IFLR Africa Awards 2022: shortlist revealed

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All the shortlisted deals, teams and firms of the year – winners will be announced on August 25

IFLR is delighted to reveal the shortlist for the third annual Africa Awards. 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. Deals must have reached financial close between June 1 2021 and May 31 2022 to be considered. The full methodology and criteria can be found here.

Winners will be announced on August 25, when IFLR will also announce the recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, In-House Market Maker and Rising Stars of the Year Awards.

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 Emily Kyriacou.

The winners will be announced on August 25. To ensure the widest possible audience, the broadcast is open-access and there is no fee to attend.

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

Access Bank Tier-1 eurobonds

Aluko & Oyebode

Banwo & Ighadalo

Clifford Chance

Templars

White & Case

Wigwe & Partners

AXIAN Telecom bonds

ALN Tanzania|A&K Tanzania

Aquereburu & Partners

Benoit Chambers

BLC Robert & Associates

Bowmans Tanzania

Latham & Watkins

Lexel Juridique & Fiscal

Madagascar Law Offices

Martial Akakpo & Associés

White & Case

Bank of Industry senior notes

Allen & Overy

Banwo & Ighodalo

Olaniwun Ajayi

White & Case

Guaranty Trust Bank GDR delisting and listing

Aluko & Oyebode

White & Case

IHS Holding senior notes

Aluko & Oyebode

Clifford Chance

McDermott Will & Emery

NautaDutilh

Templars

Walkers

White & Case

MTN Nigeria Communications equity offering

Banwo & Ighodalo

F O Akinrele & Co

G Elias & Co

Udo-Udoma & Belo-Osagie

Prosus/Naspers voluntary share exchange offer

Allen & Overy

Cravath Swaine & Moore

Webber Wentzel

Domestic

Dangote Cement bonds

Banwo & Ighodalo

Olaniwun Ajayi

Sefton Fross

Grupo Carrinho / Banco de Comércio e Indústria

ASP Advogados

VdA Vieira de Almeida

Northam Platinum BEE

Allen & Overy

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Webber Wentzel

Pan African Towers acquisition financing

Aluko & Oyebode

G Elias & Co

Olaniwun Ajayi

Rand Water SLB

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Standard Bank Group / Liberty Holdings

Bowmans

Davis Polk & Wardwell

Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie

Webber Wentzel

The Imperial Group ESG facilities

Allen & Overy

Bowmans

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Webber Wentzel

Titan Trust Bank / Union Bank of Nigeria

Banwo & Ighodalo

Drey Law Practice

G Elias & Co

Norton Rose Fulbright

White & Case

Loans

Coca-Cola financing

Al Tamimi & Company

Bookbinder Law

Bowmans

Couto Graça e Associados

ENSAfrica Ghana

HD Bossau & Co

Development Bank Ghana

Bentsi-Enchill Letsa & Ankomah

IHS Towers refinancing

Aluko & Oyebode

Clifford Chance

Lagos State Government bus corridors

Udo-Udoma & Belo Osagie

White & Case

Medi-Clinic Southern Africa (MCSA) term loan

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Webber Wentzel

Moove

Banwo & Ighodalo

Norton Rose Fulbright

Templars

White & Case

Oceana Group loans

ENSafrica Namibia

White & Case

M&A

Ardagh Group / Consol Holdings

Aman Assefa & Associates

Bowmans

Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie

Webber Wentzel

BUTEC Group / Engie African subsidiaries

ADNA

Linklaters

Equinix / MainOne

Banwo & Ighodalo

Bowmans Mauritius

ENSafrica Ghana

KSK Société d'Avocats

Slaughter and May

Udo-Udoma & Belo-Osagie

Nutreco / Unga Farm Care JV

Bowmans Kenya (Coulson Harney)

DLA Piper Africa, Kenya (IKM Advocates)

DLA Piper Africa, Uganda (Sebalu & Lule)



