Lady Africa Sheppard is an associate in the London office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the firm’s Corporate Department.

Ms. Sheppard advises UK and international public and private companies and private equity funds on a broad range of domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, disposals, financings, joint ventures, corporate reorganisations, and general corporate matters.

Prior to joining Latham, Ms. Sheppard trained and practiced in the corporate department of another international law firm in its London and Montréal offices. She also completed an internship at a leading London fintech start-up in the payment services industry, focusing on European and Asian legal and regulatory questions and on worldwide business and partnership development. 

Ms. Sheppard’s experience includes advising: 

  • A publicly listed mining group on the sale of its interest in a gold mine in Burkina Faso*
  • A global food processing firm on the sale of its interest in assets in Ghana*
  • Bombardier Inc. on the sale of its Bombardier Transportation rail manufacturing business to Alstom*
  • M&G Investments on debt and equity investments*
  • A healthcare waste company on the acquisition of a hazardous waste disposal company*
  • The Starlite Aviation Group’s founders on the sale of the group to Financière SAF*
  • An African food brand operator on the sale of its interest in a leading Nigerian baked goods company to a global food and beverage company*
  • Barrick Gold on the sale of Acacia Exploration Kenya to Shanta Gold*
  • Makivik Corporation on the combination of First Air and Canadian North airlines*
  • CDPQ Infra Inc. on the Réseau électrique métropolitain de Montréal project*
  • Bausch Health Companies Inc. on multiple cross-border private placements of senior notes*
  • Bombardier Inc. on multiple cross-border private placements of senior notes and the sale of its Amphibious Aircraft program to Viking Air*
  • A Canadian pension fund on multiple private placements of medium-term notes*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • Quebec

Education

  • MSc Law and Finance (Distinction), Queen Mary, University of London, 2014
  • Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.) and Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), McGill University, 2013

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French