In addition to our office in Casablanca, we have an extensive track record of advising clients on high profile, strategic pan-African transactions.
Our Africa group, comprising over 100 lawyers from across our network, advises international organisations, investors, banks and African corporations across finance, debt capital markets, corporate, litigation and arbitration matters. In particular, we advise on project financing, syndicated loans, bridge facilities, initial public offerings, rights issues, secondary offerings, bond issues and mergers and acquisitions. Our sector experience covers financial, energy, infrastructure, mining and telecommunications, media and technology. We advise on matters in each of North Africa, East Africa, West Africa, Central Africa and Southern Africa. As testament to the strength and depth of our experience, we recently won EMEA Finance’s Best Law Firm in Africa award for 2012 and 2011.
Through our experience and presence in Africa we offer clients an all-round vision and awareness of the African market. We have French, English and Moroccan law capability and a team of experienced lawyers, including French, English, Portuguese and Arabic speakers.
We are familiar with both the civil law and common law based systems of African jurisdictions and the issues that arise on African matters. With a strong technical grounding across a variety of sectors, as well as significant local experience, our lawyers understand the issues and the political, socio-economic and commercial environments of the different African countries where our clients do business. We have well established relationships with top African firms with whom we partner on local law issues.
Recognition for our work
- Allen & Overy awarded Best Law Firm in Africa 2012 by EMEA Finance African Banking Awards
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Allen & Overy advises on Indorama's landmark USD1.2bn fertiliser project in Nigeria
Allen & Overy has advised its regular client, the Indorama group, on the development and financing of a USD1.2bn fertiliser plant and associated pipeline project in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
The financing consisted of a USD800m debt package from a diverse group of multilateral agencies, development finance institutions and international and regional commercial banks. In what will be the largest fertiliser plant in Africa, Indorama Eleme has been designed to produce 1.4m tonnes of fertiliser annually, with production due to start by the fourth quarter of 2015. The project also includes the construction of a 84km pipeline to the plant and a new port terminal in nearby Onne Port. Allen & Overy is also advising Indorama on the development of the port which will be financed separately. The Allen & Overy team was based in Dubai and consisted of partners Sachin Karia and Bimal Desai, senior associate Eleanor Milne, associates Laura Graham, Ellis Lawson, Louise Fernie and trainee Jenna Meath. Sachin Karia who led the Allen & Overy team, commented "We are proud to advise Indorama on this landmark deal for Nigeria and the fertiliser market. The financing was completed in record time (under 8 months) for an African project finance transaction and this is a testament to the massive efforts of the sponsor and lender teams as well as their advisors".