Private Equity

Actis exit from Mouka

Banwo & Ighodalo

Clifford Chance

Jackson Etti & Edu

Norton Rose Fulbright

AfricInvest and IFC / AutoXpress

Anjarwalla & Khanna

BLC Robert & Associates

Bowmans

K-Solutions and Partners

ALN Tanzania | A&K Tanzania

ALN UAE | Anjarwalla Collins & Haidermota

ALN Uganda | MMAKS Advocates

ARAF and FMO Farmerline Group investment   

Bowmans

N Dowuona & Company

Sidley Austin

British International Investment and DP World unincorporated JV

Addleshaw Goddard

Cabinet Habibatou Toure

Clifford Chance

Mahmoud Gitau Jillo

Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy

International Finance Corporation / Equity Group stake

Anjarwalla & Khanna

Covington & Burling

DLA Piper Africa, Kenya (IKM Advocates)

DLA Piper Africa, Tanzania (IMMMA Advocates)

DLA Piper Africa, Uganda (Sebalu & Lule)

DLA Piper Africa, Rwanda (Equity Juris Chambers)

Matadi & Associes

Piyanile & Co Advocates

Walker Kontos

Qatar Holding / Airtel Mobile Commerce

Herbert Smith Freehills

White & Case

Sojitz Corporation / Axxela

Banwo & Ighodalo

Hogan Lovells

Latham & Watkins

Templars

Project finance

Aba IPP

Baker McKenzie

G Elias & Co

Hogan Lovells

Templars

Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie

Ambatovy Nickel – Cobalt Mining Project

Milbank

Sullivan & Cromwell

Bita Water Angola

Allen & Overy

Norton Rose Fulbright

Cote d’Ivoire Terminal

Allen & Overy

Chauveau & Associés

Shearman & Sterling

Ghana railways

Clifford Chance

ENSafrica Ghana

Vinge

GreenYellow and Egnon Consulting Benin solar projects

Clifford Chance

Mayer Brown

Sinclair Legal

Gujeni iron-ore mine and plant

Aluko & Oyebode

Norton Rose Fulbright

Templars

Temane power project

Clifford Chance

Shearman & Sterling

Restructuring

Afarak Mogale

Assheton-Smith Ginsberg

Werksmans

Air Mauritius

ALN

BLC Robert & Associates

Clayton Utz

FTPA

Horizon Legal

Morrison & Foerster

Ornano & Associates

St James Chambers

Webber Wentzel

Ambatovy Nickel – Cobalt Mining Project

Milbank

Sullivan & Cromwell

ARM Cement debt restructuring

DLA Piper Africa

Walker Kontos

Two Rivers Mall

Bowmans

TEAMS OF THE YEAR

Capital markets

Allen & Overy

Aluko & Oyebode

Banwo & Ighodalo

Clifford Chance

Latham & Watkins

Templars

Webber Wentzel

White & Case

Loans

Allen & Overy

Aluko & Oyebode

Bowmans

Clifford Chance

Norton Rose Fulbright

Udo-Udoma & Belo-Osagie

Webber Wentzel

White & Case

M&A

Banwo & Ighodalo

Bowmans

DLA Piper

Norton Rose Fulbright

Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie

Slaughter and May

Webber Wentzel

White & Case

Private equity

Anjarwalla & Khanna

Clifford Chance

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

DLA Piper

Latham & Watkins

Webber Wentzel

Project finance

Allen & Overy

Clifford Chance

Hogan Lovells

Norton Rose Fulbright

Shearman & Sterling

Sullivan & Cromwell

Restructuring

Allen & Overy

Bowmans

Milbank

Sullivan & Cromwell

Webber Wentzel

Werksmans

REGIONAL AWARDS

International law firm of the year

Allen & Overy

Clifford Chance

Herbert Smith Freehills

Latham & Watkins

Norton Rose Fulbright

Shearman & Sterling

Slaughter and May

White & Case

In-house team of the year

Access Bank

Africa Finance Corporation

Coca-Cola

Guaranty Bank

IFC - International Finance Corporation

Legal network of the year

ALN

DLA Piper Africa

Miranda Alliance

Morais Leitão Legal Circle

VdA Legal Partners Network

IFLR Women Dealmakers Hall of Fame

Azeezah Muse-Sadiq, Banwo & Ighodalo

Beatrice Nyabira, DLA Piper Africa, Kenya (IKM Advocates)

