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JLD & MB Legal Consultancy

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Provided by JLD & MB Legal Consultancy
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Head of Chambers: Merene Benyah

Partners: Lily Acquaye; ([email protected]); Zoe Phillips Takyi Appiah ([email protected]); Akosua Apea Osafo ([email protected])

Language: English


FIRM OVERVIEW


JLD & MB Legal Consultancy (“JLD & MB” or the “Firm”) provides top tier legal services in all areas of corporate and commercial practice with a particular focus in the following practice areas: Oil and Gas; Minerals and Mining; Energy and Natural Resources; Banking and Finance (including Capital Markets and Fintech); Corporate and Commercial Transactions; Mergers and Acquisitions; Infrastructure, Telecommunications and Aviation.


This expertise is evident from the transactions undertaken by the Firm and testimonials from the Firm’s clients which includes listed companies, multinationals, state-owned enterprises and corporate entities across a wide range of industry sectors. The Firm has been ranked by Legal500, Chambers and Partners and IFLR.


JLD & MB was named Ghana Law Firm of the Year at the Chambers Africa Awards 2022 and at the IFLR Awards 2021, Africa.


MAIN PRACTICE AREAS


Minerals and Mining

  • Provided legal advice to a local mining support services company on legal and regulatory issues in relation to a joint venture with a subsidiary of an Australian-listed company.
  • Advised AngloGold Limited on its merger with AngloGold Ashanti Limited.
  • Conducted due diligence on the mining interests of a Ghanaian lithium mining company to facilitate acquisition of significant equity interest by a NASDAQ-listed mining company.


Oil and Gas

  • Provided legal advice on solvent winding-up of a local oil and gas company by way of private liquidation.
  • Assisted with transactional structuring and negotiations in respect of acquisition of a local petroleum agreement in respect of the South Deepwater Tano Oil Block by a Ghanaian company.
  • Lead counsel and lead negotiator in the conclusion of a petroleum agreement with the government of Ghana and the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation for petroleum exploration and production rights.


Banking and Finance

  • Legal counsel to German-based bank in connection with a Euler-Hermes-covered export financing facility agreement between the bank as a lender and a local agricultural company for circa €6,420,000.
  • Local counsel to a Netherlands-based bank in relation to export financing to a Ghanaian company for circa EUR20.5 million.
  • Provided advice on the legal structure of a GHS5 billion liability management programme for the government of Ghana by a local bank.
  • Reviewed transactional documents and provided a legal opinion on the capacity of a Ghanaian ministerial body to enter into a credit facility agreement worth €65million.


Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Undertook due diligence on four mining assets and reviewed transaction documents on behalf of a Chinese governmental organization.
  • Provided legal advice on the acquisition of an Australian company and its mining subsidiaries in Ghana.
  • Conducted due diligence on the mining interests of a Ghanaian lithium mining company to facilitate acquisition of significant equity interest in the company by a NASDAQ-listed mining company.
  • Undertook due diligence on three life insurance companies considering a merger and provided legal advisory services in respect of same.


Capital Markets

  • Provided advice to a Canadian and Frankfurt-listed mining company on its listing on the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE), being the first mining exploration company listed on GSE.
  • Conducted regulatory and compliance review of a local subsidiary for the purposes of prospectus disclosures required by the Securities Commission Malaysia with respect to a multibillion RM secondary equity capital raise by its Malaysian holding company.

KEY/ NOTABLE CLIENTS


Yinson Production West Africa Limited

Cardinal Resources, Kinross Gold Corporation

Iron Ridge Resources, BP Oil International Limited

Tullow Oil Ghana; Vantage Drilling

Fidelity Bank Limited

Citi N.A, Ghana Rep Office

AKA Ausfuhrkredit-Gesellschaft mbH (AKA Bank)

Access Bank (Ghana) plc,

Heritage Oil

Lukoil Overseas Ghana Tano Limited

Zeepay Ghana Limited

Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund.

GEOGRAPHICAL STRENGTHS & ALLIANCES

The Firm maintains both a national and international client base. In Ghana, the Firm provides trans-regional services and has clients and business partners across several regions including in Kumasi, Bolgatanga and Takoradi.

The Firm collaborates with major international law firms including Dentons, Baker & Mckenzie, Slaughter and May and Clifford Chance, and is a member of the Nextlaw Referral Network, which helps to ensure that the Firm is at the forefront of international legal developments and international best practice.

The Firm also maintains a strong network of business partners and associations in-country including EY Ghana; PwC Ghana and the Ghana Association of Restructuring and Insolvency Advisors (GARIA), ensuring a seamless comprehensive service-delivery.

CONTACT

Address: 1B Quartey Papafio Avenue, Airport Residential Area, Accra

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: +233 (0)302 784298 / (0)302 782711)

Fax: +233 (0)302 784477

Ranked Offices

Provided by JLD & MB Legal Consultancy

Ghana - Head office

JLD & MB Legal Consultancy rankings

Global Guide 2022
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Band
Ghana
Banking & Finance
1 Ranked Lawyer
Lawyers
Lily Acquaye
Spotlight Table
Corporate/Commercial
1 Department
1 Ranked Lawyer
Department
Corporate/Commercial
2
Corporate/Commercial
2
Band 2
Lawyers
2
Merene Botsio Benyah
2
Band 2
Projects & Energy
1 Department
1 Ranked Lawyer
Department
Projects & Energy
2
Projects & Energy
2
Band 2
Lawyers
1
Merene Botsio Benyah
1
Band 1
Other Lawyers
Lawyers
Akosua Apea Osafo
Unranked
Zoe Phillips Takyi-Appiah
Zoe Phillips Takyi-Appiah
Unranked