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

Ghana > Banking and finance Tier 1

Paa Kwesi Morrison  leads the dedicated banking and finance team at ENSafrica, which is well known for its experience in major cross-border work. The versatile team advises on the full spectrum of banking and finance matters, and Morrison is vastly experienced in advising financial institutions (including banks, private equity funds and development finance institutions)  as well as regional and international companies on all aspects of deal structuring issues. Rachel Dagadu  is another name to note for her expertise in project financing work and other forms of banking and finance. The team also has considerable skill in various sectors including the mining, real estate, oil and gas, energy and petroleum industries; it also has substantial strength in the healthcare and fintech sectors.

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Testimonials

‘Mr Paa Kwesi Morrison and Ms Doreen Nyaaba. They have been very helpful and clearly came up with possible solutions to our issues’.

‘Rachel Dagadu is first-rate and always a pleasure to work with’.

‘Rachel Dagadu is responsive, very knowledgeable and commercial in her approach’.

‘ENSafrica is a big law firm, distinguished for its expertise’.

‘I worked with the team of Paa Kwesi Morrison. Paa Kwesi Morrison has excellent organisation skills, which makes the team always very responsive. Cletus Banseh is an excellent senior associate, whose support is very helpful and always outstanding’.

Key clients

Standard Chartered Bank

Deutsche Bank AG

Gemcorp Capital LLP

Deutsche Bank S.p.A

Israel Discount Bank

First Rand Bank Limited

The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited

International Finance Corporation

Nedbank Limited

Ernst & Young

FirstRand Bank Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Ernst and Young on a matter involving the receipt by Ghana’s Ministry of Finance of financing from the World Bank towards the cost of the preparation of the Development Finance Project which supports the establishment of the Development Bank, Ghana.
  • Advising FirstRand Bank Limited (acting through its Rand Merchant Bank Division) and The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited in connection with the restructuring of circa $300m loans made to five special purpose vehicles for the construction of the Accra Financial Centre, Junction Shopping Centre, Standard Chartered Head Office, the Achimota Mall and Stanbic Heights.
  • Advising Gemcorp Capital LLP on a matter relating to a $50m standby letter of credit made to back up the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation’s liabilities to Shell under the Tema LNG Gas Project.

Ghana > Capital markets Tier 1

ENSafrica fields an excellent team, which advises on the full array of capital market issues and regularly liaises with various regulators such as the Ghana Stock Exchange, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Bank of Ghana. The team frequently advises on all the legal and regulatory issues relating to the issuance of bonds and senior notes as well as advising on derivative transactions and major cross-border deals. The heads of department are Amina Abugdanpoka Kaguah  and Paa Kwesi Morrison  both of whom are well-regarded for their work on a range of complex and high-value matters, including swap and buy-back transactions, and for their advice on the enforceability of netting provisions.

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Testimonials

‘Knowledgeable staff in Financial Services and Mining. Patricia Jane Mumuni (Partner). Knowledgeable in Financial Services and Mining and very responsive’.

‘The team is versatile and has a wide breadth of knowledge. Some firms are less approachable but the ENS team is available when required. They are responsive with a deep understanding of the legal issues. They also have good knowledge of the regulatory environment’.

Key clients

Citigroup Global Markets Limited; Merril Lynch International; Rand Merchant Bank, A Division of FirstRand Bank Limited (London Branch); Standard Chartered Bank; The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited

The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited Barclays Plc

Perenti Global Limited

Standard Chartered Bank

Stanbic Bank Ghana Limited

GHL Bank PLC

Merill Lynch International (Bank of America) Databank Ghana

Goldman Sachs International

ICBC Standard Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising ICBC Standard Bank in relation to the enforceability of netting provisions in the 2000 and 2011 GMRAs.
  • Advised Standard Chartered Bank and The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited (the Dealer Managers) in connection with the update of Ghana’s Global Medium Term Note Programme.
  • Advised Standard Chartered Bank and The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited (the Dealer Managers) in connection with the issuance of up to $2bn green and social bonds by the Republic of Ghana.

Ghana > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

ENSafrica has a ‘knowledgeable, responsive and flexible’ team, which is consistently involved in complex corporate matters in Ghana. The group is also skilled at advising on foreign direct investments and acts for investors and investee companies in Ghana. Other strengths include advising on complex joint venture agreements and restructurings, and it is also well regarded for its work on corporate governance issues and major cross-border deals. Amina Abugdanpoka Kaguah heads up the department, which advises some of the world’s leading organisations and bilateral agencies as well as indigenous Ghanaian companies and small and medium enterprises. It has also recently been enhancing its expertise across diverse industries including the mining, energy and telecoms sectors. Patricia Jane Mumuni was recently promoted to the partnership.

