N. Dowuona & Company > Accra, Ghana > Firm Profile

N. Dowuona & Company
Solis House
GL-056-7567 Adembra Road
East Cantonments
Ghana

Ghana > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

N. Dowuona & Company routinely advises clients on large and complex inbound investment and divestment transactions, corporate acquisitions and joint ventures between large local corporates and multinational companies. Under the leadership of NanaAma Botchway, the team advises on corporate governance, intellectual property and licensing issues, tax mandates and other regulatory matters. The group is particularly well regarded for its expertise in investment structuring work, mergers and acquisitions and for its advice on large-scale property development projects (especially infrastructure projects). Recently the practice has advised some of the largest multinational companies, as well as start-up companies operating in a variety of industries spanning the private equity, oilfield services, construction, insurance and healthcare sectors.

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Key clients

Oppenheimer Partners Limited

Tiso Investment Holdings (Mauritius)

Prime Meridian Docks

World Kaihatsu Kogyo Co Ltd

Brassica Capital

GlovoApp

M-Kopa Limited

Pepperdine University

Work highlights

  • Advised Oppenheimer Partners Limited on its investment in a leading energy generation company.
  • Advising a multinational precious metals mining company on the proposed acquisition of a significant stake in one of the largest gold mining companies in Ghana.
  • Advised Tiso Investment Holdings (Mauritius) on the sale of a significant minority stake in a leading Ghanaian universal bank.

Ghana > Infrastructure projects Tier 1

N. Dowuona & Company advises on the full range of issues that arise in Ghana’s energy and infrastructure sectors, including handling the regulation of companies in the oil and gas, power, railways, ports and harbour sectors as well as those in the telecoms industry. The practice has also advised various mobile telecoms and telecoms service providers on a variety of regulatory matters. With NanaAma Botchway at the helm, the group has acted for companies involved in the midstream and downstream oil and gas industries as well as companies involved in renewable energy projects.

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Testimonials

‘The team led by NanaAma Botchway is very competent and responsive. The advice provided has been comprehensive. Apart from the strictly legal side of matters, they are also able to provide a wider context to their advice through their contacts with governmental and regulatory authorities which has been helpful’.

‘NanaAma Botchway is extremely knowledgeable and authoritative. Her team, including Achiaa Debrah is very responsive and easy to work with’.

Key clients

Team Engineering Spa and Vision Consult Limited

Prime Meridian Docks Ghana Limited

Statkraft SA

Helios Towers Limited

Puma Energy

GlovoApp

Temple Power

Work highlights

  • Advised Team Engineering and Vision Consult on the construction of a 1,100km of standard gauge railway line from the port of Tema to Ouagadougou on a DBOT basis.
  • Advised Prime Meridian Docks on the construction of a world class ship and rig repair and maintenance facility at the Takoradi Harbour, to be operated under a concession granted by the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority.
  • Advised an international construction and development company on its proposed participation in a water infrastructure system project being undertaken under a contract with a state-owned company.

Ghana > Banking and finance Tier 2

With Achiaa Akobour Debrah at the helm at N. Dowuona & Company, the team is well placed to advise on a broad range of financing transactions. The group also regularly advises clients on mergers, acquisitions, project financings and cross-border investments. Clients include financial institutions, borrowers, lessees and other major players in the capital markets arena. In addition, the practice has recently received an increasing number of referrals from major international law firms.

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Key clients

Helios Towers Limited

Tiso Investment Holdings (Mauritius)

I&P Afrique Entrepreneurs II LP

SFC Finance Ltd

Brassica Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised an ad hoc group of Term Loan B lenders and their security agent on the corporate reorganisation and restructuring of the existing debt of a multinational petroleum services company with assets in several jurisdictions.
  • Advised a multinational telecoms company on a convertible bonds issuance of up to $ 250m, involving the proposed issuance and listing of guaranteed unsecured senior notes.
  • Advised the lender, an SME-focused impact investment fund, on the provision of a shareholder loan intended for the financing of an infrastructure upgrade to a national hospital network.

Ghana > Dispute resolution Tier 2

N. Dowuona & Company assists corporate and commercial clients through mediation and arbitration proceedings and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Recently, the team has been busy advising on a myriad of complex issues from commercial debts and shareholder disputes to labour cases, and regularly handles disputes before regulatory authorities. Clients include large and medium-sized corporates operating in the petroleum downstream sector as well as the financial, engineering and publishing industries. Gwendy Miranda Bannerman leads the group.

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Testimonials

‘Responsive and collaborative team, excellent customer service, high in integrity’.

‘Gwendy Bannerman and Naa Atswe Konney. I have been dealing with these individuals for years and they are professional, trustworthy, disciplined, knowledgeable and dedicated’.

‘N. Dowuona & Company is good law firm. They are very reactive to our requests’.

