Shearman & Sterling has been advising sponsors, commercial lenders, investment and development banks, governments and state-owned companies, funds and investors on a wide range of matters in jurisdictions throughout Africa. During this time, we have acquired an extensive knowledge and understanding of the cultural, political, social and commercial environment throughout the continent, as well as established close relationships with major corporates, financial organizations and leading local law firms.
Our multidisciplinary team of lawyers (including experts in project development and finance, international arbitration, M&A, private equity, capital-raising and investment transactions) have advised on a range of groundbreaking ‘first-in-kind’ or ‘first-in-country’ transactions and cases throughout Africa. Our clients benefit from our industry experience across the oil and gas (upstream, midstream and downstream activities), power, mining, telecom, domestic public utilities, transportation and infrastructure sectors.
Our lawyers are qualified in both common law and civil law jurisdictions and are very familiar with, and regularly advise on, commercial laws currently applied in over 17 African civil law countries. Regardless of the type of matter, we mobilize lawyers from our dedicated Africa practice into teams with the right experience to meet our clients’ needs.
The Africa Strategy group is frequently recognised by leading legal directories and win awards for their work in the region.
Chambers and Partners Africa-wide, 2020
“Shearman is, in my opinion, one of the most competent in the field of international arbitration. The management was excellent and cost-effective, while providing a service of a quality exceeding my expectations.” – Chambers and Partners Africa-wide, Dispute Resolution, 2020
“They are driven to get results and overcome obstacles, they are solution-oriented. They have a real depth of experience.” – Chambers and Partners Africa-wide, Projects & Energy, 2020
Clients appreciate the “partner’s engagement” and add that the firm “was very efficient with resolving issues.” Chambers and Partners Africa-wide, Capital Markets, 2020
Guinea Alumina Project – the largest project in West Africa since the 1970s and a major milestone in financing for mining projects in developing countries
Gimi Floating LNG – an innovative floating liquefaction project facilitating the development of offshore gas reserves in Mauritania and Senegal