Commercial, corporate and M&A in Ghana

Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah

Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah acts for a whole host of major local and foreign clients on a wide range of matters. Frank Nimako Akowuah and Seth Asante are well regarded along with Angela Gyasi and Susan-Barbara Kumapley. The group focuses on major transactions across various business sectors and has built up a formidable reputation for its experience of all aspects of acquisitions, financings, due diligence and compliance issues. The versatile team frequently conducts corporate due diligence on target companies and provides advice to multinational businesses on the divestiture and restructuring of Ghanaian subsidiaries. It has considerable strength in healthcare, hospitality and other sectors such as manufacturing. The practice is also a known name for its work on structured trade and commodity finance deals.

Practice head(s):

Seth Asante; Susan-Barbara Kumapley; Angela Gyasi; Frank Nimako Akowuah

Key clients

Oasis Capital Ghana Limited

Moringa SCA SICAR/ Moringa Mauritius Africa

PricewaterhouseCoopers Ghana Limited

LeapFrog Investments Limited

National Aviation Services

ENSafrica

Amina Abugdanpoka Kaguah leads the 'exceptional' team at ENSafrica, which is well known for its experience across a wide range of cross-border M&A deals. The able team frequently advises on complex joint venture agreements and restructurings as well as regulatory and corporate governance issues. It advises some bilateral agencies in addition to international companies and acts for a whole host of Ghanaian companies in addition to SMEs. It has particular sector expertise in mining, energy and telecoms. Other key names include Paa Kwesi Morrison and Rachel Dagadu. Elikem Nutifafa Kuenyehia left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Amina Abugdanpoka Kaguah

Other key lawyers:

Paa Kwesi Morrison’; Rachel Dagadu; Nana Yaa Ahmed; Patricia Jane Mumuni

Testimonials

‘The team is unique in its holistic and proactive approach to its customers. It provides high quality advice and a professional service. The firm covers all aspects of corporate issues and has a team with all the necessary expertise to answer all our needs‘.

Patricia has become immediately a true partner to us, taking full responsibility for all legal issues, using ENS Ghana resources effectively to make sure we get the best service, and making sure that we get quality legal advice on any matter related to our operations and completing regulatory processes in a timely manner‘.

The competence of the ENSafrica team is one of the best we have come across in the field. Communication and responsiveness of the team were beyond my expectations – the best we’ve seen so far. Patricia and her team are always available to assist us any time we contact them‘.

Punctual and hardworking – Amina Abugdanpoka Kaguah and Nana Yaa Ahmed‘.

The team offers very good client service and works to very high ethical standards. ENSafrica demonstrates an understanding of how businesses operate, the markets and the competition and gives tailored advice that serves our interests, objectives and growth intentions. Patricia Mumuni has been of immense help. Very professional and thorough. She goes to great lengths to thoroughly understand (and anticipate) our needs and then structure solutions around those needs‘.

Very knowledgeable on corporate legal matters in Ghana and the sub-region – excellent contacts and relationships with the executives in the Government agencies which is very helpful for resolving and fast-tracking approvals. The lawyers display a commitment to the clients’ business matters and walk alongside the client to achieve his/her business objectives- the team is very professional in all their engagements and very responsive‘.

The attention to clients’ needs and proactive engagement sets the firm apart from others. Nana Yaa Ahmed in particular goes the extra mile for her clients, she is always available and truly knows her clients- she is proactive in her engagements and ensures that she partners with her clients in a meaningful way, keeping clients abreast of macro economic and any changes to the regulatory landscape. She is always professional and an absolute pleasure to work with‘.

Rachel Dagadu  and Patricia Jane Mumuni are both highly recommended. Each time I have worked with them I have been impressed by their responsiveness and dedication, as well as the quality of their legal work‘.

Key clients

American Tower Corporation (ATC)

Channel VAS DMCC

Direct Pay Limited

Fair Trade Outsourcing (formerly Rethink Staffing)

Goldkey Properties Limited;

Growthpoint Investec African Properties Limited

Hyundai Motor Company

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Jumo World Limited

Nurevas Foods Ghana Limited

Sahel Health Ghana Limited

Teachers Fund

Verod Capital Management Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised American Tower Corporation on the  acquisition of Eaton Towers Holdings Limited adding approximately 5,700 communications sites to its African portfolio.
  • Advised International Finance Corporation on its and IFC Asset Management Company’s  disposal of shares in Ecobank Transnational Incorporated to Arise B.V.
  • Advised Channel VAS DMCC on the acquisition of a micro credit company in Ghana.

