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 & insights
Publications: 14 AUGUST 2019
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 economic times.Read more
Publications: 10 JULY 2019
As A&O’s award-winning work experience programme returns this week in London, we look back at how much it has achieved.Read more
Publications: 24 MAY 2019
Africa continues to attract significant foreign investment, fuelled by rapid urbanisation, technological growth and a rising demand for basic services and infrastructure development. The associated upsurge in cross-jurisdictional disputes involving African parties, many of which are referred to arbitration rather than conventional civil court process, is evident from the annual case load statistics released by major international arbitral bodies.Read more
Publications: 24 SEPTEMBER 2018
The DTI has published proposed amendments to the SA Companies Act for public comment. Amendments include: changes to the definition of "securities"; a default effective date for a notice of amendment to a MOI; a court validation process for an irregular creation, allotment or issue of shares; a section 45 carve out for any financial assistance given to a company's subsidiaries; an extension of the ambit of the disclosure register (of beneficial holdings) to all companies, not only regulated companies; and the entrenchment of property owner's rights during business rescue proceedings.Read more
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.