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Ranking tables

Global Africa-wide Investment Funds

This section ranks those firms and individuals advising in the world of investment funds. It covers work on behalf of sponsors and institutional investors, including fund formation, fund raising, investments, asset management regulatory matters, hybrid funds, fund-of-funds and spin-outs.

Band 1
  1. 1
    Mara Topping
    DLA Piper LLP (US)
    DLA Piper LLP (US) | Investment Funds
    2023 | Band 1 |
    Mara Topping possesses a wealth of experience acting for PE and VC funds, advising on the establishment and structuring of investment vehicles. Based in Washington, DC, she also represents a number of international development finance institutions, banks and other financial institutions.
  2. Nicole Paige
    Nicole Paige
    Webber Wentzel
    Webber Wentzel | Investment Funds
    2023 | Band 1 |
    Johannesburg-based Nicole Paige of Webber Wentzel has an excellent reputation in the investment funds field, focusing on fund formation and strategy. Her impressive roster of clients features a myriad of PE and VC houses, targeting investments across the African continent. Her work includes assisting with the formation and closing of female-owned funds as well as funds focused on renewable energy.
  3. Solomon Wifa
    Solomon Wifa
    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP | Investment Funds
    2023 | Band 1 |
    London-based Solomon Wifa of Willkie Farr & Gallagher primarily focuses his practice on fundraising and sponsorship, but he also assists with transactions and the deployment of capital. Peers laud him for his presence on the continent and his comprehensive advice to both general and limited partners.
Band 2
  1. 2
    Geoffrey Kittredge
    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP | Investment Funds
    2023 | Band 2 |
    Geoffrey Kittredge of Debevoise & Plimpton represents a number of distinguished PE funds and sponsors targeting investments in emerging markets in Africa. A highly regarded name in the London market, he has assisted with the establishment of funds investing in a range of sectors, including healthcare, agriculture and education.
Band 3
  1. 3
    Gerard Saviola
    Clifford Chance LLP
    Clifford Chance LLP | Investment Funds
    2023 | Band 3 |
    Gerard Saviola regularly acts for sponsors, including development finance institutions and institutional investors. He advises a number of prominent African PE funds providing capital to a range of sectors, including startups and SMEs. Based in the London office of Clifford Chance, he also has experience providing legal support to real estate, infrastructure and debt funds.
  2. James O'Donnell
    James O'Donnell
    DLA Piper LLP
    DLA Piper LLP | Investment Funds
    2023 | Band 3 |
    London-based James O'Donnell co-leads DLA Piper's global investment management and funds practice. He enters the Africa-wide rankings in this edition, in response to high praise from commentators, many of whom have seen him active on Africa-related investment fund matters. He is particularly noted for representing limited partners, and in particular, development finance institutions.
  3. John Bellew
    John Bellew
    Bowmans | Investment Funds
    2023 | Band 3 |
    John Bellew heads the private equity group at Bowmans. He operates an extremely well-regarded investment funds practice and is recognised as a household name in the South African market. Based in Johannesburg, he frequently advises on the formation of PE funds, also providing support on transactions and financing.
  4. Ian Warner
    Pinsent Masons | Investment Funds
    2023 | Band 3