DWS adds Mauritian firm to Africa alliance

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has added a law firm in Mauritius to its Africa alliance as it looks to capitalise on the jurisdiction’s burgeoning reputation as an offshore destination for African companies.

Mauritian firm BLC Chambers is DWS’s latest ally in the region, but it is looking to expand further.

Head of the Africa group Howard Barrie explained: “The country’s tax laws have made it an important place for transactions involving South African and Indian companies and it has growing importance for international asset management. It also fits in with the rest of our network in East Africa.”

BLC becomes the sixth member of the DWS alliance. DWS’s other firms in its Africa network are based in Botswana, Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia, and it also has its own office in Cairo.

Barrie says the firm chose BLC because one of its senior partners used to work at DWS. BLC has also modelled itself as a firm as opposed to the ‘one-man bands’ that make up a lot of the island’s legal services.

DWS is likely to add more firms to its Africa alliance over the next year. Barrie admitted that DWS was keen to expand out the network, but declined to be drawn on possible locations.