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Overview: The business case

31-Mar-2014 | By Joanne Harris

A dynamic new generation of sub-Saharan lawyers is helping to guide the continent towards economic expansion

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South Africa: Down and clout

31-Mar-2014 | By Margaret Taylor, Joanne Harris

South Africa’s status as the biggest and most developed legal market in the continent means it is still the destination of choice for foreign tie-ups

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Southern Africa: Neighbourhood watch

31-Mar-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Often overshadowed by their bigger and more affluent neighbour South Africa, the southern states of the continent are starting to show their mettle

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Lusophone Africa: Sweet talk

31-Mar-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Despite restrictions on foreign lawyers setting up shop in Mozambique, the region’s historical and linguistic links with Portugal offer a host of international benefits

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West Africa: West win

31-Mar-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Dominated by the energy and natural resources sector, West African firms are being courted by the world’s top players. But the locals are keeping their options open with loose networks of referral firms

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East Africa: Eastern time

31-Mar-2014 | By Joanne Harris

East Africa is one of the more developed legal markets in the continent, with a significant amount of work flowing between jurisdictions. Kenya leads the way, with several large and well-established firms which are now embroiled in a war for talent.

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Silverbird Group legal chief: Media wave

31-Mar-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Nigeria’s middle class boom is driving the entertainment sector and its legal development, says Adefunke Adeyeye, legal boss at media group Silverbird

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African in-house market set for rapid expansion, predict GCs

2-Apr-2014 | By Joanne Harris

In-house counsel in African companies are quickly gaining prominence and control over their businesses’ legal function, The Lawyer research has shown.

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Global business firms lead the international pack in African relationships

28-Mar-2014 | By Joanne Harris

The largest global business firms, such as Baker & McKenzie, Dentons, DLA Piper, Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Norton Rose Fulbright, have the deepest relationships with African independents, research by The Lawyer has indicated.

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Limber up for the Africa play-offs

31-Mar-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

When The Lawyer was researching The Africa Elite, one of the questions we asked the continent’s top independent practices was which international firms they worked with or they would like to work with

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Allen & Overy set to launch in South Africa with senior Bowmans hires

1-Sep-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Allen & Overy (A&O) is understood to be preparing for a launch in South Africa, with the hire of a team from local firm Bowman Gilfillan led by banking head Lionel Shawe.

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Clydes settles whistleblowing claim with former partner Bates van Winkelhof

19-Aug-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Clyde & Co has settled a long-running whistleblowing dispute with former partner Krista Bates van Winkelhof out of court after successive cases sought to establish the validity of the claim.

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West Africa: West win

31-Mar-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Dominated by the energy and natural resources sector, West African firms are being courted by the world’s top players. But the locals are keeping their options open with loose networks of referral firms

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East Africa: Eastern time

31-Mar-2014 | By Joanne Harris

East Africa is one of the more developed legal markets in the continent, with a significant amount of work flowing between jurisdictions. Kenya leads the way, with several large and well-established firms which are now embroiled in a war for talent.