Our Practice Areas

Client service

 

Our integrated approach to servicing client’s needs comes from the experience of the reputable men and women who have built and work with the firm.
You can depend on us to help resolve all your business-related legal challenges.

Specialities

Our Focus

Our Pan-African focus allows us to apply our regional knowledge of the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS), the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and other regional markets on the African Continent to our clients’ needs.

In an increasingly interconnected West Africa, you can depend on us to combine an international perspective with local insight to help resolve your business challenges and achieve your business goals. When it comes to cross-border transactions or seeking to expand your business to the rest of Africa, we are here to help you.

Intellectual Property

energy, oil & gas

FOREIGN direct INVESTMENT

Banking & Finance

Mining

Banking & Finance

With the banking and finance industry being a driving force of every economy, we are a team that boasts exceptionally skilled legal advisers who have a wealth of experience with a vast knowledge and understanding of credit facility agreements, debt and equity funding and tax management. We provide proficient and practical legal advice to all types of clients looking for commercially viable solutions to their financing needs.

ALA is the banker’s reliable partner when it comes to all legal matters, including giving guidance into the tax laws to manage tax obligations efficiently. We assist our clients in putting their best financial foot forward in sourcing and funding, both equity and debt, for their projects.
Our lawyers also have immense experience in working with international law firms in the capacity of Ghana counsel on behalf of lenders, borrowers and investors.

Our services in banking and financial matters include but are not limited to:

  • Asset Finance
  • Commercial Property Finance
  • Commodity Finance
  • Debt Capital Markets
  • Derivatives
  • General Banking
  • Leveraged Finance
  • Mezzanine Finance & Other Subordinated Finance
  • Project Finance & Development

Land Law, Conveyancing & Construction

The ALA Real Estate Team can advise you on all your property transactions. We cover commercial, industrial, and residential property leasing and sales. Our lawyers assist clients to select properties which best suit the intended use, and conduct due diligence exercises in order to best advise you on all legal documentation and formalities required to effectively secure the client’s interests under each transaction.

We also advise you on the range of mortgage financing options which are best suited for each transaction, review any financial documents, and advise you on the most efficient way to settle your obligations under each peculiar transaction.

Our services include but are not limited to:

  • Infrastructure Development
  • Due Diligence Exercises
  • Commercial Property Finance
  • Property sale and acquisition
  • Perfection of title to real estate
  • Property litigation
  • Land legislation related queries

Choosing the right financing structure can be a daunting task, ALA will comb through all the provisions of a proposed finance structure, and assist you in making the right choice for the financing of the particular infrastructure development project contemplated by the client.

With our various experienced partners in the built industry and financing sector, we can also lead you to negotiate win-win joint venture agreements with property developers to revive and grow dead capital in the properties in your portfolio.
ALA handles land litigation matters, assists with processing and authenticating land documents, and can advise you on planning and zoning laws, guidelines and regulations. We also undertake the registration of interests in real estate and assist clients with the perfection of their title. Whatever your concerns, our property solicitors can assist and represent you in finding a solution to them. We take the burden off you as a property owner by effectively managing any legal issues affecting your property, and leave you to the quiet enjoyment of the benefits of your investment.

Debt Restructuring & Debt Recovery

We provide debt recovery services to individuals and businesses. By using our expertise at each phase, we ensure that we maximise our client’s successful recovery rate. We offer a cost effective and stress-free route to recovering money that is overdue to you.

We also work with financial institutions and corporate borrowers on restructuring solutions for distressed debt situations. We apply our technical legal expertise, complemented by our commercial acumen to assist our clients in restructuring existing debt so that the borrower is able to improve its liquidity and continue to operate as well as securing repayment for the lending financial institutions.

Our services in debt restructuring and recovery include but are not limited to:

  • Sending a fixed fee letter of claim
  • Telephone calls chasing payments
  • Issuing court proceedings
  • Obtaining a court judgement
  • Enforcing the judgement
  • Structuring refinancing solutions
  • Drafting and negotiating the terms of refinancing and security agreements

Energy, Oil & Gas

ALA plays a market-leading role in the energy and oil & gas space in Ghana. ALA authored the Law & Practice – Ghana section published in the 2019 and 2020 Chambers Global Practice Guide, Energy: Oil & Gas.
The firm possesses revolutionary expertise in relation to oil & gas related work in the country. Two of the firm’s three partners were among the first to be exposed to and be trained in oil & gas legal work and the market holds their counsel in very high esteem. Members of ALA are trusted advisors to market-leading clients who are the syndicate of lenders who financed the Operator Jubilee field and provided non-Operator JOA financing to the OCTP Field.

 

Our Oil & Gas services include but are not limited to:

  • Oil & gas finance agreements
  • Oil & gas regulatory matters
  • Oil & gas project finance
  • Advise on joint ventures for purposes of entry into host country granting instruments

ALA is noted for its work in advising clients on the oil & gas regulatory regime in Ghana particularly in the areas of establishment and the “local content” regime. ALA’s members are also well-known for their contributions to the oil & gas discourse in Ghana through their research and writings. Topics such as, “stabilisation clauses in Petroleum Agreements”, “mitigation of risks in Gas Sales Agreements”, and “maximising indigenous gains in the local content regime” are a few titles to mention. Members have also contributed significantly to developing the debate and analysis of the major policies affecting the sector in Ghana.

