ENSafrica has the largest Chinese-speaking team of all the law firms in Africa and is able to provide you with the complete range of specialised legal and tax services.

Our dedicated Asia Practice Group advises Asian clients who are already investing in Africa or who wish to do so. Our key differentiator is that we have a proven track record of working closely with major Asian enterprises and enjoy a good understanding of the areas in which Asian companies experience difficulties when trading in Africa. We are fluent in Chinese, and are happy to conduct meetings and consultations in Chinese.

We realise that you need to find a trusted advisor to guide you on the African continent. We have extensive experience in working closely with major state-owned and private enterprises from Asia, as well as with prominent Asian law firms.

We also have an excellent understanding of the difficulties which Asian companies experience when doing business in Africa, such as cultural and linguistic differences, and business challenges relating to immigration, tax, mining and employment regulations.

We strive to get to know your business well in order to provide you with what you need on the continent. What sets us apart from other law firms is our deep knowledge of the laws, customs, languages and cultures of African countries and people, which enables us to navigate local markets, thus ensuring your peace of mind and the success of your investment, no matter where in Africa you choose to do business.

We have the unique advantage, as part of Africa’s largest law firm, of being able to harness the expertise of more than 600 practitioners throughout the continent. ENSafrica has a significant breadth and depth of experience and specialist expertise that spans all commercial areas of law, tax, forensics and IP.

As such, we regularly partner with specialists across the firm, meaning that we are able to assist with all aspects of all matters across all sectors in all African jurisdictions, ensuring that your legal requirements are handled quickly and seamlessly.

the firm enjoys a strong reputation across the African continent
— The Legal 500 EMEA Guide 2018

what we offer

We offer the full spectrum of legal, tax, forensics and IP services across Africa, including:

  • advisory service on treaties, conventions and practice concerning trade and commerce between African countries
  • african entry and expansion strategy into Asia
  • application for operating licences and regulatory approvals
  • asian entry and expansion strategy into Africa
  • assessment of tax implications of proposed investments
  • commercial disputes (international arbitration, court proceedings in local jurisdictions, mediation and negotiated settlements, enforcement of foreign awards and litigation support to foreign counsel)
  • consulting services in English, Chinese, French, Portuguese and Spanish
  • corporate restructuring
  • drafting and reviewing documents and negotiating commercial contracts
  • employment law-related dispute resolution
  • expatriate staff tax planning and tax compliance filing
  • formation of offshore and special purpose vehicles
  • immigration law and applications for permits
  • legal and tax due diligence
  • mergers and acquisitions advisory
  • negotiation support
  • registration of foreign investment enterprises
  • tax optimisation, foreign exchange control and customs advisory
  • transfer pricing advisory for goods imported from Asia to various jurisdictions in Africa
a pan-African powerhouse with a strong team of experienced and respected lawyers
— Chambers Global Guide 2018
ENSafrica understands how our business operates and adds value in the implementation of our transactions
— Chambers Global Guide 2018
ENSafrica has a giant and versatile team
— The Legal 500 EMEA Guide 2018

experiENS

USD6-billion
USD6-billion construction of a 2 600km gas pipeline between Mozambique and South Africa by China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau and ProGas Investment Group.
USD2.5-billion
USD2.5-billion development of the Swakop Uranium project in Namibia by the China General Nuclear Power Group.
USD1.5-billion
USD1.5-billion term loan facility by China Development Bank to Eskom for the Medupi Coal Fired Power Plant in South Africa.
USD650-million
USD650-million acquisition of Palabora Mining Company in South Africa from Rio Tinto and Anglo American, by a consortium consisting of China’s Hebei Iron and Steel Group, the Industrial Development Corporation, China-Africa Development Fund, General Nice Group and Tewoo.
USD385-million
USD385-million independent power producer project by China Development Bank involving the construction of a combined cycle gas facility in Ghana by the Cenpower Generation Company.
USD370-million
USD370-million facility to the Government of Ghana and Bui Power Authority by the Export-Import Bank of China for the construction of the 400MW Bui Hydroelectric Dam.
ZAR1.2-billion
ZAR1.2-billion acquisition by Hengtong Optic-Electric International of Aberdare Cable, the largest electric cable manufacturer in Africa, and its operations in Mozambique, Namibia, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain.
two wind power projects
Construction of two wind power projects with a combined capacity of 244MW by Longyuan Engineering South Africa, the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor.
Acquisition of land
Acquisition of land for oil production in Uganda by the China National Offshore Oil Corporation.
ongoing African legal advice
Provision of ongoing African legal advice to the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China.
the firm is frequently involved in the biggest deals in the market
— Chambers Global Guide 2018

contact

Kenny Chiu

executive
kchiu@ENSafrica.com

expertise

expertise

African regulatory and business intelligence
agribusiness
Asia
aviation
banking and finance
Broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE)
competition/antitrust
corporate commercial
dispute resolution
employment
environment
fiduciary
fintech
forensics
immigration
India
insolvency, business rescue and debt recovery
insurance
intellectual property (IP)
intelligENS
mine and occupational health and safety
mining
private clients
private equity
pro bono and corporate social investment
project development and project finance
real estate / property
shipping, ports and logistics
tax
technology, media and telecommunications