Kimathi & Partners, Corporate Attorneys

Kimathi & Partners, Corporate Attorneys routinely advises multinational and national companies as well as foreign governments and their agencies on a whole host of corporate and commercial issues. The group is well equipped to advise on significant M&A deals and joint venture arrangements. The practice frequently assists key international clients with establishing their businesses in Ghana. The first-rate team also has particular strength in advising on the financing aspects of large projects. Kimathi Kuenyehia heads the department, which has particular sector expertise in mining, oil and gas and telecoms. In addition, the group has substantial experience in power, renewable energy and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Kimathi Kuenyehia

Key clients

Asanko Gold

FMO, the Dutch Development finance company

United Kingdom’s development finance company, CDC Group Plc

Finnfund

Danish Government

Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund – Cardinal Resources

First Atlantic Bank

African Finance Corporation, Fidelity Bank and Ecowas Development Bank

CDC Group

A leading UK renewable energy fund

Nedbank Ltd

Ecobank Development Corporation/ Ecobank Limited

National Investment Bank

Development Bank of South Africa

Danske Bank

N. Dowuona & Company

N. Dowuona & Company has a strong corporate and commercial offering that frequently advises on complex domestic and cross-border transactions as well as providing general corporate and corporate governance advice to its clients. It acts for a broad range of clients from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and routinely advises on complex inbound investments and divestment transactions as well as corporate acquisitions and joint ventures. The team, which is led by NanaAma Botchway, also advises on other matters such as intellectual property, tax and various regulatory issues. Recently the group has played a pivotal role in some major PPP projects and has worked with some international law firms on a variety of matters. Achiaa Akobour Debrah was promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

NanaAma Botchway

Other key lawyers:

Achiaa Akobour Debrah

Testimonials

‘Highly qualified team of lawyers. Discreet. Strong network and relationships’.

‘NanaAma, the managing partner is personable, discreet, very thorough and objective and practical in her advice’.

NanaAma Botchway is a super star who is immensely experienced’.

Key clients

Prime Meridian Docks

DTRT Apparel

Rina SpA

Score PLC

Opay Group

Acteon Group

Puma Energy

AELEX

AELEX handles a wide range of corporate and commercial services and has played a key role in some of the major deals in the country. It routinely conducts large-scale due diligence exercises on significant deals and also provides company secretarial services. The team advises some of Ghana’s leading companies as well as various international corporations. Recent work has included advising on corporate structures and the transfer of shares as well as a diverse range of regulatory matters and board management issues. The practice is also experienced in advising on direct foreign investment. Theophilus Emuwa heads the team and managing associate Kwesi Dodi is another prominent member of the department.

Practice head(s):

Theophilus Emuwa

Other key lawyers:

Kwesi Dodi

Key clients

Rowan

Carana Corporation

Royal Sweet Limited

Brussels Airlines

James Fisher and Sons Plc

Partners Worldwide

Alibaba Group

South African Airways

Lufthansa Cargo AG

Park Agrotech

Work highlights

  • Advised Mihi Software, LLC on various employment law provisions in Ghana.
  • Advised Park Agrotech Ghana Limited on the acquisition of the Komenda Sugar Factory in Ghana.
  • Advised Lome Container Terminal SA (LCT) on its legal obligation to attend court in Ghana.

Reindorf Chambers

Reindorf Chambers' team advises on a wide spectrum of matters from company formations and registrations to cross-border commercial deals. Fui S. Tsikata and Kizzita Mensah are among the key members of the department.

AB & David Africa

AB & David Africa is recommended for its work on M&A, due diligence and corporate restructuring in addition to governance and compliance issues. It is also noted for its company secretarial services. Managing partner Isabel Boaten is rated for her experience in all aspects of corporate finance and Ferdinand D. Adadzi is another known name in the market.

B&P Associates

Adelaide Benneh Prempeh heads the team at B&P Associates, which is noted for its ability to advise on business formation and financing, project financing and development as well as commercial transactions, securities and joint venture/shareholder agreements. It is also recommended for its company secretarial services. The team is particularly recognised for its niche expertise in advising on corporate governance and internal compliance in the context of both local and international laws such as the UK Bribery Act and the US Foreign Corrupt Practice Act.

Practice head(s):

Adelaide Benneh Prempeh

Testimonials

‘B&P distinguishes itself as a highly professional law firm. In my interactions with B&P it distinguished itself due to the clarity of its communication and speed of delivery; the lawyers exceeded our expectations. The team has a great depth of knowledge about the legal environment in Ghana and is capable of explaining this with great clarity and detail to clients. ’

‘In every case B&P has delivered prompt, efficient and pertinent service. The founder and main partner Adelaide is outstanding in her competence, acumen and attention to client needs. She’s also very good at supervising the more junior elements of the firm and ensuring consistently solid services’.

‘It provides excellent professional legal advice on various topics and has an outstanding in-depth knowledge on various legal matters’.

‘Adelaide Prempeh is reliable and professional. I have always felt 100% trust working with Adelaide, the managing partner. She has always delivered projects on time and with the highest quality’.

‘Unlike several other firms that we have dealt with, B&P’s advice always goes beyond a pure legal perspective, demonstrating an understanding of the fact that the risks we face are inter-related and therefore need to be assessed and mitigated holistically. Additionally, the firm has always demonstrated familiarity with the legal and compliance framework of the main international jurisdictions, including the UK and New York, and this is unique among its Ghanaian peers.’

‘Adelaide Benneh-Prempeh, the founder and managing partner at B&P Associates, has always stood out in terms of professionalism, attention to detail, effective communication, presentation of legal opinions, and balancing of legal rigour with sound commercial judgement. Senior management at our company now relies on Adelaide’s input in transaction structuring and execution, as well as her participation in meetings with our clients.’

