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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: 03 JUNE 2020

A&O advises on world's first ESG-linked loan for a bank

Allen & Overy and Gedik & Eraksoy have advised Standard Chartered Bank and Bank of America as arrangers of an ESG-linked syndicated loan facility for Turkey’s Garanti BBVA.   

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Allen & Overy advises the Public Investment Corporation SOC Limited on the minority investment of the Government Employees Pension Fund (South Africa) in Aradei Capital (Morocco) for USD50

News: 02 JUNE 2020

Allen & Overy advises the Public Investment Corporation SOC Limited on the minority investment of the Government Employees Pension Fund (South Africa) in Aradei Capital (Morocco) for USD50

Allen & Overy (A&O) has advised the Public Investment Corporation SOC Limited (PIC), acting on behalf of the Government Employees Pension Fund of South Africa (GEPF), in relation to the minority…

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Publications: 09 APRIL 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus measures impacting courts and regulatory bodies in South Africa

In the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, South Africa has implemented various measures in response to the nationwide lockdown, which commenced on 26 March 2020.

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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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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.