Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko

Senior Partner & Co-founder

Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko is one of the leading transactional lawyers in the country. He has a unique ability to get things done and find solutions, no matter the issue. He brings to ALA his vast, rich, and dynamic experience over the last three decades working in Europe and Africa. A solicitor and barrister trained in UK and Ghana, Mr Otchere-Darko is also the former CEO of a UK-based consulting company, which specialized in facilitating business for companies and organizations with interest in Africa.

Mr Otchere-Darko is a respected lawyer and political risk analyst in Africa and has appeared on television and radio and written several articles in several reputable journals on investment, corporate governance, good governance, and economic development in Africa and related matters. ALA benefits from his wide network of contacts in Ghana, the West African region and beyond.

Nana Adjoa Hackman

Managing Partner & Co-founder

Nana Adjoa is a corporate legal practitioner specialising in corporate governance, banking and petroleum law. She has provided advice on corporate and legal issues to multinational companies and leading international businesses operating across Africa. She was called to the Ghana Bar in October 2003, when she began private legal practice at Kudjawu & Co, a leading law firm in Ghana. She was until August 2016 the Head of Legal Department and Company Secretary for United Bank for Africa (Ghana) Limited.

She was until January 2021 a member of the Board of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation. She is a member of the Ghana Bar Association, the Society for Petroleum Engineers and the Energy Institute, and has published several articles on the petroleum industry.

In 2020 she was awarded an EMBA scholarship by Imperial College Business School in partnership with the 30% Club, a campaign that aims to secure gender balance in board rooms across the world. Nana Adjoa has an LLM degree with distinction from the Centre for Energy Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), University of Dundee, Scotland.

Nii Odotei

Partner, Energy & Finance

Originally trained as a Barrister in England & Wales, Nii Odotei has both English and Ghanaian qualifications. With thirteen and a half years spent in Fugar & Co. one of Ghana’s leading corporate law firms, and seven years as a Partner, Nii brings to ALA a practice embracing contentious and noncontentious work covering project finance, joint ventures, corporate acquisitions and buyouts, corporate finance and more recently power and upstream oil and gas work.

His firm grasp and understanding of English law concepts and international business and finance in common law jurisdictions has made him a favourite in advising both international law firms and foreign investors in Ghana.

Peers concede that he knows the local legislation inside out and clients describe him as an incredibly practical lawyer who gets transactions done diligently and efficiently.

He has advised on some flagship transactions and his desire to offer something extra to his clients has driven him to become an alumnus of the SEED entrepreneurship programme of the Stanford Business School and membership of the Institute of Directors (UK) and Institute of Directors (Southern Africa).

Narinder Surae

International Transactions’ Adviser

Narinder is a senior corporate lawyer advising on various aspects of corporate law, including on cross-border M&A, private equity, joint venture and equity capital markets transactions. Narinder acts for international banks, financial institutions, private equity firms and corporates. Narinder worked at White & Case’s London office as well as the White & Case Johannesburg office to focus on corporate and M&A transactions in Africa.

Before joining White & Case, Narinder worked in the London office of Norton Rose Fulbright for six years, where she also focused on international corporate and M&A matters. Narinder joined ALA in 2018 as International Transaction Advisor.

Ernest Kusi

Senior Associate

Ernest brings a rich legal practice background and a clear sense of direction and responsiveness to the needs of the firm’s clients. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Degree in Political Science with Philosophy from the University of Ghana, Legon and an MSc in International Relations from Royal Holloway, University of London. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Ghana, Legon and was called to the Bar in 2012 on completion of the Professional Law Course at the Ghana School of Law in June 2012.

He subsequently studied for the Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) degree programme at the University of Oxford, where he focused on International Dispute Settlement, International Economic Law, Constitutional Theory and International Law and Armed Conflicts. His areas of interest in commercial practice include Commercial Litigation, Arbitration, Corporate Law, and Oil and Gas transactions. He previously practiced at Kulendi@Law, a leading commercial and litigation law firm based in Accra, Ghana as well as undertaking an internship at Kimathi & Partners between August 2010 and July 2011.

Ebow Brew-Hammond

Senior Associate

Ebow Brew-Hammond graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) with an LLB degree. He has been in private legal practice since graduating from the Ghana Law School. With a wealth of experience in matters involving corporate immigration, and project finance in the areas of construction and energy, his area of interest and concentration, is that of commercial transactions.

Ebow has firm grounding in litigation as he has been entrusted with court briefs spanning issues of company law, land law, debt recovery, contract law, and criminal law amongst others. Having completed his bachelor’s degree in law, Ebow undertook a three-month internship in Shanghai, China, with Zhonglun W&D law firm and gained valuable experience familiarising himself with the Chinese business and legal environment.

Ebow is usually a crucial member of the teams he works with as his enthusiasm, attention to detail and positive disposition to hard work contributes exceptionally towards the teams’ achievement of its objectives.

