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.
News and insights
Publications: 20 July 2022
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,…
Publications: 13 June 2022
We hear from three of the lawyers who helped to prepare the report with international NGO REDRESS.
Publications: 16 May 2022
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…
Publications: 04 May 2022
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.
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.
They are unquestionably reliable, highly responsive and strong on expertise. As such they have been a perfect match to our needs.
Chambers Global 2021 South Africa (Banking and Finance)
The firm is able to provide focused, decisive legal advice and support that adds value in a business context.
Chambers Global 2021 South Africa (Dispute Resolution)
A very client centric legal practice with the right level of commercially relevant advice. A value for money service.
Legal500 2021 South Africa (Projects and Infrastructure)
The firm has very efficient and has competent attorneys that are well aware of the industry trends and market trends and we appreciate the value this adds to the work produced.
IFLR1000 2020 South Africa (Capital Markets; Debt)