AB & David Africa

The Pan-Africa Business law firm AB & David Africa (ABDA) is a pan-African business law firm incorporated in Mauritius to serve its world-wide clients engaged in business and projects in Africa. We operate from 9 cities across 7 jurisdictions in Africa and through “Best Friend” firms in 16 jurisdictions. We are therefore able to assist […]

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The Pan-Africa Business law firm

AB & David Africa (ABDA) is a pan-African business law firm incorporated in Mauritius to serve its world-wide clients engaged in business and projects in Africa. We operate from 9 cities across 7 jurisdictions in Africa and through “Best Friend” firms in 16 jurisdictions. We are therefore able to assist you in 23 African countries. Our focus is simple: to ensure businesses and projects succeed in Africa by helping clients minimise the risks associated with doing business on the continent.

Africa – great opportunities, challenging terrain

As the fastest economic growth region with an ever increasing middle class, opportunities for investing in Africa are immense and the margins are high. These opportunities cut across a number of industries. However, doing business or implementing projects in Africa can be a maze if you do not understand the terrain. Working with the right Africa-based international law firm is the key to the success of a business or project in Africa.

We are wholly dedicated to Africa and have designed our practice to make your experience in Africa simple and hassle free.

Over the years, we have earned the TRUST of our clientele, partners and the business community for:

  • Our unparalleled understanding of industry
  • Our business sense
  • Our ability to identify and advice on how to manage risk
  • Our immense worldwide experience focused on Africa
  • Our ability to reduce the bureaucracy
  • Our responsiveness

Experience/achievements

We have worked with several businesses, governments’ and multinational lenders. Our experience is excellent resource that adds value to business in the complex Africa environment. Several clients have commended us for our ability to reduce the bureaucracy and minimize Africa investment risk. We are available to assist persons/companies who want to do business in Ghana and explore emerging opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa.

AB & David’s practice is organised around six practice areas as set out below:

practice areas

1. Corporate and finance


Corporate transactions

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Incorporation
  • Due diligence
  • Compliance

Finance

  • Loan transactions
  • Banking
  • Capital markets
  • Trade finance
  • Project finance

Taxation

2. Energy, infrastructure and PPPs

  • Energy
  • Construction
  • Infrastructure
  • Public private partnerships
  • Property

3. Government business and policy reform

  • Policy development
  • Regulatory advice
  • Legislation drafting

4. IP, telecoms and technology


Intellectual property

  • Copyright
  • Trademark
  • Patent
  • Industrial designs
  • Franchise and licenses

Technology

  • Technology transfer
  • ICT

Telecommunication

Entertainment

Media

5. Dispute resolution & employment


Dispute resolution

  • Civil litigation
  • Advisory services
  • Domestic arbitration
  • International arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Conciliation
  • Negotiation 

Employment

  • Labour and employment
  • Immigration

6. Natural resources and extractive industries

  • Oil and gas
  • Mining
  • Regulatory advice
  • Permits and license

David Ofosu-Dorte

Senior Partner

David Ofosu-DorteDavid Ofosu-Dorte is a business law specialist with a focus on Africa transactions. He has a combined public and private sector experience spanning over twenty-five (25) years which cuts across finance, infrastructure and advice to governments. He founded a local law firm, AB & David, to become internationally renowned Pan – African practice with branches in six African countries. He also led the firm to earn the distinction as the first African law firm to earn the distinction as the first African law firm to receive the UK Law society Lexcel accreditation. He is recognised and consulted internationally and is trusted by clientele for his terrifically focused, hands-on approach and brilliant business sense (Chambers 2012) and regarded as one of if not the top project lawyer (IFLR1000, 2013).

David is also a council member of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) and chair of AGI’s Business and Promotions Sector. He likes to see things done and has been at the forefront of championing business interest in Ghana and African Countries.

