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Overview

In addition to our offices in Johannesburg, South Africa and Casablanca, Morocco, our Africa Group includes over 150 lawyers from across our network of offices in key hubs across Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and the Americas. Allen & Overy was the first magic circle firm to set up in Morocco in 2011 and was also the first global elite law firm to establish a presence in South Africa.

Over the past 25 years, our team, together with selected local counsel, has advised clients on numerous large scale international transactions across the continent, providing an integrated service for clients doing business in the region. We advise international organisations, investors, banks and African corporations on their business activities across the continent - in the past two years we have advised in 30+ jurisdictions in Africa. Drawing on both common and civil law capability our team assists on projects, banking, corporate, litigation and arbitration matters, with particular expertise in the financial, energy, infrastructure, mining, telecoms and technology sectors.

Clients who are working on deals in Africa need an all-round vision and awareness of the African market. We understand issues from various perspectives and can apply this experience to the advice we provide; anticipating potential problems to save time and money. Our clients can tap into our knowledge of African issues acquired through significant local experience, with the result that our lawyers understand the legal, political, socio-economic and commercial environments of the different African countries where our clients do business. In addition, we have developed longstanding relationships with local counsel across Africa through direct transactional experience, secondments, training programmes, and know-how initiatives, which in turn gives clients access to high quality local legal advice as part of a consistent and seamless service.

Our Africa team is consistently recognised by the leading independent legal directories and awards programmes, illustrating how our approach meets our clients’ needs :

"They are a top-tier provider who recruit top-tier talent."
 (Chambers 2018 South Africa)

"They have very good local expertise, very good access, always available, very reactive."
(Chambers 2018 Morocco)

"A&O are the number one project finance team in Africa." "They have knowledge, global reach and a sound, engaging approach." "We have a lot of respect for their expertise and skills. They are clearly top-tier in Africa."
(Chambers 2018 Africa-wide)

  • Winner of ‘Moroccan Firm of the Year’ at the 2018 Chambers Africa awards
  • Winner of ‘Banking, Finance & Restructuring Team of the Year’ at the 2017 African Legal Awards

 

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