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AELEX’s energy and natural resources practice has an impressive roster of clients, including Schlumberger and Mitsui. It has a particular focus on upstream and midstream issues, but also handles energy and utilities finance, energy M&A and joint ventures, and electricity and gas transmission. Kwesi Dodi is experienced in advising on regulatory matters in the petroleum industry. Nigeria-based practice head Soji Awogbade has vast experience in electric power and petroleum transactions and is well versed in environmental law.

At Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah, the ‘very knowledgeable, experienced and highly recommended’ Kojo Bentsi-Enchill heads the ‘excellent’ practice. The busy team is advising the project sponsors on the Ghana 1000 project, a major integrated gas-to-power park. In other highlights, it is advising Eni Ghana Exploration & Production on a major gas sales agreement as well as the security package for the deal. Other key clients include Kosmos Energy and Cornerstone Capital. The group has experience across the board, advising on tax, employment and regulatory issues affecting the energy and natural resources clients.

ENSafrica advises across the entire oil and gas value chain and has also been active advising on power production and project financing. The team advised Barak Fund on various banking documents for a $15m revolving loan relating to the purchase of commodities for the production of energy. Elikem Nutifafa Kuenyehia and the ‘brilliantPaa Kwesi Morrison are recommended. Chase Petroleum and FirstRand Bank are among the firm’s active clients.

Kimathi & Partners, Corporate Attorneys has many major energy clients. It is advising Tullow Oil on its gas sale agreements for the production of electricity, and is also assisting Engie Group with the development and financing of a biomass project in Ghana to produce electrical energy. Other key clients include Halliburton, Golar LNG-FSRU and National Oilwell Varco. Kimathi Kuenyehia has a superb reputation.

Fui Tsikata at Reindorf Chambers is praised as someone who ‘really knows his stuff, not only on Ghanaian law but on wider African issues and beyond’. The team advised Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company on its investments – by way of a joint venture with South African partners – to develop, construct and operate a petroleum import, export and storage terminal. The firm benefits from being part of the DLA Piper Group.

AB & David Law’s energy and natural resources practice advises on a diverse range of matters, ranging from obtaining permits and licences to energy infrastructure and renewable energy deals. David Ofosu-Dorte is a name to note.

Fugar & Company has some first-rate clients in the energy sector, such as El Paso Energy, Gold Fields Holdings and Ghana Gas Company. Lawrence Otoo is a key contact.

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