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South Africa

With more than 40 lawyers on the ground in South Africa, Johannesburg has become a key hub. A&O’s strategy is to build out its Africa cross-border transactional capability in the Johannesburg office. In so doing, A&O intends to diversify its specialist offerings and expand its client base to align with a future-fit focus on dispute resolution, infrastructure, energy and corporate advisory work.

Our team is fully integrated into Allen & Overy’s worldwide network, complementing our wider African capability, which includes working closely with our London, Paris and Casablanca offices in particular.

Combining the expertise and resources of a global elite law practice with a leading group of senior domestic practitioners, our SA office provides our clients with innovative and cost-effective legal solutions wherever they are located.

Our team includes lawyers qualified to practise in South Africa, England and Wales, who advise African home-grown companies and international corporations on opportunities in the banking, finance, energy, infrastructure and mining sectors, both in South Africa and elsewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa. Our lawyers have established close working relationships with regulators, government entities, investors, banks and corporates across the region in order to offer our clients optimal support.

Clients benefit from our seamless integration across the firm, where a true spirit of client centric collaboration ensures the sharing of knowledge, information, technology systems, processes and skills. Whatever the transaction or legal issue, we are used to leveraging our resources as one firm to meet our clients’ needs, offering them the support and advice needed to succeed in the ever-changing and complex national and global market space.

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News: 05 February 2024

Allen & Overy advises the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) on Zambia's first listed green bond

London - Allen & Overy (A&O) has advised the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), on its investment in the first green bond listed…

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Publications: 31 January 2024

Jackie Donald on her career path, lessons learnt and global trends in mining

Meet Jackie Donald, a senior associate from our global mining practice and one of the delegates attending the global Mining Indaba 2024 conference this year, which is focused on the development of…

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News: 11 January 2024

Allen & Overy advises lenders on the Damietta port project in Egypt

Allen & Overy (A&O) has advised a consortium of lenders including International Finance Corporation (IFC), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank…

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Publications: 10 January 2024

State capture, FATF grey-listing and cross-border white collar crime and investigations in South Africa: an overview of the key issues

As anticipated, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) grey-listed South Africa in 2023, despite a variety of reforms proposed and enacted to avoid this. 

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Allen & Overy (South Africa) LLP is a level two contributor to Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE); under the Amended Codes of Good Practice on Black Economic Empowerment, October 2013.