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Africa

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.

Countries we cover in Africa:

News & insights

Climate ESG prudential regulation and risk management

Publications: 05 JULY 2021

Country and sustainability risk mitigation: a briefing for energy and mining investors

The transition of the global economy to align with the Paris Agreement aims and the UN Sustainable Development Goals is presenting many opportunities for energy and mining investors. However, it is…

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News: 01 JULY 2021

Guled Yusuf appointed to ICC International Court of Arbitration and ICC Africa Commission

Allen & Overy is delighted to announce the appointment of London-based Counsel, Guled Yusuf, as a Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration for Somalia. He has also been appointed to the…

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Publications: 28 APRIL 2021

Are employers required to disclose investigation reports in the CCMA?

In a recent unreported judgment between South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee v CCMA and Others, the Labour Court considered whether an employer is required to disclose a forensic…

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Publications: 25 FEBRUARY 2021

Okpabi: Supreme Court rules that Nigerian communities can sue Shell and its Nigerian subsidiary in England

Okpabi and others (Appellants) v Royal Dutch Shell Plc and another (Respondents) [2021] UKSC 3, 12 February 2021.

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Awards & accolades

  • 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

Recognition

Our global coverage

Click on the regions in the map below to find out more about the jurisdictions we cover across the world.

  • Europe
  • Africa
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • North America
  • Latin America
In addition to countries where we have offices, we also have a number of International Desks advising clients on large scale international transactions in Europe.

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Global Experts and Markets

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Our Global Experts and Markets bring together lawyers from across Allen & Overy with significant experience of working on deals in key regions and markets – they support our clients with their business needs across any region by mobilising international teams as well as selecting and maintaining our ties with our chosen relationship law firms. As our network of relationship law firms has grown, we have committed to build an enduring bond that will bring value to them, us and ultimately to our clients.