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South Africa

Johannesburg has become a key hub for local and international banks, development institutions, institutional investors and funds looking at investment and finance opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Our team in South Africa is fully integrated into Allen & Overy's worldwide network, complementing our wider African capability which includes both our Casablanca office and our global Africa Group comprising over one hundred lawyers worldwide.

Combining the expertise and resources of a global elite law practice with a leading group of senior domestic practitioners, our office in Johannesburg provides our clients with innovative and cost-effective legal solutions wherever they are located. Our team includes lawyers qualified to practise both in South Africa and England and Wales, who advise both African homegrown 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 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 our clients the support and advice needed to succeed in the changing national and global markets.

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News & insights

Publications: 13 AUGUST 2020

Webinar: Horizon scanning after Covid-19 enhancing resilience – exploring opportunities in Africa

On Thursday, 23 July 2020 Litigation and Investigations Partner, Gerhard Rudolph and Projects Director, Allen Leuta, were joined by Candice Govender (Sage Group plc), Lizelle Marwick (AngloGold…

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Publications: 03 APRIL 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus: virtual and e-signings under South African law

With the current Covid-19 lockdowns restricting the mobility of signatories on a global scale, virtual and e-signings are hot topics.

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Balancing foreign investor protections

Publications: 14 AUGUST 2019

Balancing foreign investor protections with domestic policy initiatives in South Africa

One should not underestimate the positive effect of foreign direct investment on a country’s growth and development and the importance of creating an investor-friendly environment in uncertain…

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Publications: 10 JULY 2019

Smart Start celebrates ten standout years

As A&O’s award-winning work experience programme returns this week in London, we look back at how much it has achieved. 

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

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Johannesburg is a key hub for Africa-focused cross border transactions. It is a recognised financial hub for Africa and is used as a platform for investment and financing into the rest of the continent.