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Testimonials

‘I have worked with ENSafrica for the past 3 years and what I like about them is their professional staff who respond to all queries and requests on time. Their customer relationship is excellent’.

‘I usually work with Patricia Jane Mumuni and she responds to all my requests on time and is very professional. She is always available to help no matter the time. Her work is detailed and accurate. She pays attention to details as well’.

‘The responsiveness of the team is excellent and their ability to resolve issues promptly’.

‘The firm has a great team that is very knowledgeable on commercial transactions. Their turnaround time is excellent and the quality of work and service provided exceeds expectations. The firm is also flexible in relation to billing which is extremely useful when dealing with diverse clients with varying internal policies relating to billing’.

‘Amina Kaguah deserves special mention. She is extremely knowledgeable and consistently provides sound practical advice to clients. She is also extremely efficient and her turnaround time is fantastic’.

‘Amina Kaguah and the team: Knowledgeable, responsive, flexible.’

‘The team addresses a wide variety of subject matters. Friendly service. Flexible with the client’s requirements on style and nature of advice. All of the team members have been extremely helpful‘.

Key clients

HFA Group Holdings Limited

ADvTECH Limited

De La Rue International Limited

Unicaf University Limited

Sahel Health Ghana Limited

The Teachers’ Fund

JUMO World

Mastercard

Goldkey Properties Limited

Cantonments City Limited

Portman Limited

DPO Group

Crown Holding, Inc.

Enertrag SA(Pty) Limited

Accommod8

PAIX

PTC Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Newrest in relation to the forms of mergers applicable under Ghanaian law and the legal consequences of a proposed merger under Ghanaian law.
  • Advised De La Rue International Limited on the setting up and operation of a joint venture company. The client and Buck Press Limited, acting as an unincorporated consortium, were successful in a bid to provide excise tax stamp solutions to the Ghana Revenue Authority.

Ghana > Dispute resolution Tier 1

The team at ENSafrica is well regarded for its specialist advice on a whole host of disputes from commercial and corporate litigation to insolvency and debt restructuring matters. It frequently advises national and international companies on employment and civil liability disputes, and is recommended for its expertise in international commercial arbitrations and the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards as well as tax appeals. David A. Asiedu  heads up the department, which is experienced in representing clients in the superior courts of Ghana and other tribunals. Joseph Kwadwo Konadu was recently promoted to the partnership.

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Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable people’.

‘David was very receptive and willing to resolve issues in a timely manner’.

‘The team is focused and is committed to quality’.

‘Joseph K. Konadu is efficient and diligent. He wants to get it right the first time’.

Key clients

Accra Mall Company Ltd

African Mining Services Ltd

Newmont Ghana Ltd

RHL Reederei Hamburger Lloyd GmbH & CO KG

Signal Maritime Aframax Pool Ltd

Credit Guarantee Insurance Corporation of Africa

T3 Projects Ltd.

Herbalife of Ghana Ltd.

Ghana Community Network Services Limited (GCNet)

Work highlights

  • Representing the receiver of uniBank in recovering more than $1m from the former owners of uniBank by proving in court that the former owners had siphoned the amount for their personal use through unlawful schemes.
  • Represented Accra Mall Company Limited in appealing a wrongful tax assessment of $2.2m by the Ghana Revenue Authority.
  • Protecting Ghana Community Network Services Ltd (GCNet)’s intellectual property from being appropriated by the Government of Ghana (GoG), and preparing to commence arbitration proceedings against the GoG, for the termination of GCNet’s fixed term contract.

Ghana > Energy Tier 1

ENSafrica has an impressive team that advises on the full spectrum of energy and natural resources work and frequently collaborates with international firms on significant cross-border matters. It regularly liaises with the Energy Commission and is adept at advising clients on how to structure transactions so that they comply with local content regulations. Core areas of expertise include the oil and gas, solar energy and petroleum storage sectors as well as the liquefied natural gas and renewable energy industries. Paa Kwesi Morrison  is well respected and heads up the department, which includes Rachel Dagadu, who specialises in gas, energy and petroleum issues.

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Testimonials

‘Excellent understanding of the regulatory environment coupled with a fast turnaround delivering trusted and reliable advice consistently. Rachel Dagadu is the key name to note’.

‘Always on the list when choosing or recommending Ghanaian firms. Well-informed and technically sound’.

‘Paa Kwesi Morrison: first choice for Ghanaian legal advice’.