‘The lawyers are knowledgeable about their area of practice. They pay attention to details and consistently meet the needs of their customers. They give you all the attention you need. They take time to understand the nature of the problems confronting the client. Adelaide Benneh-Prempeh supervises and ensures that the assignment is accomplished with diligence.’

‘I worked exclusively with Adelaide Benneh-Prempeh, the managing partner. She was exceptionally professional, very knowledgeable, really accommodating and a pleasure to work with. She helped us deliver a legal analysis tailored to international investors which was very well received and added great value to our research ’.

Key clients

Oil Spill Response Limited

Redavia Ghana Assets Limited

Azimuth Power Ghana Limited

Spectrum Fibre Company Limited

Eurapharma Care Services Limited (CFAO Group)

Genesis Oil and Gas Limited

ENI Ghana Exploration and Production

Norpalm Ghana Limited

Earthworm Foundation (formerly The Forest Trust)

Country Advisors Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising on a $42m fibre optic infrastructure project, the first of its kind along the western corridor of Ghana – work included drafting and negotiating all the key transaction agreements.
  • Advised an engineering consultancy client on a project development – including on the execution and financing of a mixed-use beachfront development project worth over $110m.
  • Assisting a project sponsor with the negotiation of a concession agreement in respect of the construction, development and operation of a sky cable transportation system in Ghana to supplement the existing road networks across key congested areas in Accra.

JLD & MB Legal Consultancy

JLD & MB Legal Consultancy is well equipped to handle all aspects of national and international corporate and commercial transactions. It has a wealth of experience in advising multinationals, financial institutions, state-owned enterprises and corporate entities across a wide range of sectors. Zoe Phillips Takyi-Appiah has advised several major Ghanaian and foreign companies and investors on their commercial activities and investments in Ghana.

Practice head(s):

Merene Botsio Benyah; Lily Acquaye; Zoe Phillips Takyi-Appiah; Akosua Apea Osafo

Key clients

BP Oil International Limited

Momentum Metropolitan Holdings Limited

Kinross Africa S.L.

Mitsui & Co Ltd.

Yinson Production West Africa Limited

ExxonMobil Corporation

Fidelity Bank Ghana Limited

Zeepay Ghana Limited

Iron Ridge Resources

Cardinal Resources Limited

mPharma Ghana Limited

Tullow Ghana

Access Bank (Ghana) Plc

Republic Bank (Ghana) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Iron Ridge Resources  on the acquisition of multiple mineral rights in Ghana.

Ntrakwah & Co

Ntrakwah & Co advises clients on a broad array of matters from company formations and investments to assisting with commercial contracts and conducting legal due diligence on M&A. It receives a steady stream of instructions from banks and financial institutions in Ghana. Managing partner Felix Ntrakwah is experienced in all aspects of corporate and commercial law.

WTS Nobisfields

WTS Nobisfields fields 'a flexible and responsive’ team that ‘takes the time to understand its clients’ requests and then puts together the best resources’ to handle each matter. The versatile team is well placed to advise on a vast array of corporate and commercial matters from corporate governance, restructurings and foreign direct investment to regulatory matters and private equity financings. Theophilus Tawiah is the practice head.

Practice head(s):

Theophilus Tawiah

Testimonials

‘The team is very knowledgeable in the area of corporate law and has a lot of industry knowledge and backgroundThe lawyers are very professional in the delivery of their service and I tell you what – they are very, very responsive’

‘The work that the team did was phenomenal. In my opinion the team knew its stuff and what it was doing. The lawyers were competent, responsive and were available to give us the necessary advice and support at each stage of the process. They were proactive as well and gave us advice to enable us to prepare ahead of time.’

‘Theophilus Tawiah is the brainiest commercial lawyer in Ghana and a top choice for any really difficult case’.

The team is responsive and innovative in providing solutions. Theophilus Tawiah is a ‘go-to’ person. He offers pragmatic solutions‘.

‘Managing Partner, Theophilus Tawiah – I particularly found his responsiveness very assuring.’

‘ The team was very helpful and took time to explain the issues’

‘Theophilus Tawiah, the managing partner is very diligent, respectful and never drops the ball. His approach to issues is very much to be recommended. ’

‘Services have been personalised to meet our specific needs. We enjoy the flexibility with the lead partner who responds to calls at odd hours. Always available ( at any time); great communication and transparent’.

Key clients

Wangara Green Venture Capital Company Limited

Europrima Industries Limited

Vitol Upstream Ghana Limited

Vitol Upstream Tano Limited

Accenture Ghana Limited

Novo Energy Limited

Woodfields Energy Storage Company Ghana Limited

Tax Consulting South Africa

Jiangsu Yongfa Medical Equipment Company Limited

SMTC Global Ghana Limited

Vana Energy Limited

Work highlights

  • Advises Accenture Ghana Limited on various corporate governance issues and on the regulatory regime.
  • Advised Vana Energy Limited  on the recapitalisation of Vana Energy by the existing joint venture partners.
  • Advised Europrima Industries Limited on a significant recapitalisation by its existing shareholders.