Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah fields a highly regarded team, which is equipped to advise on complex and significant transactions in Ghana. Its expertise spans all areas of corporate compliance matters in addition to commercial and corporate deals. It is particularly known for its experience in conducting large-scale corporate due diligence exercises on target companies. It is also sought after for its advice to international clients on divestment and restructuring of Ghanaian subsidiaries. Susan-Barbara Adjorkor Kumapley's expertise covers the telecoms, media and technology sectors in particular, and Angela Gyasi has played a leading role in a variety of major corporate transactions for multinational corporations and local companies. Frank Nimako Akowuah and Seth Asante are other highly regarded members of the department.
Commercial, corporate and M&A in Ghana
Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah
Seth Asante; Susan Barbara Adjokor Kumapley; Angela Gyasi; Frank Nimako Akowuah
Other key lawyers:
‘Bentsi-Enchill’s team provides support with structuring and hand-holds clients and other transaction advisors during the advisory phase’.
‘Seth Asante and Frank Nimako Akowuah provide the required input and detail required during the due diligence process. They make their knowledge and advice available at key points during negotiations’.
‘Knowledgeable with an excellent understanding of commercial regulations in Ghana. Excellent understanding of the impact of their solutions on the cost implications for their clients’.
‘Seth Asante – Expert understanding of a wide range of commercial regulations, banking and financial services and capital market regulations in Ghana’.
‘Jonathan Amable – Knowledgeable with an excellent understanding of a broad range of commercial, and financial services regulations in Ghana’.
LeapFrog Investments Group Limited
Unilever Ghana Limited
Oasis Capital Limited
ExpressPay Ghana Limited
Moringa SCA SICAR
Bayport Management Limited
Future Global Resources Limited
Digital Innova Ghana Limited
- Advised Mobile Money on a spin-off of Scancom’s electronic money and payment system business to the client in compliance with a new statutory requirement to separate fintech business from other unrelated businesses.
- Advised Affinity Africa Finance on its fundraising (by way of private placement) and application to the Bank of Ghana for a savings and loans license.
The ’responsive’ and ‘highly capable’ team at ENSafrica provides ‘good quality work’ in accordance with ‘international standards’ under the able leadership of Amina Abugdanpoka Kaguah. It advises some of the world’s leading organisations and bilateral agencies and also acts for many Ghanaian companies and small and medium enterprises. The team has in-depth knowledge across a broad range of sectors, with specialist knowledge in mining, energy and telecoms in particular. It covers the full range of matters, from M&A, complex joint ventures and corporate restructurings to regulatory and compliance matters. Patricia Jane Mumuni is another leading practitioner, who continues to advise on many high-profile and complex deals. Nana Yaa Ahmed advises clients on large M&A deals and private equity investments.
Amina Abugdanpoka Kaguah
Other key lawyers:
Patricia Jane Mumuni; Nana Yaa Ahmed; Marian Ohui Apronti
‘The team is energetic, experienced, and effective. It makes Ghana one of the easiest jurisdictions to work in. They take the time to engage and understand the clients’ products and needs, and provide practical advice. They are able and willing to adopt collaborative working systems, billing systems and technology that meets the client’s needs’.
‘Nana-Yaa Ahmed is the relationship partner, assisted by Marian Apronti. Nana-Yaa is dedicated to ensuring we receive advice that is commercially and legally sound. The quality of their work and their expertise is unquestionable. It is an easy team to work with.’
‘The team is very helpful and reliable. They are able to provide assistance in atypical and challenging projects’.
‘Commercial team who can help offshore businesses navigate both legal and cultural challenges in the market’.
‘Nana Yaa Ahmed is highly responsive and proactive, always looks to provide commercial solutions to problems’.
‘ENSafrica has many fine qualities one of which is keenly listening to their clients. They were careful to fully understand my needs and thus crafted solutions catered to directly addressing my support requests. This made my interactions with them efficient, effective and satisfying’.
‘They were precise and thorough in their research of data related to my needs. Finally, they were great collaborators. They have a client first perspective making sure that they accommodated me and collaborated with me to help achieve my objectives’.
‘Aminah Kaguah is highly professional and a pleasure to work with. She is the leader of the team there and her leadership is evident in how the team operates’.
Equinix (UK) Limited
Chifeng Jilong Gold Mining Co. Ltd
Crown Holdings, Inc.
NEoT Offgrid Africa SAS
- Conducted a legal due diligence for Equinix (UK) on MainOne’s subsidiaries in Ghana and advised on the legal and regulatory requirements triggered by the acquisition.
- Reviewed a stock and asset purchase agreement between Crown Holdings and the purchaser.
