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 recognized by leading legal directories and win awards for their work in the region.
Chambers and Partners Africa-wide,2022
“Shearman & Sterling receives strong praise for its handling of very high-stakes disputes across Africa. It is especially noted for its in-depth expertise regarding sectors such as energy, construction, mining and telecoms. ‘We use Shearman for high-complexity, high-risk matters,’ said one source. In particular, the team is highlighted for its ‘specialist know-how of the oil and gas sector.’” – Chambers and Partners Africa-wide, Dispute Resolution, 2022
Chambers and Partners Africa-wide, 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
Africa-wide Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year – Chambers and Partners 2021
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