ENSafrica Ghana, based in Accra, is a leading law firm in Ghana which provides advice on complex commercial transactions.

Our team is dynamic and innovative, offering outstanding client service while holding ourselves to high ethical standards.

Our key differentiator is that we combine technical legal excellence with commercial pragmatism and business savvy. Our lawyers understand how businesses are run, how markets operate, and how to provide pragmatic advice which serves the commercial interests of our clients, recognising that our growth is inextricably tied to our clients’ growth.

More than 70% of our work in Ghana is in the area of foreign direct investment and we are able to assist clients across all industries who are expanding into other parts of Africa. We advise some of the world’s leading organisations and bilateral agencies, and we also act for many indigenous Ghanaian companies and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

With a staff complement of more than 30, we have acted in some of the highest-value and most innovative transactions in Ghana.

We provide a full-service offering from our office in Accra, including banking and finance, capital markets, general corporate, projects, energy (including oil and gas), infrastructure, natural resources, regulatory and governance, commercial litigation and dispute resolution.

We offer a highly bespoke service because we recognise that one size does not fit all. Whether your transactions are large or small, complex or routine, you can expect the same level of attention and detail from us. We take great pains to thoroughly understand (and anticipate) your needs and then structure our services around those needs. Our advice is always framed in cognisance of the wider business environment within which you operate.

We also 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.

clients value the firm’s diligent approach and understanding of the local market, stating that the team is excellent, adding: They’ve been extremely helpful with a wide and extensive understanding and scope of the local conditions
— Chambers Global Guide 2018

what we offer

Our corporate and commercial team serves as general counsel for corporations and advises on all aspects of corporate life and business issues that result from day-to-day operations, from incorporation through their evolution and operations, including corporate restructuring and insolvency. In particular, we advise on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate governance, commercial contracts, technology, media and telecommunications (TMT), employment, and intellectual property.

Our energy, mining and infrastructure (EMI) team has advised on the construction of power plants, petroleum products, storage tank farms, major national roads, luxury apartment buildings and commercial real estate developments, as well as the financing, development and construction of most of the major malls in Ghana.

Our banking and finance team differentiates itself through high levels of specialised expertise and experience, including financial services regulation, leveraged finance, asset finance, debt finance and capital markets. We advise some of the world’s leading financial institutions on transactions in the primary and secondary financial markets, including bond issues, acquisitions finance, project finance, trade and commodity finance and equipment finance, including secured and unsecured credit facilities, and ranging from straightforward bilateral facilities to more complicated syndicated structured financings.

Our commercial litigation team has experience in all of the superior courts of Ghana, including the Supreme Court, the highest court of competent jurisdiction in Ghana, and our growing arbitration practice continues to receive local and international mandates. Our team also has experience representing clients before the National Labour Commission, tax tribunals and other quasi-judicial committees and tribunals.

provides expertise in litigation, arbitration and mediation to domestic and international clients with a particular focus on commercial disputes ... also specialises in dispute avoidance and optimal risk management
— Chambers Global Guide 2018
clients appreciate that the team is very thorough, detailed, precise and provides a good level of detail. The team does great work on the securities side and mortgage bond work
— Chambers Global Guide 2018
ENSafrica’s team is one of the best in this space and handles all aspects of projects law, including development licensing and permit assessments, as well as negotiating supply and off-take agreements
— The Legal 500 EMEA Guide 2018

experiENS

Amalgamation
Amalgamation of the Ghanaian business of a leading international telecommunications company with another telecommunications company.
Acquisition
Acquisition of the water business of a leading Ghanaian bottled water manufacturing company by a global beverage company.
Provision
Provision of company secretarial services and ongoing commercial assistance to leading Ghanaian companies.
Financing
Financing, refurbishment and expansion of petroleum transportation and storage infrastructure.
Scheme of arrangement
Scheme of arrangement by a mining company and its associated companies, involving over 1 000 creditors.
Defence
Defence of a multinational procurement entity in a dispute involving conflicting local and international jurisdictional standards for the manufacture of medication.
Disposal
Disposal of shares by a global bank in its Ghanaian subsidiary.
GHS10-billion
GHS10-billion domestic bond programme by a Government of Ghana-sponsored entity to refinance the energy sector debt of state-owned enterprises.
USD1.6-billion
USD1.6-billion financing and development of gas project.
Financing
Financing the development and construction of a tank farm in Tema, Ghana.
the strong team at ENSafrica provides spot-on advice on inbound investment transactions
— The Legal 500 EMEA Guide 2018

contact

Elikem Nutifafa
Kuenyehia

executive
ekuenyehia@ENSafrica.com

contact details

Accra offices
31 Ringway Estates
Asafoanye O. Broni Crescent
Osu, Accra
Ghana
tel: +233 30 225 3980
www.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