Our Services

SERVICES

Finance and Capital Markets

Our team has a wealth of experience advising governmental, corporate and investment banking clients in relation to:

  • Bilateral and syndicated loan agreements
  • Refinancing
  • Trade finance
  • Asset-based lending
  • Collateral and security arrangements
  • Debt securities issues — private placements and public offerings
  • Equity securities

Derivatives and Trading

Derivatives and bank trading documentation is one of our key activities. We provide support in documenting, reviewing and amending a wide range of bank trading documents including:

  • ISDA agreements and CSA
  • GMRA
  • Securities lending agreements
  • Prime brokerage agreements and
  • Legal opinions

Corporate and Commercial

We support business entities in Europe and in Africa through all stages of their corporate life cycle, including:

  • Corporate start-up and incorporation documents
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Director services contracts
  • Standard terms of business
  • Joint venture and other co-investment documents

Private Equity and Asset Management

We advise asset managers including private equity funds, hedge funds, VC investors, sovereign wealth funds and family offices on investments into (or out of) Africa across a wide variety of sectors. We also advise portfolio companies and their management teams. Our advice includes:

  • M&A – share purchase agreements, asset purchase agreements, public takeover processes
  • JVs and cooperation agreements
  • Shareholder agreements and investment agreements
  • Constitutional and governance documents
  • Establishment of funds and similar investment vehicle structures

Restructuring and Insolvency

We advise investors, debtors and creditors in relation to a wide variety of restructuring-related projects, including:

  • Distressed investment
  • Workouts and disposals
  • Insolvency processes
  • Creditor and bondholder committees

Regulatory & Compliance

We advise and assist our clients in achieving and maintaining corporate and regulatory compliance within their operational sectors in the UK and in Africa:

  • Compliance reviews and audits
  • Corporate governance review
  • Regulatory review
  • FCPA / UK AML

Real Estate

Our real estate practice acts for African banks in the UK and other corporate institutions and individuals on various transaction types that include the following:

  • Disposals and development
  • Secured lending
  • Property finance
  • Structuring of property acquisitions
  • Property joint ventures

Dispute Resolution

Our team has vast experience advising clients in litigation, and both commercial and investment arbitrations, in both common law and civil law systems. We regularly play a key role in:

  • Representing clients before national courts, community courts of justice, regulatory bodies or international arbitral tribunals in Europe and in Africa
  • Enforcement of judgments and awards in a wide variety of jurisdictions across the globe
  • Acting as arbitrator in a broad range of commercial and investment arbitrations

Oil & Gas and Energy

Our Oil & Gas practice offers a comprehensive service across on all aspects of the oil and gas supply chain, including upstream (exploration and production), midstream (storage and transportation), downstream (fuels and lubricants, marketing and refining, retail and chemicals). We are active at every stage of the asset and corporate life cycle; our team has an outstanding track record comprising both major domestic and international upstream transactions including:

  • Farm-in and farm-out agreements
  • SPAs and JVs
  • Exploration and production contracts
  • Review and drafting of petroleum legislation
  • Joint venture agreements, joint operating agreements, shareholders’ agreements
  • Construction agreements, development agreements
  • Service agreements, operating and management agreements
  • Transportation agreements, off-take agreements, lifting agreements

Project Finance

We regularly advise sponsors and lenders alike on the most complex project financings across the African continent involving every combination of commercial and development finance debt across the full range of sectors, from thermal/renewable power to transport/ social infrastructure to natural resources and beyond. Our work includes:

  • Drafting and negotiating energy project documents, including power purchase agreement, State guarantees, EPC/O&M contracts, etc.
  • Drafting and negotiating energy finance documents: facility agreements, common terms agreements, security packages, direct agreements, etc.
  • Restructuring energy projects