Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah > Accra, Ghana > Firm Profile

Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah
4 MOMOTSE AVENUE
ADABRAKA, ACCRA
Ghana

Ghana > Banking and finance Tier 1

With Seth Asante  and Frank Nimako Akowuah  at the helm, Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah‘s first-rate team has a notable reputation for its work on a wide range of banking, finance and investment banking matters in addition to its broader work in the financial services sector. It advises on a whole host of legal and regulatory matters relating to debt and equity capital market transactions as well as corporate restructurings, mergers and acquisitions and other forms of raising capital. In addition, the group has considerable experience in due diligence exercises and is adept at advising on other forms of financing such as project and infrastructure financing work and asset financings.  The practice acts for a substantial number of key local and foreign banks in Ghana.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Market leaders; responsive; excellence in law and service’.

‘Seth Asante, Frank Nimako Akowuah and Nana Esi Beduwa Ghunney are all stand out names.’

Key clients

African Export-Import Bank

Caterpillar Financial Services

Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij Voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V. (FMO)

Macquarie Bank Limited

Ghana International Bank

Africa Trade Finance Limited

Citibank N.A.

Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund

DLA Piper Nederland N.V.

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management Gemeinnützige GMBH

Development Bank Ghana

Ghana > Capital markets Tier 1

Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah frequently works for leading market participants (including major financial institutions, governments and multinational corporations) in addition to first-time issuers and other key players in the capital market space. It is skilled at advising on all aspects of domestic and international debt and equity capital markets issues including IPOs and private placements. Seth Asante  and Frank Nimako Akowuah  co-lead the department, which is highly sought after for its advice on a whole host of regulatory matters and for its work on rights issuances and additional listings. It is also recommended for its expertise in medium-term note programmes and commercial paper issuance programmes.

Testimonials

‘Knowledgeable people in the various disciplines they specialise in especially Financial Services and Capital Market transactions’.

‘Seth Asante (Managing Partner). Knowledgeable in Corporate Law, as well as, Finance Markets and Capital Market regulations’.

Frank N. Akowuah (Partner) – Very responsive to the needs of clients’.

‘Their execution abilities are the best in Ghana for the capital markets. The team’s structuring expertise is a great asset and they offer excellent advice on efficient structures in the capital markets. They also have in-depth knowledge of the capital markets in general having advised on the largest transactions in the market. Partners are always available and junior support on transactions is very good. They have been a great asset in structuring a very complicated refinancing project- and their inputs were valuable in arriving at an optimal structure’.

‘Seth Asante and Frank Akowuah -have in-depth knowledge of the Ghanaian capital markets.  Stand out for their structuring acumen in advising efficient and best structures for financing. Strong communication skills. Strong commercial skills. Strong execution capabilities and turnaround time on documents’.

Key clients

Ghana Amalgamated Trust

Izwe Savings & Loans Plc

GCB Securities Limited

Bayport Financial Services

Tallmast Company Limited

Ghana Stock Exchange

Scancom Plc

Ghana > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

The ‘excellent’ team at Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah has a stellar reputation for its work with a wide range of notable local and foreign clients. It frequently advises on all aspects of acquisitions, mergers, financings, due diligence and compliance issues. The team has substantial expertise in various sectors including the hospitality, healthcare and manufacturing industries and is particularly recommended for its skill in conducting large-scale corporate due diligence exercises on target companies. In addition the practice is highly regarded for its advice to international clients on the divestment and restructuring of Ghanaian subsidiaries. The group has a number of key practitioners including Seth Asante , Susan-Barbara Adjorkor Kumapley Angela Gyasi  and Frank Nimako Akowuah . In addition the practice is well-regarded for its work on structured trade and commodity finance deals.

Key clients

LeapFrog Investments Group Limited

Scancom Plc

Unilever Ghana Limited

Oasis Capital Limited

ExpressPay Ghana Limited

Moringa SCA SICAR

Bayport Management Limited

Future Global Resources Limited

Digital Innova Ghana Limited

Ghana > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah has significant experience in corporate litigation as well as telecoms, mining, and oil and gas disputes, and also garners praise for its work on a whole host of other contentious matters that arise in family law, employment and real estate cases. Other strengths lie in debt recovery work, international dispute resolution, and mediation and arbitration proceedings. Ace Anan Ankomah  and Daad Akwesi  co-head the department.

Testimonials

‘The BELA team is an excellent team of highly skilled specialists. The team’s gender parity is above that of its competitor firms. Indeed, we deal with more female legal practitioners than with male practitioners’.

‘The individuals I work with include Ace Anan Ankomah, Daad Akwesi, Gloria Coffie and Nania Owusu-Ankomah. They have great specialist knowledgeable in their areas’.

‘The BELA Dispute Resolution team is unique for their in-depth knowledge of substantive law as well as procedural law, a skill rarely exhibited by most litigation lawyers. BELA’s use of digital laws (technology) enhances their research capabilities and enables them to easily share information with their clients’.

