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Clifford Chance

Anglophone West Africa

Our Anglophone West Africa practice provides legal advice across Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone and the Gambia.

Led by Olamide Oladosu and Kayode Oladipo, two dual-qualified (Nigeria and England & Wales) lawyers, our team has genuine on-the-ground experience in advising international and locally based businesses, with expertise in delivering international market practice in the regional business environment.

Our clients include financial institutions, industrial conglomerates, companies involved in oil and gas (operators as well as suppliers), construction companies, transportation companies, financial investors and private equity funds as well as public institutions and agencies.

A dedicated team

Our team comprises partners and associates, many of them with deep roots and experience in the relevant jurisdictions. They are spread across our global network, including offices in London, Germany, Amsterdam, the United States, the United Arab Emirates, China and Japan. Our team includes lawyers who are well-recognised as regional and subject-matter experts in their respective fields. We are familiar with the relevant underlying business issues, risks and local considerations for each jurisdiction, ensuring that we consistently provide the best and most pragmatic commercial advice to enable our clients achieve their commercial objectives in the most innovative and efficient manner.

Full coverage

Our coverage of the region includes a wide variety of products (from project finance to capital markets, lending, corporate/M&A, and dispute resolution) and sectors (financial services, energy and natural resources, power (conventional and renewables), infrastructure, private equity, telecoms, media and technology (including fintech), healthcare, commercial real estate, FMCG). We have advised on many of the market-first transactions in the region and also have experience with political risk mitigants (including the use of bilateral investment treaties, insurance and agency support).

A commitment to the region

We are actively involved in many pro bono, educational and community programmes across the region, including advising on legal reforms and the establishment of local charities. Our Clifford Chance Academy trains lawyers across the region, and we have supported the Sickle Cell Foundation.

 

Our core areas of focus across Anglophone West Africa

Corporate / M&A / Private Equity

Our recent experience includes advising:

Banking

Our recent experience includes advising:

Capital Markets

In Nigeria, we have become the go-to firm for Nigerian issuers acting for Access Bank, Africa Finance Corporation, Fidelity Bank, First City Monument Bank, First Bank of Nigeria, Zenith Bank.

Dispute Resolution

Our recent experience includes:

  • Defending a consortium of international oil companies in an ICC arbitration (Nigeria)
  • Advising shareholders of a Nigerian mobile operator in a US$1.5 billion UNCITRAL dispute in Lagos concerning alleged breaches of pre-emption rights
  • Advising a consortium of oil companies in relation to disputes arising out of long-term LNG sale contracts and the construction of liquefaction and regasification plants in West Africa

 

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Directory and client comments

  • Clifford Chance is a highly respected international firm that maintains its involvement in a variety of commercial matters in Nigeria. It is often sought out for private equity matters, in addition to M&A mandates and project financing. The firm represents blue-chip global clients from a range of industries, including energy and natural resources.
    Nigeria Corporate/Commercial (Expertise Based Abroad) – Chambers Global 2022
  • Dubai-based Edmund Boyo is notable for his experience of the Nigerian market. He regularly advises on project finance matters in the oil and gas, mining and infrastructure spaces.
    Nigeria Projects & Energy (Expertise Based Abroad) – Chambers Global 2022
  • Jeremy Connick has significant experience in the Ghanaian energy market. He is well regarded locally for his expertise in financing energy projects.
    Ghana Energy & Natural Resources (Expertise Based Abroad) – Chambers Global 2022
  • Led by Jeremy Connick, Kayode Oladipo and Olamide Oladosu, the team at Clifford Chance LLP is 'very active' in Ghana. The firm has a strong offering and acts for a variety of clients including financial institutions, industrial conglomerates, corporations active in the energy sectors as well as construction companies, private equity funds and public institutions and agencies. It has played a key role in a sizeable number of major power projects in the country. Connick specialises in advising sponsors and lenders on a whole host of energy, natural resources and infrastructure projects. Russell Wells is another key member of the group; he has extensive experience in energy and natural resources.
    Tier 1 – Ghana (Foreign firms) – Legal 500 2021

Awards

  • Capital Markets Deal of the Year 2022 – Access Bank Tier-1 Eurobonds, Nigeria – IFLR Africa Awards
  • International Bank/FI Bond Deal of the Year 2022  Access Bank USD 500m 144a/RegS Perpetual NC5.25 Bond, Nigeria – Bonds & Loans Africa Awards
  • Africa Hybrid Finance Deal of the Year 2021 – TNOG Hybrid Finance, Nigeria – IJ Global Awards
  • International Bank/FI Bond Deal of the Year 2021 – First Bank of Nigeria USD 350m 144a/RegS Senior Unsecured Bond, Nigeria – Bonds & Loans Africa Awards
  • International Sovereign, Supra & Agency Bond Deal of the Year 2021  Africa Finance Corporation USD 700m RegS Senior Unsecured Bond, Nigeria – Bonds & Loans Africa Awards
  • Restructuring Deal of the Year 2020 – Savannah Petroleum / Seven Energy, Nigeria – IFLR Sub-Saharan Africa Awards
  • Project finance: energy, infrastructure and natural resources Deal of the Year 2020 – Genser Captive Power Project, Ghana – IFLR Sub-Saharan Africa Awards
  • African Corporate Debt Deal of the Year 2020 – IHS Towers, Nigeria – Africa Bonds & Loans Africa Awards
  • African Power Deal of the Year 2019 – Bridge power, Ghana – IJ Global Awards
  • African Power Deal of the Year 2019 – Bridge power, Ghana – PFI Awards
  • African Upstream Oil & Gas Deal of the Year 2017 – Vitol Sankofa OCTP (Upstream Oil & Gas), Ghana – IJ Global Awards
  • African Power Deal of the Year 2016 – Amandi Energy Power Plant, Ghana – PFI Awards and IJ Global Awards
  • African Oil & Gas Deal of the Year 2016 – Offshore Cape Three Points Integrated Oil & gas Project, Ghana – PFI Awards
  • Africa Multi-sources Financing Deal of the Year 2015 – Azura Edo IPP, Nigeria – IJ Global Awards
  • EMEA Deal of the Year 2015 – Kosmos Financing & Refinancing, Ghana – Trade Finance

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