Foreign firms in Ghana

Clifford Chance LLP

Led by Jeremy ConnickKayode Oladipo and Olamide Oladosu, the team at Clifford Chance LLP is ‘very active’ in Ghana. The firm has a strong offering and acts for a variety of clients including financial institutions, industrial conglomerates, corporations active in the energy sectors as well as construction companies, private equity funds and public institutions and agencies. It has played a key role in a sizeable number of major power projects in the country. Connick specialises in advising sponsors and lenders on a whole host of energy, natural resources and infrastructure projects. Russell Wells is another key member of the group; he has extensive experience in energy and natural resources.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Connick; Olamide Oladosu; Kayode Oladipo

Other key lawyers:

Russell Wells

Testimonials

‘Clifford Chance is a ‘go to’ firm for complex transactions in Ghana and has a very strong team. You would want it as your advisor on your most strategic transactions especially for first in kind, first in country projects.’

‘Olamide is fantastic; he is always able to find a creative solution for our complex problems and keeps a cool head. I strongly recommend him for complex projects in the emerging markets’.

‘Clifford Chance LLP’s team is very solid and the capacity of its members is one of the best in the world. Compared with other international law firms we have worked with, this firm is certainly ahead of the pack in terms of its organisational structure, the number of competent lawyers it brings to transactions and the knowledge of the market it works in’.

‘We have worked with a number of individuals at Clifford Chance. All of them are unique in their own way and exhibit the highest level of professional competence you would expect to see in an international law firm. To mention a few who readily come to mind- Jeremy Connick; the tireless partner with an acute knowledge of the market he is working in. Olamide Oladosu is fantastic; he is one always to find a creative solution and keeps a cool head’.

Key clients

Early Power Limited

Genser Energy Ghana Limited

Development Bank for Southern Africa

Absa Bank Limited

Mauritius Commercial Bank Limited

Helios Partners

Standard Bank of South Africa

Rand Merchant Bank

Credit Suisse AG, London Branch

Work highlights

  • Advised the sponsors on securing long-term project financed facilities for Phase 1 of the 424MWe Bridge Power Project, Tema, Ghana.
  • Advising on the development and financing of an LNG regasification plant in the port of Tema, Ghana
  • Advised an international bank on a $600m syndicated receivables-backed term loan to the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) to boost cocoa productivity in Ghana – the world’s second-largest cocoa producer.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP has an excellent reputation for its work on various major projects in Ghana. Mukund Dhar is an energy, infrastructure and natural resources lawyer with experience across the power, oil and gas sectors in addition to mining and metals. Christopher Czarnocki has extensive experience of a broad range of debt and equity finance transactions. Joshua Siaw is a director of the firm's Africa practice and advises corporates, governments, banks and other financial institutions on cross-border project development and finance transactions in Africa.