x collects the award from host, broadcaster Leanne Manas (left) and awards judge Bill Skirving, Hannover Re Group Africa Hogan Lovells partner Anina Boshoff accepts the award on behalf of AB & David from host, broadcaster Leanne Manas (left) and awards judge Bill Skirving, Hannover Re Group Africa

Finalists: Afriwise; Couto Graça e Associados; GLA – Gabinete Legal Angola (PLMJ Network); Ngassam Fansi & Mouafo Avocats Associés; TTA – Sociedade de Advogados (PLMJ Network)

AB & David – one of Ghana’s leading law firms and winner of the African Small Practice Law Firm of the Year award for the second year on the bounce – founded AB & David Africa (ABDA) in 2015, with Zambian firm Tembo Mulengeshi & Chanda, and Chilume & Co from Botswana, to provide a pan-African service for clients seeking to do business in multiple jurisdictions.

Led by 10 partners and with affiliates in eight countries and ‘best friend’ firms in a further 16, ABDA argues it is able to provide legal and business coverage spanning 23 African jurisdictions, without the high legal fees of its international counterparts. By positioning itself as a thought leader, ABDA seeks to influence policies and legislation that can drive business growth and development on the continent, and its practice focuses on industries the firm thinks will shape Africa’s future.

ABDA has advised the likes of Karpower and METKA, as well as being lead adviser on the development and upgrade of the largest shipyard and dry dock in west Africa. The firm has added notable new clients including SABMiller and Standard Chartered UK and ensures a thorough client feedback process through post-work surveys and ongoing engagement via seminars and client visits.