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Corporate and M&A solutions

Africa Legal Consulting provides a full range of corporate law services from complex advisory services related to major business life events (including advising in restructuring and M&A processes) through to general secretarial services. In addition, Africa Legal Consulting advises both national and international companies and groups in the following areas related to Corporate and M&A:
 
•    Corporate law
•    Corporate compliance
•    Corporate reorganizations
•    National and cross-border mergers
•    Shareholder agreements
•    Family protocols
•    Acquisitions, divestures and joint-ventures
•    Private equity and venture capital
•    Legal purchaser and vendor due diligence
•    Post-merger integration activities and legal entity reduction


 

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Africa Legal Consulting provides a full range of corporate law services from complex advisory services related to major business life events (including advising in restructuring and mergers and acquisitions processes) through to general secretarial services. Africa Legal Consulting advises both national and international companies and groups.

Corporate law

Managing a business today is complex. Leaders need guidance on a broad range of activities including business start-up requirements, trading activities of an entity, expansion efforts, dissolving or unwinding of a business as well as general questions arising from day-to-day operational activities. Africa Legal Consulting’s services include advice in relation to:

  • Formation and dissolving of entities
  • Secretarial advisory services
  • Governing and managing bodies
  • Shareholder conflicts
  • Regulatory reporting

We have deep experience across a wide range of industries and sectors and jurisdictions.

Corporate compliance

In an environment of increased transparency, failure to comply with corporate governance rules and guidelines can have a direct and material impact from a legal and reputational perspective. This is particularly true for listed, regulated and financial entities where compliance breaches may have a negative long-term impact on the success of the business. Africa Legal Consulting focusses on each client’s risks and needs regarding:

  • Managing organization legal structure, composition and regulations
  • Prevention of director liability issues
  • Codes of conduct and best practices
  • Monitoring system and rules (committees, reporting obligations)
  • Core sector reporting requirements
  • Board remuneration policies

Africa Legal Consulting professionals helps companies manage risks and remain compliant with their corporate reporting and other obligations. Africa Legal Consulting lawyers have strong foundations in the business community which they serve which can be a valuable asset when cross border complexities arise.

Corporate reorganizations

In an increasingly competitive market, success requires an efficient corporate structure aimed at minimizing costs and optimizing profits. Africa Legal Consulting can advise on the design and selection of a suitable corporate structure for a business, as well as assist with the execution of a variety of corporate restructuring activities including:

  • Change of corporate form
  • National and cross-border mergers
  • Spin-offs
  • Contributions in kind
  • Assignment of domestic and global assets and liabilities
  • Debt for equity swaps.

National and cross-border mergers

Successful mergers are based upon a deep understanding of industry dynamics, the nature of the merging entities and well thought-out integration plans. In today’s globalized world, many deals occur cross-border and call for multijurisdictional coordination. A clear understanding of specific legislative requirements and commercial issues in the respective countries is required.  Africa Legal Consulting assists companies with:

  • Designing suitable structures for the transaction
  • Jurisdiction choice
  • Identification of legal issues arising as a result of a merger
  • Review of contracts that could be affected by the merger
  • Drafting of documentation for the formalization and execution of the transaction

We are well qualified to assist with national and cross-border mergers in a variety of industries.

Shareholder agreements

For company business to operate efficiently and as intended while avoiding gridlock within the corporate structure, shareholder relations need to be carefully and proactively managed. Shareholder agreements regulating the primary rights, obligations and interactions between shareholders are essential instruments for preventing and managing potential conflicts that may arise.

Africa Legal Consulting assists companies with negotiation and execution of shareholder agreements relating to:

  • The regulation and structure of governing and managing bodies
  • Resolutions subject to qualified majority
  • Control restrictions on the transfer of shares
  • Dividend policies

Africa Legal Consulting has experience with and understands the nature of shareholder relationships in different types of entities. Additionally, we bring industry knowledge that enables us to help companies understand and address sector specific issues. These qualities enable us to adapt our approach to suit the needs of individual organizations.

Family protocols

The proliferation of conflicts within the framework of family owned companies has resulted in a wide range of civil and corporate issues affecting privately owned business. Africa Legal Consulting offers services in this area include assistance with:

  • Negotiation and implementation of family protocols
  • Working and other ad hoc service contracts for family members
  • Dividends and other compensation formulas and policies
  • Share transfer regimes

Africa Legal Consulting lawyers provide well-rounded guidance to business challenges. We tailor our approach to the industry and the specific fact patterns of individual families and their related businesses.

Acquisitions, divestures and joint-ventures

In today's global business environment, expansion strategies, alliances and divestitures often give rise to a wide range of legal, tax, regulatory, and other issues which may impact the overall success or failure of a transaction. Africa Legal Consulting advises business throughout every stage of a transaction, from negotiation through to execution. We provide advice on suitable structures as well as drafting of relevant agreements and ancillary documents.

Africa Legal Consulting has extensive experience in cross-border deals in a variety of industries. This is a valuable asset if and when cross border complexities arise.

Private equity and venture capital

In today's global business environment, expansion processes, alliances and divestitures present a wide range of legal, tax, regulatory, and other issues which may lead to the success or the failure of the investment.

Africa Legal Consulting provides advice at all stages of a private equity (PE) or venture capital (VC) transaction, from legal review of the target to the design of the most suitable structure (MBO, LBO, MBI, BIMBO) and drafting of the documents to reflect the commercial objectives of the business and execute the transaction and advising on legal negotiating strategies.

Clients benefit from Africa Legal Consulting’s deep experience within corporate and mergers and acquisitions, our understanding of the PE/VC markets and industrie.

Legal purchaser and vendor due diligence

Appropriate assessment of the risks associated with a target company or a projected transaction can be the difference between the success and failure of the deal. Africa Legal Consulting assists businesses with legal purchase and vendor due diligence including review of any required aspects of the target company, identifying contingencies and risks that may arise as a result of the sale or purchase of an entity, highlighting legal considerations and drafting of the relevant diligence reports. Africa Legal Consulting also helps companies with the tactical aspects of the transaction such as the negotiation strategies and drafting and execution of the required documents.

Companies benefit from Africa Legal Consulting's deep experience within corporate and mergers and acquisitions, our understanding of local and global markets. Africa Legal Consulting's international presence and capabilities stand out from those of a traditional law firm.

Post-merger integration activities and legal entity reduction

Finding the right merger candidate and negotiating a deal are only the first steps in the path to deriving value from a transaction. Once a deal closes, it is essential to effectively integrate the businesses and structures of the entities in order to realize the intended benefits of the merger. Africa Legal Consulting helps companies rationalize and simplify corporate structures and internal proceedings for the integrated group.  We have a solid understanding of and experience in a wide variety of industries and sectors.

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Africa Legal Consulting is a network of law firms in Africa. Our firms provide legal & business consultancy

services to our clients in Africa.

Businesses have unique legal needs which require professional,

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1300 Arkansas Avenue, Suite 1

Pittsburgh, 15216, PA, USA

Tel: +1 412 225 3282

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Africa Legal Consulting

Pioneer House, 3rd Floor, Dr 302, Nairobi

Tel: +1 412 225 3282