Skip to content
Skyscraper city scape
Skyscraper city scape


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.

Over the past 30 years, our team, together with selected local counsel, has advised clients on numerous large-scale international transactions across the African 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 45+ 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. From an infrastructure perspective, we act for sponsors, developers, project companies and financiers on all aspects of development, construction operation and maintenance, feedstock supply, offtake and financing of an asset. In addition, we work on mandates across all major product lines, including corporate/M&A, restructuring, general lending, arbitration and disputes.

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 exposure to transactions in each sub-region throughout Africa means that we are familiar with the various intricacies that present themselves on-and off-deal, as well as the legal and regulatory landscape. Our unrivalled experience and market insight means that we know what our clients in this region want and how they like to work.

Countries we cover in Africa:

News and insights

screen showing stocks and shares information

Publications: 18 April 2023

Equity Capital Markets in 2023: A year to be flexible, ready and creative

In 2022, Allen & Overy’s Equity Capital Markets practice was again involved in many high profile and significant ECM transactions around the world. Our standing in the market, and our role in the…

Read more
Evergreen trees in a forest

News: 11 April 2023

Allen & Overy advises Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) on a joint venture platform for carbon reduction projects

Allen & Overy has advised NSIA, the Nigerian sovereign wealth fund on the establishment of CarbonVista, a joint venture (JV) with Vitol, the Swiss-based global energy and commodities company, to…

Read more

Publications: 07 March 2023

Antitrust in focus - February 2023

This newsletter is a summary of the antitrust developments we think are most interesting to your business. Vivian Cao, partner at Allen & Overy Lang Yue, is our editor this month (learn more about…

Read more
Road through green trees

Blog Post: 23 November 2022

The role of private sector investment in adaptation

Adaptation is critical for developing countries to protect against current and future impacts of climate change, but so far adaptation has generally been deprioritized in relation to mitigation during…

Read more

Awards & accolades

  • Winner of ‘Moroccan Law Firm of the Year’ at the 2023 Chambers Africa awards
  • Africa Mining Deal of the Year 2021 – Tri-K Gold Mine – IJ Global 2022
  • Africa Transport Deal of the Year 2021 – Côte d’Ivoire Port – IJ Global 2022 
  • Renewables Deal of the Year 2021 – Redstone CSP, South Africa – IJ Global 2022
  • Europe and Africa Legal Adviser of the Year 2021 – IJ Global 2022 
  • #1 Legal Adviser for Sub-Saharan Africa 2021 – Dealogic 2022
  • Winner of ‘Africa Oil & Gas Deal of the Year’ at the 2021 IJ Global awards


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.

Visit country page

Global Experts and Markets

Image of Toronto city sky line with blue sky

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.