Key clients

Red Sea Gateway Terminals

Vitol SA

CrossBoundary Energy

Tysilio Development

Standard Chartered Bank

Absa Bank Limited

Societe Generale

The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund Limited

CDC Group Plc

Hungarian Export-Import Bank Private Limited Company

Mauritius Commercial Bank

Development Bank of Southern Africa Limited

Natixis

Trafigura PTE Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Red Sea Gateway Terminals on a transaction that involved the award of a concession by the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority to Redsea Gateway Terminals Company Limited (as project company) to develop an oil and gas services hub in the Port of Tema.
  • Advised Standard Chartered Bank, Absa Bank Limited, Societe Generale, The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund Limited, CDC Group Plc and Hungarian Export-Import Bank Private Limited Company on a transaction involving a $480m facility to Early Power Limited to finance the construction of a 400MW LPG fired combined cycle gas turbine plant.
  • Advising Puma Energy on the licensing regime for the renewable energy industry and assisting with the development of standard form documents for its impending transactions.

Ghana > Infrastructure projects Tier 1

ENSafrica has a dedicated project development team, which is well regarded for its cross-border work in the energy and infrastructure sectors. It is skilled at advising on all aspects of projects from project financing matters to obtaining permits and advising on regulatory issues. Under the leadership of Paa Kwesi Morrison , the group has advised on deals as diverse as the construction of power plants and major national roads and bridges to luxury apartment buildings and hospitals. Rachel Dagadu  is highly regarded for her work in the energy and natural resources sectors.

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Key clients

Deutsche Bank S.P.A

The Standard Bank of South Africa

UK Export Finance

Growthpoint Investec Africa Properties Limited

The Export-Import Bank of China

KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH

Standard Chartered Bank

Nedbank Limited

FirstRand Bank Limited

Hungarian Export-Import Bank Private Limited Company

Investec Bank Limited

Ampromfi Group Limited

NMS Infrastructure Limited

Work highlights

  • Provided advice to Deutsche Bank in relation to a financing to the Ministry of Finance for the construction of the new Takoradi Market in Ghana.
  • Advised on the restructuring and consolidation of debt owed by five property special purpose vehicles owned by the Growthpoint Investec Africa Properties Limited.
  • Advising Paramount Group Limited in connection with the drafting and negotiation of an engineering and construction contract with the Ghanaian Ministry of Defence for the construction of forward operating bases, forward logistics bases and regional bases.

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Credible difference

With over 600 specialist practitioners, ENSafrica is Africa’s largest law firm and has the capacity to deliver on your business requirements across all major industries and the African continent.  We are able to leverage our resources to deliver legal solutions that suit your pricing preferences and timeframes.

Excellence

ENSafrica is recognised by top ranking agencies such as Chambers Global Guide, Legal 500 EMEA Guide, IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide and International Tax Review’s World Tax Guide, as well as by the African Legal Awards and DealMakers Awards, for achieving consistently high standards when working on the continent.

Novel solutions

We will work to find innovative solutions to ensure you achieve your commercial goals, whether it be successfully executing a strategy, maintaining a competitive edge or defending your position. Our aim is to deliver in the manner that best suits your business requirements, preferences and pricing structures. We can advise you directly, or work closely with your in-house legal teams.

Synergy

With more than 200 years’ experience, ENSafrica has significant expertise across the breadth of commercial areas and covering the African continent. We are committed to creating enduring client relationships, which are founded in a values-driven culture, and to providing you with to-the-point, jargon-free advice. We harness our deep specialist expertise in areas relevant to the project and at the correct level. This enables us to tailor-make solutions for you, with the desired turnaround times and cost efficiencies.

Africa focus

Over many years, ENSafrica has developed a large knowledge base of resources and a deep understanding of local nuances and ways of doing business. We have practical experience working on the ground and direct access to high-end, professional contacts across the continent, assuring you of consistent quality and world-class service. We have practitioners who are qualified to practise English law and French law and we have extensive experience in the legal codes of OHADA used in West and Central Africa.

 

Our practice areas

  • Africa Regulatory and Business Intelligence
  • Agribusiness
  • Asia-Africa Trade
  • Aviation
  • Banking and Finance
  • Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE)
  • Competition / Antitrust
  • Corporate Commercial
  • Data Privacy and Protection
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Fiduciary
  • Fintech
  • Forensics
  • Immigration
  • India-Africa Trade
  • Infrastructure
  • Insolvency, Restructuring and Business Rescue
  • Insurance
  • IntelligENS (AI)
  • International Arbitration
  • Intellectual Property (IP)
  • Mining
  • Mine and Occupational Health and Safety (MOHS)
  • Natural Resources and Environment
  • Private Clients
  • Private Equity
  • Pro Bono and Corporate Social Investment
  • Project Development and Project Finance
  • Real Estate / Property
  • Retirement Funds
  • Shipping, Ports and Logistics
  • Tax
  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT)

Offices

ENSafrica is Africa’s largest law firm, with offices in Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa and Uganda.  We also have two dedicated pro bono offices in South Africa.

