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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah

Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah advises a wide range of clients in the financial services sector, including banks and insurance companies. It advised Afreximbank on a $150m currency swap arrangement. In another highlight, it advised Standard Bank on the provision of a $50m revolving uncommitted letter of credit and the refinancing of a substantial loan to Chase Petroleum. Head of team Seth Asante is recommended. The team is also adept at advising on complex regulatory issues.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah

Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah advised Access Bank on its IPO and listing on the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE). In other highlights, it advised Mega African Capital on its rights issue to raise up to GHS16m and on listing its new shares on the GSE. Seth Asante heads the team, which handles all aspects of debt and capital markets work, including private placements.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah

Highlights for Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah included advising Leapfrog on its acquisition of 75% of the issued shares in UT Life. In another major mandate, it worked with Slaughter and May to advise on the purchase by Diageo Highlands BV of 20% of the issued shares in Guinness Ghana Breweries from Heineken Ghanaian Holdings. Kojo Bentsi-Enchill ‘really knows his stuff’ in energy and natural resources and Seth Asante has considerable transactional and private equity expertise. Susan-Barbara Adjorkor Kumapley acts for national telecoms and telecoms infrastructure companies, as well as major television and radio stations, publishers and corporates on complex IP matters.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah

Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah is skilled in all forms of dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration. The ‘proactive’ team is currently representing Ecobank in a labour dispute that has arisen as a consequence of its merger with Trust Bank. It also represents AngloGold Ashanti Ghana in environmental disputes and other contentious matters. Ace Anan Ankomah is praised as ‘always being available’ and Daad Akwesi is ‘responsive’. The group produces ‘high-quality work, and always on time’.

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Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 1

Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah

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.

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Infrastructure projects
Infrastructure projects - ranked: tier 1

Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah

Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah is ‘highly recommended’ for its work ‘in the infrastructure projects sector’. Highlights included acting as local counsel on all aspects relating to the development of a free port for the hydrocarbons industry in Ghana and the wider Gulf of Guinea region. In another significant mandate, it is advising on a major agreement between the Ministry of Roads and Highways, Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority and Meridian Port Services on the expansion of the existing road network to facilitate the further development of Tema Port. Seth Asante heads the team, and Divine Kwaku Duwose Letsa has vast experience in acting on major infrastructure projects and on complex transportation issues in the aviation and shipping sectors and on road construction projects.

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Kojo Bentsi-Enchill - Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah

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