Dispute resolution in Ghana

Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah

Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah fields 'experienced lawyers' who are active in both international arbitration and litigation. Managing partner Ace Anan Ankomah and Daad Akwesi jointly lead the team. Ankomah has over 25 years of experience of court litigation at domestic and international level, as well as arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Ace Anan Ankomah; Daad Akwesi

Testimonials

‘The team has a deep bench of experienced lawyers who thoroughly research legal issues towards sound advice. The number of people in the firm and different areas of expertise make them a go-to firm for us especially in the area of litigation.’

‘The Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah (BELA), Litigation & Dispute Resolution team is without a doubt one of the leading practice groups in Ghana. The team deploys its formidable research skills and has a relatively quick turnaround time on assignments.’

‘The individuals are well known and respected in Ghana for standing out and speaking up in the area of advocacy (Litigation Partner Ace Ankomah), as well as writing articles on recent landmark judgments.’

‘Ace Ankomah, who is now the managing partner, has national visibility as far as legal practice is concerned, particularly in dispute resolution. He is a great resource for the Ghana Bar Association facilitating many Continuous Legal Education (CLE) programs and ADR seminars in particular.’

‘Daad Akwesi and Gloria Coffie are clearly rising stars in their practice group.’

Key clients

Anglogold Ashanti Ghana

First National Bank Ghana Limited

Bayport Financial services

Stanbic Bank Ghana

Aviation Handling Services

Work highlights

  • Representing AGA in arbitration proceedings against MBC, a former contractor of the client, which is claiming a total sum of  $97.3m for an outstanding balance of historical debts allegedly owed by AGA to it. AGA counterclaimed.
  • Represented Bayport Savings and Loans in a debt recovery matter.
  • Representing Stanbic Bank as the defendant in a $1.1m breach of contract claim over the allegedly wrongful termination of a lease agreement.

ENSafrica

ENSafrica's practice covers banking, shipping and maritime disputes, as well as anti-bribery and corruption investigations. Team head David A. Asiedu is currently acting for The Receiver in a $1.1bn lawsuit against the former directors and shareholders of uniBank Ghana, which is one of five banks to have had their licences revoked. Asiedu, who is active in commercial litigation and international arbitration, acts for clients in sectors such as construction, telecommunications and pharmaceuticals, among others.

Practice head(s):

David A. Asiedu

Testimonials

‘ENSafrica is quick to respond and easy to work with.’

‘Joseph Konadu is a stand-out senior associate. He is my main contact at the firm and has been a pleasure to work with on this litigation in Ghana.’

Key clients

The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Ghana

Pioneer Food Cannery Ltd

Thai Union

International Finance Corporation

Herbalife of Ghana Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for Herbalife in court litigation against the Traditional Medicine Practice Council, which is threatening to close down Herbalife’s premises unless it pays registration fees totalling $2.5m.
  • Acted for Tullow Ghana (the Ghanaian branch office of multinational oil and gas exploration and production company Tullow Oil Plc) in court litigation arising from the alleged unlawful interference by Tullow with the business of another company.
  • Assisted distressed company Noble Gold Bibiani Limited with negotating a court-approved debt restructure and scheme of arrangement with more than 1000 creditors.

Kimathi & Partners, Corporate Attorneys

Kimathi & Partners, Corporate Attorneys' dispute resolution practice is noted for its work in the oil and gas, telecoms and shipping industries. Its team has experience of representing clients in the local courts, including the Supreme Court of Ghana.

Ntrakwah & Co

Ntrakwah & Co practice acts on insurance, construction and takeover disputes as well as debt recovery and trade mark infringement matters. It represents clients in litigation and arbitration. Practice head Nana Yaw Ntrakwah,  represents local and international clients, including individuals and companies.

Practice head(s):

Nana Yaw Ntrakwah

Reindorf Chambers

Reindorf Chambers has 'a commitment to delivering excellent legal advice', and its dispute resolution practice is jointly led by Doe Tsikata and Fui Tsikata, who collectively have over 75 years of experience. The team has a strong track record acting for domestic and international clients in court litigation, and has been present in Ghana's High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. On the arbitration side, it represents clients in arbitration proceedings before both local arbitral tribunals and international bodies.

Practice head(s):

Fui Tsikata; Doe Tsikata

Testimonials

‘Reindorf Chambers’ commitment to delivering excellent legal advice is outstanding. Partners and associates are quick and responsive to their clients and never compromise on the quality of service they provide, even if representing pro bono clients.’

‘Fui Tsikata pays particular attention to understanding a client’s needs before offering legal advice. His ability to walk a client through a problem with a view to providing concrete solutions is remarkable indeed. The partners and associates are patient and demonstrate professionalism and personal attention in dealing with its clients.’

Key clients

Gold Fields Ghana

Abosso Goldfields Ghana

Newmont Ghana Gold

Vulcan Natural Resources

Eaton Towers Ghana

Work highlights

  • Representing a Chinese import and export company in a court action for the recovery of $3.2m over the supply of buses.
  • Representing a financial institution in litigation over the use of letters of credit to a company in the downstream petroleum industry in Ghana.
  • Representing a Ghanaian subsidiary of an international mining company as the defendant in the Supreme Court in an appeal brought by nine former employees in a wrongful termination action.