Practice Expertise

The go-to energy firm

OIL & GAS, ENERGY AND MINING

Oil and gas companies have built Centurion, and constitute the biggest portion of the client base of our group. Centurion represents oil and gas companies in Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, Gabon, Nigeria, South Africa, Angola, Comoros, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Namibia, Niger, Ghana, Tanzania, Chad, and South Sudan.

As the ‘go-to’ law firm for companies in the oil and gas and mining sectors, our clients always expect us to anticipate what it will take to minimize risk, protect assets and enhance reputations when dealing in Africa. We have responded with a results-based approach and have negotiated more oil and gas contracts than any law firm in Africa. Our strong contacts within government and understanding of Africa and the oil and gas industry provide us with the ability to deliver better, more innovative solutions.

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CORPORATE LAW

We cover all facets of corporate law, from major regional business transactions to providing advice and daily counsel to small- and medium-sized businesses.

Our practice encompasses the area of general corporate and commercial law. Our lawyers are highly skilled in specific areas such as acquisitions and divestitures, taxation and regulatory compliance. The diverse skills of the members of our Corporate Law team allow us to provide a complete range of business law services. We are able to adapt and respond to our clients’ specific business needs, no matter how complex they are.

We also familiarize international corporate clients with corporate and civil law matters in real estate, foreign investment, acquiring property rights, leasing properties, and joint investment agreements throughout Africa.

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LOCAL REGULATORY COMPLIANCE

Africa is a complex continent, with 54 countries and countless regional governments. Domestic and international companies not only need to know how to do business on this continent, but they need to know how to do business on a local level.

Our lawyers are experienced in the regulatory frameworks of many of Africa’s fastest growing economies, and are able to guide companies, providing an understanding of local laws and thereby ensuring compliance with local requirements.

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CONTRACTS AND NEGOTIATIONS

We provide our clients with a keen insight into the complexities of government contracting and work with clients throughout the public bid processes — from initial review of procurement documents through to contract negotiations. We effectively facilitate negotiations with the government and subcontractors until the contract has been acquired, and defend/contest potential contract disputes before government entities.

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BANKING AND FINANCE

Centurion Law Group’s lawyers have a unique understanding of your priorities and objectives. Our ability to provide practical, decisive advice concerning day-to-day management decisions is unmatched. Our practice includes counseling clients on developments in regulatory issues and obligations, the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the Bank Secrecy Act/anti-money laundering law (BSA/AML), security evaluation and enforcement.

Timing and attention to detail are critical to financial institutions and corporations engaged in structuring loan transactions. When negotiating agreements and preparing documentation in any situation, we act with speed and accuracy.

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MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS

With its comprehensive service in commercial contracts in Africa, our mergers and acquisitions lawyers relies on Centurion’s industry and practice specialists to combine financial, labour, fiscal, competition and oil & gas law expertise in provide leading advice in corporate restructuring and commercial contracts. Our team is able to handle both large and medium-sized transactions across the energy and infrastructure sectors.

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LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT

Our lawyers believe in a pro-active, results-oriented approach to any and all labor and employment legal issues which may be encountered by our clients. Early intervention, combined with a thorough and ongoing knowledge of our clients’ operations, permits us to offer timely advice to minimize or avoid complications arising from labour relations and employment issues.

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TAX AND CUSTOMS

At Centurion Law Group, our lawyers and tax advisors believe that constructive, practical and understandable tax advice is an essential component of business. Our specialized tax advisors provide business tax consulting and planning, as well as representation before tax authorities and courts.

Our tax lawyers work with most of the leading players in the Gulf of Guinea and we help them make tax a more controllable and predictable cost. Centurion is renowned for its insightful advice and the depth of our knowledge of Africa and its leading industries.

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ARBITRATION AND COMMERCIAL LITIGATION

Centurion Law Group’s Arbitration & Commercial Litigation lawyers are experienced at litigating a wide range of cases at every level of court up to the supreme court. We also appear on behalf of clients before various administrative tribunals.

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