IFLR Africa Awards 2021: shortlist revealed

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All the shortlisted deals, teams and firms of the year – winners will be announced on September 9

IFLR is delighted to reveal the shortlist for the second annual Africa Awards 2021. Below is the full list of deal, team and national and international firm of the year finalists.

The IFLR Africa Awards focus exclusively on legal innovation in cross-border transactions. Transactions must have reached financial close between June 1 2020 and May 31 2021 to be considered. The full methodology and criteria can be found here.

Winners will be announced on September 9, when IFLR will also announce the recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award and Women Dealmakers Hall of Fame Award.

IFLR will announce the winners online, with podcasts and written profiles to explore the work covered in the awards and the teams and individuals behind it. Previous IFLR Awards podcasts include the Europe Awards, Asia-Pacific Awards, Americas Awards, Asia-Pacific Market Reform Award, Americas Market Reform Award and Americas Lifetime Achievement Award.

To find out more please contact Liam Sharkey.

The winners will be announced on September 9th. To ensure the widest possible audience, the broadcast is open-access and there is no fee to attend. Please register here.

The shortlist below is based on preliminary research. If your team advised on one of these transactions but has not been listed please contact Jamie Rayat.

DEALS OF THE YEAR

Capital markets

AB InBev and SAB empowerment transactions

Bowmans

ENSafrica

Africa Finance Corporation green bond

Aluko & Oyebode

Clifford Chance

White & Case

Banque Ouest Africaine de Développement sustainability bond

Dechert

White & Case

Clindeb-Netcare-Standard Bank sustainability-linked bond

Bowmans

Development Bank of Southern Africa green bond

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Clifford Chance

CMS

CMS Francis Lefebvre

Hammerson rights issue

ENSafrica

Davis Polk & Wardwell

Herbert Smith Freehills

Nedbank ESG-linked notes

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

White & Case

RH Bophelo cross-listing

ENSafrica

Linklaters

Domestic

Dangote Cement share buy-back

Banwo & Ighodalo

Federal Government of Nigeria sukuk

Banwo & Ighodalo

Metropolitan Law Firm

Sefton Fross

Udo Udoma Bela & Osagie

Fonds Damane Tamayouz securitisations

Clifford Chance

Greenwich Trust merchant bank conversion

Banwo & Ighodalo

Tokunbo Orimobi

Mary Oppenheimer and Daughters (4Racing) / Phumelela racing assets

Fluxmans

Werksmans

Nigerian Stock Exchange demutualization

Aluko & Oyebode

Riche Terre waste-to-value plant financing

BLC Robert & Associates

SA Bidco / Comair

ENSafrica

Werksmans

Loans

Access Bank trade financing

Aluko & Oyebode

Clifford Chance

Africa Finance Corporation - DFC capital loan

DLA Piper

Aluko & Oyebode

Africell commercial loan

Clifford Chance

Hogan Lovells

Mayer Brown

White & Case

Bank of Industry - Afreximbank and Credit Suisse term loan

G Elias & Co

Olaniwun Ajayi

White & Case

Bushveld Minerals - Orion Resources financing

Allen & Overy

Bowmans

Falcon Hume

Gowlings

Lousol refinancing

Aluko & Oyebode

Appleby Mauritius

Baker Mckenzie

Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie

Trade and Development Bank pandemic relief loan

Clifford Chance

White & Case

M&A

Access Bank / Grobank

Bowmans

DLA Piper

Norton Rose Fulbright

Webber Wentzel

Allianz / Jubilee General Insurance

Bowmans Kenya

CMS Daly Inamdar Advocates

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Slaughter and May

Globeleq / Cumming Power Generation Nigeria

Clifford Chance

DLA Piper 

DLA Piper Africa, Nigeria (Olajide Oyewole)

