AB David Africa wants to help businesses ‘decode’ the AfCFTA

David Ofosu-Dorte
  • Law firm confirms its Pan-African ambition by expanding its operational network to 30 countries across the continent, Accra and Nairobi

AB & David Africa has officially welcomed a new full affiliate member, Oraro Company Advocates of Kenya.

With six main offices in Ghana, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Mauritius, 26 partners, 110 lawyers and a network of best friend firms in 24 countries, AB & David Africa now operates in 30 African countries and has consolidated its position among the top-10 law firms on the continent – with a clear objective to become the entry-point and counsel to all who want to take advantage of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to successfully expand their activities across Africa.

Oraro’s arrival in the AB David Africa group was announced during a webinar held in the presence of the Special Advisor to the AfCFTA Secretariat, Dr. Francis Mangeni.

The discussion focused on the role of African business professionals in attaining goals of the AfCFTA and new African Common Market.

AB & David Africa not only has lawyers but also experts, consultants and international service providers, whose competencies will be essential to operationalise the AfCFTA, educate private operators and help them fully understand the new economic rules to support their development.

“Even if intra-African trade has started, there is still a huge work to ‘decode’ the AfCFTA and many stakeholders need help in this process: local companies, Pan-African or international groups, large financial institutions or project promoters,” said Ms. Isabel Boaten, Managing Partner at AB David Ghana.

“At AB & David Africa, we are well placed to offer tailored advice on all key issues: understanding and interpreting business law, anticipating possible conflicts between legal systems, market entry procedures in the new context, products and services standardisation, or dispute resolution,” she added.

“We want to make the AfCFTA the core of our value proposition and support large projects at every stage from design to deployment – including transactional processes and approaches to structure financing,” explained David Ofosu-Dorte, Founder and Senior Partner of AB David Africa.

“We understand key sectors such as telecommunications, energy or infrastructure; we know the players and how to set up public-private partnerships which work for everyone’s benefit; and we now have the network necessary to help our clients multiply their impact,” he added. Under its mantra of ‘One Continent One Law Firm’, AB & David is looking to become the ‘go to’ pan African partner that assists businesses to take advantage of opportunities on the African continent.                                                                                          FIN

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