Jackie Midlane, Norton Rose Fulbright

Olubunmi Fayokun, Aluko & Oyebode

Sally Hutton, Webber Wentzel



Previous Hall of Fame winners: Brigette Baillie (2021), Kofo Dosekun (2020)

NATIONAL LAW FIRMS OF THE YEAR

Angola

ALC Advogados

ASP Advogados

DLA Piper Africa, ADCA

Fátima Freitas Advogados, Miranda Law Alliance

PLMJ Colab Angola – RVA Advogados

Ghana

Bentsi-Enchill Letsa & Ankomah

ENSafrica Ghana

JLD & MB Legal Consultancy

N Dowuona & Company

Kenya

Anjarwalla & Khanna

Bowmans (Coulson Harney)

DLA Piper Africa, Kenya (IKM Advocates)

Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

Walter Kontos

Madagascar

John Ffooks & Co

Lexel Juridique & Fiscal

Madagascar Law Offices

Mauritius

Benoit Chambers

BLC Robert & Associates

Bowmans Mauritius

Dentons

ENSafrica Mauritius

Juristconsult Chambers

Morocco

ADNA

ASAFO & Co

Clifford Chance

Gide Cuatrecasas Casablanca

Naciri & Associés Allen & Overy

Mozambique

Couto Graça e Associados

GDA Advogados

DLA Piper Africa, Mozambique (SAL & Caldeira)

Pimenta e Associados, Miranda Law Alliance

Namibia

DLA Piper Africa, Ellis Shilengudwa Incorporated (ESI)

ENSafrica Namibia

H D Bossau & Co

Nigeria

Nigeria firm of the to be year announced on the night

Capital markets - Nigeria

Aluko & Oyebode

Banwo & Ighadalo

G Elias & Co

Templars

Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie

Loans – Nigeria

Aluko & Oyebode

Banwo & Ighodalo

Templars

Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie

M&A – Nigeria

Banwo & Ighodalo

G Elias & Co

Olaniwun Ajayi

Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie

Templars

Project finance - Nigeria

Aluko & Oyebode

Banwo & Ighodalo

G Elias & Co

Templars

Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie

OHADA

ADNA

Asafo & Co

Chauveau & Associés

Houda Law Firm

John W Ffooks & Co

Rwanda

DLA Piper Africa, Rwanda (Equity Juris Chambers)

ENSafrica Rwanda

K-Solutions & Partners

Trust Law Chambers

South Africa

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

Capital markets - South Africa

Bowmans

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

ENSafrica

Webber Wentzel

Loans - South Africa

Allen & Overy

Bowmans

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Norton Rose Fulbright

Webber Wentzel

M&A - South Africa

Bowmans

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

ENSafrica

Webber Wentzel

Werksmans

Project finance - South Africa

Allen & Overy

Bowmans

ENSafrica

Fasken (incorporated in South Africa as Bell Dewar Inc)

Webber Wentzel

Tanzania

ALN Tanzania|A&K Tanzania

Bowmans Tanzania

Clyde & Co

Dentons EALC East African Law Chambers

DLA Piper Africa, Tanzania (IMMMA Advocates)

Tunisia

Eversheds Sutherland El Heni

Ferchiou & Associés

Global Lawyers North Africa in partnership with Gide Loyrette Nouel

Uganda

ALN Uganda|MMAKS Advocates

Bowmans Uganda

DLA Piper Africa, Uganda (Sebalu & Lule)

ENSafrica Uganda

Shonubi Musoke & Co Advocates

Zambia


Bowmans Zambia

Corpus Legal Practitioners

Musa Dudhia & Co

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

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