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South Africa

With more than 40 lawyers on the ground in South Africa, Johannesburg has become a key hub. A&O’s strategy is to build out its Africa cross-border transactional capability in the Johannesburg office. In so doing, A&O intends to diversify its specialist offerings and expand its client base to align with a future-fit focus on dispute resolution, infrastructure, energy and corporate advisory work.

Our team is fully integrated into Allen & Overy’s worldwide network, complementing our wider African capability, which includes working closely with our London, Paris and Casablanca offices in particular.

Combining the expertise and resources of a global elite law practice with a leading group of senior domestic practitioners, our SA office provides our clients with innovative and cost-effective legal solutions wherever they are located.

Our team includes lawyers qualified to practise in South Africa, England and Wales, who advise African home-grown 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 client centric 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 them the support and advice needed to succeed in the ever-changing and complex national and global market space.

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Publications: 20 July 2022

Hydrogen presents a massive and urgent opportunity for Africa’s green energy future

Repeating history from hundreds of years ago, coastal resource hubs in Africa could once again become vital, globally strategic ports for the biggest players in the world economy. This time, however,…

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Publications: 13 June 2022

A&O contributes to new report on the torture of LGBTIQ+ persons across Africa

We hear from three of the lawyers who helped to prepare the report with international NGO REDRESS.

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Publications: 16 May 2022

Walk the ESG walk or face significant risk

Political and public pressure is building on business to fully embrace the fast evolving ESG and sustainability agenda. It’s important, argues Gillian Niven, that mining, energy and steel companies…

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Publications: 04 May 2022

Renewable energy investors need greater clarity on hybrid solutions

The use of hybrid technologies could play a vital role in helping South Africa decarbonise. But investors could be deterred unless there is greater regulatory certainty, argues Alexandra Felekis.

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