Awards and recognitions

  • Who’s Who legal: Procurement
  • Who’s Who legal: Energy & Infrastructure
  • Legal 500: Leading Lawyer
  • Chambers Global: Corporate & Commercial (Procurement and PPPs)

Key transactions David has led include

  • Transaction advice to private sector party on PPP with NIA for the implementation of foreign identification management systems project.
  • Transaction advice to the government of Ghana on the upgrade and development of Tema PSC Shipyard.
  • Lead role advice on the issue of a $100m Medium Term Note for the only wholly dedicated mortgage finance company in Ghana.
  • Development of regulatory and institutional framework for the first ever Public Private Partnerships Law for Ghana
  • Advisory role $ 700m Water sector PPP project
  • Lead role on negotiation and legal work on Ghana’s US$547m Millennium Challenge Compact.
  • Lead role on the largest Sea Defence Project in Ghana (Keta)
  • Lead role – reform of land use law in Ghana
  • Counsel to Government of Ghana on international ICC construction arbitration
  • Lead role – Procurement and concessions reform for the government of Liberia 

Papers and presentations

  • International Construction Disputes in Ghana, 2013- Construction & Infrastructure Disputes (Global Law & Business Research).
  • Using PPPs to Bridge Africa’s Infrastructure Deficit – Emerging Legal and Institutional Issues (Africa Regional Forum of the International Bar Association (IBA), March, 2010).
  • A chapter on Ghana’s Procurement Rules – (Getting The Deal Through – Procurement).
  • A chapter on Ghana’s Construction Rules – (Getting The Deal Through – Construction).
  • Fast-Tracking The Procurement Of Infrastructure Projects In Africa – The Case for Ghana’s Railway (Address to the International Bar Association, Auckland – New Zealand, 2004)

Education/Bar membership

  • Master’s in public administration
  • Barrister-at-Law
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport UK
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Ghana Bar Association
  • Member, International Bar Association

Isabel Boaten

Partner

Isabel BoatenIsabel is the managing partner with AB David. Her experience is in the areas of public sector policy and legislative reform, banking and corporate finance, pensions, mergers & acquisitions and procurement.

She has advised on procurement and concession reform for the Government of Liberia, the financial restructuring of the power sector utilities in Ghana and conducted a diagnostic survey of key PPP transactions undertaken in Ghana.

She has also advised on key finance transactions in the residential and commercial real estate, downstream oil & gas sectors. She has provided regulatory advice on the establishment of companies in the financial services sector and has also advised on acquisitions and exits from local and multinational companies in Ghana. She advised on the establishment of a multimillion dollar pension funds for a key player in the oil and gas industry.

Isabel has also worked on the preparation of procurement and concessions regulations for the Procurement + Concessions for the government of Liberia and railway regulations for the Ghana Railway Development Authority.

Awards and recognitions

  • Law Digest Africa Awards 2015:
  • Young Managing Partner of the Year
  • Female Managing Partner of the Year
  • Who’s Who Legal: Procurement
  • Chambers Global: Corporate & Commercial
  • IFLR 1000: Banking, Capital Markets, PPPs

Some key transactions

  • Supervising lawyer: advice on Agricultural Development Bank IPO
  • Advice on the issue of a $100m Medium Term Note for the only wholly dedicated mortgage finance company in Ghana (Ghana Home Loans)
  • Advice to Ecobank Development Corporation on a $300m dollar transaction for the financing of the restructuring of a major oil refinery in West Africa.
  • Legal advisor on the financial restructuring of the power sector (ECG, VRA, and GRIDCO) in Ghana.
  • Transaction advisory for selection of a strategic investor for the upgrade of the Tema PSC shipyard (Government of Ghana).
  • Advice on repurchase agreements for the trading of securities (Petra Trust)
  • Advice on Exit of FMO from Trust Bank pursuant to the Ecobank – Trust Bank merger(FMO)
  • Advice on loan and security agreements for the development of office complex – Capital Place Project (First Rand)

Papers and presentations

  • Expert Opinion – High Expectations – Ghana’s Oil & Gas (Chambers & Partners Global Client Report – May 2010)
  • The Impact Of The Proposed Trust Bill On The Governance And Accountability Of Nongovernmental Organisations (NGOs) In Ghana
  • Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) Under the Local Government Finance Law

Education/Bar membership

  • Master’s in Public Administration (GIMPA
  • Barrister-at-Law; LLB (University of Ghana, Legon)
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Member, Ghana Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association

Ferdinand Adadzi

Partner

Ferdinand AdadziFerdinand graduated from the University of Ghana with a First Class Honours in Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) and also holds a Masters of Law (LL.M) degree from University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. He specializes in structuring transaction and project advisory services, construction and engineering and international Trade.

Ferdinand has also worked extensively for the firm’s corporate clients particularly in the areas of in Finance, Taxation and Regulatory Advice. He was part of the team that advised on the negotiation and implementation of Ghana’s US$547 million Millennium Challenge Compact.