Templars

I&M Holdings / Orient Bank

Anjarwalla & Khanna

Bowmans Kenya

Clifford Chance

Karrooooo / Cartrack

Davis Polk & Wardwell

ENSafrica

Norton Rose Fulbright

The Foschini Group / Jet

Bookbinder Law

ENSafrica

Robinson Bertram Law

Webber Newdigate Attorneys

Stripe / Paystack Payments

Aluko & Oyebode

Fenwick & West

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

The New Practice

Zeepay / Mangwee Mobile Zambia

JLD & MB Legal Consultancy

Private Equity

Actis (Neoma Africa Fund) / Octotel and RSAWeb

Fluxmans

Webber Wentzel

AP Møller Capital and Holmarcom / Mass Céréales al Maghreb

Allen & Overy

Clifford Chance

Mame Adama Gueye & Associés Avocats

Capitalworks / Peregrine

Bedell Cristin Partnership

BLC Robert & Associates

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Clifford Chance

Conyers Dill & Pearman

Webber Wentzel

Werksmans

Exeo Capital (Agri-Vie Fund II) / Glacier Products

DLA Piper Africa, Kenya (IKM Advocates)

Kaplan & Stratton

Leapfrog Investments / ICEA Lion Insurance

ALN Kenya|Anjarwalla & Khanna

ALN Uganda|MMAKS Advocates

ALN Tanzania|A&K Tanzania

Kaplan & Stratton

Metier and Retailability / Edgars and Edcon subsidiaries

Bookbinders

Cliffe Dekker Hoffmeyer

DLA Piper Africa, Namibia (ESI Namibia)

ENSafrica

Robertson & Bertram

Webbers Newdigate

Sanlam Emerging Markets / FBN Insurance

Aluko & Oyebode

SPA Ajibade & Co.

Glyn Marais

Valar Ventures / Kuda Technologies

CooleyThe 

G Elias & Co

Templars

TaylorWessing

Project finance

Beitbridge border post modernisation project

Allen & Overy

BLC

Bowmans

DLA Piper Africa, Mauritius (Juristconsult Chambers)

DLA Piper Africa, Zimbabwe (Manokore Attorneys)

