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the firm enjoys a strong reputation across the African continent
Legal 500 2018

According to the United Nations, agricultural production is one of the most important economic sectors in Africa. With the population of Africa set to double to 2.5 billion by 2050, agricultural produce will play an increasingly important role in feeding the continent.

We understand that as your agribusiness expands through acquisitions, financing arrangements, intellectual property, trade arrangements and joint ventures, you will encounter many opportunities and challenges, including production, agri-tech, food safety, weather, water, finance, insurance and labour.

At ENSafrica, we are passionate about agribusiness in Africa and we recognise its importance for aspects such as food security and GDP enhancement. We have a deep understanding of the business and legal intricacies faced daily by agribusiness companies because we have a strong track record of working with top clients across Africa to overcome these complex hurdles.

With a wealth of expertise across all relevant areas of law, we can help you to find simple, creative and practical solutions in response to legal, regulatory, tax, exchange control and commercial challenges affecting your business.

We have the unique advantage, as Africa’s largest law firm, of being able to harness the expertise of more than 600 practitioners throughout the continent. We have 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.

what we offer

  • agri-finance
  • agri-processing
  • commercial structuring and transactions
  • competition
  • disputes
  • environmental
  • infrastructure
  • institutional investment (pension funds and insurers)
  • intellectual property
  • property and water rights
  • tax, VAT and exchange control
  • trade: international and local

experience

PROVISION
of USD50-million sugar financing to West Kenya Sugar Company by Barak Fund.
DISTRIBUTION CONTRACTS
for Saudi Basic Industries Corporation’s agri products across Africa, as well as import taxes and customs duties.
ACQUISITION
of the confectionary business of Chinese multinational conglomerate Alibaba Group by Rhodes Food Group.
WATER USE ENTITLEMENTS
as part of the valuation of farms by First National Bank and the Agricultural Development Bank of South Africa.
REPRESENTATION
of multiple land owners in connection with land claims in South Africa.
SALE
of Karan Beef’s ZAR5.2-billion feedlot and abattoir business to a consortium led by the PIC and Pelo Agriculture Ventures.
MARKETING AGREEMENTS
for Rhodes Food Group relating to East Africa (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda).
PROTECTION
of Omnia Group’s extensive IP portfolio of trademarks and patents for its fertiliser business and value added optimisation services for agriculture.
DISPUTE
between one of Africa’s biggest agribusinesses, Country Bird Holdings, and a Ghanaian-incorporated supplier of poultry products.
PROPOSED ACQUISITION
of Erindi Private Game Reserve in Namibia by a prospective foreign buyer.