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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.

Countries we cover in Africa:

News & insights

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Publications: 04 NOVEMBER 2020

The International Comparative Legal Guide: Cybersecurity 2021

This 4th edition provides a global analysis of common issues in cybersecurity laws and regulations across 26 jurisdictions. It covers key topics such as criminal activity, applicable laws, specific…

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News: 28 OCTOBER 2020

Strong performance by A&O in Q3 2020 Syndicated Loans league tables

A&O has marked the end of Q3 2020 with a strong performance in the EMEA syndicated loans league tables, according to data by Bloomberg and Refinitiv.

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Change of governance at Allen & Overy in Luxembourg

News: 19 OCTOBER 2020

Allen & Overy advises Adevinta ASA on the sale of its online classified businesses

Allen & Overy is advising Adevinta ASA (Adevinta) on the sale of its online classifieds businesses Avito in Morocco, Tayara in Tunisia and Fincaraíz in Colombia to Frontier Digital Ventures (FDV).

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UK Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act: effects on ipso facto clauses

Publications: 18 SEPTEMBER 2020

UK Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act: effects on ipso facto clauses

This article provides a high-level overview of the UK’s ipso facto regime prior to the changes made by the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (CIGA), the reforms to this regime under the new…

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Awards & accolades

  • Winner of ‘Moroccan Firm of the Year’ at the 2018 Chambers Africa awards
  • Winner of ‘Banking, Finance & Restructuring Team of the Year’ at the 2017 African Legal Awards

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.