Founder of one of Ghana’s prestigious law firms Bentsi-Enchill dies at 71
The founder of one of Ghana’s prestigious law firms, Kojo Bentsi Enchil has passed on. He died yesterday at age 71. The brain behind, Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah (“BELA”) won the Global Lifetime Achievement Award last year in the award announced by the International Financial Law Review .
His firm also won the 2020 law firm of the year award.IFLR focuses exclusively on legal innovation in cross-border transactions
The firm won in 3 categories including the Ghana firm of the year award and the project finance deal of the year.
The awards which aim at recognizing the achievements, legal ingenuity, and potential for innovation across the market could not be hosted physically due to the Covid-19. Tributes have meanwhile been pouring in for the late Kofi Bentsi-Enchill. Below is a Tribute by Professor Victor Essien
Kojo must be no more than 73 years. We were classmates together with D. K. Letsa at the Legon Law Faculty. Kojo however joined our class after obtaining his first degree in political science in 1971. We were buddies at the Law School & when he was in NYC in the early 80s. He worked with Ford Foundation as an international human rights program Officer & then later with Sherman & Sterling as a foreign associate for 2 years. He never tried to get a green card. He was determined to relocate to Ghana to make a difference which he did. He started his own firm with his debating partner at Legon, Kwaku Letsa. His father, Justice Kwamina Bentsi-Enchill, the author of The seminal work, Ghana Land Law, had in his earlier legal career, established the still existing law firm, Naoferg Chambers, which was inherited by Enoch D. Kom, famous for using his civil procedure wizardry to overcome his adversaries at the bar. Incidentally, Naoferg Chambers was named for Kojo’s paternal grandmother, Naomi Ferguson. Instead of joining his father’s old law firm, he chose to set up his own modern law firm. By all accounts, it is arguably the best law firm in Ghana. He set out to improve the legal system itself by building Datacenta into the preeminent digital legal publishing house, publishing the law reports of Ghana as well as legislation & subordinate legislation. He even completed a legal dictionary for Ghana. Kojo was a scholar, a lawyer’s lawyer & kind-hearted. I would visit with him in Accra whenever I traveled to Ghana. I will miss him. May his soul Rest In Peace.
Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah (“BELA”) has broad expertise and experience in providing first-rate legal services for international and local corporations in all sectors of the economy. The firm has a banking and finance practice which is jointly led by Seth Asante and Frank Nimako Akowuah, who acted as Ghanaian counsel to Afreximbank on a $150m currency swap arrangement with the Bank of Ghana. The firm acts for major domestic and international banks in the Ghanaian market while celebrated lawyer and Managing partner Ace Anan Ankomah and Daad Akwesi jointly lead the teams dispute resolution. Ankomah has over 25 years of experience of court litigation at domestic and international level, as well as arbitrations