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Africa Group

Our premium Africa practice has been built over 30 years and is serviced by partners from across our global network of offices, including Johannesburg.

With experience advising in all of Africa's 54 jurisdictions and across all key industry sectors, we have a thorough understanding of the continent's local and regional legal systems, business practices, local cultures and socio-political considerations, and of the issues and realities of doing business in Africa.

The combination of our full-service multi-industry expertise, deep Africa experience and know-how ensures we can provide a real value added service to our clients in Africa, for both new entrants to these exciting markets or established operators alike.

We are ranked in tier one by Chambers Global for Africa-wide Projects & Energy, Mining & Minerals, Dispute Resolution, TMT and Corporate & Commercial: OHADA Specialists. Six of our partners are also singled out by Chambers Global 2018 as leading individuals for Africa-wide Projects & Energy—more than any other firm in this category.

Accolades

Broad geographic scope of M&A activity across the continent with particular recognition in francophone countries and on OHADA law mandates. Impressive roster of clients from the continent, Europe and Asia.  One source attesting to the value of the team added: "It was a difficult transaction in many ways; it was complicated with a very tight deadline. They worked to get the best result in negotiations and we couldn't live without them."

Chambers Global 2018 (Africa-wide Corporate/M&A)

Finally, it is ‘the best law firm regarding mining work in Africa’ thanks to its ‘great knowledge and experience that are major assets when dealing with complicated situations’.

Legal 500 EMEA 2018

Peers point to the team's experience in energy and go on to enthuse: "Herbert Smith Freehills is fantastic for mining in West Africa. It's top-notch."

Chambers Global 2018 (Africa-wide Projects & Energy)

Clients value its in-depth knowledge, notably in the oil sector, and say: "We've had excellent service from everyone we've worked with there, whichever the office. They have a very amiable team. Everyone has been extremely helpful."

Chambers Global 2018 (Africa-wide Projects & Energy)

Hugely distinguished global firm with an imposing bench of practitioners well placed to deal with an array of contentious matters. Offers leading expertise in both francophone and anglophone Africa, with a prestigious client base including eminent government entities, leading financial institutions and multinational companies. Benefits from a burgeoning presence in South Africa through its Johannesburg office and offers significant experience across the oil and gas, construction and mining sectors.

Chambers Global 2018: Africa-wide Dispute Resolution

Well-regarded global firm with an impressive track record in financial transactions in the commercial and projects arenas. Widely acknowledged for its depth of expertise in the infrastructure, natural resources and energy sectors, with an emphasis on capital markets and project financing matters. Benefits from a strong international brand, with a burgeoning presence in South Africa.

Chambers Global 2018 (Africa-wide Banking & finance)

A long-established team in the African market with an impressive reach across the whole continent. Has expertise in a range of sectors including mining, telecoms, consumer goods and pharmaceuticals, covering all commercial and corporate mandates. Excellent work in the francophone jurisdictions and is a market leader in OHADA law. : "It was a world-class product. They are on top of their game." Clients praise its extensive network: "The people are good and they also have a vast network of connections. They were able to offer a really good, practical approach." Sources note their francophone expertise: "I think they're really good, they cover francophone regions very well."

Chambers Global 2017 (Africa-wide - Corporate/Commercial: OHADA Specialists)

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Recent Experience

Our expert teams across sectors and practice areas provide a diverse range of legal knowledge to our clients in the region

IHS Holding Limited (IHS)

Advising on its acquisition of Helios Towers Nigeria Limited from HTN Towers.

Danone

Advising on its acquisition, in partnership with Abraaj Group, of Fan Milk International, a leading manufacturer and distributor of frozen dairy products and juices operating in West Africa.

CMOC

Advising on the acquisition of Freeport's indirect 56% interest in the world-class Tenke Fungurume mine in DRC for US$2.65 billion.

Vitol SA

Advising on its US$7 billion oil and gas project in Ghana with ENI supplying gas for power generation.

Southern African Power Pool Coordination Centre

Advising on the Botswana-South Africa (BOSA) transmission line.

EDF, IFC and Government of Cameroon

Advising on the development of the Nachtigal Hydroelectric Project in Cameroon.