Awards and recognitions

  • Who’s Who Legal: Procurement & Energy (2014)
  • IFLR: Rising Star

Some key transactions

  • Transaction advice to private sector party on PPP with NIA for the implementation of foreign identification management systems project
  • Supervising lawyer: loan transactions of $100m by Standard Charted Bank to a Telecommunication Company in Ghana.
  • Supervising  lawyer: financing of a tank farm by Standard CharteredBank up to an amount of $30m.
  • Supervising Lawyer: Loan and security arrangement for Bank of New York Mellon on a loan transaction with the Bank of Ghana.
  • Advice on the transaction to Urban Green Technologies to develop renewable energy (solar) in northern Ghana.
  • Advisory services to Hanergy Global Solar Power Group Limited on the development of solar energy in Ghana.
  • Advice on the transaction structure and financing arrangements for the development of infrastructure valued in excess of $700m for the production of potable water from the lower basin of the Volta River.
  • Supervising lawyer: Advisory services to Rotan Energy & Mitsui on a 660MW gas to power project for the Government of Ghana acting through the Ministry of Power.
  • Advice to Standard Chartered Bank on loan transaction between SCB and Cirrus Oil.
  • Advisory services to METKA for its engagement as a subcontractor for the supply, financing, installation, operation and maintenance of 10 new GE TM 2,500 aero derivative gas turbine for the production of power in Ghana.
  • Advice on all legal issues related to the entry into a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between Karpower International, a private power producer and the Electricity Company of Ghana Ltd and Ministry of Energy.
  • Advisory services to Standard Chartered Bank on a facility to Fuel Trade & Tema Fuel for the construction and operation of tank farm assets in Ghana.
  • Advisory services to Standard Chartered Bank on a facility to Chase Petroleum.
  • Advisory services to IFC on a facility for Tema Port Expansion Project
  • Advisory services to Mabani 7 on a facility from IFC for the construction of hotel, mall and residential project.
  • Task Team Leader: Development of PPP option for the development of a Diagnostic Centre at the Korle- Bu Teaching Hospital (IFC).

Papers and presentations

  • International Construction Disputes in Ghana, 2013
  • The World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement and Developing Countries: Strengthening the Dispute Settlement Mechanism.
  • Present a paper to Parliamentary Select Committee on Trade and Industry on “Background to International Trade: International Actors & Shaping Global Trade Rules and Practices”.
  • A chapter on Ghana’s Procurement Rules – Getting The Deal Through
  • A chapter on Ghana’s Procurement Rules – Getting The Deal Through

Education/Bar membership

  • Masters of Law (LL.M) University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.
  • Barrister-at-Law
  • Bachelor of Laws LLB( First Class Honors)
  • Member, International Bar Association/Ghana Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association

Anna Fordjuor

Partner

Anna FordjuorAnna has worked on assignments in Commercial Litigation & ADR, Real Estate & Property, Immigration, Family Law.

Anna has advised clients on a wide range of commercial disputes in and outside the courtroom. A methodical trial and appellate lawyer, Anna represents several major banks in Ghana and international clients in debt management and collection. Anna has also advised on significant key real commercial and contractual disputes. Anna is an alumnus of the U.S Government’s premier exchange program: The International Visitors Leadership Program.

Recognitions

  • Who’s who Legal: Commercial Litigation

Some key transactions

  • Representation in a dispute on the West Africa Gas Pipeline Project [Reported Case: Unanimous Supreme Court Ruling].
  • Successful representation of a German company in the Court of Appeal against a Ghanaian manufacturing company.
  • Currently representing one of Ghana’s top insurance companies at the appellate court in a million dollar suit.
  • Education / Bar Membership
  • Barrister-at-Law; LLB (University of Ghana, Legon)
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Member, Ghana Bar Association

Isobel Acquah

Of Counsel

Isobel AcquahIsobel has worked on assignment in corporate, asset and infrastructure, international transactions.

Isobel provides legal and business development advisory services in her capacity as Of Counsel, having recently joined the firm from Bank of America Merrill Lynch where she worked as the Director of Transaction Management.

She provides support on cross border transactions and works with international clients looking to do business in Ghana and West Africa.

