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Denton Wilde Sapte has established an alliance with Ghana's largest firm Bentsi-Enchill & Letsa, taking its number of associated African offices to four
It is the first international firm to form an association in Ghana. Three-partner Bentsi-Enchill, based in Accra, was formed in 1988 by senior partner Kojo Bentsi-Enchill, with Kwaku Letsa joining in 1990. Since that time the firm has added a third partner and 16 additional lawyers. "The firm has been known to Denton Wilde Sapte since 1992; we've worked on a number of transactions together," said Dentons energy partner David Tennant. The two firms worked together for Samsung on the expansion of the Tema Oil Refinery. Bentsi-Enchill has advised a number of large international clients, including the International Finance Corp-oration on its $100m (£65.2m) loan to Ghana Telecom, and the World Bank on financial and business legislation in Ghana. Other international clients of the firm include Chevron, Kaiser Aluminium and Heinz-StarKist. It also provides full service advice to numerous domestic clients; and through its subsidiary Trustee Services the firm has the capacity to advise on due diligence and company secretarial matters. Dentons' work in Ghana has largely revolved around trade finance and energy infrastructure work. With the Ghanaian government looking to privatise a number of the state-owned enterprises, foreign investors' interest in the region has increased in recent years. The country is also rich in terms of mineral and natural resources. In 2000, for example, Dentons advised Barclays as agent bank on the syndication of a $300m (£195.6m) receivables-backed trade finance facility on behalf of the Ghana Cocoa Board. Dentons' other associated African offices are located in Tanzania, Uganda and Zam-bia. Although the firms have formalised their relationship, it will not be exclusive.