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For more than 40 years, White & Case lawyers have guided clients investing and doing business on the African continent. The first international law firm to open an office in South Africa, we have advised clients on legal matters involving almost all 54 African countries.

Clients value our intimate knowledge of Africa's markets to navigate with confidence the diverse—and at times, challenging—economic and regulatory conditions across Africa.

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IBA's 4th Annual Investing in Africa Conference: London, 20–22 June
White & Case Counsel Luiz Aboim will co-chair the 4th Annual Investing in Africa conference and moderate panels on opportunities in Lusophone Africa and Francophone Africa. For more information, including registration details, please see the IBA's 4th Annual Investing in Africa Conference.

Substantial global resources, local presence, major transactions

Our teams of lawyers in Johannesburg, London, Paris, New York, Cairo, Beijing, Washington, DC, São Paulo and the United Arab Emirates serve clients across Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone Africa on some of the largest matters in Africa, especially:

Infrastructure and Project Finance

Our clients have led some of the most significant infrastructure projects in Africa, including largest and first-of-a-kind rail, airport, road and motorway, bridge, tunnel, port, water, waste, education, health and defense projects. Read more:

    M&A and Private equity

    Financial institutions

    Our bank finance and capital markets teams have a powerful track record of advising banks, financial institutions, companies and sovereigns on transactions involving all major financial markets in Africa. Read more:

    Dispute resolution

    Mining and metals

    Whether acquiring a portfolio of mining properties in Africa, looking to develop a bankable structure for a challenging mining project, negotiating concession terms with a host government, rebalancing your capital structure or bringing a mining company to the capital markets, we have the depth of resources to make this happen.

    Oil and gas

    Our worldwide team of dedicated lawyers with a deep understanding of all aspects of the oil and gas sector has developed enduring and wide-ranging relationships with sector participants across the hydrocarbon value chain in Africa.

    Capital markets

    No other international law firm can match our record for African securities transactions, including 90 percent of the public eurobonds issued by sub-Saharan African sovereigns (excluding South Africa) that have successfully come to the market since 2007.

    Power

    Clients benefit from our experience with all types of power generation plants—fossil fuel, wind, solar, hydroelectric, geothermal, biomass or nuclear—particularly in Africa, where power remains a critical factor in economic development.

    Telecommunications

    Our lawyers have advised governments, regulatory bodies and telecommunications operators on telecommunications-related transactions, financings and disputes in virtually every country in Africa.

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    AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

    Band 1: Projects & Energy
    Chambers Global, Africa-wide 2013 – 2018

    Best Law Firm in Africa
    EMEA Finance, African Banking Awards 2013 – 2017

    Best Project Finance Law Firm
    EMEA Finance 2014 – 2017

    Band 2: Banking & Finance
    Chambers Global, Africa-wide 2016 – 2018

    Best Law Firm in Africa
    EMEA Finance, African Banking Awards 2013 – 2017

    Construction Team of the Year
    African Legal Awards 2016

    Band 2: Corporate/M&A
    Chambers, Africa-wide 2015 – 2018

    Ranked 1st: Global M&A league tables by deal volume
    Bloomberg 2016

    Best Project Finance Law Firm
    EMEA Finance 2014 – 2017

    Multilateral Deal of the Year
    Project Finance International 2017

    Logistics Deal of the Year
    Project Finance International 2017

    MENA Midstream Oil & Gas Deal of the Year
    IJ Global 2016

    MENA Petrochemical Deal of the Year
    IJ Global 2016

    Experience

    Nacala Project, Mozambique
    Representation of Vale regarding the financing of the Nacala Project, including the construction of a new 201-km rail line to connect the Moatize mine in Tete to the existing railway line in Malawi at Nkaya Junction; the rehabilitation of the existing line in the Malawi rail network and in Mozambique between Nkaya and Monapo, for an approximate length of 682 kms; the construction of a new 29-km branch line, which will connect the existing railway line; and the port and the construction of a new coal port terminal in Nacala-à-Velha.

