kimathi & Partners, Corporate Attorneys is adept at handling complex multi-jurisdictional deals and advising on the financing and structuring of high-value projects. It also has particular strength in the energy sector. On the cross-border side, it recently advised Ski Consult on its acquisition of shares in International Energy Insurance plc. Other major clients include Tullow Oil and Google, and it has recently secured notable client wins such as African Finance Corporation and Millennium Challenge Corporation. The ‘hardworking and knowledgeable’ Kimathi Kuenyehia is dual qualified in Ghana and New York.
The Accra office of Nigeria-based AELEX regularly advises major international companies on direct foreign investment issues and is recommended for its transactional capabilities. The practice has an impressive roster of clients such as BNP Paribas Commodity Futures, Boeing International, Lufthansa and One Subsea. Theophilus Emuwa covers a diverse range of corporate and commercial work, including the taxation of corporate income and petroleum profits.
Fugar & Co has a strong corporate and commercial offering, and attracts a regular flow of instructions from foreign companies looking to do business in Ghana. The team is highly regarded for its work in the oil, gas and power sectors. Lawrence Otoo is recommended for his transactional experience, and Nii Odoi Odotei is noted for his corporate/M&A work and his experience in energy and infrastructure projects.
JLD & MB Legal Consultancy continues to act for AngloGold Ashanti and also advises BP Oil International in Ghana, as well as acting as local legal counsel to ExxonMobil regarding its operations in Ghana. The firm is well known for its experience in the mining sector and has considerable securities expertise. Merene Botsio Benyah is highly rated for her M&A work and her extensive experience in aviation law, and Zoe Phillips Takyi-Appiah is recommended for mining matters.
At N. Dowuona & Company, NanaAma Botchway-Dowuona has particular experience advising on significant investments in Ghana, and is noted for her ability to ‘critically analyse a problem and provide a well-thought-through response’. The team is regularly instructed in complex domestic and cross-border transactions, and is recommended for large-scale property develop-ment work, as well as for advice on joint ventures, inbound investment and divestment transactions. Clients include Kingdom Hotel Investments, American Towers Ghana and Man Enterprise.
At Reindorf Chambers, Fui Tsikata led advice to Puma Ghana on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Ridge Energy. The team is noted for its work in the energy sector, and is regularly involved in multi-jurisdictional deals. Kizzita Mensah is also recognised for her work in project finance and on the investment side.
AB & David Law is particularly recommended for its PPP work, but handles the full range of corporate transactional work and commercial matters, with experience in sectors such as technology, telecoms, and oil and gas. David Ofosu-Dorte and Isabel Boaten are well regarded.
Awoonor Law Consultancy has extensive experience in corporate and investment matters, with particular expertise advising clients in the financial services and energy sectors. Its clients are predominantly foreign-owned companies. The practice is also noted for its work in corporate recovery and insolvency. Fred Dotse is the firm’s managing partner.
Beyuo & Co has the capacity to deal with complex corporate deals and related financing matters. It recently acted for Socfinaf Plantation Ghana on the acquisition of a state-owned plantation, while other clients include Investpro, the Right to Dream Foundation, and Mobus Properties Ghana. The ‘hardworking’ Kizito Beyuo acts for clients ranging from start-ups to multinational corporations, and covers conten-tious as well as non-contentious matters.
At Obeng-Sakyi, Sogbodjor & Co, Randall Obeng-Sakyi led advice to an oil company on the formation of a joint venture for the management of a substantial crude oil storage facility. The firm has a busy transactional practice and experience in sectors such as mining, oil and gas, and pharm-aceuticals, and is also active in regulatory matters.
Sey & Co handles M&A, regulatory and commercial matters for clients in the banking, energy and telecoms sectors. Recent highlights include advising Societe Internationale de Plantations D’Heveas and Societe de Developpement des Cultures Industrielles on their acquisition of a controlling interest in Ghana Rubber Estates. Kweku Sey has particular expertise in the mining sector.