‘Nania Owusu-Ankomah and Daad Akwesi are through in their research, compelling in their arguments and reassuring for the client‘.

Key clients

Ecobank Ghana Limited

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

FBN Bank UK

Vitol Energy (Bermuda) Ltd

AngloGold Ashanti Ghana Ltd

Securities and Exchange Commission

Vodafone Ghana

Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa (Pty) Ltd

Stanbic Ghana Ltd

Tetra Pak Group

Work highlights

  • Representing a consortium of international banks in disputes relating to the recovery of loans given to companies in Ghana to the tune of $57.5m.
  • Representing major deepwater oil and gas exploration and production companies in disputes relating to a government-ordered unitisation.
  • Representing the securities industry regulatory body in a number of disputes concerning the revocation of licences arising from the recent banking and securities industry crisis.

Ghana > Energy Tier 1

Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah fields a skilled and experienced team, which has significant experience in corporate and commercial transactions in the oil and gas, power and mining sectors. The group is led by Seth Asante Seyram Dzikunu  and Elizabeth Ashun , and acts for major multinationals as well as local small and medium-sized enterprises. Asante is the firm’s managing partner and has considerable expertise in energy and mining deals, while Dzikunu has a wealth of experience in corporate and commercial transactions relating to oil and gas, power and energy sectors. The group handles all aspects of petroleum agreements, gas sales agreements, joint venture agreements, power purchase agreements, interconnection agreements and fuel supply agreements.

Testimonials

‘Very strong on analytical advice. Very consistent. Seyram Dzikunu is extremely bright’. 

‘Very experienced, extremely responsive and impressively professional team’.

‘Seyram Dzikunu is an excellent lawyer and gives thoughtful, measured advice’.

Key clients

Tullow Ghana Limited

Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Oxy)

Vitol SA

Aker Energy

Kosmos Energy Ghana

Vivo Energy

PGS ASA

Reganosa

Valaris

Ghana > Infrastructure projects Tier 1

Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah has a well-regarded team that advises on a wide range of issues in the mining and energy sectors, and the first-rate team has an excellent reputation for its work on major infrastructure projects. The department is lead by the highly regarded Seth Asante Seyram Dzikunu  and newly-promoted partner Elizabeth Ashun . Dzikunu has extensive experience in a vast array of corporate and commercial oil and gas projects as well as power and mining issues, while Ashun has been involved in major infrastructure and real estate projects in Ghana and has acted for Government institutions, construction companies, developers and charities.

Key clients

Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund (GIIF)

African Export–Import Bank

Team Engineering SpA and Vision Consult Limited

Platinum Properties Limited

A.P Moller Capital

ECC

Reall

Work highlights

  • Acting as legal sub-consultant to KPMG, consultant to the Ministry of Finance, in connection with the development of the Volta Lake Inland Water Transport System.
  • Acting as legal sub-consultant to Team Engineering SpA & Vision Consult Limited in connection with the Ghana-Burkina Faso Inter-Connectivity Railway Project.
  • Advising Afreximbank in connection with the grant of a debt facility of $65.8m to PMD Assetco Limited in connection with the construction of a Floating Dry Dock at Takoradi Port.

The firm: Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah (BELA) is a leading corporate and commercial full-service law firm providing a one-stop solution for clients doing business in Ghana. The firm provides effective, practical, innovative and solution-oriented advice and legal representation.

BELA was founded in 1990 by Kojo Bentsi-Enchill and firm has grown into a market leader and the go-to firm in Ghana. BELA operates under four (4) specialised partner-led practice groups. Our practice groups are:

Areas of practice

Corporate and Commercial: The Corporate Commercial practice group (CC) advises on legal and regulatory issues and transactions in the key sectors of international trade, manufacturing, agribusiness, food and beverages, health and pharmaceuticals, hotels and hospitality, education. telecommunications, broadcasting, advertising, publishing, digital media entertainment, marketing and gaming.

CC also provides expert legal advice on pensions, employment, labour, immigration, privacy and intellectual property.

Susan-Barbara Adjorkor Kumapley heads this practice group. She is assisted by Angela Gyasi

Dispute Resolution: The Disputes practice group specialises in commercial and corporate litigation and alternative dispute resolution. The group’s practical knowledge of the client’s business places it in a unique position to advise on preventative measures to avoid litigation, including dispute resolution at both the local and international level. It assists clients in exploring mediation, arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution methods where litigation is unavoidable.

The group has significant experience and expertise in corporate litigation, telecommunication, mining, oil and gas, family law, employment and labour, land litigation, contract and debt recovery. It also has extensive expertise in arbitration and mediation.

The practice group is headed by Ace Anan Ankomah. He is assisted by Daad Akwesi, Golda Denyo, Gloria Cofie and Nania Owusu-Ankomah Sackey.