Through our in-country and regional expertise, combined with our network of high quality correspondent firms, we are able to assist you with all your legal and tax requirements, no matter where in Africa you choose to do business.

ENSafrica | Ghana
5th Floor Vivo Place, Cantonments City, Rangoon Lane, Accra
tel: +233 30 225 3980
infoACC@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

ENSafrica | Kenya
15th Floor One Africa Place, Junction of Chiromo and Rhapta Roads, Westlands, Nairobi
tel: +254 205 007 000
infoNBO@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

ENSafrica | Mauritius
19 Church Street, Port Louis
tel: +230 212 2215
infoMRU@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

ENSafrica | Namibia
Unit 3 Ground Floor, Sonneneck Building, Moses Garoeb Street, Swakopmund
tel: +264 64 415 380
infoSWP@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

No 4 1st Floor, The Business Park, Sam Nujoma Avenue, Walvis Bay
tel: +264 64 281 100
infoWVB@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

Unit 4 LA Chambers, Ausspann Plaza, Dr Agostinho Neto Road, Windhoek
tel: +264 61 379 700
infoWDH@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

ENSafrica | Rwanda
Kacyiru KG 7th Avenue #35, Blue Star House 1st Floor – Wing B, Kigali
tel: +250 252 551 500
infoKGL@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

​ENSafrica South Africa
​35 Lower Long Street, Foreshore, Cape Town
tel: +27 21 410 2500
infoCPT@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

1 Richefond Circle, Ridgeside Office Park, Umhlanga, Durban
tel: +27 31 536 8600
infoDUR@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

The MARC | Tower 1, 129 Rivonia Road, Sandton, Johannesburg
tel: +27 11 269 7600
infoJNB@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

La Gratitude, 97 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch
tel: +27 21 808 6620
infoSTB@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com

ENSafrica | Uganda
4th Floor, Rwenzori Towers, Plot 6 Nakasero Road, Nakasero, Kampala
tel: +256 31 222 5500
infoKLA@ENSafrica.com
www.ENSafrica.com


ENSafrica is Africa’s largest law firm, with over 600 specialist practitioners, giving us the capacity to deliver on our clients’ business requirements in all major industries across the African continent.  

While Africa provides great potential for growth, businesses often face unpredictable regional challenges and conflicting regulatory requirements. It is therefore useful to have a partner who has African know-how and multijurisdictional capabilities. 

Over many years, ENSafrica has accumulated practical experience working on the ground throughout Africa, and has a solid understanding of local markets, cultures, nuances and ways of doing business.  

Our cross-border, continent-wide expertise in law, tax, regulatory, forensics and IP is augmented by our longstanding partnerships with high-end, professional correspondent firms, who have been selected for their deep in-country know-how. This enables our clients to receive advice from the most qualified legal advisors in each jurisdiction, and assures them of consistent quality and world-class service across the African continent.   

Operating independently allows us to offer advice that is always in the best interests of our clients. 

ENSafrica has practitioners who are qualified and registered to 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. 


Diversity at ENSafrica

Recognising Diversity is one of ENSafrica’s four core values. We believe that excellence and the ability to provide novel solutions for our clients are strongly ameliorated by the coming together of practitioners with diverse backgrounds, skillsets and perspectives.

ENSafrica demonstrably embraces our unique differences which extend across genders, life choices, locations, culture, race and more. Our people are given equal opportunities and special allowances are proactively made for unique circumstances and for those who were previously marginalised or suffered discrimination.

Pro bono and corporate social investment

We are deeply aware of the socio-economic context in which we operate. We are committed to offering access to justice, free of charge, to qualifying disadvantaged individuals through our two pro bono offices in Alexandra (Johannesburg) and Mitchells Plain (Cape Town). These offices, which were the first of their kind in South Africa, provide free, high-quality legal services to the community from within the community. All ENSafrica practitioners in South Africa, regardless of rank, render at least 32 hours of pro bono service per year to this initiative, which is 50% more than is required by the Legal Practice Council. We also provide commissioners for the small claims courts that are run in our pro bono offices. We also recently launched a pro bono offering in Windhoek, Namibia.

In addition, through all our offices, we provide free legal services (pro amico) to a variety of causes and projects, and we donate funding and resources to a number of interest groups and organisations.

B-BBEE in South Africa

As an African law firm, we are committed to Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) in South Africa. B-BBEE is a constitutionally mandated objective of the South African Government which seeks to address the legacy of apartheid through legislation and policy aimed at increasing the participation of black people in the economy.

It consists of measures and initiatives aimed at increasing levels of equity ownership by black people in businesses operating in South Africa, increasing the number of black people who participate in management roles in businesses, improving the skills of black employees, assisting black owned SMMEs, procuring goods and services from businesses that are good contributors to B-BBEE, and corporate social investment.