Partners

CYNTHIA QUARCOO

FOUNDER AND MANAGING PARTNER

Founder and Managing Partner, Cynthia (Jumu) Quarcoo has extensive experience as a Corporate and Finance lawyer in Ghana and the United Kingdom.

Cynthia has over 15 years’ experience representing institutional clients. Cynthia is an experienced corporate/commercial lawyer with finance experience with specialization in the energy, financial and infrastructure sectors. An economics and business graduate, Cynthia's early career as an Analyst at PriceWaterHouse Coopers has strengthened her ability to provide clients with commercially sound legal advice.

Until recently, Cynthia worked as a Senior Associate in the Banking and Finance Practice of International law firm, Fasken Martineau LLP in London and as a Consultant Senior Lawyer in the International Finance and Corporate department of Radix Legal & Consulting in London where she provided advise on general debt, project, development and asset finance transactions. Her representative experience includes the provision of project finance structuring advice on a $1.5 million joint venture coal to power infrastructure deal, advising the borrower on a $85 million syndicated loan facility and advising the lead arranger on a $400 million syndicated loan for an energy project.

Cynthia has a strong understanding of the African legal and business landscape., including the unique cultural and political challenges across different countries. An expert in advising firms setting up in emerging markets, she has a deep knowledge of international trade and customs law. Her experience ranges from establishing businesses and consultancies, to working with multinational firms conducting cross-border mergers, acquisitions, financing and refinancing. She also specializes in insolvency and corporate restructuring, having advised PwC on the liquidation of Ghana Airways in 2005.

Her achievements include, recognition by Chambers Global and Legal 500 as a leading lawyer within the field of 'General Business Law (Ghana)'. (2009 - 2012 editions) and recognitionas a leading lawyer by IFLR 1000. She is a Contributor to the World Bank's flagship "Doing Business Project" (2007-2017), Investment Guide to Sub-Saharan Africa: 'What Chinese Investors Need to Know' 2011 and The International Trade Centre (Joint WTO and UN Agency), Model Contracts for Small Firms: Legal Guidance for Doing International Business 2010.

She holds an LLM in Corporate Commercial Law and is currently undertaking an LLM in Banking and Finance Law.  She also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Law, Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics and Business Law, and is a Barrister of England and Wales, Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Ghana. She is a member of Lincoln’s Inn and the Ghana Bar Association.

Cynthia heads the following Practice Areas within the firm:

  • Banking and Finance (including Regulatory)
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Energy/ Infrastructure / Mining
  • Litigation & ADR
  • Tax
  • Intellectual Property, Entertainment, Media and Sports

 

AFUA ADUBEA KORANTENG

CO FOUNDER/PARTNER

Co- Founder and Partner, Afua Adubea Koranteng has over 15 years’ experience as an International Corporate Lawyer with significant expertise in telecom, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and agribusiness. She is a seasoned advocate with in-depth knowledge and extensive experience in navigating regulatory affairs in Ghana and has acted on behalf of international clients across various industries.

Prior to co-founding CQ Legal, Afua served as Head of Legal and Company Secretary for ATC Ghana which is a subsidiary of the NYSE listed American Tower Corporation. She was responsible for all commercial negotiations for the Company in Ghana and was lead counsel for ATC’s acquisition of MTN Ghana’s tower infrastructure.  

Afua has worked with two of the leading law firms in Ghana, JLD & MB and Sey & Co where she garnered extensive experience in major international commercial transactions and accredited expertise in stock markets.  She has advised on various high profile transactions, notable among them are the listings of Golden Star Resources and Tullow Oil on the Ghana Stock Exchange, the successful merger of Total Oil Ghana and Mobil Oil Ghana Limited, Celtel B.V’s successful acquisition of Western Tele Systems and its later transition to Zain Ghana Limited which is now Airtel Ghana.  

Afua has successfully managed all aspects of corporate governance associated with start-ups and established companies. She successfully advised Delta Airlines of the United States on their startup operations in Ghana, Sedgwick Investments in Ghana and on the $750 million Government of Ghana Bond in 2007. She was part of the Lead Legal Advisors, who successfully renegotiated and implemented the $500million Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact with the Governments of Ghana and USA in 2006.

She is an experienced Facilitator, delivering high profile training on various corporate policies including the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK Anti-Bribery Act and other customized programs. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales at the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn and subsequently to the Ghana Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor. She holds an LLB degree from the University of Kent at Canterbury in the United Kingdom, a Master of Laws LLM in International Economic Law from the University of Warwick in England with a thesis on “Stock Market Development in Africa: A Perspective from Ghana and South Africa” and a Post Graduate Diploma in International Trade Law and Corporate Law from the BPP Law School in London.  

She is a member of the Ghana Bar Association, the English and Welsh Bar and the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn.

Afua heads the following practice areas of the firm:

  • Corporate/ Commercial
  • Corporate Governance & Ethics, Compliance and Company Secretarial
  • Telecoms & IT
  • Agriculture and Environment
  • Transportation and Aviation
  • Regulatory