Eversheds increases Africa footprint with four new offices

Eversheds has secured four new offices in Africa having tied up with South African firm Mahons Attorneys and El Heni in Tunisia.

Mahons Attorneys was launched by former Routledge Modise chairman Terry Mahon in 2011. South African firm Routledge Modise broke away from its alliance with Eversheds earlier this year citing conflicts between the firms (22 October 2012).

This came after Eversheds fought a legal battle in the jurisdiction over the branding of the combined firm, winning the right to rebrand as Eversheds in court (23 February 2011). That ruling means that Mahons Attorneys will be able to rebrand as Eversheds in the new year, gifting the firm a ten partner team and bases in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Port Louis in Mauritius.

Hogan Lovells has since merged with Routledge Modise (19 November 2013).

In Tunisia, where the firm has moved to tighten relationships with El Heni, the combined venture will be known as Eversheds El Heni. This comes after a two year cooperation agreement between the firms.

Eversheds chief executive Bryan Hughes said: “We have extremely strong and long standing relationships with many of the Mahons team, including senior partner Peter van Niekerk who was deputy chairman of our previous business in South Africa.”

In a statement van Niekerk expressed his commitment to Eversheds’ desire to develop a significant presence across Africa.

In October Eversheds unveiled a new pan-African strategy outlining its plans to move back into South Africa, as well as launch offices in Ghana, Kenya, Morocco and Tunisia (1 October 2013).The firm has also launched the

Eversheds African Law Institute (EALI), signing up firms from 14 countries to participate in the venture. The institute is designed to allow member firms to access training programmes and share business opportunities across the continent.