Key transactions

  • Debt and lease financing for a range of asset types including corporate jets, rail, marine equipment, general commercial equipment and IT hardware and software.
  • Due Diligence and transaction management , Agriculture Development Bank, IPO
  • Infrastructure transactions including advising on construction of UK military of defence army barracks and development of port construction.
  • Transaction Manager on advice on Agricultural Development Bank IPO
  • Establishing new financial services businesses (subsidiaries and branches) and managing product expansions across various jurisdictions in the Middle East, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Africa.

Papers and presentation

  • Emerging Economies: emerging leaders: exploring the construction of leadership identities by ‘future’ African leaders in the UK financial services sector through the medium of interview narratives. key issues to note in the execution of derivative transactions in Ghana in association TCX Financial Market Event , Accra, Ghana

Education/Bar membership

  • Masters (MA) in Inter-Cultural Communication for Professions and Businesses
  • Solicitor of England and Wales
  • LLB Law and German (University College London)

Nana Serwah Godson-Amamoo

Associate partner

Nana Serwah Godson-AmamooNana’s experience has been in commercial transaction in finance, oil & gas, mining and energy. She has also advised on pensions, mergers and acquisitions. She consults on public sector and regulatory reform projects in Ghana and West Africa.

Some key transactions

  • Advice on corporate, finance, tax, regulatory and compliance issues
  • Advice on operating and finance lease arrangements in respect of equipment in the mining and petroleum sectors.
  • Transaction advisory on $510 million water production project
  • Establishment of a multimillion dollar Pension Fund.
  • Loan and security transactions for real estate development
  • Preparation of PPP Bill
  • Preparation of Regulations for the Public Procurement and Concessions Act of Liberia
  • Establishment of first ever Ghana Road Transport Authority in Ghana.
  • Advice to GE oil &N Gas Ghana limited on corporate governance and compliance
  • Preparation of regulations for the implementation of the Railways Act, 2008, Act 779.

Papers and presentation

  • Contribution to the Ghana Chapter of the Oil & Gas Law review (2nd and 3rd editions

Education/Bar membership

  • LLM in Transactional Commercial Practice
  • Barrister-at-Law; LLB (University of Ghana, Legon)
  • Member, Ghana Bar Association,
  • Member; International Bar Association, American Bar Association

Benjamin Kpakpo-Sackar

Associate partner

Benjamin Kpakpo-SackarBenjamin is a Harvard-educated transactional lawyer with over ten (10) years’ experience in project and corporate finance, capital markets, PPP’s and Tax. Benjamin has advised on significant transactions in the financial services, oil & gas, agriculture and construction sectors for major local and multinational clients. Benjamin trained at Latham & Watkins LLP (UK) under the International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA) Programme. Benjamin is an avid reader and loves to explore new places.

Some key transactions

  • Team member: advice on the Domestic Medium Term Note Programme issued by a Mortgage
  • Finance company in Ghana (Ghana Home Loans)
  • Transaction co-ordinator/preparation of project documents: due diligence on Tema PSC shipyard as preparatory tasks for the selection of a strategic investor. (Government of Ghana)
  • Transaction co-ordinator/preparation of project documents: advice to SOROS Economic
  • Development Fund on loan facility to Gadco Ghana Ltd.
  • Transaction Co-ordinator/preparation of project documents: advice on the acquisition financing of the management buyout of 11 hotel assets in Ghana.(Standard Chartered, UK)
  • Team Leader: dispute resolution advice on potential   dispute arising out a share acquisition in a non-banking financial institution (confidential).
  • Team member: Advice on Securities Trading in the form of Repurchase Agreements.
  • Transaction Co-ordinator/preparation of project documents: advice to AATIF in bridge loan facility to Gadco Ghana Limited

Education/Bar membership

  • Master of Laws, LL.M, Harvard Law School (USA)
  • Barrister-at-Law; LL.B (University of Ghana)
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Member, Ghana Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association

Vera Owusu Osei

Associate partner

Vera Owusu OseiVera’s experience has been in corporate finance, commercial transactions, mergers & acquisitions, tax and Intelectual property &Telecoms. Vera provides advisory services on Ghana’s investment regime. She works with international clients to establish their operations in Ghana and comply with statutory governance and instrument requirement.

Vera has trained at the London offices of Hogan Lovells International LLP under the Commonwealth Professional Fellowship program.