- Assisting Mirepa Investment Advisors with the setting-up of a Cedi-denominated private equity fund of about GHS120m aimed at providing patient risk capital to high-growth SMEs in Ghana.
N. Dowuona & Company
NanaAma Botchway heads the department at N. Dowuona & Company, which advises on numerous complex domestic and cross-border transactions, including inbound investments, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures between large local corporates and multinational companies. It is also known for its work on large-scale project developments and for its advice on infrastructure projects. In addition, the group garners praise for its work in the technology sector; it has recently been advising companies on fintech regulations and finance payment systems. It also receives a steady flow of instructions from major international law firms. Achiaa Akobour Debrah is a name to note in the group, which recently expanded further with the arrival of Alex Calloway as an international transaction advisor from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Alex Calloway; Achiaa Akobour Debrah
‘The firm is an extremely client-focused and solutions-driven firm. In my years of experience as an in-house counsel, I have worked with several law firms. This firm stands out in a positive way’.
‘Nana-Ama Botchway is client-focused, solutions driven. She exhibits a clear depth of legal, regulatory and commercial experience in Ghana’.
Acumen Resilient Agricultural Fund
Atlantic Terminal Services Limited
Occidental Petroleum Corporation
British American Tobacco
BP Oil International
Charles Russel Speechly
Clyde & Co
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Norton Rose Fulbright
Upfield Holdings B.V.
- Advised Acumen Resilient Agricultural Fund on its Pre-Series A investment into Farmerline Group.
- Advising one of the leading Ghanaian fashion brands on its corporate structuring, regulatory compliance, employment and real estate matters in anticipation of a potential debt and equity financing.
- Advised a pan-African bank with a due diligence review of a Ghanaian-based fintech company that has extended credit to thousands of customers over mobile phones.
The experienced team at AELEX handles a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, including due diligence and company secretarial services. It is also skilled in advising on direct foreign investment issues, and is well regarded for its work with employers on various compliance and regulatory matters. It frequently advises on corporate structures, the transferability of shares and issues surrounding the subscription of capital. Theophilus Emuwa heads the department, which also includes Lawrence Fubara Anga and managing associate Kwesi Dodi.
Other key lawyers:
Lawrence Fubara Anga; Kwesi A. Dodi
‘Aelex provides us with complete and accurate advice, in a clearly understandable way, focusing on the main relevant topics for our company and its business. In addition, the team is always willing to discuss any follow-up question, with transparency and dedication’.
‘Their availability, fast responses and understanding of our business’.
Palladium International LLC
TecAfrica Offshore Limited
James Fisher and Sons Plc
South African Airways
Lufthansa Cargo AG
- Advising an international firm on its intended acquisition of a company in Ghana.
- Advised a mobility mobile application company that offers ride services, and connects its users with third-party food vendors on the implementation of new services in Ghana.
- Advised three international companies on insolvency and restructuring and successfully liquidated two international companies.
With Fui Tsikata and Kizzita Mensah at the helm, Reindorf Chambers advises numerous domestic and international clients on issues as diverse as project financing, mergers and acquisitions, as well as company formations and registrations. It also adept in large-scale due diligence and regularly works on complex joint venture agreements and other forms of security and banking documents. The department also benefits from the firm’s membership of DLA Piper Africa.
Fui Tsikata; Kizzita Mensah
Multimedia Group Limited
ATC Ghana Limited
C-NERGY Ghana Limited
China Harbour Engineering Company Limited
Old Mutual Life Assurance Company (Ghana) Limited
Louis Dreyfus Company Suisse S.A.
AgDevCo Ghana Limited
Ghana National Association of Teachers
Puma Energy Distribution Ghana Limited
Vulcan Natural Resources
Vulcan Holdings Limited
ABC International Bank PLC
- Advising a syndicate of lenders on a proposed $70m financing of a Ghanaian borrower.
- Advising a client on an international competitive tender process undertaken by the Ministry of Transport for the award of the contract for the supply and delivery of 55 buses and spare parts.
- Advised AgDevCo in relation to the rehabilitation of a 28.5km public feeder road and construction of a new culvert to improve drainage, and the construction of a 10km private feeder road.
The ‘excellent’ team at WTS Nobisfields is led by Theophilus Tawiah; it advises on the full spectrum of corporate and commercial matters, from mergers and acquisitions through to corporate restructurings and private equity financing. It is also recommended for its corporate secretarial services and is known for its corporate governance compliance work for multinational companies. Other areas of focus include advising on foreign direct investments, intellectual property matters and providing more general commercial advisory work. At the associate level, Wilhemina Joana Buckman is a key contact.
