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IFLR Africa Awards 2021: winners announced

All the winning deals, teams, law firms and individuals for the second IFLR Africa Awards

IFLR is delighted to announce the winning deals, teams, law firms and individuals for the second edition of its IFLR Africa Awards.

This announcement follows months of research by the team and careful deliberation by the editors and IFLR journalists that make up the internal judging panel.

The core objective of the awards is to recognise legal innovation in cross-border transactions. To be considered, all deals must have reached financial close between June 1 2020 and May 31 2021, as well as meet pre-defined criteria to be considered cross-border and jurisdictionally African.

The most significant theme running through the IFLR Africa Awards research this year was that of resilience. Legal innovation and cross-border deal making is invariably complex, but the global pandemic and associated knock-on effects fully tested the abilities and perseverance of all stakeholders. In the face of this adversity, law firms and practitioners getting deals done on the continent rose to the challenges admirably.

There was a raft of pioneering work analysed by our research team that reached across all areas of Africa, and the list of winners below reflects the innovative, cross-border legal advice that allowed the most transformative business transactions to reach completion.

The winners' award presentation, in which we reveal the winners and talk about some of the highlights from the research, can be viewed below.

To find out more about business development and marketing related to the awards, please contact: Liam Sharkey: lsharkey@iflr.com

On behalf of the research team, thank you to everyone who took the time to contribute through submissions and interviews, and congratulations to all the winners.


Regional awards

International law firm of the year

Clifford Chance

In-house team of the year

African Export–Import Bank (Afreximbank) 

Legal network of the year

ALN


DEALS OF THE YEAR

Capital markets

Banque Ouest Africaine de Développement sustainability bond
Dechert
White & Case

Domestic

Nigerian Stock Exchange demutualization
Aluko & Oyebode

Loans

Trade and Development Bank pandemic relief loan
Clifford Chance
White & Case

M&A

Stripe / Paystack Payments
Aluko & Oyebode
Fenwick & West
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe
The New Practice

Private equity

Capitalworks / Peregrine
Bedell Cristin Partnership
BLC Robert & Associates
Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
Clifford Chance
Conyers Dill & Pearman
Webber Wentzel
Werksmans

Project finance

Beitbridge border post modernisation project
Allen & Overy
BLC Robert & Associates
Bowmans
DLA Piper Africa, Mauritius (Juristconsult Chambers)
DLA Piper Africa, Zimbabwe (Manokore Attorneys)
Eversheds Sutherland
Gill Goldlonton & Gerrans
Harneys
Herbert Smith Freehills
Werksmans

Restructuring

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

Editor’s choice impact award

African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) Covid-19 vaccines
Appleby (Mauritius)
Slaughter and May


Teams of the Year

Capital markets

White & Case

Loans

White & Case

M&A

Clifford Chance

Private equity

Clifford Chance

Project finance

Herbert Smith Freehills

Restructuring

Clifford Chance


National firm awards

Angola

ASP Advogados

Botswana

Bookbinder Business Law

Ethiopia

Aman Assefa & Associates Law Office

Ghana

JLD & MB Legal Consultancy

Kenya

Anjarwalla & Khanna

Mauritius

BLC Robert & Associates

Mozambique

CGA - Couto Graça & Associados

Morocco

Clifford Chance Morocco

Namibia

ENSafrica

Nigeria

Aluko & Oyebode

OHADA

Asafo & Co

Rwanda

ENSafrica

South Africa

Bowmans

Tanzania

ALN Tanzania|A&K Tanzania

Tunisia

Donia Hedda-Ellouze, Ellouze & Belajouza-Felli

Uganda

ALN Uganda MMAKS

Zambia

Bowmans

Zimbabwe

DLA Piper Africa, Zimbabwe (Manokore Attorneys)

Capital markets firm of the year: Nigeria

Aluko & Oyebode

Capital markets firm of the year: South Africa

ENSafrica

Loans firm of the year: Nigeria

Aluko & Oyebode

Loans firm of the year: South Africa

Allen & Overy

M&A firm of the year: Nigeria

Aluko & Oyebode

M&A firm of the year: South Africa

Webber Wentzel

Project finance firm of the year: Nigeria

Templars

Project finance firm of the year: South Africa

Bowmans

Individual Awards

Rising stars of the year award

Okechukwu Okoro - G Elias & Co
Tiwalola Osazuwa - Aelex

In-House Market Maker

Magase Mogale - Africell

IFLR Women Dealmakers Hall of Fame

Brigette Baillie - Herbert Smith Freehills

Lifetime achievement award

Iqbal Rajahbalee - BLC Robert & Associates


                            

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