Africa’s business landscape is changing at pace. Multinational corporations and international investors need to adapt to this new world and work with an ‘on the ground’ legal partner who understands the inherent risks and opportunities relevant to each jurisdiction.

Africa can be a challenging region to execute successful acquisitions and investments. Understanding that each country is different in terms of operating environment, regulatory framework and business culture is key to that. Our experience and our ability to work across borders and project manage multi-jurisdictional issues on deals mean that we work with clients to provide clear and concise guidance on how to successfully navigate the waters.

We live in Africa and know how it works. ALN has worked on extraordinary, continent-shaping transactions across multiple industries and our clients benefit from an invaluable combination of Africa-wide insights and local knowledge. We offer innovative and practical solutions to all aspects of complex domestic and cross-border corporate transactions, drawing on the unmatched depth of expertise across other supporting areas, including tax, competition and forensics.

Principal Areas of Practice:

  • Private Equity and Venture Capital
  • Private M&A
  • Public Takeovers
  • Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances
  • Corporate Restructurings and Distressed Sales
  • Privatisations
  • Corporate Governance and Regulatory Compliance

Our member firms have acted for:

  1. Airtel Africa

    As the lead Africa legal adviser coordinating the due diligence process, transaction, regulatory (telecom and mobile money) and competition advice over 14 jurisdictions in Africa in connection with a USD 1.25 billion investment in a newly formed holding company

  2. KPMG

    In connection with their operations in Ethiopia

  3. Swiss Re Direct Investments

    A wholly owned subsidiary of Swiss Re, the world’s second largest reinsurer, in connection with the acquisition of a 13.8% stake in Britam Holdings, a Kenyan listed insurance and asset management group with operations in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, South Sudan and Mozambique

  4. Emerging Capital Partners

    A US based Private Equity fund, in connection with the sale of its stake in Java House, East Africa’s leading coffee-led casual dining chain in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania, to Abraaj Group, a leading investor operating in growth markets

  1. Deloitte

    In connection with their operations in Ethiopia

  2. PWC

    In connection with their operations in Ethiopia

  3. Rise Fund and Certify

    A global impact fund led by private equity firm TPG, in connection with the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Cellulant Corporation, a leading digital payments’ service provider with ten subsidiaries in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Ghana and Zimbabwe

  4. Helios Investment Partners

    A leading Africa-focused private equity fund, on the disposal of its stake of 24.99% of its shareholding in Equity Group Holdings, through a series of different transactions with multiple buyers, as well as on-market and off-market sales, and which is to date the largest private equity exit successfully completed in sub-Saharan Africa

Expertise

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Consumer Products
Our legal experts assist clients in navigating the intricate and complex consumer protection environment in Africa.
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Food and Agriculture
ALN firms believe that the growth in the agriculture sector has a direct bearing on economic development. Agriculture is key to many economies in Africa, and an essential for domestic food sustainability.
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Financial Institutions
We provide a variety of legal services to financial institutions and investors, including banks, insurance companies, microfinance enterprises, development funds, government entities and financial regulators.
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Energy
Access to affordable energy for industry as well as consumers is one of the key rivers of economic and social development in Africa. While historically many countries have relied on fossil fuels as the primary source of energy, increased concerns around climate change and sustainability...
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Government and Public Sector
Our familiarity with government processes and procedures in Africa is unparalleled. It is for this reason that we are often consulted by both governments and private institutions to lead negotiations.
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Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals
Given our continental reach and our extensive experience, the ALN firms are well placed to handle highly complex and heavily regulated transactions within the context of the healthcare and pharmaceutical sector on behalf of our clients.
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