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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: 8
Number of lawyers: 25
Languages: English, French

Firm Overview:
Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah (BEL&A) was founded in Kojo Bentsi-Enchill. BELA has since grown into eight partners and a total of 25 fee-earners. The firm is full-service law firm, structured into four main specialised partner-led practice groups, namely: energy and infrastructure, financial institutions and capital markets, corporate and commercial and litigation and dispute resolution. The firm is a member of Lex Mundi and Lex Africa.

PRACTICE AREAS
Energy & Infrastructure
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Financial Institutions & Capital Markets
Corporate & Commercial

Main Areas of Practice:

Energy & Infrastructure:
2 partners, 8 fee earners based in Ghana
■Advising an international oil exploration and production (“E&P”) company in connection with the refinancing of a US$1.5 billion loan facility for its projects in Ghana
■Advising an international oil E&P company with respect to regulatory matters arising from its Petroleum Agreements, changes in law and its stabilisation clause with the government of Ghana
■Advising an international oil E&P company in connection with the negotiation of certain agreements for its proposed development of a petroleum block
■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
■Ghana Counsel for an international power company in connection with its proposed development of two waste incineration (waste-to-power) projects
■Imara Corporate Finance: Ghana Counsel on a USD500 million mineral royalties fund
■Ministry of Finance: Acting as consultant for the Preparation of Regulations for the Public Private Partnership Law in Ghana
■Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund: Advice and due diligence on development and financing a US112m hospitality infrastructure project
■Ecobank: Acting for commercial lenders relating to amendments to a US$400m facility for financing and refinancing of certain airport developments in the Republic of Ghana
■Grit Real Estate Income Group Limited: In preparation for the Group’s listing on the LSE provided advice and due diligence on a mixture of asset and share acquisitions of four A-list properties in Accra within the groups portfolio
■GCC Resorts Limited: Acting as local counsel relating to the financing of Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra and The Galleria, a luxury shopping Mall in Accra
Key Clients: Ecobank Ghana Limited, Ministry of Finance, Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund, Appolonia Development Company Limited, GCC Resorts Limited, AngloGold Ashanti (GH) Ltd., Kosmos Energy Ghana HC, Vitol SA, Vivo Energy
Contact: Kojo Bentsi-Enchill / Divine Kwaku Duwose Letsa
Email: [email protected] / [email protected]

Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
2 partners, 6 fee earners based in Ghana
■Ecobank , Ghana Commercial Bank, Bank of Africa, First National Bank: General litigation representation
■AngloGold Ashanti (Ghana) Limited: General litigation representation
■Keegan Resources: general legal representation including disputes over some of their mining concessions
■Vodafone Ghana Limited: General litigation representation
Key Clients: AngloGold Ashanti, Ericsson AB Ghana, Vodafone Ghana Ltd, ATC Towers Ghana Limited, University of Ghana, National Petroleum Authority and Bankswitch Ghana Limited
Contact: Ace Anan Ankomah, Daad Akwesi
Email: [email protected]; [email protected]

Financial Institutions & Capital Markets:
2 partners, 5 fee earners based in Ghana
Controller ABS Plc: Advising it on the establishment of a receivables-backed bond issuance programme and listing of the bonds on the Ghana Fixed Income Market
■Enterprise Group Limited (EGL): Advised on acquisition of shares in the subsidiaries of EGL and co-investment in a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for the holding of the majority shareholding in EGL and in connection with EGL’s rights issue to raise up to USD 50 million to fund its expansion into West Africa
■Syndicate lenders: Advised a syndicate of international and local lenders on their USD 1.3 billion trade financing facility to Ghana Cocoa Board for the purchase of cocoa beans for the 2017/2018 crop season
■Societe Generale Ghana Limited (SG Ghana): Advised SG on its bonus issue and rights issue to raise up to GHS 267,000,000 and additional listing of new issued shares on the Ghana Stock Exchange
■Access Bank Rights Issue (Access Bank): Advised Access Bank on its rights issue to raise up to GHS 300,000,000 and additional listing of new issued shares on the Ghana Stock Exchange
■Scancom Plc (MTN Ghana): IPO offer of up to 35% of its shares through listing on the Ghana Stock Exchange
Key Clients: LeapFrog Investment, African Export-Import Bank, Scancom Plc, International Finance Corporation, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Citi Bank, CAL Bank, Stanbic Bank Ghana Limited, Ghana International Bank, Quantum Terminal Plc, Oasis Capital Ghana Limited and Societe Generale Ghana Limited
Contact: Seth Kwasi Asante / Frank Nimako Akowuah 
Email: [email protected] / [email protected]

Corporate Commercial:
2 partners, 5 fee earners based in Ghana
■Advised the Carlyle Group on the proposed acquisition of Eaton Towers Ghana Limited’s licence
■Webber Wentzel - Conducted limited due diligence on an internet service provider in Ghana as part of a proposed acquisition of shares in its holding company
■Acted as external counsel to Scancom PLC (MTN Ghana) on a GHS 510,000,000 Ghana Cedis syndicated facility
■FHI 360 Ghana: Advised on termination of employment
■Mckinsey & Company: Legal due diligence
■Sanford Health: Advice on redundancy and legal representation in NLC proceedings and labour department
■Suntory: Advice on mutual termination
■AgDevCo Limited: A loan facility by AgDevco Limited to Babator Farming Company for the establishment of an irrigated arable farm. Review of loan agreement, investment agreement and drafting of security documents. Stamping and registration of security documents
Key Clients: Ghana Telecommunications Company Limited, ATC Ghana Limited, Samsung Electronics West Africa Limited, Cargill Financial Services International, AgDevCo Limited, FHI 360 Ghana and McKinsey & Company
Contact: Susan Barbara Adjorkor Kumapley / Angela Gyasi
Email: [email protected] / [email protected]