Energy and infrastructure: The Energy & Infrastructure practice group (E&I) combines in-depth industry knowledge and technical legal expertise to advise on oil, gas, power and natural resources issues.

The practice group also focuses on legal, regulatory and practical issues and transactions in the key sectors of building & construction, real estate, aviation and aerospace, shipping and maritime, railways, roads, ports and harbours and related matters.

Seth Asante heads this practice group and is assisted by Seyram Dzikunu and Elizabeth Ashun.

Financial institutions and capital markets: The Financial Institutions & Capital Markets practice group (FICM) advises a wide range of clients in the banking and non-banking, insurance, investment banking and the financial services sectors.

It advises on legal and regulatory issues relating to debt and equity capital market transactions, banking and finance transactions, corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, capital raising and due diligence issues.

Our capital markets practice covers a wide range of international and domestic debt and equity capital markets transactions including public, listed, initial public offerings as well as private placements.

FICM has developed a strong reputation for its work on high profile transactions in Ghana.

Seth Asante heads this practice group and is assisted by Frank Akowuah.

BELA’s mission is to maintain its leading position in the market, by being industry thought-leaders, recruiting and developing exceptional talent, and investing in technology to deliver results for clients. We are proactive, commercial, and innovative with the objective of being the go-to firm for clients. The firm strives to be creative in handling matters, leading to quality, cost-efficient, solution-oriented, timely, and practical legal advice. The firm is a member of Lex Mundi and Lex Africa.

The firm’s subsidiary, Trustee Services Limited, is a market leader in company secretarial services in Ghana.

DataCenta, another subsidiary, has computerised the published legal materials of Ghana and disseminates legal databases via the internet. This serves as a means to quick access to all relevant legislation.

 

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Disputes Ace Anan Ankomah, Managing Partner / Headaankomah@belonline.org+233.302.208888
Energy and Infrastructure Seth Kwasi Asante, Headseth.asante@belonline.org+233.302.208888
Disputes Daad Akwesidakwesi@belonline.org+233.302.208888
Financial institutions and capital markets Seth Kwasi Asante, Headseth.asante@belonline.org+233.302.208888
Corporate and Commercial Susan Adjorkor Kumapley, Headsusan-b.a.kumapley@belonline.org+233.302.208888
Corporate and Commercial Angela Gyasiaagyasi@belonline.org+233.302.208888
Financial institutions and capital markets Frank Akowuahfnakowuah@belonline.org+233.302.208888
Energy and Infrastructure Seyram Dzikunusdzikunu@belonline.org+233.302.208888
Disputes Golda Denyogdenyo@belonline.org+233.302.208888
Disputes Gloria Cofiegacofie@belonline.org+233.302.208888
Disputes Nania Owusu-Ankomah Sackeynowusu-ankomah@belonline.org+233.302.208888
Energy and Infrastructure Elizabeth Ashuneashun@belonline.org+233.302.208888
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Godwin  Nkrumah  photo Godwin  Nkrumah Senior Associate
Porcia Lauretta Agbo  photo Porcia Lauretta Agbo Associate
Frank Nimako Akowuah  photo Frank Nimako Akowuah Partner
Daad Akwesi  photo Daad Akwesi Partner
Ace Anan Ankomah  photo Ace Anan Ankomah Senior Partner and Head, Disputes  
Seth Asante  photo Seth Asante Managing Partner / Head, Financial Institutions & Capital Markets Practice Group /…
Elizabeth Ashun  photo Elizabeth Ashun Partner
Kojo Bentsi-Enchill  photo Kojo Bentsi-Enchill Consultant, Energy Partn & Infrastructure Practice Group
Sophia Sena Berdie  photo Sophia Sena Berdie Associate
Gloria Cofie  photo Gloria Cofie Partner
Golda Denyo  photo Golda Denyo Partner
Seyram Dzikunu  photo Seyram Dzikunu Partner
Elizabeth Fugar  photo Elizabeth Fugar Senior Associate
Adjoa Ghunney  photo Adjoa Ghunney Associate
Nana Esi Beduwa Ghunney  photo Nana Esi Beduwa Ghunney Senior Associate
Angela Gyasi  photo Angela Gyasi Partner
Susan-Barbara Kumapley  photo Susan-Barbara Kumapley Partner and Head, Corporate/Commercial
Divine Letsa  photo Divine Letsa Of Counsel
Michelle Okyere  photo Michelle Okyere Associate
Shirley Afoley Otu  photo Shirley Afoley Otu Associate
Nania Owusu- Ankomah Sackey  photo Nania Owusu- Ankomah Sackey Partner and Deputy Head of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Emmanuel Saah  photo Emmanuel Saah Associate
Theodosia Tandoh  photo Theodosia Tandoh Associate
Dzifa Vanderpuye  photo Dzifa Vanderpuye Senior Associate
Number of lawyers : 29
English

Ghana Bar Association
Lex Mundi
Lex Africa