Eversheds continues Africa focus

Eversheds has added five firms to the Eversheds African Law Institute (EALI), the forum it set up last year to promote networking among African firms.

The five firms bring the number of EALI members to 23 in 21 countries. The fims are meeting this week in Paris at the first EALI summit, which will be followed later this year by a summit for clients.

The new firms are Advocats HK in Benin, Comoros firm Avocats Compres, Malawi’s Nbendera & Nkhono, Rwandan firm K Solutions & Partners, and Pardiwalla Twomey Lablanche in the Seychelles. Advocats HK is the second EALI member firm from Benin while the other four add new country capabilities to the project.

Eversheds launched EALI in October last year (1 October 2013) and followed up by announcing it was tying up with South African firm Mahons and Tunisia’s El Heni, gifting it a presence in both countries as well as Mauritius (4 December 2013).

Separately, global network Lex Mundi has also increased its presence in Africa. The group signed up Kenya’s Coulson Harney and Ugandan firm AF Mpanga as exclusive members for the two East African countries. Both firms are part of the Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group, which is led from South Africa by Lex Mundi firm Bowman Gilfillan.

Lex Mundi now has member firms with a presence in 17 African countries.