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Experienced Lawyers

Embrace every challenge in a career that brings out the best in your work – and you.

Our lawyers in Johannesburg advise the world's leading businesses, financial institutions, governments and private individuals.

We regularly work on complex cross-border transactions, groundbreaking new legal solutions and products, and help Allen & Overy's clients resolve their most difficult disputes.


Practice areas



Our banking practice has played a leading role in almost every major development in the modern financial markets and, with over 1,000 lawyers worldwide, it’s one of largest in the industry. Few firms can match our top tier position across the full range of finance specialisms. Join us and you’ll work at the heart of the world’s financial markets, advising leading global businesses and institutions on complex transactions and drawing on your experience to deliver commercial advantage for your clients.


As part of our global Corporate, M&A and ECM practice, you will advise leading international and local corporations, financial institutions and government bodies on all aspects of corporate and commercial law. You can expect to tackle everything from mergers and acquisitions, public takeovers and international equity offerings to joint ventures, corporate restructurings and day-to-day regulatory matters. Working closely with the PRC team, our lawyers combine excellent transactional skills with specialist expertise in areas such as antitrust, tax, employment and anti-corruption. 
International Capital Markets

International Capital Markets

With over 450 lawyers based all over the world, our ICM Team is one of the largest in the global legal industry. We enjoy a top-tier position across the full range of capital markets products, and we’ve played a big part in almost every major development in our field. Rapidly changing economic, political and regulatory conditions have made the last few years challenging, and we’ve helped clients address the fallout from several sovereign debt crises. As our focus shifts towards big-picture, long-term projects, we increasingly work with colleagues from other practice areas to develop innovative solutions that incorporate complex financing techniques.


Our Litigation practice advises clients from a broad range of sectors on all forms of litigation.

Our Litigation team has a particular focus on construction, banking and financial services industry and advises all of the major international and domestic financial institutions in Johannesburg on a wide range of high profile, complex litigation often requiring sophisticated strategic planning and a deep understanding of our clients’ businesses. 


Our Johannesburg Regulatory Group has extensive experience of advising South African based domestic and international clients on regulatory matters, with a particular focus on financial institutions. Our experience spans a broad range of issues, change of control and regulatory approval requirements, data protection and privacy, anti-money laundering, corporate governance, conduct requirements and market misconduct. 

Working environment

It is not all work, no play. Socially, the Johannesburg office hosts monthly drinks, quiz nights and participate in local soccer legal leagues.

A&O Johannesburg also offers many opportunities to get involved in pro bono work and Corporate Social Responsibility activities. We have a program to provide people living with albinism equal access to education and entrepreneurial opportunities in the tourist industry support.

We have a strong relationship with the South African office of Hope and Homes for Children, the current global charity partner of Allen & Overy which drives the de-institutionalisation of children living in orphanages. We also work alongside The Barjume Trust, who support the Geluksdaal community in various areas.


Learning and development

The A&O Business School will provide you with the commercial and personal skills that you need to navigate through an ever-changing business landscape. We offer exceptional professional and personal development, training, mentoring and practical support – all of which will allow you to progress in your career.

The A&O Business School offers a variety of excellent courses relevant to your career stage, with an emphasis on practical skills and business insight, to complement our advanced legal knowledge training. The school also offers a unique opportunity to interact with, and learn from experts, peers and partners and gain valuable insights from the world of business. From cutting-edge content to world-class coaches, our partners work on the design of the courses and act as faculty members to share their experience and expertise.

The A&O Leadership Centre equips our partners with the leadership skills to inspire others, encourage innovation and develop strong and enduring relationships with our clients. The Centre offers a combination of programmes, master classes, personal coaching, mentoring and access to relevant experience and opportunities, so you can tailor your personal development to your own needs and aspirations.


We’ll equip you for the future, both yours and ours, whatever it may bring. We believe that enjoyment and satisfaction at work go hand in hand. That’s why we’re proud to offer a competitive and innovative employment package that’s committed to the health, success and well-being of all of our people.

Along with our competitive base salary, monthly lunch allowance and overtime offering, we provide a competitive pension scheme, personal accident insurance, life insurance, private medical insurance, health assessments and group income protection.


Our locations

  • 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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