Some key transactions

  • Conduct of due diligence for asset purchase of a local company engaged in distribution and marketing of petroleum products
  • Due diligence for borrowers and guarantors for the development of office complex
  • Advice on the corporate, commercial considerations, finance and tax issues related to doing business in Ghana
  • Preparation of debt and equity documentation in respect of the development of convention centre
  • Advice on debt financing for the expansion of trade business for a Non-Bank Financial Institution and release of security by a mining company
  • Advice on the issue of US$600m facility for the issuance of Letters of Credit to finance importation of goods from suppliers for processing into refined Petroleum products
  • Provision of general legal advice to two well recognised international telecommunication companies on their business operations in Ghana.
  • Review of various legal documents for a $30million OPIC Facility for a Non-Banking Financial Institution for the provision of mortgage facility to private individuals
  • Assessment of regulatory, governance and related issues affecting the financial viability of the utility agencies in Ghana

Papers and presentations

  • Ghana: Judicial Corruption- TRACE Trends- A Compliance Conversation (November 2015)
  • Oil and Gas in Uganda and Ghana- Hogan Lovells Africa Newsletter- (April 2015)
  • Papers & Presentation
  • M&A- Making the Deal Work- Acquisition International (2014)
  • Driving FDI- Acquisition International (September 2013)

Education/Bar membership

  • Barrister-at-Law; LLB (University of Ghana, Legon)
  • Qualifying Certificate (Ghana School of Law)
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association,
  • Member, Ghana Bar Association

Wilhelmina Quist–Therson

Senior associate

Wilhelmina Quist–ThersonMina has advised on key finance transactions including advice to SOROS Fund, Shelter Afrique, PROPARCO, Ecobank Development Corporation, Ghana Home Loans, Zenith Bank, UK and First Rand Bank.

She has also provided financial advice for the development of residential and commercial properties in Ghana. Mina has worked on several Real Estate and Property Transactions.

She is an alumnus of the International Lawyers For Africa (ILFA) Programme and worked with Pinsent & Masons, UK.

Key transactions

  • Advice on acquisition of land and resettlement (Rotan Power Ltd)
  • Advice on acquisition of shares in a major cable producer in Ghana
  • Advisory services to Mabani 7 on a facility from IFC for the construction of hotel, mall and residential project.
  • Advice on Agricultural Development Bank IPO
  • Advice on the Domestic Medium Term Note Programme issued by a Mortgage Finance Company in Ghana (Ghana Home Loans)
  • Advice on Securities Trading in the form of Repurchase Agreements (Petra)
  • Advice on term credit facility to a Ghanaian Company (Zenith Bank UK)
  • Transaction advice to First Rand Bank on Facility for the development of Capital Place (Major commercial office complex) (First Rand)
  • Advice on Loan facility agreements for Shelter Afrique for the financing of the mortgage portfolio of Fidelity Bank (Shelter Afrique)
  • Advice on exit of an international financial institution in the Ecobank – Trust Bank merger.(FMO) 

Papers and presentation

  • Doing Business 2014 – Understanding Regulations for small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

Education/Bar membership

  • Executive Masters in Arbitration
  • Member, International Bar Association,
  • Member, Ghana Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association

Sena Abla Agbekoh

Senior associate

Sena Abla AgbekohSena has worked on diverse tasks including advising Clients on establishments in Ghana as well as statutory compliance matters. She has also undertaken several tasks, relating to Energy, Infrastructure and PPP. Prior to joining AB & David, she worked in a major IT firm for a few years where she worked primarily on projects subject to Ghana’s Public Procurement law.

Key transactions

  • Establishment advice on regulated industries in Ghana
  • Provision of transaction advisory services to the Ministry of Transport for the selection of a strategic investor on the restructuring of the Tema PSC Shipyard
  • Legal Assessment and review report on the various contract forms used by mining companies
  • Establishment of a Diagnostic Centre at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital under a PPP arrangement
  • PPP project for the development of Urology Centre of Excellence at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
  • Provision of Transaction Advisory Services for the dualisation of the Accra- Takoradi PPP Road Project.
  • Provision of Transaction Advisory Services for the development of a modern public market s through Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement
  • Advice to Horizon (Main contractor) on all legal issues related to the construction of the West Africa Gas Pipe Line project linking Nigeria, Benin, Togo and Ghana. Advice included but not limited to tax, construction, related to West Africa Gas Pipeline Treaty/Act.
  • Advice to Standard Chartered Bank on loan and security arrangement for a $100m facility to one of the telecommunication companies in Ghana / preparation of Facility Document.
  • Legal Advisory Services for the acquisition of an Oil Marketing company

Papers and presentations

  • Getting the Deal Through, Ghana 2015, and 2015
  • World Bank Doing Business in Ghana, 2015

Education/Bar membership

  • Barrister-at-Law; LL.B (University of Ghana)
  • B.A (University of Ghana)
  • Member, International Bar Association, Ghana Bar Association, American Bar Association

Martin Agyen-Sampong

Senior associate

Martin Agyen-SampongMartin has worked on assignments in commercial litigation & ADR, employment & labour, real estate and property.

