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ENSafrica merges with Ghana firm Oxford & Beaumont

South African firm ENSafrica has merged with Ghana’s Oxford & Beaumont to form ENSafrica Ghana, its seventh African jurisdiction. Oxford & Beaumont was founded in 2006 and currently has three partners and another 25 fee-earners, including a tax consultant. In 2010 the firm launched a representative office in London. ENSafrica deputy chief executive Mzi Mgudlwa […]

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Bakers launches South Africa employment practice with Cliffe Dekker hire

Baker & McKenzie has launched a South African employment practice with the hire of Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr’s director of employment, Johan Botes. Botes joins Bakers’ Johannesburg office as a partner. He is bringing associate Lauren Salt with him from Cliffe Dekker. His practice covers a wide range of employment law and labour relations issues, including […]

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Clydes widens South Africa scope to construction and litigation with five hires

Clyde & Co has grown its presence in South Africa through the hiring of five partners across its Johannesburg and Cape Town offices, including two partners from Norton Rose Fulbright. The hires widen Clydes’ African offering to construction and commercial disputes, following the firm’s May 2014 launch in South Africa with a focus on insurance […]

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HSF and the challenges of building a francophone Africa practice from Jo’burg

Last week Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) announced it was joining the growing number of international firms with an office on the ground in South Africa. By launching with the hire of two partners from respected South African firm Webber Wentzel, Linklaters’ local ally, HSF is following in the footsteps of a number of its rivals […]

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Nigeria report: focus on arbitration

Places such as London and Singapore are still the main hubs for international arbitration but Nigeria has been attempting to raise its status in the past few years

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Elections threaten to tarnish East Africa’s investment potential

Infrastructure development, gas discovery and oil potential are pulling in foreign investment in East Africa, but an upcoming general election brings uncertainty What are your country’s current business and legal trends? Akash Devani, partner, ­Anjar­walla & Khanna: For businesses, region­al expansion, infrastructure development and regulatory enforce­ment on competition are three key trends. Kenyan banks, insurance […]

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Africa Elite 2015: The new face of private equity in Africa

This year’s Africa Elite reveals the domestic firms and international lawyers leading the continent’s rise. As this executive summary shows, private equity is a growing force Private equity is the story of Africa in 2015. With interest in the continent rocketing in recent years, investment houses are turning their eyes away from South Africa’s developed […]

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Africa Elite executive summary: firm profiles

Our essential guide to the top legal outfits south of the Sahara advising on private equity BOTSWANA Collins Newman & Co Founded: 1977 Offices: Gabarone Management: Managing partner Parks Tafa The Botswanan member of the Africa Legal Network, Collins Newman & Co is at the cutting edge of the country’s nascent private equity sector. Under […]

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Angola and Mozambique: Dual fuel pipeline

Angola and Mozambique both benefit from oil and gas exploration but their by-product of needing modern and extensive infrastructure is creating new investment sources The energy-rich, Portuguese-speaking nations of Angola and Mozambique have consistently shown their potential over the past years. GDP growth in both countries has outstripped both the global average and also the […]

Featured Briefings

Parliamentary group proposes a Financial Services Tribunal

Kevin Hollinrake MP (Co-Chair of the APPG on Fair Business Banking) has published his report titled “Fair Business Banking for All: How to improve access to justice for businesses in financial services disputes” (the Report). Following the APPG’s responses to the FCA’s consultation on expanding the FOS’s jurisdiction (CP18/3), the Report sets out various recommendations […]

Draft legislative proposal introduces a minimum price for CO2

The Dutch government has published a draft legislative proposal for consultation that introduces a minimum price for CO2. The minimum price is introduced by way of a tax levied on electricity producers. The tax is levied per ton of CO2 emission. In the proposal, the tax rate per ton CO2 is calculated each year as […]

Adoption of unregistered land as highway

By Paul Weeks Unregistered land in unknown ownership can cause a headache on development and the extent of the issue will often depend upon what the land is needed for…

Court of Appeal: Catja Thum v Oliver Thum

The Court of Appeal today dismissed Oliver Thum’s appeal and ruled that his wife Catja Thum’s divorce and related financial claims should proceed in the English court and not, as Dr Thum had argued, in Berlin. Giving judgment for the Court of Appeal Lord Justice Moylan said…

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