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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

Video: How to health check the anatomy of your legal matters

By Rob MacAdam With clients expecting more efficiency, transparency and value from their lawyers, it’s time for law firms to re-engineer their legal service delivery into real competitive advantage. In this video, Rob MacAdam, Director of Legal Solutions, identifies six elements that make up the anatomy of a legal matter, and discusses what improvements can be […]

Updates on proportionality of costs in court proceedings

By Gwendoline Davies, Claire Acklam Anyone involved in the conduct of litigation will be aware that the ‘overriding objective’, at rule 1.1 (1) of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR), requires cases to be dealt with “justly and at proportionate cost”. Unfortunately, the question of what is proportionate continues to cause confusion and dispute.  In this latest […]

Women on Boards – As they progress, businesses thrive

By Susana Almeida Lopes Women represent 50% of the working population and are as much or more educated and qualified as men are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organisations, is a persistent societal problem, and there are (many) studies that, if concrete measures are not taken, […]

Franchise resales – should franchisors be involved?

By Emma Lusty It is a common misconception that a franchise network with a high level of resales is a bad sign. In fact, a healthy resale market is a good sign. It means that franchisees are able to build up profitable businesses which can be sold to recover a return on their initial investment and […]

New EU directive – How will it affect family-related leave in Hungary?

By Daniel Gera, Dorottya Gindl Gender equality may be a core EU principle, but it will not become a reality without effective legal action. To meet the EU objective of reaching a 75% employment rate for both men and women by 2020, the European Commission aims to change the existing legal framework. Thus, the European […]

Higher Dutch VAT rate on several LS-products

By Luca van Silfhout, Patrick Vettenburg A number of goods and services, listed in an annex to the Dutch VAT Act, qualify for the reduced VAT rate (instead of the regular VAT rate of currently 21%). Among these goods and services are: qualifying medicines, first-aid type supplies such as bandages and qualifying medical aids such […]

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