Lauretta Vivian Lamptey

Ms Lamptey is the daughter of a distinguished Ghanaian diplomat, the late Ambassador George Odartey Lamptey and Mrs. Agnes Rosetta Lamptey. She lived in Liberia, the USA and the UK during her childhood, before returning to Ghana with her family at the age of fourteen years to attend Aburi Girls Secondary School.

At Aburi she excelled academically while making time for extra-curricular activities such as being secretary of the debating society. She earned the highest overall ‘A’ Level results in her school as well as the highest in French, English Literature and History results. A trip to France as a prize from the French government for being one of the students with the highest French language results in the country was a fitting rewards for her efforts.

Ms Lamptey attended the University of Ghana from 1977 to 1980 where she received her first law degree, an LLB (HONS.) Exhibiting a deep interest in issues related to equal access to justice, and the integrity of the legal systems, Laurette’s undergraduate dissertation raised the question of “one law for the rich, one law for the poor” and examined potential flaws in Ghana’s criminal justice system and the challenges of ensuring equity in its administration. She continued to excel academically, and was selected as one of two students to represent the University of Ghana at the highly prestigious Phillip Jessup international Law Moot Court competition organized annually by the American Society of International Law and held In Washington, DC.

She went on to attend the Ghana law school from 1980 to 1982, during which time she was attached to the law firm of Fugar & Co., a prominent firm of corporate attorneys. She received her B.L. (Barrister-at-Laws) degree and was admitted to the Ghana Bar in December 1982.

A little-know fact is that upon completion of her Bar exams Ms. Lamptey applied to and was accepted at the Vrije Universitiet de Brussels to study for an LLM in Human Rights law, then a budding area of specialization which was gaining interest among lawyers. This career choice was strongly encouraged by her father, Ambassador Lamptey, who was himself for many years a member (and at one point Chairman) of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, one of the most important UN human rights bodies.

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However, largely because of her focus (while studying for her LLB degree) on International Law and International Trade and Investment Law, as well as her proven research skills, Lauretta was within six weeks of qualifying as a barrister asked to join the team appointed to renegotiate investment agreements governing the operation of the largest US investment in Ghana, VALCO. This became known as the VALCO Negotiation Team. She deferred her LLM to complete this very important national assignment which took two years, by the end of which time Ms. Lamptey had developed considerable expertise in investment law and negotiations. She therefore continued to participate in or handle several other negotiations in the area of natural resources and forestry, and was also assigned to the Ghana Minerals Commission to assist in the development and the drafting of the investment code for the mining sector, enacted as to the mining code, 1986.

Ms Lamptey’s experience as an investment lawyer led to her attending the London school of Economics and political science (LSE) of the university of London on the prestigious Chevening Fellowship from the British government. She received her third law degree, an LLM in international Law, from LSE in 1987.

Upon her return from UK, from 1990 to 1998 Ms Lamptey chose to use the extensive financial aspects of the LLM in the corporate arena, as Head of Capital Market at Ecobank Ghana Limited and then as Head of Corporate Finance at Cal Merchant Bank. However, she continued to use her legal skills as well in diverse ways, including being part of the committee which drafted the membership rules and the listing regulations of the Ghana Stock Exchange, as well as the drafting of the Securities Industry Law. Keen to keep those legal skills honed, she chose to handle the regulatory aspect of the 1994 landmark public offering of Ashanti Goldfields shares, as an additional responsibility beyond her role as co-lead manager (for Ecobank) of the Ghanaian and ECOWAS offering.

After a stint with Loita Capital Partners in the Johannesburg, South Africa as Group Corporate Finance and Legal Advisor from 1990 to 2000, Ms Lamptey left the field of banking to become an independent legal and financial consultant based in Johannesburg, until her return to Ghana three years ago.

Firmly committed to corporate governance, transparency and accountability in the corporate sector, Ms Lamptey has held a number of board appointments over the years. These include being a founder and member of the Governing Council of the Ghana Stock Exchange, and a member of the boards of the Securities Discount Company (SDC) and of Gliksten W.A. She has for the past two years been a non-executive director of Ghana Commercial Bank, where she is a member of the Human Resource Committee.