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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.

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News & insights

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News: 28 April 2022

Allen & Overy announces 57 counsel promotions

Lawyers in 20 of Allen & Overy’s offices across Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and the U.S. have been promoted to counsel, effective 1 May 2022. 

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Publications: 04 April 2022

Middle East and Africa Competition Authorities launch the Arab Competition Network

On 16 March 2022, Middle East and Africa (MENA) competition authorities officially launched the Arab Competition Network (ACN). 

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News: 08 March 2022

A&O women from across the network share what this year’s International Women’s Day theme means to them

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is #BreakTheBias’ – challenging gender bias, stereotypes and discrimination in our workplaces and wider communities to achieve a diverse, equitable, and…

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Publications: 12 January 2022

The UK National Security and Investment Act 2021: the impact on M&A

The mergers and acquisitions (M&A) landscape in the UK changed on 4 January 2022 when the National Security and Investment Act 2021 (the Act) came fully into force. The following article has been…

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Awards & accolades

  • Winner of ‘Africa Oil & Gas Deal of the Year’ at the 2021 IJ Global awards
  • Winner of ‘Moroccan Law Firm of the Year’ at the 2021 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
     

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.