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Chambers Africa Awards 2018

 

The Chambers Africa Awards for Excellence are based on our research for the 2018 edition of Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Business Lawyers. We have made our selection after an appraisal of the most innovative, outstanding work conducted by each firm. The awards also reflect notable achievements over the past 12 months, including impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service.

 

Chambers Africa Awards for Excellence 2018 - Nominations and Winners

Africa-wide – Corporate/M&A Law Firm of the Year

Allen & Overy LLP
Clifford Chance LLP
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Linklaters
Norton Rose Fulbright

Winner: Linklaters

Linklaters has a stellar reputation in the market for its presence on some of the largest corporate/M&A deals on the continent. The team handles matters across Africa, from Egypt to South Africa; recently it advised Eni on the disposal of its interests in Area 4 Mozambique to ExxonMobil, worth USD2.8 billion. Additional clients hail from sectors including mining, energy, insurance and banking. Operating from offices in Paris, London and Lisbon, the firm offers wide-ranging coverage through its international network of offices and its partnerships with various regional African firms.

 

Africa-wide – Projects & Energy Law Firm of the Year

Allen & Overy LLP
Clifford Chance LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills
Linklaters
Norton Rose Fulbright
Orrick Herrington Sutcliffe
Trinity International
White & Case LLP

Winner: Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance leverages its global network of offices, notably those in London, Paris and Casablanca, to assist major corporations and state entities with cutting-edge projects. Active on a range of matters, the group receives top marks for its work on power-related mandates. The team has recently advised Cortec Mining on an international arbitration against the Republic of Kenya worth around USD2 billion. The case concerns the revocation of a mining licence Cortec held over Mrima Hill, the third largest rare earth formation in the world. The firm is regularly praised by commentators for its market-leading position as well as its full-service capabilities.

 

Ghana Law Firm of the Year

Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah
ENSafrica
KIMATHI & PARTNERS, Corporate Attorneys
N. Dowuona & Company
Sam Okudzeto & Associates

Winner: Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah

With a strong offering across the board, Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah appeals to clients due to its commendable abilities on both disputes and transactional mandates. The team is singled out in the market as a heavy hitter for corporate and commercial deals, as well as complex projects. Recently it assisted Citibank with the execution of a USD500 million secured deposit transaction with the Bank of Ghana. A stalwart of the Ghanaian legal landscape, it is a firm of choice for international banks, financial institutions and investment corporations.

 

Kenya Law Firm of the Year

Anjarwalla & Khanna
Bowmans (Coulson Harney LLP)
Hamilton Harrison & Mathews
Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates
Kaplan & Stratton
Oraro & Company Advocates

Winner: Anjarwalla & Khanna

Anjarwalla & Khanna is a pre-eminent firm in the Kenyan legal market and enjoys a terrific reputation in practice areas such as banking & finance, corporate/commercial, employment and projects & energy. The firm has recently provided advice on a range of matters to African Infrastructure Investment Managers, Craftskills Wind Energy International and IFC InfraVentures, project sponsors of the USD300 million Kipeto wind power project. Furthermore, the firm continues to increase its pan-African presence through the growth of its ALN network, notably through recent expansion into Francophone Africa.

 

Lusophone Africa Law Firm of the Year

Abreu Advogados
Miranda & Associados
PLMJ Lawyers
Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown
VdA

Winner: Miranda & Associados

This leading Portuguese firm and its legal network, the Miranda Alliance, are highly active in the projects and energy arena and are involved in an enviable line-up of PPP mandates and project financing matters. Operating in Angola since 1992, Miranda & Associados has exponentially expanded its footprint in the Lusophone African market over the last couple of decades. The firm is also increasing its presence in Francophone Africa, including the addition of a member office in Côte d'Ivoire. 

 

Morocco Law Firm of the Year

Benzakour Law Firm
Clifford Chance International LLP
Gide Cuatrecasas Casablanca
Kettani Law Firm
Naciri & Associés Allen & Overy
Norton Rose Fulbright

Winner: Naciri & Associés Allen & Overy

Naciri & Associés Allen & Overy is a leader in the Moroccan market thanks to its superb corporate/commercial practice. The firm is regularly singled out by commentators for its robust understanding of the local market as well as its enviable client roster. The team recently advised Renault on a EUR900 million investment to build an industry ecosystem in the country. Aided by the firm's strong global network, the group is able to further assist clients with matters in the wider Francophone African market. 

 

Nigeria Law Firm of the Year

ǼLEX
Aluko & Oyebode
Banwo & Ighodalo
G. Elias & Co
Jackson, Etti & Edu
Olaniwun Ajayi LP
Templars
Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie

Winner: Aluko & Oyebode

Aluko & Oyebode impresses market commentators with its first-rate work in a multitude of practice areas; international clients commend its banking & finance, corporate/commercial, dispute resolution and energy & natural resources teams as well as its growing intellectual property practice. The group recently advised ExxonMobil on the NGN90 billion sale of a 60% stake of its subsidiary Mobil Oil Nigeria to NIPCO. One of the largest firms in the country, it is able to service clients throughout the state and beyond thanks to its offices in Lagos, Abuja and Port-Harcourt.

 

South Africa Law Firm of the Year

Bowmans
Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
ENSafrica
Norton Rose Fulbright
Webber Wentzel
Werksmans Attorneys

Winner: Bowmans

One of the leading firms in South Africa, Bowmans receives plaudits for its top-drawer work on corporate/M&A deals as well as ground-breaking projects and energy mandates. The firm is further praised for its prowess in a multitude of practice areas including capital markets, shipping, tax, employment and IT & telecoms. The team recently advised Anheuser-Busch InBev on the USD3.15 billion sale of its 54.5% stake in Coca-Cola Beverages Africa to the Coca-Cola Company. It has offices throughout the country and its pan-African presence is boosted by additional offices in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania as well as partnerships with numerous other firms on the continent.