Martin has represented clients in all courts in Ghana including the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. He has negotiated the Collective Bargaining Agreement with Trade Unions in the Construction industry and advised on general property acquisition.

Some key transactions:

  • Defense of a multi-million insurance claim.
  • Defense of one the Worlds’ leading development agencies in a labour litigation.
  • Representation of some of the leading commercial banks in Ghana in enforcement of loan agreements before the Commercial Courts of Ghana.
  • Transaction advisory services to a major Real Estate Developer for the development of beachfront resort town in the western region of Ghana.
  • Representation of a major insurance company in an ADR session.
  • Papers & Presentation
  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Adjudication in Conflict Resolution in International Business Transactions.

Education/Bar membership

  • Barrister-at-law, (BL) Ghana School of Law
  • Post First Degree – Bachelor of Laws (LL.B)
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A), University of Ghana
  • Member, International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Member, Ghana Bar Association (GBA)
  • Member, American Bar Association

Lesley Brown

Senior associate

lesley brownLesley has worked on assignments in the areas of Dispute Resolution and Employment, Government Business and Regulation.

Lesley has provided advisory services in various industries including Real Estate, Insurance and Energy. She has also represented clients in the Superior Courts of Ghana. She has negotiated collective bargaining agreement in the manufacturing industry.

Key transactions

  • Representation of some of the leading banks in Ghana in enforcement of loan agreements in the Superior Courts of Ghana
  • Advice on loan facility agreements to a leading mortgage company in Ghana
  • Advice on Oil & Gas transactions to some private companies
  • Supervising lawyer: Advisory services to Rotan Energy & Mitsui on a 660MW gas to power project for the Government of Ghana acting through the Ministry of Power
  • Advice on the transaction to Urban Green Technologies to develop renewable energy (solar) in northern Ghana
  • Advice on the transaction to Greenmax Capital Advisors and Home Energy Africa (HEA) to develop a 100 MW Solar PV in the Upper West Region of Ghana
  • Transaction advisory services to Globeleq Advisors Ltd. For the development of a 480 MV Fuel combined cycle gas turbine at Aboadze in Ghana
  • Advice to Astra Transcor Group on trading of oil and petroleum products in Ghana
  • Advice to Cargill International SA on petroleum product pricing in Ghana
  • Transaction advisory for the acquisition of shares in Justmoh Construction & Justmac Ventures by Nivet Group

Papers and presentations

  • A conflict at the heart of Ghana’s Upstream Petroleum Industry.

Education/membership

  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales
  • Barrister-at-Law
  • Masters of Law (LL.M) University of Aberdeen
  • Bachelor of Laws – LLB (University of Wolverhampton)
  • Member, The Law Society of England & Wales and
  • Member, Ghana Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association

Marie-Isabelle Oppong 

Associate

Marie-Isabelle OppongMarie-Isabelle has assisted on assignments in Energy, PPPs, Banking and Finance, Real Estate & Property, Labour & Immigration and Corporate Investments for a number of clients.

Key transactions  

  • Advisory services to IFC on a facility for Tema Port Expansion Project.
  • Advisory services to Standard Chartered Bank on a facility to Chase Petroleum.
  • Advisory services to Standard Chartered Bank on a facility to Bank of Ghana
  • Advisory services to METKA for its engagement as a subcontractor for the supply, financing, installation, operation and maintenance of 10 new GE TM 2,500 aero derivative gas turbine for the production of power in Ghana.
  • Advice on the transaction to Urban Green Technologies to develop renewable energy (solar) in northern Ghana
  • Advice on all legal issues related to the entry into a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between Karpower International and the Electricity Company of Ghana Ltd and Ministry of Energy.
  • Advisory services to Puma Africa Holdings SA on Acquisition of UBI Petroleum Limited
  • Advisory services to Harith General Partners Proprietary Limited and Africa Finance Corporation on the development of power projects in Ghana.
  • Advisory services to Puma Africa Holdings SA on Acquisition of assets of Grace Petroleum Limited.
  • Advisory services to Globeleq Advisors Limited on a build, commission, own and operate of a 480 MW (Dual Fuel) Combined Cycle Gas Turbine at Aboadze in the Western Region of Ghana
  • Advisory services to IFC on a facility for Tema Port Expansion Project.

