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LEX Africa

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Chairman: Pieter Steyn
Management Committee Members: Rachel Mbai (Kenya), Dev Erriah (Mauritius), Pedro Couto (Mozambique), Beate Loch (Namibia), Osayaba Giwa- Osagie (Nigeria), Feizin Amlani (Tanzania), Alice Namuli Blazevic (Uganda), Sternford Moyo (Zimbabwe)
Number of members: 26
Languages: Arabic, Afrikaans, English, French, German, Mandarin, Portuguese, Swahili, Indigenous Languages

Firm Overview:
LEX Africa is an alliance of leading law firms in over 25 African countries. Established in 1993, it is Africa’s first and largest legal alliance. Each member's key specialist focus is on general corporate, regulatory and commercial laws as well as dispute resolution.
LEX Africa effectively covers the entire African continent and provides a valuable resource for businessmen and investors in Africa. LEX Africa has a more than 25 year track record of assisting and advising clients on their African business activities. Each member is a full service law firm with expert knowledge and experience on both local laws and the local business, political, cultural and economic environment.
With over 600 lawyers, LEX Africa provides a Pan African legal team for cross border and local African legal solutions for clients wherever they wish to do business in Africa. LEX Africa’s management office is situated at the offices of the South African member, Werksmans Attorneys. LEX Africa produces popular business and specialist African guides, including on mining, insolvency and restructuring and the enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards. The guides are available for download from LEX Africa’s website.

Main Areas of Practice: 
Banking & Finance, Investment Funds & Private Equity
Business Crimes & Investigations
Construction & Engineering
Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions
Cyber Law, Block chain & Technology
Dispute Resolution
General Business Law
Healthcare & Life Sciences
Infrastructure, Energy & Projects
Insolvency & Business Restructuring
Intellectual Property
Labour & Employment
Local Investment Laws and Indigenisation
Media, Broadcasting & Communications Mining, Environmental & Resources
Property Law and Real Estate

Member Countries:
Angola, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Recent Work:
■Angola: Legal advice to the Angolan Government on international financing agreements with Chinese and European banks or international organisations of the World Bank Group; and legal advice to foreign banks in transactions with Angolan private banks and/or companies
■ Zimbabwe: Assisting client with internal investigations and financial audits in case of theft, fraud, business corruption. Conducting asset tracing and freezing. Providing watching brief in criminal prosecutions against company directors and executive management
■ Botswana: Advising the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources (MMEWR) in respect of transfer of shares from BCL Mine to Minerals Company Development Botswana (MCDB)
■ Ghana: Acting as sub-consultant to Pricewaterhouse- Coopers Ghana Limited as legal Transaction Advisor to the Ministry of Transport for the Boankra Inland Project and the Eastern Railway Line
■ Morocco: Legal advice to Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) in their partnership with OCP.
■ Zambia: Advisor to CEC Liquid Telecommunications Limited on the regulatory framework surrounding licensing requirements for the provision of video on demand services in Zambia
■ DRC: Advised an African Government against an oil company before an arbitral tribunal of the CCI in Paris regarding incompetence, the inadmissibility and the non-arbitrability of the dispute
■ South Africa: Advised COIDIC (Chinese governmentbacked infrastructure development and investment company) to set-up their South African operations
■ Kenya: Advising Sinohydro Corporation Limited on the development of various roads within Kenya
■ Mozambique: Recapitalisation of a banking institution within the scope of its intervention by the Central Bank
■ Guinea - Counsel to Chalco and Cosco in regard to their USD 700 million investment in a bauxite mining project in Boffa
■ Uganda: Advised a Chinese bank on a credit facility to finance a mining project in Uganda
■ Nigeria: Advised a South African company on its acquisition of three Nigerian companies

Member Firms:
- FBL Advogados
Botswana - Armstrongs
Burkina Faso - SCPA Kam & Some
Cameroon - D. MOUKOURI & Partners
Congo – Emery Mukendi Wafwana & Associates  
Cote d’Ivoire - F.D.K.A Association d’avocats
DRC - Emery Mukendi Wafwana & Associates
Ethiopia - GeTS Law Office
Ghana - Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah
Guinea - Thiam & Associés
Kenya - Kaplan & Stratton
Lesotho - Webber Newdigate
Malawi - Sacranie, Gow & Company
Mauritius - Erriah Chambers
Morocco - Bennani & Associés LLP
Mozambique - Couto, Graça & Associados (CGA)
Namibia - Koep and Partners
Nigeria - Giwa-Osagie & Company
Rwanda– AIMS Capital Attorneys
Senegal - Mame Adama Gueye and Associés
South Africa - Werksmans Attorneys
Swaziland– Robertson Bertram
Tanzania - FB Attorneys
Uganda - Katende, Ssempebwa & Company Advocates
Zambia - Corpus Legal Practitioners
Zimbabwe - Scanlen & Holderness

Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

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