Launch of Ghanaian lawyers in Paris

The opening of a new office in Paris will enable an established team of Ghanaian lawyers to target more euro…

The opening of a new office in Paris will allow an established team of Ghanaian lawyers to target more European and international work.

A team of Ghanaian lawyers has opened a new firm Lem&Co in Paris and relocated to the French capital, to be closer to European and international customers.

The firm was founded and opened in Paris in March, but has maintained an office in Accra. It is headed by the founding partner Laurence Elong Mbassiwith senior partner Rosemary Owusu and partner Miriam Afenyoas well as support staff.

The three lawyers have spent the last few years working together at GFA Council, an Accra-based corporate finance boutique where Mbassi founded the tax and legal team in 2015 and was joined by Owusu and Afenyo in 2017 and 2020, respectively. With the launch of Lem&Co, the team transformed into a new company to expand its services to international clients, but retained an ongoing alliance with GFA.

The firm’s practice areas focus on corporate and tax law, including tax litigation and arbitration, and audit.

Mbassi was an associate of Baker McKenzie in France, then spent nearly five years as a tax lawyer at EY, before returning to private practice as an of counsel, then joining GFA.

Owusu previously worked for a Ghanaian company Sam Okudzeto & Associates and as arbitrator for the UK Financial mediation service.

In 2021, Lem & Co notably advised a cement manufacturer CBI Ghana to its sale by Lafarge Africaa subsidiary of the Swiss building materials group Holcim Group; and advice to international investors headquartered in France I&P Development on the sale of the Beninese mining company Standard.

In February, an Africa-focused company Asafo & Co hired an experienced in-house lawyer in its Paris office, anticipating a boom in securitization work in Africa, when earlier this year Pinsent Masons hired two experienced energy lawyers in West and Central Africa and transferred them to Paris.

Nigerian law firm at the end of last year Olaniwun Ajayi opened an office in London, recruiting three partners including an experienced partner Howard Barrieformerly of Denton and Evershed Sutherland.

In June 2021, a new law firm was launched covering the Moroccan, Algerian, Ivorian and Guinean markets, while earlier this year a regional firm Bennani & Associates opened an office in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Kenyan law firm Anjarwalla and Khanna recently appointed new managing partners.

Launch of Ghanaian lawyers in Paris

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