Education/Bar membership

  • B.A (University of Ghana)
  • BL, Ghana School of Law
  • Barrister-at-Law; LL.B (University of Ghana)
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Member, Ghana Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association

Abena Banful

Associate

Abena BanfulAbena has assisted on assignments in Finance, Corporate, Property and Commercial litigation for a number of clients.

Key transactions

  • Loan and security agreement for the development of commercial property
  • Development of a transaction structure for the development of proposed purpose built city in Ghana
  • Preparation of a turnkey agreement for the development of infrastructure in the water sector.
  • Advice   on   loan   and   security   arrangements   for   loan   to   Fidelity Bank (PROPARCO)
  • Conducted a due diligence for the possible acquisition of wholly owned government bank by a prospective investor the acquisition of a quarry and a share of Justmoh
  • work on development of agreements for a Repo Platform
  • acting for the lender in various loan transactions to Fidelity, Rehoboth properties , Emerald properties
  • Advice draft the regulations for land use and spatial planning bill

Education/Bar membership

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Ghana
  • LLB (University of Ghana, Legon) Barrister-at-Law; LLB
  • Member, Ghana Bar Association
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association

Elsie Bannerman-Mensah

elsieElsie has assisted in providing advice to key clients in the areas of Corporate Governance,, Procurement, and Government Business and Policy Reform.

Key transactions

  • Worked as part of the team responsible for drafting the PPP Law.
  • Assisted in the review of the standard tender documents (STDs) for goods for the PPA.
  • Worked on the preparation of Due Diligence reports for various finance transactions.
  • Assisted in advising Norton Rose on a finance transaction as local counsel.
  • Assisted in providing employment and labour advice to several clients including Dow Chemical, WATH and Episcopal Relief Development.
  • Assisted in providing company secretarial services to companies such as Red Sea Maritime Services.

Education/Bar membership

  • BA (Sociology) (University of Ghana, Legon)
  • LLB (University of Ghana, Legon); Barrister-at-Law
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Member, Ghana Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association

Dumisani Tembo

Partner

Dumisani TemboDumisani Tembo, who is Managing Partner of the firm, has extensive experience in Government Business (Investment Regulations) in advising and processing investment documentation and licences.

He holds a bachelor degree of Laws (LLB) and is currently studying for a Diploma in Taxation. Dumisani is an advocate of the Supreme Court of Zambia and a member of the law society of Zambia.

Key transactions

  • Advise on processing of the Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements (IPPA) between the Zambian Government and the private sector such as Tiger Chicks, a division of Astral Foods of South Africa, an investment of Ten (10) million United States Dollars.
  • Corporate advisory services and lead Counsel for a United States based Company that was investing in a Forty-Two Million United States Dollars (US$42 million) food processing joint venture project with a local Zambian Company whose Memorandum of Understanding was signed during the Africa Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) Conference held in Zambia in June 2011 and opened by the then US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.
  • Dumisani is currently advising on Tax to various entities by way of opinions to NGOs and corporations and is therefore pursuing a diploma to be certified as a Certified Tax Advisor.

Awards & Recognitions

  • Country Contributor – World Bank /International Finance Corporation – Doing Business 2014

Sydney Mulengeshi

Partner

Sydney MulengeshiSydney has vast experience in negotiating settlements for a number of privately owned and quasi government corporations. He has litigated successfully for a number of these corporations and individuals. He is undoubtedly endowed with a unique skill in negotiating settlements in matters where parties decide not to resort to the courts of law.

He has also advised on key projects undertaken by private investors in Zambia. He has advised clientele on intellectual property and Portfolio investment.

