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LEX Africa

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Chairman: Pieter Steyn (South Africa)

Management Committee Members: Colette Kacoutie (Cote d’Ivoire), Rachel Mbai (Kenya), Dev Erriah (Mauritius), Pedro Couto (Mozambique), Beate Loch (Namibia), Osayaba Giwa- Osagie (Nigeria), Mamadou Mbaye (Senegal), FAyaz Bhojani (Tanzania), Alice Namuli Blazevic (Uganda), Sternford Moyo (Zimbabwe); Pathy Liongo (DRC)

Number of members: 29

Languages: Arabic, Afrikaans, English, French, German, Portuguese, Swahili, Indigenous Languages

Firm Overview:

LEX Africa is an alliance of leading law firms in twenty-eight African countries. Established in 1993, it is Africa’s first and largest legal alliance. Members specialise in general corporate, regulatory and commercial laws as well as dispute resolution. Each member is a full service law firm with expert knowledge and experience in both local law and the local business, political, cultural and economic environment.

With an almost thirty year track record of assisting and advising clients on their African business activities, LEX Africa’s offering effectively covers the entire African continent and provides a valuable resource for businessmen and investors in Africa.

More than six hundred lawyers form part of the Pan African legal team providing cross-border and local African legal solutions for clients wherever they wish to do business in Africa. Apart from the Alliance’s Chambers and Partners ranking, LEX Africa has many other accolades, including being a winner of the African Legal Awards 2020 - African Network/Alliance of the Year.

LEX Africa’s management office is situated at the offices of the South African member, Werksmans Attorneys. LEX Africa publishes popular business and specialist legal guides on doing business in Africa, mining, insolvency and restructuring and the enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards. The guides are available for download from LEX Africa’s website www.lexafrica.com.


Main Areas of Practice:

Banking & Finance, Investment Funds & Private Equity

Business Crimes/ Anti Corruption & Investigations

Competition/Antitrust

Construction & Engineering

Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions

Cyber Law, Blockchain, Fintech & Technology

Data Protection

Dispute Resolution

General Business Law

Healthcare & Life Sciences

Infrastructure, Energy & Projects

Insolvency & Business Restructuring

Intellectual Property

Labour & Employment

Local Investment Laws & Indigenisation

Media, Broadcasting & Communications

Mining, Environmental & Resources

Property Law & Real Estate

Tax


Member Countries:

Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, eSwatini, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Recent Work:

Angola: FBL Advogados - Joint Venture between German LSG Europa/Africa, TAAG Angolan Airlines and Airport Authority ENANA

Botswana: Armstrongs: Acted for the IFC in its ground-breaking listing of its Pan-African Bond

Cameroon: D. MOUKOURI & Partners: Advised two leading telecommunications multinationals in a merger project to form a jointly owned and controlled company in Central and West Africa. This joint venture company is the first to provide standard and technical interoperability services for mobile money payments and transfers in Africa

Ghana: Bentsi-Enchill Letsa & Ankomah: Acted for the Africa Trade Finance in connection with a USD 100 million syndicated trade finance facility to CAL Bank (Ghana) Limited to be used for funding forex trading

Guinea Conakry: Thiam & Associés: Assisted the lenders on the USD 823 million financing of Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée (CBG) for the expansion of its Sangaredi bauxite mine in the Republic of Guinea

Kenya: Kaplan & Stratton: The firm represented America Tower International, Inc. in their acquisition of 715 tower sites from Telkom Kenya Limited. This flagship deal marked the company’s entry into the East African market

Mozambique: CGA: Provided legal assistance relating to the Restructuring of the share capital of Moza Banco, S.A. and subsequent Merger between Moza Banco and Banco Terra, S.A

Nigeria: Giwa-Osagie & Co.: The Visa acquisition of shares in Interswitch Company. The firm represented Visa in the transaction and obtained the approval of Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Council (FCCPC) as well as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for the transaction

South Africa: Werksmans Attorneys: Advised Comair Ltd (Comair) in relation to the transaction contemplated by the business rescue plan which entails the acquisition of 99% of the shareholding in Comair by a consortium of investors, compromising certain individuals, and an investment vehicle

Tanzania: FB Attorneys: Advised Mantra on the application for a suspension of their Special Mining Licence

Uganda: KATS Advocates: Advised on the American Towers Corporation Uganda (ATC) – Eaton merger across six countries with Uganda being the most important component. Deal value is over USD 1.8 billion. Largest telecom merger in the region in 2019 and largest merger in Uganda in 2019

Zambia: Corpus Legal Practitioners: Legal representation to MTN Zambia, before the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, regarding a notice of investigation into allegations of abuse of dominance and anti-competitive trade practices instituted by Vodafone Zambia, a business competitor in the provision of telecommunication products and services

Zimbabwe: Scanlen & Holderness: Involved in a transaction to fund the largest independent Media Group in the country through introduction of fresh capital



Member Firms:

Algeria - Loucif + Co

Angola - FBL Advogados

Botswana - Armstrongs

Burkina Faso - SCPA Kam & Some

Cameroon - D. MOUKOURI & Partners

Cote d’Ivoire - F.D.K.A Association d’avocats

DRC - Pathy Liongo & Associates (PLA)

Egypt - Marghany Advocates

Ethiopia - GeTS Law Office

Ghana - Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah

Guinea –THIAM & Associés

Kenya - Kaplan & Stratton

Lesotho - Webber Newdigate

Malawi - Sacranie, Gow & Company

Mali - Satis Partners

Mauritius - Erriah Chambers

Morocco - I & I Law Firm

Mozambique - Couto, Graca & Associados (CGA)

Namibia - Koep and Partners

Nigeria - Giwa-Osagie & Company

Rwanda - Certa Law

Senegal - Mame Adama Gueye and Partners

South Africa - Werksmans Attorneys

Swaziland –Robinson Bertram

Tanzania - FB Attorneys

Tunisia - MEDLAR Lawyers and legal advisors

Uganda - Katende, Ssempebwa & Company Advocates

Zambia - Corpus Legal Practitioners

Zimbabwe - Scanlen & Holderness

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