The need for commercially sound legal advice on financing is particularly important in the emerging markets of Africa where governments and the private sector are both focussing on the investments necessary to enable development.
We are recognised as a leading adviser on banking and finance law in Sub-Saharan Africa and a market-leader in innovation, documentation standards and best practice.
We have experience across the spectrum of finance matters from bank finance to project finance, debt capital markets and restructuring. We handle many of the largest and most complex financings, debt restructurings and work-outs and are often involved in the development of sophisticated financial products.
We specialise in complex domestic and cross-border finance transactions and have extensive knowledge of leveraged and acquisition finance, structured finance, capital markets, project and real estate finance, derivatives, securitisation, preference share finance, subordinated debt and insolvency and restructuring.
Our expertise extends to bilateral and syndicated loans, guarantee and security issues and regulatory matters including the establishment of banks and the carrying on of lending and investment banking activities within Sub-Saharan Africa.
Our depth of expertise enables us to provide advice across the entire capital structure of a transaction (from working capital facilities to hedging; equity financing to mezzanine debt).
Our Islamic finance specialists have advised on the structuring of Islamic law compliant financial products. We have also been involved in numerous project finance and public-private partnership transactions, advising lenders, borrowers and concession companies.
Some of our lawyers are admitted as solicitors in England and Wales allowing us to provide seamless advice on English law governed financings in the region.
We act for corporate borrowers; corporate, commercial and investment banks and other financial institutions; trust companies and funds; and state-owned entities, regulatory bodies and governments. In recent times, we have also acted for insolvency and business rescue practitioners.