Key transactions

  • Incorporation, Tax Registration and Investment Licences for Zhejiang International Construction and Engineering Company Zambia Limited (An Engineering and Construction arm of AVIC INTERNATIONAL). – The main contractor for the L400 which seeks to improve, construct or modernize 400km of roads in Lusaka

Recognition

  • Country Contributor – World Bank /International Finance Corporation – Doing Business 2014

Papers and presentations

  • Doing Business 2014 – Understanding Regulations for Small and Medium Size Enterprises

Liya Banda Tembo

Partner

Liya Banda TemboLiya holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Competition law from Kings College, London, a Masters in International Development from International University London and an LLB from the University of Zambia. Her expertise includes Corporate law and Competition law.

Key transactions

  • Provided expert services in the drafting of the ‘Competition and Consumer Protection Policy’ in Zambia
  • Served as team leader-legal- for Zambian delegation on the operationalization of the COMESA Competition Commission
  • Drafted the first ever Leniency Programme for the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission in Zambia
  • Drafted the first ever enforcement guideline for the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission in Zambia
  • Served as the Zambian representative on the International Competition Network – Cartel Enforcement Subgroup
  • Provided expertise in the formulation and drafting of the ‘Competition and Consumer Protection Policy’ in Zambia which formed the basis for the enactment of the current Zambian Competition and Consumer Protection Act, No.24 of 2010
  • Lead drafter of the ‘Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal Rules’ in Zambia

Brenda Mutale Chanda

Partner

Brenda Mutale ChandaBrenda Mutale Chanda is a holder of a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) from the University of Zambia (UNZA), an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is currently studying for her LLM with the University of London (Queen Mary).

Brenda has done property conveyance work for individuals as well as corporates for residential as well as commercial properties. She has advised commercial banks, mining companies, telecommunication companies and engineering companies on various business projects within and outside Zambia. Her expertise is in Corporate law, property law, banking and Finance

Brenda has advised commercial banks, mining companies, telecommunication companies and engineering companies on various business projects within and outside Zambia.

Key transactions

  • Drafted the comprehensive Contracts of Sale and all the supporting conveyance documents for Ekaya Estates, an Estate comprising 43 subdivisions located in Ibex Hill, an up market residential area.

Papers and presentations

  • Examining and highlighting the salient features of the Non-Governmental Organisations Act (Seminar Organised by the National AIDS Council, August, 2010. 

Yvonne Kose Chilume

Partner

Yvonne Kose ChilumeYvonne holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Botswana and a Masters of Law from the University of the West Indies. Yvonne has 23 years post qualification experience.

Yvonne’s expertise includes intellectual property, corporate and commercial law, and debt collection. She is the managing partner of the firm. She has been involved in a number of transcations including;

  • Preparation of Loan Transactional work for establishment of micro lending business of AFRITEC
  • Legal advisory work on debt recoveries for Standard Chartered Bank Botswana
  • Negotiation and preparation of JBCC –Construction Contract for Rural Industries Promotions Company –Botswana (RIPCO)

Papers and presentations

  • Botswana: Waste Management Legislation in Botswana, Francistown (1999)
  • Kenya: Policy Analysis of Tribal Grazing Land Policy: Ncojane Farms, Nairobi (2000)
  • South Africa: Technology Transfer and climate change: How can the issue of intellectual property be adequately addressed? Johannesburg, Eskom (2004).

Topiwa Chilume

Partner

Topiwa Chilume pngTopiwa holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Rhodes and a Bachelor of commerce from Rhodes University. Yvonne has 18 years post qualification experience.

Topiwa’s experstise includes Corporate, Mining, Energy, Real Estate, Commercial Banking & Finance, Insurance and Intellectual Property.

Key transactions

  • Advice on local financial services regulatory regime, formation of SPV and review of private placement memorandum for the placement of secured transferable forward sale contracts based on future delivery of commodity. Value approximately US$17 million.
  • Valuation, structuring, legal advice and negotiation for Photon for Project Blue, in a transaction to consolidate an industry.
  • Review of request for particulars, IPP project agreements and review of risk allocation matrix in Marubeni Corporation’s response to the request for particulars for Morupule Power Station’s Morupule B Phase 2 Units 5 & 6. Project equity was approximately US$250 million.
  • legal advice to BIFM on the shareholders agreement in the Public Private Partnership between BIFM, Outsourcing Botswana and Stocks and Stocks Botswana to build and maintain the new head offices for SADC.

Address

Our offices: Ghana, Botswana, Burundi, Liberia, Mauritius, Rwanda and Zambia and one representative office in London.