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Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah

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Senior Partner: Kojo Bentsi-Enchill
Managing Partner: Ace Anan Ankomah
Number of partners: 10
Number of lawyers: 39
Languages: English, French

Firm Overview:
Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah (BELA) was founded in Kojo Bentsi-Enchill. BELA has since grown into ten partners and a total of 29 fee-earners. The firm is full-service law firm, structured into four (4) main specialised partner-led departments, namely: energy & infrastructure, financial institutions & capital markets, corporate & commercial and disputes. The firm is a member of Lex Mundi and Lex Africa.

Energy & Infrastructure
Financial Institutions & Capital Markets
Corporate & Commercial

Main Areas of Practice:

Energy & Infrastructure:
2 partners, 8 fee earners based in Ghana
■ Advised Kropz International SARL and its Ghana subsidiary on its admission to the AIM of the London Stock Exchange and a fundraising
■ Acting as Counsel for Strategic Security Systems International Limited in connection with the development of a 50 mwp photovoltaic plant on the Bui hydroelectric project site
■ Acting a Legal Advisors to the Government of Ghana on the proposed private sector participation in certain thermal assets currently owned by the Volta River Authority (VRA)
■ AngloGold Ashanti (Ghana) Limited: General Legal Representation
■ Imara Corporate Finance: Ghana Counsel on a USD500 million mineral royalties fund
■ Acting for Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund (GIIF) in connection with Legal Due Diligence and advisory services relating to the construction of an upscale hospitality project and GIIF’s equity investment
■ Acting as sub-consultant to PricewaterhouseCoopers Ghana Limited as legal Transaction Advisor to the Ministry of Transport for the Boankra Inland Project and the Eastern Railway Line ■Acting as sub-consultant to PricewaterhouseCoopers Ghana Limited as legal Transaction Advisor to the Ministry of Railways Development for the Kumasi Light Rail Project
Key Clients: AngloGold Ashanti (GH) Ltd., Kosmos Energy Ghana HC, Vitol SA, Vivo Energy. Ministry of Finance, Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund, Appolonia Development Company Limited, GCC Resorts Limited,
Contact: Kojo Bentsi-Enchill; Seyram Dzikunu
Email: [email protected];

4 partners, 4 fee earners based in Ghana
■ Vodafone Ghana Limited: General litigation representation
■ KPMG: General litigation representation
■ Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa (Pty) Ltd: General litigation representation
■ Aviation Handling Services Ghana: General litigation representation
■ Bank of Africa: General litigation representation
■ First National Bank: General litigation representation.
■ The Registered Trustees of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints: General litigation representation.
■ AngloGold Ashanti (Ghana) Limited: General legal representation including disputes over some of their mining concessions.
■ Stanbic Bank Limited: General litigation representation.
2 AngloGold Ashanti, Ericsson AB Ghana, Vodafone Ghana Ltd, ATC Towers Ghana Limited, KPMG, Stanbic Ghana Ltd, National Petroleum Authority and FBN Bank UK , First National Bank Ghana
Contact: Ace Anan Ankomah, Daad Akwesi
Email: [email protected]; [email protected]

Financial Institutions, Capital Markets & Insurance:
2 partners, 5 fee earners based in Ghana
■ Ghana Amalgamated Trust Plc (GAT): Advising GAT on its proposed equity investments in five (5) Commercial Banks in Ghana.
■ Syndicate of Lenders: Advised on their USD 1.3 billion receivables-backed trade finance facility to Ghana Cocoa Board for the purchase of cocoa beans in Ghana for the 2018/2019 crop season and the refinancing of purchases already made for the main crop season
■ Oasis Capital Ghana Limited: Advised on its equity and debt investment in a healthcare business
■ DLA Piper Nederland N.V -Top Up: Advised on its USD 10 million loan to Niche Cocoa Industry Limited for the financing of the purchase and construction of a 30,000 ton cocoa liquor processing line and supporting infrastructure
■ African Export-Import Bank: Advised on a USD 150 million currency swap arrangement with the Bank of Ghana
■ Bayport Financial Services: Advised on its extension and increase in the size of its existing bond programme.
■ Citibank, N.A./Overseas Private Investment Corporation: Advising on their on-lending and refinancing loan facility to CAL Bank Limited in relation to energy-related infrastructure projects meeting the bank’s eligibility criteria
■ Africa Trade Finance Limited/Citibank Europe Plc: on the USD 100,000,000 credit facility to CAL Bank towards financing the trade finance activities of CAL Bank
Key Clients: Ghana Amalgamated Trust Plc, African Export-Import Bank, Scancom plc, Overseas Private Investment Corporation , Citi Bank, CAL Bank, Stanbic Bank Ghana Limited, Bayport Ghana Limited, Izwe Loans Limited, Oasis Capital Ghana Limited, Union Bank UK PLC, Arqaam Capital, Bank Hapoalim B.M. and Societe Generale Ghana Limited

Corporate Commercial:
2 partners, 4 fee Earners based in Ghana
■ Acted as counsel for a confidential client in the proposed acquisition of all the equity of a target company which owns 2 major hotels in Ghana
■ Assisting a confidential client and the responsible Governmental Agency on a project regarding the upgrading of the biometic passport system in Ghana
■ Currently advising and assisting a private health facility in Ghana regarding the restructuring of its operations to enhance corporate efficiency and attracting finance, both private equity and debt finance and providing a platform for expansion of its operations
■ Assisting client with a debt restructuring of a telecommunications company and conversion of debt to preference shares
■ Assisting and providing legal advice on the negotiation of exit packages for over 2200 unionised and nonunionised ex-employees of 5 banks due to the revocation of their licences
■ Conducted legal due diligence audit on a Ghanaian company regarding the construction of a 4 star hotel resort and private game park. Review, advise and perfection of finance documents regarding the transaction.
■ Due diligence on the transfer of business by way of a share transfer and advising on the legal steps required to carve out the business
Key Clients: Cornerstone Capital Advisors Limited, ATC Ghana Limited, Samsung Electronics West Africa Limited, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Scancom Plc and McKinsey & Company
Contact: Susan Barbara Adjorkor Kumapley, Angela Gyasi
Email: [email protected]; [email protected]