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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International law firm Cohen & Gresser announced today that Adam Bramwell, former chief of staff and general counsel to Senator Christopher Coons (D-DE), has joined the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and will lead the firm’s new Government Relations practice.  Adam has over 25 years of high-level political and lobbying experience, and has close relationships with a network of influential policymakers in both the new administration and the U.S. Congress.

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.

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