Mrs. Merene Benya


Mrs. Merene Benyah is a Barrister-at-law by profession and obtained her legal and post degree professional qualifications at the London School of Economics and Political Science (London University), The Council for Legal Education, UK and the Ghana School of Law.

Merene Benyah was called to the Bar of England and Wales in June 1979, and has had extensive and varied experience since that time. Following a period as legal Associate with a leading Firm, she joined Ghana Airways Limited in 1983 and rose to the position of Director of Legal Services/Company Secretary. Mrs. Benyah joined the then Ashanti Goldfields Company Limited ( Ashanti) in 1995 and set up Ashanti's first in-house legal department during the vibrant and challenging period of the company's acquisitions programme. As General Manager of the Group Legal Directorate, she played a major role in the various mergers and acquisitions; corporate listings and capital market transactions that ensued in the years between 1996 and 1999.

She became Ashanti's first General Counsel in 1996, and was appointed to the Board as an Executive Director at the same time. A key member of Ashanti's management team, The General Counsel was responsible for the global legal operations of the Ashanti Group. Following the merger with Anglogold Limited of Sought Africa, in 2004, she was appointed as Group General Counsel of the merged entity, Anglogold Ashanti Limited and transferred to the company's head office in South Africa. Merene has considerable experience in all fields of corporate and commercial practice, both in the international arena and in Ghana. As General Counsel of one of the world's largest mining companies, she has been intimately involved in major international transactions including cross border mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, corporate finance transactions, Public Offerings and Listings.

In January 2006, Mrs. Benyah relocated to Ghana and has since been Senior Partner with JLD & MB Legal Consultancy. JLD and MB has since been associated with the highest corporate legal transactions in Ghana. Mrs Benyah also worked at Tullow Ghana and currently, she has returned to private practice as a Senior Partner with JLD & MB Legal Consultancy.

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