Finance Marketplace Analysis

The government of Ghana recently listed its third Eurobond on the Ghana Stock Exchange to help tow the country out of a weak infrastructural state. Seth Terkper, the Finance Minister, suggested that its “wide infrastructural gap” can only be closed by tapping into long-term financing options and thus this newest solution is expected to attract prospective investors to buy and trade on the market. Lawyers are preparing themselves for a huge upsurge in activity and we list 21 of the best finance practitioners in the country.

Reindorf Chambers boasts the inclusion of three lawyers in this chapter. The “pre-eminent” Ekua Hayfron-Benjamin is praised for her “exceptional knowledge” of international investment and project finance. She is joined by Sally Hayfron-Benjamin Boaten who is commended for her investment practice and known by her clients as someone who “gives great advice”. Kizzita Mensah is recognised as “a star” in this chapter.

Three lawyers feature from Bentsi-Enchill Letsa & Ankomah including the “expert” Seth Asante, who heads the financial institutions and capital markets group. Alongside him, Kojo Bentsi-Enchill has “extensive experience” in energy and oil financing matters. His clients include Kosmos Energy Ghana, Balkan Energy and AngloGold Ashanti. Angela Gyasi is known for her “remarkable knowledge” of the finance industry, particularly with regards to charitable financing.

Oxford & Beaumont Solicitors earns two inclusions in this chapter. Elikem Kuenyehia is a “major player” who helped set up the United Bank for Africa as well as having previously worked at the global bank Barclays. He is a “highly respected” and widely published practitioner whose clients say “when it comes to complicated transactions, he is the lawyer for the job.” Paa Kwesi Morrison is a “known leader” in the field who works with international banks and private equity firms providing them with “sound solutions“ in complicated transactions.

K K Sey from Sey & Co is an “industry leader” in banking matters. He represents domestic and international banks on a range of transactions is “highly experienced” in securities and capital markets.

Merene Botsio Benyah, senior partner at JLD & MB Legal Consultancy, “has played a prominent role in the Ghanaian finance industry”. She has “strong experience” in securities and capital markets and is the “go-to lawyer” for her local and international clients.

Felix Ntrakwah from Ntrakwah & Co is recognised for his “notable” banking and finance practice and known also for serving on the board of the Financial Investment Trust of Bank of Ghana.

Lex-Eck & Co’s Henry Kwasi Prempeh-Eck is a “fine practitioner” who has a “wealth of knowledge” of the banking and finance industry in Ghana.

William Fugar of Fugar & Company is praised for being a “valuable adviser” known for his work in investment banking.

We list the “highly respected” Nene Amegatcher from Sam Okudzeto & Associates for his “strong knowledge” of the corporate finance sector.

Yaw Eshun, managing partner of Sterling Partnership Legal Practitioners & Consultants, has two decades of experience in commercial transactions and private client work. Praised by clients for his “commercial acumen”, he is a “regular go-to lawyer”.

At Saah & Company, Jacob Saah enjoys a “great reputation” in the investment and project finance sectors. His previous experience includes acting as in-house counsel in the corporate recovery and finance department at PricewaterhouseCoopers (Ghana).

Christopher Archer, founding partner of Archer Archer & Co, is “extremely dedicated to his clients and provides hands-on strategic advice”. He has a wide client base in the banking and financial sectors.

K-San Law Firm’s Charles Owusu Juanah is a “highly dependable” lawyer who has acted as key adviser on major financial transactions and funding proposals.

Francis Badasu at Lawfields Consulting has three decades of experience as a banking and financial institution regulatory specialist. His previous experience heading the non-bank financial institutions department of the Bank of Ghana has given him “strong skills” in the sector and makes him a “favourite” for both local and domestic clients.

Larry Adjetey at Law Trust Company is “renowned” for his experience as a corporate lawyer and is “well versed” in public finance, infrastructure finance and project finance matters.

Patrick Ametey Sogbodjor of Obeng-Sakyi & Sobgbodjor is the “first choice” for his clients. He is “particularly noted” for advising businesses, including start-ups, on equity, debt financing, securities, venture capital and compliance matters.

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