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Firm Overview

 

Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah (“BELA”) is the leading corporate and commercial law firm in Ghana with broad expertise and experience in providing first-rate legal services for international and local corporations in all sectors of the economy.

Our mission is to excel in client service, contribute to the development of the legal profession and society in general. We tackle challenging projects creatively, conduct legal research and due diligence painstakingly, and offer fearless representation to our clients. We are able to offer commercially astute and innovative advice, due to the high calibre of our lawyers and the depth of our knowledge and expertise across a wide range of industries.

We are one of the first Ghanaian firms to offer a full service as well as specialized expertise in a number of key practice areas.

We work hard at getting better by recruiting the best professional and administrative staff, who develop through a wide range of continuing legal education activities.

We are team players and believe in meeting deadlines and delivering our work on time. We often work on major projects involving a wide range of parties and institutions, and will go the extra mile to ensure that the entire project is successful.

Lawyers

Name: Kojo Bentsi-Enchill
Title: Senior and Managing Partner
Degree: BA Political Science (University of Ghana) 1971, LLB (University of Ghana) 1973, QCL (Ghana School of Law) 1975, Mining Concession Law (Magdalene College, Cambridge) 1981

Name: Divine Letsa
Degree: LLB (University of Ghana) 1973, QCL (Ghana School of Law) 1975

Firm Highlights

Energy & Natural Resources


• Advising ENI Ghana E&P on $4.5 billion OCTP Gas project
• Advising VITOL SA on $50 million acquisition in downstream sector
• Keegan Resources (Asanko Gold Inc) on corporate group restructuring
• AngloGold Ashanti Ltd: advising on legal environmental issues
• Kosmos Ghana HC: Advising on $147million Secondary Public Offering
• Allens / Linklaters: advising on a US$550million loan facility to an Australian corporate group with subsidiaries in Ghana
Key Clients: Kosmos Energy Ghana HC, Balkan Energy, Eni Ghana Exploration & Production Ltd., AngloGold Ashanti (GH) Ltd, Hess Corporation, Castle Peak, Clifford Chance/Mitsui

Construction, Infrastructure & Transportation


• Zakhem International Construction Company – local counsel on securing the USD 8million required for the Kempinski 2nd round project financing, the re-development of the old Racecourse into a mixed commercial, residential and hotel complex under construction
• Counsel in Ghana to the lenders on questions related to Ghanaian law on the US$ 33 million development and medium term syndicate loan facility between Stanbic Ghana Limited, Rand Merchant Bank and Fairllop Property Developers Limited
• Sanford Health: advised with respect to the proposed purchase of the assets including leasehold properties to be re-developed of Micro Clinic Limited and agreement with Micro Clinic Foundation
• Lonrho Ports Limited (“Lonrho”): An extensive due diligence on the development of a free zone warehousing for storage and other terminals
• Renaissance Partners Investment Limited: Ghanaian legal counsel to Renaissance Partners Investment Limited with respect to Renaissance’s acquisition of land at (Takoradi) and Kpone - Appolonia for development into mixed-used model modern cities
Key Clients: Renaissance Partners Investment Limited, Sanford Health, Zakhem Construction Limited

Litigation & Dispute Resolution


• Access Bank, Ecobank, Stanbic Bank, Barclays Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, SG-SSB: General litigation representation
• Meridian Port Holdings Ltd: Ghana counsel in a dispute over a Concession Agreement over the lease, building and operation of Port Container Handling & Services Terminal at the nation’s premier commercial harbour
• AngloGold Ashanti (Ghana) Limited: General litigation representation
• Bankswitch Ghana Limited (Ghana): Ghana counsel in international arbitration between Bankswitch and the Government of Ghana
• Balkan Energy Company: Ghana counsel in international arbitration and local litigation against the Government of Ghana regarding a Power Purchase Agreement
Key Clients: AngloGold Ashanti, Balkan Energy, Stanbic, Guinness Ghana Breweries, Kasapa Telecom, Exim Bank, Dechert LLP, ATC Towers Ghana Limited, University of Ghana and American International School.

Financial Institutions, Capital Markets & Insurance


• Fidelity Bank Ghana Limited: US$67.3million Capital Raising
• LeapFrog Investment: Investment in Petra Trust Limited
• LeapFrog Investment: Exit from Express Life Insurance Limited
• Mega African Capital Limited: List on Ghana Stock Exchange
• Izwe Loans Ghana Limited: GHS80million Debt Programme
• Proparco: USD28,543,200million Tier II Financing for CAL Bank Limited Key Clients: Ecobank Ghana Limited. Fidelity Bank Limited, Standard Chartered Bank, Absa, Databank Ghana, Ghana Stock Exchange

Business & Industry  


• Altamimi & Co: Acted as legal counsel for Altamimi & Co. on a US$700 Million Revolving Facility Agreement.
• Woolworths: Advised on the Sale of Business Agreement between Woolworths Mauritius and the Pink Family and other subsequent matters
• Life Healthcare: Advised and conducted a legal due diligence on the proposed investment in Accra International Hospital and its subsidiaries
• Godrej Consumer Products Limited: Conducted a legal due diligence on the proposed investment in the hair care business of Stripes Manufacturing and Trading Ltd.
• Africa Agricultural Development Company Limited (“AgDevCo”): Reviewed facility letter of USD$350,000 and drafted Security documents for the facility by AgDevCo to Masara N’Arziki Farmers Association Key Clients: Altamimi & Co., Woolworths, Life Healthcare, Godrej Consumer Products Limited and Africa Agricultural Development Company Limited (“AgDevCo”)