Key clients

World Carrier Corporation

Blue Ocean Investments Ltd

Puma Energy Distribution

Kingdom Hotel Investments Blue Ocean Investments Ltd

Puma Energy Distribution (Ghana) Limited

Milife

Work highlights

  • Representing the local subsidiary of a multinational commodity trading company, which operates in the petroleum downstream sector, in commercial debt recovery actions.
  • Advised the receiver of a defunct commercial bank in the recovery of about $6m from a private oil exploration company.
  • Advised a global research and consultancy company, producing business intelligence in more than 35 countries, on recovering its overdue commercial debts in Ghana.

Ghana > Energy Tier 2

N. Dowuona & Company has an impressive client roster spanning local and international companies, leading industrial players in the oil and gas sectors, solar and renewable energy providers, and government-owned agencies. With NanaAma Botchway at the helm, it regularly advises on significant transactions in the oil, gas and power sectors including assisting companies in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors.

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Testimonials

‘Fast to respond to all questions in a timely and professional manner’.

‘The firm isn’t old guard, but rather innovative and culturally aware’.

‘Has become the go-to firm in Ghana for high quality legal advice for international investors’.

‘The Managing Partner (NanaAma Botchway) is commercially savvy and has US law firm experience’.

‘NanaAma Botchway leads the firm and gives clear and pragmatic advice. Achiaa Akobour Debrah is also impressive’.

Key clients

Oppenheimer Partners Limited

Statkraft SA

Puma Energy

Temple Power

Work highlights

  • Advised Statkraft on the acquisition of a UK-based multinational solar company by Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy.
  • Advised a multinational oil and gas company on the proposed changes to the legal and regulatory environment that could preclude its client from participating in significant parts of its existing business.
  • Advised a licensed oil marketing company on a proposed equity investment by a Sub-Saharan Africa impact investment group.

The firm: N. Dowuona & Company was established in 2011 by NanaAma Botchway-Dowuona. Its areas of focus include corporate and commercial, property and construction, energy and infrastructure, banking and finance. The firm’s team of creative professionals has varied experience in law and business. Since inception, the firm has advised on landmark and novel transactions in areas ranging from property development to large divestments and infrastructure projects.

Areas of practice: The firm’s corporate and commercial practice encompasses large, complex transactions as well as routine corporate advice. It advises clients on investment and divestment transactions, joint ventures, corporate governance matters and intellectual property licensing issues. The firm advises on a range of employment matters, including; drafting and negotiating senior executive employment contracts, immigration matters, compensation structures and creating sophisticated executive compensation structures such as employee profit sharing and carried interest allocation schemes. Clients range from established multinational corporations to start-up companies operating in a variety of industries, from private equity to oil field services to construction.

The firm’s property practice covers a broad range of real estate matters. It has represented leading local and international real estate developers in all phases of real estate investment, finance, development and operations. The firm has significant experience in hospitality, commercial and residential development.

The firm’s transactional experience in the area of construction law encompasses major construction projects such as containerized ports, road works, infrastructure related civil works, office buildings, hotels, commercial and residential complexes and other mixed-use projects. The firm also assists clients with planning, permitting and tax related matters. Clients include public-private sector developers, contractors, landlords, tenants, and service providers.

The firm’s energy and infrastructure practice spans the full range of legal issues, providing regulatory advisory services to clients who are seeking to comply with the changing regulation of the energy industry. It also has experience in assisting private equity firms seeking to invest in the energy industry. Clients are advised in both the midstream and the downstream sectors of the oil and gas industry as well as clients in the renewable energy sector. It advises mobile telecom and telecom service providers on regulatory issues. Clients include local and international companies in the oil and gas, energy and telecoms infrastructure and transportation sectors.

The firm’s banking and finance practice offers clients legal assistance with various kinds of financing transactions ranging from stock market transactions, to complex loan syndications, to other smaller private offerings. It assists clients, be they financial institutions, borrowers, lessees, or other players in the capital markets, to identify and manage the legal and regulatory risks involved in these transactions. The firm works closely with clients to determine the most appropriate financing structure for projects within the context of local legal framework. In addition to lending and borrowing representations, clients are advised on mergers, acquisitions, project financings and cross-border investments. Clients include funds, principal investing companies and corporate borrowers.

The firm’s dispute resolution practice assists its corporate and commercial clients through mediation, arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution processes. The firm also represents clients in disputes before regulatory authorities, as well as conventional litigation. It works with clients to develop a strategy that is efficient, commercial and cost-effective, and actively promotes alternative dispute resolution processes, in an effort to avoid the time-consuming and costly exercise of litigation.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate and commercial NanaAma BotchwayNanaama@dowuonalaw.com+233 244 319936
Property and construction NanaAma BotchwayNanaama@dowuonalaw.com+233 244 319936
Energy and infrastructure NanaAma BotchwayNanaama@dowuonalaw.com+233 244 319936
Banking and finance NanaAma BotchwayNanaama@dowuonalaw.com+233 244 319936
Dispute resolution Gwendy Miranda BannermanGwendy@dowuonalaw.com+233 202 014464
Number of lawyers : 12
English
Ghana Bar Association
Law Society of England and Wales
Loan Market Association