ENSafrica expands into Namibia with 11-partner merger

Africa’s largest firm, ENSafrica, has merged with 11-partner Namibian firm Lorentz Angula, adding another two offices to its network.

The merger took effect on 1 November. Lorentz Angula brings offices in the Namibian capital Windhoek as well as the coastal city of Swakopmund. The combined firm has plans to open soon in Walvis Bay, south of Swakopmund on the coast.

Lorentz Angula executive chair Hartmut Ruppel has become the executive chair of the rebranded ENSafrica Namibia, supported by vice-chair Hosea Angula.

A further nine directors – partner-equivalents – have become directors at ENSafrica.

Namibia is ENSafrica’s sixth jurisdiction. The firm opened in Mauritius a year ago through a merger with local firm De Comarmond & Koenig (6 December 2013), having previously launched in Uganda (9 January 2013) and Burundi and Rwanda in 2012 (8 August 2012).

ENSafrica deputy chief executive Mzi Mgudlwa said Namibia was an important jurisdiction and one of the continent’s major emerging market economies.

The firm’s CEO Piet Faber has previously said that ENSafrica is targeting several more launches in other jurisdictions in the next two years, following the same strategy of merging with local referral partners (31 March 2014).

The small Namibian legal market currently has no other firms headquartered outside the jurisdiction. However unlike neighbouring Botswana it does allow foreign firms to operate under their own name, permitting tie-ups such as this one.