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With 'an excellent reputation as a go-to corporate and investment law firm’, Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah’s 'professional’ lawyers 'have great collaborative spirit’. The team was kept busy in 2017 and 2018 assisting buyers with acquisitions, investments and due diligence. On the sell side, highlights included Seth Asante’s advice to LeapFrog Investment on its sale of shares in Petra Holdings to Capital Alliance Private Equity IV. Susan-Barbar Adjorkor Kumapleyr stands out for her TMT-sector know-how, and Angela Gyasi has expertise in pensions and employment law in addition to her corporate practice.

ENSafrica has an impressive corporate and commercial transactional practice, which it complements with additional knowledge of tax, insurance and employment law. In addition to its established corporate client base, it is also a popular choice for international foreign law firms. Key members of the 'competent’ and 'responsive’ team include well-known partner Elikem Nutifafa Kuenyehia, managing associate Rachel Dagadu and senior associate Nana Yaa Ahmed.

Under the leadership of Kimathi Kuenyehia, Kimathi & Partners, Corporate Attorneys has a thriving corporate and commercial practice that is engaged by leading multinationals in large transactions and day-to-day contractual matters. Among an extensive list of standout deals was its advice to Platinum Equity on the acquisition of Johnson & Johnson's blood glucose monitoring business; Kuenyehia worked alongside senior associate Sarpong Odame to advise the client.

The ‘very dedicated’ team at N. Dowuona & Company ‘takes an active interest in understanding the business of their clients’ and ‘provides valuable strategic counsel’. Its clients range from major multinationals to start-ups across myriad industries, which seek out the firm's extensive transactional and regulatory expertise. In recent work, Abla Masoperh advised an Italian company on compliance with local content laws pertaining to its joint venture with a Ghanaian company. The 'ethical, direct and very professional’ NanaAma Botchway and Achiaa Akobour Debrah - who was promoted to senior associate in 2018 - are recommended.

Well-established Nigerian firm AELEX has a strong offering in Ghana through its Accra office. The team, which is noted for its 'commitment to clients’ deadlines’, is well-versed in M&A, inbound investments, corporate and commercial contracts and employment issues. Managing partner Theophilus Emuwa heads the corporate and commercial practice in Ghana and managing associate Kwesi Dodi is another key contact.

The corporate and commercial department at Ntrakwah & Co had another busy year in 2018, advising local and international clients on their operations in Ghana. It also has a significant contentious practice and is equipped to act for clients in commercial litigation. Abena Ntrakwah-Mensah handles corporate, IP, employment matters and disputes, and managing partner Felix Ntrakwah’s experience takes in corporate law, construction and international trade.

The 'diverse team’ at Reindorf Chambers is led by the 'incomparable’ Fui Tsikata and works as part of the DLA Piper firm network. In recent work, Tsikata and a team advised a Ghanaian company on the acquisition of a local mineral exploration company from its foreign-owned parent. Elsewhere, Kizzita Mensah advised a multinational company on corporate, regulatory, tax and employment matters regarding its Ghanaian subsidiary in the context of the company's proposed listing on the London Stock Exchange. Associate Nana Takyiwa Ewool is 'conscientious, meticulous and efficient’.

Benjamin Nii Kpakpo Sackar is a name to note at AB & David Law, which assists clients with M&A, company incorporation, investments and corporate governance.

Corporate and investment firm Awoonor Law Consultancy advises clients on corporate and commercial deals, and is also well versed in corporate recovery and insolvency. Fred Dotse is the managing partner.

Beyuo & Co has a strong focus on corporate transactions and litigation. Managing partner Kizito Beyuo heads the team, which acts for real estate, financial services and natural resources companies, among others.

Fugar & Company covers the gamut of corporate and commercial law services, from M&A to joint ventures to distribution and licensing agreements. William Fugar has strong experience advising multinational companies on corporate transactions in Ghana.

JLD & MB Legal Consultancy has been involved in high-profile M&A, frequently acting for multinationals. Among its household name clients are ExxonMobil, AngloGold Ashanti and Aspen Pharmacare. Tax and labour law are complementary areas of expertise. Merene Botsio Benyah and Zoe Phillips Takyi-Appiah are names to note.

At Mercer & Company, name partner Andrew Mercer advises individuals and companies in a range of industries on corporate, commercial and financial transactions.

Obeng-Sakyi, Sogbodjor & Co maintains a core focus on corporate and commercial law, handling a mixture of transactions and non-transactional advisory work. Randall Obeng-Sakyi is instructed by private and public companies and individual entrepreneurs.

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