ENS seals merger with Mauritius’s oldest firm

South African firm ENSafrica is merging with Mauritian firm De Comarmond & Koenig (DCKM), as it continues its expansion across Africa.

The news follows ENS’s launches in Uganda earlier this year (9 January 2013) and Burundi and Rwanda in 2012 (8 August 2012).

ENS is the second firm to move into Mauritius this year, following offshore outfit Harneys’ association with BLC Chambers in February (14 February 2013).

ENS chief executive Piet Faber said Mauritius was a key jurisdiction for clients doing business across Africa, as well as those investing in India.

“A lot of South African firms and a lot of other international investors, when they invest into Africa, use Mauritius as a gateway,” said Faber. “A lot of Mauritius companies are also investing into Africa so it’s a win-win all round.”

DCKM senior partner Thierry Koenig added that the two firms shared a number of clients, and the tie-up would be “truly beneficial” for the firms and the companies they advise.

DCKM is the successor practice of Etude Leclézio, a Mauritian firm founded in 1828, and is a member of networks Lex Mundi and Lex Africa – which currently give it non-exclusive links to ENS rivals Bowman Gilfillan and Werksmans, respectively the South African members of the two groups.

As well as law, DCKM provides company secretarial, fiduciary, insolvency and IP services.

The merger is expected to go live on 13 December.

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