South African law firm, ENSafrica announced that it is merging with Ghanaian law firm Oxford & Beaumont Solicitors, further expanding its presence in the rest of sub-Saharan Africa. ENSafrica|Ghana, as the newly merged firm will be called, begins operations on December 1st. As well as its home base in South Africa, ENSafrica now has offices in Ghana, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, fielding a team of more than 600 practitioners.
“We are delighted to be expanding our presence into West Africa as it is a pivotal location for our clients,” said Mzi Mgudlwa, deputy chief executive at ENSafrica. “Oxford & Beaumont Solicitors is a prestigious player in this space and we are thrilled that they have chosen to come on board.”
ENSafrica|Ghana will be the firm’s first West African operation, and reflects the country’s importance as a key gateway to the region, its politically stable environment as well its abundance of natural resources which make it an attractive destination for investment.
Oxford & Beaumont enjoys a strong reputation as one of Ghana’s leading corporate and commercial law firms, recognized for its “in-country critical mass” coupled with the ability to provide clients with full-service domestic capability. Founded in 2006 by Elikem Kuenyehia, the firm has grown significantly, having advised on transactions in excess of $15 billion by the end of 2012, according to the firm’s website.