Africa Practice

C&G’s Africa practice provides seamless representation to African and international clients in the oil and gas, renewables, infrastructure, mining and metals, technology, agribusiness, and financial services sectors. Practice attorneys operate together from our offices in New York, London, Paris, and Washington, D.C.

Our transactional attorneys regularly advise public and privately-held companies, private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds, and other alternative asset managers on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and dispositions, as well as fund raising, fund due diligence and evaluation, and fund formation, in a number of African jurisdictions.

Our litigators have represented clients in numerous international arbitrations and cross-border litigations relating to Africa, and we have extensive experience providing strategic advice relating to U.S. economic/OFAC sanctions, EU economic sanctions, export controls, anti-money laundering (AML) laws and regulations, international cooperation and anti-corruption/anti-bribery laws, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the UK Bribery Act, and French anti-bribery regulations. We also have advised clients on tax and technology matters relating to African jurisdictions and clients.

The practice is led by partner Kwaku Andoh, who is based in New York but travels frequently to Africa.

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Loïc Henriot has been recognized by Lettre des Juristes d’Affaires (LJA) and Forbes Magazine as a “Rising Star” in their inaugural listing of the Top 40 lawyers advising CAC 40 public companies.

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Cohen & Gresser announces the expansion of its disputes offering with the appointment of Jumana Rahman as Partner in the firm’s London office. Jumana will lead Cohen & Gresser’s UK commercial litigation practice. She has a particular focus on banking and financial services litigation and funds litigation, as well as judicial review claims. She brings over 20 years of experience acting for a range of clients in banking and financial services, investment and hedge funds, and large corporates, in proceedings in various jurisdictions including Antigua, the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, the Channel Islands, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the U.S. Jumana also has extensive experience representing Middle Eastern and African clients in complex international matters.

John W Gibson is quoted in an article by The Daily Telegraph, which highlights the impact of the rare-earth metals industry on U.S. – China trade relations, noting “China has a ‘notional advantage’ in this area, by using relatively toothless regulation on African-based mining projects.”

Dawda Jawara examines the economic risks facing African economies and businesses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. He notes that while the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will be writ large in economies throughout Africa, swift and decisive action can save lives and livelihoods.

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Africa is quickly emerging as a global leader of international sports and media content. Driven by a younger population and the wide-spread adoption of modern technologies, the African sports and entertainment sectors have reached new audiences worldwide. The growing global demand for original African content has opened up new and exciting opportunities for international investors.

On March 30, Cohen & Gresser and Altica Partners hosted an insightful discussion about two of Africa’s fast-growing sectors – Sports and Entertainment. This event was the first in C&G and Altica Partner’s “African Industry Leadership Series,” which partners with African business leaders to provide a closer look at the exciting opportunities for investors in Africa’s emerging markets through the lens of local leaders.

During the discussion, C&G’s Kwaku Andoh and Dawda Jawara interviewed Victor Williams, CEO of NBA Africa and Dayo Ogunyemi, Founder of 234 Media, about their careers and how their sectors have evolved in recent years. Victor and Dayo shared anecdotes and offer insights into some of the exciting opportunities in Africa.

Topics included:

  • Recent trends in the African Sports and Entertainment sectors
  • Why the African Sports and Entertainment sectors are attractive to investors
  • Unique insight and perspective from industry leaders Victor Williams and Dayo Ogunyemi

Kwaku Andoh participated on the "Law, Industrialization & Technology in Africa" panel at the 16th Annual Columbia University African Economic Forum.