Mansa Williams

Associate Lawyer

Mansa graduated from the University of Warwick with an LLB degree, with honours. She then undertook the Legal Practice Course at The College of Law in London (currently University of law) and graduated with a Post-graduate Diploma in Law. Mansa holds an LLM degree from the University College London, where she studied Banking and Insurance Law, World Trade and International Human Rights.

Mansa worked as a solicitor for six years in several practices in the United Kingdom, including family law, residential & commercial property transactions, litigation, immigration, mental health law and probate matters.

Mansa did a short internship at White & Case in London where she received training in areas such as project financing, equity & debt financing, project financing and LNG transactions. She undertakes a broad range of corporate and commercial work at ALA. She was called to the Ghana Bar in 2016 and is also qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales.

Edem Kutsienyo

Associate Lawyer

Edem brings a different approach to the practice of law. Clients commend his ability to reduce issues down to their simplest form and finding solutions to such issues. He holds a degree in Chemistry from the University of Ghana, Legon in addition to his law degree from the University of Science and Technology in Ghana.

Prior to joining Africa Legal Associates, Edem participated in several transactions in his previous firm including advising the Emirates National Oil Company, African Development Bank and Danone. His last major transaction was advising a global development bank on the financing of a public private partnership reforestation project between the Government of Ghana and a European entity.

Edem is an ardent believer in giving back to society and thus as a law student founded the charity wing of the Students’ Representative Council of the Ghana Law School, which pays for surgical procedures for underprivileged and indigent children at the Paediatric Surgery Department of the Korle – Bu Teaching Hospital in the Republic of Ghana. He currently volunteers for the Juvenile Justice Project (JJP) where he provides legal services for juveniles who have fallen foul of the law on a pro – bono basis.

Osei Tutu Bonsu

Associate Lawyer

Osei Tutu obtained his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Ghana and is called to the bar in Ghana. Prior to his legal education, Osei obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Settlement Planning from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Osei has worked at the Legal Department of United Bank for Africa (Ghana) Limited (UBA) where he gained relevant working experience in the law of Banking and Finance. After graduating from the Ghana School of Law, he achieved satisfactory expertise in private legal practice at Africa Legal Associates. Osei undertakes a broad range of corporate and commercial work.

He is a ‘‘master’’ in setting up business for local and international clients. Osei, through this experience has also developed a very broad understanding on the Ghanaian regulatory and compliance sector particularly foreign direct investment as well as oil and gas. His practice areas include but are not limited to Oil and Gas transactions, land transactions and banking and finance. He epitomizes ALA’s motto “We Get it Done!”

Stanley Amartefio

Associate Lawyer

Stanley Amarteifio is an associate at Africa Legal Associates. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2016 and is a member of the Honourable Society of Middle Temple. He was subsequently called to the Ghana Bar in 2018 and is also a member of the Ghana Bar Association. He holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Kent, Canterbury. He further displayed competency in the UK’s Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) which he undertook in Nottingham Trent University. He also holds a certificate in Petroleum Revenue Management from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration.

Stanley’s areas of focus are on property, family, construction, corporate and commercial law. He has over the years routinely litigated in the above-mentioned practice areas.

Emmanuel Owusu-Tuffuor

Associate Lawyer

Tuffour is a product of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology where he obtained his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree before proceeding to the Ghana School of Law for the Professional Law Course.

As a young and ambitious lawyer, Tuffour is always excited to take up new challenges and to assist Clients in finding solutions to the toughest legal problems. He is committed to the needs of Clients and consciously deploys his skills to achieve sterling results for them in good time.

After being called to the Bar in 2019, Tuffour has made great strides in establishing himself in various fields of the legal practice including the areas of Corporate and Commercial Law, Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Real Property Law and Human Rights Law.

He loves to advise on Corporate Governance and Compliance issues and has been described as a ‘brilliant negotiator’ and a lawyer with a fervent drive for excellence.

Lawrence Attipoe

Director, Business Development and Continental Trade & Investment

Larry holds first and second degrees in both Land Economy and Law from Ghana and UK, including an LLM in International Business Law from the University of London, and an Mphil in Land Economy from Magdalene College, University of Cambridge. He also holds professional qualifications in management accounting (CIMA, UK) and business valuation from the Africa Association of Certified Valuators and Analysists (AACVA), an affiliate of the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA) of the USA.

He brings to ALA his rich experience in working across Africa. He knows how small businesses work in Africa through his work on private sector development at a number of international development organizations in Southern, Eastern, Central and West Africa. He also played an instrumental role in the all-important de-regulation of the Telecom sector in Africa from 1998 to 2003 as Senior Consultant with Spectrum International Ltd, an infrastructure management consultancy firm. He has vast experience managing impact investment, project financing, and business valuation projects across Africa.

Larry serves on many Boards and Technical Committees, including the Technical Advisory Committee of Fairtrade Africa, where he is helping to develop a new Governance Structure for the organisation.

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