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The ‘commercially minded, responsive and thoughtful’ team at Clifford Chance LLP is active across the African continent and has a strong offering for Ghana-related matters. It excels in power, oil and gas and infrastructure, regularly taking a lead role on major projects in the country. Olamide Oladosu, who joined the London office in 2017, has significant experience in the renewable and conventional energy sectors. Jeremy Connick and Edmund Boyo are leading figures in the group, and Angela McEwan is also recommended.

Highly regarded firm Norton Rose Fulbright has a thriving projects practice. It had another busy year for Ghana-related work in 2018, receiving instructions from longstanding clients and winning several new clients and panel appointments. Andrew Buisson, finance expert Daniel Metcalfe, Bayo Odubeko, who heads the Africa corporate desk, and Martin McCann, who specialises in infrastructure and natural resources projects, are key figures.

At White & Case LLP, a multidisciplinary group of lawyers from across the firm's broad office network handles transactions on the African continent. The already sizeable team was further strengthened by the arrival of several new partners and associates in various offices. From Johannesburg, Gareth Hodder advised International Finance Corporation on the financing of Ashesi University's campus expansion. Key contacts in the London office include Christopher Czarnocki, Mukund Dhar and Joshua Siaw.

Peter Stewart is the name to note at Clyde & Co LLP, which has a focus on energy and natural resources. Stewart's clients include public and private companies active in the oil and gas and infrastructure sectors in Ghana, and he also stands out for his arbitration expertise. The firm's London-based insurance team is also active in Ghana-related matters.

Well known for its M&A and projects capabilities, Linklaters Business Services has a notable offering for Ghana-related work. In a recent highlight, Tom Shropshire advised Gold Fields on its joint venture with Asanko Gold; the transaction sees the companies incorporating a 50:50 joint venture company that will own the latter's 90% interest in the Asanko Gold Mine. Andrew Jones heads the Africa group; other contacts include corporate and private equity specialist Stuart Bedford and associate Kwaku Osei.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP is equipped to handle a range of Ghana-related projects from its London office, where Jinal Shah, Weyinmi Popo and Christopher Grew are based. The team is particularly active in the technology space and advises international companies investing in fast-growing tech companies.

Highly experienced boutique Trinity International LLP has an impressive track record in energy and infrastructure projects across Africa, including in Ghana. In a landmark deal, a team that included Paul Biggs, Patrick Leece and Luke Muchamore - who was promoted to partner in 2018 - advised Cenpower Generation on Ghana's first IPP; the group continues to advise the client on financial agreements and ongoing construction.

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