Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah (“BELA”) is the leading law firm in Ghana with in-depth expertise and experience in providing first-rate legal services for international and local clients in all sectors of the economy. BELA was founded in 1990 by Kojo Bentsi-Enchill and has grown into grown into 10 partners and 23 associates.
BELA is a full-service law firm, structured into four (4) main specialised partner-led departments. The Energy & Infrastructure Department offers transactional and advisory legal services on energy, natural resources, construction, transport, infrastructure and real estate projects, combining strong commercial sense with technical legal expertise. The Department demonstrates unrivalled local knowledge and understanding of related issues and continue to impress clients with practical innovative solutions. Kojo Bentsi-Enchill heads the Department, assisted by Seyram Dzikunu.
The Disputes Department handles civil litigation, alternative dispute resolution, regulatory investigations and white colour defence. The Department recognises that the demand for representation, dispute advice and risk management has changed significantly in recent years and the priority is to help clients best deal with potential challenges as they emerge. However, when litigation is inevitable, the team provides committed, fearless and assertive representation. The Department has significant experience and expertise in corporate litigation, telecommunication, mining, oil & gas, family law, employment and labour, land litigation, contract and debt recovery. Ace Anan Ankomah who is also the Managing Partner heads and manages the team with the assistance of Daad Akwesi, Golda Denyo and Gloria Cofie.
The Financial Services & Capital Markets Department, offers transactional and advisory services on legal and regulatory issues relating to banking, finance, insurance, mergers & acquisitions and capital market transactions and has developed a strong reputation for its work on high profile transactions in Ghana. The team is headed by Seth Asante with assistance from Frank Nimako Akowuah.
The Corporate & Commercial Department offers transactional and advisory legal services on business, industry, technology, media, telecommunications, pensions, employment and immigration. The Department has expertise and practical experience in structuring, negotiating and advising on transactions to clients in the key sectors of international trade, manufacturing, agribusiness, food & beverages, health & pharmaceuticals, hotels & hospitality and education. It provides support to electronic communication service and infrastructure providers, software and hardware developers, equipment manufacturers and suppliers, and broadcasting, advertising, publishing and digital media companies. It also advises on issues relating to the internet, e-commence, software, computers, entertainment, sports, marketing, advertising, gaming, privacy, data protection and intellectual property. It has extensive experience advising telecommunication companies in financing transactions to support their infrastructure acquisition and expansion. The Department also advises on employment law issues arising from mergers and acquisitions and other transactions, preparing employment and separation contracts, drafting employee handbooks, terminations, redundancies, employee share incentives, trade union consultations, non-litigation employment disputes and employment regulations.
Each Department comprises a blend of lawyers committed to providing unparalleled quality of legal services. BELA's fee earners have varying backgrounds, cultures and expertise and are trained to understand the needs of each client.
The firm handles an impressive array of client matters, many of which involve different departments. In its customarily interactive and internally consultative fashion, coupled with its large and stable professional staff, BELA tackles challenging projects creatively, conducts legal research and due diligence painstakingly, and offers fearless representation to clients.
The corporate mission of BELA is to achieve and maintain excellence. BELA puts the client first by being accessible, by being responsive, by understanding the client’s needs and by improving our processes. BELA works hard at getting better in every way, recruiting high-calibre professional and administrative staff, conducting ongoing legal education, and attending and participating in seminars and conferences. In the context of consortiums, they are team players who contribute their best efforts to achieve collective goals.