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Lolan Ekow Sagoe-Moses


Lolan focuses his practice on litigation, government investigations and compliance advisory matters. He has experience in litigation, arbitration, regulatory compliance, and investigations, primarily relating to fraud, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the UK Bribery Act, money laundering, as well as business and human rights and ESG matters. He joined DLA Piper after starting his career in the London and Middle East offices of an international law firm. Lolan’s experience spans a number of industries including financial services, healthcare, extractives, and manufacturing sectors. He was previously seconded to the ethics and compliance team of one of the largest telecommunications companies in the Middle East. He is a member of DLA Piper’s US-Africa and US-Middle East Initiatives. 

Lolan has a deep knowledge of regulatory and financial crime enforcement on the African continent. He conducted on-the-ground interviews in Francophone North Africa and advised on compliance with regulatory requirements in several West African nations. 

His writing on corruption in Ghana has been featured in the New York Times. He is also a civil rights advocate focused on advancing transparency and human rights. He was the lead applicant in the landmark case Lolan Sagoe-Moses & Six Others v. Minister of Transport & Attorney-General, which affirmed the right to information in Ghana. This case was highlighted in the UN Human Rights Council's 2017 National Report on Ghana.

Lolan is a member of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s Now Generation Network, a pan-African coalition of mid-career African leaders in politics, policy and the private sector committed to moving the continent’s development agenda forward.

Lolan leverages his rich background and relationships across several continents to help multinational clients navigate complex enforcement and regulatory challenges in the US, UK, Middle East and Africa. 

Lolan is committed to advancing diversity in the legal profession, and serves as the Vice Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee of DLA Piper’s New York Office. He also has a keen interest in the arts and culture of Africa and the African Diaspora and is a collector of African fine art. 

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  • Assisted with a 2-year-long internal investigation into alleged fraud and embezzlement amounting to over $1,000,000 by a Middle East distributor of a US-headquartered pharmaceutical company. Advised on related compliance issues which are the subject of a US DOJ inquiry, and on the company's remedial measures.
  • Advised a global telecommunications company in the Middle East in a multi-million-dollar ICC arbitration claim arising out of a dispute over a mobile roaming agreement.
  • Advised a global derivatives exchange on its application for Remote Body status in the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM).
  • Advised a fund management platform and its CEO on an investigation by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) into unauthorised trading.
  • Advised a governmental authority in the Middle East on a money-laundering investigation.
  • Conducted an internal investigation into alleged bribery, corruption and misconduct by senior managers of a global packaging materials manufacturer. Our client relied on the evidence our team uncovered to close previously unresolved compliance issues, and replace the senior managers.
  • Conducted an internal investigation into alleged corrupt activity in a North African subsidiary of a US-headquartered multinational pharmaceutical company.
  • Advised a global cosmetics company on anti-bribery and anti-corruption warranties in its agreements with distributors.
  • Trained the staff and distributors of a global security systems company on compliance with the company's code of conduct, gifts policy, anti-bribery and anti-corruption, and sanctions laws.
  • Advised an EU-headquartered nutrition company with US and Iranian subsidiaries on its compliance with US Iran sanctions.
  • Advised a global oilfield services company on local content and human rights laws in the Ghanaian, Nigerian, Senegalese and Gabonese oil and gas industries.
  • LPC., BPP School of Law

  • LL.B., University of Leeds
  • B.A., University of Virginia

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Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member, Practicing Attorneys for Law Students (PALS) 
  • Board Member, Middle East and Africa Compliance Association (MEACA)
  • Board Member, Ten North Group Art Foundation
  • Mo Ibrahim Foundation Now Generation Network
  • Harambeans – an alliance of African Entrepreneurs
  • Member of the Leadership Group, Ghana Compact for Political and Economic Transformation