Firm Profile > ENSafrica > Accra, Ghana

ENSafrica
5th floor Vivo Place
Cantonments City, Rangoon Lane
Accra
Ghana

Banking and finance Tier 1

ENSafrica's practice covers a broad range of matters, including those involving leveraged finance, regulation of the financial services industry and debt finance. Elikem Nutifafa Kuenyehia jointly leads the team with Paa Kwesi Morrison, who is advising the Standard Bank of South Africa on a $30m senior term loan facility to be granted to Promasidor Holdings to support the working capital requirements of Promasidor’s subsidiaries and for general corporate purposes.

Practice head(s):

Paa Kwesi Morrison; Elikem Nutifafa Kuenyehia

Key clients

The African Development Bank

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Barak Fund

Barclays Bank

DEG

Capital markets Tier 1

ENSafrica's practitioners advise local authorities, major corporates and financial institutions on banking and capital markets matters. It also generates mandates from international and African investors active in Ghana and the wider African market. The group's work includes finance transactions, bond issues, derivatives and securitisations. The team is led by Paa Kwesi Morrison and Elikem Nutifafa Kuenyehia. Morrison is advising JP Morgan on entering into ISDA master with certain legal entities incorporated in Ghana. Newly promoted partner Rachel Dagadu is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Paa Kwesi Morrison; Elikem Nutifafa Kuenyehia

Key clients

Citigroup Global Markets Limited

Fidelity Bank

J.P. Morgan

Standard Chartered Bank

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

ENSafrica is particularly strong in the mining, energy and telecoms sectors. It demonstrates strong capabilities in M&A, restructurings and commercial work, among other matters. Elikem Nutifafa Kuenyehia and Amina Abugdanpoka Kaguah are joint heads of the team. Kaguah has over twenty years of experience acting for domestic and regional clients. In addition to being active in transactional work, Kuenyehia has experience of advising clients on corporate governance issues, among others.

Practice head(s):

Elikem Nutifafa Kuenyehia; Amina Abugdanpoka Kaguah

Key clients

American Tower Corporation

Ghana Community Network (GCNet)

Pioneer Food Cannery

Herbalife Ghana

Pernod Ricard

Dispute resolution Tier 1

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

Energy Tier 1

ENSafrica's team has experience of advising on project finance transactions, the construction of power plants, national roads and commercial real estate. The team is jointly led by Paa Kwesi Morrison and Elikem Nutifafa Kuenyehia. Morrison has experience of acting for financial institutions, as well as regional and international companies. Rachel Dagadu made partner in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Paa Kwesi Morrison; Elikem Nutifafa Kuenyehia

Infrastructure projects Tier 1

ENSafrica's infrastructure projects practice handles the full life cycle of energy and infrastructure projects, including the construction of national roads, apartment buildings and power plants. It also assists clients with project finance transactions, permits and regulatory matters. Paa Kwesi Morrison is advising GuarantCo on a facility to Early Power Limited to finance the construction of a 400MW LPG-fired combined cycle gas turbine plant, and associated LPG fuel storage and transportation infrastructure in Ghana. Morrison co-heads the practice with Elikem Nutifafa Kuenyehia.

Practice head(s):

Paa Kwesi Morrison; Elikem Nutifafa Kuenyehia

ENSafrica

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Excellence and Novel Solutions

With over 600 specialist practitioners, ENSafrica has the capacity to deliver on the business requirements of entrepreneurs and corporates across industries and the African continent. We are able to leverage our resources to deliver legal solutions that suit our clients’ pricing preferences and timeframes.

ENSafrica is recognised by top ranking agencies for achieving consistently high standards when working with clients on the continent.

Our focus is on finding innovative solutions to ensure our clients achieve their commercial goals, whether it be successfully executing a strategy or defending their position. Our aim is to deliver in the manner that best suits our clients’ risk profile, working preferences and pricing structures.

We advise businesses directly or work closely with a client’s in-house legal team to ensure that the end goal is achieved in the manner that best suits the assignment. Depending on what makes most sense for a particular project, clients also have the choice of making use of external Counsel or ENSafrica’s own internal senior practitioners, whether it be for opinions or court appearances.

In instances where an in-depth analysis of information is necessary, ENSafrica has artificial intelligence (AI) tools. This ensures greater efficiency, quick turnaround times, reduced costs and accurate results when needed for purposes of corporate governance and information protection, due diligence, e-discovery, data analytics and/or market understanding.

Synergy

With more than 200 years’ experience, ENSafrica’s significant expertise extends across the breadth of commercial areas and covers the African continent.

We harness our deep specialist expertise across the areas of practice which are relevant to the project to provide clients with to-the-point, jargon-free advice and tailor-made solutions.

Work is done at the correct level to reduce unnecessary costs, and our clients have the flexibility to choose the working arrangement that is best for their business model. This may be through a single point of contact, or in having their own small, dedicated team of practitioners who are specialists in an particular field, or their choice of selected individuals across various disciplines.

ENSafrica’s legal and tax capability is further augmented by teams with specific focus areas, such as Africa regulatory and business intelligence, Asia-Africa trade, Forensics and the structuring of investment through Mauritius. This enables all aspects of a project, transaction, venture or investment to be considered and optimised within the African business context.

ENSafrica also offers clients access to knowledge, fresh insights, and regulatory and legislation updates using various platforms to provide strategic information, topical training and alerts on relevant developments in a particular area, location and across the continent to support our clients’ ways of doing business and to empower them in their decision-making.

African context and coverage

Over many years, ENSafrica has developed a large knowledge base of African resources and a deep understanding of the local ways of doing business across the continent. We have practical experience working on the ground in most African jurisdictions and access to high-end, professional contacts across the continent, to ensure consistent quality and timeous delivery.

We operate independently, which allows us to offer advice which is solely informed by what is in our clients’ best interests, as opposed to what may suit, or be prescribed by, or limited by, a particular legal network or affiliation.

Where appropriate, ENSafrica uses a managed approach to ensure deliverables are accurately scoped and quality is consistent. In so doing, critical issues are addressed by leveraging our local market know-how and cultural grip, and advice is reviewed by the relevant country and industry experts who can add value.

To support entrepreneurs and corporates wherever they choose to do business in Africa, we have practitioners who practise English law and French law, and we have extensive experience in the legal codes of OHADA used in West and Central Africa. We are also able to transact in a variety of foreign languages such as Cantonese, Mandarin and Portuguese.

Number of lawyers : 600+