Other key lawyers:
Wilhemina Joana Buckman
Speedaf Logistics Limited
Jansen Bridging International B.V
AMG Global Limited
Chespa WA Ghana Limited
Chespa Sp. z o.o
Akofis Group Limited
Omni Strategies Limited
Vamed Health Ghana Projects Limited
Sun Electronics Limited
Wangara Green Venture Capital Company Limited
- Advised Janson Bridging International on the registration of the branch to carry out construction projects in Ghana.
- Advised on the restructuring of investments in the real estate industry in Ghana.
- Advised Goodwin Plc on the optimal structure to invest in Ghana.
Adelaide Benneh Prempeh heads the commercial and corporate department at B&P Associates, which has vast experience in business formation, project financing and private equity matters. It is also skilled in commercial and cross-border deals, and can regularly be found advising on joint venture agreements and corporate restructurings. Recently, the group has been busy advising on corporate governance issues and providing internal compliance training to clients. Senior associate Abisola Ogunbadejo is another key contact.
Adelaide Benneh Prempeh
Other key lawyers:
‘The firm is knowledgeable and pro-active’.
‘They are knowledgeable and actively engaged with its clients. They have proved to be reliable’.
‘The firm pays attention to details and is client-focused. The firm gives feedback and takes into account client’s views. The firm gives updates on cases/matters being handled by it’.
‘Adelaide Benneh-Prempeh takes a keen interest in our business and endeavours to understand our business. She gives feedback and ensures that her associate on our briefs does his job’.
‘Quick, efficient and professional’.
Nomad Growth Partners
Uhuru Investment Partners
Oil Spill Response Limited
Redavia Ghana Asset Limited
Eurapharma Care Services Limited
Azimuth Power Ghana LTD (Berkeley Energy)
Country Advisors Limited
Spectrum Fibre LTD
Milvik Ghana LTD (BIMA Milvik)
Legacy Girls College LTD
- Advised Eurapharma Care Services Group in relation to the negotiation of consultancy and direct billing agreements to provide healthcare services to employees and dependents of one of the world’s largest gold mining firms.
- Instructed to provide legal advisory services to Milvik Ghana (BIMA Milvik), a leading digital health insurance provider, on a corporate restructuring.
- Advised a private equity investment firm that recently invested in a merged entity of two key industry players in the insurance sector.
Korieh Duodo heads the practice at Egality Law; his areas of expertise include corporate and commercial law, and he regularly advises on mergers and acquisitions as well as other areas, such as media law. Senior associate Victoria Derban is another key practitioner, who frequently advises local and international companies on a wide range of regulatory and compliance matters, as well as the protection of intellectual property rights.
Other key lawyers:
‘From the first day we were introduced to Egality Law, they have been very professional, they deliver on time and their legal advice has always been very clear and easy to understand. Egality Law has always kept us up to date on the progress of our requests’.
‘They have utilised a mixture of in-person as well as online forms of meeting. It has been very easy to get access to them through multiple channels of communication. They have used technology to secure our documents and details. Above all the Egality Law team has been very responsive to us’.
‘The Egality Law team that has worked with us so far has been exceptional. Korieh Duodu and Victoria Derban have been professional, with very good communication, analytical and very understanding to our needs. Their advice has helped us achieve our targets. Their knowledge of the area and country context is exceptional. They have always gone the extra mile to get things done for us’.
Affinity Africa Savings and Loans
UK Ghana Chamber of Commerce
Association of Freezones
Black Volta Ventures Limited
Technip FMC Limited
Kofa Technologies Limited
Plan International Ghana
- Spearheaded the restructuring of a Ghanaian entity into a multi-national group with multiple subsidiaries across Africa.
- Provides strategic advice on acquisitions and regulatory issues for Black Volta Ventures’ projects in the agricultural sector in Ghana.
- Advised on the establishment of the Ghanaian Association of Free Zone Enterprises.
Ntrakwah & Co
Headed by Abena Ntrakwah-Mensah and Kwadwo Ntrakwah, the experienced team at Ntrakwah & Co advises local and international companies on all corporate matters from their incorporation through to mergers and acquisitions. It is also skilled in advising on restructuring and insolvency issues, in addition to covering other areas, such as intellectual property protection. Its clients operate in the banking and finance industry as well as energy and property, and the firm is also well regarded for its work in the fintech sector.
Abena Ntrakwah-Mensah; Kwadwo Gyasi Ntrakwah
‘Has great intergrity. Works as a team of experts. Exhibits professionalism at all times. Skilful in their delivery in court and outside court’.
‘Exudes professionalism and has integrity. Ready to listen and educates the client very well that help in making quality decisions’.
‘It gets the work done with ease, insight and creativity. They are able to solve every corporate and commercial law issue.’