Technology, Media & Telecommunications


• Acted as local counsel for Ghana Telecommunications Company Limited on a dual-tranche up to $192.5 million and Ghana Cedi equivalent of $18 million facility.
• GHS31.1m equity investment by Times Media Pty Limited in Multimedia Group Limited
• Mayer Brown/UniCredit Bank AG: Advised on refinancing up to a US$350m revolving corporate loan facility for general corporate purposes for a mining conglomerate
• Acted as local counsel in connection with a proposed up to $600m high yield notes by an international telecommunications company
• Ghana Telecommunications Company Limited: US$65m preference shares issue
Key Clients: Ghana Telecommunications Company Limited, ATC Ghana Limited, Ringier Ghana Limited, Subah Infosolutions Ghana Limited, Samsung Electronics West Africa Limited

Employment, Pensions & Immigration  


• First Rand – Advised on Employee Handbook and Employment Contract
• Oracle Corporation UK – Jurisdiction advice in relation to employment
• Byrnecut Ghana – Drafted employment contract
• Kosmos Energy Ghana Ltd – Advised on redundancy exercise
• Transocean Ghana – advised on Pensions Participation Agreement and Redundancy Key Clients: ATC (Towers) Ghana Limited; Acumen Fund, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint, Ringer Ghana Limited, E&I Electrical Ghana.

Practice Areas

Business and Industry

The Business & Industry group is led by Partner Rosa Kudoadzi backed by a team of senior and junior associates. The team focuses on major transactions across various business sectors, and has built up formidable experience and expertise in all aspects of mergers and acquisitions, financing, due diligence, compliance and related issues.

 

Construction, Infrastructure and Transportation

The Construction, Infrastructure and Transportation Group is led by Founding Partner Mr. Divine Letsa. The team has acted in various capacities on many of Ghana’s most significant construction and infrastructure projects since the inception of the firm. This team also deals primarily with advising on Ghanaian land law issues.

In the transportation sector, the team regularly provides advice and representation in the aviation and shipping sectors, as well as on road construction, rail and wider transportation infrastructure projects.

 

Energy and Natural Resources

The firm’s Energy & Natural Resources team is led by Senior Partner Kojo Bentsi-Enchill, who has been described by the 2015 Chambers and Partners law directory as “a leader in his understanding of this sector”. The team has worked on most of the high profile energy (including oil and gas, power and renewables) and mining deals in Ghana.

The team’s advice in the oil and gas sector has been across the whole range of issues, including Local Content regulations, petroleum agreements, Government Consent and Support Agreements, and upstream and downstream assets acquisitions and representing major corporate entities including Kosmos, Tullow Oil and Vivo Energy. In the mining sector, the team regularly acts for foreign companies seeking to acquire or divest assets in Ghana, as well as the major indigenous mining institutions, across the full range of legal advisory issues that arise in the sector. The team also has significant depth of experience and expertise in advising on regulatory, taxation and labour issues affecting the energy and natural resources sectors.

 

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

The Litigation & Dispute Resolution (LDR) team is led by Managing Partner Ace Ankomah. The team recognizes that the demand for dispute advice and risk management has changed significantly in recent years and it is the team’s priority to help clients best deal with these challenges and opportunities.

The team places strong emphasis on the practical understanding of a client’s business problems and on preventive measures to avoid litigation where possible.

The team assists clients in exploring Mediation, Arbitration and other Alternative Dispute Resolution. The team also has significant experience and expertise in Commercial and Corporate Litigation and Dispute Resolution, as well as international dispute resolution and arbitration.

When litigation is inevitable, the team can provide committed and aggressive representation, including seeking immediate injunctive relief where appropriate. The meticulous approach of this team provides it with the ability to identify the legal and factual issues and their associated uncertainties and provide definitive advice on the likely outcome of litigation.

 

Financial Institutions and Capital Markets

The Financial Institutions & Capital Markets (FICM) Group, led by Partner Seth Asante, focuses on banking, finance and capital market transactions. The Group advises a wide range of clients in the banking and non-banking, insurance, investment banking and the financial services sectors. 

The Group also advises on regulatory issues relating to the financial services and securities sectors, corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, capital raising and due diligence issues.  The Group has developed a formidable reputation for its work on high profile transactions in Ghana

 

Pensions, Employment and Immigration

The Pensions, Employment and Immigration (PEI) Group is led by Partner Angela Gyasi, and advises on a range of employment, immigration and pension issues, for both Ghanaian and international companies. The group also represents clients at the National Labour Commission in employment disputes and negotiations.

 

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) Group is one of the seven practice groups at BELA. This practice Group, led by Partner Susan-Barbara Adjorkor Kumapley, acts for significant national telecommunications and telecoms infrastructure companies, as well as major television and radio stations, publishers and corporates seeking advice on intellectual property matters.

The Group also handles publishing law, data protection and sports law issues.