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

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

Ghana > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

NanaAma Botchway heads the department at N. Dowuona & Company, which advises on numerous complex domestic and cross-border transactions, including inbound investments, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures between large local corporates and multinational companies. It is also known for its work on large-scale project developments and for its advice on infrastructure projects. In addition, the group garners praise for its work in the technology sector; it has recently been advising companies on fintech regulations and finance payment systems. It also receives a steady flow of instructions from major international law firms. Achiaa Akobour Debrah is a name to note in the group, which recently expanded further with the arrival of Alex Calloway as an international transaction advisor from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

Practice head(s):

NanaAma Botchway


‘The firm is an extremely client-focused and solutions-driven firm. In my years of experience as an in-house counsel, I have worked with several law firms. This firm stands out in a positive way’.

‘Nana-Ama Botchway is client-focused, solutions driven. She exhibits a clear depth of legal, regulatory and commercial experience in Ghana’.

Key clients

Acumen Resilient Agricultural Fund

Atlantic Terminal Services Limited

Brassica Capital

Occidental Petroleum Corporation


British American Tobacco

Bolt Operations

BP Oil International

Charles Russel Speechly

Christie Brown

Clyde & Co

D’Appolonia Engineers



DLocal LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer


Helios Fairfax

Helios Towers

Hilton Worldwide




Norton Rose Fulbright

Trinity International

Upfield Holdings B.V.

Work highlights

  • Advised Acumen Resilient Agricultural Fund on its Pre-Series A investment into Farmerline Group.
  • Advising one of the leading Ghanaian fashion brands on its corporate structuring, regulatory compliance, employment and real estate matters in anticipation of a potential debt and equity financing.
  • Advised a pan-African bank with a due diligence review of a Ghanaian-based fintech company that has extended credit to thousands of customers over mobile phones.

Ghana > Infrastructure projects Tier 1

The versatile team at N. Dowuona & Company handles all aspects of projects, from advising on the financing aspects through to project development. It is also well placed to provide regulatory advice to its clients, which include local and international public and private sector developers and contractors. The team also receives a regular stream of instructions from landlords and tenants as well as service and technology providers. Under the leadership of NanaAma Botchway, the group continues to work on a wide variety of matters, from PPPs and large-scale property developments to infrastructure projects. Achiaa Akobour Debrah is also recommended for her work on several significant projects.

Practice head(s):

NanaAma Botchway

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Prime Meridian Docks

Sentinel Global Advisers

Atlantic Terminal Services Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Atlantic Terminal Services on the development of a multipurpose integrated container terminal at the Takoradi Port in Ghana.
  • Advising Tema Oil Refinery on a proposed transaction pursuant to which certain assets and equipment of the Tema Oil Refinery will be made available to a third party to be used for refining activities.
  • Advised Team Engineering and Vision Consult on the procurement phase of the construction of 1,100km of standard gauge railway line from the port of Tema to Ouagadougou.

Ghana > Banking and finance Tier 2

Under the leadership of Achiaa Akobour Debrah, the first-rate team at N. Dowuona & Company covers a host of banking and finance work as well as project financing and cross-border investments. Clients include financial institutions, borrowers, lessees and other players in the capital markets. It regularly advises large multinational companies from various sectors, such as telecoms, technology and renewable energy, and it is also receiving an increasing number of referrals from international law firms. NanaAma Botchway and Alex Calloway are among the other well-respected members of the department.

Practice head(s):

Achiaa Akobour Debrah

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Water Equity Inc

Atlantic Terminal Services Limited

Caterpillar Financial Services

AgDevCo Limited

Prime Meridian Docks Limited

Bolt Holdings OU

SFC Finance Ltd

Alma Impact Debt

Work highlights

  • Advised Water Equity Inc. on the proposed grant of secured and unsecured debt financing to various financial institutions in Ghana.
  • Advised Alma Impact Debt on the grant of a term loan facility to a Sub-Saharan financial services group, with a Ghanaian operating affiliate.
  • Advised AgDevCo on the grant of a loan facility to a leading Ghanaian agribusiness company.

Ghana > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Spearheaded by Gwendy Miranda Bannerman, the team at N. Dowuona & Company has a focus on assisting corporate clients resolve disputes through mediation, arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, and is also adept in handling disputes before various regulatory authorities. The group has been busy advising on numerous disputes ranging from commercial debts to labour cases. Key clients include large and medium corporates in the petroleum industry as well as other sectors, such as mining, engineering and publishing. At the associate level, Naa Kwaamah Owusu Baafi is another notable member of the department.

Practice head(s):

Gwendy Bannerman

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

World Carrier Corporation

Tereos Commodities

Tree Global


Enterprise Projects Ventures Limited

Milife Insurance Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised INOX on the registration and enforcement of a Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre award in Ghana for enforcement against a local engineering company.
  • Advised a client on innovative ways of recovering high-value commercial claims in the specialised commercial courts in Ghana.
  • Advised and represented Tereos Commodities (a Swiss company) on the enforcement of a UK arbitral award in Ghana.

Ghana > Energy Tier 2

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.

Corporate and commercial NanaAma Botchwaynanaama@ndowuona.com+233 244 319936
Property and construction NanaAma Botchwaynanaama@ndowuona.com+233 244 319936
Energy and infrastructure NanaAma Botchwaynanaama@ndowuona.com+233 244 319936
Banking and finance NanaAma Botchwaynanaama@ndowuona.com+233 244 319936
Dispute resolution Gwendy Miranda Bannermangwendy@ndowuona.com+233 202 014464
Number of lawyers : 13
Ghana Bar Association
Law Society of England and Wales
Loan Market Association