The Managing Partner of the Firm served on the 8th Board of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), where she chaired the Legal & Governance sub-committee. In the power generation sector, ALA has immense expertise in advising independent power producers in entering into power purchase agreements with entities engaged in the distribution and retail of power both to industry and domestic users. At ALA, we provide various bespoke legal services in power sector related transactions, including, asset acquisitions, greenfield and brownfield project advisory and regulatory and compliance support.
The firm’s expertise also extends to the project financing of power producers in Ghana both on the side of lenders and the side of project sponsors.

Mining

As a firm, we have relevant experience in advising clients on all aspects of mining. The mining team leverages its knowledge of the mining laws of the Republic and its experience over the years to advise clients. The team has advised clients on mining rights applications, compliance, renewal of licences, prospecting, refinery, resolution of disputes, and securitization of gold royalties.

The team has advised clients on mining rights applications, compliance, renewal of licences, prospecting, refinery, resolution of disputes, and securitization of gold royalties. The team also advises mining companies on corporate governance, commercial agreements, finance agreements and due diligence works. Our team has contributed to the passage of some of the laws in the mining sector as key participants at workshops and seminars organised for such purpose.

Our clients include holders of large scale and medium scale mining concessions where they are mining precious metals such as gold, manganese and bauxite. Other clients carry out stone quarrying.

We have worked as counsel to international counsel advising the Government of the Republic of Ghana on the securitization of royalties from gold mining in Ghana where we provided key insights into the mining laws of Ghana and the impact of the intended transaction. The team also advised on the promulgation of the relevant laws and reviewed key agreements.

Foreign Direct Investment

At ALA we assist our clients from all over the world who wish to establish industries or businesses in Ghana. Our experienced lawyers have acted on behalf of some of the world’s leading companies in diverse sectors and are ready to advise you based on your specific needs. We advise both Ghanaian and foreign entities wishing to expand their operations domestically and overseas. We assist our clients on the various investment laws, how to set up tax efficient joint ventures and match the right foreign investors with the right local partners. 

We have a strong compliance team, that advises on and assists clients with applications for the grant or renewal of permits, licenses and other regulatory requirements across the different business sectors, ensuring that your business is compliant with local laws and requirements.

Our FDI legal advisory and consultancy services include:

  • Advice on investment laws
  • Taxation
  • Market entry and compliance
  • Business immigration
  • Due diligence

As a foreign investor, immigration is a big part of doing business in Ghana and we appreciate that the Ghanaian immigration process can be cumbersome. Our team of lawyers are here to help you avoid the struggle of interpreting immigration regulations and guidelines; simply leave it to us to deal with all the paperwork. We deal with settlement/residency, citizenship, work permits, application for quota, appeals, etc.

Our strong legal networks across the African continent and the Commonwealth, position us better to serve our clients with business interests outside Ghana. With years of experience and multijurisdictional qualifications, our team, can be your gateway to doing business in and out of Ghana.

Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution

Our dispute resolution team operate on the principle of reaching rapid and lasting results. We believe in settling litigation matters as efficiently and as fast as possible, to minimise the pressure placed on our clients. Our primary duty is to give expert advice on legal disputes and the best legal options and strategies available for their timely and successful resolution. Disputes are often won or lost on the research skills, depth, accuracy, and forensic skills of lawyers.

Should your matter proceed to litigation or arbitration, be assured that a hard-working and dedicated team of lawyers will be defending your interests in every aspect of the matter. We are well positioned to assist with international arbitration as well.

Our services in litigation and arbitration include but are not limited to:

  • Dispute resolution
  • Alternative dispute resolution: mediation and arbitration
  • Class actions
  • Litigation

Company Secretarial Services

Whether as a new entity or an existing player in the market, we will take full care of your corporate governance matters. Corporate compliance can be a complex legal requirement for Ghanaian registered companies.

With a team of highly skilled and regarded company secretarial specialists, Africa Legal Associates can help your firm with its board of directors and officers in the governance of the firm and in fulfilling all related statutory obligations in a timely and efficient manner.

Our services include but are not limited to:

  • Corporate entity status checks
  • Convening meetings, holding meetings, and drafting of all minutes of boards of directors and general meetings of shareholders and extraordinary shareholders’ meetings
  • Share capital reduction and share buy-back, issuance and redemption of preference shares, and conversion of shares into stocks
  • Amendments to Memorandum and Articles of Association/Company Regulations
  • Approval and filing of financial accounts, annual returns, and appointment of auditors
  • Constitutional changes
  • Changes in the management structures because of resignation, removal, and appointment of directors

Intellectual Property

Our primary goal is to manage and alleviate risk and maximise the return from intellectual property (IP) assets for the benefit of our clients. We advise on all aspects of the creation, exploitation, and enforcement of IP rights.
We deal with matters relating to disputes covering the full spectrum of intellectual property rights, these range from patent actions to all forms of dispute relating to trademarks, passing off, copyright, database rights, design rights and breach of confidence claims. 

Our legal advisors also assist with IP related agreements, which include trademark licensing, distribution agreements, sponsorship agreements and franchising deals. We also provide strategic advice in managing and commercialising patent and trademark portfolios.
With the launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), the largest global free trade area by countries participating, the role of IP had never been this critical for trade in Africa, especially, as member states may seek to pool together and optimise limited capacity and resources and avoid duplication. If AfCFTA is to transform the continent’s economic prospects, then the ‘new generation’ issue of IP in cross-border trade requires the expertise of firms like ALA to guide their clients and their products through this new and exciting market of great opportunities.

Africa Legal Associates is a Partnership registered in Ghana under the Incorporated Private Partnerships Act, 1962 (Act 152)
The firm is authorised and regulated by the General Legal Council