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
News: 28 April 2022
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.
Publications: 04 April 2022
On 16 March 2022, Middle East and Africa (MENA) competition authorities officially launched the Arab Competition Network (ACN).
News: 08 March 2022
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…
Publications: 12 January 2022
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…
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
The team has a very pragmatic approach to legal issues, very good listening skills, adapting legal requirements to business needs with the proper compliance approach.
Legal 500 2022, Morocco
Members of the team are very personable and easy to work with. They are hugely experienced, capable and hard working.
Legal 500 2022, South Africa
The firm has a strong Africa desk with a proven track record of excellence.
Chambers 2022 Africa-wide
The team at A&O adopts a flexible approach to jurisdictions where the legal framework is not as robust, explained one client, praising the group's ability to adapt to different legal markets.
Chambers 2022 Africa-wide
Our global coverage
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