    Ciprel IV power project, Côte d'Ivoire
    Representation of CIPREL, an Ivorian independent electricity producer controlled by Eranove, in the financing of both sub-phases of the fourth-phase expansion of its power unit turbine, Tranche A (a 111 MW gas-to-power unit) and then Tranche B of such expansion (a 111 MW combined-cycle expansion amounting to €200 million) in Côte d’Ivoire. This transaction was named "Best Sustainability Deal of the Year in Africa" by EMEA Finance in 2016.

    Petrobras Oil & Gas, Nigeria
    Representation of the mandated lead arrangers in connection with a US$750 million reserve-based lending facility Petrobras Oil & Gas B.V. for the development of offshore oil fields in Nigeria.

    Dakar-Diamniadio toll road and its extension, Senegal
    Representation of the project company formed by Eiffage in its offer to the Republic of Senegal for the concession, financing, building and operation of the 32-km Dakar-Diamniadio public-private partnership toll road project in Senegal, transaction which was named "Africa Road Deal of the Year" by Project Finance 2010. In 2015, we represented the project company in a new section to connect this toll road to the new Blaise Diagne international airport, the transaction which was named "Best Infrastructure Deal in Africa" by EMEA Finance 2015.

    Bauxite Mine, Guinea
    Representation of BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole, IFC, ING, Natixis, OPIC, Société Générale and two Guinean banks in the financing of Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée's Sangaredi bauxite mine expansion in the Republic of Guinea. The financing is part of the largest foreign investment in Guinea in recent years, with a debt in the hundreds of millions of dollars committed for the mine expansion. Awarded "African Mining Deal of the Year" by IJGlobal Awards 2016. 

    GMTN Programme, Nigeria
    Representation of  the Republic of Nigeria in the establishment (and upsize) of a US$1.5 billion GMTN Programme and subsequent Reg S/144A offering of US$1 billion 7.875% notes due 2032 and a further US$500 million tap issuance.

    Tender offer and notes issuance, Côte d’Ivoire
    Representation of Deutsche Bank, Natixis, Standard Chartered Bank, J.P. Morgan and BNP Paribas as joint lead managers and dealer managers on the tender offer in respect of Côte d'Ivoire's 2024 and 2032 notes and the offering of US$1.25 billion amortizing notes due 2033  and €625 million notes due 2025.  

    Eskom GMTN Programme, South Africa
    Representation of Eskom Holdings SOC Limited, as issuer, in the establishment of its US$4 billion Global Medium Term Note Programme and the inaugural issuance of US$1 billion 6.750% notes due 2023, under the Programme. We subsequently  advised on the update of the programme and the issue of US$1.25 billion 7.125% Reg S/144A Notes due 11 February 2025.

    Victory in long-running International Chamber of Commerce arbitration
    In a politically charged US$1 billion dispute relating to public works that had remained unpaid for 30 years, we obtained an award of €550 million, plus costs, for Commisimpex against the Republic of the Congo in 2016. France's highest court then upheld the award, ending the substantive phases of a €1 billion worldwide dispute spanning more than three decades.

    Telecommunication financing and refinancing, DRC, Gambia, Sierra Leone and Uganda
    Representation of Deutsche Bank AG in relation to a US$150 million term loan facility to an African telecommunications company as borrower. The facility was supported by security in a number of different jurisdictions, including DRC, Gambia, Sierra Leone and Uganda. We are also currently acting for the lenders on a subsequent US$200 million refinancing.

    Rand Merchant Insurance Holdings Limited
    Representation of Rand Merchant Insurance Holdings Limited in the ZAR 9 billion funding of its acquisition of 30% of Hastings PLC. The funding encompassed notes and preference shares issued pursuant to its domestic medium term note program and a term loan. 

    Digital Terrestrial Television network solution, Ghana
    Representation of the Ghanaian Ministry of Communications in an ICC arbitration under Ghanaian law concerning the supply and installation of a Digital Terrestrial Television network solution in Ghana. 

    HTN Towers, Nigeria
    Representation of the seller, HTN Towers plc (a portfolio company of Helios Investment Partners), in relation to a sale of HTN to IHS Nigeria.