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Clifford Chance LLP’s Ghanaian practice specialises in advising clients in the energy and infrastructure sectors on a wide range of transactions, including general lending, restructurings and inbound investments. London-based co-head Jeremy Connick assisted Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank with two separate financings for Karadeniz Energy regarding the construction of power ships. Connick and Edmund Boyo jointly head the team.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s group is a popular choice for clients in the energy, infrastructure, mining and financial services sectors. Daniel Metcalfe advised Ecobank Ghana as the lender on various matters regarding the development and refurbishment of the Ghanaian airport network. Bayo Odubeko assisted Development Partners International with the sale of its 27% stake in CAL Bank. London-based trio Martin McCann, Andrew Buisson and senior associate Lisa Koch are the key names.

White & Case LLP regularly handles transactions in the energy and infrastructure sectors, with a particular strength in emerging markets. In 2017, Gareth Hodder transferred to the firm’s Johannesburg office from the London office, while the team was also bolstered by the arrival of Muzi Kubeka from Norton Rose Fulbright. Stuart Matty and Christopher Czarnocki are also noted.

Clyde & Co LLP’s group, which is part of the firm’s wider energy and natural resources department, specialises in acting for international and domestic clients in the oil and gas sector. Peter Stewart, who now leads the team following his arrival from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, advised GNPC on the second phase of negotiations regarding the development and delivery of natural gas from the Jubilee Oil Field, valued at $1.5bn. John Morris, who heads the firm’s wider Africa steering committee, assisted West African Gas with the development of a LNG import terminal, including advising on construction contracts. Named individuals are based in London.

At Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, the department handles various contentious and non-contentious matters for GNPC. Bradley Doline, Timi Balogun and Karl Behrouz advised GNPC on a number of issues regarding the development of an offshore oil and gas field. Peter Stewart is now at Clyde & Co LLP.

Dentons’ team, which is in association with JLD & MB Legal Consultancy, has experience advising the Ghanaian government. The London-based team includes capital markets specialist David Cohen and consultant Mary Boakye, who advises on international M&A, private equity and capital markets transactions.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP’s multidisciplinary practice has significant expertise advising on private equity and growth equity matters, as well as handling transactions in the oil and gas, renewable energy and infrastructure sectors. Weyinmi Popo advised LeapFrog Investments on a $180m investment in Ghana’s largest and first publicly-listed insurer Enterprise Group. Peter Roberts has been assisting Tullow Oil with all aspects of its gas projects, including the arrangements for the sale and transportation of gas from a number of offshore fields. The team includes Christopher Grew and Jinal Shah. Pascal Agboyibor and Yves Lepage jointly head the wider Africa team in Paris. All partners are based in London unless otherwise stated.

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