Eversheds Sutherland

Gill Godlonton & Gerrans

Harneys

Herbert Smith Freehills

Werksmans

Escotel

Gide Loyrette Nouel

Trinity International

Lekki Deep Sea Port Project

Allen & Overy

Aluko & Oyebode

Campbells

Global Law Office

Jingtian & Gongcheng

Linklaters

Mourant

Templars

Sidi Mansour Windfarm

Trinity International

Société Générale des Travaux du Maroc (SGTM) cement plant

Gide Loyrette Nouel

Allen & Overy

UGGC

TAV Airports project finance restructuring

Cabinet Donia Hedda-Ellouze Ellouze & Belajouza-Felli

Ciftci Law Firm

Clifford Chance

Meziou Knani & Khlif

NautaDutilh

Shearman & Sterling

Sibel Ertekin Law Office

Taza Wind Farm

Allen & Overy

Clifford Chance

Restructuring

DAZN Media Group

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Templars

Petra Diamonds financial restructuring

ALN Tanzania|A&K Tanzania

Ashurst

Baker McKenzie

Werksmans

White & Case

TAV Airports restructuring

Cabinet Donia Hedda-Ellouze Ellouze & Belajouza-Felli

Ciftci Law Firm

Clifford Chance

Meziou Knani & Khlif

NautaDutilh

Shearman & Sterling

Sibel Ertekin Law Office

Tsebo

Bowmans

ENSAfrica

Webber Wentzel


TEAMS OF THE YEAR

Capital markets

Bowmans

Clifford Chance

Dechert

ENSafrica

Herbert Smith Freehills

Linklaters

Davis Polk & Wardwell

White & Case

Loans

Allen & Overy

Bowmans

Baker McKenzie

Clifford Chance

DLA Piper

Hogan Lovells

Mayer Brown

White & Case

M&A

Bowmans

Clifford Chance

DLA Piper

ENSafrica

Fenwick & West

Norton Rose Fulbright

Slaughter and May

Webber Wentzel

Private equity

Allen & Overy

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Clifford Chance

DLA Piper

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Webber Wentzel

Project finance

Allen & Overy

Clifford Chance

Gide Loyrette Nouel

Herbert Smith Freehills

Linklaters

Shearman & Sterling

Trinity International

Restructuring

Allen & Overy

Ashurst

Clifford Chance

ENSAfrica

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Shearman & Sterling

Webber Wentzel

White & Case


REGIONAL AWARDS

International law firm of the year

Allen & Overy

Clifford Chance

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Herbert Smith Freehills

Linklaters

Shearman & Sterling

Slaughter and May

White & Case

In-house team of the year

African Development Bank

African Export–Import Bank (Afreximbank)

Africa Finance Corporation

Africell

Development Bank of South Africa

Nigerian Exchange Group

Standard Bank

Trade and Development Bank

Legal network of the year

ALN

Bowmans

DLA Piper Africa

ENSafrica

Morais Leitao

IFLR Women Dealmakers Hall of Fame

Funke Adekoya - Aelex

Brigette Baillie - Herbert Smith Freehills

Olubunmi Fayokun - Aluko & Oyebode

Sonal Sejpal - Anjarwalla & Khanna

2020 Hall of Fame winner: Kofo Dosekun


NATIONAL LAW FIRMS OF THE YEAR

Angola

ALC Advogados

ASP Advogados

BCSA - Advogados

Fátima Freitas Advogados

FBL Advogados

Ghana

Bentsi-Enchill Letsa & Ankomah

ENSafrica Ghana

JLD & MB Legal Consultancy

N Dowuona & Company

Kenya

Anjarwalla & Khanna

Bowmans (Coulson Harney)

CMS Daly Inamdar Advocates

Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Matthew

DLA Piper Africa, Kenya (IKM Advocates)

Kaplan & Stratton

Mauritius

Appleby

Benoit Chambers

BLC Robert & Associates

Dentons Mauritius

DLA Piper Africa, Mauritius (Juristconsult Chambers)

ENSafrica

Morocco

Allen & Overy

Gide Loyrette Nouel

Clifford Chance

Mozambique

ABCC - Avillez Bacar Centeio & Cambule

Couto Graça e Associados

DLA Piper Africa, Mozambique (SAL & Caldeira)

GDA Advogados

HRA Advogados

TTA - Tomás Timbane & Associados Advogados

Nigeria

Nigeria firm of the to be year announced on the night

Capital markets - Nigeria

Aelex

Aluko & Oyebode

Banwo & Ighodalo

G Elias & Co

Templars

Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie

Loans - Nigeria

Aluko & Oyebode

G Elias & Co

Olaniwun Ajayi

Templars

Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie

M&A - Nigeria

Aelex

Aluko & Oyebode

Banwo & Ighodalo

Templars

The New Practice

Project finance - Nigeria

Aelex

Aluko & Oyebode

Banwo & Ighodalo

G Elias & Co

Olaniwun Ajayi

Templars

OHADA

Asafo & Co

Cabinet Geni & Kebe

Houda Law Firm

John W Ffooks & Co

Mame Adama Gueye & Associés Avocats

Ngassam Fansi & Mouafo

South Africa

South Africa firm of the year to be announced on the night

Capital markets - South Africa

Bowmans

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

ENSafrica

Herbert Smith Freehills

White & Case

Loans - South Africa

Allen & Overy

Baker McKenzie

Bowmans

ENSafrica

Webber Wentzel

M&A - South Africa

Bowmans

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

ENSafrica

Webber Wentzel

Werksmans

Project finance - South Africa

Bowmans

ENSafrica

Herbert Smith Freehills

Webber Wentzel

Tanzania

ALN Tanzania|A&K Tanzania

Clyde & Co

DLA Piper Africa, Tanzania (IMMMA Advocates)

FB Attorneys

Uganda

ALN Uganda|MMAKS Advocates

DLA Piper Africa, Uganda (Sebalu & Lule)

ENSafrica Uganda

Shonubi Musoke & Co

Note: National firm winners across the rest of the region will be announced on the night

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